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post #1 of 12 Old 04-06-2011, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Vstrom for me?

I've been riding motorcycles since I was 15 years old. I'm 30 now and I think my sportbike days are behind me. I just don't have the need for speed I use to have. Most of my riding consists of 25 mile (one way) back and forth to work. I really have to fight the 2009 zx6r I currently own to keep from pain in my wrists and I have no room for luggage and very little wind protection. The benefits though are ample power, light and very flickable, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. The vstrom seems like the perfect bike for me. I'm just a little concerned with the power they have which has me leaning towards the 1000. Also curious as to how these bikes perform on the dirt, how many miles on a set of tires, how much are tires, fuel mileage, fuel capacity, are they chain driven, any known problems, and any other thing you'd like to let me know? Thanks in advance.
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It becomes easier to ride more if you are comfortable, and have room to carry suitable gear for a change in weather, whether commuting or on a multi day trip. Until you've done it, something like an all day ride in the rain doesn't seem like such a great idea, but once you've done it with proper gear, you wonder why you let things like that hold you back. Most of your questions have probably been discussed at length somewhere in this forum. It sometimes just takes a little time to find the right threads. I'm sure that if you have a pressing question that you can't find any discussion on, or are looking for more up to date information, you will get lots of help.

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.... Also curious as to how these bikes perform on the dirt, how many miles on a set of tires, how much are tires, fuel mileage, fuel capacity, are they chain driven, any known problems, and any other thing you'd like to let me know? Thanks in advance.
On dirt. The DL 650 is better, the 1000 is bearable but probably not a good choice for someone who hasn't ridden dirt bikes. Dirt roads and it's far better than a sportsbike.

Tires - probably 12,000km or so. A lot depends on how hard you twist the throttle, tire type, pressure etc. Not spectacularly bad at least.
Fuel capacity is 22l, range on the 650 is ~ 440km, 1000 ~350. The 650 gets thirsty at speed though, the 1000 doesn't.

Chain drive, fit an oiler if it worries you. Chains & sprockets on the 650 last around 40,000km with care or an oiler, not sure about the 1000. Probably more worry free k's than a BMW shaft drive and 1/10th of the cost to replace.

Problems - Clutch shudder on the 1000 (Now has a fix), no problems really on the 650. Probably the most reliable and hassle free of the current dual sports bikes - and by quite a margin.

Not the worlds best at anything, but capable of pretty much everything.

An ideal bike for people who like to ride and not have to spend a lot of time or $ at the dealer.

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I'm just a little concerned with the power they have which has me leaning towards the 1000.
I don't actually know how much power my 650 has...I know it's listed as 62 hp, but what does that mean? Anyway, I've ridden up I-90 Snoqualmie Pass, which has the usual steep interstate highway mountain grades (6%) at a steady indicated 80 mph with my 220# and never at full throttle.

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As far as power goes, that can be somewhat subjective. Possibly look at test riding both if possible, maybe at a dealer demo day. In my opinion, 650 = lighter, less fuel, possibly lower insurance. 1000 = more power for sure. I have a 650, and I usually go about 250 with gear on, if I take my wife and load up the bags, we probably are hauling near 400 lbs. There is no shortage of power for what I want, but coming from a sportbike, you may feel differently, thus the test ride suggestion.

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post #6 of 12 Old 04-07-2011, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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I've ridden dirtbikes before and I'm not really looking for that. Just some light trails and gravel roads is plenty and from what I've read the vstrom is fine for that. As far as power goes I like about 100 horses on a bike. Call me crazy but it's just the way it is for me. I don't really see the 650 as an option at this point but as suggested I really do need a test ride. Thanks for the help and it really does sound like a great bike. Tires should be much cheaper than on a supersport, much better range and fuel mileage, and cheap insurance.
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Compared to the BMW K1200RS that I traded on the DL650, gravel roads around here are just another road with the VStrom.

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Capable in the dirt?

If you can't get a Strom to go dirt riding, check out youtube. There are plenty of comparios featuring the Strom. I looked at all kinds of footage on youtube before I settled on my Wee. Like what PeteW said, it's not great at any one thing, but's good at everything. I'm very happy with the Wee. It's definetelly not your ZX6 or my FJR, but it's easy to ride and very affordable.

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I've ridden dirtbikes before and I'm not really looking for that. Just some light trails and gravel roads is plenty and from what I've read the vstrom is fine for that. As far as power goes I like about 100 horses on a bike. Call me crazy but it's just the way it is for me. I don't really see the 650 as an option at this point but as suggested I really do need a test ride. Thanks for the help and it really does sound like a great bike. Tires should be much cheaper than on a supersport, much better range and fuel mileage, and cheap insurance.
DO not think HP is everything required to be fun... my ole 1980 GS750 had 72 and had plenty of zip for me ofcourse it weighed like 100lbs more than the 650 I went for so the HP change to me is barely noticable and I rode that guy for 3 seasons and got in plenty of trouble with it. Before I bought the vstrom I rod a Ducati multistrata at a demo day and that thing was a monster but too expensive for my taste. If you are interested more in freeway long distance stuff the 1000 is probably more up your alley with its better HP. Me I wanted good mileage, ample power, ABS, and a nice ride. Ofcourse the 1000 appears for the moment anyway to be Discontinued so there might be some 1000 to be had if you decide you want the extra pep the 1000 can give you at higher speeds....the 650 can do it just you have to work it much harder... I always make the joke that my first & second motorcycle has more power than my first car I ever owned did... you cannot go wrong either way you decide 650 or 1000 well....don't forget the 650 has a extra gallon in the gas tank than the 1000 =)

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In regards to the power, of course it is subjective. Having been riding an inline four you may find the feel of a twin is not to your liking. Having said that I traded my older zx600 for the strom and find the power more than adequate. According to CMG online's dyno you get more than 40 ftlbs of torque at 4000 rpm. That is what matters. Max HP is about 65. In comparison to your zx6 you will be amazed at the power in the lower rpm range. It is the most relaxing and easy bike to ride, you really need to test ride one.
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