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Old 08-16-2013, 04:25 PM   #16
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I see a lot of votes for the DL1000 so I'm going to go ahead and go against the grain here. I had an '06 V-Strom for about a year and 10,000 miles that I bought specifically for two up riding. I fucking hated that bike. Crap aerodynamics...... tried different screens, Madstad brackets, nothing fixed the horrible buffeting and noise for me. Crap suspension......on smooth pavement it was OK, but felt cheap over anything with texture. Two-up at walking speeds (like in traffic), the bike wobbled like a drunken sailor. It seriously felt like a '60s chopper. We weren't overloaded either, I'm 185 and the wife is 115. I did like how the bike handled at speed though, it was the only bike I've had that would scrape the passenger pegs. Oh and the seat is pretty comfy. Engine always felt rough and unrefined like it belonged in a superbike......oh wait, that's where they got the engine.

I'm not sure why this bike gets so much praise. Maybe because it's cheap?

I posted a similar review on another forum back when the bike was new and received some pretty hateful feedback. So for the record.....experienced rider, lots of two-up, etc, etc.

For two-up I suggest looking at bikes with quality suspension. Adding a bunch of weight to something with spaghetti suspension is a bad combo.

Early Honda STs, FJRs, etc, can be had cheap and they handle a passenger like they are invisible.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:34 PM   #17
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It isn't that the Strom is a really great motorcycle, it's that it does pretty much everything you want for a reasonable price. Are there better bikes? Absolutely, but not at that price range or with the reliability. Spend some dough on a new shock of some sort,stiffer fork springs and ride it.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:11 PM   #18
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I actually test rode a vstrom and thought it was very awkward at slower maneuvers. At the time i chalked it up to the larger front wheel and just being a different bike than my own. Was the only bike I've experienced that on to that degree. Thought it was just me.

Anyone done 2up on a multi 10/1100? Always found them appealing. I want a bije my wife will ride on and not hate but reality is she would only be along for rides 300 miles away or less.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:02 PM   #19
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If you reject a Buell for unreliability, you probably won't like an old Ducati.

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Old 08-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #20
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I don't really think of the uly as unreliable. It's got a few faults depending on year, with electrical connectors, wheel bearings etc. I'm fairly familiar with the bike. But from what I understand, the trans is a bit clunky, I've looked a few over and the "riders view" from the seat seems strange, stuff looks cheap(gauges, levers, etc). None of these things by themselves are deal breakers but they add up. If I found one parked in my garage I wouldn't cry in my milk about it, just not certain it's the bike for me.

Duc reliability....yeah I'm not sure on that one either. I'd like to think if you found one with new belts and the valves done, consumables in check, and the recalled tank issue sorted out that it'd be a reliable bike. Many say the 2v 1000/1100's are nearly bullet proof and fully capable of 100k miles or more. I'm sure some have had different experiences. I do have a friend with an S4r(04) and besides crazy priced valve checks the only thing that has failed was a starter.

I was killing time in our classifieds and there is a nice versys 650, and a nice multi 1000 in there, along with a couple of tigers. I simply asked myself if I had to get on one and ride it right now what one would I want....and now that damn duc has been in my head all day. Granted I usually find a new lust every couple of days while window shopping god only knows what I'll end up with being I likely won't buy anything now until after the first of the year some time in all reality.
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:00 AM   #21
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Yes, the Buell is definitely the anti-Strom! Definitely polar opposites.

If you get a Strom, go for the 1000, the 650 is too gutless for two up on the hwy.
rode my 650 strom all over colorado (ie elevation and lower power) with my wife loaded with camping camping (ie more weight). did just find dude. have you even spun that 650 motor up or just talking???
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:25 AM   #22
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I always take the power thing with a grain of salt. Some feel the burgman 650 is the ultimate 2 up machine how can the wee strom be incapable then lol? Some think you have to have 120hp plus to ride 2up or what have you it's mostly just rationalizing wanting the power. I've not ridden a ton of mid size bikes but i know the versys had all the power i really "need".
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:42 PM   #23
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vote for 955i Girly

I've owned a DL1000, it was a great bike for 1 or 2 up cruising. It was bulletproof, accessories easily found, great community and dealer support. But....

