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« on: March 29, 2013, 12:01:08 pm »

I sold my Speed Triple last week, and last night I picked up a new 2012 V Strom 650.   Banana

What fun bike, so comfortable and a great fit for me physically. I even did my first soft-roading!

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2013, 12:34:59 pm »

If only it wasn't so clean.  Have fun with it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2013, 12:59:12 pm »

What Skee said. Mine hasn't been washed since last time I rode in the rain.
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2013, 01:07:10 pm »

Hey, it's still new, give me some time to muck it up.  Lol
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013, 01:12:18 pm »

Cool bike.  Probably quite a slow-down from your Speed Triple.  Enjoy.  Smile
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013, 06:42:23 pm »

Cool man.  I'm actually jonesin' for a street triple, but as a second bike to my vstrom.  Probably in a few years once I clean some other stuff up.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013, 09:58:09 pm »

Congrats, and welcome to the 'I don't care how it looks' side. Wink  With a set of knobbies you'd be surprised by what that bike can do.

Love the white.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2013, 10:35:19 pm »


Cool bike.  Probably quite a slow-down from your Speed Triple.  Enjoy.  Smile


For sure, but I'm pleasantly surprised by how well it gets along. Right now I'm sort of following the break in procedure so I haven't wrung it out yet and it seems to have plenty of get up and go.


Congrats, and welcome to the 'I don't care how it looks' side. Wink  With a set of knobbies you'd be surprised by what that bike can do.

Love the white.  Thumbsup


Thanks.  Smile   I actually like the way the restyled Stroms look. Proof that I'm losing it as I get older maybe?   Lol
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2013, 11:28:42 am »

  I actually like the way the restyled Stroms look. Proof that I'm losing it as I get older maybe?   Lol
Wisdom has been know to come with age. The great majority of 2012+ DL650 owners are 41-60 years old according to the poll at http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-2012/89833-age-2012-dl650-riders-just-take-poll-do-not-reply-your-age-post.html
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2013, 01:41:26 pm »

Hi Grey Wolf. I saw the poll over at stromtroopers. I was lurking there like an obsessed stalker for a while, it's a great resource and helped cement my decision to go with the Suzuki.
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2013, 12:06:03 pm »

I have posted about 6 times since I joined here in 2006 or so, but I will come out of the woods long enough to say, "good choice."
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2013, 01:19:09 pm »


I have posted about 6 times since I joined here in 2006 or so, but I will come out of the woods long enough to say, "good choice."


 Lol   Thanks, now get back into hiding!
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« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2013, 05:07:08 pm »

Any updates?
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2013, 12:48:22 pm »

Updates:

I've had an opportunity to do lots of riding in different conditions over the last 2 weeks.

Conclusion - This is a great bike.  Thumbsup

It's not a powerhouse, but has plenty of useable power throughout the rev range. I definitely don't feel that it's underpowered even though it is roughly half the hp from my last bike. The only time I miss the extra oomph is on the highway at speeds over 80 mph. Passing at those speeds requires some more planning than I'm used to, which was none at all on the Speed Triple.   Lol

It's got a great ride, not mushy or wallowy as I was fearing it might be with the low-tech bits it comes with. A pleasant surprise in the handling department.

The ergos are spot-on perfect for me right out of the box. I've been having cramping issues in my hands with the onset of arthritis and the riding position on the Strom has eliminated 99.9% of my problem. Even the seat is comfortable to me, though a lot of people bitch about them.

I removed the stock mirrors and put on bar ends, and that has reduced the infamous buffeting issues to a negligible minimum.

So far I'm loving it and looking forward to lots of miles to come.  Smile
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2013, 01:02:26 pm »

Nice update.  Yes, it's a very good engine for real world riding; at least I'm impressed with it in my wife's Gladius.   Thumbsup
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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2013, 10:29:00 pm »

That is a nice looking bike. I like the |Wee in white. I had a 2007 650. It was an awesome bike, and there have been times I missed it. Great touring bik, awesome fuel economy, good ergos, and yes, you Can RIDE SINGLETRACK WITH IT. iT AIN'T FUN, BUT IT WILL DO IT.
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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2013, 01:05:53 pm »

Belated "Woohoo!" on your purchase. I love the new-styled Wee's (and agree the white looks good).

I don't have a lot of experience riding different bikes. But I've ridden a Ducati ST3 a lot (996cc?)...and owned a VFR800...and since 2007, I've been completely happy with the Wee. The only time I've thought of moving to a more powerful bike is when riding two-up...but even 2-up, the Wee does amazingly well. I'll redline it once in a while if I really flog it hard going up a steep, twisty mountain pass....but those times are pretty rare...and most of time I'm completely happy with the broad range of usable power.

And once you get used to dropping a gear or two to pass at higher speeds, it does that fine too.  Razz

I used to think I didn't need a literbike (or more) because I didn't need that much power...but these days...as prices for new liter+ bikes creep ever upward...I'm thinking more and more that I just don't want to pay more than $10K for a bike period. Crazy as it may sound, I love motorcycling, but I don't love it enough to fork out $15K or more on a bike. I'll just do with less power and less-slick features to stay under the $10K mark...

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