FZ1, FZ6, V-Strom, Versys, bandit, or...?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Bucket69, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Tennessee Goat

    Tennessee Goat Adventurer

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    I never hit a gravel curve at 75mph on the fizzer. I'm not talking about sliding around corners, although I have no doubt with the right rider it could be done. My balls are big enough to try it. The FZ is very good on gravel, don't knock it till ya try it.
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  2. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Shed that stock rubber on it and put Shinko E705Rs on it and you have your bike I think. As long as you are both pretty light it does 2 up very well. I also like a 16T CS sprocket on mine for out West. It will go 85 mph all day with no effort that way but still has useable lower gears. Some folks like to richen up lower end with a Dale Walker Holeshot FI enrichener just to make it pull better in lo-mid and to make it run cooler more importantly. Enjoy.... I love my old ugly 2007 Wee:clap.
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  3. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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    I bought a 2008 Vee at the end of 2008 thinking that LexWife would enjoy riding with me... which turned out not to be the case. Wish that I had your bike now and that you had mine. Oh well.
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  4. Bucket69

    Bucket69 Adventurer

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    What don't you like about the Trailwings?

    I've been kicking around the thought of getting a 16t sprocket...if for nothing else, so the damn speedo will be close to correct. I hate that.
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  5. Bucket69

    Bucket69 Adventurer

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    I went back and forth...and back again, trying to decide if I wanted the Vee or Glee, and in the end, I'm happy with the Glee. I would like to have a liter bike to play on, but for an every day commuter, the 650 fits me well.
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  6. OaklandStrom

    OaklandStrom Long timer

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    The Wee has the speedo gear on the front wheel. Sprocket change won't help. Not sure about the Vee if that's what you ride.

    I have no affiliation with this guy, and have not seen the products, but he sells a replacement face that corrects your speed.
    http://www.raceratb.com/austin/car/buyGauges.htm
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  7. Bucket69

    Bucket69 Adventurer

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    I believe the 2012 and 2013 is on the wheel, not the sprocket....at least that's what I've read.
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  8. outsidein

    outsidein Been here awhile

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    Take a Versys for a long test ride. Great all round bike. Excellent low and moderate speed handling and you will never reach it's high speed handling limitations at safe speeds on the street. I have had mine for 3 years and would buy it again in a heart beat, especially when you factor in price.
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  9. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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    An added plus for the DL650 is that you won't have the three irritating problems that are associated with the DL1000 - clutch chudder, idle hammer and chain snatch (due to rear sprocket carrier bearing offset). You have chosen well. :clap

    You will still want to look at a pretty long list of functional upgrades that will make your new bike even more reliable and rideable, but that's part of the fun of owning either of the 'Stroms. Where's the fun in merely owning an appliance?
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