VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. Siorc

    Siorc Tiger Shark

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    Bought my Wee last February after moving 30 miles from work. My one and only complaint is that it has made the commute over the winter on four wheels totally unbearable!
  2. AndrewAnonymous

    AndrewAnonymous Making things worse.

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    I figured after 388 replies this horrible thread would have died out by now. But noooooooo. You jerks. Blah blah blah about you're stupid V-Storms. Cut it out. Jerks.
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    I pick mine up on Saturday... :D
  3. Uncle Larry

    Uncle Larry The most suave of stooges

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    V-Strom... the Borg motorcycle.

    You will be assimilated.
  4. CNag

    CNag Lets Ride

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    I have an 04 DL, 650

    I love it :clap

    Bought it in 04... trouble free since.

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    CNag
  5. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    :lol3
  6. AndrewAnonymous

    AndrewAnonymous Making things worse.

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    Wouldn't that make you the Borg Queen?
  7. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    Why yes, yes it would. :nod
  8. Uncle Larry

    Uncle Larry The most suave of stooges

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    Bumpity assimiliation
  9. element

    element Time to roll

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    Is that alot or are there more Beamers on this Forum?
  10. AndrewAnonymous

    AndrewAnonymous Making things worse.

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    Rode her home today. :D

    It's kinda neat having a bike that was made before 1982 and has less than 20,000 miles on it. It'll take some getting used to... :lol3

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  11. Stromdog

    Stromdog Howl at the Moon

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    I've got an 05, black DL 1000 K5. Best all around bike I've owned in 36 years of riding. Smooth, comfortable, fast, great in the twisties and super reliable. I can ride with the high speed touring rigs on hard roads easily and smoke them everywhere else. If I keep my speed to a reasonable 70-75 mph on the highway, I can get 250 miles out of a tank. Running 90+, start looking for fuel at 190 miles. Running a full tank dry without stopping is an easy thing to do (and I've got the stock seat and screen). Chain maintenance is super easy with a centerstand and only takes 5 minutes a day while on over the road trips where you're racking up 5,6 or 700 hundred mile days. Really easy to live with on the road.

    I put a set of Racetech springs (.95) in the front and really love the difference they made in the ride and handling. Also put in a PC and TBR pipes and remap. Big difference here, too. Much better throttle response and better torque (as if you really need it from the stock configuration).

    After a hundred miles on my old Busa, I was ready to get off and take a stretch break.

    I had an 02 R1150 RT, that I put 37K miles on. The Strom reminds me of that bike on the highway, but also offers you the ability to get off the well traveled roads to explore some more primitive areas. Great bike for a wide range of riders interests.
  12. mayner

    mayner Postal

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    Got 850 miles on her ('05) and having a great time putting them on! Best all around bike I've ever owned.

    Simple mods so far. Motech Crash bars, bigger Cee Baily screen, and Motech up and back bar risers. Ain't stopping there but that's good for now. I'm saving for the Darian. :evil

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  13. GS Trev

    GS Trev Adventurer

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    Here's mine. Goes well with the GS - at half the price! :clap
  14. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    I didn't know you were getting a Strom Andrew! Congrats. :thumb
  15. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    Lets heave a toast to the BLACK ONES !!! STEALTHSTROM :freaky
  16. GS Trev

    GS Trev Adventurer

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    Just a Q. - the Stealth Stroms only became available in Italy 2 mths ago. Are they/have they been around longer in the US?
  17. Oznerol

    Oznerol Motion Enthusiast

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    The US got a black 650 in 2004, and a black 1000 in 2005. The black 650 from 2004 had a grey frame, so it was somewhat less stealthy than your bike.

    Neither bike comes in black in 2006, in the US.
  18. GS Trev

    GS Trev Adventurer

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    Italy had black too - but it was gloss black. 06 Black is a matt finish.
  19. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    I wonder how the company decides that Italy gets one color and the US gets another? :scratch I know a black 650 would sell like hotcackes here. :nod
  20. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    When my right turn signal took its suicide plunge to the pavement, the plastic on that side took a little scuffing. I've thought about pricing what it would cost to paint it all black. There's really only the tank and 4 pieces of plastic.