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Old 08-31-2012, 08:06 PM   #23
Red Dust OP
Gnarly Adventurer
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: North of Brisbane
Oddometer: 463
Test rode the XTZ with my Ms today.
All good: Beautiful bike, enough power, very good brakes even on dirt roads, did not mind the traction control even if it stopped wheelies (got my other bikers for that), seat felt good, pillion was happy and noted better suspension than the DL.

Dislikes: Handlebar vibes! Not good but having said that the DL had also some minor in the beginning plus I rode with racing gloves but still it will be a big minus in my book.
The average fuel consumption was 8.2 litres per 100 km`s (according to the onboard computer) which is way higher than the DL even if I would trash the Strom.
Turbulence from the screen is bad but not as bad as the Strom before I removed the screen,can be rectified.
Would I buy it? If I can be convinced that the vibes can be rectified and I can get a very good deal maybe I will trade the DL but at the moment, no.
Thanks for all the input, I might buy the "big" Yamaha one day but not yet.
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