VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Most likely 2017+, unless I'd find a really nice used one only a few years old.
  2. rickh123

    rickh123 Been here awhile

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    Certainly don't spend any money on OEM panniers. Not even used. Crappy fit and finish and totally useless in my opinion. They look nice but only from far away. Take a close look and you'll see these are not worth a penny. I do have GIVI Trekker Outback on my WEE2 and must say expensive but worth the money. Not very good experience with OEM Suzuki/SW Motech Trax I've got with the bike and sold them after a while but must say the new Trax ADV model is a big step up.
  3. tjzondrz

    tjzondrz Non-Nefarious

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    I like mine. And the Pelican top box. Your opinion may vary.
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    Happy Thanksgiving.
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  4. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    Happy turkey day all!

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  5. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Are those the Suzuki OEM bags? I thought they were more square and had a metallic look to them?
  6. eakins

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    I think they are and made by Shad.
  7. tjzondrz

    tjzondrz Non-Nefarious

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    Yes they are Suzuki OEM.
  8. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Slight change....bike will be a 2013 model.
    Probably doesn't make much difference though.
  9. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    QUESTION:1st gen rear spring SIZE

    Hello guyz! What is the size of the rear spring on the first gen? What is the lenght and the ID(internal diameter)

    Thanks!
  10. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Been here awhile

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    I saw the deal on Stromtroopers. Good job!
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  11. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Too good to pass up.
    Been thinking of getting a lighter bike for a few years, the Wee just seems to hit all the right buttons, at a good price. Lots of dealers around too. Never heard anything bad about them, a do-it-all bike. Honda ST1300 has been a great bike.... but heavy and not very dirt road friendly.
    Now to the farkling!
  12. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Nerds Rule

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    Check RaceTech, but I THINK that an Eibach 8" by 2.25 will fit with the appropriate collars. Possibly wishful thinking on my part.
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  13. rickh123

    rickh123 Been here awhile

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    Actually it does. Much more to choose from for this model (either new or used). You scored great on the bike. this way you have more left over money to spend on farkles.
  14. cyclopathic

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    AT would be a better choice (this is coming from Strom owner and confirmed AT hater). You would need to invest into tubeless conversion but AT would be a better fit good luck.
  15. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    Except the rule of 5% states pick bike for toughest 5% of the ride, not 95% rest you can get through them on any bike.
  16. NJDualsporter

    NJDualsporter Been here awhile

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    What brand rear tire is that?
  17. guywithchickens

    guywithchickens Been here awhile

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    Just applied ACF-50 yesterday. CT started salting the roads already. There's already some corrosion on engine and wheels (but bike is a 2004, so it's had a long life so far). Hoping this helps, at least provides peace of mind.

    Anybody else use it?
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  18. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    ACF-50 is outstanding stuff. I had a mailbox with a rusted and seized piano hinge. It completely freed up withing 30 minutes of application and has been fine for five years on the original application. I used it on all the wiring connectors I could find and never had any of the problems I've seen reported so often. Brits have a service called All Year Biker that masks off the brakes, grips and tires then fogs ACF-50 on the entire rest of the bike with the seat off. Those who don't do that have big problems with salt while those that do it report outstanding results. It was developed for use on aircraft. Like WD-40 was the 40th water displacement formula tested, ACF-50 was the 50th anti corrosion formula tested.
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  19. eakins

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    Did you just make that rule up?
    I've been into motos for almost 30 years, on ADV for 15 years and in the Moto industry for 10 years and I've never heard anyone say that. Googling revealed nothing about that. I'd say you should have the correct bike for 95% of your ride.

    Also When talking about adding that Bales oil filter adapter you stated people had problems with the HiFiltro filters. Can you show me where people are having problems? I've been using those for 10 years and found them to always be top shelf. Once again Googling did not come up with people having problems with those :dunno
  20. eakins

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    I've also found for rusted parts only Kroil is tops for freeing them. In tests Kroil was found to work 2nd best above all except acetone and ATF. I mail order it as it's not found locally and have turned others on to it.

    http://www.kanolabs.com/

    If the Kroil (kreeping oil) alone does not free a rusted bolt then some fast flame and Kroil never fails. CRC freeze off & Kroil work well together too.

    Ps I've seen in person a MiniDuctor in action in the auto world of rusted bolts. Beyond amazing! Google it. $ but the ultimate tool for a pro mechanic.