Looking at a 1000 and thought Id say hi.
Had a lovely Triumph Sprint RS until two weeks ago when my next door neighbour decided to skittle me down the road... No damage to me, but unfortunately, the bike wasnt so lucky... So, Im now looking for a new bike.
I do 20k a year in all weathers. I have a 70mile round commute and regularly go out at weekends, plus at least one bike trip a year (Morocco in May). The Srpint had a great engine but was a bit too 'nose down' for the filtering I do everyday and a bit ponderous for the really bad weather. Im 6"3, so I decided I needed something a bit more spacious.
Narrowed down my options to;
V-Strom 1000 (better value than a 650!)
Ive got a budget of 3k and would really like some hard luggage for that.
Of the three, the V is the one Im drawn to most.
Any thing I should look for in particular?
Ive had my eye on this one. Its been kicking around on ebay for a while. Looks in good nick and although it doesnt have luggage, its under budget by enough to allow me to retro fit. Thoughts?
A couple of specific questions...
Are they straightforward to DIY service?
How are the running costs (do they eat tyres, c&s etc.)?
Are they too heavy for winter commuting, or does the height make it easier to manouvere than a typical sports tourer?
Hope to meet a few of you soon. Im in the North East so if anyone knows of any for sale a little more locally, let me know!