2014+ DL1000 Vstrom

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

  1. BLZ2DWL

    BLZ2DWL Roustabout

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    Are those the Shinko 804/5s? What can you tell us about them and the mileage you think you'll get from them?
  2. DLRuapuke

    DLRuapuke Been here awhile

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  3. Blakebird

    Blakebird had to get a bike, had to paint it red

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    Last weekend I took a 650 mile day ride around the Rockies' high country looking for Fall color.
    Up and over several 10,000+ ft passes....12,095 ft Independence Pass, narrow twisty roads and high speed two lane.

    Left the house before the sun came up, got home after dark - a 14 hr day in the saddle except for lunch, gas stops and picture taking.
    The seat was great - no hot spots, all day comfort.
    Hard to beat for the price ($194).
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  4. Bad Dad

    Bad Dad Been here awhile

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    4500 ish miles when I changed out the first pair and they still had a couple hundred miles to go. Happy enough to get a second pair, lack of staggered blocks in the rear my only gripe. Able to drag parts in the dry and great, for a knobby, in the wet.
  5. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    You've had an AT and an S10 -- same as me -- and I see you've now got a new V-Strom. How do you like it in comparison to the other two in terms of handling, power, ride quality, comfort? It's been on my radar lately, starting to get that new bike itch...
  6. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    Anything unusual about the spec on your Seat Concept? Tall, Regular, Low? Just standard, plain-old-plain kit? I ask because I just finished a 1,700 mile trip and my butt is sore (on the stock seat). Carbon fiber sides, gripper top?
  7. Bad Dad

    Bad Dad Been here awhile

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    ? If this is for me, just overnighter so no need for the ortleibs.
  8. DLRuapuke

    DLRuapuke Been here awhile

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  9. Bad Dad

    Bad Dad Been here awhile

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    So, any news on steel shifter and rear brake levers! Over the winter Going to mount up the steel footpeg mounts from the 650 strom and some more aggressive pegs.
  10. Blakebird

    Blakebird had to get a bike, had to paint it red

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    I've been a big fan of all three....the Super Tenere was a great road trip bike, I really liked it - roomy, comfy riding position, and could go offroad (just watch your speed, it was a big bike!)
    The Africa Twin - hands down the best offroad, and very good on the road. I'd have gone tubeless if I kept it, my only gripe is the thought of a tube flat on a trip in BFE.

    I'd never considered a V Strom, it (in my mind) was the bike a KLR owner moved up to :lol3 Good on the road, could be had for little money, reliable.....a little boring maybe.
    Then I read up on the '14 and newer, after seeing a few leftover bikes at good prices. I didn't realize they'd done so many improvements to the bike, so I gave it a shot - and was very surprised (in a good way).

    The engine is excellent - very torquey, lots of useable grunt. Suspension is good quality, brakes are excellent - makes a very sporty bike.
    It doesn't have a lot of ground clearance - but I bought it to do mainly road trips with the ability to go offroad.

    And compared to the other bikes mentioned, it's pretty light.

    I don't have the Seat Concepts - I have the Suzuki tall seat (and the oem regular seat that came on it).
    I could use the oem pan and have SC build a seat if I felt I needed something different.
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  11. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    Can anyone recommend a good aftermarket saddle, regular height, for a '14 DL1000?
  12. WFRTony

    WFRTony Been here awhile

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    Do any of you have any experience with the Seat Concepts (2014-18) DL1000 V-Strom *TALL*?

    I'm about 5'11 with a 34+" inseam. I could use more room between the seat and the pegs, but I'm not sure about reaching the ground. I had a standard Seat Concepts on my 08 Wee and it was slightly taller than the stock saddle, but much more comfortable for me and my pillion. The Wee also had the AdventureTech Footpeg and Control Lowering kit installed.
  13. billyal33

    billyal33 Adventurer

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    Not the Shad comfort seat. I find it worse than the suzuki seat.
  14. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Thanks for the comparo. What made you 86 the AT? Just new bike itch or something else? Is the seat comfort better on the strom? Seems like it would be.
  15. Blakebird

    Blakebird had to get a bike, had to paint it red

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    There's never a good reason :lol3

    Usually just the urge to try something new, as was the case in the Super Tenere. I'd come back from a 4500 mile road trip and loved every mile of it on the ST.
    It was great, I just had a wandering eye.... :D

    In the case of the Africa Twin, I had sold a 4wd truck, bought a sports car - and needed a Winter rig. Of the two bikes I had, I knew the AT would be a quick sell for the most money - and it did sell quick, for a good price, letting me buy a used Jeep Rubicon for Winter.

    For a stock seat, the AT was very good - I had no plans on swapping it out for anything. I had not even seen an AT when I bought mine, let alone sit on one.
    I went to Springfield, MO to buy it and ride it back, and was very pleasantly surprised how good the seat was. Riding position, etc - all perfect.
    Same with the V Strom once I got the tall seat on and had a bit more legroom.
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  16. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    ^^So you're a bike slut -- Welcome to the club.
  17. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    I went with the Rickland Rick's seat mod (cutting the raised panel below your tail bone) and added a Sit & Fly cover to allow some air (Hot and humid in GA) :-)

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    My AT feels like a big dirt bike when compared to my V2. They are different enough to keep both.
    V2 is better on the pavement . . . AT better off pavement:

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  18. Blakebird

    Blakebird had to get a bike, had to paint it red

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  19. billmags

    billmags Scoot Jockey

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    I have the Sargent touring saddle- it's a bit wider and quite nice looking. Same height. Good for long days. Not that the stock was bad- I just wanted to try it out. For me, there was definitely less squirming around after a couple hours. I think I got it on a black Monday sale with free shipping.
  20. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    ^^ Thank you for the recommendation. I have a Sargent on my DR650 - not all day comfort, but certainly an improvement over stock.

    EDIT: Have just ordered a Sargent from the factory in Jacksonville - Everyone else is out of stock. They are running behind and backed up. 3 wk delivery.
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