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A comparison between two very popular Japanese Adv bikes

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by dirtytroll, Aug 22, 2020.

  1. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Did you buy a 850TT?
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    Yes took delivery on June 23rd of the V85 TT Travel Edition. I'm finding there are MG "snobs" too who absolutely worship at the altar of MG and anything else lacks "character" :baby They really don't like me defending the Wee Strom & CB 500X. Like I keep saying, when I start seeing the new V85 with well over 100,000 miles which MANY Wee Stroms have done & a few 500Xs too, then we'll talk. I like my new bike, I LOVE the shaft drive; I will NEVER slam the Wee Strom or the 500X. Great bikes in their own right
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  3. Cruz

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    So close to buying one myself but things took a turn and I picked up something else. The 85TT was very nice to ride and appeared well made and finished. Also was rapt in my 500X RR for 7 years, just couldn't keep 3 bikes.
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  4. Night_Wolf

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    Service costs vary widely from Province to Province in Canada, haven't seen as big a difference in US service costs. Local "Stealer" wanted $600 for my 1st service, so I learned to do the valves myself & saved myself $535. Off the shelf, there is very little I needed/wanted to add to the Travel edition. A lower shock will be ordered when I get back to working & possibly a "Y" pipe to decat (a lot of heat on the feet). Since I just sold my CB 500X the top case shown went with that bike & I have a new Kappa KRG 52 L top case on order. It's shape better suits the OEM luggage IMNSHO

    My local dealer has sold 5 V85's AFAIK, but I have only seen one other on the road so far & he also purchased the Travel edition

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    Kappa KRG 52 liter case

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    At one time there was no way I would trailer a bike, now it would depend upon time limits for a trip. 460 km (285 mi) to a tank on the V85 is a very good range & yea I'm not camping unless the bike is in the back of our toy hauler

    I installed chain oilers on every chain drive bike that I have owned, as I know I don't have the discipline to properly lube it otherwise. 45,000 km on both Wee Stroms on the original chain, says that method works for me
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    Peter at Meerkat Mufflers in Gympie Australia does the decat and also owns and is very happy with his 85TT. He does excellent work.
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    Night_Wolf Leg Humper

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    I have a feeling shipping from Australia would be cost prohibitive
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    He sends most of his work overseas.
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  9. Night_Wolf

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    Might have to drop him a note. Do a google search or does he have a FB page that you know?
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    It's the only way to lube.
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  12. Night_Wolf

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    I can't believe the number of people, who I meet, who don't know such an item even exists. A couple of the people who looked at the CB 500X, when I had it for sale had never heard of one.
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  14. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    The OEM chain on my V-Strom went 39K miles. I lube it religiously after I get home from a ride or stop for the night on a trip. When I remember to... :fpalm

    My Versys' chain was abused for 30K miles before it gave up. I think many people over think this chain lube issue. You keep it clean, sort of lubed, it just works. No doubt, a shaft drive is more convenient, but it has different costs associated with maintenance and wear.

    Gustavo
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    My 1st stock Wee Strom chain was only swapped, as I had a set on hand & a trusted mechanic, before I moved to Alberta. It had one tight link. The 2nd Wee Strom was sold with the Stock chain still going strong at 45,000. Chain oilers are the only reason I got that life span. I prefer a shaft drive bike, even if I had to pay a premium to get it
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