Lets see your Vstrom OFFROAD!

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by LaOutbackTrail, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. grandelatte

    grandelatte Consistently Inconsistent Supporter

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    I love mine! It rides well. It does highway at 75-80 mph easily, but it’s is a 1000 not 650. I’ve never taken it to more technical off road, but it does well on farm dirt roads. If you want to do longer trips, DL would work better than KLR imho.
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  2. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Long timer

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    Yea i have a sputnik on a KLR now, but previousy had a Strom (650) rig. Miss the strom rig everyday. So much more power and better all around. I think i may look for another cheap strom and move the sputnik over sometime soon
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  3. The Sexy Medic

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  4. BigOgre

    BigOgre Been here awhile

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    I've said it before but with all the upgrades Suzuki has done to that bike, why couldn't they just raise that fender an inch or two??
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  5. The Sexy Medic

    The Sexy Medic Adventurer

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    I cringe every time I hear gravel trenching out the underside of that front fender. I'm considering getting this....... https://www.adventuretech.biz/2012-dl650-front-fender-riser.html
    but it seems like a lot of headache for something that doesn't really bug me unless I'm doing really nasty off-road stuff.
  6. BigOgre

    BigOgre Been here awhile

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    Nah, no headache at all. Simple easy and like most of his other stuff the designs seems well thought out for the everyday rider to basically do a bolt-on. Don't know about your later year model but the hardest part on mine was breaking those two fender bolts loose for the first time. Sooner or later though you're gonna have to. But to stay on point, very nice pics you posted. Really reminds me how much I need a ride.
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  7. freeway crash

    freeway crash Been here awhile Supporter

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    B9073C24-72C6-4588-AAF8-B254DFA5EBBF.jpeg Not bad in the mud, not so good in the snow
  8. nukeguy

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    I've wondered the same thing. Adventure Tech does sell a kit for raising the fender.
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  10. Crew Chief

    Crew Chief Justsomeguy

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    Magnificent. Where?
  11. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Looks like Copper Canyon
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  12. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    I was out on the V-Strom at March Moto Madness in Cumbria in the UK at the weekend. It struggled a bit with ground clearance but it did alright. Just a shame Suzuki has never committed to a DR1000 variant with 21/18 wheels and some more suspension travel as it could be up there with the rest of them.

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  13. Hogswamp

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    Rainbow Road, 100km of this sort of stuff, South Island, New Zealand IMG_0489 (1).JPG
  14. eakins

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    Touratech made a nice folding tip one and then just stopped??? I asked and even said this is still a current bike and current model part. No idea who made that call to stop production. Call TT and ask and maybe if they get enough requests.

    This is not in stock

    https://www.1motoshop.com/products/touratech-folding-brake-pedal-suzuki-v-strom-dl650-all-years



    I'm surprised the Chinese did not buy one and copy it! Maybe they did?

    Past that you can always cut the tip off the oem one, then get a generic Emgo shift lever that is flat no bends.

    Cut off the rear mount portion and grind the oem brake lever a little flatter.
    Then run multi holes thru both, bolt together and voila an adjustable legnth and folding tip brake lever.

    https://www.amazon.com/ALL-ALL-HONDA-STEEL-EMGO-Manufacturer/dp/B008Y2AQ4G

    This is the idea but with shift
    https://touratech-usa.com/Store/Adjustable-Gear-Lever-BMW-F800GS-ADV-F700GS-F650GS-Twin?

    There might even be better folding lever options to use, I just know that Emgo part.

    PS, I use a motech ajustabke shifter on mine.
    It's awesome!
  15. eakins

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  16. The Sexy Medic

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    Can confirm that installation was shit simple and took 30 minutes. :D
  17. nukeguy

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    A recent off-road excursion. No damage other than pride. DSCN4843.JPG
  18. The Sexy Medic

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    +1 Respect for running street tires haha
  19. nukeguy

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    Hmmm. Thanks but I got MotoZ Tractionators the very next week! :-)
  20. Crew Chief

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    I think this is Stromrider480 and a friend. I came across them on Potash road in the Moab area. IIRC their bikes are at the "Thelma and Louise point. Hope you guys had a great trip. 20190514-095652 Potash Rd & Shafer Switchbacks.JPG