2013 V-Strom ABS Adventure

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by irishal, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I too now own a 2013 adv wee,nice upgrade from my KLR,I bought it because to me it is the do all reliable bike for my purposes,it's my 2 wheeled Toyota Corolla,for me it's so smooth and quiet I need to really watch my speed,I have a skid plate coming and my KLR moose footpegs will probably end up on the wee,looking forward to many good trips,trying to make it to Alaska soon and the Wee will probably be the machine I'll do it on,let the KLR end to the local off road stuff.
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  2. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    I stop by the local dealer to drool on their blue standard at least once a week. It just feels right. The GSXF1250FA down the row feels good too but lacks something in comparison, not torque I'm sure.

    $7800-$8K before silly add-ons here, not sure how much wiggle room is built into the the freight/setup fees. It's been many years since I've bought a new bike.
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  3. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I probably paid to much,my wife was there signing with me and I just thought I've never bought anything new before and this bike should bring many smiles,so no matter what I'm gonna keep it for many years and always have a used beater bike to compliment the Wee,damn I like my Wee.
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  4. deejmeister

    deejmeister Been here awhile

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    $9600 out the door in Lynchburg VA for my 2012 Adv. Probably could have found it lower but TBH it was a spur of the moment decision. Also at the beginning of riding season so who knows how low it was at the time.
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  5. TOzman

    TOzman Adventurer

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    Just got a quote of 8980 out the door for a 2013 from Ultimate Cycle in Midlothian VA.
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  6. bleedgrn

    bleedgrn Adventurer

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    My standard 2012 was $7300 OTD $8200 considering my local tax. Rode almost daily for the last riding season and really consider this bike to be well balanced. The aftermarket support is almost overwhelming, but adding bits is one of the joys of ownership. If you shop a little, there are some good deals on bits for the bike to make it yours. I consider the V-strom to be the cheap bastards GS. No they are not that comparable but the Strom is really hard to beat for the quality you buy. Here are a few pics of my heavily farkled V-strom.

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  7. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Two cents:

    I used to uncrate and assemble the adventure and non-adventure 650 Stroms.

    Sweet bikes. Fun to put together and test drive. They just get it done.

    Oddly, none ever returned for, well, ANYTHING.

    Maybe an oil change. But never for wrench work. Don't tell anyone.... :evil

    Great deals in the fall typically, as they don't want to hold them over.
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  8. Traumat1x

    Traumat1x Been here awhile

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    Good to know.
    I'm also loving my 2012. The more I ride the more I love it. Sure there may be more..... I dunno.... Better looking bikes, although I think it looks good esp dark led it can look great. I surely looks better in the flesh than on pics, but it's a difficult motorcycle to beat in terms of the package you get esp considering that sweet engine and easy riding. I often just go to the garage and walk around it, giving it a feel here and there ;)

    Comparing the Vstrom to the likes of the Stelvios, BMW and triumphs etc. Someone said something that stuck with me when I was considering the Strom. It ticed all the boxes that was important to me except I preferred the look of another bike.
    "I'd rather be riding an plain bike than pushing a exotic bike"
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  9. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    The Wee keeps sounding better all the time, I still would prefer shaft drive but I can deal with a chain, always have before.....
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  10. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    2 weeks on my new 650 and all I can say is get 1 you won't regret it,I don't!Oh about shaft drives,we can change gearing and replace chains a lot easier than the shaft guys,shafts are cool no doubt but chains are no problem for me.
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  11. rickh123

    rickh123 Adventurer

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    3 weeks ago I missed 2012 adventire on e-bay with full luggage (3pc) , engine guards and hand guards, with only 250 miles! on it for $7200 delivered. I was thinking few hours to long....that was a great price! But a week later I got my 2010 ABS adventure with similar extras and few thousands more miles on it for couple of thousands less. So no complains here. Specialy it is much easier and cheaper to farkle it up.
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  12. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Just got my SW Motech skid plate installed,went well,pretty easy/straight forward install,I'm gonna take my Moose footpegs off my KLR and put them on the Glee,I have a pair of Cycra probends that I am going to try and switch over to the Glee also and then it's time to hit the trails!
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  13. bleedgrn

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    Not sure how someone can pick apart this bike and make it sound like a bad value. Perfect world would be the V-strom 650 or 1000, and a light weight WR250 or 450 for dirt work. The WR will run circles around a big GS and the Strom will have less gas stops and plenty of comfort, plus you will still have money in your pocket. I don't think any touring bike is comfortable in stock form. You have to adjust the bike to your own personal needs and taste which includes seating and suspension. Ridiculous amounts of power (140hp+) is a very American issue. How many pickup trucks are on the road as commuters and weekend light pullers with nearly 400hp. Totally unnecessary.
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  14. 8lives

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    Out getting some dirt on the new Strom.
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  15. deputygene

    deputygene Been here awhile

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    Mine is a 2012, not a single problem.
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  16. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I just turned 10K miles on my 2012 std DL650
    Great bike, the chain barely shows wear and my stock tires are just now getting closed to the wear bars.

    Two oil changes and chain lubing is all that the bike has needed in the nine months I've had it.

    The seat (stock height) is slightly uncomfortable now for rides over a couple of hours and I'm working on getting the windscreen set up to offer up less buffeting at typical SoCal freeway speeds.

    I switched my bar to a crossbar style dirt bar with riser, I didn't have to do anything to the cables since the new bar and risers were just about the same place as the stock bar, just much much less sweep.

    Enjoy the bike it should give you years and years of use.
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  17. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    About the buffeting...I know it's been beaten to death on a dozen other threads and a hundred other forums but I have a limited new 'Strom audience here to annoy.

    Love the riding position of the Wee but I'm not a fan of larger windscreens, stock or smaller is my preference. If I don't mind my head in the air is it a non-issue? Folks coming off of a 'Wing or K1200RT will complain but after my DR650 I'll say "meh"?

    A few used '12-'13 Wees are showing up, not dealing with set-up and freight is good. Looks like the perfect commuter.
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  18. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I just got done putting 19000 miles on a KLR,which is a fine bike,but my Wee is like riding on cloud with a good gentle buzz.Got my Cycra hand guards on,my Moose footpegs swapped from the KLR and after that first oil change its time to get some dirt on the Wee.
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  19. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    "About the buffeting"

    12-> model generally gets less complaints about it. Still a problem for some. I've got both 07 and 12 right now and never had big problems with either one. The -07 has a very short screen, lots of air but little turbulence on my head. The -12 I've kept the stock screen and its lowest position, works well for me even on motorways.

    But in this subject, YMMV (..a lot!)
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  20. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Just bought a pair of shock sox for the forks,I'm used to having gators or something to protect the seals,these sox seem like they might be the answer.
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