650 V-Strom cruising speed

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by MNrider, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Kidder

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    What he said. I actually wish I would have kept my 07 ABS instead of selling it and buying a Super Tenere.
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  2. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    There is no substitute for a reasonably light standard bike, well built. To put this in perspective, a manpower is 1/6 of a horsepower, yet people have bicycled around the world. Not so long ago, the Wee put out what would have been Grand Prix horsepower. It corners like an angel. It is reliable. It's fast enough by far.

    As with any other bike, it has some stuff that could be better. I don't need huge HP to adventure ride. There are plenty of riders that want huge horsepower to get to the local bar. Many others have made thousands of miles well under twenty hp.

    Are you a rider or a poseur? That's what defines the Wee.
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  3. amk

    amk Been here awhile

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    You really call 220 kg wet mass of behemoth shape
    ?
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  4. PachmanP

    PachmanP Long timer

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    I'll trade ya.
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  5. Pecha72

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    Maybe not. But suggesting that adding 40-50 extra kilos, and doubling the engine size somehow gets that fixed, is just funny IMO. The DL650 is a real bastard to ride in any real off-road environment, but that's just more typical for this category. Try the same on a 125, 250 or 400cc enduro bike, and you'll realize in a minute, that these are all behemoths. ANY 'road' they can still all do just fine, and that's really the whole idea, along with good space&ergonomics. Dunno where the need to cross a swamp with them comes from. Get a lighter bike, if you fancy doin' that.
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  6. pebble35

    pebble35 Long timer

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    My 2 cents worth !

    Back in 2008 I did 11,000 miles in 28 days on a 2007 Wee.

    Cruising at anything from 50/60 mph to holding it around 100mph depending upon the roads.

    Maintenance on the trip was :

    Changed tyres (worn out !), changed air filter (blocked with sand/dust), adjusted and lubed chain every couple of days.

    Apart from that lot nothing else was needed - no oil change or even topping up with oil.

    A great little bike that I really regret selling !

    :clap:clap:clap
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  7. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    The OP was asking if he could ride a Wee at sustained highway speeds, not if he could do the Dakar on it. The Wee is not a dirt bike. I agree it is way too heavy and under suspended for that. You simply have to look at it to understand that. The OP also didn't ask about aesthetics. You have to make your own decision there. I personally find many "custom" bikes hideous and bizarre.

    What it is is a reliable, comfortable, reasonably priced bike with the ability to do pavement and decent gravel roads day in and day out. It has an excellent headlight, good wind protection after you deal with the stock screen, and doesn't beat you up on long hauls. It weighs a ton compared to a dirt machine, but is reasonably light in comparison to many touring bikes. Trans Labrador on a Wee? No problem. Trans Alaska? It will eat that up also. You learn to love that huge tank after a very short while if you're riding in the arena for which this bike was designed.

    I don't take my KDX on long pavement rides. I wouldn't take a Wee in the woods. Neither is a piece of crap because of it.
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  8. MNrider

    MNrider Local tall guy.

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    Thank you everyone for your opinions. Here are the PROs as far as I'm concerned, as compared to my RT:

    50 pounds lighter.
    6 more HP.
    6-speed.
    Isn't afraid of the occasional dirt road.
    Will cruise all day at 75-80 and will hopefully get more than my current 33 MPG at that speed.
    Lots more aftermarket parts available compared to my 81 G/S.
    Anti-lock brakes.

    Paul Delau
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  9. Superstar

    Superstar Been here awhile

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    As a huge VSTROM advocate (owned 2) and current Super Tenere owner, I can honestly say the S10 dominates any comparo I have done thus far.

    Not sure where his displeasure with the S10 lies.
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  10. Kidder

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    Heavy, worse gas mileage. My Strom was more comfortable with the Tall Touring Seat. And no messing with those finicky spokes. I also liked the characteristics of the engine better on the 650.

