Been getting itchy feet lately and always fancied a big V-Twin but canâ€™t afford or justify a Multistrada so took a V-Strom 1000XT for a test ride yesterday. I tried an â€˜06 model a few years ago and couldnâ€™t believe the buffeting at 45+ but this new one is way better and no worse than my GS. An after market screen should make it pretty good.
Lovely torquey engine with great pick up in all gears but especially 4th, 5th and 6th!
Good sound even with the stock exhaust.
Very good low speed manners.
Good seating position and nice comfy ride.
Outstanding front brakes.
Other than TC and ABS there is no other expensive electrickery like EAS to go wrong which appeals.
The price compared to a new GS!
The seat was comfy but only for about 40 miles.
Kept knocking the full beam on by accident, itâ€™s an odd lever arrangement.
Difficult to upshift with my size 12 Sidi Adventures but could hopefully adjust that out or change the lever.
Mirrors are huge and ugly although very good.
The gold spoked wheels really set it off but look a bugger to clean and keep clean.
Itâ€™s got a chain when I love the convenience of a shaft drive.
Other than cornering ABS and a neat feature that lifts the revs when you engage gear, the bike hasnâ€™t changed since the MY14 so a low mileage 14 plate would be a bargain.
Anyone got one, had one, ridden one and got any words of wisdom to encourage or dissuade me from buying one?