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post #1 of 14 Old 12-16-2010, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Goldwing rider needing advice about the DL1000.

This is my 1st post here and I thank you for your responses. I have an '02 Goldwing with 94,000 miles and I am considering going to the V-strom. The Wing is great but I don't do much long distance travelling any more. I am looking for something a little smaller and easier to handle around town but can still handle the occasional 1000 mile weekend. I am 55 yrs old, 6'6", 200 lbs. with some neck and back arthritis. I am curious about the long distance comfort of the V for someone my size. What additions or modifications would you suggest to help make it as good of a long distance bike as it can be? I have admired the V for a while but never ridden one..... Thanks for your insight.
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-16-2010, 08:09 PM
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been riding for over 40 years. i appreciate my vee more than any bike i've had in the past 30 years. at your height, richlandrick's peg lowers and a non chuttering clutch basket will make a great bike, for any distance. after the wing, (i also ride a road glide), the dl1000 will feel like a real motorcycle to you. the way it feels and reacts to your riding input will amaze you. give it a try. you will love it. tom p
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...I have an '02 Goldwing with 94,000 miles and I am considering going to the V-strom....I am looking for something a little smaller and easier to handle around town but can still handle the occasional 1000 mile weekend....
The Strom will certainly manage the 1000 mile weekends but it won't be easier to handle than your Wing. Much taller and more top heavy.

As for accessories, spend some time, read some posts, man up and decide for yourself what you need.

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This is my 1st post here and I thank you for your responses. I have an '02 Goldwing with 94,000 miles and I am considering going to the V-strom. The Wing is great but I don't do much long distance travelling any more. I am looking for something a little smaller and easier to handle around town but can still handle the occasional 1000 mile weekend. I am 55 yrs old, 6'6", 200 lbs. with some neck and back arthritis. I am curious about the long distance comfort of the V for someone my size. What additions or modifications would you suggest to help make it as good of a long distance bike as it can be? I have admired the V for a while but never ridden one..... Thanks for your insight.
6'4" 300. Fractured lower lumbar in a bike wreck years ago. They said I sprained it in the last wreck. Brother Arthur is making himself known. I still am able to ride the DL1000 fairly comfortable for long periods of time. 700-800 mile weekends are no problem. I think it handles like a bicycle. I would like to have a GW, but not in the financial future.
I have a CB and I can hook up music if I want. I have Barefoot Willie's cup holder and GPS on a RAM. The most important modification I have is my Russell Seat. The only thing that hurts is the checkbook.
It still is personal preference that lets you know if you like a bike.
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I'm not trying to stir shit, but you'll want to demo-ride the strom to find out how it works for you. Be sure to also demo the 650; a lot of people prefer it to the big brother.
Coming from 200+hp bikes, I had dismissed the 650 (just based on horsepower numbers), but after trying out the 1000 and the 650, a wee is what I ended up buying (and I got ABS brakes as a bonus). There's nothing the 1000 can do that the 650 can't.
The goldwing is torquey, but I think it's a bit of a cow. This opinion is based on riding my dad's valkyrie in the Swiss alps; a wee will outperform it in any test you care to subject both bikes to.
Of course, the vee will also outperform the honda, but the wee is a little bit lower, cheaper, smoother and better on gas. For many people, the wee is also a license-saver. If you're set on a vee after trying both bikes, that's fine. In either case, you're buying a great machine.
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Many people upgrade the seat and the windshield. The suzuki gel seat is the best gain in comfort for the money. Everybody seems to LOVE the russel seats but they are high $$$$.

Don't count out the little 650. It's smoother, lighter and easier to handle around town. But, it's also surprisingly capable on the open road. Each strom has it's strong points, you just have to decide if either of them fits you.

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I have a 2003 Goldwing with 94,000 miles and a 2008 DL1000 with 6,500 miles on it. I'm a senior and have owned motorcycles since I was 16 (46 so far). I love both bikes but if you want to ride more than a few hundred miles at a time, you will have to make some serious mods to a V-Strom or you will suffer before you get done. Other than the Wing, I like the V-Strom more than any other bike I have owned. The seat and wind protection are the first things to change. I have a National Cycle V-Stream windshield, modified with side wings and it is as smooth as you can get on a bike like this. If I were going to do 1,000 mile weekends, I would go for a Russell seat for sure. The stock seat is pure torture for me after about 150 miles. After the windshield and seat you can just farkel to your content.

You can never get the comfort and protection from the V that you can get from the Wing and you will really notice that in cold weather. I don't know if I want to do any real long rides anymore and i have done a ton of those. The V is a lot of fun to ride and I consider it one of the best all around bikes available today. However, if I have to get rid of one of them, it would have to be the V and keep the Wing

Good luck with your decision.
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I don't see a problem with Mr. Duck? But, Heavy headbanger......"won't be easier to handle than your wing"........please elaborate. I've only ridden a barge once and it sure didn't handle as well as my wee or vee. And was much "easier" to handle. Please elaborate.
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-22-2010, 10:23 AM
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Although heavier overall, the GW has a lower seat height and a lower CofG. From that, I was suggesting it would be an easier machine to pedal around parking spots and such.

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