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post #1 of 25 Old 04-02-2018, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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V-Strom vs.... not really sure?

6'2", 205, 43 years old. Live in SE MN with lots of great twisties and lots of gravel to explore, but minimal trails or logging roads. I've ridden over 50,000 miles on the roads but mostly between 20-25 years ago. Since then I've been into motocross, had a blast but that's done due to busy kid schedule. Looking to get a street legal bike and I stumbled across a V-Strom on Craigslist which send me down the Strom rabbit hole.

I was originally looking for a DR or XL650, but was amazed at how high the prices are for used ones. Anything in decent condition is $3k plus. Also looked at a few street bikes, found some great deals on bikes I used to drool over (2000 VFR800s for less than $3k!!!!) but wanted something that could manage gravel and possibly some mountain roads and would be comfortable hauling kids to baseball games. Came across a 2012 V-stom 650, set up well, 5k miles, for $4950, and I was shocked at how low that price was. Then I did some research on V-Stroms and figured out that's not that great of a price. I had no idea V-Stroms were so cheap!

Of course then I found out that the 2017s had more power, and started looking for new "left-over" 2017s. Found one (non-adv) for $6436 out the door....and I'm severely tempted. Sometimes the used market doesn't react to how cheap the new prices have gotten. There is a used 2017 (adv) near my on CL with some add-ons for $8200 that is "FIRM" and "PRICED TO SELL"! LOL. I think I'll take a new bike and put that $1800 towards the add-ons I want, not the ones you want.

So I'm not completely sure where on the gravel vs. pavement spectrum I want my bike on, but I figure a V-Strom will do both and if I don't like it I'll at least figure out which way I want to go.

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated, as would people's opinions on whether or not it's worth the extra $500 for the adventure model. I enjoy researching and installing so I'm leaning away from it, but...if you get $800 worth of goodies for $500 more, then I'd be tempted.
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post #2 of 25 Old 04-02-2018, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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I should also admit that I'm really tempted to throw a $6k offer at this:

(oops can't post a link since I'm a newbie)

just google "la crosse craigslist motorcycles" then search "BMW" then check out the yellow F800GS...
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post #3 of 25 Old 04-02-2018, 10:08 AM
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The strom has worked well for me, coming from a KLR, the biggest thing i worry about is the clearance, it's not that great, i hit the skid plate often, not hard, but it's something i have to think about on the strom that i didn't on the KLR, so street and gravel roads with a 50/50 tire of 70/30 at least and you will love the strom,
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I just got a 14 DL1000. In plan to ride all the dirt roads in NM. Im puting on a skid plate and think that should do it. No single track, but maybe a few dirt roads that are a little ruff. Will have to put on some good tires, the stock ones are well.....stock. Ive done some long trips on V's and it worked fine. I did not get the adventure with spoke wheels. Ive dont a little dirt riding and dont plan to ride anything that would be so ruff I need to worry about dent n a wheel. If its ruff Ill go slow or go home.

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Find a cheap, higher mileage and possible cosmetically challenged first gen Vstrom. Have fun with it, theyre generally very reliable. Then decide if you like the bike enough to upgrade to a newer model. I'm on my third V-strom, I've gone backward to an '03! Can't keep away!
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I was sort of on the fence between the 1000xt and an Africa Twin 1000. I've had a lot of trouble-free miles on my SV650 and I'm already familiar with the engine, how it's put together and service procedures, and also like that there are lots of available parts and accessories on ebay.

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A friend had an '09 V-Strom 650. Always talked about how great it was. Every time I looked at it I thought, It's fat an ugly, and I HATE that orange color. And it looks TOO BULKY!

Over the years he has offered me more than on chance to ride it, and I always said NAH... maybe another time.

So recently I sold a bike, and had decided to give up biking - I'm 55 and have "foot issues" and had lost some riding confidence after 43 years on and off bikes.

So my friend had decided to sell his bikes as well. But I was at his house and was talking about giving up bikes, and he said. "look, just ride the V-Strom down the street and back as a favor to me, I want to keep it ridden while it is up for sale".

In that short ride it just felt like the bike I should have always had. I'm 6'3" and it fit very well. Handled nicely, plenty of power, just an all-around great fit. Did well on gravel road as well. Two hours later I bought it (he offered a great deal).

The fact that it has fit so perfectly for me has given me back a bit of riding confidence as well.

So all I can say is that all the hype about the V-Strom (that I poo-pooed over the years), happened to turn out to be true in my case. I LOVE this bike. And for some reason now I LOVE the orange color.

This is her - Ginger Sue...

Good luck on your decision. My vote - THUMBS UP.


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Find a cheap, higher mileage and possible cosmetically challenged first gen Vstrom. Have fun with it, theyre generally very reliable. Then decide if you like the bike enough to upgrade to a newer model. I'm on my third V-strom, I've gone backward to an '03! Can't keep away!
Probably wise advice. I'll go ahead and ignore. ;-)
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Did you mean the 650 XT version? Cause the adventure model stopped production in 2015 (suzuki.com).

What extras were worth 800$? I know the XT has wired wheels (ew) hand guards and a plastic under cowl (i don't care that it's not useful, it looks good imo ).

I'd look in the aftermarket sector before i'd agree going for oem offers again (i was new to bikes when i bought the ADVSE), sometimes you'd even be surprised how low you can get almost new oem stuff on kijiji(or craigslist in the us?).

Then again, if they give you the XT option with full luggage for only 500$ more...hmmm

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Did you mean the 650 XT version? Cause the adventure model stopped production in 2015 (suzuki.com).

What extras were worth 800$? I know the XT has wired wheels (ew) hand guards and a plastic under cowl (i don't care that it's not useful, it looks good imo ).

I'd look in the aftermarket sector before i'd agree going for oem offers again (i was new to bikes when i bought the ADVSE), sometimes you'd even be surprised how low you can get almost new oem stuff on kijiji(or craigslist in the us?).

Then again, if they give you the XT option with full luggage for only 500$ more...hmmm
Right, the XT is what I meant. I was just throwing numbers around, making the point that IF you get $800 worth of goodies for only $500 (the price difference I'm seeing between the base model and the XT) then the XT makes sense.
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