After lurking for some time, I am getting pretty close to stepping up and buying a V-Strom. I'm currently riding an old, but still mostly trustworthy 1986 Honda CB700 Nighthawk.
I was led here to the Vstraom (and these forums) looking for the ultimate commuter bike. I cover about 130 miles round trip each day. In a year, I expect to cover 22,000+ miles on the motorcycle. From what I read, I expect the V-Strom will hold up to that use. Agreed?
That said, I am also fairly certain I'm buying new, and will get a 2012 WeeStrom 650. The 1000 might be fun, but I'll be happier at the gas station with the 650 - and I'll be seeing a lot of gas stations over the years!
I am hanging on a final decision - Adventure or regular?
I hope to get some test rides in soon.
I'm looking for comments about the differences. The Adventure looks like it will cost about $900 to $1300 more (based on advertised prices I've seen).
Are the add-ons for the Adventure worth it?
(i.e. am I better off with a factory Advenute, or base model and upgrade??)
I will need luggage for my commute, which speaks for the Adventure. But I also plan to add an aftermarket skid plate, and that may likely require a different crash bar /engine guard, so I could start with the regular 650 and add to it. I know windshields, and acceptable turbulence, is a personal preference, but I'd like to be shielded from as much wind and weather as possible, so I may like the Adventure more.
Other add-ons (OK, I'll say it "Farkles") I know I want are aftermarket handguards, chain oiler, and apparently I can't live without a fork brace
If you have experience with the quality and value of the Adventure vs. base, please comment. Can I build-up a base model to what I need for less than 1300?
Also, if you know of a clearly better maker of the farkels I'm after, please do recommend.
Thank you in advance - and happy trails to all!