The V-Strom Picture Thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Jamie, Jan 2, 2005.

  1. OfirMX

    OfirMX Sierras' Gatekeeper

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    PiJiL Been here awhile

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    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    jdfog2 Been here awhile

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    2011 White ones are the absolute fastest of all Wees.
    Just sayin :D
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    njpaddler Been here awhile

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    1) How does it handle on road... mostly freeway?
    I have the 650 (bought it new in '08, on my second one [see #5, below]), it's easily flickable, peg-scrapable (not recommended, tho') & very comfortable on the slab for long hours. I've never had any hesitation passing big rigs at 80~90+, and did do triple-digits in MT carrying a full load of camping gear. It seemed to me like the engine had more to give than my nerves could stand, so I backed off, but it felt totally fine at speed. Oh, and that also goes for pounding rainstorms, I've been through more than a few on just the stock rubber, never stopped me.

    2) what is the sitting posture for someone (me) 6'3"?
    I am also 6'3" @ 185 lbs. & found the Tall Suzuki windscreen on the Madstad Bracket fully cranked up is ideal for me. What buffeting ? The posture is one of being upright, which my aged and at times tricky back muscles appreciate, especially the 500+ mile days. It's been called a standard bike in dual-sport clothing. I guess so, anyhow, the posture is standard because of it, which to me is a very good thing.

    3) I see a lot of them in offroads, how do they handle on dirt?
    I'd agree with all that was said before about this, having been on hard dirt, packed & loose gravel, hard sand, sugar sand (as it's known here) and mud, both unladen and hauling gear. It's not ideal, but can do it capably, the 650 probably better than it's larger cousin at trail speeds. Stand up, lean forward, be committed, not shy. Not a problem, though your first hours of practice may seem a bit puckered, depending on the surface you are on. I went fully-loaded on camping treks, no complaints & never went down. It did whatever I asked of it.

    4) 1000cc vs 650cc, i do more commuting would the 1000 be better for me?
    That likely depends on your preference for power & the conditions of your commute, both the roads & the traffic volume. I find the 650 ideal in this hostile urban ghettoburbia.

    5) one reason you would rebuy one!
    Because some idiot woman turned left into me and crushed the first one !

    Enjoy, you will not regret it.:1drink
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    derrickb Been here awhile

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  9. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Mt. Pinos, California :D
  10. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    positive proof blue ones are better
  11. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    and faster AND better looking
  12. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    If your nice I'll give you a picture of mine ready to head down the Alcan .. :0)
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    Shunpiker Dan Been here awhile

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    Excellent photo!
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    Light blue are the best!
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    I've been searching for a less expensive fix. Any suggestions? PM I don't want to take away from the pictures.
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    Looking good. Did you use the Olympus? Glad to see the Wee is still rolling. No maintenance light to deal with.
  16. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Thanks :thumb
    She is rolling strong at 60k..I feel she has another 100 in her! As far as the picture...it's my phone :lol3 Damn thing takes some pretty cool pics. I-phone 4"GS" with snap seed app
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    :D

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  19. OfirMX

    OfirMX Sierras' Gatekeeper

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    Late ride report.

    Last Monday (Labor Day) Ironbasher and I went riding again. We followed a route he had been planning for a couple of weeks.

    Starting in Clovis going to Pine Flat Reservoir following Trimmer Springs Rd around the lake to Balch Camp, taking a dirt road through Sawmill Flat to McKinley Grove Rd, up to Courtright Reservoir then down back to McKinley Grove Rd. From there to Dinkey Creek and back down CA168.

    Great ride as usual. 145 miles of fun twisties and 15 miles of crazy white-sand-by-the-cliff fire roads.



    Map: http://goo.gl/maps/oMtxU

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    Balch Camp

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    Pretty scary!

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    That little dot is Ironbasher

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    Dirt road to Sawmill Flat. Crazy loose white sand that made it pretty hard to maneuver on those hairpins.

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    Up on the Courtright Reservoir dam

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    Back on the road. Kids, don't take photos while riding.

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  20. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    Looks like outstanding riding country - where was my invite?