2017+ Vstrom 650/650XT

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

  1. rsteiger

    rsteiger Bob Supporter

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    ah ok.. I am more of a function than form guy so I went to a full bash plate for ease of access I did not even consider putting the cowl back on - actually could not wait to remove it. Sold it to a guy in TN.

    Nothing wrong if you prefer the appearance with it on.
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  2. rickh123

    rickh123 Been here awhile

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    Even I prefer function over the look I like if it looks good. That cowl looks pretty good to me and I used to have it on my 2015 with Touratech full skid plate underneath of it. I kept it the same way on my 2017 XT.
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  3. rooster shooter

    rooster shooter motorcycle cowboy

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    That would be me. I'm with Rick, I like the look too. And I'll also be getting the Ravetech mini.
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    We got the Givi Airflow windscreen, helps with passenger wind buffeting up to about 65 mph.
  5. RickyBilly

    RickyBilly Mentally Retired

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  6. Boriqua

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    I didnt .. I just bought some inexpensive cam lock straps on Amazon so I can be flexible. The plate has been AWESOME! It has really allowed me to strap just about anything I want to it. Came home with some Ikea type small furniture strapped to it!! :)
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  7. Hennepinboy

    Hennepinboy Adventure Eater

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    I just took ownership of a 2020 V-Strom 650XT Adventure. Let the farkling begin! First required farkle, Center Stand. All the vendors that I have search listing stop at 2019. I believe the 2019 and 2020 are the same, I just want to double check before ordering.

    Thanks
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  8. pdmigs

    pdmigs n00b

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    I got a 2019 xt. It came with a factory center stand. The lever to push on has a swoop that looks like it will hit first if you lean over. It almost sticks out more than the rear passenger pegs. I am thinking of modifying it or possibly getting another. Check out the one from SW motech.
  9. dp064

    dp064 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for the information! I couldn't wait so I went ahead and picked one up. I love this thing! I use a cheap poly top box now but I'm thankful I can easily remove it and use a much larger duffel type bag. It is actually cheaper via amazon than the manufacturer's site.. I think amazon limits or subsidizes shipping fees.
    Don
  10. Hennepinboy

    Hennepinboy Adventure Eater

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    5908DAC9-46C6-4C00-BBB8-F2FC5E9993BA.jpeg Farkling new XT Adventure. The Jesse top case was purchased at the St Paul MN Adventure Riders swap meet 10 years ago.
  11. RickyBilly

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    In Canada and Europe I believe daytime running lights are mandatory and they do add to safety especially during foul weather.....there are many different systems and some run on high beam, but at lower wattage I understand...been this way since 1990
  12. Doc.C

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    Likely going to put a deposit down on a 19 650xt today and pick up this week. I was looking at the AT and T700. But for the price and what you get - it’s hard to beat the Xt. Going to be asking questions- glad this thread is here. Bash plate and crash bars will be a must. I’m going to see if dealer can install center stand and heated grips before I even pick up.
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  13. rickh123

    rickh123 Been here awhile

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    Just wonder why (unless you get it free) you want to get them from the dealer. Buy Oxford heated grips. Perhaps 1/3 of the price of OEM (and much better) and get used center stand. From the previous gen. will work too BTW. For the money you save you can perhaps get engine guards and/or skid plate. Just a word of advise...the rest is up to you.
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  14. jhat

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    The current gen factory grips are very nice and a step up from Oxford in that they will adjust the heat output if the voltage drops when the engine is idling such as sitting at a light and running heated gear along with an integrated controller.
  15. rooster shooter

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    I have the OEM heated grips on my '17. Pretty simple plug and play. They get plenty hot. The only complaint I have is the small indicator light, blinks 3 times for high setting, 2 times for medium, and once for low. Impossible to see in daylight.
  16. Doc.C

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    OK, I called and cancelled the center stand- I will look for a used one down the road- not on the priority list. I do want the heated grips though. SO you guys think the new gen OEM ones are worth it? I get a discount and they will put them on for me- are they decent or do I want the oxfords - IM not worried about price- I want the ones that will work best. thanks.
  17. rooster shooter

    rooster shooter motorcycle cowboy

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    They are indeed worth the price....$242 at Partzilla. I installed mine, if I can do it anyone can.
  18. rickh123

    rickh123 Been here awhile

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    So are Oxford's for about $70-90 on e-bay. For $240 you can get heated grips and heated gloves.
  19. rooster shooter

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    They may be...OEM is made for the application. Hook up is easy and quick. There is no modification necessary as with some of the universal fit type. Everyone is not looking for the cheapest fix.
  20. philbytx

    philbytx Friendly curmudgeon

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    Koso Apollo.......I believe they are the OEM for Suzuki. Buddy just fitted them to his 2017, really nice. However, I'm not a typical TX motorcycle weeny (originally from UK and years spent in IL), so I don't need them. I have a wonderful pair of Olympia winter gloves that work down to 35F, that I used in IL with my BMW RT heated grips.