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post #1 of 86 Old 09-14-2010, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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V-strom looks perfect for me, though I don't love the look of it ;)

I've been looking into a first bike, but until yesterday I'd barely even glanced at the V-strom.

As it happens, I was checking out various cruisers and kind of taking side glances at dual sport bikes in a dealership, and the sales guy pointed me at the V-strom. I looked over the 650 and sat on the 1000 and immediately loved the feel of the thing; it just seemed right. The intended use is pretty much perfect for me - mainly a highway bike that looks pretty nicely outfit for longer trips, with the ability to make it through a logging road to hit a sweet campsite or something.

Anyway... only problem (not that it's a big one) is I don't really like the look of the thing. I was never into sport bikes, etc, prefering the look of classic bikes and cruisers instead, and this kind of looks like a weird sport bike to me with that fairing and headlamp style (and kind of a jumbled angly mess of a sport bike, at that). Just wondering how others have felt about this, and if anyone has decided to go with something else instead just because of this. I guess it's pretty minor, but I love looking at bikes and I'd kind of feel like I was missing out if I had this one... except when riding it, of course

I've thought about the triumph scrambler, for example, but haven't had the chance to sit on one.

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I looked over the 650 and sat on the 1000 and immediately loved the feel of the thing; it just seemed right.
So what is more important than that? How did "the look of the thing" look from the saddle? Acceptable?

And check out my avatar. Both are 2007 DL650's, one with ABS and one without. Which one is uglier? Also consider that there is ~80K miles on one of them and ~60K miles on the other. These bikes are made to be ridden!

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I actually kind of like the look of the Strom, partially because of its futuristic look, but also because it doesn't look like another cruiser. We had a charity ride go by the other day, with maybe 500 bikes, of which maybe 10 weren't cruisers. And they all looked the same to me.
Anyway, if you plan on spending more time sitting in the driveway with a cloth diaper polishing it and looking at it, then I guess it might make a difference. I got my bike to ride, which the Strom lets me do as much as I want, and pretty much wherever I want, without complaint.

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Some think the V-Strom is ugly. I don't. I think it looks magnificent! What's nice too is the V-Strom is one of the most easily recognized bikes around.

Lucky me... I like the look of just about every bike on the planet... choppers ('specially kidney busting home built backstreet chops), cruisers, standards, sport bikes, classic, vintage, sport tourers, dual sports, dirt bikes, and yes, I even like scooters too!

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So what is more important than that? How did "the look of the thing" look from the saddle? Acceptable?
Looked pretty damned awesome from that POV, I have to say.

I guess you guys are just telling me what I already know / want to hear, but I'm pretty surprised, given the kinds of bikes I was mostly interested in, to end up really interested in something like this one.

I've read that this is a perfectly alright bike to learn on (I'm a big guy, and I know it's a whole different animal but I've been riding a scooter around for a long time now). Is it the kind of bike that might end up 3 blocks away and upside down in a half second, if you screw up with the throttle and clutch, like I think might be the case with some sport bikes?

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Buy what makes you happy. Which ever model you end up with, the important thing is that you ride the hell out of it and don't spend countless hours washing and talking about riding it. Have a friend that literally will not ride because he doesn't want to get his bike dirty. After a few times of that, I quit calling him to go for rides. He asked why, I said because you don't ride a motorcycle. He got the point (and his bike still hides in his garage).

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I totally understand the appearance dimension you're speaking of. I ride with (well, usually, in front of) a lot of cruiser pals, and their bikes are, without question, nice to look at. In fact, you could say that they are made to be looked at, whilst the 'Stroms (and their ilk) are made to be ridden. Exceptions abound (I think a properly windscreened and saddled Road King is a great ride, as one example), but V-Strom's are, without question, bikes built to log lots of spirited, comfortable and low-maintenance miles. Whenever I get a wandering eye, I go ride it....perhaps that's why I've logged more than 9000 miles this season!

PS- Anyone ever chromed-up a V-Strom? I know it's borderline blasphemy, but it would be fun to take that differentiator away from my bling-bling buds...

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PS- Anyone ever chromed-up a V-Strom? I know it's borderline blasphemy, but it would be fun to take that differentiator away from my bling-bling buds...
Yikes! That would be an atrocity! LOL!

There's enough chromed v-twins around this area to blind the Sun! My '87 Sportster has a handful of chromed parts... the rest is black! It too was meant to ride and not sit in the garage.




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