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Old 03-10-2014, 08:47 AM   #1
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So I just picked up this '08 DL650(nonABS) with 11k miles from Fator's in Redding, CA on 3/1/2014.


1 owner bike, originally sold & maintained by Fators. It got a new rear tire and AGM battery before I picked it up. The only mod/farkle I have found on it is a BMW Cig plug in the dash & Lockhart/Phillips surface mount front turnsignals.

Current Farkles
Ergonomics
-Renthal FatBar(3/11/14)
-ProGrip Rallye grips(3/9/14)
-Acerbis Handguards(kTm950SE)(3/11/14)
-CRG Lanesplitter Mirrors(7/12/14)
-AdventureTech Footpeg Lowering Brackets(3/22/14)
-Madstad(3/22/14)
-Pivot Pegz PP-33Mk3(3/28/14)
-Seat Concepts(6/23/14)
-NoName Short Billet Levers(7/1/14)
-RoxRisers (7/8"-> 1-1/8" bars x 2" rise)(7/10/14)

Electrical
-Lockhart/Phillips Turnsignals(previous owner)
-Ram Mount X-Grip(3/14/14)
-Heat Demon grip heaters(3/23/14)
-BlueSea Dual USB Port(3/31/14)
-Eastern Beaver H4 Kit(4/20/14)
-TomTom One w/Ram Mount(4/20/14)
-PowerLet Tankbag Kit(4/20/14)
-Ipod Nano Gen1 w/Ram Mount(5/1/14)

Luggage
-Wolfman Timberwolf Tankbag(3/9/14(thanks BiggerAl!)
-RokStraps(3/12/14)
-Husky/HomeDepot Dry Duffle(3/9/14)
-Jesse Odessey2 Boxs(3/18/14)
-Adv Alp Tailrack(4/22/14)
-Petco Dog Kennel(7/6/14)

Suspension/Handling
-Shinko 705 rear(3/1/14)
-AdventureTech Fork Brace(3/22/14)
-Heidenau K60Scout front(5/12/14)

Protection
-Enduro Guardian Steel Skidplate(4/19/14)(thanks GuyFaux!)
-Givi Crashbars(4/19/14)(thanks GuyFaux!)
-Spot Gen3(4/29/14)
-DIY Radiator Guard(7/19/14)

Other/Cosmetic
-MadHouse Creations Nav/USB Mount(3/31/14)
-Rustoleum Oregano paint(4/9/14)
-DL650VS Adventure decals(4/9/14)
-rear mudguard bob(6/15/14)
-smoked rear turnsignal lenses(7/1/14)
-Hi-Mount Beak/fender(7/20/14)


Planned Farkles(post May 2014)
-Highway Dirt Bikes Ultimate Handguards
-Heidenau K60 Scouts
-K&N Air Filter
-Morimoto H1 Projectors
-LED Taillight
-Oil Cooler Relocation
-NGK Iridium plugs
-braided brakelines
-ADVMonster LED lights (already owned)
-Eastern Beaver aux harness (ready to install)
-Hella SuperTone Horns (already owned)
-folding shift lever
-folding brake lever

Current Pics 4/2014


3 week LoadOut 5/2014

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Old 03-10-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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I finally got it to my place here in Oakland on Saturday(3/8/14) and took it out first chance I got!
Yesterday, Sunday, I swapped the bars out for a set of ProTaper MetalMulisha bars that I got on sale at CycleGear, along with 7/8"->1-1/8" x 2" Bar Adapter/Risers and ProGrip Rallye grips.

I then took it down to San Jose to meet up with a few buddies and to check how she feels! Great all around, tho the bars are still too far forward and the pegs are a bit tucked, even for my short(5'7" & 30" inseem) legs! The peg lowering brackets will be ordered soon along with a set of PivotPegz!

My new Jesse boxes will be arriving on Tues or Wed!

I'm in a bit of a rush to get the luggage situation fixed(almost ready!) and ergonomics solved, since I leave for a 2 week trip on May 3rd, about 6 weeks away!

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Old 03-10-2014, 11:30 AM   #3
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Congrats!!

Looks good in yellow. Are you planning on lowering it?

Be safe and post pics
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:31 AM   #4
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Just a thought.

I wasn't happy with the seat as original, so I had it modified, with more padding. This slightly changed the seat/peg relationship.
I wouldn't wait too long to update the h/light harness.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:47 AM   #5
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Congrats!!

Looks good in yellow. Are you planning on lowering it?

Be safe and post pics
Im not keen on the yellow. Ive been a all black bike guy for years, then it got popular, so I cant do that either! I am planning a color change, probably after my trip in May.
Im hoping to not lower it, Im coming off the 640A, which I had to stretch to touch 1 foot. But I now have a torn Achilles, which has made slow progress in the last 6 months. I can just barely touch flat footed.

