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    I do all my own maintenance, most BMW are shaft drive if you buy a real one. Mine is a 1986 model btw.
    They don't throttle wheelie easy, you have to do a lot of body english to get them to wheelie good. They Can wheelie but it takes a lot.

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    Personally, I disagree with Trials' assertion about you get what you pay for. I call the Strom the poor woman's BMW.
    I willingly bought the second one because it suits my needs just fine without having to pay $$$ for maintenance and parts.

    To answer your question, I do not do my own maintenance. It's not good, but just a fact. Despite that, the Stroms keep on ticking in my 10 years of ownership (2 of them). And when I have had to bring it in for a chain replacement, tires, oil changes, it has been very affordable for me, which is why I love the Strom. I am, honestly, not very good about being timely with anything other than oil changes, and the Strom has never failed me. It's a tough and forgiving bike for those of us that are not very good about maintenance. This is not to say you should neglect it, of course.

    As for the throttle, it DOES take some time to get used to it. It's very off/on but hasn't been a wheelie issue for me....it was just hard to get used to at first...especially when on a washboard road. The newer one was a bit easier to moderate, though, than my '05 was.

    Hope that helps.
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    PS if you want a lot of great info on the Strom, check out stromtrooper.com. I haven't been there in awhile because of life, but there are great forums there, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Missy B View Post
    Personally, I disagree with Trials' assertion about you get what you pay for.
    Sometimes, you overpay for what you get.
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    I've worked on lots of Suzuki's, was a Suzuki fanatic for about a decade. They made a heck of a nice 2-stroke.

    Only thing I over-pay on is motorcycle insurance
    ... oh, and maybe internet because that is brutal expensive here.

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    What Strom are you recommending anyway, the 650 or the 1000?

    The 650 has 2 pot brakes up front and single in rear, I wouldn't touch that, so the 1000 with 4 up front and 2 in rear would be the comparable bike, at nearly the identical price as the R nineT BWM that has paralever shaft drive

    you'd have to test ride them both to know how much better the BMW is in other ways.

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