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  • The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

    Last summer, I bought a KLR to add to my stable. It was the first time I have ever owned more than one bike at a time. It and the V-Strom were quite a pair. The KLR was a hoot to ride. The V-Strom a joy.

    V-Strom-and-KLR.jpg

    I thought I would ride the KLR on different kinds of roads to different locations. But alas, I rode it on the same roads to the same destinations as the V-Strom. So, why have two bikes? I wanted to go back to just one, and I made my decision. Get rid of both. Buy a new bike.

    Say hello to my new 2015 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 ABS.

    2015-DL650.jpg

    All queries and questions are welcome.

    Brent
    D. Brent Miller, writer, photographer, and independent producer
    www.DBrentMiller.com Publisher of Sojourn Chronicles
    2015 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 ABS.
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    Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

    I forgot to mention: I don't name my motorcycles, or give them names. But this one, this one is my "50 Years of Motorcycling" motorcycle. Yes, I started riding at 15. That was 50 years ago this year. God I feel old and young again at the same time!
    D. Brent Miller, writer, photographer, and independent producer
    www.DBrentMiller.com Publisher of Sojourn Chronicles
    2015 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 ABS.
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    • #3
      Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

      That's an awful long name, how about just call it Fifty or Ole Man?
      Gary

      2005 Honda VTX 1800,2001 Honda Shadow VLX, 1970 Honda Passport 70
      2013 Ural Patrol -1989 Holsclaw cargo
      MOPH, American Legion, NRA
      IBMC,UMCI,ADV,PGR
      sold 1981 Honda Goldwing 1100
      sold 2005 Electra Glide
      sold 1974 Yamaha 500DHC
      sold 1978 Yamaha Enduro 175
      sold 1970 Honda trail 70
      sold 1965 Honda 100

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      • #4
        Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

        Grats! That smile on your face says it all!
        Deb
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        • #5
          Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

          Gary, it's not a name. It's a respected honor. :-)
          D. Brent Miller, writer, photographer, and independent producer
          www.DBrentMiller.com Publisher of Sojourn Chronicles
          2015 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 ABS.
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          • #6
            Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

            Good on you. that is a great bike. I think Steve Ziggy will be jealous. It looks like a big pile of fun. May God watch over you and keep you safe for many many miles.
            Gary

            P.S. change your picture.
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            May God keep us all safe, and full of love.
            2016 Road Glide, and 2014 piggy back cargo trailer

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            • #7
              Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

              Originally posted by DBrent View Post
              Gary, it's not a name. It's a respected honor. :-)
              I quit counting after 55 years of riding, made me feel to old.
              Gary

              2005 Honda VTX 1800,2001 Honda Shadow VLX, 1970 Honda Passport 70
              2013 Ural Patrol -1989 Holsclaw cargo
              MOPH, American Legion, NRA
              IBMC,UMCI,ADV,PGR
              sold 1981 Honda Goldwing 1100
              sold 2005 Electra Glide
              sold 1974 Yamaha 500DHC
              sold 1978 Yamaha Enduro 175
              sold 1970 Honda trail 70
              sold 1965 Honda 100

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                Gary, I didn't think about changing my profile pic. I'll have to look for a memorable one. However, that one on the yellow V-Strom is important to me. That photo was taken in Old Sacramento in front of the Pony Express statue as I finished riding the 1,900 miles of the Pony Express Trail. The V-Strom was a reliable steed. I was a long way from my Cincinnati home.

                Brent
                D. Brent Miller, writer, photographer, and independent producer
                www.DBrentMiller.com Publisher of Sojourn Chronicles
                2015 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 ABS.
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                  Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

                  Originally posted by DBrent View Post
                  Gary, I didn't think about changing my profile pic. I'll have to look for a memorable one. However, that one on the yellow V-Strom is important to me. That photo was taken in Old Sacramento in front of the Pony Express statue as I finished riding the 1,900 miles of the Pony Express Trail. The V-Strom was a reliable steed. I was a long way from my Cincinnati home.

                  Brent
                  That's a heck of a ride, you should be proud of doing that.
                  Gary

                  2005 Honda VTX 1800,2001 Honda Shadow VLX, 1970 Honda Passport 70
                  2013 Ural Patrol -1989 Holsclaw cargo
                  MOPH, American Legion, NRA
                  IBMC,UMCI,ADV,PGR
                  sold 1981 Honda Goldwing 1100
                  sold 2005 Electra Glide
                  sold 1974 Yamaha 500DHC
                  sold 1978 Yamaha Enduro 175
                  sold 1970 Honda trail 70
                  sold 1965 Honda 100

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                  • #10
                    Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

                    Why did you get the white V-Strom when you had a good yellow one? I think I know the answer.

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                    • #11
                      Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

                      Looks like a great bike, enjoy the many miles of smiles you will have on it.
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                      • #12
                        Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

                        Beautiful new bike.
                        Let us know how you set it up for touring.
                        Cheers,
                        My life is a caricature of reality
                        David C.
                        Suzuki VStrom 650 - Sold, Current Ryde Can Am Spyder STS -" "
                        Honda ST1300 - Sold, Suzuki Burgman 400 - RIP

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                        • #13
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                          Congrats on the new ride Brent! Looking forward to seeing how you farkle this one. I've got to get busy getting mine ready for my upcoming trip this summer. I've been lazy so far this winter..............
                          Steve

                          2017 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom 2005 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, 2002 Harley Road King Classic, 1976 Harley Sportster

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                          • #14
                            Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

                            Congrats on the new ride, Brent!

                            I for one would be interested in hearing your impression of the newer model over your older one!
                            Ken - 1992 Honda GL1500 Aspencade 2013 Victory Cross Country Tour
                            Camping Styles - tent camp off of bike - 2013 HF Cargo trailer - 2011 Aspen Sentry
                            "It's never too early to plan and never too late to go!" - Dusty
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                            • #15
                              Re: The great two-motorcycle experiment is over

                              Thank you all. Although the bike is still sitting at the dealership awaiting delivery, I pretty much have figured out how I am going to accessorize it based on my experience with the 2008 DL650.

                              • Hand guards are a must--they really keep your hands warmer and drier. They are on order.
                              • I am going to put the Givi engine guards and bash plate on it.
                              • I've been weighing the different bags, but I really loved my Givi E21s. They are perfect for all-round travel, errand-running, and have served me well even on moto camping trips. Should I want bigger bags like the Givi Trekkers, the luggage rack will accommodate them. I prefer not to have a big rear end ... on the bike or myself.
                              • I doubt I will change the wind screen. I did not have a problem with the old one, and this one is supposed to be a little better.
                              • I am waiting to put some miles on the bike before I make any other changes. My biggest judgement will be on the seat. Is it better over the old ones? If not, a Sargent seat will be installed.
                              • Anything else? Just keeping in line with my philosophy of motorcycling that less is more.


                              I've always been a proponent of buying the motorcycle that best fits the style of riding that you do. I thought that the KLR would give me more open roads, but what I learned was different. Riding the KLR taught me that I am an adventure/sport touring kind of rider that will occasionally get on gravel. I was riding the KLR on the same roads to the same destinations, so why have it? I wanted to go back to one motorcycle, and the best one for me was a new V-Strom 650. It is an incredible machine. I should know. I put 66,000+ miles on the old one, and it took me all over the USA. Just look at that map in my signature!

                              Brent
                              D. Brent Miller, writer, photographer, and independent producer
                              www.DBrentMiller.com Publisher of Sojourn Chronicles
                              2015 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 ABS.
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