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It could be expensive...

Was my SOs response to a suggestion to visit the motorcycle shop. The only bike that grabbed her was Suzuki's Vstrom-1K. Pluses were a bench seat, maximum legroom, pack room, large wheels for a smooth ride, light and torquey. Anyone have it?

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The V-Strom 1000 is overrated IMHO. I owned the Wee-Strom 650 and loved it. My wife equally loved it after I installed the Givi top case w/ a backrest for her. The problem w/ the 1000 is weight. It is too heavy for being practical. You can do everything w/ room to spare on the 650 and it is lighter. Plus it gets 50mpg and 240 miles per tank.

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Spoon on a Michelin anakee, Metzeler Tourance or Avon Distanzia and watch the miles tick by 2-up.

Possibly the most affordable and capable ADV touring bike on the market today.

From our trip down the BRP last year.

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The V-Strom 1000 is overrated IMHO. I owned the Wee-Strom 650 but got rid of it because it was too much of a bike for me.
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Thanks Ridge! We actually sat on the 650 and it did feel light and lively. Looked up the specs and it is 35lb less (w/o ABS) than the 1K. The 1K is top heavy with its big tank. So the 650 has adequate power for 2up touring for middle weight couples...hmmm. Why did you unload yours? I am dreaming of riding it to AK, so 50MPG economy would be ideal for hopping far spaced towns in the upper North.

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The only reason I'm still not riding the Strom is that another rider traded me his 2004 Tuono for my Strom so that he could make a trip to AK. Otherwise, I'm sure it would still have a home in my garage. My wife has tempted me into buying another one because the KLR is not adequate for 2-up at all.

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My wife has tempted me into buying another one because the KLR is not adequate for 2-up at all.
It's a great investment to keep her positive about 2 wheeling!

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Everything you want to know about stroms:
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Actually, that's not really fair.
Everyone that I know that has the 650 absolutely loves it.
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Actually, that's not really fair.
Everyone that I know that has the 650 absolutely loves it.
So you didn't have the weestrom-650...
Another feather in its cap was being designed after its big sibling.
You make a case for the extended warranty to combat lemons.

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Unfortunately the only colors are black and yellow.
Makes it easy to wait for the 2009 colors.

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You're crazy. Those are the best looking colors yet on the Stroms. The black is an asphalt flat black and the yellow really makes the bike look good. Better than that crappy blue I had that Suzuki called silver.

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You're crazy. Those are the best looking colors yet on the Stroms. The black is an asphalt flat black and the yellow really makes the bike look good. Better than that crappy blue I had that Suzuki called silver.
Ridge, you aren't easily letting me off the hook.
Thank you much for your insight!
Any comments/experience on the ABS option for 2up?

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ABS is a new option on the Strom. It wasn't available on my model year, but you can find all the info you need on ADV sites.

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Any comments/experience on the ABS option for 2up?
Hey S, if you want a two up adventure bike, why not wait till September for the new BMW F800GS? I got to sit on it at the IMS and it felt sweet and the Beemer babes ain't too bad either...
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wait till September for the new BMW F800GS? I got to sit on it at the IMS and it felt sweet and the Beemer babes ain't too bad either...
RB,

You took the expensive theme to the limit.
Yeah I sat on it too, but didn't get mauled by the babes.
I bet the bike has got a better punch! Hmmm.

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RB,

You took the expensive theme to the limit.
I bet the bike has got a better punch!
One thing I noticed was the beemer's side plastics weren't designed to be durable and withstand falls off road. They'd be a fortune to replace. I'd wait for someone to offer after market protection cages.

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114hp Tiger ehhh? I'll check it out!

Today we rode for an epic couple hundred miles.
Merging/passing on highway/freeways the 9r's hundred horses
was the perfect ante, so that eliminates lower power bikes.

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Depending on what you use your bike for depends on the power you need. You can have a 200 hp bike but if you cannot hang in a corner you just get run over. I admit to having cornerphobia but I rode with a guy on a V-Strom and in a corner he was relentless. His other bike was a 1200 Bandit that he was real good on but he said the Strom was like cheating in the corners. he would throw the bags on and him and his daughter went on week long trips. I think the bike is ugly but do not under estimate it playing in the back roads or for trips.

I like the naked bikes since I have 2 of them but I also like my 2004 K1200GT for the road.

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Depending on what you use your bike for depends on the power you need. You can have a 200 hp bike but if you cannot hang in a corner you just get run over. I admit to having cornerphobia but I rode with a guy on a V-Strom and in a corner he was relentless. His other bike was a 1200 Bandit that he was real good on but he said the Strom was like cheating in the corners. he would throw the bags on and him and his daughter went on week long trips. I think the bike is ugly but do not under estimate it playing in the back roads or for trips.

I like the naked bikes since I have 2 of them but I also like my 2004 K1200GT for the road.
Bobby,

Thanks for your comments! Very decadent you have several bikes to choose from! I'm very fortunate the bike expenses are in our family necessity budgeting!

I assume your buddy was on the liter Vstrom, not the 650 Weestrom?
Can he Vstrom turn stress you on your Kbike?

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Bobby,

Thanks for your comments! Very decadent you have several bikes to choose from! I'm very fortunate the bike expenses are in our family necessity budgeting!

