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post #1 of 26 Old 01-28-2010, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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What's So Great About The Vstrom 1000?

Hi everyone,

New to this website. I've been an avid/competitive offroad motorcycle guy for 36 of my 43 years. Have ridden and owned street bikes on and off just for the last 25 years. I'm considering buying a Vstrom 1000 and I'm not sure why other than it seems like everyone who own's one thinks it's the greatest bike in the world which I find really weird. I have never ridden one but only looked at them in the store and just recently even gave it any consideration. To me there is no such thing as too much power. The Vstrom has a cool looking Vtwin which sits in a unique looking bike. Some parts of the Vstrom look kind of nerdish and the the suspension is antequated in the dirtbike world. If a person is buying it to ride on pavement then wouldn't there be better choices like the ST1300 and many other sport touring bikes for that? OPbviously if your on gravel roads the sport touring bikes are out of the question. My last street bike was a 120HP machine and I never thought it has too much power so why should I buy a Vstrom 1000?
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Nothing. It's not the greatest bike in the world. It just does many different things decently well.

It's not very powerful either. My 600 puts down more power than this lump. It's just fun.

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It's a great all-rounder, quick, fairly light, capable of some off roading, reliable, and very reasonably priced. If you want power go look at a V-Max, but don't try and take it off road. Yes there are better off road bikes, but they fall short on road. For a twin it's darn good, mine will outrun my neighbors 2,000 cc Kaw. cruiser, and out handle it. It just depends on what you want. Cheers-BB

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Maybe a Vstrom is the wrong bike for you ?

I am generally happy with my 650
The bike is a good allround bike not the best bike at one thing or another .
Take look at the rider's age ,we are generally more mature and are after ONE bike to do whatever we want ,we improve it for what we want .

I like travelling 14 hour days ,but I live in a country that will remove your licence and YOUR bike if you ride 25 mile per hour over the limit , you can even get free accomidation in jail and fines in the thousand to go with it .As our maxmium speed limit is 110 kph ( 68 mph ) it's not much point in having a high top speed .A lot of our country roads go for miles without anywhere to turn off so one Policeman at one end and another at the other end gets most speeders .It can be very profitable for the government.

This is a bike for the road less travelled and someone who wants to enjoy themselves .
If you want to get somewhere fast take a plane , if you want to enjoy yourself get a Vstom,because it is surprising what you find down some dirt roads.

Now I am not knocking big touring bike I like them ,but I am probably past realy fast 1000klm days in sub 8 hour times on roads that you would call backroads in the USA ,been there 30years ago not interested anymore.


Remember its the attitude of the rider and what HE/She get's out of riding their bike as long as they are happy that's all that counts.

People may ride fast bike and want to race I just say "how many LAPS of Australia ONE or TWO ". I have been saying that for thirty plus years to speed freaks gets them everytime .

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The DL1000 is the best combination of what I like per dollar spent. Every bike has a loyal following. Doesn't mean it's the best bike for you or I, though. Go ride one. That's the only way to know.

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A few years back Discover Magazine had an articcle about Beauty. It seems that if you morph together the faces of any ramdon group of women you end up with a face that is incredibly beautiful. I turns out that beuty isn't about being spectacularilly different, but beign spectacularilly average.

The V-Strom range is incredibly average. V-Stroms do nothing amazingly well but do a lot of things very good, and the everyday ability that doesn't constrain you to any one type of riding is likely what makes the bike so appealling.

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Can't speak for others. I tired of the cruiser style/ highway bikes. Compared to my modded out Valkyrie, a modded out Vee handels the backroads very well. Lot of fun and decent power. I've recently acquired a KLR 650 to take dual sporting a little further. Different strokes for different folks. :beatnik:

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I bought DL 1000 after putting 57,000 miles on a 1200 Bandit that was improved with better suspension and piped and jetted. The Dyno numbers were about 80 ft/lbs and 120 hp at the rear wheel. Not the biggest and baddest but respectable at least. The reason I traded off the B-12 was my knees would bother me on long rides, I needed a greater seat to peg height and the V-Strom fit the bill. I thought I might miss the power and handling of the Bandit but have found the V to be all right,it's probably a second slower in the 1/4 mile than the B-12 but still 11 secs. is still way faster than most cars. And with the longer wheel base the V turns in a little slower but I still can get a peg down so again it's no slouch. The pluses for the V to me are the seating position makes it possible for me to ride the all day type of rides I like to do with no knee pain. The fuel range is about 200 miles vs. the B-12's 125 miles to reserve. The V-Strom all so gravel roads much better than the B-12 so that opens up a lot of riding for me. So for me and the type of riding I do I think the big V while not perfect is a better bike for me.
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I know that Power is.....Well, a relative term

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Hi everyone,

New to this website. I've been an avid/competitive offroad motorcycle guy for 36 of my 43 years. Have ridden and owned street bikes on and off just for the last 25 years. I'm considering buying a Vstrom 1000 and I'm not sure why other than it seems like everyone who own's one thinks it's the greatest bike in the world which I find really weird. I have never ridden one but only looked at them in the store and just recently even gave it any consideration. To me there is no such thing as too much power. The Vstrom has a cool looking Vtwin which sits in a unique looking bike. Some parts of the Vstrom look kind of nerdish and the the suspension is antequated in the dirtbike world. If a person is buying it to ride on pavement then wouldn't there be better choices like the ST1300 and many other sport touring bikes for that? OPbviously if your on gravel roads the sport touring bikes are out of the question. My last street bike was a 120HP machine and I never thought it has too much power so why should I buy a Vstrom 1000?
You should not buy a DL1000.....unless you love the feel of a torgue monster V-twin with standard Rider ergonomics,or if you like to ride twisting winding roads [ Gravel or paved] . If you love riding a bike with minimum maintenance and fair ground clearance, headlights that look like death rays, and only want to fill up the tank every 210 miles or so .[I average 39 mpg.].. then you might want to get one ...Mine is going on 5 seasons and has 49000mi. all of which I put on .....I cant wait to go on my first long trip!!!

2014 V2 DL 1000 25 miles and Onward
IF I only Rode in Good weather..
I WOULDN'T get to Ride in Vermont.at ALL!
we have 2 types of roads in Vermont, Unpaved roads and decaying back to .............Unpaved roads..

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If a person is buying it to ride on pavement then wouldn't there be better choices like the ST1300 and many other sport touring bikes for that?
no, not at all. i prefer the light weight, standard ergo's and comfort of the DL1 over st bikes.
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