CBR1100XX to V Strom (tips?)
Hello all. I'm getting up in age (over 40 :beatnik: ), and I'm the proud owner of a 1999 Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird. It's just at 70K on the odometer, and she's been a good bike to me.
With a trade in of $2,675 and retail of $3,905 (KBB, 8/31/10), I'd not expect to be offered much on a trade, and since she's been laid down once (the Givi case caught the brunt of it, but there were scratches on a couple of other parts), the only addition to her value are the farkles I'd likely leave on (Givi Wingrack, Givi windscreen, Fuzeblock, HID lights, heated grips, Pro-Oiler, center stalk RAM mount, Corbin seat and voltmeter).
I figured when she hit 100K, I'd be in the market for a replacement ride. Comfort is key for me, and the only other consideration I have are two features I really want in my next bike, at least one must be present.
1. Shaft drive...chain maintenance is a PITA.
2. Half or no plastics...full fairings are a PITA.
The V-Strom looks sweet. Half fairings and while it's chain driven, at least Suzuki had the intelligence to mount the exhaust well out of the way so chain maintenance is easy(er).
My riding style is sport touring. I have rarely ever pushed triple digits, and frankly, I don't get much out of doing so. I like the bike to have pep when I need it and realize that lower cc = shifting at higher RPMs, so the 600 vs 1000 cc debate appears to not be that critical (I've looked at "the definitive thread" to see what others think).
I really need to find a V-Strom to test ride to see how well I like it. Sat on one once but it seemed too high (but I think the owner raised it a little).
Anyone else a former Blackbird owner?
FWIW, 5' 10" and about 200 lbs.
Also, if there are any notable maintenance issues with the V-Strom, I'd like to know (e.g., particularly troubled model year, parts that tend to wear out with no warning or after a relatively short life, or stuff that's a pain to maintain/fix.).
Last edited by zer0netgain; 08-31-2010 at 10:15 AM.