VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. gary37601

    gary37601 Adventurer

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    I ride a FJR (my 3rd) and bought a 650 as a second play,weekend bike. I love it...
  2. frichtie

    frichtie Been here awhile

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    Hello all,
    I'm new to the VSTROM community! Actually, I'll be picking up my new bike this friday. A red 2006 Dl650 with only 8000 miles on the clock...
    Anyway, that bike isn't equipped with panniers yet. I'm considering a set of Pelican boxes fitted on a shad Mounting kit. The kit comes with replacement flashers and seems ok to me....Kit is sold online.However, I'd like to know if any of you people have been using a SHAD mounting kit? How do you like it?
    Thank you,
    -Eric
  3. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Been here awhile

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    Eric,

    You can pick up a set of SoloBox side cases and their mounting bracket for under $600 Shipped. Nice Aluminum boxes...
  4. frichtie

    frichtie Been here awhile

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    I'm sure there are many options available. The thing is I can get a Shad Mounting Kit for a very special price. However, I'm wondering if a set from SHAD is good...or bad. If people tell me "Don't buy it!" "They're nothing but troubles"! I'll keep my money for a better mounting kit. But if they're as good as a GIVI set-up, then that's good enough for me.
    Thank you,
    -Eric
  5. Hoogrvy

    Hoogrvy Adventurer

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    I have just bought a 06, .650 which I am midway across America right now. It's a lowered seat if any one wants to trade seats. Even a stock seat, besides that runs great, and took everything I.throw at her. Bought it cause the BMW I bought died the week I got it.


    I have pelican cases not sure of the mounting brackets, happy with cases, mounting is kinda funny though and can see the flaws
  6. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    I guess it comes down to what type of riding you plan on doing. If you're riding mostly street and Tarmac, the Shad Cases will probably suit your needs. If you plan on riding off road and doing some off road touring - then the Shad Cases may be a wee bit brittle on a get off or drop. And you will most likely have some sort of incident in the gravel. Just search for the "Sleeping V-Strom Pics" thread.

    The Solobox luggage is of good quality and Eric seems to stand behind his product. I have no affiliation, but if I were looking for luggage right now, his cases would be near the top oft list.
  7. frichtie

    frichtie Been here awhile

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    Tank for your input. I just bought the bike yesterday! The Shad mounting kit is no longer on sale. (maybe it's a good thing)... Looking forward to get a set of Pelican boxes. Mounting kit...still have to take a decision. -Eric
  8. loosesprocket

    loosesprocket Been here awhile

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    Do you have a link or contact info for SoloBox ?
  9. blue72beetle

    blue72beetle Look at my Wee

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  10. parannoyed

    parannoyed hey look...chickens

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    Came from an XR650l to an 07 Wee this spring. Everyday I ride is a little bit like Christmas now:)
  11. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider LQDesert Rider

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    couple of months ago I bought a 2013 Wee for my son and he now has 3K on the bike we both really like the bike. I have been impressed with the power to weight and it's handling in the twisties. I have over 20K on a BMW GSA, but I really like the Wee it might be my next bike when I replace the GSA.
  12. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Been here awhile

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    Yes I believe this is all the guy has. It's about $585 for racks and Aluminum panniers shipped to your door... They are nice stuff from what I have heard..
  13. blue72beetle

    blue72beetle Look at my Wee

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    I should call him and ask, but does anyone know if his racks are symmetrical? I don't like the asymmetrical racks that stick out farther on the right due to the muffler.
  14. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    You'd have to contact Eric to be sure, but the racks that leave space on the left side of the bike give you a perfect spot for a bitchin' tool tube. :thumb
  15. wltiv

    wltiv Adventurer

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    I've got a 650 and love it. I had an old KZ1000P for a few years until I could get what I wanted. I've been drooling over V's and Wees for about 7-8 yrs now. Couldn't decide which I wanted (truth is I'd have taken either and been happy). I was 6'3.5" and 320# and really wondered if the 650 would handle my size ok. Well, after a visit from the Big C, I'm now 6'3" and a little, 225# and have a 650. It has no trouble handling me and I've also had my 270# son on the back and it didn't seem to have any trouble handling both of us. So 320# it wouldn't have had any trouble with. I haven't found myself wanting for more power at any time and I do enjoy the increased fuel mileage of the Wee. I hear people talking about having to chage gears more often...the only time I have to downshift is when I'm slowing down. I ride in the mountains of SW VA every chance I get and I can accelerate pretty well in high gear from what...40 mph or so on? If I'm in a hurry to take off, I can drop a couple of gears and really get gone. I can cruise up and down I-40 from Raleigh to home at speeds that make me worry more about the police than the bike. I think the only thing the 1000 would do is get me in trouble for wheelying or some such. I'd probably enjoy the extra power of the V once in a while but I really don't need it. I'm having a ball with the Wee.
  16. frichtie

    frichtie Been here awhile

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  17. billmags

    billmags Scoot Jockey

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    Hi all. I'm considering a new V-Strom 650, but I refuse to call it a 'glee'- I hate that show!
    :)
  18. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Ya that name sucks,there's a guy over on stromtroopers that kinda came up with that and all the lemmings followed him.I would call it a 650 Vstrom..



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  19. jbc1200

    jbc1200 Busy Living

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    Yeah I hate the nicknames for these bikes and have yet to hear any used in the real world. I just tell folks I have a DL650. That's what the model on the VIN sticker says anyway.

    I looked around at that stromtroopers forum and it has a real cranky vibe to it from the overmoderation of that one old dude.
  20. V-Tom

    V-Tom Been here awhile

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    I think the vast majority of users there would disagree with you. That "one old dude" (Greywolf) is pretty highly respected in the Strom Wolrd and is trying to keep some order there by enforcing some of the rules. I don't agree with everything he does or says (I hate the name "Glee" for example) but I would say that overall he has done a pretty good job of moderating.

    Moderating is a thankless job at best.

    ..Tom