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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.

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

V-Strom
Better dirt/gravel road bike
More luggage options
Larger fuel tank
Liquid-cooled
Better suspension
 

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The bike will be my "everday" bike as it will be my only vehicle. My 250cc scooter is soon to be replaced. I thought I had my mind made up a month or so back, but my riding habits and financial circumstances have changed.

80% freeway/interstate and 20% inner-city. I live in a large city, so every trip has freeway time.
2-up 70% of the time
Weekend trips are usually 2-4 hrs. long and 2-up. Usually to go camping or to the coast.
Some back roads (bad asphalt, very rarely dirt)

I like the build quality, seat height, and weight of the sportster. Seemed to handle the wind, and held the road, better. The wee-strom wins out, in my case, in about every other category though. Plus it seems to be more versatile. Both are my (and my wifes) top two picks out of all that we sat on and the few we rode - V-Star, Shadow, Vulcan, Boulevard, Versys, Bandit, Sportster, V-Strom, and maybe a few others. Lost count.
 

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One other thing. The Sportster is about 10,000 times more likely to be stolen.
Ugly = Extra Insurance Protection

Trying to see the cup as half-full.:)

Being undecided sucks. I'll probably have to move on my gut instinct though. Tough when comparing two capable bikes.
 
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