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post #1 of 30 Old 09-08-2010, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Why should I buy a V-Strom?

I've looked at all the dual sports. Test rode the KLR. Love the feel of the V-Strom, especially the history of the SV engine.......
What was the deciding factor when you purchased your V-Strom?
And 650 or 1000? I'm 6'3" and 240.
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post #2 of 30 Old 09-08-2010, 11:42 AM
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I'm also 6'2 240 (used to be 6'3). Had a KLR, brakes sucked on the street, got blown around, and wasn't all that great in the woods. Quality of components sucked.

Test rode a DL1000 and liked the riding position and overall "handiness" of the bike. Found the engine powerful but kind of rough, and too much weight on the front wheel to feel good on soft surfaces. I reluctantly tried the DL650 and couldn't believe the difference. Bought an 05.

Decided I wanted ABS and looked at and rode the 1200GS, 1200GS-A and a few other bikes before I bought my 09 DL650 ABS.

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In reality not many cross-shop the KLR and the Strom. Strom is meant for the street. KLR primarily for off-road.

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I bought it because I liked the color.

It matched the floor of my garage so that it was nearly invisible and my mom barely noticed it when I brought it home against her wishes.

The riding position, smooth v-twin motor, unfussy maintenace and ABS brakes we all just serendipidous surprises for me.

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Cuz I wanted to be like Nroman. Who doesn't?

Ok, srsly. Intended use was the key: lots of highway, and don't wanna stop when the pavement ends? That's what the Strom does best.

Had it not been for the forest road factor (and, um, the money factor), I'd be riding an FJR (and probably sporting a splotchy driving record and higher insurance rates).

Oh, and one other thing: I got tired of working on my K75S and decided to get a bike that ran more often than not.
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Cuz I wanted to be like Nroman. Who doesn't?
Get in line.

I did a bunch of research after having seen a DL1000 at the end of a long dirt road. Compared to the competition it fit the need, the budget and had ABS.

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I solved the problem: after I bought the DL1000 I could see I needed a better trailbike, so I found a cheap KLR650 and I am so pleased with this pair I don't think I have EVER been so well mounted in my life (and I have owned over 100 motorcycles since 1963).

The DL1000 is set up for sport touring, and the KLR is set up for severe trails, so I can do every kind of biking at any moment. The KLR is a super nimble commuter, better than the Strom IMHO.
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I read all the stickies in all the forums on the Stromtrooper website, noticed the maintenance was easy to perform, relatively inexpensive and that there was a good following throughout the world. I returned from Greece and purchased one 2 months later. Didn't even consider the 1000...I wasn't interested.

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It was something like this...

The stain on the ceiling above my bed was always the first thing that greeted me in the morning so you could imagine my surprise when I found I was looking up at a beautiful blue sky. I’d woken up in strange places a time or two before, but I usually remember how I got there. Not this time.

I sat up and the wilderness that surrounded me was as green and brown as the sky was blue. God, I was lost. The only thing breaking up the green and the brown and the blue was a bright red motorcycle that had decided to take a nap next to me. This was getting interesting.

A look around showed me nothing but my own footprints from one direction and a single track from the other direction that stopped, naturally, where the bike laid itself down. There’s no rest for the wicked so I picked up the bike and stepped back to get a look at her. I’ve spent the night next to worse, but she was ugly.

I walked back over and the key stood in the ignition. She fired on the first try and relaxed into a smooth purr patiently waiting for me to get on. I hadn’t ridden motorcycle in a long time, but threw a leg over and she felt just right. Goldilocks wouldn’t have been happier.

“What do you think, back the way I came?” She didn’t reply but I figured I’d made it here on that path. I made to turn around and dropped her. Man was she top heavy. I muscled her back up and surveyed the damage. A busted turn signal and some scratches on the plastic. Nothing to worry about. Now we were both damaged goods.

I got back on for another attempt. We were pointed down the path she took to get here. The trees were blocking a little more light and the larger rocks proffered their services in busting a rim or the oil pan. But something told me maybe I didn’t just drop her. Maybe she wanted to go that way. And what the hell, I didn’t have much but a stained ceiling waiting for me back my way. I ripped open the throttle, dumped the clutch and we floated down that dark path never looking back.

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Get the 1000 for long two up road trips & power & the 650 for the economy and forest service roads. My 650 is my daily commuter bike . . . 1000 is my weekend bike.


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