V-strom 650 or NT700V?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Mindspin, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Mindspin

    Mindspin Crash Bandicoot

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    See a few of these for sale, used, wondering which I should get? I realize their differences like the Honda is pavement only but I really like its integrated storage and shaft drive. But I think the Weestrom has more power and is maybe lighter?

    I imagine I can't go wrong with either but was just looking for opinions from anyone who's had either.
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  2. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I haven't had a DL650 or an NT700V, but I have had lots of opinions!

    Depends on how you are going to use it. For me, it would be the Honda.
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  3. swiss-happy

    swiss-happy Rubberburner Joe

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    Why not consider the Honda NC700X? Some dealers here are bitten by the good quality and over-demand for this bike. They cannot sell their Vstroms nor NTs after this one came out.
    95% road, 5% dirt.
    62Nm
    48PS
    also comes with DCT if needed.
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  4. Mindspin

    Mindspin Crash Bandicoot

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    Ok then let's hear your opinions! Also for the Vstrom do I want the ABS model? I know it can't turn off, so on dirt not so good. But for the 95% pavement riding of reality it would be good to have.

    700X is pretty cool but I'm trying to avoid a new bike.
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  5. cobrat

    cobrat Been here awhile

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    In that same market segment, I like the Kawi Versys.
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  6. DirtRider....

    DirtRider.... Wandering Turtle

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    I agree with my Wee ABS not being able to be turned off with a switch... but the fuse is under the seat so its an easy solution. plus if you've ridden super slab to get to the off road, you'll wanna stop anyways to adjust air pressure in your tires... so not a big deal breaker for me..

    Off road the Wee is not as capable compared to many other choices... so wont get into debates there...

    decision depends on your main use...

    Wee's are good bikes and as most bikes they have their weaknesses
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  7. BigMacAttack

    BigMacAttack n00b

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    I'm having the same problem deciding between the wee and the NC700x. There are so many things to like about the wee and it's pretty well bullet proof but for some reason I can't quit thinking about the Honda.
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  8. dhally

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    I haven't been able to get rid of the windscreen buffeting on my Wee. This seems to be common for riders over 70" tall or so. It really gets to me after a couple hundred miles.
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  9. novaboy

    novaboy Been here awhile

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    From what I've read, if you are over 5'11", the Honda's ergos are cramped for any long distance riding.
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  10. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    ....and if you do NOT go off road, then buy the Honda NT700v with the integrated bags and the shaft drive.

    It is a very user friendly and easy to run machine.

    Low cost, no chain to fool with, lower seat height, lockable storage, great fuel economy, just buy it.

    If you don't like it, sell it, you won't lose much.

    Don't over think a motorcycle, go with your gut. They are NOT logical decisions.

    FWIW, I love my Wee, but I have spent a lot of money on windscreens, chain oiler, seat, shock, fork springs, and more to customize her to suit ME.

    If the Honda fits YOU and YOU like it, then BUY IT and start enjoying life NOW.

    Whatever you are going to do, DO IT NOW.

    We could all die this afternoon.

    Get busy living, or get busy dying.

    Cheers.

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  11. Mangle

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    I went with the 2012 VStrom 650. I really couldn't give you a firm list of reasons why you should choose it over the Honda. I suppose I just wanted a BMW F800ST, and the VStrom was basically that at a significant discount.

    [​IMG]

    These are the stock tires with a solid 50 PSI in each. I didn't really expect to be off the slab and onto anything worse than gravel. The bike performed very well.
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  12. advridgerunner

    advridgerunner RESIST WE MUCH !

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    50 psi :eek1

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  13. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    BMW F700GS :evil
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  14. Androu

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    I've got a 2010 NT700 and like it very much. It's relaible, econimcal, easy to ride. Plenty of storage (Ihave the Honda top box) and a great, agile city commuter. What would probably surprise some people is it's also a competent long range tourer. Comfortable, great wind protection, handles great. if you're looking to do triple digit speeds, it's not the bike for you, but it will cruise at 80-85 all day with you and your gear. The vstrom is a great bike too from what I hear, and certainly beats the NT for off pavment capability. A lot of folks on the NTOwners forum have had the strom too, or still have both, and all agree it's a really good value and a good bike. So...I guess it comes down to what's more important to you. I think the strom is a more versatile bike overall, but the NT is a better tourer.

