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Old 04-06-2012, 08:57 AM   #6751
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Is it just me or does your new chain look kinda short? How many links?
I did not count the links. I took one out, set it up on the swing arm for the picture. How I determined correct chain length was to back the adjuster screws all the way in (as shown in first picture) and then pushed the rear wheel all the way forward. Then wrap the chain and measure for "links needed" mark correctly, remove un-needed links and install master link.

When installing a new chain and sprockets you want to the wheel all the way "Forward" as shown so as the chain stretches you have the full adjustment range available.

The first picture you are looking at is prior to adjusting the chain tension correctly. For initial adjustment prior to riding all it took was few turns of the adjuster screw and now the trailing edge of the Axel block covers the third hash mark in from the center. (See Pic Below)




Additionally I installed a 43 tooth sprocket adding TWO TEETH from the OE design which is 41 teeth. Kept the countershaft sprocket at 17.

The extra two teeth put the bike in the sweet spot as far as my riding style and allows for better "ride-ability" at low speeds when used in loose terrain. Corrected the Speedometer using a "Speedo Healer."

Love it.. The bike is a hoot... Fun as hell to ride and solid like a BRICK!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:09 PM   #6752
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I did not count the links. I took one out, set it up on the swing arm for the picture. How I determined correct chain length was to back the adjuster screws all the way in (as shown in first picture) and then pushed the rear wheel all the way forward. Then wrap the chain and measure for "links needed" mark correctly, remove un-needed links and install master link.

When installing a new chain and sprockets you want to the wheel all the way "Forward" as shown so as the chain stretches you have the full adjustment range available.

The first picture you are looking at is prior to adjusting the chain tension correctly. For initial adjustment prior to riding all it took was few turns of the adjuster screw and now the trailing edge of the Axel block covers the third hash mark in from the center. (See Pic Below)




Additionally I installed a 43 tooth sprocket adding TWO TEETH from the OE design which is 41 teeth. Kept the countershaft sprocket at 17.

The extra two teeth put the bike in the sweet spot as far as my riding style and allows for better "ride-ability" at low speeds when used in loose terrain. Corrected the Speedometer using a "Speedo Healer."

Love it.. The bike is a hoot... Fun as hell to ride and solid like a BRICK!!
So far I have bought 2 chain kits (chain+sprocket pack), both were DID 520VM2, and both were for the DL1000. The chain in the kit has 112 links. Never considered taking a link out.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:38 PM   #6753
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Here's my 2011 purchased a little over a month ago. Fun, fun bike!



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Old 04-08-2012, 05:27 AM   #6754
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Here's my 2011 purchased a little over a month ago. Fun, fun bike!



Do you know where they got the tank decal? I likey..
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:05 AM   #6755
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Do you know where they got the tank decal? I likey..
Here you go. I actually just received and installed them yesterday before taking the pics.

http://www.cypressgraphics.com/buy_decals.html
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:49 AM   #6756
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skid plate

What's up with that two tone skid plate?
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:23 AM   #6757
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:01 PM   #6758
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Old and new energy

I like the old one better

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Old 04-16-2012, 12:18 PM   #6759
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:10 PM   #6760
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Here's mine currently... working on expanding my tank for an upcoming Alaska trip.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:23 PM   #6761
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Here's mine currently... working on expanding my tank for an upcoming Alaska trip.
Why not consider some RotoPax or an Iron Butt Style Aux Fuel Cell? Once my fuel cell was fabricated, it took an hour to install. Now I can put it on and have it plumbed in 20 minutes and I have an additional 16L of gas. Gives me a range of about 360 miles on my Vee.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:33 PM   #6762
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Here's mine currently... working on expanding my tank for an upcoming Alaska trip.
That looks ridic. Not sure sure if I love it or hate it...
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:43 PM   #6763
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From a ride this weekend.

"I didn't see you." is no longer a valid excuse



I'm thinking I might try to play with my strom at the track (Laguna Seca) in a week. Should have some pretty cool photos if that does end up happening
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:32 PM   #6764
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Here's mine currently... working on expanding my tank for an upcoming Alaska trip.
Just a quick question, where is it Alaska that you are riding to that you need extra fuel? If it's Prudhoe, forget extra tanks, I rode a standard R1200 GS up there and back (from Fairbanks) and made each section (to and from Cold Foot) easily on a standard tank. The VStroms are way better on gas mileage than a 1200 BMW. If you must take extra, strap a $5 Walmart plastic gas can on the bag or to one of the pegs, it's all you will ever need. Spend the money you will save on tanks mods on a set of knobbies and you will be good to go. Just my 0.2cents...
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:18 AM   #6765
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From a ride this weekend.

"I didn't see you." is no longer a valid excuse



I'm thinking I might try to play with my strom at the track (Laguna Seca) in a week. Should have some pretty cool photos if that does end up happening
hi! can you tell me what tires are those, they seem pretty nice for some easy off road riding, thanks
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