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Old 01-22-2012, 01:07 PM   #6556
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Has anyone compared the seat of the new 2012 with the old models seat?
Love the new seat. Much narrower and slightly firmer in the front, still wide and cushy just behind that. Pillion seat is super comfy too. The new embroidered logo and suede look stripe is also a really nice touch. I ordered the factory low seat as well - hope it's just as nice. Haven't seen any reviews or comments on that one yet.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:43 PM   #6557
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Looks so good in the wild...

I hope you enjoy your new 650. Good color choice. I think mine is starting to like me and take me nice places. Here are a couple pix from my Sunday afternoon in southern France. I kept thinking that "it's an adventure if you go somewhere new just to take a look, turn around, or take a picture". That, plus seeing 3 huge wild pigs run across the road a few hundred meters ahead of me... like solid little bears running at 30 kph. Now I can understand the surprise and the damage. Don't they look before crossing?

A place called Saint-Jean de Buèges.


The road winds down through that village an out the other side. Really pretty area.


My total ride was about 150 km, and mileage showed 4.2 litres/100 on a fresh tank, and while I'm not a real fast rider, I definitely brought the bike up in the revs as required. As I was riding warmed by the setting sun on my way home, I felt like I was the last person on a pristine ski run at the end of the day... so cool, yet no one to witness it! Thus the pix.

Enjoy your Sunday rides everyone!

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Old 01-22-2012, 04:51 PM   #6558
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Brand new, and mine now.

Congrats Snowkarver! Perhaps we'll see you out on a V-Strom ride this year.
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:36 PM   #6559
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That, plus seeing 3 huge wild pigs run across the road a few hundred meters ahead of me... like solid little bears running at 30 kph. Now I can understand the surprise and the damage. Don't they look before crossing?

Mojo34

I know this is a VSTROM pic thread, but:

Like this??? These fuckers are everywhere around where I live.

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Old 01-23-2012, 12:40 AM   #6560
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I know this is a VSTROM pic thread, but:

Like this??? These fuckers are everywhere around where I live.

Yeah, that's one. As a friend says, "shoot first, eat bacon later".
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:25 AM   #6561
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That's bull. The 705's are great tires.
Ive run 4 rear 705s and 2 fronts on my 650 Strom. New, theyt are great.On road, off and wet roads . However, I have not been abvle to reach the 5k mark on the rear tire no matrtrer how or where I ride. One the other hand, the 705 front is my favorite tire on the market. It bites as well as any other tire out there. A 705 on the rear tends to flat spot in the center very quickly. These tires used to be the best kept secret due their very affordavble price BUT as many are noticing, Shinko is slowly creeping the price up. Now, its just not economicaly sound for me to run the 705 on the rear because it will only last me 8 weeks, The best combo ive found for the Strom is the 705 radial up front anf the Anakee 2 on the rear. Anakee 2s are awesome performing tire in every condition and the mileage is next to none...and theyre affordable. Ive read several posts and reports about 705s delaminating or chunking but like I said previously, Ive run 4 of these tires and I have never had anything like delaminating occur. these tires were around $65 for a rear but shinko spiked them up to $80 now. It will be $100 tire very soon. They are nylon ply tires where Michelin and Metzler for instance dont use nylon...they use something like "Aramid" plys. I think the nylon is what makes the 705 more affordable and wear out so fast. Overall, these tires are great....they do everything good and for off roading, running 18psi will give suprisingly grear traction.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:14 AM   #6562
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I want to shot one!!!!!!!

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I know this is a VSTROM pic thread, but:

Like this??? These fuckers are everywhere around where I live.

I work in Fredericksburg with a fire fighting Helicopter. We see tons of those bastards. I would love to shot afew!!! Send some to Oregon
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:33 PM   #6563
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I'll see your pig, and ad one more.

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Old 01-23-2012, 11:34 PM   #6564
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Returning your thread back to its regular programming

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I'll see your pig, and ad one more.

See, you managed to bring pigs *and* V-Stroms back into the thread! Good job.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:20 AM   #6565
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Nice lookin' Strom. What kind if tires do you have on it? Look more street oriented than my Shinko 705s.
Bridgestone Battle Wings. Seem to last forever, a lot of my riding is commuting.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:45 AM   #6566
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A few pictures from a gorgeous ride out to the coast. Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz, CA. Gotta love California in January!
Great shots, what are the pads you have up there on the tank?
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:29 AM   #6567
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Brand new, and mine now.
Man I am liking the white. I've only seen the orange in person. Pretty slick looking.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:44 AM   #6568
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A quick piccy of mine.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:33 PM   #6569
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A quick piccy of mine.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:36 PM   #6570
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Great shots, what are the pads you have up there on the tank?
TechSpec tank grips. Helps so you don't slide around when you use your legs to grip the bike.
http://www.techspec-usa.com/

Good stuff, and made in the USA from what I was told when I spoke to the owner at a trackday last year
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