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post #1 of 22 Old 02-08-2012, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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2012 Still Top Heavy?

Greeting everyone,

Newbie here, just trying to get a bit of info. I know on the previous years models one comment was it was top heavy for a beginner. Has anyone spent enough time with one to comment on if the 2012 is improved in that aspect?

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post #2 of 22 Old 02-09-2012, 12:03 AM
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I have only test-ridden the new bike (waiting on an Adventure model to buy), but my experience is that yes it feels noticeably less top-heavy. I would recommend the new variant over the old to a beginner, and also think that the new model will appeal to a wider audience. The new model feels like a different motorcycle.
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I don't consider the Strom to be top heavy. But, for a beginner, it's imposing size and stature could naturally be a bit intimidating at first - the Strom is not a dainty bike. That said, I can putter around in any parking lot, doing Shriner-style, steer from the hips, figure-eights at stall speed all day long on my Strom without even thinking it's topheavy - it ain't a big fat cruiser bruiser by any stretch. However, it is a big bike and can get away from you - especially if you are daydreaming in a driveway [don't ask!]. The new model is pretty much the same bike under the fancy new plastic and updates - only about 10-15 lbs lighter.

But, after sitting on a new 2012, I perceived it to be somehow "smaller" than my original flavor model. But, that doesn't mean it will somehow magically transform itself into a tiny 250cc trailbike!

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I haven't ridden the 2012, but sat on one at the dealer. My feet are more firmly planted on the ground with the new version and it felt lighter, but this opinion should take into consideration that my earlier bike is lowered by 1/2 inch and always has a full set of luggage on it as well as a Russell seat.

The new bike I sat on is mine once Suzuki and the dealer release it.

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The new bike I sat on is mine once Suzuki and the dealer release it.
Looking forward to your impression.

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Looking forward to your impression.

On the seat and elswhere.
If I was in more of a hurry to get the bike, I could have taken delivery a couple of days before the dealer got the Stop Sales and Delivery Order.

I'm wading through boxes that came off the brown truck this week.

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I can't compare with pre 2012 models, but coming from a 250cc super Sherpa it felt very tall, heavy and top heavy at first. But I got used to it in no time. Now like jokermtb I'm confident throwing it around tight turns at walking pace. I've even been known to do the 'wanker wobble' pushbike style in reeeealy slow traffic without putting a foot down just to show off
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Thanks everyone for your input.

I'd like to hear what any of the ladies think of 2012 if any have had time with one. I'm lucky (so folks tell me) in that I'm not short, about 5'8", and far from being a twig... gotta love Scandinavian bloodlines.

Sat on a 2011 last summer, and it felt okay, I could get the balls of my feet on the ground. But having not ridden in forever, it felt foreign to me. I can always lower it, for my first few months to a year, until I'm feeling solid on handling a bike again.

I did ride dirt many years ago, on a little 125cc when I was young and bullet proof (or so I thought at the time). Fast forward 30 years, and I'm hoping to get into riding again. Going to take my rider course for beginners, and the intermediate once I choose a bike. I live in the boonies, so I have lots of non Freeway/Interstate roads to toddle around on. Not to mention a church down the way with a nice open parking lot to safely practice on. Have a friend that just bought a 2011, and he's offered to let me ride it, but at this time I'm not willing to risk his shiny new bike to my lack of recent riding time.

Once I feel good about it, I hope to do some longer distance exploring/camping of back roads, forest service roads, and maybe even a bit of 2 track. I like to fly fish and do a bit of photography, not to mention just seeing things and areas that not everyone can get to, or bothers with.

Thanks again everyone, I'll be keeping an eye on this and looking forward to tmcgee's thoughts on the 2012.

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>> Thanks again everyone, I'll be keeping an eye on this and looking forward to tmcgee's thoughts on the 2012.

I'm six feet tall, but have long torso and short legs. The earlier bike was a stretch to flatfoot, but better after I lowered the rear by a half inch. I lowered it after dropping it for the third time when pulling up to a stop sign on uneven ground, and discovering that one leg suddenly got too short to even touch the ground on that side.

The new 2012 has a different seat that is narrower in the front and I have no problem getting both feet flat on the ground. I've also learned to pay attention to uneven ground!

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I'm 5'7", 140lbs, with a 30" inseam, and moved up to the 2012 after one year on a CBR125 that I could hold up with one toe on a slippery off-camber road.

I tested the older wee and it felt pretty intimidating - the combination of bulky tank, wider seat around the thighs, and distribution of weight away from the bike's center did not mesh well with my size and experience.

The current model feels like a different bike. I don't see how 15 or so pounds could make a noticeable difference, but coupled with changes in weight distribution, the new narrower saddle, and a slimmer front end, the redesign changes the game a bit for smaller riders.

Right from the dealership, I felt comfortable doing tight parking lot turns, riding in stop-and-go-traffic, stopping on hills, etc - the usual worries for smaller riders. Great as a "first big bike" or for returning riders, even the size-challenged. Bonus points for those with dirt experience, and used to stretching one leg down to reach the ground.
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