    Sure, the suspension is better on the S10, it's got shaft drive and it's got a few more whiz bang features. But, for the money, I should have kept my Strom. It had much better range and they're in the same niche. I like the S10 but I liked the Strom better.
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  11. scarysharkface

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    V-Strom 650 is happy doing a true Garmin 85 mph all day long with side cases. Mileage suffers, but on a recent 3k+ mile trip with my brother on his R1150R the Wee had better range.

    john
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  12. 10/10ths

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    .....Mine will cruise I-10 at 80 mph all day long with huge Givi side cases and top box.

    If you are worried that the 650 is "not enough motor", don't worry.

    If you are a speed freak, or want extra headroom for high speed motoring in the mountains, fully loaded, then buy a V-Strom 1000.

    FWIW, I ride solo, but with hard luggage on the Interstate and she will run 85mph with zero drama.

    Buy one, and if you hate it, sell it and buy a bigger machine, you won't lose money.
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  13. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    I've got a 2009 wee with 26k kms on the clock. She runs like a dream with a bit of clutch rattle just to prove she is a real strom. My mate just got a Tiger 1050 and my other friend has a GS1150. Now, after a recent longish run I was a little concerned my little 650 motor would suffer after cruising around 130kph compared to the two bigger bikes. So much so I started actively looking for a bigger bike, possibly a GS1200. After reading this I think I am better keeping the wee which incidentally I love. Just a little worried I mess up the motor on the longer runs at higher cruising speeds. Maybe it's a damn sight tougher than I thought!
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  14. Pecha72

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    Make sure you've got good quality oil, and check oil level regularly (just as with any vehicle), and the Wee does sustained 130kph just fine, it will even have something in reserve, though not as much as a +1000cc bike. But plenty for a 650.
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  15. tommyhof

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    Back in Oct 11, I went from a Concours 1000 to the Wee, was going to keep the Concours but after a month on the Wee I sold the Connie, it could do everything the Connie could, plus go off road, I've been on a few goat trails on it, only thing I gave up is passing in gear, now I have to think and down shift to pass the Semi-Truck.
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  16. ph0rk

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    I feel like I cruise at anywhere from 65mph(actual) to 95mph(actual) and it feels identical.

    Calsci medium screen, set to stock angle on a madstad, lowest setting (but highest bolt mounting point for madstad). Caribou 36l cases, and an occasional duffel bag strapped longitudinally.

    When I'm doing around 70-75mph I get about 50mpg. I haven't done sustained rides of 90+ for obvious reasons.

    I get my best MPG at 70-75mph with a barn door on the front, I must be heavy on the throttle around town.


    Edit: I just did a mid-tank fillup, ~20 miles of cold weather commute and 62.3 miles of angry WOT backroads blasting (all sub 60 mph).

    38.51 mpg. Yikes.
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  17. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    I'm generally getting in excess of 500km per tank of fuel. Not quite sure what it works out as in mpg but it seems pretty good to me!
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  18. bobobob

    bobobob IN HOC SIGNO VINCES

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  19. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Mine is fine at all reasonable speeds even with all the camping gear. It will easily get tickets on interstates, again with all the gear. Clear the Colorado passes with ease, again with gear well into the high 90's. the speedo is about 7 to 10 % optomistic. So high 90's is probably a true 90. But going over Vail Pass @ a true 90 mph with gear on is good enough. Vail Pass is about 11,000 ft. Some Wee's report high oil consumption above 80 mph, but mine doesn't do that. Even pushing 90 all day, it doesn't seem to use any oil. But I do see a decrease in fuel mileage above about 75 mph. And push a headwind at speed and the mileage will get down into the high 40's. I have seen as low as 46 mpg on a Yellowstone trip. Loaded bike pushing strong Wyoming wind and keeping up with a GS1100. We actually matched gas usage on that leg of the trip.
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  20. DPJK

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    My 2012 vstrom 650 cruises at an indicated 80 (72 GPS) all day. Cruising on I-5 is effortless, even with luggage loaded for work. I would not hesitate to trust my setup for any length of trip, under any conditions. I love the little 650 motor.
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