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post #1 of 15 Old 08-17-2011, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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New to Stromtroopers and very V-Curious!

Hey everyone!

Been lurking for a couple of weeks now on the site and thought I would sign up to say hi and ask a couple of questions!

Im 19 years old, living in the UK, motorcycle is my only mode of transport and I currently own a GSXR600 but I don't ride it as much as I would like due to it being really uncomfortable around town and on long trips unless your hooning it at 110mph+.
So thats why im considering a wee strom! My local dealer offered me 4000 for my bike, and said they would do me a new 2011 wee strom for 5700 instead of 6400.

Just wondering really if this is the wise thing to do?
I would love to do more miles than I currently am doing on my bike.
Also running the GSXR isnt the cheapest!

250 for tires and the fuel economy is killing me.

If I purchased the wee strom I would still have it dealer serviced for the first 3 years to keep it within warrenty. After that I would like to do all of my own servicing.

Anyway if you feel I have missed any vital information out just and and ye shall receive!

Thanks for having me here!

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-17-2011, 10:18 AM
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Welcome aboard!

A V-Strom is a great everyday bike!

It does nothing amazing, but does lots very well. It's a great commuter/city bike, touring bike, fun bike in the twisties, and not afraid of rough roads or gravel. You can expect about 20,000 km out of tires and have it for a while with mimimum servicing or issues.

It's one of those bikes that you just ride and smile all the time!

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You won't be sorry. It is a comfortable bike with the soul of a sport bike.

Also, you can do your own maintenance and the warranty will be valid. Just keep reciepts and document what you do.
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-17-2011, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the warm welcome and the information :mrgreen:.

Im going for a test ride on one on friday, hoping to cover 400 miles of 95% motorway miles to see how it fares. Hopefully ill try to squeeze in some twisties as well

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Thanks for the warm welcome and the information :mrgreen:.

Im going for a test ride on one on friday, hoping to cover 400 miles of 95% motorway miles to see how it fares. Hopefully ill try to squeeze in some twisties as well

Met
If it feels a bit unstable at highway speed there is a simple fix that can greatly help. Raising the forks/lowering the front of the bike (about half an inch) appears to reduce the lift generated by the flat base of the fairing over the wheel.

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post #6 of 15 Old 08-17-2011, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Great thanks for the tip!

I don't know how much weight/stability is going to be a problem for me, I only weight 10 1/4 stone wet through! (about 65kg).

Will I find it a bit heavy to control or will it be alright?

(Ok I might be 19 and weigh nothing, but experience wise I have 9 years under the belt, 7 of those off road and 3 on the road.)
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When rolling, the strom will be light and nimble. When stopping, be prepared to keep it exactly upright. Most of the drops are while stationary or when just coming to a stop. Your experience is great. Just don't let the bike get more than a degree or two off vertical when stopping. Get it off vertical and it gets very heavy very quickly.

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How long are your legs? If a bit on the short side, you may need to lower the bike which is easy to do.

Assuming "motorway" is similar to our highway, that is, you'll be moving at a good speed, you may experience some buffeting of the helmet. Some don't, but most do. There are also some fixes for that (a madstad bracket being the main one). Don't let it dissuade you from considering the strom.

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post #9 of 15 Old 08-18-2011, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Im 6ft tall witha 32" inseem, Ive sat on the bike already and i can firmly get one foot on the floor or comfortably put both down, i never realised its such a tall bike!
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post #10 of 15 Old 08-18-2011, 06:08 AM
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I was new to riding this year and got the 2010 Wee as my first bike. I completed a long tour of Newfoundland, Canada within a few days, doing over 2000 km within a couple days. The one thing I would recommend is changing the seat, depending on your body style. After about 1 hour in the saddle the "boys down below" were screaming in pain.
I did a quick solution by buying a gel seat cushion made for office chairs ( $15 on sale) and it mostly cured the problem. I can do about 2 hours in the saddle now before needing a break.

I love the bike, and have outfitted mine for long distnace travel. As a new rider I find it completely comfortable and easy to ride. I do echo the comments about the bike wanting to tip over. She seems very top heavy, and with luggage installed the problem get worse.
As for gas mileage, not sure what everyone else gets but I get about 500km per tank. I can probably squeeze this further if I changed my newbie riding habits.

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