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DL650 2,825 63.84%
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Both DL650 & DL1000 63 1.42%
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:18 PM   #1501
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Here is a pic of my buddys bike with the SW bars and smaller bags.
Same Tyraps for attachment.
What's he got there on the rims? Reflective tape? Looks pretty slick!
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:33 PM   #1502
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Wheel Stipes



We both have the 3M wheel stipes that are reflective. His is just cleaner than mine.
The sheet is 3 segments for each side of the wheels and are 1/4" wide. No need to pull the wheels off, just roll them around and apply each segment. The segments overlap an inch or so, so I put them on in th edirection of rotation so the wind/rain/branches would not get a chance to get under the edge of the tape. Also used just a dab of super glue at the ends to keep them from lifting. Mine are three years old, the red set is fresh this year.
They Shine right up at night for side traffic and pic with a Flash!
I got them from the someone on the VSRI sight, but I think they are being prodused by several companies now, google reflective wheel stipes or something like that....

Oh and the "V-Strom" sticker on his cases are dark gray/black, but Very Reflecive with a Camera Flash ... You have to really look during the day to see them as the blend right in with the black paint. Cool!!!

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Old 09-10-2010, 09:02 PM   #1503
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Just got this 06 with 10k on it yesterday. Very happy so far. Any suggestions about farkles that it doesnt have? PCIII is one it has that cant be seen
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:45 PM   #1504
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Some of your basic farkels are heated grips, 12 power source for accessories, tank bag, outlet for electric vest, radiator guard, Tourance tires, fork braces, and vacuum tube extensions for throttle body balancing.
These things really help make it an all-weather bike with minimal maintenance needs. In my case, I also added bar backs and a RAM mount for GPS.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:38 AM   #1505
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Some of your basic farkels are heated grips, 12 power source for accessories, tank bag, outlet for electric vest, radiator guard, Tourance tires, fork braces, and vacuum tube extensions for throttle body balancing.
These things really help make it an all-weather bike with minimal maintenance needs. In my case, I also added bar backs and a RAM mount for GPS.
what grips did you go with?

and can you really tell a difference with a fork brace? my bike seems great without one.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:42 AM   #1506
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I about to find out ....got me a Rick's fork brace for the Wee. I think the bike handles fantastic as-is, but I keep hearing how a brace really sharpens it up. Figure I'd satisfy my curiosity.....hey - I can always sell it off pretty easy - folks seem absolutely batty over those things.
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:07 AM   #1507
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and can you really tell a difference with a fork brace? my bike seems great without one.
Before Rick's fork brace the bike handled well, even considering the little drift or push-to-the-side when passing 18-wheelers. With the fork brace it is rock solid when passing 18 wheelers and feels much more planted in general.

I had no idea what I was missing until I added the brace and can strongly recommend it.
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:28 AM   #1508
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I about to find out ....got me a Rick's fork brace for the Wee. I think the bike handles fantastic as-is, but I keep hearing how a brace really sharpens it up. Figure I'd satisfy my curiosity.....hey - I can always sell it off pretty easy - folks seem absolutely batty over those things.
I am completely insensitive to handling tweeks and tuning, I added a fork brace in hopes it would give some structual support for bouncing over rocks and ruts
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:22 PM   #1509
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new to me V-Strom 650

I have enjoyed this forum; I have been lurking here for a few months. I have owned my 2006 silver Weestrom all of one week! The farkling has begun - Madstad, Givi shield and topbox, plus Suzuki centerstand and handguards are on order. I look forward to discussing, tinkering, and riding my new bike.

Any riders in the San Jose, CA area on the forum interested in riding together?
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:18 PM   #1510
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I have enjoyed this forum; I have been lurking here for a few months. I have owned my 2006 silver Weestrom all of one week! The farkling has begun - Madstad, Givi shield and topbox, plus Suzuki centerstand and handguards are on order. I look forward to discussing, tinkering, and riding my new bike.

Any riders in the San Jose, CA area on the forum interested in riding together?
Try the West Regional subforum or southbayriders.com

and no, I'm not interested in riding.

I'm beached with a 7 month old.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:35 AM   #1511
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Hello from NorCal. Just picked up my 2006 Vee a couple weeks ago. Looking forward to a month long trip to NC in the spring. Hope to hear from other Vstrom owners in the Bay Area/NorCal. Let's get together and ride.
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:15 AM   #1512
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Anyone done the secondaryectomy?
What's the benefits of it versus maybe syncing them?
I'm on the fence about doing it, right now.
I just put in a PCIII, as well.
Anyone have any maps they wanna share?

My mods are now including K&N, leo vince sbk's (should have them later this week), and TBS, so far.
I'm trying to find more feedback on the secondaries, before I button it all back up.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:06 PM   #1513
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Just bought a 650 strom(2006) and am looking for mod suggestions,

thanks
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:22 PM   #1514
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You'll get plenty of those. How big is your bank account?
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:32 AM   #1515
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That's a funny question because I bought four bikes this summer, midlife crisis and all. I guess big enough to customize the bike the way I would like without being served divorce papers!
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