Wee Strom DL650

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by dwc, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Chef Gareth

    Chef Gareth Live 2 Ride

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    Hey pete, hows the new wheels (no pun intended) going ?
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  2. PeterW

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    Goes good. Pretty pleased, totalled a roo a week ago with zero damage to me or the bike. Ran under the front wheel, the bike bounced about 1m into the air, landed again about 3m further up the road :huh
    (Not so much happy times for the roo).

    So yeah, any bike that'll save my ass is a great one. Cleanup was easy, the roo was a near colour match for the bike.

    Cheers
    Pete
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  3. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    I run tubes in the tubless so it got me home but I was lucky - the last 25km of bitchemen twisties before o discovered it I really hooked in :D

    I will claim on insurance :D

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  4. Chef Gareth

    Chef Gareth Live 2 Ride

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    Wow that must of got the old ticker going :eek1 Have you sold your old girl yet ? I know steve c is looking for a new ride after crashing out the other week and totleing his beast. We will have to organise another overnighter soon before it chills down :wink:
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  5. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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    The K6 is still there. My frame is in good shape, engine is O.K. but high K's.

    If the engine on his bike was low k's and he can get it back cheap enough we could have a "heart transplant" get together. That'd make a fun get together, barbecue, bike rebuild, beer - I mean, what could go wrong :lol3

    Cheers
    Pete
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  6. Chef Gareth

    Chef Gareth Live 2 Ride

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    Steves bike had around 100,000k from memery. Hope he keeps stromming but may end up with a DR or simalar for his bush adventures. I think Gary is trying to organise another lions rd camp on the 12th May, will keep you in the loop!!

    Ride safe and have fun,

    Chef
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  7. dwc

    dwc Been here awhile

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    Hi,

    Going to change the fork oil soon and replace the rear brake disc. Can anyone tell me the oil capacity of each fork and also the torque settings for the brake disc bolts?

    In anticipation DWC
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  8. njpaddler

    njpaddler Been here awhile

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    I came out of the building to leave work at 9-ish last night and started the
    Wee-strom only to find that I had no headlight. I checked both fuses, ok, shined
    flashlight into the two bulbs, filaments looked intact, wiggled wires behind them
    and underneath the fusebox, shut it down and re-started, worked the high-beam
    and Pass switches- still no headlight.

    So, I rode home in the dark with flashers on, a bit puckered, & luckily didn't get hit or
    ticketed, made it to the garage much relieved and swapped for the Jeep. Lucky I
    keep a spare key on me.

    No power at the two fuses when I turn the key, fuses are intact. I'm looking at the Hi/Lo switch next.

    Has anybody here had unexplained headlight failure ?

    TIA !
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  9. OaklandStrom

    OaklandStrom Long timer

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    I haven't had this problem. However, I would be surprised if the fuses are between the switch and the headlight. I assume the fuses would be between the battery and the headlight.

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  10. njpaddler

    njpaddler Been here awhile

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    Right, the fuse block is powered by a direct-to-battery wire. The other fuses in the block are powered when key is turned, except for FUEL. That's always on.
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  11. Jamie Z

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    Most likely culprit is starter button. This is a known issue with the Strom, though most people simply report periodic trouble. Try wiggling the starter button to see if the lights come back on. If necessary, you can pull the switch apart and clean it up and the add an Eastern Beaver headlight relay kit so it doesn't happen again.

    Jamie
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  12. njpaddler

    njpaddler Been here awhile

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    Starter switch, took it apart, blew out dirt & cobweb, headlights back on now. Whew.
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  13. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    New second hand spoked wheels arrived :D

    happy as a pig in mud :D
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  14. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Great! Glad you figured it out.

    Jamie
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  15. whittrated03

    whittrated03 Steady Rollin' Man

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    Better getcha sum dem der crasher bars and a skidding plate...It will protect that beautiful baby. Congrats! This will be the best bike you ever own.
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  16. whittrated03

    whittrated03 Steady Rollin' Man

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    Wheres the rest of the bike? I love the whites!
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  17. whittrated03

    whittrated03 Steady Rollin' Man

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    A very easy way to improve rear braking is to put another caliper under the one that is on there. I found a company that makes the bracket and lines. it just bolts on. I believe it came from a "Stunt" shop. These stunters come up with some awesome custom bracketry and ideas. Ill try to find the link.
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  18. whittrated03

    whittrated03 Steady Rollin' Man

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    I bet some sort of corrosive spray would work. Painting the correct way will work and last forever but it has to be done the right way with right materials. I feel ya, it sux having rusting fasteners on the bike. My Yamaha FZ1 has a ton of rusted bolts on it and since I bought it from Houston, the salt from the Gulf did its thing to speed up the process
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  19. MakerChief

    MakerChief Adventurer

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    True that! I have a 1000m with her now. I de-stickered her and added mirror guards. I am STILL waiting for the cases and they PROMISE me the engine guards will be in next week. Not sure what's next after that. Probably a mad stad and new windscreen.

    I really, really love this bike! :clap
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  20. matts1050

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    Lets talk tires. I am picking up a '09 650 Tuesday. I do a lot of smooth dirt roads but at least a few roads that are not well maintained. I still want good performance on road as I will use this bike for my winter ride. Also, how good is the alternator? I have Gerbings jacket liner and gloves. Anyone install HID lights? They work OK?
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