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post #1 of 19 Old 09-09-2010, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about buying a used 2006 VStrom 1000. I'm 82 years old and have been riding off and on since 1947. My last bikes were a Valkyrie and a Nighthawk 750.

I sold both as my knees were not good. I sold them too soon.! There is a very nice Vstrom as noted above. I've looked at it, sat on it (flat footed) but not ridden it.

I have imposed self limitations on the next bike. Must be not much over 500 pounds, must flat foot it, some interstate but mostly back roads, able to have soft luggage (I have the luggage). Should be a joy to ride on the curves on the Cherohola but I could care less about the Dragon.

If I buy this Vstrom, I am thinking about lowering it about .75 inches to give me a better ability to push it around. I'm somewhat intimidated by its bulk due to my age but I'm not intimidated by its power.

I did note that the clutch pull is considerably heavier than on my Valk. Both have hydraulic clutches. Any problems?
I believe that the Wee Strom might be better suited for me but this 1000 is here and in nice shape at 8800 apparently well mantained miles.

I will probably have my son check it out. He rides a Valk and is a master automotive tech.

Is there any reasons why I should not buy this bike? Please, no flames because of my age. I do have some physical problems but I'm not ready to play Euchre at a nursing home yet. I don't really need this bike since I have a Miata that I straighten out curves with, but once a rider, always a rider!
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I'm thinking about buying a used 2006 VStrom 1000.

I did note that the clutch pull is considerably heavier than on my Valk. Both have hydraulic clutches. Any problems?
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I use a DL1K for my daily commute, which is a mix of interstate and city driving. When stuck in excessive stop and go traffic, I find that my left hand does get tired from the heavy pull of the hydraulic clutch much sooner than it did when I rode my previous bike, which has a cable operated clutch. So, your planned riding environment, and frequency, should be part of your analysis here.

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No flames for sure!!! What are you kidding? You're my hero.. I'm 46 and hoping I even make it to 80 let alone be riding then... Get your son to check the bike out, then have fun. V-stroms are an awesome bike... Enjoy my friend

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The Strom is a lot more top heavy than your Valk. I'd suggest crash bars very early on as, I think, the wisest thing to do if it starts to fall over is let it go. Lots of guys have hurt themselves trying to keep their Strom from having a low speed, or stationary, tip-over.

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I put almost 60K miles on my '02 valkyrie that now mostly sits in the garage. If the valkyrie bothered your knees, so might the vstrom. Relieving the knee issue and being able to flatfoot the bike are probably incompatible. The strom weighs about 300 lbs less than the valk and is much easier to ride, but as mentioned it's top heavier than the valk which presents its own problems.

Not trying to sway you away from the strom, just making you're aware of possible issues.
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I put almost 60K miles on my '02 valkyrie that now mostly sits in the garage. If the valkyrie bothered your knees, so might the vstrom. Relieving the knee issue and being able to flatfoot the bike are probably incompatible. The strom weighs about 300 lbs less than the valk and is much easier to ride, but as mentioned it's top heavier than the valk which presents its own problems.

Not trying to sway you away from the strom, just making you're aware of possible issues.
Thanks for the top heavy remarks. When i had the Valk, I didn't have trouble holding it up, even in the wind, but had trouble pushing it around backwards on level ground because of the weight. The V is just at my limit of max weight in that regards. Although I could flat foot it, I think that it would need to be lowered some to give my knees more push. I understand that it can be lowered about .85 inches by links and sliding the forks upward.

I'm seriously thinking of having my buddy ride the V as he has the Wee. I trust his opinion. That should give me the info that i need.

At this time, the clutch's heavy pull compared to the Valk has me wondering. A wider Kuryakyn clutch lever might help. Any comments here since you have a Valk?

Thanks guys good questions and help. Since this may well be my last bike, i want it to be right. Right now I can't think of any other bike than a Strom that would do what I want. (No scooters, cruisers, or 250cc bikes for me.)
I looked at the Triumph Bonnies but too salty for me.
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Solo I was wondering the same thing about the Vee, with regards to pushing it around, in and out of the garage etc.... I had a nice guy bring his 2009 Vee to my house, and let me ride it as long as I wanted, he rode beside me on my VFR. While it was here, I pushed it around exactly where I would be using it. The one I just got today has 1" lowering links, which made the height the same(or so it feels) as my VFR. Easier to push on and off the bike. Hope it works out for you.

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Solo I was wondering the same thing about the Vee, with regards to pushing it around, in and out of the garage etc.... I had a nice guy bring his 2009 Vee to my house, and let me ride it as long as I wanted, he rode beside me on my VFR. While it was here, I pushed it around exactly where I would be using it. The one I just got today has 1" lowering links, which made the height the same(or so it feels) as my VFR. Easier to push on and off the bike. Hope it works out for you.
My buddy who has the Wee is going with me to look it over and possibly ride it.
If he says good things about it and I'm convinced, I don't think that I'll even take delivery until it's lowered by the shop. It's very important to me that i can push or wheel it around as needed to fit in my garage. Thanks for your input.
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I'm taking one last look at the V this am.
As I perceive it from this board, the Wee gets better fuel mileage, is less weight and has plenty of power (I agree).

The V has more power, more weight, a better front fork but has 'chudder' problems and more felt vibration.

Coming off a Valkyrie, I don't put much weight on fuel mileage (the Valk got 32mpg average) Power makes no difference to me, weight and reliability does.

The V I'm looking at has low mileage, looks in great shape, and seems to have a fair price on it.

Based on the comments here, I'm about 70% sure that I WON"T buy it. After having the Valk I'm spoiled on reliability. The V doesn't seem to get high marks for trouble free running.

The riding season here is about over so if I don't buy, I'm giving up looking for a ride Thanks everyone for your input.

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Solo,

I thought since I have gone from a 05 Bonnie to a 08 Wee I could join in.
2 years ago I had picked up an 05 Bonneville and put on about 3000 miles...well balanced, went as fast as I needed it to go and looked great. Easy to move around in the garage too.

I realized I wanted to do some dirt roads etc... and the Bonnie would not like that much so went to the Wee.

Not sure what "too salty" means but a second look / ride might be in order.

Good luck and keep ridin....

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