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Adventure
 

i just love this bike warts and all

Overall rating: 
 
9.0
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
8.0
Off Road Capability:
 
10.0
Around Town:
 
8.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
10.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
9.0
Engine:
 
7.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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minkyhead Reviewed by minkyhead
September 01, 2011

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful

ive given this bike a year .. i bought it with one intention to do as much off road riding as i could ..with a trip to morroco on the horizon too

engine .. well its a big single 48hp with tall gearing .. but its sprightly and surprisingly smooth as long as you dont bog it down
it gives its tourque early and with standard gearing will lollop along at 80mph all day
its delivery is great its soft low down but with a long action throttle you can spin it up when you want to .not when the engine feels like it ..so easy to pick your way through rocks and stuff without unwelcome spin ups ..on a bike this tall its a nice plus
evryone has a different take on what they want ..to own this bike and get on with it i think a certain mindset is a good idea .
for me the gearing is too tall ..a 14 tooth front sprocket helps usability all round ..the payback is 75mph criusing on the motorway is where your at shed with knobblies this seems sensible enough anyway so no big deal
overall it gives around 65mpg ..that can be 55mpg on motorway slogs and 70mpg chugging around the back roads short shifting at 4k revs
i went on to cut the cat out of the exhaust and fit a fual mod ..now the big single is really flexible ..between the gearing and the breathing mods its so much better all round

inm not a total mug off road but not a great talent ..but bit by bit ive got used to the tenere and have surprised myself where its gone and how well its dealt with it
lowering the bike has helped to get me feet down off road [im 6ft 1 tall too ]
replacing the fork springs with ohlins is a absalute must ..i say that after doing it but its way to0 soggy as standard ..
loads of suspension travel and for a big bus adventure off road its very good as long as you remember your not in the dakar here the tenere makes a lot of sense

the equipment readouts are fine

the brakes ...very very good smooth progressive loads of feel no abs ..but i dont want it on this type of bike

ergos for me is very good the seat is ok but me airhawk is a great addition for that big trip .a larger giv1 screen with a mra wing and the protection is very good i ride open face lid everywhere
raising the handlebars for standing makes this bike fit well with the peg handlebar position spot on .i can literally stand for a hour or more should i want to
servicing ..is simple easy access to everything although the rad has to come off for the valves ..its a simple one pot ..locknut adjusting affair .. 15k miles no adjustment needed
it took me a while to get it where i want it to be .the tenere can be much better with a few cheap mods
it handles really well on the road but again with knoblies fitted quick to 80mph is as much as id like it starts to get skittish after that ..but was pretty nippy through the bends with road rubber when i first got it ..but thats not what the tenere is about ..that said its pleasent enough to ride on the road ...
ok so whats bad
well the cush drives are poor but can be packed out for 50p
the well recorded rectifier connection ..check and seal
i would say the standard gearing
low beam is ok high beam is pathetic ..spots for this winter are going on ..they are needed

whats good ..well you get the idea from the report
..some things that dont get noticed that much ..
mild steel brake and gear levers [no stupid weak alloy ]
crank case protector for the brake lever
towing loop
ready for high fender if you need it
huge suspension movment
the price ..4500 quid for a 900 mile mint condition bike

marking the bike for points

it will do distance with the right mindset and lots of it

off road 10 its a great dual purpose bike

town with the right gearing its a breeze

equipment pretty much anything is out there

100percent reliable

handling its nice to ride

engine .. its a good old thumper urber tourers and fast boys look elswhere

value ...i think im going to get arrested for theft everytime i ride it



Review Information Motorcycles

Time owned one year
I liked feels good off tarmack
I Disliked the seat height
Would you buy again Yes
In one line competant
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 10
 
Cruisers
 

do you have the vision to at least try one ?

