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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by The Game, Sep 11, 2012.
Do you feel a big difference in comfort with the taller seat?
I haven't taken it on a long ride since getting it, but just from local riding I can tell it will be more comfortable on a long day.
Good to read that the DL1000 got first place in a shoot out.
Interesting 3 way test vs. BMW R9T urban GS and 950 multistrada....the 2018 V-Strom 1000 did very well indeed.
Nice write up. Funny how different markets have different pricing for the same bike. In this write up there all close enough but here in uk the 950 multi is £1400 more than a strom. Plus no one pays full retail for the suzuki.
I liked that ducati when I first seen it. it looked smaller and lighter than my veek but its not lighter and only 6 hp more and only moves ahead of the strom over 7000rpm.
So, hows the seat? Thinking of the Suzuki high seat or the Seat Concept seat.
I have the OEM tall seat and really enjoy it compared to the standard seat. Also installed adventuretech's peg lowering and shifter adjuster parts. I'd like to try a Seat Concept sometime, but will very likely send either my stock or the tall seat to Terry Adcox to work his magic. If I had a buyer for either of my standard or tall seat in tan, that would help on which one I'd have Terry work over. 6'1" with 34" inseam.
Just a post to say everything's great! Just got back from a two day 480 mile trip in the U.P., from Iron Mountain MI. Home area, up to Grand Marais MI. Mostly Off road, County, State and N.F. roads, ATV trails from high speed hard pack to continuously almost loosing it deep sand downhills. Lots of rollercoaster, broken shitty pavement, blind hill/corner combos, near deer hit, etc. Great ride! temps, mid 60's Monday, A little rain during the overnight and a beautiful mid 70's on the way back Tuesday. Beers, Suppressa cheese and triscuits for dinner around a nice fire, camped at Twelve mile beach, good times. Still love the bike! That is all.
Of course Ken was with sharing routes and setting a helluva pace! He's still not sure about jumping the Vstrom ship for an Africa Twin. I used to think they were the Swiss Army knives of big bikes but now I'm thinking there more of the Leatherman of big bikes!
Finally sounds like a twin should..
Are those the Shinko 804/5s? What can you tell us about them and the mileage you think you'll get from them?
No bags attached ............?
Last weekend I took a 650 mile day ride around the Rockies' high country looking for Fall color.
Up and over several 10,000+ ft passes....12,095 ft Independence Pass, narrow twisty roads and high speed two lane.
Left the house before the sun came up, got home after dark - a 14 hr day in the saddle except for lunch, gas stops and picture taking.
The seat was great - no hot spots, all day comfort.
Hard to beat for the price ($194).
4500 ish miles when I changed out the first pair and they still had a couple hundred miles to go. Happy enough to get a second pair, lack of staggered blocks in the rear my only gripe. Able to drag parts in the dry and great, for a knobby, in the wet.
You've had an AT and an S10 -- same as me -- and I see you've now got a new V-Strom. How do you like it in comparison to the other two in terms of handling, power, ride quality, comfort? It's been on my radar lately, starting to get that new bike itch...
Anything unusual about the spec on your Seat Concept? Tall, Regular, Low? Just standard, plain-old-plain kit? I ask because I just finished a 1,700 mile trip and my butt is sore (on the stock seat). Carbon fiber sides, gripper top?
? If this is for me, just overnighter so no need for the ortleibs.
So, any news on steel shifter and rear brake levers! Over the winter Going to mount up the steel footpeg mounts from the 650 strom and some more aggressive pegs.