VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    I had a gen 1 dl650 and could comfortably cruise all day long with my wife and camping up in the mtns of Colorado. gen 2 will be even better! DL650s make ideal companions to DR650s. I'm getting a gen 2 at some point as I sold mine to fund a long trip.
  2. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I tried riding 2-up on my DR650 once. Yikes, that so does NOT work. It's just too cramped. The Wee on the other hand is perfect. It'll carry both of you just fine. It has plenty of power to cruise at 80 mph if you want. I get my best mileage if I can keep it around 65 or less. Up around 75-80 the best you'll get is lower-mid 40's.

    it's an outstanding long-distance bike. I've done several long days on it so far. On Sunday we rode 425 miles and I was in the seat for about eight of the 12 hours we were gone and my butt didn't get tired at all (Corbin seat though).

    Rob
  3. mmod

    mmod Adventurer

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    Yea, a DR and a Wee are two great bikes to have in the garage. I guess it's time to start preping my old 83 1100e for sale. It's been with me a long time but it's just not the right bike for the riding I want to do anymore. I have been to two dealers in my area and both had only one adventure model each and one dealer said he will soon be getting in several standard Wee models. I think thats the route I want to go then I can set it up the way I want. Thanks for the info on 2-up riding on this bike.
  4. shwaz

    shwaz Buckethead Wendy

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    What color? :evil
    And where do you live?
  5. mmod

    mmod Adventurer

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    Blue, western suburbs of Chicago
  6. V-Tom

    V-Tom Been here awhile

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    I don't think I ever posted in this thread:

    I have a 2006 DL650 that has over 202,000 km or almost 126,000 miles. It is in running condition and licensed but as of March 12, 2012 it went into semi-retirement. I did ridie it this past May as I moved houses and it fired up immediately in spite of not having run for over a year.

    It was replaced by a 2012 DL650. The 2012 DL650 now has over 63,000 km or over 39,000 miles as of today.

    ..Tom
  7. wayno

    wayno Long timer

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    :thumb
  8. blake716

    blake716 nine toes

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    126,000 :eek1

    I came here looking for this thread to ask a question. You just answered it.
    There's an 06 DL650 for sale with A LOT of extras, for $3,750. It has just under 40K miles.
    Looks like I might just get it if it's still there when my bike sells.
  9. wayno

    wayno Long timer

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    Don't think u will be disappointed unless it is not still there!:lol3
  10. seth0941

    seth0941 NW Adventure Rider

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    I am a new wee owner and I have a question. is it normal for the DL650 to have kind of rattle sound (sounds like valves kinda) when accelerating at lower rpm.. like when pulling away from a stop sign.

    Mine is an 05.
  11. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    Chain slapping on roller?....
  12. seth0941

    seth0941 NW Adventure Rider

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    It is RPM related not speed. Unless you are referring to timing chain. Is there anyone in the Olympia Washington area with a DL650 that could tell me if it sounds like theirs?
  13. D_A

    D_A Long timer

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    If it's sounds kind of like a couple of ball bearings in a tin can, it's probably pinging from being made to lug at low revs and maybe dodgy fuel or carbon build up. Give it a full tank of premium fuel (higher AKI and has better cleaning additives) and see if it still does it after a decent run to clear the pipes.
  14. tattoogunman

    tattoogunman Been here awhile

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    I think I found an even better one at Home Depot, if all goes well, I'm going to pick it up this weekend and get it mounted. Once done, I'll post up pics. It's uber heavy duty thick plastic, light, hinged, and includes a hold for a lock. I figure it will cost me about $40 for the case and mounts that I have figured out. Stay tuned :D
  15. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Seahorse 720 cases are around $50 shipped !!.
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  16. garrettsteve

    garrettsteve n00b

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    Just wondering what you would recommend for an early season tire, before I can really get into the mountains and hit the dirt. You know, looking for an 80 highway / 20 dirt long lasting tire? Any ideas?? Thanks
  17. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    just picked up a 2012 adv, the bags are nice, but I hate the idea that I have to use the key to always open them, anybody find a way to modify the locks so the key isn't always needed, but can still lock the bags if wanted?
    great bike BTW, coming from riding beemer airheads my entire life, this thing is awesome!
  18. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    K60 rear
    TKC80 front.
    They work great on pavement and awsome offroad,plus this combo should last around 12,000 miles!!.I'm at 8,000 miles on this combo on a NCX and the front is worn about 60% and rear around 50%.


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  19. SStiffler

    SStiffler Been here awhile

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    So am I the only dufus that adjusted his clutch lever so that the high beams flash every time I pull in the clutch?

    I rolled the bars forward and had to adjust my levers and found that the lights were flashing!!!
  20. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    I'm trying to replace my front brake lines with longer lines and I have found that I need to pull the front wheel to get that line holder removed from the fender. So I'm trying to figure out how to remove the axel, it has an 11mm hex head and the stock tool kit is of no help. I have an assortment on Allen wrenches but they stop at 10mm. I have scoured the auto parts stores and the funny thing is that 11mm doesn't seem to exist. 7/16 is the same size as 11mm or close enough but it seems hard to come by as well. I will try a metal yard today to see if they have a 7/16 hex rod that would work. What have the rest of you done to remove the front wheel?