I assume your buddy was on the liter Vstrom, not the 650 Weestrom?
Can he Vstrom turn stress you on your Kbike?
Yep it was the liter. I have two Kawasaki ZRX's. One is a stretched out 2001 1200 with a 1224 kit, ported head and ZZR cams and the other is a 2000 1100with GPZ cams only. It is my around town commuter and toy for all around playing and when I get tired of loud pipes and just want to relax I play on the beemer.
The 919 is my wifes 1st new bike altho it looks like one I could really like. Damn thing is a 100 lbs lighter than my Rex's and the ergos seem to fit me fine. This is also the wifes 1st big bike CC wise. She rides and old 1986 ZL600 that is the same weight as the 919 but 3 inches shorter.
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I donno. I think I'd take to Porkstrom over the Weestrom for power and two up riding as I am fatish. 1st thing to do is get rid of the Lardass exhaust system. Get that motor putting out a couple more ponies. Be nice to shoehorn a TL1000R motor in there just to wow your balls.

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I know everyone loves the 650 , but, there is something to be said for the 1000 - Yeah its heavier, but, there is NO replacment for displacment ! yeah the 650 will be better in the off road sections, but, man, the 1k will simply devour the highway and it will give a bit more wind protection as well - granted, it may get a bit sketchy once the highway ends, but, riders do it all the time on much heavier R1200GS's - if you can try them both out -

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I know everyone loves the 650 , but, there is something to be said for the 1000 - Yeah its heavier, but, there is NO replacment for displacment ! yeah the 650 will be better in the off road sections, but, man, the 1k will simply devour the highway and it will give a bit more wind protection as well - granted, it may get a bit sketchy once the highway ends, but, riders do it all the time on much heavier R1200GS's - if you can try them both out -

I would disagree with the above. There is a replacement for displacement, it's called weight savings. From my last weeklong excursion down the BRP, we had a combined rider/passenger weight of 370#, Full Givi V46 topcase, full E21 sidecases, tankbag and fuel. We still maintained a 50mpg average and never worried with enough power to get out of a situation if the need arose. The Wee has plenty of power for two up and the weight is a huge issue with the Stroms. Suzuki did not do a good job with where they placed the weight and that is exacerbated in the 1K.

And how does the 1K offer more wind protection?

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I would disagree with the above. There is a replacement for displacement, it's called weight savings. From my last weeklong excursion down the BRP, we had a combined rider/passenger weight of 370#, Full Givi V46 topcase, full E21 sidecases, tankbag and fuel. We still maintained a 50mpg average and never worried with enough power to get out of a situation if the need arose. The Wee has plenty of power for two up and the weight is a huge issue with the Stroms. Suzuki did not do a good job with where they placed the weight and that is exacerbated in the 1K.

And how does the 1K offer more wind protection?
Ridge, Exactly summarizes my concern about Vstrom's high weight distribution. The higher you sit the more wind knocks your head/steering around. There's no free lunch. The weestrom came out after benefitting from field feedback on the Vstrom. The nice thing about the weestrom is it opens access to adventurous dirt roads. But you do need ample power during 2up merges... Hello Jenny Craig?

My 2up bike goal is 400lb, 100hp, and tour comfy 2up. That's all.

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From my last weeklong excursion down the BRP, we had a combined rider/passenger weight of 370#
Was that only the weight of the riders with riding gear and not what was in the bags? If so, that is great since we are in your weight class. Cali has many caged idiots high on crackberries, that will run you over during a freeway merge if you don't hit warp speed. That's why I was fixated on a hundred ponies. But sounds like weestrom's two cylinder grunt makes adequate acceleration. Thanks!

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dust off...

Just returned from a two hundred mile 2up trip to Laguna Seca for the seaotter mountain bike festival! It was forty-some degrees and the wind blew 30kt but the SO insisted on the 9r! The parking attendant liked our bike so much he directed us up front!

There was an AMAZING 16yr kid (sponsored by Magura brakes) doing stunts on a kawi 600 that completely defied gravity! He rode it as docile as a unicycle! Another guy Ryan Leech (www.ryanleech.com sponsored by Norco bikes) did MB trials and rode across a narrow hand rail and also jumped and spun it from the top of a truck cab so much I couldn't believe my eyes! Very sweet mountain bike hardware was on display and all vendors were extra friendly. We had way too much fun! It was a great way to kick off the riding season and inspire us to go for self-powered rides too!

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Last night I stopped by the MC shop on the way to dinner. Wife claimed she would stay in the cage, but soon joined me for the carpet rides. Unfortunately the R1 was vetoed for 2up weestrom still wins the 2up comfort class, leg extension and seat width. Plus as Ridge highlighted in this thread it's light and docile! Granted merges would take more skill than liter impulse speed. I need to clear a parking spot in the garage!

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I'd love to get a Tiger or an SV1000. Either bike would be a fun platform to tinker with. I'm sold on Vtwins after having my Superchicken, and I've always had certain wood for the Triumphs great triples. All this stuff is just dreams in an older guys head right now. Who knows. If I got a good gig again and some schit payed off, I might get lucky and pick up some more riding 'iron'. Gor now, the 20,000 mile KLR650 and the 41,000 mile ZX10R will have to satisfy as they have done very well thusly.

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I need to test ride the 114hp Tiger, same curb weight as a weestrom but +~30 ponies! Their website has a 2up pix with that being a main requirement to get a PO through the front office.

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I need to test ride the 114hp Tiger, same curb weight as a weestrom but +~30 ponies! Their website has a 2up pix with that being a main requirement to get a PO through the front office.
I'd dig a test ride.

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I like the Tiger too.
Someday it will be mine.

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I like the Tiger too.
Someday it will be mine.
From riding 2up on the 9er, my wife clearly appreciates its liter power is needed for safety and vetoed the weestrom for a higher HP option! The sacrifices we make to keep number one happy!

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