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post #1 of 7 Old 12-20-2009, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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I am glad I found this forum - lots of good info here. I, like others, am trying to decide what my next bike will be. I currently own a '08 ZX14 and 1250 Bandit ABS. The Bandit is leaving soon. I have not been able to find a suitable windscreen for it.
Bikes that I am looking at are pretty varied in size and style - '06 DL1000, '04 ZZR1200 and '01 VFR800.
I sold a '01 Concours a couple of months ago due to the awful handle bar vibration. Wind and buffeting protection was great with the 22.5" Cee Bailey.
Based on the posts I have read on this forum I feel that those issues can be solved on the V with a proper screen.
My only concern with the V is it's handling in the curves. I certainly would not expect it to handle as well as a sport bike, but the front tire on the V looks kinda small. The one I am looking at has been lowered a good bit. I plan on riding it next week.
I am 5'11" 200 lbs. 48" chest - athletic build.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-21-2009, 01:03 AM
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Tires are what give you grip in corners .If you are not going off road fitt Road Pilot 2 . I have a mate who fitted a 17 front wheel to his 1000 to get better tire choices a few years ago ,it made it far more nimble but a bit different.


How hard do you intend to ride is also a real determaning thing, try hiring a 650 or 1000 to see if you like it .That way you have an all round bike and the ZX14 for when nothing replaces speed. It's a different mind set riding a 650

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-21-2009, 08:50 PM
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Agreed with the above. Depending on what kind of riding you intend on doing, tire selection will make a big difference. In addition, the stock springs and oil are pretty much junk. You can upgrade your springs (to Sonics, for instance) for like $100 and they make a big difference. Add a fork brace and the wee will stick to corners like glue.

Of course only if you have good tires. Check out the reviews for Conti Trail Attacks.

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-21-2009, 10:15 PM
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My only concern with the V is it's handling in the curves. I certainly would not expect it to handle as well as a sport bike, but the front tire on the V looks kinda small. The one I am looking at has been lowered a good bit. I plan on riding it next week.
I am 5'11" 200 lbs. 48" chest - athletic build.

I have seen Wees, Vees and GS Beemers ride around the outside of sports bikes on corners at some fairly high speeds

Don't be fooled in to thinking you need clip on handle bars and a fairing to have a bike that handles and corners.

Somewhere on this forum is a pick of a Wee/Vee grinding footpegs in a big way.

The range of Adventure/Tourer [or Dual Sport] bikes around today have some remarkable abilities in performance and handling.

Want a bike that will do everything really very very well buy a Wee want to do that AND scare yourself s**tless buy the Vee

I bought the Wee and love it more each day, I ride to work and back every day and just did a fourteen day 4600km tour through three states here in The Land of Oz.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-21-2009, 11:46 PM
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I also want to point out that you're asking your questions in a V-Strom forum. We are... well... very dedicated to our ugly ducklings, some more obsessively than others. There isn't much a V-Strom can't do well, but you may have to swap out or upgrade some components to make it great in a specific area. Honestly, though, I love my 650 to death. I put on 15K miles in less than 2 years, and every one of them was a blast

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post #6 of 7 Old 12-22-2009, 05:50 AM
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Mate,
Bite the bullet, pull out the 1400 and bandit thorn and buy the DL1000. Plenty of power on tap, good allrounder and fares pretty well 2 up. NO, not biast just reallistic bro. :beatnik:
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Front tire seems to grip OK for me.



Lee Parks doesn't seem to have any problems with them either.


The stock damping isn't great but the V-Strom is pretty easy to handle. I'd ride them first, of course.

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