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Old 06-01-2006, 05:34 PM   #11
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

Circumstance has me riding a bit more with some Harley/cruiser people. Many of them are not very good cycle drivers. Let me put it this way. Most are uninterested in the art and science of really proficient control of their bikes. On the other hand they don't want to go fast.



Cruising is just a different thing.
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:47 PM   #12
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

So how's the weather up there on the seat of that V-Strom?
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:55 PM   #13
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Default My GFs WeeStrom 650

My GF owns a WeeStrom 650. ITs a great do-it-all bike. I've toured on it to San Diego from SF.



The Thou is basically like the 650 but with a big extra helping of Go Juice.

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Old 06-01-2006, 06:58 PM   #14
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

This is the third season for my 03 V-Strom. New record for me. Longest that the new bike monkey hasn't been able to successfully jump on my back. Every time I try a new bike and then get back on the Strom I just can't spend the money. Its just too good. The low price and easy upkeep makes it even better.



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Old 06-01-2006, 07:25 PM   #15
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

Brian,



If you can afford it, do both. They are different riding experiences. I've ridden a Road King (rental) and like the V-Strom (I have a 650) better for my purposes. To each their own but if you like both, keep both. You may regret it later if you miss the Vulcan or don't get the V-Strom.



Face it-I'm a bad influence since I have 3 bikes.



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Old 06-01-2006, 07:27 PM   #16
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

I owned a 1000 VStrom which I then traded for a 650 VStrom Actually I thought the 650 was a balanced bike. Took it from SF to Phoenix in one day didnt notice the horsepower difference as I wasnt using all of the 1000 engine. Have owned a few cruisers, including a Fatboy and for a brief time a VTX. Cruisers in general are not that comfortable over the long run. If you want to stick with cruisers you are better off with Road King type bikes as they are comfortable. Drove one of those cross country. That being said the 650 VStrom is an exceptional bike, and I have owned over 60 bikes(not at one time
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Old 06-02-2006, 03:00 AM   #17
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

I'm sure that the stom is a great bike, I've never tried one. But maybe you should try some of the other bikes out there that are sporty but not sport bikes(like naked bikes). I like the FZ1000, honda 919,speed triple(thats what I want) or either sv 1000 or 650. I even like the kaw Z1000, if you like Kawasaki or the ZRX(thats what I have)



Maybe you would like the buell uly.,bmw gs, ktm adventurerer if you are aiming for the off road thing but they are all more money than the strom., I just don't know if its worth riding a dual sport for the few times I would use it. but thats me.





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Old 06-02-2006, 03:38 AM   #18
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

Uh-oh, you're in big trouble now. Ya see, on one hand you have the sport-bike guys that put down cruisers and such for not having mega horsepower and being heavy. Cruisers can't be any fun to ride, can they? On the other other side is the metric cruiser/Harley guys who dont understand the thrill of carving up the road on a sport bike. They sure dont seem comfortable and cant be fun to ride, can they? You are finding out what I and not too many others know: All types of bikes can be great fun. If you can afford to buy and keep two bikes (or three or four or more) I say go for it!! If I were a rich man, I would have a garage full of every type of bike available.

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Old 06-02-2006, 05:10 AM   #19
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

I've got a 04 Honda 1100 Sabre, an 02 BMW 1150 RT, an 05 650 V-Strom and an 06 Yamaha FJR 1300. If I had to keep just one, it would be the V-Strom. I have ridden a couple of DL 1000 and I thought the handling was a dissapointment compared to the 650. A friend who owned a 1000 recommended I buy the 650, he said he wished he had. The 650 has enough power in most situations. If Suzuki would puch it out to 750, give the fuel tank one more gallon, and put a driveshaft on it, it would be the perfect bike.
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Old 06-02-2006, 05:38 AM   #20
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

I have 7 bikes, of which a 2005 V-Strom 650 is one of them. The others are a 1990 Honda VFR750F, a 1994 Yamaha YZF750F, a 1997 Honda CBR600F3, a 2002 Triumph TT600, a 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i, and a 2003 Kawasaki Z1000. I like the V-Strom a lot, but if I was keeping one bike, it would be the VFR750F. Just a classic bike. The Z1000 would be second, and then the V-Strom third. It could use a little more power, which is why I would keep the VFR first. I rode the V-Strom from Florida to NY, and it has not given me any problems. I routinely get 55 miles per gallon too.
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