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post #1 of 28 Old 05-11-2012, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone, been thinking about buying a vstrom 650 for a long time, my question is, how does the power compare to a vstar 650? From what I have read here it seems like the vstrom 650 has more power. I have been riding a 2007 vstar for a while, mostly 2-up, will the vstrom be better/more comfy on the highway at higher speeds?
I wanna take advantage of the 0 percent financing! The dealer has one, and the deal ends at the end of the month, what would you do?
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post #2 of 28 Old 05-11-2012, 05:14 PM
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my first bike was a 07 vstar 650. It has considerably more top end than the vstar (still no supersport). Ive only ridden two up a few times on the vstar but there seems to be a little less drag at highways speeds with the Strom. Its also no wherr near as vibey at 70+mph as the vstar. The handling is much better plus fuel injection so no fussing with a choke on cool/cold mornings. May take a while to get used to the seating as it is completely different. It is a decent step up from the vstar.

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ok cool, so on the highway between 70-80 the bike can run a long time comfortably? I just got back from a ride on the v star on the highway for about 50 miles and my hands are numb. As long as this doesnt happen on the vstrom then im sold. I was just at the dealer and sat on one and it feels perfect. The only problem is I dont know anyone that owns one to test drive it. Any info is much appreciated.
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Ya my hands would fall asleep after 30mi on mine. No where near that bad. My hands have yet to fall asleep. You will get monkey butt after while though... Ive been on the saddle for 3 hours straight and no real fatigue other than my butt. Just dont expect to much of a power difference but it does the job for long rides much better. I can cruise nicely at 75-80 two up with comfortably and no issues...

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The strom fits you, so buy it. first, take your checkbook and insurance card to that dealer and tell them that you'll put down a deposit and buy it subject to a test ride. If you crash it, you buy it.

One tip...it'll feel top heavy compared to the cruiser, so do this--as you are coming to a stop, concentrate one stopping and getting on or both feet down - then- look around at traffic. You'll Soon get the balance of this bike.

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Thanks for the advice so far, like I said I only sat on a 650. Im gonna go to the dealer next week and buy one, but Im still interested in the 1000 also. Besides it weighing a little more, is the 1000 really noticably bigger and bulkier? I mean the 2012 versions only. I plan on touring 2-up this summer, Im 6'1 and weigh 180ish and my lady prolly weighs around 120, plus our gear. Will the 650 hadle that ok? Besides touring once a year it will mostly be a daily driver. I am afraid the 1000 is too bulky for everyday riding. Anyone ride their 1000 everyday?

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post #7 of 28 Old 05-12-2012, 10:59 PM
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i ride my 1000 to work every day and i love it, but i will not recomend it to you unless you are a bike enthusiet who enjoys a bike with lots of charector.
it is not any bulkier than the 650 just more wieght up top thanks too the bigger cylenders and dual exhaust, the motor is nowhere near as smooth as the 650 but it lays out about another 30hp over the WEE and it has a lot higher gearing than the 650.
the 650 is a better choice for most people, the 1000 is made for us knuckle dragging throwbacks and a lesbian princess from canada

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Well I found the thread I was looking for about riding two up, but how about the size difference? I don't think I'll have a chance to sit/test ride a 1000 because the dealers around me have to order it. I've been seeing a lot of threads about the engine having more problems than a 650, is there a good chance of a brand new one still having those problems?
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no diffrence in physical size in the bikes; same frame.
No changes have been made to the 1000 still the same ecentric bike
the 2012 650 is still the same basic frame as the previous model just an updated engine and new tupperware body panels

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I bought my Vee primarily as a daily commuter (I have no other form of transport). It has served well in that capacity so far, and is heaps of fun on the weekend country runs.

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