VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    You a Bug Man? Got the big VW logo on the garage wall...

    Very Cool....I have a 65 factory convertible --Baja Bug.
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  2. MotorPsycho Miko

    MotorPsycho Miko Wanderer

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    I would like to hear different experiences with aftermarket shocks on the DL1000. Tell me about your Ohlins, Wilber, Penske, etc?????????????
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  3. HiSPL

    HiSPL Adventurer

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    Got me a big, black thou..... Big 'ol HT panniers and a Givi shield, and I ride it like a motard!:rilla
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  4. StromZilla

    StromZilla n00b

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    YO! I've lurked in this site long enough...time to join in on the fun.
    Own a 2005 Wee...ride it every single day, and if you've seen the weather map you'll see what a lovely winter we are having in Seattle. I should have bought a jet-ski.
    Previous bikes have been, well, dang near everything up till about 1995. Then had a short break till now. Happy again!
    I'm going to try and figure out this photo posting thing...
    -SZ
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  5. criscokid

    criscokid Adventurer

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    Welcome to the forum StromZilla :D
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  6. jdpower

    jdpower Been here awhile

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    I've got a K3 DL1000 and liked it so much I got a K4 DL650 as a second bike. I like em both for different reasons. I like the one I'm riding at the time the best!! :lol3

    JDP
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  7. iDave

    iDave Been here awhile

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    Dizam Queenie, you've started a great thread :clap .

    Lots of newbies are joining :thumb
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  8. iDave

    iDave Been here awhile

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    Oh what timing :D
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  9. jdpower

    jdpower Been here awhile

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    You can use some lockhart phillips flush mounts but the bulb is smaller so will flash faster. Also, a replacement clutch lever isn't too expensive so may just want to keep a spare around. BTW, I had the flush mounts, but I the fast flashing annoyed me in time. The whole light kit is about $31 where I order my OEM stuff from. http://www.187rideeasy.com/

    JDP
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  10. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Stopped at the local dealer today, he's got two red wee's in stock. Thankfully, it was cold, windy and snow on the ground today, so I was able to leave with out a bike. Of course it's supposed to be in the fiftes again the rest of the week.:wink:
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  11. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Oh yeah. What accessories are worth getting from the dealer? Seems like I can try and work them in to the deal while I'm at it.:ear
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  12. southforkspeedster

    southforkspeedster koolaidless

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    Heated grips are also a great dealer option and the Zuk grips are awesome. I got my dealer to throw in a set on each bike and still got the bikes for way under msrp. That tells me that they have room to move on the deals they make.

    Even without the extras I still think msrp is a fair price for either Strom, so don't let those items be a deal breaker.

    Good luck, SFS
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  13. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Wow, I didn't know I could get heated grips straight from suzooki. I figured that would be part of the initial farkling project. I was thinking hand guards and centerstand. Gonna have to price it up a couple of ways. Thanks. :thumb
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  14. RubberDown

    RubberDown Long timer

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  15. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    The stock knuckle covers look cool but mine both broke off in a little parking lot mishap :eek1

    Think I'll try some Multiplos next
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  16. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    I've had my '05 WeeStrom for 9 months and put 6000 miles on it so far. This bike is fun and versatile - it is as close to a "do-it-all" motorcycle as I have ever owned. I started riding back in 1972 on a Yamaha Mini-Enduro. Had a bunch of bikes since then. I wanted a street-oriented dual sport that was excellent on the asphalt and good off pavement. After test riding the BMW GS 1200, I could not justify the enormous difference in price between the Beemer and the Wee. I paid $5900 for the Wee - an amazing value.

    It took me a while to get comfortable on the Wee, but with a few farkles, it now fits me like a glove. It is truly all-day comfortable now. What has been impressive since day one is its incredible stability in aggressive cornering up in the mountains. Acceleration is impressive and I've seen 120 on the speedo in 6th gear at 10,000 rpms. Gas mileage has averaged in the low to mid 50's.

    The more I ride this bike, the more I like it. I can tour, commute, run errands, go for a cruise, play sportbike or play in the dirt with it. One of my favorite things to do is attack a set of asphalt twisties, then take a fire road or two to connect me with the next set of twisties. I have never had a bike before that can play in the dirt and then tear up a set of twisties as well as the Wee can. On fire roads, hard packed dirt or gravel, I can flat haul ass on this thing.
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  17. jdpower

    jdpower Been here awhile

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    I don't know what the cost is for the OEM heated grips, but some have complained that the heaing elements don't cover as much as desired. I have cheap $27 symtec (also dual star same I think) and some 714 Gel Pro Grips which work great (have to trim the end off-no biggie). They have a hi/lo switch but almost never need the hi setting. I'd save the bucks and just get the aftermarket heated grips if it were me. Hot Grips are good too, but more expensive.

    JDP
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  18. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    As soon as spring hits, I'm selling my BMW (K100C)and my Honda (CB900F) so's I can get a wee. The dealership I work in has four brands I can choose from and so far, I have yet to see anything that can do what the wee does, nor anything that suits me so well.
    Besides, I think my boss would rather I lead the sunday rides on a product we sell, and not the BMW. So, I have a great excuse.
    We sell every Strom we can get our hands on, both wee and not so wee. It's great for Suzuki and my paycheck.
    Great Machine. Great price. Great people that ride 'em.:clap
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  19. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    So what's the ADVRider Discount?
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  20. FlyingScotsman

    FlyingScotsman Crash Test Dummy

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    :wink: We need a poll to show enough support for a seperate V / Wee Strom forum. There are lots of Strom owners out there....What do you think? If they can have a scooter forum then we can have Strom forum :wink: