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post #1 of 15 Old 03-17-2012, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, thanks first for the fantastic information on this forum and the civility that seems to rule. I am a current owner of an 08 SV650 and a BMW R1150r. Both are nice bikes. I have spent money on the suspension of the SV and it now rides well on the highway. The BMW is finicky, and does not like to travel through the city at all on warmer days.

I have great riding gear, and a supportive spouse. I have a co-worker who puts in 40k miles plus a year. He rides everyday but the icy, snowy ones. I really want to ride more. My longer trips are always to camping areas, but I stay away from the fire roads.

I don't expect to do any real off-roading, but do want the capability to ride around the family property in Oklahoma during the family reunion every year. In thinking about going to one bike, the KLR wouldn't do the highway miles I want to do for commuting. The BMW G650 just seems a little to light in the horsepower loafers. People in Denver drive at 75 plus ALL the time, night and day - weekends and weekdays.

While I did say supportive spouse, I did not say silly, supportive. I have to keep the price point of everything realistic. I teach school. No complaints about the pay, I signed on for the duty knowing the paygrade and really get great benefits for doing a rewarding job. However, 9k is my limit for a bike.

1. Is the ABS really as smooth as some have reported?

2. Does the front end hunt around at all in rain grooves on concrete highways?

3. Is the mileage really above 55 mpg for highway commuting?

If the answers are correct for these three, I am going to make the trade soon.

Waiting, and thanking you in advance,

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I own a Vstrom...without any reservations I think that it is one of the best bikes I have ever owned..The bike is inexpensive enough that the farkles you select to personalize it for your own use will still make the bike affordable...
I selected the V instead of the Wee because I like grunt, and the gas mileage is not an issue for me

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1. For me anyway, yes.
2. Tires will have a big effect there, but never a problem for me, and with an added fork brace you won't get tossed around by the truck blasts.
3. Always 50+ for me, I've had a couple 55-57 mpg tanks, some have had up to 60, highly dependent on the twitchiness of your right wrist. :mrgreen:

It's a great, all around bike. I got one because I wanted to be able to check out forest service roads and the like without concern, as well as do long trips on the pavement. I've done a 4k+ mile trip from WA to NM in complete comfort, and followed numerous gravel roads to see where they go. My son has KLR, and while it's more fun on the rougher stuff, there is no comparison on pavement and longer trips. I'll get another V-Strom whenever I wear this one out.

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You did not specify whether you are looking at 650 or 1000. Thus, mpg comments might be skewed. I have a 650.

1. Don't have the ABS, so cannot comment

2. I don't have any issues with tracking, some who do probably do because of tires. I never experienced it

3. I get 50-ish mpg, but what I like the most about the fuel consumption is consistency. It does not change much however I ride it (solo).

It is a great, versatile bike. I owned smaller sport bikes and enduros in the past, and they really nailed this bike for me. It does everything good, although it is not best in anything, and it is a blast to ride
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You did not specify whether you are looking at 650 or 1000. Thus, mpg comments might be skewed. I have a 650.

1. Don't have the ABS, so cannot comment

2. I don't have any issues with tracking, some who do probably do because of tires. I never experienced it

3. I get 50-ish mpg, but what I like the most about the fuel consumption is consistency. It does not change much however I ride it (solo).

It is a great, versatile bike. I owned smaller sport bikes and enduros in the past, and they really nailed this bike for me. It does everything good, although it is not best in anything, and it is a blast to ride
Sorry, a little excited. I am talking about the 12 - 650 version. The answers so far are right on.

I am currently at the dealership in the waiting room awaiting trade info. Maybe soon?
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1. Is the ABS really as smooth as some have reported?
2. Does the front end hunt around at all in rain grooves on concrete highways?
3. Is the mileage really above 55 mpg for highway commuting?
1) Absolutely. I feel the ABS on this bike performs quite well. Normally I'm adverse to additional complexity, particularly on a motorcycle. But in this case I think ABS is worthwhile.

2) No, no hunting that I have noticed. But then we don't have a lot of grooved highway around here.

Grid deck bridges are no worse than any motorcycle I've ever ridden. Possibly a bit better thanks to the mass of the 'strom.

Before I bought my wee someone pointed out that the 19" front could potentially be 'better' for our crappy New England roads. Thus far I can say that I think they were onto something.

I was concerned about getting street biased tires as I don't really offroad. That has turned out to be a non-issue; there seem to be plenty of tire choices and more added everyday.

3) I do a little over 60 miles of Interstate highway to work commuting. On the bike I cruise at 75-85 MPH (indicated) on this commute. The speedo is about 10% optimistic.

On the way home I avoid the 'slab and take secondary roads.

On the weekend I hunt twisties.

My all-time average mileage has been 55MPG combined. That is after ~6000 miles of samples. I am neurotic about recording fuel economy on my vehicles. You can see the tank-by-tank logs here.

Notice that my most recent fillup was 'only' 51MPG. This was after the bike being stored for ~3 months and lots of idling as I screwed with it lately getting it ready to ride.

[CENTER][SIZE="1"]2011 V-Strom DL650 ABS - Black[/SIZE][/CENTER]
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MPG and other aspects

Odieus / Danny,

First, thank you for teaching. If we did it for the money, no one would do it. "What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?" - Marcus Tullius Cicero.

I responded to address your MPG question. I love the Wee (I also had a long line of Beemers, selling my R1150RT to buy the Wee), but I don't think you'll get mileage in the mid-50s at the speeds you're likely to commute. I was getting mileage in the low 50s BEFORE I added a couple medium-sized soft saddlebags (I prefer to carry my rainsuit, 1st aid kit, spare fleece, and some more 'stuff' etc. all the time, not trusting to weather reports), and the drag induced by these has dropped it to 49-51, depending on the speeds.

Many advocate a fork brace, if crosswinds are a consideration. If spending a lot of time on the stock seat, you'll want to improve or replace it, so that's another cost factor to include in the Minister of Finance's calculations. But, compared to the every-6,000-miles valve-adjustments on the Beemer, you'll certainly be saving money with the Wee!

I can't speak to the ABS, mine does not have it. As to your budget, unless you're buying new, you'll have plenty left over to equip a used Wee to your satisfaction, and then some. I also have a KLR, which I love, but no way would I want to commute on an interstate-speeds highway with it. I refer to it as my 'mule' that prefers 55-and-under. The Wee may have a similar displacement, but it'll keep up with those folks in the cages without breathing hard.

Good luck with your choice, and stay vertical.
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I should add that I have Givi E21's on my '11 pretty much permanently. Still getting mid 50's.

Per this website, I may be the exception, not the rule. But it does happen.

We'll see if things start falling off as I get more miles on the thing.

[CENTER][SIZE="1"]2011 V-Strom DL650 ABS - Black[/SIZE][/CENTER]
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I appreciate the fine words about teachers. I, likewise, appreciate all the solid information about the V650.
Well it is done and done. I have traded and will be coming over to the V-side on Saturday. This will meet all the requirements I have for a bike. That smooth engine, 60 inch wheelbase, ABS, and good fuel economy. In addition, I can farkle forever.
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Start getting used to misspelling 'storm' a lot.

[CENTER][SIZE="1"]2011 V-Strom DL650 ABS - Black[/SIZE][/CENTER]
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