VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Brutalguyracing (just razing you here)...oh my, what a small tool tube you have. :imaposer

    THESE are tool tubes: each one is a full 6 inch I.D.and 18" long. :-)
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  2. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    Where are you going to mount Rotopax?
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  3. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    Why what big tool tubes you have

    Whats the easiest way to observe full wheel travel
    I just would like to check that the tool tube will not hit under full compression, before i mount it for good

    Also what brake pads are recommended?


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  4. DodgeOmni86

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    Ebc pads
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  5. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    No Rotopax for me, or this bike. Been down that road before, and decided to not use Rotopax on this bike.

    What I "do" have, but not seen in the pictures...yet....are a couple of 1.5 litre Primus fuel bottles, mounted on the very back wall of the two Panniers. One Primus bottle on each pannier back side. Okay, technically I also have two more 1.5 litre Primus bottles, which are mounted on the FRONT face of each pannier, but I have painted these other 2 Primus bottles a Baby Blue color, and will use them as a potable water source, for keeping hydrated on the road. The two Primus bottles on the back of the panniers are RED, and the two on the front of the panniers are Baby Blue.

    In an extreme emergency, those Baby Blue Primus bottles can be put into service as additional FUEL bottles. Just need to remember to wash them out well with Iso Alcohol before using again for drinking water.

    At 1.5 litres each, that gives me an additional 3.0 litres of fuel, which when added to the 5.3 gallon fuel tank, gives me 6.0 gallons of fuel, or a usable 5.7 gallons. If push comes to shove (let's hope it doesn't come to that), I can utilize the other two Primus bottles, and get an extra 80+ miles worth of fuel out of them...if I know in advance...and fill them with fuel, rather than water. :-)
  6. cyclopathic

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    Front or rear?

    I am using Sixity ceramics (full set for bike is <$20) and cannot be happier, but this is with 4-pot conversion. The ceramic pads are usually GG or GF, very soft initial bite with progressive built up. The EBC HH obviously stronger, but they are also very grabby; at least for a few thousands until they bed in and some of the copper rubs into rotors. Still with them you are much likelier lock front wheel on initial bite in emergency braking. They are also very abrasive and will wear rotors at much higher pace.

    The OEM Wee rears are Nissin FF so GF-rated ceramic would be step up in power and IMHO HH overkill for rear.

    For front I would go with HH (EBC or even off-brand like Volar) for OEM 2-pots if you need more power, and with ceramics (Sixity, etc) for rear or for 4-pot front. The set of BikeMaster ceramic/kevlar pads on 4-pot has 35k, and it is not even half worn. Very smooth, consistent in cold/wet/mud/etc and with 4-pot power is there 2-finger stoppies are very doable.

    EDIT: Galfer Advance Ceramics are rated HH, so this is probably the best choice for 2-pot fronts.
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  7. DodgeOmni86

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    Has anyone ever experienced for the lack of a better term "chugging" while going down the road at highway speeds, no load, a new chain and sprockets set to the right slack, but a old set of tires? Never noticed it at lower speeds or in any other gear, flat road with no head wind. Feels like a REALLY loose chain but I know that it's not. 05 1k with 59k miles
  8. ShineySideUp

    ShineySideUp Been here awhile

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  9. DodgeOmni86

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    Previous owner has had this done already or I would be thinking the same. I've had the bike for 2.5 years and have logged over 20k, it's been going on since I got it just asking now due to all the new parts, also new flywheel, stator and battery.
  10. Downs

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    I get this after extended highway runs at speeds over 70 when I use partial throttle. For all my tinkering I've never found out what causes it and the forums haven't helped either. My next try is to replace the TPS sensors. Cause it feels to me like someone is slamming the throttles open and shut. Like fueling almost.


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  11. DodgeOmni86

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    Oh I forgot new monkey nuts as well
  12. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    You mean like it's surging? What RPM is the motor turning at that point? Have you ever adjusted the FI for the lean off idle/partial throttle condition?

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  13. DodgeOmni86

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    Yes surging would be a more correct term. Stock gearing so 60-65 mph an that puts me between the 3-3500 rpm mark. Never adjusted anything FI wise but have had the valves an TB sync done about a year ago with no change. I'm aware of the mechanical noise or un-smothness of the engine at lower rpm under a load. I just sold my triumph so I know what a noisy engine sounds like. If someone lived close enough id gladly let them experience it. Daily driving I shift all gears between 3500 an 4k, seems to be happy there and I do allot of highway driving because it's my DD an i ride all year.
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  14. Hammerdown77

    Hammerdown77 Been here awhile

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    Run it at 4k. At the rpms you are using, you're down where the fueling is lean, and you are definitely getting surging. I had this before adding a Power Commander.
    These bikes are terribly lean from the factory in those rpm ranges.

    Also, get a throttle body sync, BOTH primary and secondary. When my secondary throttle plates were out a bit, the bike would noticeably surge at 3500-3800 rpm, constant speed, light load and throttle opening.
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  15. Len

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    Have you checked the cush rubbers?
  16. Downs

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    Even after a TB sync, plugs, ect, ect mine will surge pretty hard at light throttle opening no matter the RPMs turning, weather doesn't seem to be a contributing factor. This is only after a long High speed (over 70 mph) highway run and once I ride around at lower speeds for a little while (probably 20 or 30 mins) it goes away. I'm still not sure what could be causing it and I haven't had any luck finding anyone with the same problems I've been having, nor have I founda anything searching historical posts all over the place.

    My cush drive rubbers are fine and tight. This feels almost like the bike is slamming the secondaries shut rapidly even though I've got a steady throttle opening.
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  17. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Downs, your problem may a bit different, but I bet it's also related to the lean tuning of the FI at small throttle openings. People used to mess with the TB sync them again (and again and again...), changing plugs, adjusting TPS (again and again and again...) etc. etc. to no avail. You can't fix what is essentially an FI tuning problem with other components.

    There used to be a Yosh Box loaner program on the V-Strom forum (what is now VSRI, I guess). You use it to change the fueling at low throttle openings. It has 3 ranges, you only need to adjust the lower one. I added about 5% more fuel in that range, and that solved the problem completely (IIRC, don't sue me over a percent +/-, it's been 16 years since I did this to my DL1K :gerg). Obviously, you can do this with a Power Commander too, but the loaner Yosh Box was more convenient and free at the time... :deal

    Gustavo
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  18. Kegler

    Kegler Been here awhile

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    I have a '05 1000 with just under 30 thousand miles and had the same issue below 4000 RPM. Bike ran perfectly fine at 4000 and above. I did a little research and found that the '05 model was very lean under 4000.....more so than the previous and later models. Don't know if there was some change by the EPA that year or what. Anyway, I sprung for a Power Commander V for $300 and it has been the best money I have spent on the old girl thus far. Preprogrammed for my bike, with options for aftermarket exhaust and intake if you have them, very simple to install, and the results transform the bike at the lower RPM's.

    Now for that Werks clutch basket this winter........

    Willie
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  19. vincent stromberg

    vincent stromberg n00b

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    I would advise against the HT center stand. Mine failed while putting it up, at the depressor leg. Stand was installed on a bike I bought second-hand so apparently I'm SOL. NEVER seen a center stand fail. Not a happy camper over here.:muutt
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  20. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Vincent, what year is your bike, that the HT centerstand failed on ??? They just installed one on my '17 V-Strom 650XT, and it works "okay". Not as smooth to lift the bike up and onto the centerstand as I am used to with OEM centerstands, but...it is well made.

    Have you considered having it re-welded...with a small brace put in there, so it won't break again?