Hi all - first post here - am almost about to lay my money down on a V-strom. Havent made mind up between a 650 ($Aus10k) or 1000 ($Aus14k). Main issues of doubt - fuel consumption and seat height, and roads I'll cover. :?:
- anything up to 1000Km (600Miles) before I hit dirt on some trips (others can be 1 km) - but will be doing longish distances before hitting dirt on some trips. Will not be doing much more than poor dirt roads/tracks (no hard core dirt). I'll be riding 'moderately' fast :shock: but am past the dirt tracking days :roll:
the 1000 seems heavy on fuel to me - no better than a 1500cc cruiser - and I'll need extra range, min 450Km (270mls).
Seat height - the real issue!
Being a vertically challenged person at inseem of 29" the 650 fits better but is still a touch high. The 1000 is obviously higher, a claimed 20mm.
From my reading of various V-strom lists, especially here, seems that there are a few ways to reduce height for both eg. different links for suspension from 3/4" to 1-1/4", shaved or new seat, removing the rubber blocks under the seat and maybe others. (an aside - do these mods affect warranty?)
- some of you seem to have modified your bikes to reduce the seat height - what have you got the seat height down to (actual measured height) and what have you done to get it there? Any real handling suspension issues emerged for you?
I am a 'relatively' experienced rider (45 years) with road race, MX, enduro's, speedway, etc. This will probably be my last cycle and need to make the choice a good one. I'm leaning slightly to the 1000 IF I can get the seat height down to about 800/810mm without affecting handling.
By the way - this list has provided me with some great info - thanks to you all :mrgreen:
and thanks for any responses.