Originally Posted by wardenross
Does any one this illustrious board own a V Strom 1000?
Not any more, but I had an '04 that I put just shy of ten thousand miles on.
It had a really plush ride, powerful engine, and handled decent for a big tall bike. The wind noise was fierce, but I "finally" got that under control with a Cee Bailey windscreen, Laminar Lip, and Laminar Ears. Ugly as sin, but functional. Low speed fueling was awful, the worst that I've ever owned. Some owners have apparently been able to solve that, but I never did.
Front end dive when braking was dramatic! The front forks were very soft, and when braking hard, the forks would bottom, at which point the front wheel would break loose (no ABS). After nearly dropping it on the interstate, while braking to avoid a careless car, I sold it.
It's replacement, the BMW R1200GS Adventure is vastly superior in every way, although it is more expensive. Well, the V-Strom did wheelie better, but I like to keep the front wheel on the ground anyway.
"IF" I were in the market for a V-Strom, I'd choose the 650 version with ABS. I'm not about to EVER give up ABS again!