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Old 12-21-2012, 08:25 AM   #436
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Finally saw a Strada (USA)

My local dealer finally had a Strada out on the floor when I went by last night. I have to say that having a chance to swing a leg over it didn't increase or decrease my desire for one. As I said in an earlier post, I'm strictly a street rider; I haven't had a dualsport bike since 1985. At 5'11", the bike fit me well enough (I could flat-foot both feet together), but the seat and the riding position seemed vaguely funky. I'll have to wait for spring and take a test ride to know how it works on the street. The $7499 price is very attractive, and I would love to step up to having ABS and fuel injection. I'd have no problem getting the Strada as an additional bike, but I can't swing the full purchase price of yet another bike (between my wife and I, there are 4 in the garage now). I had been thinking I'd trade my Suzuki S50 cruiser toward it, but right now I'm not sure I want to do that without having some idea how comfortable it would be for longer distance road rides.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:57 AM   #437
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More of my handheld vision (the big studios are going to pick up on this one day)
thanks for the vid, davo. it obviously idled successfully for 10 seconds so that should put to rest all the concerns everyone has had about the reliability, maintenance intervals, and quality control with the chinese assembly of these bikes.

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Old 12-21-2012, 02:06 PM   #438
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:27 PM   #439
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So, you must have it on the road by now?
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:35 PM   #440
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:11 PM   #441
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Oil Leak

Just had a quick look at one at a Newcastle dealer.

Looks nice, definitely build to a price point.

Not sure about the welding on the frame that also holds oil.

I wiped oil off the hole and it stopped coming out when not under pressure.

Probably just a one off..

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Old 12-21-2012, 06:19 PM   #442
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I wiped oil off the hole and it stopped coming out when not under pressure.

Probably just a one off..
Yikes!

When I first saw this bike at the dealer, I was immediately drawn to the poor welds all over the bike. This is why I like to steer clear of first year anything.

Not cool.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:52 PM   #443
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I had to go and pick up some bearings this morning and stopped in at the local dealer to have a look in the flesh. Would you like to take it for a ride, fuck yeah, sign this, there is the key off ya go.

Gotta say, this thing almost seems electric smooth.


As stated before, the bars are a bit low standing up, sitting there ok. Didn't find the hump to bad, you could tell it was there. A taller ride might find it a pain in the butt. I didn't think it was as bad as the 660 teneree.


Nothing to burn your pants/boots on.


Radiator cap looks a bugger to get to


Coolant bottle looks a bit easier


This must be the lock to unleash all the power






Quiet a large front rotor


Next to no wind buffetting at all around the roads and highway. Apparently they have a small screen coming to bolt right on as well.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:54 PM   #444
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Good value for money Doug?
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:02 PM   #445
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I reckon they will sell quiet a few of them. As an allround adv type bike, they will be great, they will appeal to a lot of people. The hard core type people wont go near them, but for touring around the place on tar/ gravel bushland roads, they be just right. Plus there at least 5-6k cheaper than a KTM690, 6-8k cheaper than a triumph/BMW 800 and only 1-1.5k dearer than a KLR/DR with a 2 year warranty, happy day's i reckon.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:00 PM   #446
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Dennis the thing that worries me is the number of parts that have a bmw logo on them.
Davo that leaking part # looks to be a Husky one




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Old 12-21-2012, 09:08 PM   #447
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Just had a quick look at one at a Newcastle dealer.

Looks nice, definitely build to a price point.

Not sure about the welding on the frame that also holds oil.

I wiped oil off the hole and it stopped coming out when not under pressure.

Probably just a one off..



Raced out and had a look at mine ....sigh. My welds look pretty neat.


Jeez this bike is smooth. I think it goes rather well.

Picked it up at 130 today - pick up the screen and bashplate next week.

I have been touching the heat sheild a bit with my leg - it is warm -a bit like the scrambler but hotter!

Tool kit !

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Old 12-21-2012, 09:46 PM   #448
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Tool kit for want of a better word!

That looks like a plug spanner in the kit. Don't loose that cause its hard to find another to fit with a long enough reach and thin walled.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:15 AM   #449
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That looks like a plug spanner in the kit. Don't loose that cause its hard to find another to fit with a long enough reach and thin walled.

Yep good tip.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:28 PM   #450
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Tool kit for want of a better word!









Whatchya reckon so far DRF... ?
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