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post #1 of 12 Old 07-10-2009, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everybody! I looked for the intro forum, however I could not find it. I have been strongly considering a V-strom for a year or two now. This made me feel comfortable posting here to introduce myself as well as pick a few brains.

Currently I am on a SV650 naked. I love her get up and go attitude but my body can't really keep up with the places she wants to take me. I am super familiar with the 650 drive train and maintenance and would love to stay in the same family.

I have considered the 1000 for a brief period of time. I don't like what they want to do to you with insurance. I also ride two up a lot and feel that the extra weight of the 1000 would make journeys a little more exhausting. If you feel otherwise please state your case. I am willing to listen.

First and foremost I am here to learn. I will give the FAQ a real hard go, but I am not afraid to ask questions so you will probably hear back from me.

Nice meeting everyone and greetings from Philadelphia and SVrider.com

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-10-2009, 02:03 PM
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Welcome..I just added a Wee to my collection a few weeks ago.. I knew your name looked familiar too

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Thanks for the welcome. They look like a hell of a bike. I am worried mainly about leg positioning, suspension, and two up comfort. It's mostly me on the bike from september to April, but in the summer the gf goes everywhere on my bike.
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it's worlds better in comfort than an SV for sure

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I have considered the 1000 for a brief period of time. I don't like what they want to do to you with insurance. I also ride two up a lot and feel that the extra weight of the 1000 would make journeys a little more exhausting. If you feel otherwise please state your case. I am willing to listen.

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According to Suzuki, it's a 40lb difference. That's not much when you're under way, IMO. If you're riding 2-up a lot, I'd give the Vee further consideration.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-11-2009, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feed back. How are the rear and front different from the sv in terms of suspension. will I have to upgrade any? or will stock handle me just fine?
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I really want a bike that is purpose built. I weigh 210.
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-11-2009, 08:10 AM
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Stock suspension is ok. The 19" front helps quite a bit on rough surfaces. many upgrade with fork brace, springs and other fork enhancements, and aftermarket shock - just like the SV....

I rode an SV back-to-back with a guy on some back roads in ME last year. It was a lot harder riding. BTW, he has since purchased a DL650.

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It's much better than stock SV.. I'm about 220 and it works good enough for me at the moment.

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40LBS isn't much of a issue,both bikes are over 300 LBS lighter than my old cruiser, the seat height might be. A Vee is taller, and for a tall person like myself, just about perfect. The Vee's insurance isn't much more than what I was paying, about $50-a year, and I'll save more than that on gas milage! Both are great bikes, you really can't go wrong with either one. Cheers-BB

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