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post #1 of 4 Old 01-07-2011, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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New & Curious Top Heavy & Hi-way ???

Hi I currently ride a 750 Aero (Honda) that is. Its a low center of gravity cruiser with a windshield.

Q-1 is How managible is the 650 Vstrom from a top heavyness point of veiw as compared to a cruiser?

Q-2 How effective is the small fairing & windshield for hiway driving. I tend to drive the hiway to get to the scenic twistys. I drove my Aero for the first 2 years with no windshield & quite like not getting beating up by the wind.

I usually put 8-10K on a year.
Thanks for the replys.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-07-2011, 11:24 AM
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The top heaviness, compared to a cruiser, is most problematic when moving the bike backwards.

For most normal humans, the leg is pretty well stretched out on the Strom leaving precious little strength left to push back.

That being said the Strom is probably at least 100 lbs. lighter than your Aero.

I'll often get off the bike to move it around the garage or a tight parking lot.


Wind management can be OK with the stock shield, although many operators complain of buffeting, as I myself have.

Usually a Madstad adjustable windshield bracket and a taller windshield will solve most of this, it's still not as calm as a full-dress Harley or even most sport-touring bikes. But you can play with the Madstad while underway to adjust the height and angle to best suit you in a given situation.

My wife has a Harley which I usually ride without the windshield. I find the Strom to be much more comfortable all the way around than any cruiser I've been on except for the HD touring bikes I've ridden. However, it's much more fun on the twisty back roads and dirt roads than any cruiser cold be, in my opinion.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-07-2011, 11:54 AM
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-07-2011, 04:16 PM
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last year i sold my 2006 aero to buy the 2009 wee, best thing i ever did, it is way more hiway capable, double the distance between fillups,

i had a lot of fun on the cruiser and dont regret buying her, but the wee was a huge improvement in capabilities and i also found it easier to handle, even though it is more top heavy you only notice at very slow speeds or off road in the sand or loose dirt.

you do have to sort out the wind management thing, add a madstad bracket and a givi windshield and its all good, i drive with a full face helmet and can leave the visor open most of the time.

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