2017+ Vstrom 650/650XT

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by MariusD, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. rooster shooter

    rooster shooter motorcycle cowboy

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    108
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    View attachment 1534852 V Strom1.jpg
    Back where the dream all began. Upper Tremont Rd. in the Smoky Mtns. Back in the Fall of last year, I rode my Goldwing to this very spot and thought how great it is to be able to ride in the back woods. I had never given this kind of riding any thought whatsoever. On the way out, the idea of having a light weight off road bike was hatched.

    Attached Files:

    ishmac, RedEX, Rollin' and 4 others like this.
  2. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Oddometer:
    5,220
    Location:
    texas coast
    Still looking forward to using mine off pavement. BTW, what windshield are you using there??? tp dd50
  3. rooster shooter

    rooster shooter motorcycle cowboy

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    108
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    It's a Givi Air Flow Z1997R. It does a great job. Zero helmet buffeting and about 7 inches up and down adjustability.
  4. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Oddometer:
    5,220
    Location:
    texas coast
    Thanks. Using a stock screen with a Laminar lip, and bad buffeting on my helmet at 40+ MPH.

    FWIW the Z1997R is the replacement top screen. The complete kit is AF3112. Just ordered one from Revzilla. Same price as everyone else/w free shipping. Now if it would just warm up a bit. Again, thanks. tp dd50
    996DL and rooster shooter like this.
  5. Brett Berisford

    Brett Berisford Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2018
    Oddometer:
    100
    Location:
    Central ohio
    Thanks for the info, have them in my Amazon cart!
    Hi-De-Ho likes this.
  6. rooster shooter

    rooster shooter motorcycle cowboy

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    108
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    Yep, you're right. Sorry.
  7. rsteiger

    rsteiger Bob Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,343
    Location:
    Hotlanta Area
    I will have to say the Airflow does one hell of a job with managing buffeting. I had a 2009 DL650 and tried a bunch of gimmicks and never got as good of a result as I had with an Airflow on my 2018 DL650XT. However, that being said it was too good for me since I could not get enough airflow behind the screen to stay cool in the summer and the frosted white section of the top screen would pick up my headlight at night and glow... which drove me nuts (yeah I know First World problems). So I ended up with the Suzuki Tall screen in the top position for 3 seasons and a custom made shorty from a short Givi that I made for the summer months.

    Still have my Airflow and if any one in the Forum is interested just shoot me a PM. Great windscreen overall but just not for my peculiarities and riding.
    rooster shooter and Hi-De-Ho like this.
  8. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2003
    Oddometer:
    935
    Location:
    Central Pennsylvania
    What about air blast/ drag on the arms?
  9. rooster shooter

    rooster shooter motorcycle cowboy

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    108
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    Air flow on the arms is not an issue at all for me. In fact it's not something that I even think about while I'm on the bike. I do get some air flow on my chest but it's not uncomfortable. I also ride a Goldwing and that bike ruins you because it's so smooth and no buffeting at all. One of my criteria that I had when searching for a second bike was the air flow had to be smooth and not uncomfortable. The stock windshield was good, but the Givi is a whole lot better for me. Hope this helps.
    RedEX, Hi-De-Ho and poppawheelie like this.
  10. rooster shooter

    rooster shooter motorcycle cowboy

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    108
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    That is true. Found that out last night but doesn't bother me too much.
  11. rsteiger

    rsteiger Bob Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,343
    Location:
    Hotlanta Area
    See I come from more of dirt bike background and I typically want air but clean air. This is what did me in with the Airflow.
  12. snobear

    snobear Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    588
    Location:
    Saskatchewan Canada
    Scraped the plastic rear rack and made one to hold spare sprockets and tabs for my Kappa topcase

    back rack.jpg Backrack.jpg
    jojojones likes this.
  13. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Oddometer:
    5,220
    Location:
    texas coast
    Got my Air Flow installed, but weather and work has allowed me around only 2 miles of testing. Think it will work well. tp
  14. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2017
    Oddometer:
    969
    Location:
    Manistee National Forest




    Rancho Part # RS1952. 1 /pk blk, around $8 each side...
  15. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2018
    Oddometer:
    276
    Location:
    Page County, VA
    Eakins, I’ve been searching all over for YOUR input on the Madstad on a DR650. and found your recent post here in my search. Sorry to insert into this thread. I am scheduled with them here in Florida to use my 650 to create the dual sport style they already have for the DRZ400. This will adjust all the way down over the headlight for trail riding (Pics on their site on DRZ400). What were (are) your experiences with versions, especially on your DR650?
    Thanks.
  16. RJ44

    RJ44 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2015
    Oddometer:
    282
    Location:
    Thunder Bay, Ontario
    What are your thoughts on the Reckless 80 with the V-Strom?

    Rob
  17. jojojones

    jojojones Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2016
    Oddometer:
    811
    Location:
    Northeast
    I had to modify my base by cutting a slit so the bike's grab handles could pass through the base...after that the bags stayed tucked in while sitting over the pillion area. The bags are bulletproof and very strong...I'm going for a less sophisticated system on my 500x that will be lighter. The mm stuff is heavy but it takes punishment. I suggest you read the numerous reviews on their site for the r80 bag.
    RJ44 likes this.
  18. Shep

    Shep Vagabond

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,405
    Location:
    Louisville, KY
    Due to a nerve issue in my neck I’ve had to sell my sport bike, leaving only naked bikes in my garage. In order to be able to ride any length of time comfortably I’m going to have to get a bike with some wind protection again. The choice is easy for me: another Vstrom 650. I’ll be shopping for a nice 2017 or newer soon, in the mean time I’m catching up on the bike in this thread.
    Milosh likes this.
  19. snobear

    snobear Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    588
    Location:
    Saskatchewan Canada
    Mods are done for now, time to ride.
    Here is what I have added todate:
    -Mitas E07 Dakar rear, standard E07 front
    -One inch peg lowering
    -Folding shifter
    -Pro Oiler chain oiler
    -Engine guard
    -Radiator guard
    -Crash bars
    -SW Motech soft bags
    -Kappa top box
    -Wolfman tank bag
    -Custom built rear rack
    -Adventure Tech extended brakelines
    -Adventure Tech dash
    -Oxford heated grips
    -Rotopax gas can
    -Homemade helping hand (to lift the bike in an awkward tip over)
    -Tool tube
    -Setback risers 2 3/8"
    -Madstad adjustable windshield brackets and windshield
    -Acerbis Storm handguards
    -Addon 12 v plug
    -Crampbuster
    -Touratech front fender
    May do an exhaust upgrade later on. I took the old and the new bikes for a ride today and do like the louder pipe on the old one. IMG_0148.JPG IMG_0149.JPG
    tjzondrz and Rollin' like this.
  20. rooster shooter

    rooster shooter motorcycle cowboy

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    108
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    So.....anyone having the o ring recall done?