I have been test riding bikes with a view to replace my 09 DL650 V-Strom which I happen to like very much. However, I am hankering after a bigger engine for some continental jaunts and also just for the experience of a big engine, which I have never had.
Anyway, I was almost settled on a Versys 1000, but then tried the new version v-strom and was so impressed at the improvements that I am no longer sure I need the big engine!
I have also developed an intense interest in the 990SMT which I shall be testing at the weekend..
However, it seems to have appalling tank range and I am not sure that a chap of my dimensions, 6'5" will be comfortable on it. Also, I'd like to have good weather protection for my motorway commute.
I need it to commute into The City from Hertfordshire,weeked fun and the odd week away. No pillion envisaged yet but I keep working on that :)
Anyway, I'd be interested to hear what you think.
I have test ridden the SMT with a view to it being my next bike - and it will be
I am 6'1" and found it extremely comfortable and roomy - could do big miles on it easily.
Tank range was 150 miles - pretty much the same as I get on my current 1250 suzuki. This might drop quite a bit if and when you get to the alps and go mental ; )
the SMT engine and bike is fantastic and I actually found myself laughing to my self out loud while riding it!
You must test ride one
*the only thing I was a little taken back by were the proposed service costs - seemed quite steep
Thanks for the feedback. So, it's true what all the reviews say about laughing like a loon whilst riding it :)
That tank range really bothers me though. Spoilt by the wee strom and its 230 /250 range...
Agreed that a few extra litres would not go a miss
Actually, I am really with Kevin on this one. He always makes a point of focusing on the tank range in his reviews. For me, at least, this is a big factor in choosing a bike. I suppose it depends on what you use your bike for though...
I've been the proud owner of an SMT for the past 3 years and have ridden close to 35k wonderful miles on it. Best road bike I've ever had: boundless fun and excellent all-round capability.
Yes, it's true, you will find yourself laughing out loud while riding it.
I think the tank range is adequate. It could almost be good, except this bike just eggs you on to ride it hard all the time...
I guess you read Kev's review?
You should try one anyway.
Rode it today.
Great fun! However, I am just too lanky for it. My legs were being blown apart by the wind (not mine). Flapping around like sails they were!
And yes, who could possibly ride this bike with high MPG at the forefront ogf their mind? :)
Also rode the Adventurer. Much better ergonomics fro me, just didn't feel it gave me anything much more than Big Suze (V-strom 650 ) gives me. Love Big Suze!
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