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post #1 of 10 Old 09-12-2010, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Vstrom as my second bike

I have only been riding since April. I currently have a Kawasaki Vulcan 500. I have ridden 1500 miles and struggle to keep up with my husbands Goldwing. We travel in our rv and put both bikes on a tandem tow dolly. I am ready to get a bigger bike but not add anymore weight than I have to to the dolly. I was told that the seat height might be an issue because of the high center of gravity. My question is this bike a good choice for a second bike. I am 5'7"

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It's a good choice to be your #1 bike so I'd imagine it will work well as a #2 for you.

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The seat height can be an issue if you have a short inseam; the high center of gravity just makes it feel taller because it takes more effort to get the bike back up to vertical when you're standing still or at very low speeds.

There are several ways to give yourself more stable footing. Lowering the bike by installing lowering links on the rear suspension and raising the fork tubes makes the most difference. There are aftermarket seats that are either lower or are shaped to allow an easier reach to the ground. You can shave down the foam in the stock seat, and shave down or remove the rubber bumpers on the bottom of the seat pan.

If you're small enough that those solutions are not enough, but you still like the strom, you should consider an SV. Same basic engine as the strom, but considerably lower and more compact, and a bit lighter I think.

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It would work OK with a lowering kit I suspect, but the CG I think you will find very different. I would agree that the SV maybe the better choice.

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Perhaps you should get your husband to slow down while you are learning. Your Vulcan should easily cruise legal speeds. But if it's more power you want there are lots of choices. What is it you expect to gain other than power?

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post #6 of 10 Old 09-13-2010, 04:03 AM
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The DL can be lowered pretty easily.
I'd suggest removing the rubber bumpers under the seat and replacing with felt furniture bumpers for a cheap 3/4 inch.

The DL shouldn't have any problems keeping up with a Goldwing other than in a straight line and it'll go places you wouldn't sanely take a Goldwing. I know there are maniacs who can make Goldwings go incredibly fast - but with an average rider on each the DL should be faster on any road with bends in it.

However - rider skill matters still and not wanting to ruin your marriage , but maybe you should ride in front and set the pace for a while ?.

ALso look at the SV or Gladius, both will handle better on road but are less versatile than the DL.

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Very top heavy, carries allot of fuel, tall bike.........you will drop it! I would personally not recommend it to you, there are some awful nice cruisers in the 800/900 cc range that will easily run with most anything, that is what I would get if I were you.

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post #8 of 10 Old 09-24-2010, 02:27 PM
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I wouldn't recomment a larger cruiser but a SV650, Gladius or Ninja 650r would all fit the bill. The V-strom 650 might be great too. The only real potential problem for you is that it's top-heavy. If you are tall and strong enough it should be fine.

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post #9 of 10 Old 09-26-2010, 11:33 PM
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My biggest concern would be seat height. I have a 32" inseam and can flat foot it stock but not with a lot left over. The DL can keep up with a Goldwing no problem. I own both. The problem you might have will be how long can you go with the same comfort level? I can go further on my Goldwing more comfortably than my DL. But, I love my DL because it's so much fun to ride. I've made multiple long trips on the DL over the Goldwing, several thousand miles. It handled and ran perfectly. Ran the heck out of it last year and kept up with my brothers BMW 1150 in the mountains, it'll scream if you want it too. Only ride whatever you buy within your limits though, the Goldwing goes slower, I've seen plenty. Both of you adjust your speed and style to what is comfortable and safe for you. Coming home alive is more important than any other part of your ride.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-22-2010, 07:43 PM
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why exactly are you struggling to keep up with the goldwing?
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