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Old 01-05-2013, 09:52 AM   #13
vtbob
wanderer
 
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Western Vermont
Oddometer: 519
It is a difficult choice. I had the same decision in 2010.

the recommendation to get on an ride both is the best. By the one that makes you smile the most.

when i was looking, the dealer let me take a WeStrom for a good test ride...over 1hr up mountain twisties. I was satisfied with the bike. It had abs which is very important to me.

I then took a bmw F650GS twin on a similar ride. The BMW is lighter, a bit faster and handles the twisties a bit better.

while i do a lot of dirt roads I do not really go off road, I believe the BMW would be slightly better off road

The WeStrom was about $2k cheaper and may be more reliable over the long term.

There are quite a few farkles available for the Westrom,, there are a huge amount available for the BMW.

In the end I bought the BMW and am VERY happy with it. I have over 32K miles now, just changed the chain and a new set of plugs last fall. No other repairs but tires (about 10k miles a set). Likely new front brake pad this coming summer.

Have fun chosing
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