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post #21 of 45 Old 08-24-2019, 08:14 AM
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Why do you like or what do you like about the VStrom? Are you looking new or used? There are a lot of great used bikes out there f/s.

In general "adventure" bikes handle a lot better than what people think. Wide bar and upright seating make them much more natural to ride. I can ride them faster through TOTD type twisties faster and more confidently than I can on a Sport bike. Even with panniers and gear for a week.

One thing an adventure bike will not be is a 10,000 RPM screaming I-4 sport bike. My BMW R1200GS will keep up with sport bikes until about triple digits then they start waking away from me.

So now back to new verses used. In June I bought a 2007 R1200GS with Ohlins shocks, Touratech Zega panniers extra set of Ohlins shocks, two Bros muffler, 2 skid plates and some other misc stuff with 31,000 miles on the ODO for $5,300.

I sold the extra Ohlins, 1 skid plate, aftermarket muffler and panniers (kept the racks and mounting hardware) bringing the cost of the bike down to $3,800. I did buy a set of Tusk panniers for $254. So in the end with a little leg work I got a great bike for not a whole lot of money. Deals are out there you just need to be ready when they present themselves.
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Bobbyvstrom refers to his DL1000 as an upright crotch rocket. Stiffer springs and a fork brace and your there.
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What I love about my 2018 DL1000 is the available and useable power/torque at low RPMs. I'll take available/useable over peak any day. I ride in the 2.5-4.5k RPM range and have a blast on that bike. Rarely wind it out. No way I would trade my v2 for a sport bike... I've ridden enough of them and just don't like them anymore after adjusting to riding the vstrom.

I bet, if you had them both in your garage for a year, you would end up riding the DL1000 80+% of the time and selling the other.
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post #24 of 45 Old 08-24-2019, 12:34 PM
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Torque is sweet ...loved the CBF1000 for that ....pull hard from 3k in any gear. I'll trade peak HP for better torque any day.
One thing that made the Burgman 650 punch above its weight in the twists,....always in the correct power zone due to the ECVT.

I'd imagine less gear stirring on the 1000....was one bike the Burgman could not keep up with in mid range acceleration...the 1000 just pulled away.

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Torque is one of the reasons I kept my ZRX1200 for 10 years!!! It was 'Habit Forming'.
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post #26 of 45 Old 08-24-2019, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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There are some very reasonably priced 2104+ Strom 1000's in my area. I'm hearing all the right things, and I think I'm going to take the plunge and put my CBR up for sale this week. Thank you all for the feedback!
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post #27 of 45 Old 08-24-2019, 03:28 PM
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I think you’ll be impressed. It’s very good in he turns. My other bike is a bmw s1000rr and the strom will handle just as well as the s1k. It’s a whole different story in the straights. Before I changed ecu’s Top end was 113. The complimentary Ecu bumped that up to about 140. It did move the torque. There is a little less at the bottom now. So slow in the straights but fast in the turns. The riding position was a relief too.
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post #28 of 45 Old 08-24-2019, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by mfglmt View Post
I've taken a few bikes out for a quick spin, including the Versys 650, V Strom 1000, and Multistrada 1200 (not financially feasible). I couldn't quite get a full feel for the bikes due to limited time spent riding. I really like the V Strom, but I'm slightly worried that it won't be a satisfying enough bike when the road gets twisty.
If you could not get a full feel for the bikes on a test ride, listening to other peoples' opinions of a Suzi is ludicrous. Especially when you don't know them personally. If a dealer will not let you take a longer test ride, ask about renting a bike for the day. Alternatively, find someone who will ride with you and swap bikes for a couple of hours.
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Depends how twisty and lumpy the roads are. Pick your spot and you can embarrass your (ex) friends on sports bikes. Tight lumpy and long downhill sections are where it has the biggest advantage.

But as said, it's not a sports bike and they'll pass you with ease on the straights.
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post #30 of 45 Old 08-25-2019, 01:41 AM
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Depends how twisty and lumpy the roads are. Pick your spot and you can embarrass your (ex) friends on sports bikes. Tight lumpy and long downhill sections are where it has the biggest advantage.

But as said, it's not a sports bike and they'll pass you with ease on the straights.

You touch on a good point. The longer-travel suspension on an "Adventure" bike will soak up gawdawful roads a lot better and still keep the tires planted. I've been on plenty of roads where streetbikes need to slow down to keep from bottoming or chattering into the weeds.

There are some really primitive paved(ish) back roads where I can maintain Ludicrous Speed on my KLR650 and keep giggling, but are too much for even the mighty Vee.

And who cares about the straights, especially on the street? Any numbnuts can yank the throttle wires open when the road turns straight.

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