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post #1 of 7 Old 02-03-2011, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Moving from a 07 GSXR 750 to an 04 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Anybody here that went through this experience? Do you miss your GSXR?
Power difference between the two?
I do mostly highway riding and the odd gravel road.
Anything I should watch for when buying the 2004 DL?
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-04-2011, 10:21 AM
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I went from a 2006 gsxr 1000 to A vee strom. I still have the gsxr, it is sitting in the garage with a dead battery because I have not ridden it much since I got the vee.
The things I missed were the brakes, acceleration and smaller size. Little by little I have been improving the vee, I did the gsxr front brake conversion. I lowered the front 19mm, raised the rear about 5/8, put on a set of Road attacks. I also went to a 16 tooth counter sprocket.
I have the front and rear preload maxed out. The vee now works pretty good for the type of riding I like to do. I like twisty roads. My next improvement will be suspension. . The vee has spoiled me and now the comfort issues seems to always win. I like the riding position and wind protection.
The other thing I like about the vee is that i can enjoy it taking my time. The gsxr likes to be ridden fast and slow becomes a bore. As the weather gets better and the roads dry out I will probably spend more time on the gsxr. If I could only keep one it would be the vee, no contest. The gsxr really needs a racetrack to let it rip. The best feature about the vee is that it can do just about everything. I will ride with my sportbike buddys in the morning and when they are ready to go home tired from riding I keep on going.
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I am moving from a GS1100 modded to GSXR wheels and suspension to a 08 Wee. I like them both. Now I have both worlds! I can hit the twistys real hard for a few hours then go to the Wee for the all day rides. I have a group of riding partners who basically do both. We ususally do twisties one day and longer touring rides the next.
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What about adding a GSX-R600 to a V-Strom rider?

I'm in the opposite situation. I have put 45,000 miles on my 2007 V-Strom 650 and am now considering getting a used GSX-R600 or CBR600RR. My instinct is to have both bikes, but my wife insists that I only have one bike at a time. Yes, yes, I know, nothing beats the versatility of the V-Strom, I get that (and agree with it). But I rode a buddy's 2003 Kawasaki ZZR600 last year and got hooked.

The way I explain the difference is this:

You can drive a twisty road at 45 mph in a Ford F-350 or at 45 mph in a Mazda Miata. Same speed, same road, completely different experience. The sport bike is like the Miata ... it's a much more immediate experience, feeling closer to the road and more engaged in what's happening. The Strom can carve up the twisties pretty good, and is one of my favorite types of riding on the 650. But it's a bit more removed from the road and doesn't have the kick-you-in-the-pants accelleration found in a sport bike.

IF I had to go with just one bike, I'm very curious about how feasible it is to take 300-miles-per-day trips on a 600 cc sport bike from a luggage and comfort standpoint.

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The Strom can carve up the twisties pretty good, and is one of my favorite types of riding on the 650. But it's a bit more removed from the road and doesn't have the kick-you-in-the-pants accelleration found in a sport bike.

IF I had to go with just one bike, I'm very curious about how feasible it is to take 300-miles-per-day trips on a 600 cc sport bike from a luggage and comfort standpoint.
This is one bike, it costs as much as six or seven bikes, but it's only counts as one:


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This is one bike, it costs as much as six or seven bikes, but it's only counts as one:
Since I rarely take my V-Strom off-road, a Yamaha FJR1300 makes a lot of sense for the 'one bike' for me ... since it's both sporty and long-distance comfortable (but it's expensive)

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...IF I had to go with just one bike, I'm very curious about how feasible it is to take 300-miles-per-day trips on a 600 cc sport bike from a luggage and comfort standpoint.
For me not at all, but everyone is different.

Here are threads out of Toronto of guys who took their CBR600RR sport bikes on big rides:


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