How bored will I be on a Vstrom 1000?

Jun 2014
969
5
Boston
What about an sv650 - seems like such a nice bike - These are all road bikes, so why not just get a road bike without the salad dressing. If you really want dirt, the yamaha t700 is right around the corner and looks like a gem.
 
Mar 2013
2,336
4
Naples, IT
Or the Africa Twin. I really like this bike and would be top of my list for a true dually.
 
Jun 2014
969
5
Boston
Or the Africa Twin. I really like this bike and would be top of my list for a true dually.
Or the cb500x - rally raid that bad boy and you can go most anywhere anytime. Had the cb500f and that engine is a fun little beast and the bike was a real joy. Some of that DNA must be in the cb500x.
 
May 2017
322
1
Philadelphia USA
The technological simplicity of the CB500x is appealing to me. After all of the technology failures experienced with the HS I've got a bad taste in my mouth for all this fancy electronics crap. I may end up with a Suzuki DR650 which is about as technologically sophisticated as my lawnmower.
 
Jun 2015
38
2
New Zealand
The technological simplicity of the CB500x is appealing to me. After all of the technology failures experienced with the HS I've got a bad taste in my mouth for all this fancy electronics crap. I may end up with a Suzuki DR650 which is about as technologically sophisticated as my lawnmower.
I just changed my Hyper for the Tenere 700. Simple, basic bike devoid of the electrickery except for EFI and now mandatory in NZ (switchable) ABS. It has been a revelation to have a bike that does the basics well again. Recent bike history last 14/15 years was Transalp 650 -> KTM 625SXC -> BMW G650GS (POS which spent most of the time I had it in the shop being repaired under warranty) ->KTM 625SXC again -> Hyperstrada. I guess after the 'character' of the KTM's the Hyper was just normal to me. At my age the Tenere is likely to be my last bike. Cheers.
 
Mar 2013
2,336
4
Naples, IT
I would argue that the Ducati Safety Pack features didn't plague this bike. They were one of the items I felt was on par or above the purchase value of the bike (in 2013). I think the ABS and DTC work very well and saved me from a couple nasty low sides. Has anybody had an isolated DTC or ABS issue? I don't recall any trending threads. I have and have had many issues with mine but, if it starts, the DTC and ABS always work.

You could argue it had some general electrical gremlins, but even the throttle assembly issue didn't affect that many and it was solved with an update. Disco ball dash sounded awful, but if you count the number of people that actually reported the problem, it was a small sample of the membership on this site. And Ducati put out a TSB to fix it.

I can attribute about 4 nasty crashes in my early years of riding to not having ABS. I wouldn't purchase a street bike without ABS, and I want DTC on anything over 100 hp. I guess there's an argument to one's particular riding style. If you flow with traffic on the highway, hypermile your MPG, and avoid urban streets then, ya, maybe you don't need nanny gadgets.

To paraphrase a rationale from my profession when NVG's were introduced: "I could probably drive my car safely at night without the headlights off...but, why would I?"