Originally Posted by messenger13
I always read these threads with much interest because I know the day is coming when I'll be shopping for a dual-sport bike. But I am truly confused about one thing. Why is it that a few people always recommend the VStrom (650 or 1K), meanwhile ALL of the cycle rags always rate these bikes dead last in their comparos? My impression from these articles is that the motors are anemic, the suspension sucks, and they aren't even good for dirt roads...let alone serious off-road riding.
- Confused in Cleveland
Not to contribute to the hijack...
The V-Strom 1000 was actually #1 on my list until Saturday, since I didn't expect to ever find a GS for such a good deal in as good a shape as the one I got. A few things about the V-Strom that stuck out to me -
The motor - I had a TL1000S for a few years and that thing just plan ROCKED!
The motor in the V-Strom is the same unit, just updated and tuned differently. I had never heard about anyone thinking it was weak, and I knew adding even a mild street pipe and freer breathing intake/air filter would open that thing up plenty if I needed more "oomph".
Cost - You can get onto one for around $9k brand new, and if you work a little bit probably a little less. That's pretty cheap for a well equipped 1000cc bike.
Availability of used ones - Actually, the complete lack thereof. I've searched a number of time on eBay, Cycle Trader, Craigs List, etc., and if I ever found even 1 or 2 nationwide for sale on the used market I felt lucky. Most of the time there were none. I could always find 650s, but I didn't want no dinky little bike.
Owner Loyalty - Only comparable to what I've seen in BMWs (I don't count Harley loyalty since most guys don't know why they own them, much less attempt to ride them). Every person I've talked to loves the bike, wouldn't dream of not having it, and says getting it was the best decision they had made on a bike. They are open about the issues they've had (which are few from what I can tell) but the joy they get from the bike far outweighs any problems.
Aftermarket - There's a load of stuff out there for it, so you can rig it for as heavy, light, long, short, dirt or whatever type of riding style you want to.
If this GS hadn't fallen into my lap with such an enticing deal, I am 95% sure I would have bought a new V-Strom, probably next spring.