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    Bye Bye GS, Hello V-Strom 650

    Sold the GS a week ago with a view to downsizing.
    The shortlist was down to a Yamaha 700 Tracer or a Suzuki 650 V-Strom. Chose the V-Strom, better weather protection & seat.
    Plus new Suzukis have a 3 yr. warranty.
    A 230 mile ride back from Merseyside to London was great.
    While the bike does n't float over the bumps quite like a GS does, it's very comfortable.
    Suspension neither too hard or soft, it handles nicely.
    The fuel economy's outstanding, nearly 70 mpg.
    With a taller screen it will be perfect.
    Try one, you won't be disappointed.
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    My mate has got an older one and he loves it
    Who took my muscles and turned them into jelly.
    Took them from my arms and wrapped them around my belly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfgang View Post
    Sold the GS a week ago with a view to downsizing.
    The shortlist was down to a Yamaha 700 Tracer or a Suzuki 650 V-Strom. Chose the V-Strom, better weather protection & seat.
    Plus new Suzukis have a 3 yr. warranty.
    A 230 mile ride back from Merseyside to London was great.
    While the bike does n't float over the bumps quite like a GS does, it's very comfortable.
    Suspension neither too hard or soft, it handles nicely.
    The fuel economy's outstanding, nearly 70 mpg.
    With a taller screen it will be perfect.
    Try one, you won't be disappointed.
    Did you buy it from Millennium Motorcycles, St.Helens?
    They do great deals on these, I almost bought one last year. A great all-rounder.

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    They are the most spacious of the middleweights by a fair degree. It is only the suspension that lets them down. I may splash out on a decent rear shock prior to my Spain trip later this year. They are remarkable value for money. I averaged 67 mpg fully laden, two up on my Los Picos trip last year. That was calculated and via the trip computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brut33 View Post
    Did you buy it from Millennium Motorcycles, St.Helens?
    They do great deals on these, I almost bought one last year. A great all-rounder.
    Yes I did, they were a pleasure to deal with.
    Alan & Kevin were great.
    About £1500 less than anything I could find down here.

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    Bye Bye GS, Hello V-Strom 650
    Sold the GS a week ago with a view to downsizing.
    The shortlist was down to a Yamaha 700 Tracer or a Suzuki 650 V-Strom. Chose the V-Strom, better weather protection & seat.
    Plus new Suzukis have a 3 yr. warranty.
    A 230 mile ride back from Merseyside to London was great.
    While the bike does n't float over the bumps quite like a GS does, it's very comfortable.
    Suspension neither too hard or soft, it handles nicely.
    The fuel economy's outstanding, nearly 70 mpg.
    With a taller screen it will be perfect.
    Try one, you won't be disappointed.

    Yep, swapped my 2000gs for a Vstrom last week. Very pleased. It came with 3 Suzuki boxes, hand guards, and sump guard.
    Rides and handles well (as did the GS). Only thing is the boxes are so wide I fear that filtering may be a thing of the past!
    The OP may want to try one of those little deflector thingies before fitting a larger screen. Mine has one and visor open at 60mph is not a problem. I/m only 5ft 9" though.
    Fitted a footpeg lowering kit immediately to ease the leg position - now more comfortable. Hugger and heated grips ordered to
    complete the job.
    200 hundred miles to first service and then off to the Alps hopefully.

    Cheers all

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    The Givi screen is excellent for my. I am 5` 10`` tall. It is the screen of choice on the main forum


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    By the way, they are Aprilia Tuono mirrors with extenders.

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    Friend of mine took his on a Morocco trip last year ( I was on a Dakar) Was quicker on the road and more economical, but not as good off road.
    That oil filter is very exposed at the front.

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    Some extra bits added..........

    Front fender extender, Puig rear hugger & Heed engine bars.
    Just the screen to come,Givi Airflow, & that's it.
    Loving it.
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    Somebody listed a used screen on the facebook page for £80

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkShelley View Post
    Somebody listed a used screen on the facebook page for £80
    Cheers Mark.
    I bought a mint used one for £75 off Ebay earlier.

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    So i've owned it a month.........

    ........and it's great.
    Just about run in.
    Moving the screen up has helped.Will try this at speed before I swap screens.
    I have n't owned such a frugal machine since my Honda CB200, it sips petrol.
    The horn is poxy, but it looks like you need to take the bike apart to fit a louder one.
    Superb machine.

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    Hi Wolfgang

    Great choice. i had one before the GS and did nearly 11000 miles in two years including 3 European tours. It was faultless. Touring MPG fully loaded was about 60MPG from memory. Had most of the extras you have fitted, but also a Kaoko throttle lock, which helps on the autobahns..If your not going off road change the tyres, the OEM tyres are crap!, i put Michelin PR4 trails on it transforms the bike

    Lozza

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    whats the poke like on the motorway? Where does it feel like its too much. On the gs, although it'll do a ton, i always think it feels a bit laboured after 80. Not in the league of a k1200 if that makes sense? How does the wee one feel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adventuredon View Post
    whats the poke like on the motorway? Where does it feel like its too much. On the gs, although it'll do a ton, i always think it feels a bit laboured after 80. Not in the league of a k1200 if that makes sense? How does the wee one feel?
    I'll have it run in after this weekend,so will give it some berries.
    I don't hoon around, 5k revs give 70 mph. It's really brisk off the mark too.
    I would imagine it's not as quick two up, but that's rarely an issue for me.
    Original tyres feel fine, handles perfectly.

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