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Anyone have experience with this bike? I currently own a 2007 Vulcan Custom. However I commute 80 miles per day on the highway at 80 mph. I like the bike but it has limitations obviously.

I really like the do everything mentality that the V-Strom brings to the table and at a really nice price point. I m looking for a bike that:

Can cruise on the highway at 80 mph all day.
Is comfortable two up and with gear.
Low maintenance
Low cost


I feel like the strom checks all of these boxes but I've never ridden one. Please chime in with your experiences.
 

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I have a friend with a 1000 versys. I think its kawis version of the vstrom. that bike can handle 80mph all day, any day, but riding 2up might be a bit crowded and over loaded. how big is your vulcan?
 

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Based on a requirement of lots of highway miles and low maintenance, I think you owe it to yourself to look at a Yamaha Super tenere... does everything the vstrom does, but lower maintenance due to valve check intervals being almost twice as long (24k vs 14k) and it has shaft drive, so no chain cleaning or lubing. Go anywhere, do anything, kick arse and take names kind of a bike. It is a big boy but that makes it good on the highway.


I own a vstrom 650, never rode the 1000 yet. Mine works well for my daily 10 mile (each way) commute, and short weekend trips with very limited off road. The vstrom 1000 would be better for longer trips, as it apparently has better weather protection, but still, I think the Super tenere beats both for what you want to do.
 

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After owning a Versys 650 for about a year, I would definitely want to steer clear of any bike with a chain. It's not too bad to clean and lube; however, it is messy! In order to do it right, you will need a rear wheel stand; otherwise, you'll be pushing the bike a bit, then lube, push it a bit again, and lube some more. If that doesn't bother you, be my guest, go get a chain-driven bike.

Personally, I'd just upgrade your cruiser to a bigger one. I know Kawasaki takes a big jump from 900 to the 1700; but there are other brands of bikes with engines inbetween that range. The Honda Interstate has a 1300cc engine and is the LT version of that line. You should be able to find used versions for less than 10 grand easily with low miles. Plus, they are shaft driven. Most of the Yammy cruisers are air-cooled and belt-driven and they also have a 1300cc bike. I don't know much about Suzuki's, though. Although, it seems anytime I am up for a trade-in, Kawasaki is the brand I land on. I had a Honda VTX 1300C once, awesome bike.
 
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