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post #1 of 19 Old 12-16-2010, 06:40 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 19 Old 12-16-2010, 07:04 PM
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I am 55, back and neck issues. I know you asked about the Vee, but if you want lighter don't dismiss the wee. Comfort is pretty individual so... your mileage may vary. I do about 12,000 km per year and half of that or better is long trips (3000 to 7000 km). I find the bike very comfortable. That said, I am installing different bars and risers to help with wrist issues, I installed a Cal Sci windshield to improve the airflow/reduce buffetting and will slightly modify the seat to fit my butt. I ride with a bunch of sport tourers with double the displacement of the wee and have no trouble keeping up or staying out front of them.
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The Strom has pretty relaxed, neutral ergonomics in stock form and is quite roomy compared to most bikes. A number of long-legged folks have installed a peg lowering kit, and highway pegs are an option for stretching out on longer rides. There are taller seats available, or a stock seat can be modified. Bar risers/backs or different bars if you need to change the reach. There are quite a few taller windscreens from Givi, Calsci, Cee Bailey, and others. A Madstad windshield mount helps a lot to tune the airflow with any screen. Use the Google search box at the top of the page to get more info on specific mods.

As Yak said, don't rule out the Wee either. The ergos are identical (except the stock seat is lower than that of the Vee), and there are plenty of riders your size or heavier who say it has all the power they need. It has the advantage of a much smoother engine out of the box, and available ABS.

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post #4 of 19 Old 12-16-2010, 08:11 PM
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I think smaller, lighter is better most of the time.

66 years old, 6ft, 230 pounds. I have some experience with a Gold Wing. Several years ago, my wife and I rode a friends Wing from Florida to Pennsylvania via the smoky mountains. Some interstate, which the Wing was perfect for, and lots of small, mountain roads which the Wing was ok, but far from perfect. I now have a 09 650. It seems to me your decision will be made by the type of riding you want to do. Two up, both bikes will work, though the Wing is better, slab, Wing again. Packing everything under the sun, Wing. Curvy roads, some dirt, difficult places to park, backing up, all the things where weight and maneuverability come into play, the Wee or the Vee. All three bikes have plenty of power for every kind of riding. Cost, Wee/Vee for sure. Best forum, Wee/Vee. Try a Wee or a Vee. If you donít like it, they are not hard to re sell. You are only young once.
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post #5 of 19 Old 12-16-2010, 08:20 PM
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ck other thread

this was posted on 1000 specific, too. i posted there. tom p
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post #6 of 19 Old 12-17-2010, 06:59 AM
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Well you have arrived at the right place for this question. I also have an 02 1800 Wing & have a Wee as a second bike. I am 6'3 & 205 lbs. 34-36 inseam. My wing has 80 + on the clock. So I know exactly where you are coming from with this question. First you really don't have to have the V the wee makes plenty of power to move you vast distances. I have 50K on my wee & when I don't take the wife along the Wee is my weapon of choice. Mods to accommodated your stature. 1st would be a tall givi screen or a cal sci. 2nd would be a Russel day long saddle. The saddle will move you higher in the saddle by about 2 inches and it has the same shape as the saddle on your Wing. The saddle is a little over 400 dollars not like a Russel for you wing which is like 1000.3rd take the worn out driver foot pegs off your wing, replace them & put the used pegs onto your Wee the fit right on with no mods & give you another 1/2 to 3/4 inches more legroom. Next is a 16 tooth countersprocket to lower the RMP on the highway. Get a givi box for the rear & a pair of rok straps for a duffel on the rear seat & yur in business to go antwhere in the country. You will find the Wee a very light & comfortable bike and very different from the Wing in it;s ease to ride. The light bike is just a joy to ride. GET THE WEE. You already have a big bike. Run my Wee at 85 all day

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Another note is that the fuel tank is huge for a bike that gets 50+ mpg. I routinely run 275 miles on a tank. Also heated grips & a Heated Jacket can be run easily. I see you live in TX so that won't really matter. 7 degrees here this morning it matters here.

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@ PDBLUE read this tread completely it will confuse you but you will get a clear picture of the ups a downs of the 2 bikes.

https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...ve-thread.html

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post #9 of 19 Old 12-17-2010, 09:05 AM
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Do I understand you only want one bike? Is it an option to have more than one bike?

I have three bikes, for in-town commuting and all other short hops and some trails I use a KLR650--its a revelation for a tall guy. I have mine set up for my height, I can barely flatfoot with a 35" inseam. Its the most comfortable bike I have ever owned now that I have the tall guy mods.

I have a Vee also set up very tall and it is capable of at least one 875 mile day (a couple of years ago).

I have a '77 'Wing used for the fun of it, also set up tall, I use it as an antique for shows and for the 'relic' status--it isn't the best for much, but it looks really good --just because its fun to have more than one or two bikes.

I don't think I could be as happy with just one bike.
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post #10 of 19 Old 12-19-2010, 08:44 PM
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I went from the Strom to the Wing and I prefer the Strom for comfort. It took a while before I could spend more than 2 hours at one time on the Wing.
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