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Old 05-31-2015, 06:31 AM   #1
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Honda varadero xl 1000 trade in

Hi all have had my varadero for a while now great bike and have had a few great weekends and times away, unfortunately i tried the v strom 650 and found it such an easy bike to ride light and so much more nimble than the vara good riding position and seamed to have enough power i sometimes take the wife with me and wondered is it any good two up what sort of carrying capacity has it got cheers for any input
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Old 06-06-2015, 12:52 PM   #2
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I can relate to how you found the Vstrom 650 a lot more fun than your larger bike. I have a Super Tenere and exchanged bikes with my brother who has a 2015 Vstrom 650, and I immediately went faster and had more fun in the turns.
The Vstrom really surprised me with its eager-to-rev motor and nimble handling. It is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
I think the Vstrom will carry a passenger pretty well, as long as your passenger is fairly small and light.
Your passenger's leg room will be less and the ride may not be as comfortable due to the rear shock being of average quality.
However, I deem the Vstrom 650 worthy of suspension upgrades - its that good a bike.
The motor will be strained a bit and it will take longer to pass vehicles. But in the end, if you have patience, I don't see why one could not carry a passenger and luggage just fine.
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