I don't miss it:

My '05 Tiger rides very well 2 up with my wife or daughter. We'll often pack the cans to camp without issue too. The bike looks great, it always starts conversations at stops and the community of riders makes up for the comparatively much smaller aftermarket equipment availability. That said, I've never had a problem finding a part or farkle with any real delay.

I'm just under 6'2. My wife is 5'8", but even she appreciates the lowering kit for the rear pillion pegs (we have the TT option, but there are other cheaper solutions), otherwise no other mods needed to make it a respectable touring ride.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:22 PM   #24
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Too bad you do not seem to like them as the Uly really fits what you are looking for. I have 50,000 on my 2007 and will not be trading anytime soon. Put 2600 miles on it just last week and still smiling.

Most of the people that do not like them have never even sat on one let alone ridden one. Not all bikes have issues and those that do, the issues and fixes are known. Wheel bearings are cheap (standard size available at the bearing store) compared to chains, sprockets, and valve adjustments.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:20 AM   #25
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Never rode a Gen 1 Wee-Strom but have a Gen 2 (2012). After owning Kaw EX500 and C-10 Connie, I find the Suzuki's suspension very good right out of the box, including two-up. In fact I probably ride more two-up on this bike than solo. The Kaws both needed suspension upgrades, but the Strom seems very well-balanced front to rear, good adjustability, and very smooth and stable in corners. Could just be that the smoothness of the engine's power delivery helps in that regard. My GF has accompanied me on many trips on all three bikes, and as of now she finds the Wee-Strom the most comfortable. (Disclaimer, I did lower the passenger pegs for her.)

With regards to the ability to carry two-up, V-1000 vs 650, IIRC the 1000 and Gen 1 Wee shared the same seat. So there is really no extra room on the 1000, compared to the 650, and in fact (I've checked the specs), the 650 is actually rated to carry more weight than the 1000! Counter-intuitive, I know, but the 1000 will have more "pep" while transporting whatever weight is on the bike. I test rode a 2004 V-Strom 1000 before I bought the Wee, and I must say that engine really put a grin on my face! However, even loaded with a full set of three Givi hard bags and two-up, the 650 cruises quite well at 80 mph, returning about 50 mpg, and a simple down-shift gives all the passing power we need.

The only other bike currently available (yes I too am waiting to see what Yamaha does with that new triple!), that I'm lusting after, is the Yamaha FJR 1300, but I do like the added versatility of an adventure-bike platform, and at this point I really can't afford to own TWO bikes. (And Beemers are out 'cuz I'm a cheap bastard!) So for now the Wee-Strom is the winner, my two cents anyway. Good luck in your quest!

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:04 PM   #26
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I have toured 2up on the both the Uly and the 955 Tiger. They both hauled the missus and I around with about equal comfort and power.


Here we are on the Tiger on the shore of Lake Superior. We rode up from Alabama.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:14 PM   #27
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Test ride a Guzzi Stelvio. It has a great pillion seat. Very comfortable touring bike. Wonderful motor, very easy bike to maintain.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:41 PM   #28
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I'd love to test a stelvio but finding one is almost as hard as me affording one.

I nearly decided to buy a uly a couple years ago but the dealer was unwilling to negotiate at all. He still has the same bike. I'm a couple inches short in the inseam as well ad other info I mentioned about them. If one fell in my lap I'd try to make it fit.

I've been hunting wee strom on Craigslist and one may win out just bu being so dam practical and inexpensive. Who knows I pondered a good deal on a pacific coast a while ago!
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:34 PM   #29
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Wonderful motor, very easy bike to maintain.
I like this bike, rhetorical question though how long it can last with an air cool system
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:56 AM   #30
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Many miles

Many Beemers, Harleys, Ducatis etc.. surpass the 100,000 mile mark. dont think its much of an issue.
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