VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    On another note
    On my 705's
    They still fell the same after 200 or so miles
    I just looked and hell they still have 50% of the nubs down the center of tire
    So i will hold off my judgement for a while longer
    But as of now id say i would not put 705's on again
    They just dont fell confident when turning
    Its like they become heavy in turns, idk


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  2. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    I think part of the problem is that we all ride differently and have different expectations. The guys that rave about the 705's probably ride a lot more dirt and it's a compromise they are willing to make and don't even think about the impact to street handling because it's not important to them. The improved traction in dirt is all that matters. If you don't ride that much dirt and most of your riding is on the street, it might not be the right compromise for you.

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  3. Bad Dad

    Bad Dad Been here awhile

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    Happy with all my stuff from Ricks and my Ravetech purchases also. Still have to do the windshield spring upgrade to help stabilise my dashboard, bounces to much with the GPS. I did break the foot, nut, off of the right side Ravetech skidplate mount strut. Decent rock hit and poor weld penetration.
  4. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Looks good Mcmann. In reference to your "keeping the bike light" philosophy, i DO wonder what my bike's total farkle weight is! Gotta be an extra 50 to 75 pounds once you count racks, luggage, crashbars & skidplate, etc. One of these days i'll find a scale somewhere and get it weighed. (Not that it would change anything, but I'm sure I'm in for a surprise!) :confused
  5. jathkajoe

    jathkajoe Been here awhile

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    Leaving Tok last year, full fuel, 3 days grub, full camp gear, 20 liters spare fuel, my long trip tool bags and a spare chain and set of sprockets, there's a weigh station so out of curiosity I asked if I could check my gross. 1040 pounds with me on it.
    The Vee carries that weight well.
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  6. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    Yes but i have been running these same tires for 24,000 miles on my dr
    They felt great on pavement
    So i dont know why these handle so crappy


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  7. toxies1

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    Sometimes it just a bad tire, I had the same with a set of pirelli scorpion trail they never felt like they had grip, messing with my confidence, think for me it was the front one, funny that i had the same tires before and they made me feel like Rossi

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  8. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I wouldn't go that far. My current set of Mitas E07s has been through BRP, Tail of Dragon, Lincoln/Midleburry passes, Catskills, Adirondacks, WA-20, Casair, ToW/Tylor, Atigun pass, Icefields, Road to the Sun, NC-9, 197, etc. And I do care about on-road performance b/c that's they spent most of the time.

    705 are fine faster turn in and they will make loaded bike unstable at super slab speeds. IMHO the initial turn on them is about or slightly faster than OEMs; but then they just fall into turns at higher lean angle, YMMV

    EDIT: at OP, remove rubber hair it makes many tires feel funny one way or another.
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  9. DodgeOmni86

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    I've got 805's and they do turn in like crap and just make the bike feel slugish, with that said they do really hook up offroad to the point that they kinda take the fun out of ripping through a fresh bean field. Hard to drift with all that hookup. Even with the large knobs that these have I can still get her over and grind off the foot pegs. I have a set of 705's on deck and should have those bad bois on in the next month or so (still gotta kill the 805's)
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  10. Hammerdown77

    Hammerdown77 Been here awhile

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    Check out the Power Commander Fuel Controller (PCFC). That's what I have. They are $200, and can often be found for less. I think I paid $180 for mine.
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  11. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    So what is the fair price for valve adjustment?
  12. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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  13. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I'll bring the beer... where are you at?

    I had done the check earlier but not really motivated to take the rear timing chain off if it needs adjustment. But then again for amount they quoted me..
  14. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Been here awhile

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    Wish I'd have thought of that...Wait, I did 14 posts back...:dunno
  15. vanseagal

    vanseagal Been here awhile

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    Does anybody have any experience of Cosmo Accessories skidplates or their other products? Price is tempting for skidplate. 110€ for aluminium.

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  16. Downs

    Downs KK6RBI

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    An indie shop here in dallas did mine for 350 or 400 I think. I just didn't have the time to mess with it with work and all.


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  17. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I have the steel one specifically for durability and would not recommend. It is strong, durable but even with Install to crash bars from inside it reduces clearance more than other plates. Dragged it on many occasions both in corners and on bumps.
  18. marco-polo

    marco-polo Moron adventurer

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    I just installed the Cosmo steel one and found no difference from my old, tapped-out AdvMotoStuff skid plate. Vasilis did make a small change to the mounting about six months ago; he seems like a pretty straight shooter in general, and I've been quite happy with his stuff before.

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  19. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    So this valve check
    Realistically when should i have it done
    16 650 i am approaching 10 shortly
    I am a gambling man
    Been reading and so
    Many people have gone 30k or more and then checked and were still within spec
    Thoughts



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  20. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    Some people have gone over 100,000 miles with no adjustment needed. Others needed adjusting at the first scheduled check. The first check is the most important as you know nothing about how well the factory did the original shimming. I would want to do the first check earlier than later. Once I had results from the first check, I could decide if I could extend the interval to the next check or need to make adjustments.
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