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post #1 of 15 Old Apr 28th, 2007, 8:51 pm Thread Starter
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How about a V Strom 1000?

Does any one this illustrious board own a V Strom 1000?

This bike caught my attention today. I may be looking for a forth bike.
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post #2 of 15 Old Apr 29th, 2007, 10:42 pm
 
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Ask and ye shall receive... I own a 2006 V-Strom 1000



PM me if you have questions. There are several V-Strom message boards with more info than you have time.
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post #3 of 15 Old Apr 29th, 2007, 11:07 pm
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Had a Yellow 03 1000 that may well be one of the best bikes I have ever owned in 33+ years of daily riding.... Put 25,000 trouble free miles on it over 2 years. Sold it after winning the Field events at the BMW rally to an admirer of my Yellow Strom... Only ever needed tires, oil, better windshield and seat.

Looking for another V-Strom to add to the barn now, along side my 05 LT to sit along side the FJR1300...

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I had a 2002 Vstrom, VIN# 00086 - one of the first ones ever built and a fine bike. Shame it got totaled. I loved that bike and how it rode and handled. Never had any maintenance issues other than a couple loose cable clamps. And it was so simple a caveman could do it. Maintenance that is.

Plenty of power, able to wheelie effortlessly, if you have the talent. Or accidentally a couple times if you're like me.

That bike was great. I like the LT, but for an all-rounder, the Vstrom with trunks and side bags/cases would still win out.

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I am seriously thinking about a 650 VStrom myself. It is a bit lower to the ground and considerably cheaper. Can anyone advise me as to how they are for comfort and gas mileage? jrlakin
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The 650 and 1000 are built on same basic frame, so from my exp. the 1000 was great. I would get knee pain after a long while, but I get it on the LT also. If' you;re 2 up with a trunk, you may want to study a way to move trunk back. Other than that, for a commuter, gen purpose bike that's a ton of fun, a Strom is awesome.

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Can anyone advise me as to how they are for comfort and gas mileage? jrlakin
If you like riding sitting in a more upright position vs. leaning forward the strom is perfect. I like the upright riding position. The suspension is pretty decent as well. Not as technically sound as the BMW but still pretty good. I have the DL1000 and my gas mileage varies from 38 mpg in the winter to 42-44 mpg in summer. I really can't explain the variance between the seasons. I ride the same all the time.
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Thanks for the 411.

I need to test ride one. This may be difficult because my small town dealer only has one on the floor.
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Good luck with a test ride. All I got was a spin around the parking lot. Maybe find out if Suzuki is doing any demo events, like at the Honda Hoot or somewhere. Couple years ago they had a fleet of Stroms for demos.

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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!

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Looking for another V-Strom to add to the barn now, along side my 05 LT to sit along side the FJR1300...
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V Strom

Everything thats been said already is highly accurate...bike has a lot of torque...it is basically the TL 1000 engine on a new frame...I sold my '02...wish I had not...MCN rated it #1 in a showndown that included the GS and Aprillia for 2 main reasons: handling and price ...at a drive out of under 9k, how can you go wrong...my'06 GT had a drive out of over 21k...could have had 2 V's...BTW..there are lowering kits in the market...get the 1000 and lower it if you have too...remember that with boats and bikes, you can never have too much power.
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Thanks so much for asking about our members' experience with a V-Strom. I've been looking at them too. Can anyone tell me why some articles I have read, like in Rider, recommend the 650 over the 1000? I definitely like more power in a bike and am seriously considering the V-strom since they included ABS this year. THanks,
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Can anyone tell me why some articles I have read, like in Rider, recommend the 650 over the 1000?
The 650 definitely gets better gas mileage, and can do almost anything the 1000 can. The 1000 definitely has more power and has quite a bit more torque getting on the throttle. Everything else is almost the exact same.
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The 1000 is a much more elegant machine with dual exhaust, Hydraulic clutch, 44 more HP for slightly heavier machine. Hand and lower engine guards. I loved mine.........

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