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post #1 of 25 Old 02-13-2011, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice from a fellow moto-addict

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.

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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.
The V-Strom fits nicely between the Rebel and Concours, with a riding posture similar to that of the R1200GS.

It likes candlelit dinners and long rides on the beach. It's not the most beautiful motorcycle in the world, but you will not be embarassed to be seen with it in public. You will often find your mind wandering while you're at work and imagining all sorts of deceit that has been visited upon you by other bikes, but these will never happen with the V-Strom. Eventually your trust will be answered with a long-term comitted relationship and you will look back on your years of hopping from bike-to-bike as impulsive juvenile indescretions.

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What kind of riding do you want to do?

What was wrong, and what was right -for-you-, with each of your previous bikes?

My quickie description of the Strom is 80% of the GS for half the price.

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What kind of riding do you want to do?
.......Riding ?

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IMO the beauty of the Strom is that it does everything reasonably well. It can be set up for sport touring, mild off roading and comes from the factory as an excellent commuter. Coming from a cruiser it seems positively flickable.
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The V-Strom fits nicely between the Rebel and Concours, with a riding posture similar to that of the R1200GS.

It likes candlelit dinners and long rides on the beach. It's not the most beautiful motorcycle in the world, but you will not be embarassed to be seen with it in public. You will often find your mind wandering while you're at work and imagining all sorts of deceit that has been visited upon you by other bikes, but these will never happen with the V-Strom. Eventually your trust will be answered with a long-term comitted relationship and you will look back on your years of hopping from bike-to-bike as impulsive juvenile indescretions.
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The thing I like best about my VStrom is that it's a great bike to go places on - very comfortable for tourin' round [it's a big boned bike, very roomy], yet all those interesting looking side roads, dirt roads, open fences, etc. suddenly are within the realm of possibility for exploring. And there's very few things that can go bad with em ['cept for that poor devil in Panama with the blown stator]. Like the older version of the Concours - it's been around for a while with minimal updates/tweaks, so all the "stuff" that could be an issue is well known [and not a big deal]. No surprises.

It's really opened up my wanderings, and that gets me fired up to ride, because of the "wonder what's down there?" capability of a VStrom.

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Gentlemen,

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?

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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.

Thanks!

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Gentlemen,

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?

-Dan
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).

Somtimes it sucks not being in the loop. HUH??[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Olive"][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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I'm looking at a Wee, which I think effectively solves the engine troubles you mentioned. Overall research indicates in my eyes that the 650 is the smoother, more reliable (albeit less powerful, DUH) engine.

My main concern is this buffeting issue :???:
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