VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. S-TrackJunkie

    S-TrackJunkie Knee Down!

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    Thanks Arctic! I have a set of old beat up Cycras, and was thinking about trying to make them work, but they aren't long enough to clear my controls, without substantial modification....that's why I was looking a kit more suited for the Strom. I just heard back from an online outfit that I emailed yesterday, and they are going to try to put something together for me. I'll touch base once I get it all squared away....thanks for all the advice guys!!
  2. svs

    svs Posts too much...

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    The way to do hand guards on a Strom is to have the Inner Mount attach to the Handle Bar (triple) Clamps...

    I've seen this on Dirt Bikes and we need to find a system that works for the Strom... If anyone has successfully done this please post back...

    On the 1K there is too much hardware on the bars to try and use the clamps that attach to the inner part of the Bar.
  3. rbsride365

    rbsride365 Hi-Viz

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    Holy crap! I thought I was doing pretty well with just under 17k since the end of May 2012. Hard to do much more while married with kids for me at least. That's some impressive mileage there. Keep it up! :clap
  4. Longbow

    Longbow Vroooom

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    your opinions please, On must any day I can be found riding my old KLR650. But have recently been eye balling a very nice V-Storm DL1000
    on Greg's list. I am not very knowledgeably on this bike but would love to get something a little more road ready for longer trips.
    The bike I am looking at is a 2002 in very nice to almost mint condition.
    It has about 19K miles and a full set of OEM hard bags.
    The asking price is 3700. Would this be a fair price? What are any drawback for this year? anything out side of normal I should look for or be aware of? Thanks in advance.

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  5. svs

    svs Posts too much...

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    Low miles, good shape, aftermarket windshield, flush turn signals, interesting paint job, crash bars, full bags (and obviously the racks to carry them)...

    I see nothing wrong.

    $3700 is less than the price of most clean thumpers you could buy. You could spend double that amount on a different ADV "type" bike and not get one that clean with that equipment and low miles.

    Do it.. do it before someone else does... If it needs a better Clutch or Power Commander and pipes it's still the best "value" deal you'll find.

    In fact you can add just a few things to it and finish the dialing in and still be in it real cheap.. Which is the greatest asset of the V-Strom... Price and reliability..
  6. Oreh

    Oreh Adventurer

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    Everything svs said is true.

    But, you have to know this is the first model and it has different windscreen, and not painted frame and lower alternator output, and no light turn-off while starting the engine.

    Intersting paint job. I like different colours combination for tank and side covers.
  7. arctic954

    arctic954 Been here awhile

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    Yup. A friend of mine has the pre 2004 DL1000. He's super jealous that I can run the MadStad bracket for smoother airflow on my 2004 DL650.

    $3700 is a decent price, not a steal. I'd offer the seller $3400 and meet in the middle. 'Custom' paint means the bike has been layed down....granted we all do that, but it still should effect it's resale value. Is it a solid bike? Sure. Is 19,000 miles low? Yes. But I would still get it for less.

    I paid $3200 with full Givi's for my 20,000 mile 2004 DL650. My friend paid $3400 for his 2002 DL1000.

    Sure, you see the older models (2002-2005) listed for $4500 or more, but they're not selling easily at that price.
  8. SStiffler

    SStiffler Been here awhile

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    Would the bike have been painted because it was in an accident or spill?
  9. arctic954

    arctic954 Been here awhile

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    If its not a stretched Hayabusa with chrome accents.....then its been layed down. The word 'custom' in for-sale ads makes me laugh.
  10. Longbow

    Longbow Vroooom

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    Thanks guys for the great info! I added some more pictures.
    I was under the assumption that the paint was factory because
    the bags where the same color. His add says OBO so I thing I can talk him down some. Please share if you guys can think of anything else.
  11. arctic954

    arctic954 Been here awhile

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    Yup. Bet he'd take $3500. That would be a good deal.

    At the end of the day....these are tough bikes that can easily do 100,000 miles with simple maintence.
  12. shores

    shores ElBandido

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    I have an 05 weestrom, and it came with the stck screen as well as the oem larger one
    I had massive wind disturbance so I got the madstat bracket
    That helped a decent amt but I still had a lot of wind noise and buffeting
    Changed mirrors for the aprilla ones, not much difference
    The madstat helps with buffering but noise is bad, I've tried different helmets too
    If I had a slightly taller screen I think I'd be ok
    What would be a few inches taller and good for ramping wind over than the suzuki touring one?
  13. wayno

    wayno Long timer

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    Adjusted clutch today, only moved push rod 1/4 turn and made a big difference


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  14. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Anyone do their own fork rebuild here? I'm looking at the 'special tool' required to hold the inner rod, and wondering if something can be made to do the job or if I should just order the tool.

    Here's the part number in question, also need an extension handle for it

    09940-34531


    I think this is a picture of it, might be wrong.

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  15. arctic954

    arctic954 Been here awhile

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    I've been wondering the same thing. The Suzuki DR650 guys figured it out by adding a correct sized nut to a bolt and another tapered lock nut. I have one of theses home-made damper rod tools/nuts, but haven't had a chance to see if the DL650 is the same size.

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  16. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Something like that might do it. Every other thread here has a way around that tool it seems. Klr250 is an upside down spark plug socket, and xr650r is some ground down plumbing parts. I haven't found the strom yet though, and I've been looking.

    The tools only seem to be $75 or so if I remember right, so I might go that route. Still cheaper than a dealer.

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  17. arctic954

    arctic954 Been here awhile

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    I bet that once you get the fork apart.....you'll see very quickly what it will take. It's just a matter of using a different sized nut on the home-made tool above.
  18. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    If I could get it out an look at it I'm sure. I believe though without that tool I can't get it apart to even look.

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  19. svs

    svs Posts too much...

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    I had to repair the Drain Plug Threads.. 2004 DL 1000 with 58,400 miles... Heli Coil repair performed by R-Cal Racing in Huntington Beach.. Thanks Rick.

    The Suzuki dealer I got the bike from said "It Happens" and Rick at R-Cal said the threads should last forever as long as you never cross them or "over-torque" the drain plug...

    Basically Shit happens...:lol3 And don't over torque your drain plug..
  20. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I'm looking at buying a great condition '08 DL650. NADA lists it at $5100 while KBB says $4500. In my experience these books are sometimes inaccurate. What should I expect to pay for this bike?

    Thanks for you advice.