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Old 08-14-2012, 10:26 AM   #1861
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Anyone in ohio/northeast ohio know of a dealer or possibly there is an individual with a 5th gen and let me take one for a spin down street? I ride a vstrom 650 now but have been pining over a VFR for the longest time. However, I am a bit spoiled by the vstrom ergonomics.
If you do find one to ride, be sure to post back here with your thoughts on the VFR. I'm in the same boat as you--ride a DL650, love the ergonomics, but just drool over the VFR's looks. Don't know if I'd ever seriously consider trading my DL650 for one, but knowing someone who went from one to the other might help (or hurt...the wallet that is). BTW, how tall are you? I'm just about 5'10".
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:05 AM   #1862
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Wow, nice rides everybody!

Just a wee update on my 4th gen:

Three weeks have past since I brought it home. And what can I say - I love it!
Put 1800 miles on it already. Every inch pure fun. The lack of power doesn't bother me at all, except for some overtaking issues up the twisties... Let's just say, the Fazer was quicker..
The viffer's really comfy (I'm 6 ft), it handles ok and it sounds and looks just gorgeous.
Mileage has been extremely constant until now: 52 mpg. That is just fantastic. And I'm not slow.

I was on the road with two Aussie buddies of mine, world travellers. This time only a small Europe-Tour, they'd been on the road for 3 months when I met them. (Their longest trip was 8 years, though...)
We had a great weekend and plenty of fun. Unfortunately they took most of the pictures and I don't have them yet...
Still, here a few:










BTW: I'm still desperately looking for a Five Stars side case rack for my VFR!! If anyone has one or knows where to get one, please let me know!!
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:21 AM   #1863
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52 MPG? nice! The best I ever see with my 4th gen is 47mpg.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:13 PM   #1864
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If you do find one to ride, be sure to post back here with your thoughts on the VFR. I'm in the same boat as you--ride a DL650, love the ergonomics, but just drool over the VFR's looks. Don't know if I'd ever seriously consider trading my DL650 for one, but knowing someone who went from one to the other might help (or hurt...the wallet that is). BTW, how tall are you? I'm just about 5'10".
So, I went that exact route 3yrs ago - had an K4 Wee that I put ~65,000km on - loved it, but just didn't use it as a dual-sport. Plus I called it my Volvo - did everything I asked, but just no sizzle.
Always lusted after the VFR, so bought a dealer demo, 08 with ABS - ABSOLUTELY love it. Definately glad I did the switch. Now to the question - yes, the ergos are more sport orientated - stock the VFR leans you forward, and there is definately more pressure on the wrists. I put a set of risers that raised ~1" and it made a big difference. There is still some pressure on the wrists (more than the wee) but the increased lean gives you more of a better "feel" i.e "riding" a bike vs "sitting" on a bike.
Stock seat is a little less comfortable, but that can be easily fixed.
Any more ?? feel free to ask.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:24 PM   #1865
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52 MPG? nice! The best I ever see with my 4th gen is 47mpg.
Around 52 mpg here as well, but the altitude helps. While on this ride last week was dodging storms all around, and testing the patience while waiting for the sun to make a brief and limited appearance.

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Old 08-15-2012, 03:37 AM   #1866
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That is an AWESOME shot, mate.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:43 AM   #1867
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Any more ?? feel free to ask.
Thx for the feedback! I'm afraid to ask any more questions for fear that a) I may want a VFR more and b) my wife would kill me if I brought up the taking action on the a) suggestion. But I'll keep my eye out...
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:36 PM   #1868
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Around 52 mpg here as well, but the altitude helps. While on this ride last week was dodging storms all around, and testing the patience while waiting for the sun to make a brief and limited appearance.
Got three tanks at 50mpg on my last tour of the Sierras and I was loaded (luggage that is). That altitude really does help!!!!! Plus I had a new chain and sprocket set on my 99.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:02 PM   #1869
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That is an AWESOME shot, mate.
A big +1 on that.

The background would make any bike look good (even a fugly wee -strom ), the VFR puts it over the top!
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:59 AM   #1870
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Got three tanks at 50mpg on my last tour of the Sierras and I was loaded (luggage that is). That altitude really does help!!!!! Plus I had a new chain and sprocket set on my 99.
MInd you, I was talking about my '97 4th gen.
Anyway, remind me what the altitude is around there!?

I just did 54 MPG on my last rideout - not too much luggage, just a heavy tank bag, but going pretty racy.
Awesome.

Still looking for a rack, btw.......
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:31 AM   #1871
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i gota admit, takign my top box off, the bike handles better, looks better, no clearance issues with the suspention, but its not as convenient, goign to the shops, my panniers arnt big enough to hold my helmet, so i just caryr it, as opposed to just dropping everything into the top box and locking it and walking away.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:42 AM   #1872
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:44 AM   #1873
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P.S.: Ich fühl' mich langsam wirklich verfolgt von dir..... :P
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:25 PM   #1874
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Home, sweet home.

P.S.: Ich fühl' mich langsam wirklich verfolgt von dir..... :P
You want more??

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Old 08-17-2012, 07:06 PM   #1875
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As of today, this if officially mine! I got the title and tag today, and will pick it up on Sunday!


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