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post #1 of 17 Old 07-07-2010, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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DL 1000 Riding Position

Good Evening:

I'm trying to find information regarding how folks would describe the riding postion of the V-Strom? I'm a middle aged newbie....that needs to change my current ride. I have a bum left hip and from all the pictures I see...the Strom seems to have a nice "Upright" riding position.

I have pain attempting to sit on a sport bike...with my legs going behind. A lot of the cruisers are pretty low...so my legs are bent more than a regular sitting position.

The reason I ask....Vee's and Wee's are extremely rare in these parts. Talked with my dealer this afternoon...he said he needs some serious
( non- refundable ) money to locate one and bring it to his shop.....he sat on a Versys for a couple of years and finally moved it on ebay...so he doesn't want to get stuck with it.

Thanks in advance for any assistance / information.

Wayne

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Don't laugh...My current ride is a 2009 AN650. I figured the "Pass through" would be easier for me with my bum hip. But my seating position is too low and I can't stretch my legs out when riding.

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post #2 of 17 Old 07-07-2010, 09:36 PM
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Talking Stright up

I've got a 2004 Vee. I'm almost 6' 2" and a little over 200 lbs. I average over 1500 miles per month on the bike. I've changed a couple of things on my bike to make it more to my liking but that is a personal thing. I sit upright on the bike with my feet under me, where they belong. I don't have any problems with leg room even though at the North American V-Strom Gathering I did see some foot peg lowering brackets that were getting a lot of attention. For me I also put a set of 1" up and back risers on my bars. I'm not really sure if that has done too much for me because I changed the seat out for a Corbin at about the same time. I've got a boney butt and I like the corbin better than the stocker but some people love the stock seat. By the way the seat height on the 1000 is about an inch taller than the 650. All in all I think the bike has an excellent seating position and I think you would be very happy with either the 650 or the 1000.


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It would be more of a standard seating position.
My buddies hip gives him problems and between the lowered pegs and highway bar he can change around on long rides to keep comfortable.
If you lived closer too Vegas I would let you give mine a try.
I have both the DL650 and DL1000
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2006 SILVER DL1000 - Running out of Farkles also!!!
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Thanks guys for the information....this really helps. I think my problem is...most bikes have a more compressed seating position...I need to be more stretched out. Having my feet under me or perhaps also having highway pegs gives me an opportunity to change positions.

Thanks again....My fingers are crossed that my dealer can locate a Vee for me.

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I'm almost 62 with a bad hip, back & knees, and I'm doing 8 and 9 hour days on my DL1000 with only minor seat foam and wind screen modifications. Of course it may be that I take more Aleve than I used to take....

I've owned about 30 motorcycles since 1967, so I believe that I've been to at least a couple of county fairs and a corn roast or two - so I feel comfortable in recommending the VStrom to just about anyone.

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I'm almost 62 with a bad hip, back & knees, and I'm doing 8 and 9 hour days on my DL1000 with only minor seat foam and wind screen modifications. Of course it may be that I take more Aleve than I used to take....

I've owned about 30 motorcycles since 1967, so I believe that I've been to at least a couple of county fairs and a corn roast or two - so I feel comfortable in recommending the VStrom to just about anyone.
Thank you very much for the information. This real world info. helps tremendously. I've got my dealer trying to chase an '09 down. Seems like they're getting harder to find.

Thanks Again,

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Screw the dealer
Locate it yourself and probably save a few bucks
Then do a fly and ride to get to know your new bike
Mike

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Here is a buddy of mines.
A great bike, well taken care of and good deal
http://my2wheels.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5062
Fly to Utah and enjoy the trip home
Mike

2007 Blue DL650 V-Strom - running out of farkle's to do so bought the VEE
2006 SILVER DL1000 - Running out of Farkles also!!!
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there are a handful for sale in Colorado recently on CL
Denver: http://bit.ly/afeDzv
Colorado Springs: http://bit.ly/bxFxKb

people here aren't terribly unreasonable - picked up my K5 Wee with 17,300 on the odometer with a rack and 2 Givi 36L bags for $3,500 about 2 months ago

that guy in Falcon (near Colorado Springs) has been trying to get rid of that one for a while - probably b/c Falcon is kind of a haul for folks but if you were going to fly and buy it wouldn't matter

and then there is that K5 with only 900 miles on it ... sweet if you can talk him down on $$ a little
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This ones for sale in MN. Not sure how far you are from Duluth. It's for sale by a forum member.
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