Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sandy, Ore. USA
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.
2007 Suzuki V-Strom 650, "The Grey Mule"
2012 Suzuki GSX-R750, "Shoot to Thrill" (sold 2017)
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