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post #1 of 8 Old 06-21-2009, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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New bike...leaning Stromward.

Hi folks.

I'll try to give enough information here to make this postworthy as I've searched and searched and gleaned as much as I can from this and other sites to help narrow things down, but am hoping your input can help.

I'm selling my supermoto because as fun as it is in town, there's no way in hell I'm going to tour on it. So now I need a new bike, and my priorities have shifted.

I want a bike to commute and take weekend camping trips on with an upright seating position and solid reliability and upgrade potential. All of that leads me to a DL1000 V-Strom.


My ultimate goal is to take the bike on a tour from California to Maryland next summer. I can only afford one bike...and would the Strom be an appropriate steed for the trip? I know it's no Goldwing, but is there a better option to combine my more local needs (commuting, camping) with the idea of a 3,000+ tour?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-21-2009, 04:21 PM
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Last month and saem time last year I went on a 5,000 km+ (3,000 mile +) ride with friends down to North Carolina.

Two of us have DL650's the other two DL1000's. hey all did great.

The V-Strom is a great all round bike.. I use mine for daily commuting (120km/75 mile round trip), for ripping down backroads on Sunday day-rides, and for long trips.

Hard to go worng with one!


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post #3 of 8 Old 06-21-2009, 09:41 PM
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Suzuki gives you a great "base" to start from. After that you can make these bikes into about anything you want. Sport, sport tour, even a good backroad adventure bike, or offroad if you get the right tires. It's really hard to go wrong with these bikes. You are correct-it's not a Wing- neither is the price- you could buy 2 Stroms for what one Wing costs. It all boils down to what you are planning to do. Cheers-BB

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The V-Strom sucks as a cruiser.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-21-2009, 10:24 PM
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I think the Strom is your bike!

Then again, we might be a bit biased.

The Vee would serve you well with some touring additions such as luggage. Bikes like the Yamaha FJR, Kawasaki Concours or Honda ST1300 could fit your needs also. All those have luggage options and are comfortable for the long haul. The only problem is that they're also more expensive (unless you find an older one).

I would check prices and then do some sitting and/or test rides if possible to find what works best for you. Good luck with the search, hope you find what you're looking for!

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-22-2009, 10:09 AM
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IMHO, if you're coming from a supermoto then you'll really enjoy the V-Strom. It allows you to get very deep into a corner with the high clearance of the pegs. People complain about the seat, but coming from a dirtbike seat you'll be very happy. I still have the stock seat and am satisfied with it. The Strom is a great ride. As was mentioned earlier, make a list of bikes that you think would fit the bill and go sit and ride them.

I bought my 'Strom with the same uses in mind: commuting, riding across the country with the addition of wanting some dirt road capability. I have 650 and am 100 percent satisfied with my decision to purchase.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-23-2009, 10:48 AM
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Is the DL1000 good for a long haul? I don't know.

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-23-2009, 06:19 PM
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Ok, I have to chime in here. I own a Goldwing as well as a DL650. I'm going on a trip in two weeks that will take me just about 3,000 miles. Wanna take a guess on which bike I'm picking to take? You got it, the wee. It's more nimble and fun. The Goldwing eats miles and if my wife or daughter were going then I would take it. But, being a solo trip I'm taking the little bike again. Did this last year as well. Stock seat sucked but a Meyer seat this year I hope to improve the trip comfort. The 1000 will be no problem at all as a tourer. Add some luggage and ride. I ride the 650 along with a 1150 BMW an 1100 Shadow and a 1700. No problem running hour upon hour on the little bike. You'll find the 1000 a very capable machine. It's kind of a jack of all trades.

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