IS XT WORTH EXTRA?
‘ Take the screen off to cure the buffeting? Well, it’s an interesting idea…’
The V-strom seems to be a popular bike and I often get sent questions from owners or potential owners. Here are the most recent and my answers.
Bill I find there is a lot of buffeting, have you considered taking off the screen to cure it? AD I’ve tried it on your recommendation and it’s an interesting idea, but I’m not convinced. Maybe it just takes some getting used to. My buffeting has improved a little since fitting a Powerbronze screen (£75) anyway. But more importantly, a steady blast of icy air directly pummelling my chest for 100 miles isn’t much fun.
Rasty I just came back from a tour of Europe on my Strom. It was great, apart from the uncomfortable seat. What have you done for comfort on long journeys? AD I’ve never had a problem with the XT seat. If anything, the only uncomfortable thing about the Strom’s the bar position. They could do with being twisted closer to me, something I need to attempt one weekend. You could always try an Airhawk cushion (£184.99), which does wonders for your rear on long jaunts.
Jason I ride a 2011 Honda CBR600F, but a back problem is forcing me to look at a more upright bike. What are your thoughts on the V-strom so far? AD I ride around 500 miles a week on the Strom and I’m comfortable the entire time so I doubt you’d have any problems. My only concern is that you’ll find it lacks a bit of power compared to the Honda, which makes 32 horses more than the 68bhp Suzuki. But you can still have a blast because the Suzuki is so easy to ride and it’s great fun trying to squeeze the most out of it.
Daniel Is it worth spending the extra £600 on the XT model? I heard that spoked wheels offer more comfort. The only way I’ll go off-road is unintentionally. AD If you are not going off-road then definitely opt for the standard model. The off-road kit that comes with the XT like bars and sump guard aren’t necessary for the road. And no, spokes don’t offer more comfort than aluminium, it’s an off-road only gain because spoked wheels are easier to repair if they suffer damage.
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