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post #1 of 11 Old 08-23-2009, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

I've been seriously considering buying a 650 V Strom. I currently own a Suzuki M50 which I researched relentlessly before buying 2 years ago. I love the M50, but there's always been something about the V Strom that has drawn my attention. I've been doing a lot of reading of reviews on the Vee, and like what I see. My concern is the wind buffeting. How bad is it? The reason I ask is that I ordered an OEM windshield for my M50 a while back and the buffeting was so bad I took it off after riding 5 miles and sold it. 50 mph speeds had my head shaking so badly my vision was blurred!
The other thing I would like confirmation about is comfort and ergonomics. I'm 6'1" with a 34" inseam. (My biggest complaint with my M50 is leg room even with its forward controls).
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-23-2009, 10:00 AM
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Some people have an issue with buffeting, some don't.

A Madstad bracket may solve it for you. A California Scientific windshield or one of the other aftermarket products will definitely solve it.

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I don't know about your area but I was able to take a demo out here, from the local dealer, to help make my decision. I took it on the highway far and long enough to get a good sense of how the stock setup would provide protection. I don't get a lot of buffetting, in fact I ride with my face shield open without a problem. I have ordered a Madstad so I can experiment with more open air in hot weather.
I wonder if some riders expect a bubble with no wind...I call that a cage.

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Thanks for the quick responses. The advice is appreciated. Unfortunately, both the dealers in my area don't have any in stock, and the only oportunity to ride one has come and gone with the Suzuki dealer ride. Dealers around this area (aside from a Honda dealer) don't have demo's to test ride.

Not concerned with a pocket of air so much as I am with stability for my head and helmet. I've found that no windshield is better than a poorly designed windshield. But at least the Vee has adjustability.

One other question I have, is about the switch controls. Does the Vee have the "flash to pass" trigger on the left hand controls? (a nice feature I have on the M50)
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Yep...flash to pass is there on the port side

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Excellent! Port side....perhaps a fellow boater?
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Excellent! Port side....perhaps a fellow boater?
Aye mate...I have a few knots under my sea legs but I have kind of lost interest as I spend most of my time with my Wee these days.

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Smile buffeting

Even though I am a Parrothead, buffeting on the Wee should be addressed. For me the madstad, and the CeeBailey have fixed most of the airblast problems. The wind will always be with us, gear and farkles can make the wind acceptable, or like mentioned before, if you don't want to have the wind in your face, stay home, or take the cage.

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One other question I have, is about the switch controls. Does the Vee have the "flash to pass" trigger on the left hand controls? (a nice feature I have on the M50)
Yes.

The headlight are great, and there's a aftermarket upgrade harness/relay that makes them even better.

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Thanks again for the info. Great forum you have here.
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