Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bay City/Midland/Saginaw area, Michigan
What am I missing?
At age 27 I have been riding a few years now on a 1991 Ninja 600. Been a great first bike, but I have had my eyes on the V-Strom for a while now. At first I couldn't believe the forums. They didn't seem real because everyone loves their bike, and the forums are not smothered in posts about thing XYZ always breaking. After a lot of time spent on ADV and these forums, here is what I gather as the only negatives I've seen with any consistency....and of course my thoughts with them.
wind buffeting at higher speeds (this is the only one that presents a problem for me with a lot of 70mph freeways to get anywhere with decent scenary), some struggle with the height (not I at 6'1), the few who don't like the 6k RPM at freeway speeds (stock sprockets, but as long as it rides smooth I don't see why 6k is so bothersome if it not affecting mpg by not changing teeth count), and some claim a lack of power out of the 650 (600 has always been enough for me, nobody i need to impress), its not great at off road or racing (well duh, its not supposed to be, its just supposed to be competent at both, not the best)
So I ask...what am I missing? How can I not buy one of these bikes within the next year? Now I am curious to see what the 2012 gets released at, but if I just do a currency rate adjustment it looks like 10-11k msrp or so, which means I'll likely be going after a 08-11 used or new. Besides the only thing that potentially gets knocked off the list above is the wind buffeting. The rest is just improvements on things that will just make a phenomenal bike a little bit better right?