VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. rsteiger

    rsteiger Bob

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    I have been running Pilot Road 4s on my Ninja 650R and have been very happy with the performance on wet and dry pavement. They make a Pilot Road 4 Trail in a 19" tire that fits the Strom (https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/...ycle-Tire?v=2017-SUZUKI-V-Strom-650XT-DL650XA)
  2. Argus16

    Argus16 Poseur

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    On all the new bikes I've bought or ridden those OEM Trailwings are proving themselves over and over.
    But if you insist on replacing them the Anakee 3 is very popular....
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  3. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    There is no reason to buy sport-touring tires when adv-touring tires (90/10) are just as good on the street (and maybe better when wet) and will typically have deeper treads, leading to longer life. If wet traction is a priority, Pirelli Scorpion Trail II is the best answer.

    Gustavo
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  4. Eyebooger

    Eyebooger One-man peanut gallery

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    I like the Shinko 705s that I put on my ‘11 Wee, but I’m old and slow.
    I’m 99% street and 1% gravel driveway at the roadside tavern. :beer
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  5. AZstrommer

    AZstrommer Long may she wave!

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    Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trails transformed my '04 Wee. It has 94,000 miles on it and it handles like a new bike.
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  6. EJJ

    EJJ Dog lover

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  7. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    off topic
    trackimo gps tracking device just screwed me over
    anyone have any recommendations for another tracking unit?
  8. Weevrider

    Weevrider Been here awhile

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    I own a 2018 Vstrom 1000 xt. I have been looking for some handlebar risers. Need the bigger diameter ones for the xt version. Any ideas. A quick look at SW Motech didn’t produce much luck. I don’t want to have to replace cables or brake lines or fight with tight cables.
  9. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Lots of options, but anything taller than a 1" riser is going to require re-routing cables at the very least.

    Rox, PowerMadd, Rizoma, SW-Motech, etc. all have several types of risers that work with fat bars (1-1/8" or 28mm). You just need to figure out what it is you want - straight up, up and back, adjustable angle, etc.

    Gustavo
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  10. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    My last set were Avon Distanzias, liked them.
  11. Powerslave

    Powerslave n00by tires that would be

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    Metzler Tourance have been good mileage for me. Easily get 12k for a rear and 18 ish for the front. It squares off on the back but commuting will do that.


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  12. seasdes

    seasdes Adventurer

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    Yeah. I have been using a YB Tracker for the past 4 years. Rugged reliable and reasonably priced to run. Has been used in many places overseas and locally.
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  13. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    I'm going with black and gray. Just like the stock seat basically.
  14. The_Eccentric

    The_Eccentric Gearhead.

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    Have you checked your Throttle Position Sensor? Could be out of range on the low end.
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  15. The_Eccentric

    The_Eccentric Gearhead.

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    I've been running a set of these for a while. A bit crude, but a good deal for the price. I had to fiddle with the stock springs a bit to get them to return. Also, they sit taller than the stock pegs.
  16. rsteiger

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    On my 2009 DL650 I installed a SW Motech Center stand and it served me well for over 65,000 miles. It was a little concerning on how the bike would twist side to side while on the stand but there was never a time where this created a problem while using the stand.

    So on my 2017 DL650XT the dealer threw in a Suzuki center stand in the deal.. which means I probably paid for it in the admin fees but it is all good. I have done a lot of business with this dealer over the years and he always calls me when they have an interesting bike in and sets up a demo ride for me.

    He had to get my DL650 from another dealer (I wanted the Yellow one) and once he found a bike he then ordered the center stand. Problem is the bike showed up before the center stand and he asked if I would mine bringing the bike back in so he could install the stand when it arrived. I told him no worries but I would prefer to install the center stand myself since I like to know how my bike is put together. So the stand arrived yesterday and I put it on that evening when I got home from work.

    I am really not sure why the Suzuki center stand seems to get this bad rap about not being as good as the SW Motech. So far I actually prefer it over my older SW Motech stand for several reasons:

    1. The Suzuki stand uses all three attacment points for the center stand on the DL650. The SW Motech uses two of these and cantilevers the pivot point at the bottom of the bracket.
    2. The Suzuki brackets had the spacers welded in place on the bracket whereas the SW Motech has spacers that slide on the attachment bolts.
    3. The combination of the first two items provides a must more robust attachment for the Suzuki center stand. The is no side to side twist on the Suzuki center stand.
    4. The SW Motech cantilevered pivot point eats away at ground clearance since it sits lower than the Suzuki pivot point.
    5. There may be a bit more mechanical advantage with the SW Motech stand that will allow you to get the bike on stand easier than the Suzuki stand but I did not notice any objectionable effort with the Suzuki stand. I have been riding bikes since 14 and actually learned how to use a center stand by and old mechanic who saw me struggling getting my 1978 Yamaha XS650 up on the stand. Best bit of advice I got from him was "if you are struggling then you are doing it wrong".
    6. Getting the springs installed on the Suzuki stand was a much bigger pain that on the SW Motech due to where the attachment points are located. If you have the right tool this may not be as big of an issue but alas I did not have the right tool.
    7. The Suzuki center stand actually uses bushings for the pivot where my old SW Motech did not - it was steel on steel. Not sure how this will impact durability.
    IMHO I don't think you can't go wrong with either stand. My experience is the SW Motech stand will last a long time but is a bit more flimsy than the Suzuki stand. The Suzuki stand offers better ground clearance and is more rigid but I don't know how it will do in the long run - however I am about to find out.
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  17. V-Tom

    V-Tom Long timer

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    There seems to be this automatic assumption that Manufacturer's stuff is not as good as aftermarket. In some cases it may be deserved but I have had nothing but good experience over the years with the factory Centerstands on my three V-Stroms I have owned.

    They certainly work well... step on the stand and the bike goes up easy.

    ..Tom
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  18. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    In case of the centerstands on the DLs it was well deserved. The Suzuki OEM stand was well made, but limited clearance on the left side. My DL1K had one, and even after raising the rear an extra 1", it would still be the first thing to drag on the left side (OK, the extra long peg feeler would have been the first thing, but that was downright ridiculous in length). I haven't looked at the 2018 stand in detail, but it didn't seem very different from the older ones in that the leg sticks out a lot more than on the aftermarket ones. It would be good to get some side by side pics so that people can make a more informed decision when deciding which one to get. When I have a bit of time I'll try to do that, unless someone beats me to it.

    Gustavo
  19. cavemanjed

    cavemanjed Been here awhile

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    I had a Tl 1000 that would do that, was a throttle position sensor issue that caused it. Not the exact same bike obviously but I imagine similar parts given the V's are a descendant of the TL's.
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  20. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    so i just installed my tutoro oiler yesterday
    i just noticed that i installed the helix piece at the end of the clear tube
    will this be a problem? as i am using the single nozzle
    if i remove it then my hose will be too short
    i just got back from a 75 mile ride all looks well with little to no fling off and chain looks oily
    so i guess thats good
    any thoughts
    oh and installed my wide pegs, woot love them so far
    although they are a bit taller
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