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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I put the Snake Skin grips on my tank. Love them!...

I put the Snake Skin grips on my tank. Love them!

http://techspec-usa.com/magento/index.php/motorcycles/suzuki/v-strom-1000/suzuki-v-strom-1000-2014-current-snake-skin-tank-grip-pads.html
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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 04:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,682
Posted By chadhargis
Here's all you need: ...

Here's all you need:

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/31/4azu2aga.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan Yesterday, 08:01 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,682
Posted By chadhargis
What shocks me is that people actually USE the...

What shocks me is that people actually USE the OEM tool kit. I can't say that I've even looked in mine. Unless I'm broken down on the side of the road (not known to be an issue with the Vee) I can't...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-03-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
Congrats on the new bike! So far, the...

Congrats on the new bike!

So far, the windscreen is the only downside, but a Givi Airflow fixed that.

I still amazed at how well rounded the bike is. Just doesn't do anything bad.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-02-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,177
Posted By chadhargis
As an owner of a 2014 DL1000A I strongly suggest...

As an owner of a 2014 DL1000A I strongly suggest you snag a ride on one. The spec sheet doesn't do this wonderful bike justice. It is truly a jack of all trades. There are better bikes, but none...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-28-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I'm 6'5" and the Givi works great even in the...

I'm 6'5" and the Givi works great even in the lowest position. It's hot on warm days, so I took off the top part and it's dang near perfect. Wind hits my upper chest.
Forum: Equipment 06-27-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 14,300
Posted By chadhargis
I was familiar with the Kermit Chair many years...

I was familiar with the Kermit Chair many years ago. When Kermit sold the company, it was purchased by a very nice gentleman I've know for years. Tom is a great guy and will take care of his...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-26-2015, 05:59 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
Yep! Me too! Typical items I immediately add...

Yep! Me too!

Typical items I immediately add to a new bike that are not required for the Vee2 an aftermarket seat, Power Commander, new shock and fork springs, power outlet, new brake pads and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-25-2015, 06:08 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I've had a quite a few motorcycles over the years...

I've had a quite a few motorcycles over the years and have considered the V-Strom a few times in the past but never pulled the trigger because I was not a fan of 19" front wheels or skinny tires. I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-08-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I am loving my 2014 Vee2. I have the OEM tall...

I am loving my 2014 Vee2. I have the OEM tall seat and a Givi Airflow screen, otherwise it's stock. I see you're in Tennessee. If you're in the Nashville area, I'd be happy to let you check out my...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-05-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
It seems plenty stout. I wouldn't think twice...

It seems plenty stout. I wouldn't think twice about putting something on there (and I have a trunk mounted to mine). It's rock solid. In fact, in my abuse of it, the thin metal mounting plate the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-05-2015, 06:12 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
Well...curse these damn internet forums...took a...

Well...curse these damn internet forums...took a real close look and sure enough the dang rack is plastic. But I yanked and pulled on it again and honestly, figured if I broke it I'd get to buy a new...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-04-2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I'm not worried about the paint. If it wears off,...

I'm not worried about the paint. If it wears off, I'll hit it with a rattle can and be done with it. :thumb
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-04-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I can't say if it will safely handle that sort of...

I can't say if it will safely handle that sort of load or not as I've never strapped anything like that to mine, but I know for sure that I can sit on the back seat, learn my 230lb self back on it,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-04-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
Well, I'm impressed then. I've never experienced...

Well, I'm impressed then. I've never experienced plastic like that. It even has a nice "ting" sound would you sit it on your garage floor.

I have a top trunk mounted to it that my daughter uses...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-04-2015, 05:27 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
Plastic rack? I'm confused. Mine is very much...

Plastic rack? I'm confused. Mine is very much aluminum. It a cast unit that incorporates the grab handles. I removed it to attach my top case mount and it's all metal. Four bolts hold it to the bike....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-02-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
Yep! The Vee2 is as much fun in the bends as any...

Yep! The Vee2 is as much fun in the bends as any bike I've ever owned. It's not a surgical weapon like a track focused bike or a motard, but it just plain works. I don't know how, but it does.

I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-02-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I'm the same. I love high performance...

I'm the same. I love high performance motorcycles, but not too many are designed for the real world. The Multistrada might be the exception, but I don't have $20k to drop on one and if I did I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-01-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
SPOT ON!!! Yes! I had a Ninja 1000 that I...

SPOT ON!!! Yes!

I had a Ninja 1000 that I loved....until I got on a bumpy road. Dang thing had a stiff suspension and a powerful motor. Hit a decent bump and you'd get tossed out of the seat and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-01-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
Yes! It's one of the easiest bikes to ride I've...

Yes! It's one of the easiest bikes to ride I've had the pleasure of operating.

I've purchased many bikes based on "character". I always love an engaging bike. A nice sounding engine, a playful...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-31-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I've had no problem getting over 200 miles from a...

I've had no problem getting over 200 miles from a tank. I'm really impressed with the fuel mileage. If I'm running 70+mph on the slab fuel mileage will fall to around 40mpg, but on the secondary...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,001
Posted By chadhargis
I've got a 2014 Vee2 and do the same thing. Bike...

