Well, I've been addicted to bikes since getting on my first when I was 15 1/2.
Having been on a Honda Rebel, Nighthawk, Concours 1000, Goldwing, ZZR1200, K1200LT, ST1300, R1200GS, Concours 14, and now a Yamaha Stratoliner; just wondering how a VStrom may compare. I'm sure there's some fellow addicts out there that can give me a fair idea if a VStrom is where I want to go next. I'm getting rid of the Stratoliner as soon as I can and I'm not sure what to get next. VStrom or go back to a sport-tourer.
This is my first day on the site, and I too am considering a strom as a replacement ride/soul mate. The only problem is that I am not in the same state as my prospective beau, and no local dealers want to let me test ride in this weather (Detroit). Everything I have read so far (aside from buffetting issue) seems like this is exactly what I want. I've sat on a strom, and I like the "commanding" view I get of the road (as opposed to my old yama-ha-ha-ha radian).
I'm flying southwest, so I suppose the worst thing that happens is I buy a return "gotta get away" ticket for a slick c-note if the ride isnt what i hoped for/bike isnt up to snuff. But my question is this: assuming the bike is as awesome as the seller claims, and in as good of shape/no surprises (I'm going to pay for a dealer inspection), would you hesitate to buy without a test ride due to the buffetting issue alone?
i bought a new 1000 without a test ride. was surprised by the buffeting. best generic solution without spending a bunch of dough on a bunch of windshields is the Madstad bracket. i was disappointed with the running issues (pops, stalling, surging, nasty flat spot at 3,500 rpm) sinced fixed with a throttle body sync. it runs best above 4,000 rpm. it is the most dificult bike to ride that i have ever ridden. i think due to a combination of high c.o.g. and finicky clutch lever. slow going stop and go traffic requires a lot of consentration for me. to be honest, if i had given it a proper test ride i probably wouldn't have bought it. after owning it for almost three years i don't regret it but i still wonder if there is something else for me. however, for the money there IS nothing that meets my needs in a motorcyle.
with the right farkles (luggage, seat, madstad, steering damper [above 90mph it feels flighty], bar riser(?)) this bike makes a great sport tourer. the long wheel travel soaks up uneven pavement even when keeled over and scraping a peg. upgrading the rear shock make it even better. they are sized right for two up touring (not a gold wing but not rebel either).