VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Unclear of the problem.
    The throttle/switch case is most likely pinned. You'll have to grind that off to reposition it. Be careful, you could create drag from the handle bar end contacting the throttle case if you move it too far in.
  2. Kamoo

    Kamoo Adventurer

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    It’s kind of annoying when the road gets a bit bumpy.
  3. Kamoo

    Kamoo Adventurer

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    This is what I’m talking about
  4. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Hey there Kamoo. Just went out the garage and checked my 2012. It's been the same thing for the last 65,000 miles and so I guess it hasn't been a problem.
    Seems normal.
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  5. Kamoo

    Kamoo Adventurer

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    Thank you, sir
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  6. EZ-D

    EZ-D Davidprej Supporter

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    I have an '09 (selling) and a '16. Both do the exact same thing, but I never noticed it.
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  7. pixilated

    pixilated Been here awhile

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    Has anyone here had the unpleasant experience of bending their fairing stay/bracket?

    I was in a group ride this weekend and the guy leading us took us into parts unknown. We soon found out he had no idea where he was leading us. Person in front of me dropped those bike and in the process of trying to get around him, mine went down too The windscreen hit a root a broke and it tweaked the sh!t out of my fairing stay. Luckily the plastic stayed in tact, but now the fairing is lopsided.

    Found some on flea bay for about $90 new, but not OEM.
  8. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Agree with others, that's a non-issue.
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  9. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    +1

    Very helpful content!
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  10. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    I just had an unplanned motorcycle trip (it's like a 2 beer story) back from TX to MT on my V-Strom 650. I bought this bike on asthetics, but I LOVE this bike for long days in the saddle! One of my favorite modes of travel, wind was physically exhausting, deer were mentally exhausting, butbike was flawless.
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  11. shanekingsley

    shanekingsley Motoman

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    Had a pair of knock-off Hippo Hands kicking around for the last several years and never used them. Finally got around to putting in large grommets that would allow the mirrors to properly mount. I have a pair of Barkbusters under them where I removed the plastic wind deflectors but kept the metal brush guard to eliminate wind pressure on the levers. Bring on the winter!
    [​IMG]
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  12. ishmac

    ishmac Long timer

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    Just curious if any (2007/2008) DL1000 VStrom owners have maybe upgraded their machine with a race air filter, aftermarket race exhausts and maybe got their machine on a rolling road to check it's official brake horse power output and see the graph/chart line?

    Would love to hear from owners about any upgrades they've made to their DL1000 machines with ownership - cheers..!


    Over my 13yr ownership of a 2008 DL1000 I've had these upgrades done; K&N air filter - Akrapovic carbon oval slip-ons - lowered front forks by a quarter of an inch (for improved quicker/faster steering) - added a 2-tooth extra rear sprocket - fitted braided brake lines front & rear (EBC double H pads).


    [​IMG]Suzuki by APM - Photography, on Flickr


    Regards;
    Peter
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  13. BlueRidgeKat

    BlueRidgeKat Daily Commuter

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    Yeah, same here. 2012 with 68,000 miles.
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  14. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Nice! Yea it'll be time for new tires again soon. Thinking about trying the Dunlop Trailmax Missions.
  15. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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  16. pdmigs

    pdmigs Adventurer

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    That is a bummer. I hope you can get it less lopsided.
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  17. pixilated

    pixilated Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I found a manufacturer of a replacement fairing stay on fleaBay and was skeptical. Then I found the same part on Amazon with 5 reviews all stating good fitment and it was $20 cheaper. Should be here in a few days. I’ll post up my experiences in case it happens to anyone else.
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  18. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Paid reviewers? Let's hope not.
  19. pixilated

    pixilated Been here awhile

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    Didn’t appear so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    We shall find out
  20. BlueRidgeKat

    BlueRidgeKat Daily Commuter

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    I like the look of the DTM's and the fact that they are Made in the USA but after trying many different ones on two V-Strom's since 2007, I will have to stick with the Avon TrailRiders. By far the best I have ever had for cold weather and rain. Currently on the 3rd set. Only get 7,500 on a rear (11,000 on a front) but those little jagged cuts or teeth or whatever it is Avon calls them work. A 42 mile daily commute in hot, cold, rain etc.... and they stick like glue on pavement. Yes the name is a joke..... as others have said, they are not trail riding tires.
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