2016 V-Strom 650 XT...Mod thread

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by MoBill, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    Calling GadgetBoy!! And a few others...You know ya gotta love this bike. I sold my 2007 after 45,000 miles and a desire to step into a Super Tenere. I bought another 2012 V-Strom, which I loved and sold after 20K because I wanted something crazy.

    To quote a friend over at Farm Rulz, everybody should have a hyperbike once in their life. The last 11,000 miles with the K1200S has been nothing short of breathtaking. A buddy in the PB500 crowd said, "Do NOT sell it, it's one of my few regrets".

    I won't pal...I won't--but ya know? The stable needs a V-Strom in it. It keeps coming back to that. At this stage (age?) I like the kind of dirt the DL does. And I love the XT wheels--same DIDs as were on my Tenere, Starchamp and I are pretty sure.

    So here it is...GB, farkling has already begun. Wait till ya see my color choice for handle bars, says the colorblind guy.

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    The tried and tested Laminarlip:
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    And the Givi luggage rack, so I can use one of my existing trekkers as a topcase:

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    The K bike is definitely the thrill I need. Riding that home from work on Saturday, on 295S I just couldn't help saying, "Thisss thing is soooooo fuckkkking fasssssst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" and laughing. But the DL is so competent in other ways, I gotta have one.

    Stay tuned friends. Eastern Beaver, Windam countours, heated grips, my old RKA tank bag powered up...and a few ram balls is all...maybe? :D
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  2. Bikehigh

    Bikehigh Not Dead Yet

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    Sweet!
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  3. Starchamp

    Starchamp Rebel Scum

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    Welcome back to the V! Social norms dictate that we settle down with one (and only one), eventually!
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  4. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Super Supporter

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    After 37 bikes (3 currently) I sold a faster, sexier, perfectly fine Triumph in favor of my 2015 XT! :beer I'm completely happy with the balance of ability, cost, low maintenance, and comfort!

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  5. CheapB

    CheapB Long timer Supporter

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    black looks good on the XT with the spoke wheels! :nod Enjoy!
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  6. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Super Supporter

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    You know what Peter Egan says... "There are only three proper colors for motorbikes. Black, red, and black!"

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  7. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Super Supporter

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    This is how she looks today. Puig touring screen, Givi skidplate, Suzuki gel seat, DL1000 hand guards, Seahorse cases.

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  8. Fattytwocakes

    Fattytwocakes Long timer

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    Got the same colour last year and very, very, happy with it.

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  9. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    Very nice. Very true Rebel Scum.

    So....Plenty to say about this build....but I disconnected something and threw an FI code....now can't find the dealer connector to clear it. Womp womp. Nothing happening in my MC world until I clear it and this bike starts again.

    You tube on the subject leads to pre 2012 models and where the dealer connector is located....not where this one is, I think
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  10. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Super Supporter

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    ^ ^ ^ Wish I could help, MoBill! I need to get myself a service manual...
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  11. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Super Supporter

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    FattyTwoCakes, those V35s look awesome! :super
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  12. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    So, some good looking bikes on here. And, mine is started and good to go. Funny story. Later.

    So, the beak needs to go. In a bit of a drunk rant, I was making fun of my betters over a Stromtrooper.com for their 40+ pages of interesting dialogue on to beak or not to beak. Um...does it serve a porpoise? Nay?
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  13. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    So, I'm gonna school yas on this beak. A lot on the internet about how to do this. Pay attention. Remove these push pins:
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    Remove the screws you see at the left and right (mirrored in below and then ne next pics) in the center:
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    Then you need special toolz. These are for door panels...and plastic shit:
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    You need to sit like this...penguin pajamas are required:
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    Push a little at the seam and separate the beak and the front cowling...just a little wiggle...this is going to be fine:
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    Use your tools to open that seam:
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    This one I'm serious about....carefully open the seam between the top cowling and the beak:
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    Then, most important. The beak is loose, just some tabs and the tight seams between the beak and cowling holding it all together. Just hover your hands just above the beak...then a good ol' highhh-ya!!!!
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    You'll have some extra parts too. Very provident.
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  14. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    Looks good, don't it. No stupid phlaccidness hanging above an actual fender:
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    Intermission....Georgi changin' the oil on her Xd:
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    Back to disassembly:
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  15. orangeradish

    orangeradish Been here awhile

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    I've got the 2015 that came with the bags and crashguards. I'm loving it thus far. My 2 previous bikes were SV650s. I can't seem to get away from that motor. I did a bunch of singletrack with it at the Desert100 poker run, some fire roads, and a bunch of miles on the road. I really love an underdog. Plus, I got it for $7500 before all the dealer bullshit and tax. A more expensive bike would be great, but the savings leaves plenty in my pocket to blow on farkles, gas, tires, and campsite fees.

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  16. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    did you move the rear signals back when you put on the sea horse cases?
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  17. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    So, thank you for the intermissions of '15 models out and about!

    So, taking off all that..
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    ..........
    I might come back and post mohr. But in the meantinme, I installed the 3CS, put the tipover sensor upside down...jumped the dealer connector because it wouldn't start.....popped a C23 code for that tipover sensor...righted that gizmo and got this baby right. Not much in the way of mods on this, but this is the final product:

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  18. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Curvalicious
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  19. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    Nice.

    Away for a while...however, ready to ride this machine time now!

    In the meantime:
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  20. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Super Supporter

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    Not sure is this was meant for me, but if so, no. The bike came with the SW-Motech racks and Suzuki-branded aluminum bags. I sold the the aluminum bags to a guy with a DL1000 and simply bolted the Seahorses to the racks. No turn signal changes were required.
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