2012 Suzuki V-strom 650

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  1. Wow, if I didn’t know better this could have been written by me!!! I also ride an SVS: but the litre size. I love the gut wrenching torque. But, like you my riding changed to wanting to do longer trips of 2 or 3 days thru Vermont, New Hampshire etc. I guess I’d ridden about all there was to ride closer to home in Kingston, ON. And I’ve experienced the frustration of trying to turn it into something it’s not. First was a Sargent seat. It was better, but I found I’m too short to be able to sit all the way back where the widest padding is. I also had to do something about the bars. After 2 days my neck was so sore from looking up to see ahead that I pinched a nerve or something. So next came a kit to replace the triple clamp with one that would accept a set of Renthal Streetfighter bars. Much better, but rendered my mirrors useless because all i could see was my own arms, even with mirror extenders. Packing for more than a day was also a nightmare: I didn’t want to put on a rack, and because mi had dual high pipes on it, side bags were impossible too. So, everything would get stacked up on the passenger seat, which not only made everything top heavy (most embarrassing tip over was when I was backpeddling to another gas pump after pulling up to an out of order one), it always felt as though I had a rookie passenger on the back constantly pushing me forward. Funny enough, I happened upon this blog within an hour of riding home from a trip around Lake Ontario and wondering why I torture myself so….and researching the V-Strom.

    1. Sorry I didn’t reply sooner, but I was in Colorado on a trip with the V-strom for the past month.

      I did a little over 9000 km on that trip and the V-strom kicked ass the entire way, loved the bike. I’ll eventually be doing a write up on it but suffice it to say, the V-strom was at home in Colorado. It handled like a sport bike even with all the gear on it, ok not quite, but it handled quite well and was a blast on the mountain roads. If you haven’t decided to get a V-strom yet… just get one, and ride to Colorado 😉

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