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I wasn't happy with the seat as original, so I had it modified, with more padding. This slightly changed the seat/peg relationship.
I wouldn't wait too long to update the h/light harness.
The seat is like a giant cushy sofa, when comparing to the hardwood 2x4 that my 640 had stock, I changed that for a Seat Concepts which was nice, but was like a soft 2x4. The factory strom seat is super nice! I will probably throw my sheep skin on for the long hauls.
Ive got a few lighting ideas, the ADVMonster lights will be fine for a long time. But I am considering a complete nose-sectomy or maybe just a pair of Morimoto projectors with HID.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:13 PM   #6
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Put black stripes on the tail and call it the BeeStrom!

Where ya going in May? If you're going to the V-Strom rally at Deals Gap and you still don't like the yellow, we could swap your yellow parts for my red parts!
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:26 PM   #7
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Put black stripes on the tail and call it the BeeStrom!

Where ya going in May? If you're going to the V-Strom rally at Deals Gap and you still don't like the yellow, we could swap your yellow parts for my red parts!
I'm only going as far as Utah or Arizona on this run, somewhere between 9 & 12 days out and then 4-5 back. My Dad is making another crosscountry run on his FrankenHonda ('79 CM400 w/parts from CB900, BMW, Ducati, KTM & more?) and I'm going to give him an escourt out of Cali, hoping a few friends join me! Here's a link to his 2011 Con-US Border Run

As for color, I'm going non-factory... more detail when I pull the trigger!
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:20 PM   #8
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Givi crash bars

I have a pair of older Givi crash bars (purchased summer of 2010 I think). They took one good thwack in the dirt and pushed all the way in far enough to dent the tank; the plastics somehow didn't break, but I wasn't impressed. The tubes bent at the mounting plate.

I don't know if they have changed their design, or how much of a concern that is to you, but I thought I'd chime in...

Also, if you're new to dirt or want a refresher, someone's throwing a training north of Sacramento this weekend...check our the Regional forum
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:56 AM   #9
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I have a pair of older Givi crash bars (purchased summer of 2010 I think). They took one good thwack in the dirt and pushed all the way in far enough to dent the tank; the plastics somehow didn't break, but I wasn't impressed. The tubes bent at the mounting plate.

I don't know if they have changed their design, or how much of a concern that is to you, but I thought I'd chime in...

Also, if you're new to dirt or want a refresher, someone's throwing a training north of Sacramento this weekend...check our the Regional forum
Thank you! It's definitely a concern! I have been planning on looking for comparisons on the different crashbars, before I shell out the money for one.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:11 AM   #10
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Glad you bought that,every time I went into Fators and saw that bike it made me question buying a new one,I like my new Strom and wish you many happy miles on yours,now I just have to hope they sell the 950 KTM they have cause it's calling my name too.Bikes like women always have me wishing for the 1 I don't have.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:41 PM   #11
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Glad you bought that,every time I went into Fators and saw that bike it made me question buying a new one,I like my new Strom and wish you many happy miles on yours,now I just have to hope they sell the 950 KTM they have cause it's calling my name too.Bikes like women always have me wishing for the 1 I don't have.
No problem, glad i could help you out!
I was eyeing that one as well, but a friends nighmare is a 950 and my 640 has been a love/hate/love..... relationship for too long!
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No problem, glad i could help you out!
I was eyeing that one as well, but a friends nighmare is a 950 and my 640 has been a love/hate/love..... relationship for too long!
That's why there's a 650 Strom in my shed,too many good reports on them,and it's got such a following endless info and aftermarket,a Katoom will reside in my shed someday just not now,I wanna ride not tinker.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:42 AM   #13
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I got some stuff done on her last night!
-Swapped out the ProTaper SX bars for a taller set of FatBars from my KTM
-Mounted the Handguards from the KTM
-Remounted the 2 heatshields that I had painted Satin Black 2 nights ago

I tried to mount up my new Jesse's, but they sent the wrong frame?! Seems they boxed up a KLR650 kit, not a DL650! Waiting for the call back to see how we can get this resolved.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:28 PM   #14
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Well, Jesse's has sent the correct mounting kit and return postage for the KLR kit. I should see it on Monday!

I stopped by Scuderia West in SF, near where I work. Picked up a few items:
-Brake master perch clamp (I audibly heard cracking last night when I tried to unscrew the mirror!)
-DOT4 fluid
-MotionPro 8mm Brake Bleeder(awesome tool!)
-RokStraps(mine were getting old)
-2spd Heated Grips(dual element not resistored!)
-Battery Tender Batt. Lead

So once home, I bled the front brakes cause they feel mushy. That didnt go away, but I can nearly 2finger a stoppy!
Then I got the KTM mirrors mounted, adjusted controls and such.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:20 PM   #15
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Hey the Moose foot pegs that I stole off my KLR fit nice on the Strom,same size mounting as DR650,makes a nice flat grated place for my small feet
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