Overall rating: 
 
7.6
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
10.0
Off Road Capability:
 
1.0
Around Town:
 
6.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
10.0
Reliability:
 
7.0
Handling:
 
10.0
Engine:
 
9.0
Value for Money:
 
8.0
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minkyhead Reviewed by minkyhead
January 23, 2011

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ok i havnt owned one of these
but i was so close ...

three times ive been out on one and there was one sat in menllium in st helens for ages
i actually went to do the deal and it had been sold a hour before

you have to take this bike in the context of what it was desighned to do
yake two people huge distance in total comfort ...accross a large continent

you look at it and think its going to be a wallowy bag of shite .. nut get on board and move it ... feet up u turns no problem at all ..the weight is low and it balences easily

quite spightly on the move and great tuorque off the engine over 2500 revs stick it in top and roll on and off it pulls pleasingly well

it is supreamly comfy and the leccy screen and huge fairing give a oasis of calm unmatched ny anythingout there .. it will pull pretty hard in a audi destroying way up to a ton at which point i didnt want to try any harder ..effortless stable 90mph cruising

heres the bit that is hard to compute ..this thing is real fun on twisty backroads ..
sure its not as fast as conventional bikes in the cornering or accelaration stakes ..but

it hussles along with assurance choose aline on any bumpy bend and it stays there completley unfussed and could change lines mid corner too the huge bars and relativly small tyres make it very nimble for its size and tye chassis and suspension are a real credit to the makers ..i had no ground clearance issues at all ..sure i suppose i could force it to ground the running boards ..but its well enough for this type of bike and again credit to them

the brakes were linked and strong i really could haul the beast down with confidence
there was no abs . may well be desirable on a machine of this weight ...

i only enroled on a open day for the expeiriance ,..never thought it would appeal to me ..but i thoroughly enjoyed riding the victory vision and it is without doubt on me list of bikes i would like to own

i would reccomend trying one somtime like it or not its a bike you wont forget riding for some time to come

the marking above
i would have put zero for off road but 1 is min
aroud town no problem at all ..except the width
reliability ..i scoured the yank forums when i was thinking of buying and generally
the thing seems prettygood no major problems so i marked it off that

Review Information Motorcycles

Time owned no
I liked the event
I Disliked not a lot
Would you buy again Yes
In one line impressive starship enterprise
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 9
 
Adventure
 

pan europeon on stilts

Overall rating: 
 
7.5
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
10.0
Off Road Capability:
 
3.0
Around Town:
 
7.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
10.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
8.0
Engine:
 
9.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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minkyhead Reviewed by minkyhead
October 13, 2010

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful

ill kick off with my views on the varadero ...this is my 2nd varadero the first being a early 02 carbie ..the currant being the 05 fi model
first thing to reassure people about is the fuel consumption ..the old 5 speed carbie was much heavier on fuel than the 6 speed fi
ive had some big days out on the bike and mixed my riding style up
the f1 will give over 250 miles to the tank and more
the light has come on between 220 and 238 miles with 4 litres to go .i dont ride like a nun trust me

the fi with six speeds and updated suspension is withhout doubt the better bike . i still ride with the vara uk lads and after selling me strom had a breif but pleasent encounter with a cb1300
i soon relised that the big trailies were for me and picked up a mint 05 vara for 3700 pounds 4000 miles young
ive done two thousand miles on it in five weeks this is what i think

if you want a proper duel purpose bike for rugged off roading in between the vara is not for you
if you tour long distance tarmack ..single tracks easy cart tracks and gravel lanes read on

