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post #1 of 8 Old 03-20-2012, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
Junior Trooper
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Somewhat new rider looking

I am new to the forum (well signed up last July) and fact finding to see if this is the right bike for me. I'll give you the facts and if anyone has any input I would appreciate it:

I'm a somewhat new rider, in that I rode in my younger years for a while. About twenty-five years ago (Honda Hurricane) but haven't had the lifestyle to support further involvement, until now (or rather past several years). So I am going to consider myself a new rider. I am looking for a bike that is going to be easy to ride. Have a co-worker that rides and he's always telling me to get a V-Strom.

I plan to ride to work and back (every 3rd day) and more than likely every where else too. Mainly will be Slab riding and some off slab about 3 - 5% of the time. Want something that maneuvers well in traffic and can be comfortable on a longer ride (no longer than 5 - 6 hours).

I am 6' and weigh 250 pounds and also want to know if the 650 is going to be enough to drag my big frame around town or is the 1000 a better choice.
I really just want a bike that is fun to ride, easy to maneuver, and versatile.

How many miles is too many on a bike ? I'm sure I'll have more questions too.
So I am looking for any input anybody may have.
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-20-2012, 08:19 AM
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Lots of Wee vs V threads around this site but my experience is that the 650 is plenty - remember when the Honda CB360 was the bike to travel on? I'm past the "I need more power" stage of my life and frankly have no issues with the 650.

I live at 600 ft elevation but ride 2 up into 6-7000 ft with no problems. Our combined wt is above yours by 100 lbs. 50 MPG, easy in freeway or city traffic, just fine for us.

Both bikes are great - as are other selections - but I like the upright riding position and overall utility of the Strom, no matter the displacement.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-20-2012, 09:06 AM
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I recently returned to riding and I love my 650. I'm 6'3" and close to your weight. No power issues for me. In fact I ride two up with a tall, athletically built pillion and we still have plenty of power. I think you will love it.
Most of my riding is State Highways and back roads with a small percentage of slab. I don't don't feel like the bike is underpowered in any of those conditions. Good luck to you!

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post #4 of 8 Old 03-20-2012, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Been looking at a few 650s. At my age now, not really caring for the "go fast, gotta have power" now.
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-20-2012, 02:48 PM
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From your description of history and anticipated riding, I'd say that you have found your bike.
The Strom is reliable, reliably versatile and will do pretty much what you are asking of it.
You will find lots of people here that use it for simple commuting, but lots more that drag it off-road and heavily loaded with lots of praise for its abilities. Everyone adds various bits that let it do one thing or another a bit better here and there. That versatility is one of its' advantages.
Weather permitting,I use mine almost daily, and have dragged my wife out for some trips ranging from long weekends to a couple of weeks at a time....Only complaints have been from her butt, after way too long on the road...
I'd say you can hardly go wrong.

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-20-2012, 02:58 PM
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You will love the 650, no doubt about it....

get one.... every day you put it off will be another one you wished you had been riding...

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-23-2012, 05:21 PM
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Not quite as heavy as you (6ft and 180pds). My background is CB350..all over Canada/US/Mexico and CB750 back in the 70's and 80's. I was considering a Honda CBF600Sa and then drove the Suzuki last summer at a demo day for 45 minutes and that sold me.
Power is better imo than the CB750 and handling certainly better. Picked up the new bike yesterday and love won't regret this bike if you are able to pick one up...demand has been quite high.

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-24-2012, 12:57 AM
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I'm near your size and weight and I consider the power adequate. Not spectacular but certainly no slug.
Now I am of the "More power is, well, more" school of thought. My 1050 Tiger for example has about 40 hp on the 650 Strom and its fun to have but not essential.
After you ride enough bikes you just realize its not all about power, but balance is important also.
I also have a BMW R1100RT which has a little more power than the 650 but also weighs more. Its not a rocket but its quite acceptable in its own way because the package is balanced.
I've never ridden a 1000 strom but I had its cousin an SV1000. It was an awesome motor. More than you needed but awesome fun.
I don't think you can go wrong with any of them, its all a matter of degrees and theres always something faster/better handling/more power out there.

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