Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
+1 on pretty much everything Basso says.
I started on a '98 Marauder VZ800 which I still have and the girlfriend rides mostly. While I don't know exactly what changes have been made mechanically since then (carburated to fi?), the concept and the bike's lot in the market are essentially the same as the c50.
My DL650 is-
-Quicker- While that 805cc engine is no slouch, the smooth, sporty feel of the 650 generates a lot of grins. Going with the 1000 will get you not just grins, but raw power, plus that cruiser-like ability to get around without as much shifting as I have to do (but enjoy).
-Lighter/More nimble- My Marauder is pretty sporty for a cruiser, but is still a cruiser. Factor in the stock drag-style bars (which I don't think the c50 comes with) and you've got a setup that requires a little arm wrestling to flick the bike around. The only handling issues I've had with the Strom stem from it's height when making low-speed maneuvers. I've gotten used to this with practice, and there are other advantages to the height that more than make up for this small difficulty.
-More comfortable for longer- You will read a lot of complaints about the stock seats on the Stroms around here, but all I have to say to that is that those folks need to take a couple-hundred-mile trip on a smaller cruiser and get back to me. While I do hope to make the switch to an aftermarket seat when the money makes itself available, I can attest to at least one completely tolerable 350 mile day in the stock saddle with few breaks. On the VZ800, I was very glad that the tank would only get me 120 miles, and was usually stopping at least once between fill-ups. Also, the 800 got a little vibey through the pegs at around 70mph while the DL is muuuuch smoother.
I would love to have an ST, or even the new Connie if money were no issue, but there are benefits to the DL I think. The biggest of these benefits has to be the ease of maintenance on such an exposed bike. I can't imagine that pulling all those fairings every time you want to change oil is very fun. The other thing I love is that I've still got a V-twin engine. I love the low/mid range torque I get versus the high-revving fours in many sport-touring bikes (I'll qualify that statement by saying I am not familiar with Honda's 1300 V-4, but have briefly experienced their 800 V-4 in the form of a VFR.)
Lastly... can you beat having the option to go jaunting down some little fire access road if the whim takes you? I'm not a dirt rider, but just yesterday I was doing a little back-road exploring when I quickly came upon an "end of pavement" sign. I didn't even back off the throttle. What a blast!
In all, you don't hear many Strom owners saying, "Boy, I really wish I had gotten ______ instead of this bike." And there's good reason.
[SIZE="1"]Orange K9 Wee - Givi guards and screen, Zuk hand-guards, Madstad, Rick's fork brace, Shad topcase, Sargent seat, Rox risers, Vessel luggage bracket and sheepskin, Tuono Mirrors, CL-850 bags, Wolo horn, Powerlet.