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post #1 of 7 Old 08-24-2010, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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My name is Rich and I have been riding bikes since my first Binnelli Minibike when I was a kid. Rode the Alcan when I was 13 on a Bridgestone 200 with my Brother on my Dad's Harley and my folks in the old Chevy wagon. Rode it again solo southbound on a Yamaha 250 Enduro when I was 15 and as an adult round tripped it on a Honda CB750F. Got a lot of long distance experience is what I'm saying. My wife and I rode from Fairbanks to Haines, 2 up on a Honda Hawk, (400cc) and took the ferry to Sitka then ferried back to Skagway and rode home.
Bought a Honda Rebel for the wife and I have been riding it all summer back and forth to work, (35 miles each way, 60 mpg), all summer, (6500 miles this summer so far). It has taught me humility on the road, in my younger days I would have pulled up next to a driver that cut me off and "keyed" his fender but on the Rebel I just think of the old Snoopy line, "Curse you Red Baron!" The Rebel has fueled my love of riding and made me want to do some more 2 up touring. The wife is all for it.
The older I get the more I am liking smaller bikes, have had a lot of Hondas up to the CBX in size and would love to get a bike similar to my CX500 but newer for touring with the wife. I was considering a Beemer but the Rebel and the Hawk have me looking for something in the 500 to 750 cc range and the Wee Strom looks ideal. Am flying to Anchorage in a couple of weeks to try one out at Motoquest, they have a $200.00 deal that lets you try up to 4 bikes, will try the Beemers 1200 & 650 twin but from what I've seen lurking on the forums the V-Strom 650 is the bike for me.
Looking forward to the Wee-Strom and hoping to get to know you all better.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-25-2010, 11:42 PM
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Welcome & you'll have no regrets getting a wee (I sure don't).

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-11-2010, 08:20 PM
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Question How did it go with MotoQuest(Tours)

How did MotoQuest-Tours work out by you ? or
I saw a add from/about them somewhere recently and will look them up on the net but Strom advice is the best advice I have found out in my short (20 post) life.
Does anyone know or knows somebody that has done a trip up in Alaska like MotoQuestTours(.com)
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-11-2010, 09:25 PM
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Sounds like you have had a lot of fun riding. The Stroms are nice bikes. Minimal needs , not overly electronic and a great all around bike. When I went to 1 bike only , I picked it for its versatility and ergonomics. The only real drawback from the other bikes i have had over the last 10 years is having to do chain service again. The seating is pretty good 2 up, a tad cramped if you get a giant top case, but that depends as much on the riders size. The suspension is a tad soft, but again , not that big of an issue to make it pretty decent.
They don't have all the bells and whistles , such as Sound systems, heated grips , GPS, factory cases, traction control etc. I look at it as a mostly positive thing. I view the bike as a base point to allow me to personalize the bike for what I want to do with it, for a lot less than a BMW

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-12-2010, 12:20 AM
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If you're a short guy you may want to adjust items that will reduce seat height, but if you're average height or taller you will enjoy the rangey feel of the tall strom. Passengers do well on the back too.

The 650 will likely be plenty of motor for you but if you get a special deal on a 1000 you won't regret it for two-up.

I love used bikes--sometimes there is a diamond out there and if you found a cherry low-mile CX500 you would enjoy that too. Maybe you should get a couple of bikes!
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-12-2010, 09:52 AM
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I don't think the V-Strom is for you.

Based on your riding history, you might be happier with an AMF-era Harley or a Triumph of slightly earlier vintage or perhaps an early seventies Honda Elsinore, maybe even a crate of BSA parts.

Adventure and excitement is in your blood. The DL650 is the Subaru Forrester of motorcycles (the DL1000 is the Subaru WRX) practical, efficient and dead reliable. On a DL you will miss out on most of the adventure in adventure riding.

Unscheduled stops for spinal adjustments and locating missing parts will remain in your history and not your future. The serendipitous delights that would await you because of short fuel range, oil leaks and medieval ergonomics would be absent in your travels.

You, my friend, are made of much hardier stuff and would be denying yourself the travel excitement and personal challeneges that a man of your mettle needs to feel alive.

Don't sell yourself short, you'll be missing half the fun on a V-Strom.

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-12-2010, 10:03 AM
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If you are looking for something like the CX500, the DL650 may be a good fit. However, it won't cook your legs in the summer, needs chain lube and will have a higher seat, more range, more power and less weight. The Honda NT700V Dullville is the present day re-creation of the CX500 experience.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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