VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. TimFerret

    TimFerret Guest

    Had my matt black 650X for about a year and already done about 11,000 miles on it. Put a lowering kit on it and dropped the forks a bit (cos' I'm a short arse and could hardly touch the ground) and Wow! has it transformed the handling! goes round the corners like my VFR used to (but with more comfort and a bigger grin...) Done loads of touring two up and plan to do a whole lot more......
    Tim.
  2. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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    I really love my bike. I have been good to it except for the three drops at a standstill that I had, and that's my own fault, it's given me no troubles. At this point in miles, I had several things go wrong with my older bike. But then again, it was an older bike by a few years.

    I changed the oil, chain and sprokets, tires twice, air filter, and no new brake pads yet.

    Oh, and due to one of the drops, I did have to replace a bent clutch part but that was no big deal and again, my fault.

    I have taken her out on dirt roads a bit and she managed just fine.

    I would like to know what anyone has done to their strom to assist in less damage to the bike at stopped bike drops. What have you put on your bike to keep the damage down to a minimum? For example, swing arm bars, metal wind handlebars, crash bars, carbon anything....what?

    She definately does not have that new bike look to her, but she's still a beauty.
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  3. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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    I would like to know what anyone has done to their strom to assist in less damage to the bike at stopped bike drops. What have you put on your bike to keep the damage down to a minimum? For example, swing arm bars, metal wind handlebars, crash bars, carbon anything....what?

    already have the crash bar but handlebars nubs are scratched and the hand wind guard is cracked.

    Thanks,
  4. TimFerret

    TimFerret Guest

    Hi Super Suz! I've got the X model with the crash bars, and Givi racks on the back. I've had a couple of stationary drops and found on the first one that the racks and bars pretty much saved it. Only scuffed hand guard and broken indicator. Fitted a pair of flush mount indicators after that (about the size of half an egg cut lengthways) which fall behind the line of the crash bars, and when I next dropped it they were untouched. Only the same scuffs but on the other side!
    Tim.
  5. ADVChic

    ADVChic Adventurer

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    Hi, ADVChic checking in from beautiful southern Ohio. I am picking up my Wee-Strom tomorrow. Matte black 650 - CANNOT wait. We have some of the best roads in the states here and I am looking forward to getting her on the twisties.
  6. AZstrommer

    AZstrommer Long may she wave!

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    Welcome to the collective, ADVChic. I'm on my second Wee so I know the feeling!

    Post pics of you and your new Stealth Wee when you pick it up.

    Have fun on those back roads in So. Ohio and West-by-God Virginia.

    A former Buckeye in AZ.

    AZstrommer
  7. zoomiecounter

    zoomiecounter n00b

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    Just curious if anyone knows or heard about the guys from canada who rode to baja mexico and back. One was an a yamaha sport tour bike and the other on a v-strom 1k. should have got some contact info when i crossed trails with them in Dubois, Idaho this spring. They seemed like good folks.
  8. DKM455

    DKM455 fng

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    Just thought I'd say hey. So...hey!
  9. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    Motech engine guards and Buell turn signals.
  10. Az Taz

    Az Taz Adventurer

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    Love my Wee. It is the best bike I have ever owned.:clap
  11. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Ive sold my 06 V-Strom and am in the process of trading an old BMW for a 05 WEE, The 1000 was nice but I go too Damn fast on it and Im hoping the WEE will be better on the tight bumpy backroads I like to zing around on and be a little better in the dirt as well. Trade should happen tommorow so I'll post a pic when it happens. Never even rode a WEE yet but Ive heard their good. Its funny theres never any stories about blown drive trains or dead electrics on this thread like the BMW threads,I wonder why that is?:lol3
  12. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    We are too mellow. If you look up "Mellow" in the dictionary, there is a picture of a guy on a DL650....
  13. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    Another for good measure. Suches Georgia this past Friday at sunrise.

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  14. Zurgg

    Zurgg Been here awhile

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    Hello all

    Picked up a new Big Vee just the other week. Awaiting delivery of the MRA screen. Trying to decide on pipes. I really like the look of the TwoBros M5s. Crashbars are next though.

    cheers

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  15. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    I have been assimilated. I picked up a used K8 Dl650 Saturday. Another Bumble Wee owner here! Let the farkling begin!:evil

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  16. mmg781

    mmg781 Been here awhile

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    Picked up my new 08 650 ABS this Saturday! I absolutely love this machine. Here she is, straight stock. OEM rear trunk, centerstand, and handguard set on the way. More to come once I unload my Boulevard M50 accessories.

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  17. COBAUM

    COBAUM How Did I Get Here?

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    Just got back from Westfest. Took the Wee on the Alpine Loop and had no problems. I use the Hyde Racing ABS rock guard and it was plenty. It took rocks and ruts like a champ. I was able to keep up with a KTM 950 with no problem. My other riding partner was on a 1200 GS and I we did a road ride through some twisties and I kept taking off and leaving him. He could catch me quickly enough but it was not a gimme. We got back and I asked how fast his speedo read (since the Wee is so far off) and he said at one point it was 110. I love this bike.
  18. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    As a ex racer and competitive trail rider,mellow has never been applied to my plan of attack,slow the F down has been mentioned and ignored. Heres my new WEE! It does work well and handles quite a bit better then my old 1000 V on tight roads.The seat does indeed suck for my heidth.Who wants to trade a 1000 seat for a 650 seat?
  19. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Ive got the Hyde racing skid plate/pipe gaurd on my TwoStroke 250 KTM and it works great! Slides over logs way better then a aluminum skidplate and weighs less. Didnt know they made one for a WEE.
  20. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    The Two bros pipes are gawdawful loud unless they have made some changes,very irritating on a long ride. Nice bike though!