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    markkeefer
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    Mark here. I’m a green rider, but learning more all the time.

    I picked up my first bike last night. It’s a 2008 Flat Black Suzuki DL-650 V-Strom. It’s been a long time coming for me to be at this place, so I’m going to enjoy it. (carefully!)

    I’m not sure how to post pics here yet, so I’ll send you to another forum for V-Strom riders to see some pics I took this morning.

    http://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17516

    Thanks guys, and I can’t wait for this forum to take off.

    See ya ’round,
    Mark

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    Kickprivate
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    Welcome to the Forum Mark

    Play Nice,

    Kick

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    Ben
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    Welcome Mark! Be sure to post some pictures of that brand new bike of yours :)

    Ben
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    Fate
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    Great to see another dualsport rider. Although the wee-strom is very much a road bike. From what I read it is like 90/10 split between road/dirt. I’m looking at a 2008 KLR650 (something like 70/30) or an older KLR (near 50/50). I plan on mostly commuting so I may start with something smaller like an XT225. How do you find the Wee-Strom to be a as a first bike? I sat on a few KLRs and they are beasts compared to all of the smaller dual sports. My shop right now has a 2008 that has been lowered and has a Corbin dished seat and I’m going to see if I can run over and take a sit on it and see if the extra stability and ability to have both feet fully flat would give me the confidence to have a beast like that as a first bike.

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    markkeefer
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    Hey Fate,

    I have found the DL-650 V-Strom to be a great bike for me. It is heavy, and you’re right, it’s mostly a street bike, but I have found it to be really comfortable and versatile. So far, the only accessories I’ve added are hand guards to lessen the frozen-hand syndrome, and the stock seat has been fine. (the longest ride I’ve taken so far has been 1.5 hours, so on a really long ride, I might feel differently about the stock seat)

    I thoroughly considered the KLR-650, but ended up taking the DL over it for a few reasons. Power is one, and the comfort is another. Whatever you choose, be safe and have a great time!

    Mark

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