This just in from my friend “Seattle Bob,” who purchased a new Suzuki V-Strom a week or so ago:
… in other news – I have decided the V-Strom 650 (ABS) is the best motorcycle in existence, period.
The only things that aren’t great about it:
- windshield (fixable with aftermarket Madstad bracket, I’m hoping – on the way)
- seat (already fixed with a custom from Rich’s of Seattle)
- OEM heated grips are not BMW heated grips (but the hand guards block enough wind to make up for most of it)
- only 100 watts extra power (but aftermarket stator should be on the market shortly, adds 70 watts)
Otherwise – amazing light weight, easy and totally fun to drive, comfortable, plenty of torque, 270(!) mile range, 52 mpg. This bike weighs 160 lbs less than my K1200RS. Managed to put almost 400 miles on it since I picked it up last Tuesday.
I am not sure I can think of a reason to ever ride my BMW again. It’s that good.
Well, of course, I would agree. I liked the 650 V-Strom so much when we reviewed it at MCN that I went out and bought one. I’ve got almost 10,000 miles on mine (and remember, its a second bike – the yeller gold wing has 36,000 miles on it) and I love the V-strom more every day. At less than $7000 out the door with a bit of negotiating, it is hard to find a better “buy” in a motorcycle.