Hi all,i'm new to the forum having only found the site a few days ago and been very impressed with the detail and depth of the bike reviews.I ride DL 650 and love it a genuine do it all bike at a reasonable price,before that I had a DL 1000 which bought from new in 02 and did 50,000 trouble free miles trading it in last year for the 650 I loved the 1000 but the 650 is way better does anyone else rate these bikes?Having said all that I might be very tempted by the new Triumph 800 not sure which one to go for the xc does look very good.Love to see a test on the wee strom Kev.
I used to have a DL650 as a long term test bike and I loved it, I thought taking everything into account - price, comfort, fuel range, general ability, you could argue it was the bike of the year. I have some reviews of the V-Strom I wrote a few years ago, but the trouble with publishing them now is that they'd be out of context. Ultimately I'd like to see older reviews on here, archived according to year so they're in time context, but meanwhile I did recently ride the V-Strom XP and I'll put the review on here in the next few weeks.
The XP still does everything the stock DL does, but the price isn't as keen anymore and it does feel like it's jumping on the adventure bike bandwagon, especially as at the original DL650 press launch they specifically said the bike was not for use off road! Now it's become an adventure bike... Oh, and the side boxes are ridiculously wide! It also feels more cumbersome and less sophisticated compared with the 2010 Versys, although it's still around £400 cheaper, and there's something honest and solid about the V-Strom.
But you'd prefer the Triumph!
Thanks for the reply Kevin.I like the idea of the new Triumph but I might wait a while read more tests and see if any problems develop over the next 12 months with them.Are there any reliabilty issues with older Triumph engines I have read they can use a lot of oil causing damage to internals if not spotted.I'm, ashamed to admit i'm lazy when it comes to maintenance I just get on them and ride,starting the journey at 4.15am returning at 6pm leaves little time for meesing with the bike much as I'd like to.Allways bought Japaneese in the past mainly Suzuki and been happy with them,handing over a big chunk of cash for a new bike is big comitment I want to make sure it's upto 5/6 years trouble free use.
Yes I have a Vstrom 650 and I love it don't know whether I will ever let it go. I was glad to read that stromrider had 50,000 trouble free miles on it, mine has just done 30,000 trouble free miles so I have a way to go yet. Yes Kevin I know what you mean about the panniers I saw some recently in a bike showroom and they do make the bike wide thats one of the reasons (and the price) that propted me to make my own, about half the width but a little deeper so I still get all my touring (camping kit, food, clothes etc) stuff in and can still filter through traffic.
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