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2014 Suzuki V-Strom

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Im heading back from China today and is due to pick up my v-strom. But im getting a second thought as it might be difficult to get spare parts and proper service around Pattaya area as the model does not seems to be so popular among farangs/thais living there. And I also plan to buy a fun car and the 350k could be better spent on tuning and customizations instead... And I already have a PCX150 and a CRF250 in the garage and GF thinks we need a car instead, so it has to be fun car then if spending money on one according to my opinion...
Though decision.... Go for the bike and buy a cheaper, boring car. Change to another bike like Honda NC700X and a cheaper car. Skip the bike and go for the nicer car.... What would you guys do?

Instead of the V-Strom I'd either get a Versys or a new Honda 650 inline 4.

By all tests V-Strom and Versys are head to head but Kawasaki has a large distribution network, spare parts are cheap and easily available, as are trained mechanics. Suzuki has nothing like that support network. Dealer support was one of the best things owning a Kawasaki. On top of that the Kawa is cheaper. Not even sure the V-Strom has ABS in Thailand.

I just sold my Versys to a friend who used to have a V-Strom and he said the Versys is better.

Cars, no. Cars aren't that much fun unless you're spending 8M Thb+ so as fun factor is concerned bike is way more bang for the buck.

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Instead of the V-Strom I'd either get a Versys or a new Honda 650 inline 4.

I just sold my Versys to a friend who used to have a V-Strom and he said the Versys is better.

Just curious, was your mates a current model V Strom. as I understand the engine was upgraded a couple of years ago?

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Instead of the V-Strom I'd either get a Versys or a new Honda 650 inline 4.

I just sold my Versys to a friend who used to have a V-Strom and he said the Versys is better.

Just curious, was your mates a current model V Strom. as I understand the engine was upgraded a couple of years ago?

Might very well have been the old model as this was some years back. Was it a significant update?

All comparison tests I've read have them head to head...

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Well the V-Strom have a V engine, love the sound of those.

Never heard a Versus sounding good, just an odd sound even with modified exhaust.

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Instead of the V-Strom I'd either get a Versys or a new Honda 650 inline 4.

I just sold my Versys to a friend who used to have a V-Strom and he said the Versys is better.

Just curious, was your mates a current model V Strom. as I understand the engine was upgraded a couple of years ago?
Might very well have been the old model as this was some years back. Was it a significant update?

All comparison tests I've read have them head to head...

I read it had a number of improvements but more noticeably in the mechanics. You are right that they both are similar and good bikes. I think the V Strom"s are better on rough terrain and a bit quicker at low down acceleration.

Suzuki say the Big Bike network is coming (don't hold yer breath).

My own opinion is it looks better and I like to own a more uncommon bike (always have! 555 ). The fact that they are Japanese built also attracts me too.

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My local Suzuki is now stocking the V Strom and the Heyabusa, there workshop is extremely small, not sure if I would be confident of them servicing such a powerful bike!!

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If I recall, I think I read somewhere Suzuki are not going down the road of Honda and Kawasaki, who have a separate company dedicated to their larger bikes. Suzuki are retailing their larger bikes through their existing network of dealers. I have no idea how this will work in practice, particularly when it comes to repairs and maintenance. I mean it is a huge leap from a Smash to a Hayabusa.

I was surprised to actually see a Gladius out on the road today just outside of Prachinburi city.

If they ever do expand their network of service centres here, I might go mad and buy one.

Sorry for derailing thread, back to the V-Strom.

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The V Strom looks a great bike fully loaded, saw it recently at a big shopping center, looked a beast!

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Im heading back from China today and is due to pick up my v-strom. But im getting a second thought as it might be difficult to get spare parts and proper service around Pattaya area as the model does not seems to be so popular among farangs/thais living there. And I also plan to buy a fun car and the 350k could be better spent on tuning and customizations instead... And I already have a PCX150 and a CRF250 in the garage and GF thinks we need a car instead, so it has to be fun car then if spending money on one according to my opinion...
Though decision.... Go for the bike and buy a cheaper, boring car. Change to another bike like Honda NC700X and a cheaper car. Skip the bike and go for the nicer car.... What would you guys do?

Instead of the V-Strom I'd either get a Versys or a new Honda 650 inline 4.

By all tests V-Strom and Versys are head to head but Kawasaki has a large distribution network, spare parts are cheap and easily available, as are trained mechanics. Suzuki has nothing like that support network. Dealer support was one of the best things owning a Kawasaki. On top of that the Kawa is cheaper. Not even sure the V-Strom has ABS in Thailand.

I just sold my Versys to a friend who used to have a V-Strom and he said the Versys is better.

Cars, no. Cars aren't that much fun unless you're spending 8M Thb+ so as fun factor is concerned bike is way more bang for the buck.

Wow that was quick Nick. I am sure your buddy is loving life a new motor & all. What is your next ride you are looking at? Congrads!

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Im heading back from China today and is due to pick up my v-strom. But im getting a second thought as it might be difficult to get spare parts and proper service around Pattaya area as the model does not seems to be so popular among farangs/thais living there. And I also plan to buy a fun car and the 350k could be better spent on tuning and customizations instead... And I already have a PCX150 and a CRF250 in the garage and GF thinks we need a car instead, so it has to be fun car then if spending money on one according to my opinion...

Though decision.... Go for the bike and buy a cheaper, boring car. Change to another bike like Honda NC700X and a cheaper car. Skip the bike and go for the nicer car.... What would you guys do?

Instead of the V-Strom I'd either get a Versys or a new Honda 650 inline 4.

By all tests V-Strom and Versys are head to head but Kawasaki has a large distribution network, spare parts are cheap and easily available, as are trained mechanics. Suzuki has nothing like that support network. Dealer support was one of the best things owning a Kawasaki. On top of that the Kawa is cheaper. Not even sure the V-Strom has ABS in Thailand.

I just sold my Versys to a friend who used to have a V-Strom and he said the Versys is better.

Cars, no. Cars aren't that much fun unless you're spending 8M Thb+ so as fun factor is concerned bike is way more bang for the buck.

Wow that was quick Nick. I am sure your buddy is loving life a new motor & all. What is your next ride you are looking at? Congrads!

Buy a bike and forget the car, cars are boring bikes are not!

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This is what you need for exciting when it's got 4 wheels.

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Even a little CB500 is exciting when it's 2 wheels you have.

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This is what you need for exciting when it's got 4 wheels.

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Even a little CB500 is exciting when it's 2 wheels you have.

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a simple and cheap 6000 USD cb500f offers better acceleration than a Porsche for 1/10 of the price!

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a simple and cheap 6000 USD cb500f offers better acceleration than a Porsche for 1/10 of the price!

Yea who wants to be cocooned in a metal box on these lovely sunny days?

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Im getting my V-strom next Friday.

I have added:

Top case kit 15,000 baht
Back rest 1,800 baht
Crash bar 4,900 baht
Engine cover 4,800 baht
For hand guard 1,200 baht
screen 4,200 baht

Skipping the side boxes as I will seldom use them and i have bought soft saddle bags (Givi 431.. something) as a reserve plan.

Will i regret this do you think? The Suzuki side boxes can not be bought separately......

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