VStrom Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Queen, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. DodgeOmni86

    DodgeOmni86 Been here awhile

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    Anyone wanna sell a used power commander?
  2. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Well, some buyers will always be swayed by lower costs ( and just my own opinion but us V-Strom owners can be a stingy lot, maybe one step above KLR guys! :D ), but some of the overseas-made RaveTech items look like rip-offs of similar American-made products. I would personally pay a little more to support our own small business entrepreneurs, rather than buy the cheaper copycat stuff. Is RaveTech a StromTrooper site supporter? 'Nuff said.
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  3. Mr. C

    Mr. C I need more bike time!!

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    Thanks for that. Good to know!
  4. Mr. C

    Mr. C I need more bike time!!

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    Is this recommended for a single winter storage as well? If so, can I just refill the case with cheap oil to the top, drain it all out come spring, and then add in the more expensive synthetic oil to the operating level as usual? I am not sure if regular dino oil can mix with the synthetic.

    Thanks.
  5. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    I used to have a DL1K stored in NM for winter riding. I'd change the oil at the end of the trip and leave it with a full tank (with StaBil, obviously) for up to a year and never had an issue. Obviously, you are talking about a much longer period.

    You can mix oils of different viscosity and types without any problem. If you know the quantity of each, it's even possible to calculate the resulting viscosity. Not that you need to do that, but it's possible. Some people do that... :loco :augie

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  6. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    For a year or less, I'd use a fuel stabilizer. I used Marine Sta-Bil for fuel with ethanol and fill the tank. I'd drain the old oil before storage and add new oil to the full mark. Then I'd ride with that oil the following riding season.
  7. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    To be honest not sure which one is a copycat probably none just parallel development. Ravetech also sells other goodies like bash plate which Rick doesn't.

    Personally I don't like either they both over-engineered I will probably just bend a rod in U-shape and attach to windshield holes....
  8. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I would just change with synthetic to recommend level, run to operating temperature and leave at that.

    The reason you want to get rid of old oil is to get rid of water/acid in crankcasee. I don't think adding a half/full quart would make any difference as top end is a main concern. Synthetic will probably leave a better coat on inside to protect parts.

    The other concern rust on the bores, I had seen this rebuilding classic car engines which hasn't been started for decades. Old timers recommend pulling a plug and pouring Miracle Oil in overnight to counter that.

    IMHO the biggest issue would be condensate but barn should be pretty dry. Any way to protect bike from mice? Plug exhaust and intake holes. Yeah and when you start it will smell funny, at least until you burn the cobs.
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  9. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    I actually had the same kind of plan, made a nice bracket out of a narrow (1 inch wide by 1/16 thickness) piece of aluminum. I attached it to the Madstad bracket, but it vibrated way too much. Rick's mount was the sturdier option for me, but you may be a better inventor than I. :nod
  10. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Been here awhile

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    Look into a PCFC Power Commander Fuel Controller. A lot less $$ and should do what you want. Listed on the PC website for $249. It'll be the solution to your issue, It was on mine. I have a PCIII USB that came with the used bike. Downloaded a tested map and haven't looked back.
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  11. Charmin

    Charmin Been here awhile

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    I have installed a radiator protector from Ravetech and I am pretty happy with the quality of it.

    The cost just a fraction of what it cost something in ALTRider, SWMotech, etc.

    Ravetech is a family owned company and they have interesting products for VStrom, looks like Vstroms are very popular in Thailand Ravetech's homeland.

    Customer service and packaging from Ravetech also thumbs up.

    :-) happy customer

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  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    That's how I look at it too.
    Each design is different how the ball attaches too so Ravetech did not just rip off Adventure Tech's design.

    To be completely straight shooting here Rich took Super Braces 2 piece design and just copied that anyway w/o the nice curved edges.

    Not sure if Superbrace's patent has expired or Adventure Tech was so small and under the radar that Superbrace never noticed, but they did own the 2 piece brace patent. So who's is stealing from who???

    That is why KB (is that the name?) brace that Murph and Happy Trail sell or use to sell is a 4 part design... because of that Superbrace patent.
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  13. eakins

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    I have a Ravetech skid plate and it's very well built. I looked at all the options, American and foreign, when I bought and it came down to their design. They have one of the tightest to lower pipe fitting designs and are strong. That's what I wanted and why I went with them. I'd say that building is cheaper in Thailand but his designs are not Chinese copies what so ever.
  14. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    I too have ravetechs skid plate and dash mount and radiator guard
    I will say they are all top notch
    I also have peg lowering kit and some others from rick
    And they are great as well

    Too each their own

    So how fun was it trying to get the top bolts in the radiator guard
    I used zipties


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  15. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    On another note
    On my 705's
    They still fell the same after 200 or so miles
    I just looked and hell they still have 50% of the nubs down the center of tire
    So i will hold off my judgement for a while longer
    But as of now id say i would not put 705's on again
    They just dont fell confident when turning
    Its like they become heavy in turns, idk


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  16. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    I think part of the problem is that we all ride differently and have different expectations. The guys that rave about the 705's probably ride a lot more dirt and it's a compromise they are willing to make and don't even think about the impact to street handling because it's not important to them. The improved traction in dirt is all that matters. If you don't ride that much dirt and most of your riding is on the street, it might not be the right compromise for you.

    Gustavo
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  17. Bad Dad

    Bad Dad Been here awhile

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    Happy with all my stuff from Ricks and my Ravetech purchases also. Still have to do the windshield spring upgrade to help stabilise my dashboard, bounces to much with the GPS. I did break the foot, nut, off of the right side Ravetech skidplate mount strut. Decent rock hit and poor weld penetration.
  18. RedEX

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    Looks good Mcmann. In reference to your "keeping the bike light" philosophy, i DO wonder what my bike's total farkle weight is! Gotta be an extra 50 to 75 pounds once you count racks, luggage, crashbars & skidplate, etc. One of these days i'll find a scale somewhere and get it weighed. (Not that it would change anything, but I'm sure I'm in for a surprise!) :confused
  19. jathkajoe

    jathkajoe Been here awhile

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    Leaving Tok last year, full fuel, 3 days grub, full camp gear, 20 liters spare fuel, my long trip tool bags and a spare chain and set of sprockets, there's a weigh station so out of curiosity I asked if I could check my gross. 1040 pounds with me on it.
    The Vee carries that weight well.
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  20. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    Yes but i have been running these same tires for 24,000 miles on my dr
    They felt great on pavement
    So i dont know why these handle so crappy


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