what to expect? buying a 2012 V Strom 1000 Adventure Saturday

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by howard kelly, May 29, 2012.

  1. tommyhof

    tommyhof Been here awhile

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    Well said, and very true............:D
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  2. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    Just didn't like it, I was bored riding it.
    I'm sure it's a fine bike, it just didn't hit the right chord with me.

    KLRs and Connies are the same way.

    I'm sure others have different preferences, some people even drive Tauruses.

    Good for them.
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  3. howard kelly

    howard kelly Adventurer

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    250 miles into it and I am happy with my purchase. Long beach motorsports gave me a good price, very good actually, just above invoice, and 0 percent financing? Why not use Suzuki's money to own a new bike?

    So far I have just ridden to and from work, but I already enjoy the feel of the bike. This weekend I will adjust things to me, dial in the suspension, etc.

    My garage has to similar yet distinct machines now. 2009 .concours 1400 and the vstrom 1000 adventure....I don't see boring in the cards at all
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  4. robert110411

    robert110411 Been here awhile

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    I'm at 1000 miles as of last weekend. It's a plain DL 1000, not an Adventure.

    Like you I got a fantastic deal. Probably just barely above invoice.

    Made two significant mods so far. For my height, 5' 10", the helmet buffeting was brutal at highway speeds. Replaced the Mirrors with Aprillia Tuono mirrors. I immediately notice that the point at which the buffeting was a distraction moved up about 10 MPH. Also ordered a MadStad bracket. It took a few rides to get the stock shield / Madstad bracket adjusted to my liking. Finally found clean air last weekend.

    Overall I have no fueling issues, no wobble forks, no bad clutch. Couldn't be happier.

    There's some joy to slicing thru some paved curvy road on the way to climbing a gravel fire road just to see what's up it, all on the same bike.
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  5. ert01

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    I agree that there are probably better NEW choices then a NEW V-strom. The market has picked up for the adventure community in the past few years and bike makers have stepped up to the plate. There's a ton of great options for a very comparable price range.

    I would love a new S10, but the price of a NEW S10 is nearly triple what I paid for my USED V. It is not triple the bike by any stretch of the imagination.

    I have addressed EVERY thing that I considered an issue on my V. It has:
    -Akra Titanuim pipes
    -Yosh tuned ECU
    -Full Givi racks and luggage
    -Crashbars
    -Lift Link
    -Lower gearing
    -Handlebars
    -Two windscreens (Givi Touring and Euro Sport Shorty)
    -Speedohealer
    -GIPro w/ATRE
    -Fork Brace
    -Progressive springs

    And my total price into this bike so far? $6500 including purchase and insurance.

    A BMW, your Versys, or an S10 can't beat that.
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  6. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Many ex Strom owners here who have no intention of looking back.
    No argument it's a "Value" priced bike. Until you pony up the extra money
    you will never know just how green the grass really is on the other side.:D
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  7. ert01

    ert01 Adventurer

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    I know how green the grass is... I have ridden Multistradas, ST2's and 3's, Triumph Rocket III, Tigers, BMW GS's.... I'm just not willing to spend the money because the grass isn't THAT much greener :)
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  8. WVMTS

    WVMTS Podunk Chillbilly

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    :thumbup I agree. The 06 Multi 1000 I had was fun but the $1,000 valve adjustment was painful. There comes a point where you have to draw the line, because soon, it's going to cost MUCH more once things go wrong. My tank was swelling off the frame due to ethanol content in gas. Tanks are $2500 and mine was out of warranty, which I did not buy. Value of the bike was $4000 when I traded it in. I think it's crap when bike companies charge what they do, when every bike has fuel gauge problems (Ducati), but they do nothing about it. Same with Suzuki and the Vees with their issues.

    I like the ergos on the new 2012s. The cockpit feels about the same, just updated. I rode a friends home (2012 650 ADV) after he purchased it, and was nice. I was suprised at the price of the new ones. I paid $6000 for a new '09 650 and have been happy. It may be boring, but it's bomber. I did do my homework before deciding on the Vee or Wee. The 650s just have less problems, from what I hear.
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  9. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I guess at my stage of life it's like the old hair color add... "I'm worth it".:wink::D
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  10. ec90t

    ec90t Banned

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    Lets see. I have $7800 in my brand new (less than 1 mile when I left the dealership a little over a month ago) Versys and the equipment list is as follows (all purchased new):

    SW Motech quick release luggage mounts
    TraX 37 litre side boxes complete w/liners
    SW Motech crash bars
    Barkbuster handguards
    Givi Windscreen
    R&G radiator guard
    Pyramid front fender extender
    Seat Concepts seat kit.
    Garmin Nuvi 500

    No need for different fork/shock springs/ as the Versys is much stiffer sprung. No need for a fork brace as the Versys has inverted forks. No speedo healer needed. Stock gearing is spot on and my stock speedo is within 2mph anywhere up to 80 mph (gps verified). No buffeting with either shield on or off for more air on hot days. Stock handlebars are perfect as is the footpeg placement. The only thing else I'll do to the bike is add a electric outlet for heated clothing and and heated grips. I've put 3K miles on it in the 6 weeks of ownership and the bike is great. Much better handling than a strom and just as dirt worthy. The icing on the cake is that wonderful parallel twin engine. The only weakness a Versys has is the stock seat, as it just plain sucks.

    I'd say it trumps your used strom in spades:D
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  11. ert01

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    Yeah, I'm not at that stage in life yet where I have more money then brains... I am paying for two houses (well... ones a rental so it's kinda paying for itself), I work out of town and I have a pregnant wife at home. My hard earned money can go towards something more worthwhile. I'm worth it, but my family is worth more :)

    Hm, I guess it's a point of perspective then because I wouldn't say your bike trumps mine in spades... yours seems comparable to mine, just $1300 more and less km. :freaky
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  12. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    For me it's also better bikes help make up for older bones.:D

    I enjoyed my Strom for 8 years, still keep a KLR around to remind me of my cheap bone.:deal
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  13. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    it took me a while to get used to DL1 long legs. especially the 6th. gear overdrive. g-luck & ride safe.
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  14. zumohamr

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    The YAFMS worked extremely well on my old TL1000S. I borrowed it and tinkered around with settings for a couple days. No lean running when the throttle was partly open. Its a more serious piece than the piggyback junk. Oh and i did the grass is greener thing with a GS800. BIG MISTAKE. But Tenere is Japanese so i could see going that route. Would probably go with the DL though. Less is more. S.Ten is one of the best looking bikes out though no doubt.
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  15. K0m4

    K0m4 Been here awhile

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    Sealed the deal on a Super Tenere a while ago. Or so I thought, the deal fell through as Yamaha Austria wasn't interested in selling it with the few extra minutes of paperwork that it would take (since I have the right to buy it without VAT). A week later I went to Scotland and rented a Wee. FUN bike actually! Did not expect much at all, but I had FUN. Very comfortable, flickable, and enough power for me alone, but I'd like some 2-up, so more power wouldn't hurt.

    So now I'm buying a Vee, used, in pristine condition, for about half of what that Yamaha would have cost me (albeit new, but without the VAT). Then I can set things up as I like them with suspension and brakes, and STILL have money over to spend on my dear old TL1000S.. Carrozzeria wheels, perhaps? :hmmmmmÖhlins suspension? Hmm, why not both, I'm still within the budget..

    I guess I should thank Yamaha Austria in the end.. I knew in my heart I shouldn't even have considered abandoning my beloved Suzuki brand! Go Kevin!
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