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post #1 of 44 Old 08-09-2010, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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How can I talk my wife into another motorcycle?

I am sort of new to motorcycling. After riding bicycles excessively when I was younger (as in long distance events), and nearly wearing out a moped in college, I finally did the training course and bought the quintessential beginner bike, a ninja 250.

8 months and 18k miles later, I love the ninja, to the point of giving my two cars (well, car and a truck) to my teenagers and using the bike as my primary transport.

But I am looking at other motorcycles, and some how the 650DL has caught my attention.

I would really like something where I am not so folded up physically. I sat on an orange '09 at the dealer, it is comfortably sized. The idea of turning down the gravel road occasionally is very appealing. Easily adding lockable hard luggage would be most convenient. Those funky hand guards look like they would be nice in the winter. I could get used to seeing something besides my arms in the rear view mirrors. A big gas tank is better than a small one. Riding to Alaska would be awesome. A passenger seat where a non-midget could sit would be nice.

Is a rider's choice of motorcycle somewhat of a personality test? What sort of person rides a V strom?

There is a great online following for this particular bike. Like this forum.

So I poke my nose in here and say "hi, nice bike"
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post #2 of 44 Old 08-09-2010, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by spibbie View Post
Is a rider's choice of motorcycle somewhat of a personality test? What sort of person rides a V strom?
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I think the kind of user that gets into the V-Strom is the kind of rider that simply wants to ride a bike. They aren't looking for the bike to define them but rather they define what the bike is and what it will do for them.

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As someone who seems like they've been deep into bicycles, the same sort of dynamic exists with motos. As you well know, your first bike is pretty much like an experiment - you discover what is really important to you and your ride, which is why you are now looking at a Strom.

Women are very logical, in that they understand progression. Use that methodology, and you're assured a new bike.

As for a Strom, I look at it as a very comfortable motorized mountain bike, and the road is asphalt singletrack....and I'm always on a trail ride. But really, look at almost every motorcycle made. There are very few motorcycles made nowdays that can pretty much go wherever you want to go....that's the primary appeal of this bike, and others of it's ilk.

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post #4 of 44 Old 08-10-2010, 01:43 AM
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How can I talk my wife into another motorcycle?

It's like the Old Spice guy says. Buy her two tickets to that thing she loves and then Diamonds.....lotsa lotsa Diamonds. Or shoes, perhaps. Good luck!
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post #5 of 44 Old 08-10-2010, 02:09 AM
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My wife rides her Ninja 250 and I ride my Wee...No talking into it necessary. Just get your wife through the MSF and onto the Ninja...then you need a new bike for you and the hard decision part of what bike to buy is already done.

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post #6 of 44 Old 08-10-2010, 02:29 AM
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What sort of person rides a V strom?
One of my other bikes:

Look familiar? Probably an earlier model than yours, but still. It's my preferred socal commuter bike, great for lane splitting and the twisty little mountain roads of California...not so hot in flat straight Tejas, which is where I hang my helmet these days.

The idea of turning down the gravel road occasionally is very appealing.
The ninjette is (IIRC) about 100lbs lighter than the DL650. Works fine on gravel. Note the dirty tires in the picture above.

As for the other points...folded up? Yeah, I feel your pain and the V-Strom is most of a cure. Luggage, yeah, lots of options for the 'strom. I don't have an issue with the mirrors on either bike but some people buy mirror extenders. Alaska is will, not bike model. Passengers, yeah, ninjette ain't the best choice there (notice the lack of passenger pegs on mine...shows my opinion).

The 'strom has a slightly (1 gallon) bigger gas tank, but the Ninjette has a similar effective range, so I'd call that a wash or slightly in favor of the ninjette.

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post #7 of 44 Old 08-10-2010, 05:28 AM
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Tell her that the sort of person that rides a strom is a well educated and thrifty person. If that doesn't work, ask her why she needs more than 50 pairs of shoes if she is anything like my wife. I'm pretty lucky, my wife lets me buy pretty much whatever.

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Just man up and bring it home. She'll get over it.
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post #9 of 44 Old 08-10-2010, 09:54 AM
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Just collect yourself, walk calmly into the house, and...

Kick the cat and say, "Dammit, woman! Get me a beer and fix me some grits! Then git nekkid. Oh, and I'm buying another motorcycle...maybe two."

Let us know how it works out.

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Originally Posted by spibbie View Post
What sort of person rides a V strom?

If you don't look a lot like this, Google should not have sent you here.

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