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post #1 of 14 Old 12-24-2018, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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My Vstrom

Got out for a ride today and snapped a few pics of the 2015 DL1000 you'll find me on these days. So far after 1,000 miles I don't regret buying it. I don't do any kind of true off-road riding anymore and this thing is much nicer on the highway than the KLR. At the same time I will take it down any gravel or dry dirt road I would have ridden on the KLR so it suits my purposes well. I'm planning on riding it out to Colorado and Utah next September.






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post #2 of 14 Old 12-24-2018, 05:57 PM
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That's a very good looking bike, planalp. I've always thought the V-Strom was a good bike but could never justify adding another bike. I'll never get another BMW and if I get rid of the BMW the likely candidates are either an FJR or a V-Strom as a replacement. Kind of two different directions there, but the V-Strom is that good.

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Will say that if I hadn't stumbled across an incredible deal on this Vstrom (zero-mile 2015 Showroom Queen) I would have bought an FJR1300. Probably fortuitous, as I really don't need a sport-tourer, especially at over twice the price I paid for the Strom.

In a perfect world, I would probably own both a FJR1300 and a KLR and would ditch the Strom. For the time being, it's kind of a happy medium.......
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Nice bike; congrats. Reminds me of my Versys which was a great bike too.....but my usage went the other way; mostly dirt roads and single track so the KLR prevailed. No comparison on the pavement though.

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post #5 of 14 Old 12-26-2018, 10:50 AM
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Nice looking Strom.
I have considered both Stroms at one time or another but never bought one.
What tires are on your bike. Looks like a 90/10 street/dirt maybe?
I currently have an FJR and a KLR. Good combo IMO.
Shoot me a PM when you make it to UT if you need someone to ride with.
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@planalp I may just shoot you a PM down the road. Coincidentally I’ve been considering a V-Strom myself. Sold a Concours 1000 that I picked up last winter as I wanted to get back to owning a single bike and the KLR won out in the draw. Miss the power and smoothness of the Connie though so thinking the V-Strom would fit best for my riding requirements. Unfortunately, like you, the KLR would then have to go.

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Lander, WY is possibly just a short detour off of your Utah / Colorado trip. Feel free to stop by for a cup of coffee & conversation.

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Nice looking Strom.
I have considered both Stroms at one time or another but never bought one.
What tires are on your bike. Looks like a 90/10 street/dirt maybe?
I currently have an FJR and a KLR. Good combo IMO.
Shoot me a PM when you make it to UT if you need someone to ride with.
They're the Bridgestone Battle Wings that came on it. I have no complaints with them.

I'll be going to Moab, but mostly for hiking: crazy to say when people make pilgrimages there just to ride off road. I really don't plan on doing much if any riding while I'm there. I've been on every road around there in a car and wouldn't take the Strom out into the backcountry. My sister lives there and I've been out the past three Summers.

Last year we were walking around on the ridge on the East side of town as it was getting dark and there was a steady stream of ATV's and a few dirt bikes pouring forth from higher ground in a huge plume of dust. It was like something out of The Road Warrior.
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Lander, WY is possibly just a short detour off of your Utah / Colorado trip. Feel free to stop by for a cup of coffee & conversation.
Alas, I'm planning on travelling through Southern Colorado through Mesa Verde/Cortez to get to Moab. Otherwise I'd sure stop by! Thanks for the invite! I appreciate it.
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@planalp I may just shoot you a PM down the road. Coincidentally I’ve been considering a V-Strom myself. Sold a Concours 1000 that I picked up last winter as I wanted to get back to owning a single bike and the KLR won out in the draw. Miss the power and smoothness of the Connie though so thinking the V-Strom would fit best for my riding requirements. Unfortunately, like you, the KLR would then have to go.
Any time. Not that I wouldn't try to answer any questions you might have, but I've never read any of the myriad writeups/reviews on it and thought, "Well, that's a bunch of b.s." They all seem pretty spot-on to me. The only gray area is usually which is better, the 650 or the 1000.
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