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Old 03-03-2009, 06:02 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. I am a new rider who finished a MSF course last summer. I then went out of the country for about 5 months and did not ride. Since i've been back stateside,I have purchased a Suzuki V Strom DL650. At first, I thought the bike was fine. Now, after dropping it once, am not so sure. I have purchased 2 inch lowering links to get my feet firmly on the ground and off my toes. The bike seems very front heavy and I am concerned about this. I am thinking of taking another beginners course to re-up my skills this month. Does anyone else ride this bike that may have some other tips for me or can anyone possibly give me another bike to get to practice on?
Thanks..I definately do not want to stop riding because of one drop!!!

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Old 03-03-2009, 06:45 AM   #2
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Wee-stroms have a big following and are great bikes. It is a bit tall, though.

We all drop bikes. It happens. Ride more and drop it less.
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:49 AM   #3
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Thanks. Do you know if there are any courses out there for bigger bikes? Is it worth lowering it?
Thanks.
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:52 AM   #4
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Thanks. Do you know if there are any courses out there for bigger bikes? Is it worth lowering it?
Thanks.

Why buy a Wee-Strom if you are going to lower it? That's what an SV-650 is for.
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:01 AM   #5
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Weve all been there, although I question why you would get something thats got such a high seat height? Specially for a new rider? The worst thing amoungst a host of other bad options would be not being able to flat foot the ground.
Didnt the person who sold it to you mention that? Was it brand new? Lowering the bike although it may help you is not going to help the handling very much.

A shorter rider can handle bikes this tall, after they have alot of experience. Eliminating things that distract you give you more attention to focus on other more important things like,...reaching the ground.
Which is kind of important dont you think?
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:06 AM   #6
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I will look at that bike. Thanks. The DL 650 was the only one shown to me and recommended.
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:09 AM   #7
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No. it is a 2007. The person that sold it to me stated that they do not ride flat footed and had no problems. I, however, do with such a heavy bike.
I am ddefinately going to look at buying another bike that is more suited to my entry level position and look at taking another course. If anyone knows of a good entry level bike, please let me know.
Thanks for all the comments.

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Old 03-03-2009, 07:09 AM   #8
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I will look at that bike. Thanks. The DL 650 was the only one shown to me and recommended.
How did that happen?
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:13 AM   #9
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A friend of mine rides one and swear by it. It is a guy though and I did not listen to my instinct. Last time for that!!! I want to be a safe and comfortable rider on a bike that fits me. Anyone want to buy Wee strom??
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:15 AM   #10
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MOKE1K......you are so right!! I think I will heed all the advice here!
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