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Sportster 1200 / V-Strom 650

6113 Views 13 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  acecycleins
Could I get some constructive input in regards to where one bike would shine, or fall short, over the other? IMO, both bikes are well built and dependable. One isn't necessarily better than the other, because that depends on the person riding it and what type of riding they are doing. If a person such as myself was trying to decide between these two bikes what suggestions would you have for them?

I know these two bikes are like comparing apples to oranges, but I'm curious as to what issues I might not have thought of.

Should hold the road better with the heavier weight and lower center of gravity
Mostly steel
Holds value better

Better dirt/gravel road bike
More luggage options
Larger fuel tank
Better suspension
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You forgot: V-Strom ugly as sin.
One other thing. The Sportster is about 10,000 times more likely to be stolen.
Having put 10s of thousands of miles on Sportsters and having spent a fair amount of time on my buddy's V-Strom I'm pretty sure I would take the V-Strom if I had to own only one motorcycle. Better to get both!

If you are going to do two-up touring then your wife will thank you if you get the Strom.
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