Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Corona, California, USA
I guess it's who you ask. I think the GS is a cool bike. According to VStormers who are former GS owners, the Strom is a better bike. I don't know hundreds of GS owners. I know three. All three have broken down (one 08 model with FD failure) and all three carry tow straps and tie downs.
“What is means is when mixed dual sports (BMW's and V-Stroms) are out riding, * OFTEN * The BMW's will break down or not start due to antennea security devices, and the Vstrom which does not have those or any other problems will often save the day by rescuing the BMW.
Known fact, most BMW GS'es do not leave their garage without a set of pull straps as they often are dead in the water for no reason.”
…..was copied from a dedicated GS adventurer/owner?
The Way Round was a cool video. Didn't like the ideal that the group had to have tons of money, endorsements, several support vehicles, support crew, sophisticated communications systems with links to BMW for technical issues, a spare bike and bike parts. All that crap and support was used and needed. All that extra SH!T took away the romance of the trip.
A few months later two kids (early 20s) on VStroms made the same trip. Unsupported with the cash in their pockets. The nature or differences between the two bikes in real world application is stunning.