Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
The stroms only feel top heavy when stopped or the last few feet before a stop. The 650 feels more nimble than the 1000. Many of us have customized the strom to fit our bodies and preferred riding positions...got rid of the horrid stock seat and got a custom or semi-custom seat that may be an inch higher or lower or more forward or back as well as much more comfortable. There are several lowering options, a couple of raising options, and Richland Rick's lowered foot peg kit. There are aftermarket bars with a different angle and position and bar risers or up & back. The stock windscreen is a poor design, and aftermarket windscreens do a good job for riders of all preferences.
Note that the things I mention are easy-to-fix minuses, and the stroms have many big pluses, mainly that they are reliable, cheap to own, and FUN!
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