VStrom Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by Queen, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Long timer

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  2. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    Yeah was out on the road
    Sorry
    Me phone hates me
    Here are some pics to make up for it
    It was nice riding with a nice dry seat for the first time in months
    Sure was not as comfy as Terry's seat
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  3. BigOgre

    BigOgre Been here awhile

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    Nice 'loop' there Brutal.
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  4. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    Been using the tags as guidance
  5. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    #8 would be inner bushing correct ? 20200326_225930.jpg
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  6. realshelby

    realshelby FLAKE

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    Both of my bikes have tall windshields. Never had an issue with them blowing over. The "half cover" allows air under it. That air would rush into the area between the top case and windshield, over the bike to fill in the lower pressure area on the other side. A full cover won't allow that. That, I think, makes all the difference. Plus they are so light they don't absorb water and become heavy.
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  7. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    I'm holding you to.it
    I'm my bike falls over it's now on you
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  8. realshelby

    realshelby FLAKE

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    Just holler.....I will come help pick it up!

    Seriously, these half covers are must have for me. I have been known to throw them on while going in a restaurant or store where I cannot see the bike for a while. What people cannot see, they are less tempted to screw with.
  9. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    anyone use Honda fork seals on original Weestrom forks? mine 2005. Honda part
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  10. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Stock handlebar upgrade.
    So I'm back at looking at options.

    Is the stock pullback 6" or 9"?
    Stock height is less than 4", correct!

    I'm wondering about pullback and what is working well. The range is low 3" to 4" for the high bars.

    Some say mids are better with risers as they don't like the 4" pullback on high bars.
    Others are perfectly happy with high bars and 4" of pullback?

    How about width?

    I know about about the bar charts on Strom sites and such and all the bar options, mostly wondering what pullback you find is best? And width you like?

    I have a 7/8" Power mad adjustable riser if needed or not in this process so exact bar placement can be tweaked. Of course hose / wire legnths are an issue to be dealt with.

    Thanks!
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  11. harley90

    harley90 Adventurer

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    Hi Guys, quick question: I have a 2015 Vstrom 650, I don't see tire pressures listed anywhere, Do you guys happen to know?
    Going on a long street ride today, 1st time in 6 months :clap. Thanks!
  12. toxies1

    toxies1 Adventurer

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    42 rear 36 front, personally I run 36/32 just feels more planted, where I live it doesn't get really hot and the roads aren't race track quality
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  13. realshelby

    realshelby FLAKE

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    2012 DL 650 is 33 front/36 rear solo, 33 front/41 rear with passenger. Sticker on the chain guard.
    Neither of which I abide by.
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  14. pixilated

    pixilated Been here awhile

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    ABS you will need longer brake line for fronts if over 1” riser. I’m nonABS and went 2” and needed to extend only the wires for controls - Eastern Beaver has a plug and play kit, but it will involves removing the tank and airbox. Nothing terrible, but a little fiddling.

    I posted pics a little while back, in this thread. I went with the ProTaper ATV mid and they were similar to stock with less sweep and about 3/4 - 1” wider. I cut mine to stock width.

    Hand guards will need adaption to the narrower bar openings on the ProTapers..14mm. Can’t speak for other bars

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  15. Madscrapper85

    Madscrapper85 There's a chance I just sharted

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    Been waiting for someone else but the page is getting pretty long so happy page 1000 :super:ricky.. now back to lurking
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  16. Gil Favor

    Gil Favor Been here awhile

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    Newish rider here (started at 65, 4 years ago) currently riding an XT250 and looking at the V-Strom 650. I tried a VStar 250, but was dragging the footpegs when just making a slow right turn at an intersection (I believe in accelerating out of the turns). I'm putting more road worthy tires on the XT250, and having a great time on it, but looking for a more comfortable bike for longer trips. Hoping the lean angle of the DL650 is better than the VStar, but afraid of the weight increase over the XT250 in the event of an off-road section drop. So the question is has anyone had an issue picking up a downed V-Strom 650 solo, or is everyone such a good rider that they never go down when off-road?
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  17. V-Tom

    V-Tom Long timer

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    Bikes are going to fall over sooner or later.

    I've never had an issue picking up a Strom but I'm only 63. Often technique is a big factor on whether or not you can pick up a bike.

    ..Tom
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  18. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    If you're looking at off-road where a v-strom may fall over I would recommend a KLR and replace the suspension + 685cc upgrade. V-strom's are dirt road worthy but not much more then that; I've taken mine more crazy places but it greatly reduces the fun factor compared to a smaller and lighter bike.
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  19. dovetailredux

    dovetailredux bakery hound

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    I can't agree with muffinman. I owned a klr and I thought it was a turd. It's top heavy and weighs almost as much as a dl650. A cb500x is a way better bike for a relatively inexperienced rider who just wants to explore some dirt roads. Or a versys 300. Both are far better bikes than a klr, and are quite a bit lighter than the dl650.
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  20. Madscrapper85

    Madscrapper85 There's a chance I just sharted

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    ^^^ or a GS310 but the cb500x with the rally raid kit is an awesome bike
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