Suzuki VX 800

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by M@gneto, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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    Guys,
    I have some bad news. I just found out I have a unit to train in July. I won't be available until the first of Aug. Suggestions?
    Mag

  2. Drunk_Uncle

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    I don't know. I will be in the middle of a cycle so getting away is going to be rough enough, so getting two seperate leaves is a no go. The reason I am getting leave at all is I am close to use or lose. So I have to head up after the reunion. I am sorry about that.
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    Hey Brian got your text. Right now I am planning on setting off from Glacier National Park on Monday 16 July. I have to be back in Ft Leonard Wood on 08 Aug. So we can meet at Glacier National Park or in Bonner's Ferry. Just let me know what you would like. I am going to start laying down the GPS route when I am on leave end of December. Now this is still fluid as I have not received my next assignment. So is mid June to mid July still good for you as the back up plan?
  4. LikeItLoud

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    Got a new tank bag today, I haven't even considered one until M@gneto suggested it. I started looking at them on ebay and decided that if I were to get one, it would have to be something like this, but no way was I going to spend $150 for one. There were a lot of bags available, but all the real nice ones were from $125 to $150. Got this one used, but still had the tags on for $50 and free shipping.

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    I took the top section off so it wouldn't be so tall. With the side bags, trunk & tank bag, this is more than enough storage space. Going to have to do something different with the GPS If I'm going to use this outfit. Might even work down in the map compartment.

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    Two more items to get yet. the 2 gallon Rotopax fuel container that I keep putting off in order to buy other things, and I have also decided to get a SPOT, Global Position Tracker & Messenger. After showing it to my better half, she has declared that I won't be going without it, with SPOT, she can see our exact location at any given time by just looking at the Google Map, it will update our position every 10 minutes, and M@gs wife can also keep track of us and know that we are alright even when we are out of cell service.

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  7. joenuclear

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  8. LikeItLoud

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    Thanks Joe for providing the SPOT thread, it was very helpful in strengthening my view of the product. I only read 30 pages starting with Jan. 2011, that only took about 4 hours. I kept track of the positive and negative reports, to begin with the positive already out numbered the negative, then with having 3 columns for the negative, 1st for legitimate sound complaints, 2nd for frivolous complaints, and 3rd for, well I can't think of a name for this column but it's for those who should not own an electronic device. For me it's a simple conclusion, the reason to have SPOT, by far outweighs the reasons to not have. I in no way mean to step on anyone's tows here, this is just my view of how other people view the subject. Thanks again Joe, and thanks to everyone that left their feedback on the matter in that thread.

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  9. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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    It's been a while since we've been on here. I hope everyone had a great Christmas. It looks like we're going to have some riding weather in Missouri this week, so I fired up a few bikes over the weekend to make sure the batteries still had a charge. Might ride the VStrom to work tomorrow.
    It looks like the Alaska trip is going to be in July. DrunkUncle and I can't get the dates synched very well, so he may have to watch our updates on ADVrider. We'll probably go shortly after the 4th of July, because I have to be in Wisconsin early August. Dad will post a proposed route shortly and if anyone has suggestions, fire them at us, also if anyone would like to link up as we come through or near, let us know and we'll do our best to make sure stop.
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  10. ben2go

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    I bet if you made the top removable on your truck,the pup would probably lay in there, and ride with you.I wouldn't make to long of trips tho.He may get restless.

    Nice ride.Really dig those low buck mods. :thumb
  11. Tworide

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    I just found your thread on the VXA, I've had a VX in the stable for 14 years. It's truly a UJM. You can turn it into what ever niche you want. I've always thought that it could be a poor mans R80GS with the right bits.
    One small thing you might consider for the VXA is to change the two separate top pieces of the handle bar clamps for the one piece clamp from a '92-'93 VX. As the clamps are rubber mounted in the top triple clamp, they can allow the bar to twist in the clamps in opposite directions, specially if the bike is tipped. Leaving you with a wonky angled bar.
    The one piece clamp stops that.

    I've had friends that have run the Haul Road to Prudhoe. It's a 830 mile long paint shaker. Most have had some sort of baggage rack problems or cracked sub frames. (found after they got back home) It will test your engineering. Make sure you Loctite all your mounting hardware, or you'll be leaving a trail for Hansel N Gretel. When you see trucks coming the other way on that road, it's best to pull over and duck down. They can throw some gravel!
    Good luck on your ride!
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    Thanks a lot for the advice Tworide, I was not aware of the rubber mounted one piece top clam on the newer version, I will look into that right away. It is suggestions like that, that has helped make this a better machine. Most appreciated.


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  13. Tworide

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    I guess my explanation was a bit confusing. The VX handlebar clamps are mounted in rubber bushings where they bolt to the top triple clamp. The change in the handlebar clamp caps was made in '92, going from two individual caps, to a one piece clamp cap, that ties the two clamps together, preventing the clamps from slipping on the bars in different directions..
    Item 18 was used from '92, item 17 is what you have now. Just to confuse things, this fische doesn't show the rubber bushings on the handle bar clamps used in the US spec VXs.
    If you haven't used them before, http://vx800.net, http://vx800forum.com and http://wo105.mcf.com/mailman/listinfo/vx800-l are good resources for the VX.

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    Got it, thank you, and thank you for all the VX pics, It will take me 2 months to look at all these VX machines. I may have to get another VX so I can copy some of the things done to these.

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    Not much going on here, the VXA is ready for Prudhoe Bay. Thought I better add a new intery, It was getting near the bottom of the second page. All suggestions, recommendations and ideas have been greatly appreciated, thanks a lot guys. I am still excepting any and all input from anyone that has something they would like to share.

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  16. LuckyDog

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    Yes, great bikes.. I've owned and ridden five 1993 VX800's over 150,000 miles.. Dad has owned a couple and my sister had one.. we still have one running in the family that we keep selling to one another.. I have a parts bike and a bunch of extra parts I'll sell to the VX800 list one of these days..
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    I finally got the Tiger finished. I will post pics in the next couple of days. Don't forget you got a place to stay in Anchorage. Don't let your son puss out at the last minute!!!
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    Well here she is and adventure ready!!!!![​IMG]
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    The Tiger looks great Unc.


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    I finally got some progressive springs for the rear, I knew they would make a big difference, but they by far exceeded my expatiation. They are about 1.5in longer than what I had, however when setting on the bike it is now about 1in lower and the spring action is much stiffer, It improved the ride more than I would have be-leaved. And the price was almost perfect, got them on Ebay for $12 and free shipping. New in the box. I'll get a picture of them up here soon.

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