I've got a 2014 Vee2 and do the same thing. Bike is very well balanced.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 9,682
Views: 3,905,871
Posted By chadhargis
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g222/chadhargis/...

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g222/chadhargis/Suzuki%20V-Strom%201000/756596_zps5qpdkhtp.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-26-2015, 07:01 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
Me too! I loved my GS I had years back. If I were...

Me too! I loved my GS I had years back. If I were to hit the lottery today, I'd trot down and buy a Multistrada in a hurry.

I was really skeptical about the Vee. I was expecting it to be an "ok"...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum. I...

I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum.

I looked at a V-Strom 1000 before buying my FJR1300 years ago. Then made up my mind to buy one a few years later, but ended up with a Ulysses.

I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-25-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 9,682
Views: 3,905,871
Posted By chadhargis
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g222/chadhargis/...

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g222/chadhargis/Suzuki%20V-Strom%201000/754999_zpsxyq9zltp.jpg
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-20-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,320
Posted By chadhargis
Wow!! Those prices are incredible. I...

Wow!! Those prices are incredible.

I thought I got a steal, but those prices are insane.

I pulled the trigger on a 2014 V-Strom 1000 yesterday. I put about 40 miles on it riding home (the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-20-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I really wanted one a year ago, but the price...

I really wanted one a year ago, but the price kept me away. No wiggle room back then. Now dealers still have 2014's on the floor and Suzuki is giving customer cash to move 'em. I've seen some dealers...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-20-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
New Bike Day!!

New Bike Day!!

Picked up a leftover 2014 Vee yesterday. Just can't believe what they are selling these things for. Amazing bike for such little money.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-17-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,364
Posted By chadhargis
I've never owned a bike with a TCS, but I welcome...

I've never owned a bike with a TCS, but I welcome anything that gives me an edge in safety. I've ridden for years, and there have been a few times when I've spun the rear up and scared the crap out...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-17-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 3,853
Views: 804,208
Posted By chadhargis
I looked at a leftover 2014 yesterday and the...

I looked at a leftover 2014 yesterday and the dealer is pricing the bike at $9400.

That's a dang good price for what you're getting. The FJ-09 and Versys 1000 have taken a bite of the Adv market...
Forum: Road Warriors 05-14-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 514
Views: 68,856
Posted By chadhargis
I had a custom Baldwin on my Versys 650 and my...

I had a custom Baldwin on my Versys 650 and my Ninja 1000. Can't say enough good things about them. I had Loren make both my seats with a pocket that is an inch taller. So nice! Gave my 36" inseam a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-12-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,320
Posted By chadhargis
I'm shopping the V-Strom, FJ, and V1000. Haven't...

I'm shopping the V-Strom, FJ, and V1000. Haven't ridden any of them, but on paper they all have their pros and cons. The difference is I can pick up a leftover 2014 V-Strom for a song! I've seen...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 02-24-2015, 09:56 AM
Replies: 790
Views: 184,761
Posted By chadhargis
The Speed Trip and the Monster are both really...

The Speed Trip and the Monster are both really upright bikes too. I've ridden both.

If you want a great "do it all" bike, take a peek at the Ninja 1000. I owned one and would have another one if...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-20-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 790
Views: 184,761
Posted By chadhargis
I'm a big fan of Fumoto valves and have used them...

I'm a big fan of Fumoto valves and have used them on a number of bikes. The Dorso is easy to do an oil change on since the drain plug is on the right side of the engine. A Fumoto would make the job...
Forum: Road Warriors 01-02-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 3,566
Views: 556,504
Posted By chadhargis
I'm not missing any fun. This is my current ride:...

I'm not missing any fun. This is my current ride:

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g222/chadhargis/Aprilia%20Dorsoduro/10506891_10202451153465624_5591024650727963912_o_zps47244840.jpg
Forum: Road Warriors 01-01-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 3,566
Views: 556,504
Posted By chadhargis
I need to run over and take a test sit on it. I'm...

I need to run over and take a test sit on it. I'm liking what I'm reading about the bike, but I'm happy with my current ride and I think I'll wait a year or two and see if I can pick up a gently used...
Forum: Road Warriors 01-01-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 10,637
Views: 1,833,860
Posted By chadhargis
The FJ-09 looks REALLY promising. I'm going to...

The FJ-09 looks REALLY promising. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for a used one in the next year or two if no major problems raise their head.
Forum: Road Warriors 12-26-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 1,308
Views: 315,413
Posted By chadhargis
I'm 6'5" and have horrible knees. The taller seat...

I'm 6'5" and have horrible knees. The taller seat combined with the lowered pegs made a HUGE difference. I could ride a full tank to empty, fill it up without getting off the bike, and ride it to...
Forum: Road Warriors 11-26-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,013
Posted By chadhargis
I've never owned a triple, but the air-cooled...

I've never owned a triple, but the air-cooled Ducati is fantastic. I love that engine.
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