VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    I went with KLR pegs from a friend and ground the stop down 2mm so they sit flat.
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  2. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Well these Amazon pegs were fine on my DR650, but I'm being a little more particular with the 'Strom. They do actually sit level, but they are probably 10mm higher than the stock pegs; the GL1800 pegs sit just a bit lower than stock. So, that's a significant change that is noticeable in the bend of my knees, plus the reach to the handlebars when standing is now increased, beyond a natural stance.

    I made the effort some years back, to install the AdventureTech peg-lowering kit. The Amazon pegs negate any gains made there.

    Honestly, the width (from front to back) of the GL1800 pegs, and their height, is very comfortable. However their length (extending out to the side) is just a bit much. At times, during parking maneuvers, etc., they get slightly in the way and my ankles may bump into one or the other. That's why the Ion pegs looked like a nice compromise. And I have often ridden some longer days (300 - 600+), to where I'm not sure I'd want to fully commit to "dirt bike pegs."
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  3. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Thanks Reasonable! Exactly the kind of first-hand knowledge I'm seeking.
    Cool, I think I'll give 'em a shot. :thumbup
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  4. reasonable

    reasonable n00b

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    You'll like em
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  5. motoretro

    motoretro Been here awhile

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    No doubt a neglected Commando will not handle well. That said, a well sorted one with the right shims in the correct places will handle very well. It's just a matter of due diligence, measuring and parts.
  6. MrBob

    MrBob On a whim Supporter

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    FYI: Yesterday I ordered the Happy Trails center stand for my Wee. Estimated shipping date is Feb, 11th. Looks like they were affected by the pandemic, too.
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  7. TDY

    TDY Been here awhile

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    Not that Iv'e notices but I always run 50/50 tires so that will mask some of the wiggles and wobbles.
  8. MrBob

    MrBob On a whim Supporter

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    Way back when, we organized a group fork brace buy for our Stroms on Stromtrooper. They made a significant difference in handling in my experience. Some riders also felt that lowering the forks in the triple tree by an inch or two caused the front end to feel more planted.
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  9. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Socially Distant Supporter

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    An inch or two?
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  10. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Mine are 3/4"

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  11. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    IIRC if you exceed 20mm (a little over 3/4") your fender will hit the bottom clamp at full compression.

    Gustavo
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  12. LexLeroy

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    When I converted my DL1000 to SV1000 wheels the effective front-end drop was 30mm based upon tire size changes. The reduction in trail made the bike almost unrideable at speed in a heavy crosswind on the interstate. I seem to remember that Greywolf and others recommended a drop of about 10mm - enough to quicken the steering a bit, drop the nose to improve cross-wind handling but not make too radical a change to the steering geometry.

    YMMV.
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  13. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    And then what happens? :hmmmmm
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  14. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    You have a fender with a scar or in pieces, depending on how hard it hits.

    Gustavo
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  15. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Ah. Thought maybe something even more catastrophic.
    My forks are raised 10 mm, per the respected GreyWolf's advice.
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  16. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    I dont go to the Stromtroopers site much any more( nothing goes wrong with my bike) but when I did Grey Wolfs knowledge was incredible!!
  17. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Yeah, my DL1K had the forks raised 12.5mm too. It definitely helped with the handling. In addition, I had a longer Wilbers shock, further quickening the steering. All that was done to make the heavier 1K feel more like the 650 did. I now only have a 650 (with a slightly longer rear shock), so I haven't felt it needs quicker steering.

    Gustavo
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  18. RTCHIEF

    RTCHIEF Been here awhile

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    got any pics? thanks,Jon
  19. reasonable

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  20. RedEX

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