its been a few years since i cocked me leg over one and althiugh used to big heavy bikes i forgot ... its immidiatly noticble as soon as you push the bike the vara is very heavy and has a high centre of gravity
it also noticble that its very very comfy thankfully one moving its a doddle to ride at walking pace
the general egos is perfect for me im 6.1 tall ..the o/e screen is not the best but is easily fixed mine has a vee strom givi with a mra wing ..perfect [glad ididnt e bay it ]
the o/e seat is pretty good but had a tebdancy to crush me nuts a bit if you look at the profile [of the seat not me nuts ] youll see what i mean ..iwas very lucky and picked up a 2nd hand corbin which is nothing shourt of wonderful
riding the beast is easy the engine has a lazy feel to it but for a vee is smooth and deceptionally fast ..if you open the taps it will shove you forward at a pleasing rate ..third and fourth gears being immpressive ...not as lively low down as the gs or vee strom but strong ..probably just getting the extra weight going
at low revs the fueling is precise and it will pull clean from 2000 revs
on the other hand its so unstressed at higher speeds compared the them ..if you wear earplugs at 85 mph you have to check the engines running .. well not far off
work it between 3000 and 4500 revs and it will cross counrty quickly .and punch hard between 5 to 7 really nice
transmission is absaluly brilliant slick quiet the gears are perfectly spaced no big gaps 1st to 2nd 5th to 6th i really cant fault it
suspension ..its soft not bad soft but soft it suits the bike i had to put near full preload on the rear and play with the rebound for one up its fine i think two up with kitchen sing mr hagon may be required but single up singe luggage not a problem
it soaks up the bumps very well but doesnt wallow for a 90mph tour on bumpy b roads its near perfect ..
the handling .. well i wasnt surprised by the new vara as the old one was easy and nutral to steer turn in is neutral with no effort or understeer it tracks well and even with the soft suspension never deflects from its task ..easy safe solid stable ..push harder and you get warnings from the bike miles before anything nasty comes to pass heed them and it will waft along in the hillbilly grand prix very well ..you have to ride pretty hard on the slimmer stuff to lose the varas headlamps ..fast tranitions left right show the weight up ..its takes some more input
the answers easy shed a little more speed before you do it
its satisfieng to ride in the bends ..its no multistrada but i for one am glad of that ..
shod with deacent tyres its a pleasure to ride
mmmmm linked brakes not my choice but ive had em before on the blackbird
im not going into the working im sure most will know the principle .. taking away rear trail braking in hairpins is a nuicence ..brave off roaders say no more ..
the good poits used front then rear in proportion they are very strong and the abs is a usful safegurd ..i would like them inderpendant ..but think of this bike as a pan euo on stilts and shed speed before turning they are more than up to the task
somthing often overlooked on bikes ..the headlights ..i have to say the vee strom and varadero are
fantastic for spread and penetration [no fancy upgrades ] with posh bulbs god knows may try em ..think world war two searchlights as standard you wont disagree
the varadero is a zen tourer vaugly diguised as a off roader
its soft .. abig slobbery dog that licks your face with a drum of brandy hung off its neck its evolved iot will never turn on you and bite unless yopu stick a poker up its ass

hard chargers will not get on with it i suppose ..having said that iwas that soldier
getting older /wiser lol
thats it at 3700 pounds for the pupose i bought it for its very hard to knock
if you could run somthing harder alongside it ..cake and eat it springs to mind



Review Information Motorcycles

Time owned two varas two years and two months
I liked zen tourer
I Disliked linked brakes
Would you buy again Yes
In one line power ranger road testers please sod off to mallory
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 9
 
Adventure
 

3 years on a strom

Overall rating: 
 
7.8
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
8.0
Off Road Capability:
 
5.0
Around Town:
 
4.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
9.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
8.0
Engine:
 
8.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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minkyhead Reviewed by minkyhead
September 16, 2010

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

bought on the bounce after the 1200 gs
cheap 4800 qid 900miles ..
worst features ..rear suspension pushy front loaded weakish brakes ...curable

best very cheap to buy bomb proof entertaining motor comfy

had this guy a while and loved improving it
raising links on rear and decent tyres make it feel much better than standard
the madstad brakets for the front screen are brilliant ..must purchase befor playing screen roullette
hagon shock on rear was really good i rate this product on the strom

16 tooth [1 down] made it really move and got the gears closer to gether ..helped the really long 6th o/d too

i got hangars from sv racing parts in the usa and converted the front stoppers to k1 gsxr ....huge improvement

keep it clean ..fender extender and belly pan ..dont allow salt to stay and they hold up better tan some would sugest ..mine was very tidy 25k up
not a lot of negatives on this bike enjoyed it and would lap up vee strom 2 if it ever came to pass
gsxr brakes
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Review Information Motorcycles

Time owned 3 years
I liked comfort raw engine
I Disliked trailwings rear shock
Would you buy again Yes
In one line capable road tourer
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 8
 
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