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post #1 of 23 Old 04-25-2009, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 23 Old 04-26-2009, 12:54 AM
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I would think long and hard about the VStrom.




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post #3 of 23 Old 04-26-2009, 11:28 PM
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I sold my 1000 Strom and bought a Wing. Just sayin.

If you're considering the Wing, remember that the 1500 is a touring bike... The 1800 is a sport touring bike..

Yes, I'm serious.. It's a big bike, but it doesn't handle, brake, accelerate, or do anything like a big bike..

Now for my biggest recommendation about GL1800 GoldWings.. Don't ride one unless you're ready to buy one.. If you take it for a ride, you will buy one..

My fiance HATED my V Strom. Wasn't comfortable for her.. Wind blast and seat comfort was good for a half hour. I was so-so with the bike. Nice power, but I didn't like the handling. Mileage was crappy (The Wing's better than the Strom), and for longer distance stuff there wasn't enough protection, even with a Givi windshild.


Pacific Coast hasn't been made in over 10 years, and is a 800 twin.. The ST is a great bike, but if mass is your deciding factor, check out what it weighs and what the Wing weighs.
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post #4 of 23 Old 04-27-2009, 12:03 AM
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You should also consider the Yamaha FJR 1300
55000 trouble free miles and I still love it.
You might also check out www.fjrforum.com

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Find an 06 Concours, it don't get much better than that.

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Given the bread, I'd go for the Tiger. I've ridden several Trumpet triples, and love the torque, snarl, and feel of them.
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post #7 of 23 Old 05-05-2009, 12:45 AM
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I'd have to vote for the V-strom too. My dl1000 has been great for long trips and handles great. 22,000 miles with trips from Ohio to Yellowstone and CO, up to the Adirondacks and down to Charleston SC and to the dragons tail have sold me on it. I just don't see many new dl1000's out there in stores.
If I had to consider another road bike I'd probably look at the GS1200 or KTM 990 adventure simply because they are so much like a strom in size and power. As for cruisers, I've yet to have seen anything that I like or have heard great things about. The old Concourses wern't too bad though. A little heavy on the maintance side though I've heard.

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post #8 of 23 Old 05-15-2009, 07:38 AM
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Think you need to consider how much weather protection you need, how much stuff you want to carry, how many hours at one stretch you would like to do and how fast you would like to be going, one other thing , are you likely to head off the black stuff ?
Bikes are far more personal than cars thats why bikes have so many different styles eg: cruisers, sports bikes, dual sports , tourers.... to name a few, if your not in any hurry dont need a huge fairing to hide behind and can come up with a way of carting your stuff around try a Triumph Scrambler....... these things are a hoot to ride have the low down torque and sound of a cruiser are ultra smooth, handle nice are comfy two up for several hours at a time and can even be taken off road if you so desire, i reckon the perfect compliment bike for the KLR...... just my 2 cent's


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Bratski, those two are SWEET. Are they yours? My God, they are fitted with knobs!!! Drool.

Back to the OP. Been looking to compliment the KLR with a stablemate. Something that is more long distance roadworthy but can still go on when the pavement ends. Narrowed it down to the Strom DL 1000, which I have ridden but feels "soft". Or the KTM 990 Adventure "R"....higher seat, ground clearance and more suspension travel plus an extra 6 or 7 K....... that I have not ever ridden. I am concerned about the KTM's short maintenance intervals and availability, cost of parts. But dammit, they are sweet looking and have great reviews. What to do?

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I would ride my KLR more and save money for more mods.

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