VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. daw5spd

    daw5spd Adventurer

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    I've got the 48 litre Givi Trekker Outback bags on both sides of my 2013 Wee.
    These are 19.4" Long x 12" Wide x 15.2" High.
    The 37 litre Outbacks are 19.4" Long x 9.6" Wide x 15.2" High.
    So for a total of about five inches added width you get 22 litres extra storage.
    Be aware that your Wee will be about 4 feet wide at the back if you go the 48 litre route.
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  2. daw5spd

    daw5spd Adventurer

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    Here's what it looks like all loaded.
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  3. vanislejay

    vanislejay Been here awhile

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    All that with 48L bags?? Are you moving house? Time to slim down that camping packlist!! :D
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  4. daw5spd

    daw5spd Adventurer

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    Lol, I think there's a sink in there somewhere....
  5. prepper

    prepper Been here awhile

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  6. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    True that
  7. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    I would have thought that with that nice beaded seat cover, there would be no need for an additional cushion on top of the beads... :augie

    :lol3

    Gustavo
  8. daw5spd

    daw5spd Adventurer

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    Oh, it gets better. There are now two 1 gallon Roto Pax mounted on the guard bars, a la Itchy Boots RE Himalayan...I can go anywhere forever.
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  9. daw5spd

    daw5spd Adventurer

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    Works pretty well. The Kelty actually goes in the right bag, the green bag is my barcolounger camp chair and the four man tent just won't compact down any further. I used to have a smaller tent but got tired of no room.
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  10. 2wheelsrider

    2wheelsrider Adventurer

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    I just installed the cosmos fork brace and foot peg lowering kit. Work very well IMG_20201102_075249.jpg IMG_20201102_074132.jpg IMG_20201025_130039.jpg
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  11. pixilated

    pixilated Been here awhile

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    Got out this AM for a 150 mile loop. 50’60’s and hardly anyone out, it was awesome...

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  12. ctm1708

    ctm1708 n00b

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    Well I am officially the owner of my first ADV motorcycle. I found a clean 2014 with 9,000 miles and brought her home.
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  13. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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  14. pixilated

    pixilated Been here awhile

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    Shelf Rd from Canyon City, Colorado >>> Victor, CO

    I started and ended in CO Springs
  15. LukeMacPU

    LukeMacPU Been here awhile Supporter

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    Welcome to the party!
  16. MarkVeeMarkADV

    MarkVeeMarkADV sharing misinformation and useless trivia

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    my '14 v2 is my favorite ride. you will enjoy it.
    Ride Safe
    Sully
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  17. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Wow, great riding weather this weekend here in Michigan! Just rolled over 59,000 miles exactly, pulling into my driveway last night.

    So, I have a 2012 (2nd generation). I think it was around 2014 that I replaced the springs, front and rear, as well as added Ricor Intiminators up front. Until recently, I was doing a lot of two-up riding, plus I weighed a good 20-25 lbs more. Now I'm strictly solo, and have remained at 155 lbs. That stiffer rear shock spring has been beating me up a bit, and that's with preload set to "zero."

    I want to change the rear shock spring back to something lower. The current spring is an Eibach bought from RaceTech, and is a 12.5 kg spring rate. I have searched the Internet high and low to find the STOCK spring rate for the 2012 DL650, with no success. There are plenty of posts referring to the 1st generation DL650, which states 8.2 kg, but I know that the suspension was changed with the 2012-2016 models.

    So, the original rear spring MAY be sufficient, but I really need to know the actual spring rate. I may need to pick a new spring somewhere in the middle, depending on the numbers. Does anybody have that info?
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  18. Motogasoline

    Motogasoline Been here awhile

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    I found a 14 last week and got up there to test ride at the dealer yesterday. It clearly had an issue. It ran poorly. Woukd surge w power then just fall flat like a plug was fouled. Maybe just a plug or bad gas. Super clean and 2k miles. They have had it at least a month and I'm suprised they didn't know it had an issue by now... Needless to say it didnt come home w me. I did test ride a 19 AT AS DCT (is that enough?). Great bike but pricey!
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  19. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    Unsure what the spring weight is
    But I should have my stock spring somewhere from my 2016
  20. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    I have seen the Gen 2 spring rated/listed anywhere from 8.6 to 9.2 kg/mm. Based on seat of the pants comparison, it does seem a little firmer than the Gen 1 rear shock, so I think it is in that ballpark. If you want something similar to stock, I'd go with a ~9 kg/mm spring.

    ProCycle is showing a 8.9 and 9.4 kg/mm options: https://procycle.us/product/1638

    Gustavo
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