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post #1 of 45 Old 08-23-2019, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Considering buying a Strom. How's it as a sport bike?

I'm a current sport bike owner who is strongly considering swapping my bike for an adventure bike. My CBR600F4i is a great bike, but I'm looking for something more distance capable and comfortable(back problems). Exploring some light off-road would be cool, too. Realistically, I'm mostly going to be keeping it on-road, and the ability to carve through canyons is something I really appreciate. 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.

What's been your experience with the bike? Of course it's not a sport bike, but is it fun to put through a set of corners? I don't need to be the fastest guy on the mountain, I just want to have a good time and feel like the bike is working with me. Likewise, is the engine fun when pushing hard down a twisty road? It's obviously very different from what I'm used to, and I just want to make sure that it's enjoyable to ride in a sporty manner. This bike has the practical stuff covered in spades, which is why it's high on my list. I would just like owners opinions of the less practical side of the bike. Thanks for your feedback.
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It's fun and very capable in the twists. Much depends on tires of course but it will handle beyond what most riders will take on.


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Your CBR600 will out perform the both the DL650 and DL1000 V-Strom, both on acceleration and top end. But there is where it stops. The V-Strom range per tank is a lot better than that of a crutch rocket. The V-Strom may not be a sports bike, but it is reasonably fast enough when making use of the rpms and not bad in the twisties neither. The riding position is more comfortable for longer distance, than on a sport bike. One huge plus factor of any V-Strom, is that with the correct tires, the ride is not restricted to the black top. On a V-Strom, one can go explore some of the less traveled roads. Load it up like a pack mule, with camping gear, etc. and have a great adventure, if you have a mind to.
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Scrapes too easily in standard form. I removed the footpeg scrapers/feelers which improves things. I have 25mm raising links for the rear when I get time to fit them. This should quicken the steering making it a bit more nimble.
The engine is definitely not sports bike like.
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To quicken the steering, you could raise the forks in the yokes / triple trees, by around 10-25 mm. The thread is for the older Vee, but the principle is the same, https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...forks-1-a.html.
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Make sure you test ride one again, doing the type of riding you are concerned with. My other bike is a FZ1 and the Vstrom is definitely not the bike I would pick from the garage if I wanted to ride the twisty roads.

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You would probably be happier with a 2014+ DL 1000 over the 650. The 650 won't feel like it has much power compared to the 600 you have. Both the 650 and 1000 have good cornering clearance for what they are. What they don't come with, with the exception of the 2014+ DL 1000, is a suspension that is not going to compress a lot in tight curves. Raising the bike is a band-aid, you need to put stronger springs on them and that cures rubbing stuff for about any sensible rider. The brakes on the 650 are marginal, the 2014+ DL 1000 has a lot better front brakes, and you will want that coming from the 600. Properly set up they handle well enough. The 19" front wheel and taller stance takes a bit more muscle to transition in and out of turns, but the wider bars help with that.

What they do that the 600 simply cannot....is be comfortable on long trips! With the footpeg lowering kits ( which don't reduce cornering clearance nearly as much as you would think ), good seats, and some work on the windshield, these bikes can do 800 mile days easily. Range on these bikes can be well over the 200 miles per tank, depending on speed and conditions.
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I'm going to take the opposite track here from what most have said. My previous sporty bikes have been VFR 800, CBR600 F2 (track only), CB1000R (naked, not CBR), and a current FZ-09. For me, it's about how the suspension is set up and my skill (or lack). Sure the 19" front wheel and rake/trail geometry on my V2 makes for slower turn in than a typical sport bike, but at less than track speed cornering (street riding), I have no problem keeping up with or leading sport rides, two up. Proper suspension adjustment (provided you're not too large, then see the upgrade threads), cornering skill and trail braking and the V2 is a blast in the twisty stuff.

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Coming off an FZ1 to a ‘15 DL1000, I would tell you to go for it. The V Strom has less power, but you will find yourself shifting a whole lot less as you can go from 30 to 80 in third gear with tractor like pull. I find that I’m actually faster on the V Strom because I’m smoother in the corners. I carry more speed into the corners on this bike because it’s not as twitchy as a sport bike. That said, the 600 CBR is quicker late that said, the 600 CBR is quicker and lighter and has better brakes, but much less comfortable and what you are giving up performance wise is negligible considering what you are gaining in comfort and range, all day 2 up ability, etc.
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Coming off an FZ1 to a ‘15 DL1000, I would tell you to go for it. The V Strom has less power, but you will find yourself shifting a whole lot less as you can go from 30 to 80 in third gear with tractor like pull. I find that I’m actually faster on the V Strom because I’m smoother in the corners. I carry more speed into the corners on this bike because it’s not as twitchy as a sport bike. That said, the 600 CBR is quicker late that said, the 600 CBR is quicker and lighter and has better brakes, but much less comfortable and what you are giving up performance wise is negligible considering what you are gaining in comfort and range, all day 2 up ability, etc.
We have wildly different experiences on the 2 bikes. Tractor is a good description of how my DL1000 sounds though

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