    [​IMG]
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  15. Craneguy

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    I know some run them at 40/40 but 50 is extreme. You might want to think about that...
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  16. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    California Scientific - use the sizing guidance to get the height right for you http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/VStromprod.html
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  17. Mindspin

    Mindspin Crash Bandicoot

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    I still want to ride both bikes at some point as I still find them interesting, but I didn't get either. I work at a Triumph dealer and found out we get a very good discount through the employee purchase program. I started liking the brand a lot since I started this summer and decided the Tiger 800 was worth it since I'd be paying about what a normally priced 2012 V-Strom 650 might cost, and about what used NT700V's are going for. It's an awesome machine.
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  18. sargev55

    sargev55 Been here awhile

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    you should run the pressure suggested by your bikes manufacturer. 50psi sounds extremely high, and has no benefit...unless you consider wearing out the center rib faster and having more potential for blow-outs or flats a benefit. if you are reading the max psi on the tire itself, thats max pressure for maximum load bearing...if you were two up and loaded down with a lot of gear.

    im sure you know this already though, so why 50psi? btw, badass photo :D
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  19. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    I had a Strom it was the best bike I'd ever owned until I rode a GS, so I sold it and now have the GS.

    My Strom was a 2001 1,000cc and that motor was awesome, I still like it better than anything else. Just the right amount of torque and power IMHO. The suspension on the strom leaves a lot to be desired, mine was pretty much completely junk at 20,000 miles (riding new orleans streets and LA/MS back roads). Besides the low end suspension my only other gripe with the bike was the Damn stock windscreen, Tied for worst buffeting as a K100 I used to have :bonk

    I've ridden with a guy that owns a PC800, and he's fast on that bike, takes it all over the place and never has to do anything to it other than tires, oil and pads. He's got a bunch of bikes, cool ones too Ducs, V-Max, and some other stuff and he seems to ride that damn PC more than anything else. The NT700V is no PC but it's a similar concept.

    For me it all comes down to what type of riding I'm going to be doing, what I'm comfortable on and what I like. Personally I'd have no use for the Honda, but it may be just what you're looking for. Low maintenance, easy to ride, slabability. Strom you can take down rougher roads a little faster due to the long travel suspension and it may be lighter
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  20. sargev55

    sargev55 Been here awhile

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    several years ago i had, at the same time, a 99 explorer (uh yeah, wont do that again), a 1995 gs-t eclipse (still have it and its nicely done), a 2005 1200r sporty (still have it, and love it) a 1970 bmw 2002...did the early 5spd lsd swap from early bmw 320, had 2bbl progressive carb, no rust (wanted to keep it, lost job had to sell,) and a 1974 super beetle, (wanted to keep it also, but lost job and had to sell. had twin weber 34 carbs, scat drag shifter, grant GT 11 inch wheel, painted in red and black two tone, with an old dual empi quiet pack exhaust.)

    when i had all of those options to choose from, i normally drove my bug. cant really explain why, it was obviously the 'worst' vehicle out of the group, but it provided at the same time the most 'adventure,' and i loved it for what it was...also drove it on all the fire roads and construction sites i could find, at some pretty decent speeds :lol3

    the PC is the underdog of that group you mentioned, maybe he likes riding the balls off it and being quicker than some of his normal riding group.

    or maybe its the riding a slow bike fast kinda thing. i had a rebel '99 250 when i was in college, i put some sticky tires on that thing and i rode it for all it was worth. it wasnt fast at all, but it would change direction and corner like a champ, topped out at 87mph, with both feet on rear pegs, laying flat on the tank, and left hand behind the back. and that was with 18hp/8tq, at the crank :rofl


    i gotta say, i regret selling my rebel 250, i had some stupid fun with that thing, and it was straight bulletproof
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