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post #1 of 19 Old 07-31-2006, 02:08 PM
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good bye v-strom, hello whatever?

well its been 2 summers of headaches riding this bike, wind buffeting, awful seat, efi problems, tipping over on sidestand in a gas station parking lot busting off mirror, extra $$ for centerstand, 3 windshields, loose plastic everywhere, dealer losing parts, bad gas mileage, at some point its just not worth it. I should have known there is a reason these things sell for under 10 grand. Think I'll save up and get a BMW...
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-31-2006, 02:32 PM
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Good luck with the BMW. I sold a K1200RS for the Strom because of maintenance costs, repair costs, parts costs, bad gas mileage, and the overall quirkiness of the BMW line. Same headaches, over twice the price.

I've also unloaded Japanese bikes for unreliability issues too, so I know your frustration. Find the bike that calls to you and ride the snot out of it! I'll wave or ride with you regardless of what you end up with.
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I have also left BMW due to motor/efi problems. But.. every manufacturer can produce a lemon in an otherwise perfect product line. Sounds like you got one.. Do your research b4 you buy and good luck on missing the "one" that got off the production line!!! PS. I have never got a seat that worked on a stock bike!!! I have always had to get one made!!!
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post #4 of 19 Old 07-31-2006, 06:32 PM
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Dont buy a Triumph. Now THEY are quirky. Ive never had a problem with a japanese bike and thats why im back (probably for good).
post #5 of 19 Old 07-31-2006, 07:28 PM
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They've all got their warts, you just have to find one you can live with. Other than the seat, my V is an awesome machine. Runs really well, good mileage and, now that I've cut over 3" off of the shield, even the wind isn't a huge issue.

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post #6 of 19 Old 07-31-2006, 08:13 PM
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I have two words for this fellows problems: Vstrom 650.
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post #7 of 19 Old 07-31-2006, 10:24 PM
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I also sold a BMW RT for its quirky engine with the surging issues, and more frequent maitenance. I will admit the airflow of the BMW was superb, no buffeting. But because it was a fully faired bike it was very hot in the summer because no airflow on your legs or middle body.

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post #8 of 19 Old 08-01-2006, 05:03 AM
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well maybe i'll give it a second chance..

I suppose I could try a taller windshield, gel seat, go to another dealer etc. since I can't afford a beemer anyway. I'm thinking about a leftover 05 Bandit ...
post #9 of 19 Old 08-01-2006, 06:56 AM
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You might find a Bandit to feel buzzzy. The biggest issue with the vstrom 1000 is the EFI, but not with all bikes/riders. You can fix that with a power commander, or try a vstrom 650. The seat is $150-$500, depending on how you do it. Buffetting is solved with madstad bracket, unless you have an '03 or earlier. Once you get these things solved, it's probably a better bike than most. And you will have thou$ands in your pocket to blow on bike trips!
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I have two words for this fellows problems: Vstrom 650.
ayup, shoulda boughta sixfiddy.

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