VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. R'oli

    R'oli Been here awhile

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    thanks for the reply. I know I need something else just don't know what, I have been reading/researching DS bikes;KTM690 has the most sex appeal and is probably more bike than I need, XR650L is probably too tall and very old technology, which isn't always a bad thing, DR650 from what I gather (and excuse me for saying so) is under powered and better suited for the street, I'd like to settle on one bike for various reasons(3kids-$$$ports)...so there you have it. PM if you have any suggestions and thanks again.
  2. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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    Ditto.

    Once you've dialed the DL's suspension in w/continuous rate springs (for you weight and riding style), correct fork oil, fork brace and a quality rear shock this bike will amaze you with what it's capable of handling-wise (dirt roads or asphalt). As someone else mentioned however if dirt single track is your pleasure then you SHOULD be on something like a DR. My '06 rivals my old VFR, KTM Adv and GS1150 on asphalt. None of the aforementioned could come close to the KTM off road however come to think of it. Maybe that's your pleasure. Think DR with over 85HP.:evil
  3. paupertom

    paupertom n00b

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    I purchased the DL1000 Vstrom. I installed the Pelican panniers. I love this scooter. the long wheel base helps it track on interstates.
  4. der_saeufer

    der_saeufer ?איפה בירה

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    XR650L and DR650 are very similar bikes; add water cooling and more gas tank and the KLR650A ('87-'07) is also quite similar. All three are tall, slow streetbikes with shitty brakes (seat heights from 34-36" and about 35hp all round) and fat, heavy dirt bikes (the KLR is heaviest). All three are also simple, cheap, common and easy to keep on the road. The DRz400 is also a similar option.

    If you want to ride primarily off-road, neither Strom is the right bike for you. It's really an adventure tourer, not a true dualsport.

    I've just bought a DL650 and my only regret is not having bought one years ago, but my KLR isn't going anywhere. Yes, for the record, had I planned on buying the Strom when I was KLR shopping, I probably would have gotten a DR or XRL.

    Sure, the DL is probably capable of doing 80% of the stuff I do with the KLR, but rocky singletrack in the forest sure is easier on a narrower, lighter KLR with its longer suspension travel. Likewise, going 80mph and hard braking on pavement are far nicer on the Strom with an extra cylinder and an extra front disc. It's nice to be able to have semi-knobby tires on the KLR and 90/10 tires on the DL without worrying about tearing the KLR's knobbies to pieces riding the slab or about washing the front end of the DL out on loose surfaces.

    R'oll, it sounds like you have your street needs covered. In that case, get a plated dirt bike and enjoy! The DL650/1000 is a hell of a motorcycle and has a huge following on here for good reason, but it's not a "real" dirt bike and never will be.
  5. lharrell79

    lharrell79 Been here awhile

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    I agree with getting the DL1000 right off. I actually find myself wishing the 1000 had more power. It seems a little anemic to me. So I can't imagine what the 650's feel like.

    Lucas
  6. spibbie

    spibbie sportster barbarian

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    Well...

    the Wee feels much more powerful than a ninja 250.
  7. BobbyLee666

    BobbyLee666 Been here awhile

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    To me, it feels like the perfect (almost) bike. :D
  8. lharrell79

    lharrell79 Been here awhile

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    This is true, I had 2008 Ninja 250 about a month ago, and it was terribly slow. So slow, I thought there was something wrong with it. In reality, they're really that slow.

    Lucas
  9. A.K.

    A.K. Been here awhile

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    I picked the bike up from the repair facility yesterday afternoon. Rush hour traffic, everybody was extremely slow, or at least this is what I thought until I looked at the speedo. I was doing 160 km/h (100 mph) indicated, that is about 150 km/h (90 mph). I have no complains about the power of my Wee.
  10. CRStromer

    CRStromer GUS C.

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    90.000 Kilometers on my K2 DL1000 and going!!... :evil love this bike!!

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  11. devo2002

    devo2002 -Devo

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    Musta had a bad Ninja, my 04' nearly hit 100 before I wimped out.
  12. lharrell79

    lharrell79 Been here awhile

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    No, it was perfectly fine. I topped it out at 97mph. I just took forever to get there.

    Lucas
  13. Pistolero

    Pistolero W. F. O.

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    So has your bike took a nap on those touratech crash bars yet? If so how did they do? Thinking of getting some for my future wee and not many people have them. Thanks!
  14. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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    Post it up, n00b. :bmwrider
  15. M Singer

    M Singer Been here awhile

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    I doubt that there is anything wrong with either you or the bike. It just doesn't turn you on. Time for something different I'd say.
  16. jva118

    jva118 Adventurer

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    Just picked a wee up last weekend in NC. Love it so far. I have 3 seats ; a stock 1000, 650, and a corbin for it. I am just trying to figure out which one I like best( hurts my arse the least). The only other decision is which bash plate and engine guards to get.
  17. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    Not sure if I have checked in here but thought I would today as my farkling is almost done (have spent a little over 3K on farkles). The bike still has some rash on my left Givi bag from a low side in June, not fixed that yet. It is a '07 Wee that was bought new by my son. I bought it from him in April to replace my old Honda Pacific Coast that I have put 162,000 miles on. Here is a not very good pic of my bike...

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  18. devo2002

    devo2002 -Devo

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    I posted this same question on vstrom.info, but I doubt I'll get much feedback so here goes.


    I will be buying a set of Shinko's 705 radials in the next month for my Nova Scotia trip and wish to hear from people who have run the gambit of terrain on these tires.

    From what I gather from this thread, they call for 33 psi front 36 psi rear; what's the psi people are running for true off road adventures? My only experience is my XT225.

    Also, as this is my first real foray into offroad exploration, if you are doing 50/50 on/offroad; do the majority of you air down to offroad pressures and then put some more air in via small tire pump when you return to the road or do you find a happy medium?
  19. ToniBraxton

    ToniBraxton Weeeee

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  20. mike1952

    mike1952 Long timer

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    Just got back from a 1700 mile loop of Michigan on my 06 DL650. Ran great and had plenty of room of camping stuff just like other trips. I love this bike. I am 59 and am feeling great today even after sleeping on the ground the last few days. Very comfy bike.