VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. Genypig

    Genypig Adventurer

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    I didn't know there was a factory gel seat! I will have to look into that.

    I feel like there is some kind of misconception burned into people's minds: If that's not a BMW or a KTM, how did you possibly ride out here? Are you ill? Are you lost? ... :rofl
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  2. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    I had the gel seat on my v-strom 650, it was really comfortable.
  3. shanekingsley

    shanekingsley Motoman

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    I had an OEM gel seat on my first DL650 about 10yrs ago and the most I could do on that seat was 90minutes at a time. I replaced it with a Corbin and I can do 12hour days no problem.
    No two butts are alike!
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  4. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    Funny you should mention that... I replaced the gel seat with a Corbin and found it really wasn't any better. I guess I don't have a Corbin butt.
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  5. mpenner

    mpenner Heavy Cruiser

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    When I bought my second Strom, it came with a Corbin seat and I hated it, not the padding or shape of the seat per se, but the position that it forced me into. After the second ride I sold it and bought another gel seat, so apparently i don’t have a Corbin butt either.
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  6. wilddoktor

    wilddoktor Been here awhile

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    Corbin seats came on two of my previous bikes, and I for sure don't have a Corbin butt...or back. They were excruciating!

    My '04 Vee came with a Sargent seat, and it's the most comfy moto seat I've ever owned...I've done back to back 9hr days so far, and many, many 5-6 hour days, and even a 12hr day once. Guess mine's a Sargent butt!
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  7. shanekingsley

    shanekingsley Motoman

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    You guys are all crazy.
    :hide
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  8. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    I just did a big trip from Michigan to Arkansas on the V-Strom, about six weeks ago. It was hot! I bet the weather was perfect there about now. Interesting state with a lot of great roads, both paved and dirt. My favorite was AR-7, ran that thing from top to bottom and it was awesome! (Of course there were many others!) For dirt, the forest roads Womble Silver, and Collier Springs were a lot of fun, too. I camped at the state park, near Hot Springs.
    Looks like you had a good time, keep doing all the things a V-Strom is not supposed to do! :D
  9. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    Speaking of Corbin seats, I have one and don't like it for this bike. I'm willing to sell it locally-ish but not willing to ship.
  10. herseyb

    herseyb Driftless Wisconsin Wanderlust

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    Anbody use an admore light bar?

    I got a sherpax trailer, thinking I can use the light bar on it, then use a shorter cable to mount it to the bike when I don't have the trailer.

    Right now the boxes on my bike kind of hide my signals.
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  11. klong

    klong Adventurer

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    Try using a shopping bag (Walmart, etc.) over your boots - they’ll slide in much easier.
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  12. Dave MP

    Dave MP Retired USA

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    I have had one on a previous bike, and waiting for a new one shortly. They work well when connected correctly.
    It should work real good in your situation.
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  13. wilddoktor

    wilddoktor Been here awhile

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    That's brilliant!
  14. jathkajoe

    jathkajoe Been here awhile

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    Klong,
    We used to keep plastic shopping bags in our survival suits, makes getting them on easier when you're wearing deck boots and in a hurry.
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  15. blaustrom

    blaustrom Been here awhile

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    Before I got my Gore-Tex boots the old boots were leaking despite having a "similar" membrane. The rubber rain booties were impossible to get on or of but easy with a shopping bag. However that made the boots so slippery inside the booties that there was always the risk to loose your footing and drop the bike.
  16. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    Can we see a pic of the trailer on the bike? :ear
  17. Kamoo

    Kamoo Adventurer

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    Anyone else experience a rough idle with light exhaust pops on the +2017 model?

    I have a 2021 with like 1300 miles on it and feel it idles a little rough. It always has slightly, but I feel like I notice it more now.

    Over on stormtroopers a few other posters said they experience the same and it’s just normal for this bike.

    Just wondering what the consensus is over here.
  18. realshelby

    realshelby FLAKE

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    I have had 2 or 3 of them over the years. Very high quality product. Never had one fail. Still have the brake, tail, turn unit on the DL 650.
  19. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Well after 30k nearly flawless miles my 2012 DL650 finally has an issue.
    The rear shock has given up the ghost. It’s leaking from what I suspect is a blown shaft seal. The bike is marking its territory like an old English bike.

    Has anyone had their stock shock rebuilt? This bike is my pragmatic no frills commuter and in that capacity I’ve been totally happy with the stock suspension and I am not crazy about spending $600-800 on a new shock only to then find out how much the front sucks and then spending the cash to fix that. I just need a shock that keeps the rear wheel on the ground and my spine from hurting.
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  20. nestastubbs

    nestastubbs Green Mountain Toys Super Supporter

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    Previous thread woth checking out: https://advrider.com/f/threads/anyone-else-rebuilding-stock-dl650-shocks.861648/

    Apparently, Sasquatch is rebuilding...

    I am considering a similiar situation, my DL650 has 30k and the rear is pretty worn out.