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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Jamie, Jan 2, 2005.
Well that all depends on what you think of the Flying Pig from BARF
All I can say is that it was hard to go back to work after this lunch-time ride north of Montpellier.
First: heading into a beautiful valley:
Looking back on it from the other side:
I was a little too busy in the middle to take pictures.
Brand new, and mine now.
Has anyone compared the seat of the new 2012 with the old models seat?
Bought it in May 011 after some problems with my 05. Didnt know that in 012 they would change the strom or I would have held off for the new one.
Sorry to say it, but I farted on that exact seat a couple weeks ago.
Oh, but congrats on the new bike!!
Phew, lucky for me they're either swapping out that saddle for a low seat, or else giving me another bike off the truck since I'm not picking up for a month or two!
Love the new seat. Much narrower and slightly firmer in the front, still wide and cushy just behind that. Pillion seat is super comfy too. The new embroidered logo and suede look stripe is also a really nice touch. I ordered the factory low seat as well - hope it's just as nice. Haven't seen any reviews or comments on that one yet.
I hope you enjoy your new 650. Good color choice. I think mine is starting to like me and take me nice places. Here are a couple pix from my Sunday afternoon in southern France. I kept thinking that "it's an adventure if you go somewhere new just to take a look, turn around, or take a picture". That, plus seeing 3 huge wild pigs run across the road a few hundred meters ahead of me... like solid little bears running at 30 kph. Now I can understand the surprise and the damage. Don't they look before crossing?
A place called Saint-Jean de Buèges.
The road winds down through that village an out the other side. Really pretty area.
My total ride was about 150 km, and mileage showed 4.2 litres/100 on a fresh tank, and while I'm not a real fast rider, I definitely brought the bike up in the revs as required. As I was riding warmed by the setting sun on my way home, I felt like I was the last person on a pristine ski run at the end of the day... so cool, yet no one to witness it! Thus the pix.
Enjoy your Sunday rides everyone!
Congrats Snowkarver! Perhaps we'll see you out on a V-Strom ride this year.
I know this is a VSTROM pic thread, but:
Like this??? These fuckers are everywhere around where I live.
Yeah, that's one. As a friend says, "shoot first, eat bacon later".
Ive run 4 rear 705s and 2 fronts on my 650 Strom. New, theyt are great.On road, off and wet roads . However, I have not been abvle to reach the 5k mark on the rear tire no matrtrer how or where I ride. One the other hand, the 705 front is my favorite tire on the market. It bites as well as any other tire out there. A 705 on the rear tends to flat spot in the center very quickly. These tires used to be the best kept secret due their very affordavble price BUT as many are noticing, Shinko is slowly creeping the price up. Now, its just not economicaly sound for me to run the 705 on the rear because it will only last me 8 weeks, The best combo ive found for the Strom is the 705 radial up front anf the Anakee 2 on the rear. Anakee 2s are awesome performing tire in every condition and the mileage is next to none...and theyre affordable. Ive read several posts and reports about 705s delaminating or chunking but like I said previously, Ive run 4 of these tires and I have never had anything like delaminating occur. these tires were around $65 for a rear but shinko spiked them up to $80 now. It will be $100 tire very soon. They are nylon ply tires where Michelin and Metzler for instance dont use nylon...they use something like "Aramid" plys. I think the nylon is what makes the 705 more affordable and wear out so fast. Overall, these tires are great....they do everything good and for off roading, running 18psi will give suprisingly grear traction.
I work in Fredericksburg with a fire fighting Helicopter. We see tons of those bastards. I would love to shot afew!!! Send some to Oregon
I'll see your pig, and ad one more.
See, you managed to bring pigs *and* V-Stroms back into the thread! Good job.
Bridgestone Battle Wings. Seem to last forever, a lot of my riding is commuting.
Great shots, what are the pads you have up there on the tank?
Man I am liking the white. I've only seen the orange in person. Pretty slick looking.
A quick piccy of mine.