2014+ DL1000 Vstrom

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by The Game, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Motor7

    Motor7 Been here awhile

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    Oem tool kit has one of them, Motion Pro sells aluminium spoons with wrench on one end. Never needed a breaker bar since the spoon is long enought.

    Make sure to slather those those threads with Never Seize to prevent galling.
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  2. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    ^^My tool kit has (2) allen keys, (1) screw driver, 10/12 combo wrench, 14/17 combo wrench and a pair of pliers. 18" breaker bar was $10 at Harbor Freight, 30 and 36mm sockets were about $9 each at auto store.
  3. 101

    101 Adventurer

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    Rick at www.adventuretech.biz/ makes a 30/36mm aluminum box wrench that is much more portable than sockets or a huge adjustable. I hope he sells enough of them to keep him interested in making strom stuff.
  4. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    I just placed a big order with Rick @ Adventure Tech, so he is still going strong.
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  5. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    ^^DITTO. Peg lowering kit, shift lever extension kit, big foot on side stand - It all adds up.
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  6. Blakebird

    Blakebird air conditioned gypsy

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    On the ride back from getting the bike in Tulsa, about the only thing I wanted was a bit taller seat for my 34" inseam.
    Started looking when I got back, checked out Seat Concepts, etc....

    I didn't know Suzuki had a high and low factory seat option, found one on ebay from the big volume dealer Honda East Toledo in Maumee, OH for $194.
    Stock seat on floor, tall seat mounted.

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  7. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    That's a substantial difference there.
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  8. B-Mac

    B-Mac Aged Beef

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    I love my tall seat. It makes the transition from sitting to standing quick and easy for us old fat dudes.

    It also reminds me of the real seats of the 70-80's
  9. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Hey.... I represent that comment. :-)
  10. majahack

    majahack n00b

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    Do you feel a big difference in comfort with the taller seat?
  11. Blakebird

    Blakebird air conditioned gypsy

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    I haven't taken it on a long ride since getting it, but just from local riding I can tell it will be more comfortable on a long day.
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  12. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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  13. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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  14. billyal33

    billyal33 Adventurer

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    Nice write up. Funny how different markets have different pricing for the same bike. In this write up there all close enough but here in uk the 950 multi is £1400 more than a strom. Plus no one pays full retail for the suzuki.
    I liked that ducati when I first seen it. it looked smaller and lighter than my veek but its not lighter and only 6 hp more and only moves ahead of the strom over 7000rpm.
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  15. dustin2

    dustin2 VFR800

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  16. Bad Dad

    Bad Dad Been here awhile

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    So, hows the seat? Thinking of the Suzuki high seat or the Seat Concept seat.
  17. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    I have the OEM tall seat and really enjoy it compared to the standard seat. Also installed adventuretech's peg lowering and shifter adjuster parts. I'd like to try a Seat Concept sometime, but will very likely send either my stock or the tall seat to Terry Adcox to work his magic. If I had a buyer for either of my standard or tall seat in tan, that would help on which one I'd have Terry work over. 6'1" with 34" inseam.
  18. Bad Dad

    Bad Dad Been here awhile

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    Just a post to say everything's great! Just got back from a two day 480 mile trip in the U.P., from Iron Mountain MI. Home area, up to Grand Marais MI. Mostly Off road, County, State and N.F. roads, ATV trails from high speed hard pack to continuously almost loosing it deep sand downhills. Lots of rollercoaster, broken shitty pavement, blind hill/corner combos, near deer hit, etc. Great ride! temps, mid 60's Monday, A little rain during the overnight and a beautiful mid 70's on the way back Tuesday. Beers, Suppressa cheese and triscuits for dinner around a nice fire, camped at Twelve mile beach, good times. Still love the bike! That is all.
  19. Bad Dad

    Bad Dad Been here awhile

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    Of course Ken was with sharing routes and setting a helluva pace! He's still not sure about jumping the Vstrom ship for an Africa Twin. I used to think they were the Swiss Army knives of big bikes but now I'm thinking there more of the Leatherman of big bikes!
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  20. SloRonStinkypants

    SloRonStinkypants I HAD CRAMPS

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    Finally sounds like a twin should..

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