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post #1 of 27 Old 06-28-2010, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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I am shopping for a new ride after a 25 year sabbatical from cycling. I owned a Kawi KZ1000 in my youth but sold it to buy an engagement ring. The symbolism of that act is obvious. I want a standard bike with an upright seating position and plenty of room as I am 6'5". I plan to ride mostly on pavement but may venture off into light offroad trails and gravel roads. I can purchase an 08 1200gs for the price of a new 1000 v-strom. I am also considering the 650VS as I am stale in my cycling skills. Any advice you can give on the relative advantages of these bikes will be appreciated.
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post #2 of 27 Old 06-28-2010, 09:19 PM
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Well whatever you decide I think it would be worth your while to buy used. That way you should be able to sell it for very nearly what you paid for it should it not be to your liking. Very nice unused used motorcycles are easy to find. With a new one you take quite a hit the moment it leaves the dealer.
I would read about the problems BMWs have before you buy one. I cant recommend them. Either Suzuki would be fine and I think you would be very pleased with either. My vote would be for a DL 650.
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comparing a used GS to anew strom isnt really apples to apples. A used strom 1000 can go for around 5-6k all day long. Dont rule out the 650 either. I have had an 1150GS and now a stom 650 ABS. I will take the strom over the GS if given the choice.....ohhh wait....I was given that choice....LOL

I have ridden a 1200GS and honestly never meshed with it. I preffered the feel of the 1150 in the GS. I found alot more buffetting and not as good weather protection with the GS. Acceleration of my 650 is almost the same as a 1200GS and is actually better than the 1150. The wee offers me more leg room. Both bikes will need a fair amount of farkles to get up to where you will want to be. The seats, windshields and other items will need attention. Dont forget to budget 1-2k to do these changes. PM me if you have any more specific questions. I have owned most BMW models and ridden even more models.

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You're comparing a used GS prices to new DL prices. Don't rule out a used DL. I just saw an '04 with 15k miles on it for sale on craigslist in my area. The bike has got every accessory you could ever want and he's asking 4,200.

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post #5 of 27 Old 06-29-2010, 06:41 AM
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After a long hiatus from riding used would be the way to go and by that I mean used Vstrom. 1k or 650 would be up to you to decide but the smaller motor will be lighter and easier to deal with depending. If money really isn't an issue (and for some it isn't) and that GS is calling your name... you know the answer.

You did come to a Vstrom board to ask so we're mostly going to be leaning that way. If you were on a BMW board they'd tell you the opposite for the most part.

The Vstrom is a great bike. Not perfect from the factory but most guys want to do what they're going to do to a bike so it really doesn't matter. Most nit picks can be corrected without breaking the bank.

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I WAS in the exact same situation! 61 years old and wanting to get back into biking after 30 years, everyone thought I was actually a little crazy ( so?) anyway I checked them all out and did a lot of research very, very, close to buying a Bmw Gs until he said we will throw in the first oil change! $350 value. After listening to everyone on this site I ended up getting a used 07 650 and just cannot stop riding. The buffeting is annoying and its a challenge to work through it.
Now to top it all off and to help with the decision check out the massive BMW Recall just announced ?
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Depends on your budget. If you're rich buy the GS. They're great. Otherwise buy the strom.

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I am shopping for a new ride after a 25 year sabbatical from cycling. I owned a Kawi KZ1000 in my youth but sold it to buy an engagement ring. The symbolism of that act is obvious. I want a standard bike with an upright seating position and plenty of room as I am 6'5". I plan to ride mostly on pavement but may venture off into light offroad trails and gravel roads. I can purchase an 08 1200gs for the price of a new 1000 v-strom. I am also considering the 650VS as I am stale in my cycling skills. Any advice you can give on the relative advantages of these bikes will be appreciated.
The GS is a very nice bike, and I think if I could afford one that is the bike I would ride - however depending on your finances it could suck you dry in maintenace costs and insurance when compared to the Strom.

Monkey Man posted this earlier in the week - and although meant to be funny, there is a lot of truth in it. The Strom will probably cost you a third less to maintain.

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...I ended up getting a used 07 650 and just cannot stop riding. The buffeting is annoying....
An aftermarket windshield and Tuono mirrors or Richland Rick's mirror extenders should be on your to-do-right-away list.

About the BMW...I describe the strom as 80% of the GS at half the price--anyone can correct me on the numbers. The strom might be 110% of the fun for some riders. How's your budget, and how far away is your nearest BMW repair shop? A friend on an '09 R1200GS has had his front rotors replaced under warranty and had the rear pads' lining adhesive fail--lost the friction part and ruined that rotor, didn't quite crash, sorry, "his fault" (B.S.) no warranty fix.

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The Strom will probably cost you a third less to maintain.
Based on my BMWs I would say less than half the cost to maintain a Strom. Not trying to discourage you as I enjoyed my BMWs, it's just best to know what you're getting into.

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