Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: plymouth, michigan
Don't have any illusions - the Strom is NOT a dirt bike.
As an ex-MX'er, the Strom appealed to my senses, just barely enough off road capability to ride up a two track, zip down a mysterious dirt road, or cut down a rough alley. It's a tough bike. I've seen YouTube vids of Stroms getting air, blasting up and down hills, singletrack, broken shale trails, etc., but I really think its out of it's element for real trail rough going. It's a big bike [the fairing will seem absolutely huge from the riding position when compared with your tiny XL's cockpit], with not a whole lot of suspension travel, low slung, so you have to really be mindful of it's largesse when off road. I look at it like it's a Toyota RAV SUV or a little Ford Escape - you can take it off road if you're careful, but it's really much happier on the road.
That said, It's a wonderful bike to eat up miles on, whether it's on the freeway, or two lane back roads. Smooth, comfortable, and there are so many accessories to be had, that it's impossible not to fine tune it to your ultimate magic setup.....it's a great canvas.
I don't know if I'd ever put some TKC knobbies on my Wee, just because I commute to work on it so much - not much sense in grinding down expensive knobbies for nothing!, so I'm happy to stick with barely dirt worthy tires [bridgestone battlewings]. Which kinda limits my off-road explorations, but that's fine, not much "technical terrain" in Michigan anyway!
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Last edited by jokermtb; 08-10-2010 at 01:08 PM.