Jebus, help me! I'm looking at a V-strom

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by AnAverageExplorer, Oct 5, 2021.

  1. RowBust

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    Manufacturers have been copying others designs and technology since forever, the Japanese copied everthing. Human rights, many countries including the so called democracies are guilty of abuses. Wouldn't want to live in the Philippines where people are killed with the blessing of Duterte
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  2. Richarde1605

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    Which country bombed Pearl Harbour?
    You keep repeating your personal bias bs, please stop.
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    80 plus years ago isn't the same thing as yesterday.
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  4. Richarde1605

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    So in 80 plus years you will be singing the praises of Chinese manufacturing?
    Seriously just talk about bikes on their merit.
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  5. Richarde1605

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    It is a KTM engine that CF build for KTM as a fully licensed arrangement, mostly more comfortable.
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  6. PeterW

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    It's 3kg lighter than a DL1000, same power. KTM based engine.

    Think about that a while - I also had a look as well but even if the DL 1000 is less power/cc it may still the better buy.

    No issues with CFMoto, KTM though, I have serious reservations there.
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  7. Richarde1605

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    Horses for courses as they say :-)
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    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    I buy and sell bikes and bought my 04 650 thinking I'd own it for a year then sell it. I've owned it over 3 years now and while it's one of the most boring bikes I've ever owned, it's the bike I enjoy going out and exploring on. Like another poster said, it inspires and allows me to go down roads I'd normally pass by. The one caveat to the VStrom is the stormtroopers forum is no different than a KLR forum, just a different version...sigh.
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  9. Schlug

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    I had the DL1000. Boring as whale shit but reliable as an anvil. If the OP wants to 'chill out' this may be the bike for him.

    One reviewer recently termed the 1050XT 'unengaging.' I understood exactly what he meant. Also, the Suzuki luggage is rubbish. Probably lots of aftermarket available now.

    Edit:
    I found it.

    Watch from about 8:00 on

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  10. DesertPilot

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    Boring as whale shit? How can that possibly be a thing? It's difficult to imagine many circumstances in which someone could come across a heap (clump? pile? pool? blob? what does the stuff even look like?) of whale shit and think, "Boring." :D
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  11. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    V-Strom... Hmm. As the 2013-only parts supply for my CB1100 is dwindling, I've been thinking of taking that bike out of daily commuter status and keeping it nice. Just need a mule to lug my stuff to the office, and maybe a V-Strom is a bike I should be looking at. I had been thinking NC700X, but don't really want a DCT, which tends to come up most often for sale.
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  12. Schlug

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    For the old V-Strom anyway, the valve adjustment was a real drag. Otherwise, so very little to do and very few failures. It was a perfect bike for the application you mention.

    Beware the 'yes but the valves hardly ever move so you don't need to worry' line of hogshyte you may hear. ADVrider axiom #6 is this: the more difficult it is to check or adjust valves, the more you will hear the owner profess the fact they do not need to be checked or adjusted. This allows them to feel good about not checking or adjusting valves. Mine did need adjustment once in the 36,000 miles I owned it. I traded it to a fellow who wanted a commuter. It was a solid bike for that. I had an R1150 GS at the same time and let the Strom pile up commuting miles. I believe he was satisfied.
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    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    That's why the CB1100 never needs a valve inspection. Way hard.
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  14. Richarde1605

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    Well I would love to find some as it about 30 times more valuable than silver.
    Ambergris is its name :-)
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    I re-entered riding on a VStrom 650. Rode it almost one full season before selling it. Farkled it to fit me. Engine guards and crash bars amplified the vibrations. I hate vibration. Otherwise it was an excellent bike, just not the most comfortable for me. Also determined that I don’t have any real opportunities, need, or desire to ride off pavement.

    [BIL purchased a new DL1000 in 2018. I think he still has it.]

    The VStrom I previously owned and farkled.

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    That could be Whale VOMIT not shit, no shit.

    https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-is-ambergris.html

    I don't buy the ruptured rectum theory
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  17. OnTheNaughtyStep

    OnTheNaughtyStep Been here awhile

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    I'll chip in and say the same as everyone else! The 650 'Strom is a reliable workhorse but has a boring uninspiring engine. It's a shame the Tracer 700 isn't available in the US - a much more enjoyable bike to ride and another good all-rounder. If I wasn't such a power-tart I'd go for something like a Guzzi V85TT - if you can put up with potentially slightly sketchy reliability - but I suppose you already have one Italian bike. The Thaiumph T120 range are lovely things to ride.
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  18. Richarde1605

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    Often called vomit, but all we do know is that it is from the intestines.
    Ruptured rectum is also bs to me. I read in other articles that it is actually soft inside the whale and becomes hardened when floating.
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    I could go write a check for anything I want. Yet I’m on my second 650. Hilarious, huh? Simple, inexpensive, and built like an anvil appeals to me. If you find a V-Strom boring and uninspiring then you’re doing it wrong. Better have a talk with your right wrist.

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  20. Sal Pairadice

    Sal Pairadice Captain Obvious Supporter

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    There is some truth to that. I think when its ridden hard the Strom comes into its own. Suzuki took a race bike engine and detuned it. I think the charecter of the Strom is intentional; the Japanese like to make a docile bike that can go. The Brits and Italians make bikes that excite you in normal legal speed riding.

    I was riding my Strom Friday afternoon with wifey on the back. I didn't care at all that it was less inspired. It was doing everything well. Also, we tend to prefer what we ride the most. Right now I have been on the Strom so much it feels perfect. When I ride my Bonneville more then it seems ideal and the Strom seems frumpy. Also, the tall engine means the bike has both a high seat and low ground clearance and takes a little getting used to cornering.

    So, in the end the criticism is real and valid, but the bike is still sooo good that shouldn't stop you from buying one. I never regretted buying mine. I would recommend the 1000; you will never regret the extra muscle. There is a nice laziness to having so much power you can just twist your wrist and go fast with no effort.
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