2017 Vstrom 650/650XT

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by MariusD, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. Motopumps

    Motopumps Long timer

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    Sharp bike. Love that color scheme. Nice MPG!

    How are you finding the stock shield?
  2. tjzondrz

    tjzondrz Non-Nefarious

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    It works for me. More air when it's hot out would be nice. But, it is what it is. It will be just fine when the cooler weather arrives.
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  3. jojojones

    jojojones Been here awhile

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    This weekend I rode a 175 mile section of the “Puppydog” with some friends and was surprised to finally see 60 mpg as it was all under 60mph. When we fueled up the 1200 multi took 5.4 gallons, the new versys x300 took 3 and my 17 wee 3.3.

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  4. Motopumps

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    we ran from Londonderry to just below Montpellier. GPX attached.

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    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Got mine just over a week ago. Have done several hundred miles, about half on gravel and dirt roads, of which there are many in central and northern PA. I can get to any town or camp ground I want, 80% of the way off pavement. Got a great deal! :clap:-) Previous owner had it less than a month, put less than 2000 miles on it, traded it for dirt bikes 'cause his kids wanted to ride with him. Only problem is he cut out the baffle. WAY too loud for me. I'm waiting for a take off. HINT!

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    I've already crapped it up with luggage, but that's because I'm going places.

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  7. Motopumps

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    Nice! I am sure a take-off will show up soon.

    Rob
  8. jojojones

    jojojones Been here awhile

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    what tank panniers are those?
  9. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Had them a long time, maybe 15 years. Pretty sure I got them from Aerostitch. My wife got a smaller pair (ATV bags actually) at Walmart. I've used them for 8 years now on the DR. They went rtw, literally, and still hold together. I'd recommend either pair. Trick I use on the DR --> I laid a bungie net over the tank bags to keep them from flapping out in the wind. I find that net very useful to hold down a map, quickly tuck a pair of gloves into while I'm riding, hold the SPOT, or even a camera or cell phone I may put down or pull out while riding.
  10. Motopumps

    Motopumps Long timer

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    Played the Empire State Tag today. Skipped out of work at noon. Maybe one of the last warm and sunny days here before the real fall sets in.

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    Another tank of fuel at a quasi-legal pace, no slab, just back roads. Great mileage 239 miles and 3.8 gallons = 62.89 mpg

    Will do the first oil change and service this weekend.
  11. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    I like it those numbers!

    IMO, the Upgraded engine is one of of the most fuel efficient bikes in her class.
    The range can only be surpassed by the RGSA. 8.7 gallons or so.
    YMMV.

    The NCX bike is not in the same class. The Honda is in the new concept class and has strong commuter DNA.
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  12. Motopumps

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    Yup, CCC built the park. The stonework in there is beautiful.

    I do still wish that Suzuki had put a 6 gallon tank on the Strom. I love to have great range on any bike I plan to tour on.

    After 4 hours on the stock seat, I was more than ready to get off. Need to address that next.
  13. ram350

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    I agree the seat is the worst thing about this bike. I love everything else about it. Talked to Seat Concepts and he said a seat was in the plans but their move to Idaho put them abit behind.
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  14. cyclopathic

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    540 rat has T6 listed and it is down at the bottom, #172. Red Line btw isn't high rated either, #103. M1 FS Euro formula is a cheaper/better alternative to T6.
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  15. cyclopathic

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    How accurate is the MPG reader? on Wee2 it was notoriously under-estimating, at least 3-4mpg comparing to actual as tracked by Fuelly.
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    Yeah, no offerings for anyone yet. Sargent will do a one-off customization. They have it in the queue as well. I may go with a sheepskin if I go on any other longer rides this fall.

    I have SC seats on a number of bikes, and their stuff is always a nice improvement, especially for the cost. Love dealing with them.
  17. Motopumps

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    Yes, it under estimates my calculated results by 3-4 mpg so far.

    Rob
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  18. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    Going back to the 5.8 gallon tank from pre 2012 with this engine efficiency would add some more mileage for sure.

    5.8 is the KLR
    6.1 is the S10.

    6.3 would be a sick amount of range at 60mpg! 360+ miles.
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  19. cyclopathic

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    MPG is really in "YMMV" category, with Gen2 I had seen as high as 65mpg and as low as 29, so hoping for 360mi+ while touring isn't realistic. Looks like Gen3 has about 5% better MPG and range, which could be somewhere from 150 to 340mi depending on conditions.
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  20. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    Could it be possible to Ride up the Dalton or Dempster Highway in 6th at low rpms and get 60+mpg on an entire tank? Dump in two more gallons and push on?
    Clear day, no wind or rain, and good road conditions (for that road)?

    Usually, rpm will vary a lot on a 5.3 gallon tank. Fair enough.
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