VStrom Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Queen, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    IMHO opinion the 650 is one of the sweetest motor known to man - there is nothing like dropping it back a cog or two and doing a high speed close fly by on a riding mate who is falling a sleep on a tar section with the big v twin humming and the staintune crackling out the back. They pretty soon wakeup and start wanting to make sure it doesnt happen again!



    I would love to see mr Suzuki put some thought into a Vstrom 650 ADVenturer similar to the LC4 640 adv I would be all over it like a fly on poop!
  2. Nitro1970

    Nitro1970 Been here awhile

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    Nice!! I have a 2011 KLR that may be going up for sale or traded in on the DL650
  3. scottalot

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  4. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    May or may not be helpful to you, but here is a thread I created when I was looking to replace my KLR. I basically was trying to decide between the two.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=815559
  5. CajunJavelina

    CajunJavelina n00b

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    Hello everyone...
    First time post.
    Been reading several threads and viewing awesome pics...
    I have a KLR650 and V-Strom DL. Both are my first bikes ever owned. I am freaky in love with both bikes. I bought KLR new in 06 and I have 39,984 miles. Woohoo! I couldn't sell the KLR for the amount of joy I get in one days ride to work. Hence, will never sell it.

    Planning to join the Super-Tenere ride in Ouray, Colorado in June. That will be my first ride with a group. The wifey and I expect it will be a blast.

    Bought the V from an awesome person in Baltimore and rode it back to
    Houston. On my 2nd day owning the bike my brother from another mother and I rode Tail of the Dragon. Great experience.

    Anyway, I am now of the opinion that I could love almost every bike my wife would let me own. LOL...

    Not the best poster but look forward to sharing and getting to know you guys.


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  6. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    Welcome and :thumb
  7. scottalot

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    Thanks for the Good reading material. Makes for a good time while looking at the computer at work :)
  8. Coastie3202

    Coastie3202 King of the Mountain

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    I went from a Triumph Tiger 1050 to a 2012 VStrom and am very satisfied. Loved the Tiger....really really love the GleeStrom.
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    TeeBee n00b

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    After riding all sorts of motorcycles for 20+ years, I finally decided on my first adventure machine. I bought my '12 DL650 in September 2012. Been adding lots of bits and mods to it in prep for an upcoming trip from TX to AK. So far, I really like the bike and hope it will carry me over great distances reliably and safely.
  10. ENDODB4

    ENDODB4 b00n

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    Just bought my burnt Orange Wee today! had an o8' sold it ,, I don't know why. then bought a 1900 star cruiser.. again dont know why but happy again! :clap
  11. cptdrew

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    Just picked up a 2012 fox orange 650. Looking forward to posting my first RR soon. :clap
  12. bleedgrn

    bleedgrn Adventurer

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    Picking up my new 2012 wee White on Black on Thursday. Working out my terms of purchase. Hoping for 15% off accessories as other dealers have offered. Probably get Engine bars/ Bash plate straight away through SW Motech. Also asking to switch to the low seat since I have a challenging inseam of 30 inches. Will probably purchase some other farkles before spring thaw and first ride. My second choice in bike was probably the NC700X. About the same fit/finish and slightly cheaper price. Disliked the rev limit of 6500 rpm and pure street orientation. But felt very flickable. V-strom seems to be the best choice at this price, otherwise I'm up in the $12K range. Pictures will follow after purchase. Traveling 450 mi and bike will ride in the back of my pickup. Hoping for good travel weather. A fellow riding friend volunteered to share the driving duties with me. He shares my enthusiasm for the sport. He has a new heavily farkled KLR 650, which rides very nice, just a little under powered for my taste.
  13. Aldorean

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    Hello my name is Michael i`m 29 years old and i come from Amsterdam The Netherlands.

    I bought my V-strom in Oktober 2012 and posted some pictures on this forum already but it maybe is a good idea to show myself in this topic aswel.

    My Strom is my first bike and i love it very much.

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  14. bleedgrn

    bleedgrn Adventurer

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    Nicely farkled. I like the bash plate. Is that from Suzuki or aftermarket? I can see the "S" cutout on the side. Great pic as well with the Dutch windmill in the background. We have one not far from where I live. May have to post a pic with it. Regarding your centerstand? Do you find that you scrape the stand when deep into a corner or negotiating rocks/tree stump obstructions? I like the idea of the convenience for oiling chain but not sure what I may give up.
  15. Aldorean

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    Scraping the center stand isnt a problem in my case because i have my bike fitted with Hyperpro Suspension and i raised the tail with new dogbones so its almost impossible ( for me as a novice ) to scrape the floor. I use it indeed for oiling the chain just put the bike in 1st gear and oil it whilest the wheel is turning.

    The bashplate came with the bike and i reccon is a standard Suzuki one but i`m not sure! The edition you see here is a Black Rhino edition ( as is an exclusive to The Netherlands ) and that bashplate just comes with the set.

    The windmill yeah did it specially for the people from abroad haha The Netherlands arent windmills all over the place that time is long gone.
    And a dutch windmill in Minnesota thats cool we have an american style windmill where i live

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  16. rbsride365

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    Traded a 1989 Honda Pacific Coast for this on May 20th of this year. 7k miles so far and loving it. :D

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    All dressed up.
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  17. Aldorean

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    Got to get my hands on a cheap second-hand Trax set of cases ! Man those cases are SEXEH !!
  18. vaara

    vaara Been here awhile

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    2007 Wee here!

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    DualSportAdventure n00b

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    Bought one of the first DL-1000 in Texas after reading all the reviews back in 2001. I've been loving her every since. Added the large Givi luggage and crash bars. Put a taller windscreen on her, but it created a lot of buffeting right at my helmet height, so I went back to the stock screen and problem solved. Traded the saddle for a Corbin and couldn't be happier. Really made a difference in the long range comfort. Will add some extra lights under the fairing next. I had thought by now she would be all farkled up, but usually she's just loaded up with all my camping and touring gear. Ready for anything. Soon I'll be retiring, and hitting the road full-time with her. Can't wait...
  20. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    Went to the Suzuki shop yesterday morning and met 3 fellow Stromtroopers, 2 on Stroms, 1 on a Wee all out for a morning ride. Seemed to love their trusty steeds as I love my 09 Wee. Chatting to one of the sales guys who said they get very few back as Strom riders don't seem to change their bikes very much. He reckoned most owners love them and keep them a long long time. I've thought about changing to a Tiger or a BMW but can't bring myself to do it. There is just something about the Strom. I don't know what it is but I'm hooked. Even looked at upgrading to a DL1000 or a 2012 Wee but I love my 09 so much I can't part with her! Love your Strom and she will love you back, and then some!