BMW KGT to Vee 1000 - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Curious A place for those that are thinking about buying a V-Strom to ask V-Strom owners questions

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 Old 05-21-2009, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
bridwell52's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Pensacola,Fl
Posts: 98
BMW KGT to Vee 1000

Ive done my research and the beamer is for sale. Its a great bike but the riding position kills my knees after about 200 miles. No place to add different pegs. Im also tired of traveling 200 miles to the dealer one way and getting raped. This $19,000 bike sounds like a Harley when shifting and I always have that final drive thing in the back of my mind.
Since Im use to 154 hp I thought the Vee 1000 would be a better choice for me. 95% touring and 5% dirt roads and fire trails, normally two up.
I have been to several dealers with checkbook in hand and no test rides. That is one of the big reasons I got the BMW, but Im over it now.
Im after something plain, simple to work on and bullet proof and I feel the strom is it. Where can you test ride these bikes?
Im new here and Im sure you all get this crap all the time, so forgive me now.

David
Pensacola, Fl
bridwell52 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 05-21-2009, 03:50 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Xavier6162's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Corona Caifornia
Posts: 1,123
Look for someone selling their DL1000 for a test. There are a few out there. Check Craiglist. While your at it, test a DL650 too...if you can find one. It will surprise you.

I often lose control. I really I hate my life.
Xavier6162 is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 05-21-2009, 03:57 PM
$tromtrooper
 
The Golden Monkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Austin
Posts: 2,231
This may not matter, depending on how you ride, but there's one thing you should know in comparing these two bikes: the V-strom can't cruise at the kind of speeds a K12GT can handle easily. Sure, you can run all day at 100mph, but the front end gets a bit scary at that speed, especially with luggage. Adding a steering stabilizer will help, but the strom is just not designed for high-speed touring at the level of the K-bike.

For everything else though, you'll be glad you made the switch!

2010 Triumph Tiger 1050se
2009 DL650A - sold

2005 DL650 - dearly departed
"I am enthusiastic over humanity's extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuities. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top.
I think we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday's fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem." - R. Buckminster Fuller
The Golden Monkey is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 Old 05-21-2009, 04:08 PM
$tromtrooper
 
The Golden Monkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Austin
Posts: 2,231
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xavier6162 View Post
While your at it, test a DL650 too...if you can find one. It will surprise you.
I agree, the 650 is nicely peppy. Having spent time on all three bikes, it's the one I like best overall. But I think if the 154hp is an important part of riding for you, the 650 will probably be too much of a step down.

2010 Triumph Tiger 1050se
2009 DL650A - sold

2005 DL650 - dearly departed
"I am enthusiastic over humanity's extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuities. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top.
I think we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday's fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem." - R. Buckminster Fuller
The Golden Monkey is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 05-21-2009, 05:33 PM
$tromtrooper
 
sempervee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: In my Mind - WA State
Posts: 550
Smile

You will not be disappointed with less HP on the 1000 as it is not the smooth turbine of a K1200 but the grin factor and ultimate reliability of the twin will make you smile. You get stretch out your legs and get more comfortable than on the K also..


It did not take me but a few minutes to transition back to
a DL1000 after I sold my K1200 Turbine fast But unreliable BMW..

Riding since 1973

If Evolution is outlawed... Only outlaws will Evolve.

* 2012 V I C T O R Y Cross Country Tour
2007 1000 " VroomHilda"
2007 Moto Guzzi 1200 Norge - La Dolce Vita
sempervee is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 05-22-2009, 05:07 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
bridwell52's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Pensacola,Fl
Posts: 98
Thanks for the honest answers. Bike is on E-bay and I hope it sells soon.
The high speed touring has got me two tickets,one more and lights out for 6 months. The tarnished roundel has lost another customer.
David
bridwell52 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome