Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Because the strom is tall, it feels top heavy. That's physics. Here's how to handle it---as you're coming to a stop focus your concentration on getting both feet on the ground as you stop. Do not spend that instant before stopping looking at traffic or deciding which way you'll turn next or the gal (or guy) in tight pants. After you have both feet down and the bike feels stable under you, then plan your next move. With experience most of us can bring the bike to a momentary stop then roll away without putting a foot down, but we didn't start that way. And most of us had our bikes take a nap when we started riding a strom and didn't concentrate on getting both feet down when stopping.
In other respects the strom is OK as a first bike. And certainly OK as a long term bike. You will want to upgrade the springs to suit your loaded riding weight, but that can wait a while. When you take the MSF course, ask if they have a dual sport you can use rather than a mini-cruiser or a standard bike.
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