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post #1 of 22 Old 09-04-2009, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Tall and lanky, is the V Strom 1000 for me?

I have been riding for about 6 months (3k miles) on a Kawi Vulcan 800, and am looking to upgrade. I am a lanky 6 foot 4 and am wondering a few things about V Stroms:
a. Will I comfortably fit? I have sat on them and not sure without riding.

b. I commute and also would like to be able to go on longer trips. Is the V Strom 1000 compatible?

c. Do V Strom 1000 have center stands? My Vulcan has been a pain to work on without one.

d. Are they easy to outfit for touring?

Thanks, I appreciate any input
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-04-2009, 07:43 PM
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I have a DL650, not the 100, I can answer part of your questions

a. Will I comfortably fit? I have sat on them and not sure without riding.

I'm about 5'9". You won't have an problems flat footing it. You might need to get some bar risers to make it more comfortable. Depends on what you are used to.

b. I commute and also would like to be able to go on longer trips. Is the V Strom 1000 compatible?

I commute daily on mine year round. They'll do long trips w/ ease. Last month I did KY to TN. Only got to ride one day while there (family vacation). My one day was TN-NC-GA-NC-TN. For the 3 days riding (1 down, 1 there, 1 back) it was about 1400 miles. My only complaint was that I didn't get to ride more while I was there.

c. Do V Strom 1000 have center stands? My Vulcan has been a pain to work on without one.

Suzuki has a center stand as an option; it's what I have on mine. No problems w/ it. There are also a couple of aftermarket ones... I believe that vstroma.com and sw-motech both have them. May be others as well.

d. Are they easy to outfit for touring?

The difficult part is choosing what luggage you want; there are lots of options. I wanted hard cases, so went w/ cariboucases. There are Suzuki bags, caribou, givi, touratech, jesse,etc, etc.

You can also get soft bags; even more options. I use a medium Motofizz camping seat bag that I got from Aerostich for my tailbag; it's a bit fiddly w/ all the adjustments, but holds lots of stuff.

Wolfman makes some nice tankbags that fit the vstrom very well. Not cheap, but well made and hold alot of stuff.

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I'm 2" taller than you, have a 1" taller gel seat on mine and a set of handlebar risers, I commute everyday through Louisville KY, does great over the nice smooth roads (LOL). I'm outfitted to tour, or take the bags off and do whatever. As stated, centerstand is optional, but work a deal with the dealer when you buy it, I got mine pretty cheap! Much.much more comfy than my Kaw Nomad, and a whole lot better milage/performance, not to mention it's 300 lbs lighter! Cheers--BB

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I have the 650, am 6'4" and (currently) 250lbs. Your questions sound like the design sheet for the Strom. I have found few other models on the showroom floor that have the room of the Strom - and they were expensive with brand names beginning with "B" and ending with "W". And even on the 650, I just did a 1000 mile weekend, and several here have completely colored in the CONUS maps on the Wee. If you want a 1k, you should be fine after dropping some coin on a seat, luggage, and other doodads.

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I'm 6'5" and ride a DL1000. The "fit" is one of the reasons I purchased it.

I don't commute but took a trip in N. GA, Tenn. and N.C. last weekend over 800 miles. I do weekend trips like this and day trips into the mountains and love my Strom.
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Tall and Lanky too

I'm 6'6" ish and lightweight and the size is great. Get a set of bar risers, they go on easy and will benefit you greatly. I have a big inseam and haven't messed with the pegs yet, so legs get a little stiff after a long time in the saddle. As everyone stated above, you can go long distance touring or commute with ease.

I purchased my 650 because it was the only bike I could sit on for more than half an hour and be comfortable.

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The v-stroms the smartest choice,,I'm 6,1, 270,, with one bad knee that does'nt like being vary bent,,with a costom seat ( witch youl want anyway) and bar risers,,you can commute and tour to your hearts content..I;ve put 82,000 miles on my 04 Dl1000 without a hitch..
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There's tonnes of aftermarket support for this bike and lots of advice available on this forum.

Consider mounting crash bars (the Pat Walsh setup works well for this) that you can add footpegs to. Then you can really stretch out on the road.

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So yours is the 1000 then? That's what it looks like, I think my budget may incline me towards the 650, but I have heard it should still be fine for touring and commuting.
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I'm 6'4" tall, and about 235 nekid as I was born (I know, too much information). I have a 650. It is a great bike for someone your size. I have the 1000 seat on mine, which is a little taller and better profiled for my particular @rse. This bike can do anything you want it to do, including keeping up with sportier bikes (as I found this weekend), touring coast to coast, and it really excels at commuting. I have a cheapie top box on mine, a madstad bracket and givi shield, and it is by far the best commuter I've ever owned (including my ST1100!). The 650 has plenty of power, especially if you're coming off a cruiser. I have mine geared up one tooth in the front, which makes it a great bike on the highway too. The 1000 has a lot of grunt, if you're looking to really haul. If I had it to do over again, I would get a 650 with ABS. You won't find a better all-arounder... truly a great bike.
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