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Old 06-27-2012, 10:53 AM   #376
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I think when I wear out my 2011 GSA I'm going to migrate to VStrom 1000 adventure. Maybe two of them for the cost of one GSA!

The one sticking point for me is the chain. Is it a pain in the butt to keep adjusted and clean? This chain thing is new to me.

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Old 06-27-2012, 04:21 PM   #377
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Currently own the following Suzuki's

SE700A...



Grand Vitara...



Jimny 660cc...



Carry 660 4WD...



Choinori...



TR50S Streetmagic x 2 (other is Black)...



AP50 1976...



RV200 Vanvan...



Djebel 250XC...



DL650 V-Strom...



Easy Rider Harmonica...




Owned plenty more Suzuki's in the past, check my Flickr page below

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Old 06-27-2012, 04:21 PM   #378
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I think when I wear out my 2011 GSA I'm going to migrate to VStrom 1000 adventure. Maybe two of them for the cost of one GSA!

The one sticking point for me is the chain. Is it a pain in the butt to keep adjusted and clean? This chain thing is new to me.

Steve
No, it's not, it's easy and just takes a few minutes.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:26 PM   #379
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Currently own the following suzuki's

Karl
we have a winner!

Congratulations!
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:26 PM   #380
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Really nice v-strom by the way
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:31 PM   #381
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we have a winner!

Congratulations!

Indeed! A splendid line-up of vehicles most of which are sadly unavailable stateside.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:21 PM   #382
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It's a V-Strom. What else needs to be said that volumes haven't already been written?

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Old 07-15-2012, 08:07 PM   #383
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I think when I wear out my 2011 GSA I'm going to migrate to VStrom 1000 adventure. Maybe two of them for the cost of one GSA!

The one sticking point for me is the chain. Is it a pain in the butt to keep adjusted and clean? This chain thing is new to me.

Steve
I wondered the same thing when I started putting some miles on non-BMW bikes. An O- or X-ring chain should need very little adjustment until it begins to near the end of its service life. You need to know how to adjust it in case you change the settings during a tire change or something, but you should spend less time adjusting chains than you do changing the oil in a BMW driveline over its service life.

Interestingly, it costs about as much to keep a KLR in chains and sprockets for 40,000-60,000 miles as it does to replace the driveshaft in an R100GS after the same mileage. I don't know what your costs would be with the oilhead.

You do want to take care to keep the chain clean. That should not take much time or effort if you are sticking mostly to pavement, but the more time you spend on gritty surfaces, the more you want to keep it hosed off with something like WD40, and the more careful you want to be about using proprietary lubes that can trap grit.

If you are sticking to pavement and want to get really good chain mileage, use a continuous flow chain oiler like the Scottoiler. If you are running off-pavement, just focus on keeping it clean, and don't expect your chain to last as long as one that never sees dirty roads.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:16 PM   #384
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My 2003 SV and why:

112,000 miles and still going strong (though did swap in a newer motor at 105,000). Suzuki strong!

I've owned a number of different bikes and the SV has been the most fun overall. Wish it had a bigger tank, but it still has a 200 miles range if I am easy on the wrist.


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Old 07-25-2012, 10:57 AM   #385
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My 2003 SV and why:

112,000 miles and still going strong (though did swap in a newer motor at 105,000). Suzuki strong!

I've owned a number of different bikes and the SV has been the most fun overall. Wish it had a bigger tank, but it still has a 200 miles range if I am easy on the wrist.


Your bike is beautiful.I have never seen and SV with that color combo.Is it custom painted?
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:34 AM   #386
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Your bike is beautiful.I have never seen and SV with that color combo.Is it custom painted?
Thank you for the compliment!


No, it's the factory Grand Candy Blue for 2003.

What may be throwing you off are the black accents:

1) Black GSXR750 front end and wheel
2) Black SV650 rear wheel (traded the stock silver for it)
3) Black swingarm off of a 2006 SV650 (replaced when I swapped a 2006 SV motor in last Winter)
4) Black front fender and rear hugger
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:46 AM   #387
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Thank you for the compliment!


No, it's the factory Grand Candy Blue for 2003.

What may be throwing you off are the black accents:

1) Black GSXR750 front end and wheel
2) Black SV650 rear wheel (traded the stock silver for it)
3) Black swingarm off of a 2006 SV650 (replaced when I swapped a 2006 SV motor in last Winter)
4) Black front fender and rear hugger
That's the mods I would have done also.Turned out really sweet.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:01 PM   #388
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I love my SV1000S!

Now looking to re-haul a 1974 GT250 Hustler 2-stroke - winter project.

Previously owned:
99' SV650 naked
2003 SV650S and converted to naked
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:55 PM   #389
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I like my DR650 because it can carry an amazing amount of mud and doesn't complain about being dirty.




It will happily ride with KLR's.




And it enjoys exploring the same kind of roads that I do.

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Old 07-27-2012, 08:46 AM   #390
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My other Suzuki...

I always wanted one of these as a kid and finally got one last winter. It was in rough shape when I got it but, now, it looks and rides pretty good.

1985 RM250

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