VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. toxies1

    toxies1 Adventurer

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    Sometimes it just a bad tire, I had the same with a set of pirelli scorpion trail they never felt like they had grip, messing with my confidence, think for me it was the front one, funny that i had the same tires before and they made me feel like Rossi

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  2. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I wouldn't go that far. My current set of Mitas E07s has been through BRP, Tail of Dragon, Lincoln/Midleburry passes, Catskills, Adirondacks, WA-20, Casair, ToW/Tylor, Atigun pass, Icefields, Road to the Sun, NC-9, 197, etc. And I do care about on-road performance b/c that's they spent most of the time.

    705 are fine faster turn in and they will make loaded bike unstable at super slab speeds. IMHO the initial turn on them is about or slightly faster than OEMs; but then they just fall into turns at higher lean angle, YMMV

    EDIT: at OP, remove rubber hair it makes many tires feel funny one way or another.
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  3. DodgeOmni86

    DodgeOmni86 Been here awhile

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    I've got 805's and they do turn in like crap and just make the bike feel slugish, with that said they do really hook up offroad to the point that they kinda take the fun out of ripping through a fresh bean field. Hard to drift with all that hookup. Even with the large knobs that these have I can still get her over and grind off the foot pegs. I have a set of 705's on deck and should have those bad bois on in the next month or so (still gotta kill the 805's)
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  4. Hammerdown77

    Hammerdown77 Long timer

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    Check out the Power Commander Fuel Controller (PCFC). That's what I have. They are $200, and can often be found for less. I think I paid $180 for mine.
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  5. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    So what is the fair price for valve adjustment?
  6. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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  7. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I'll bring the beer... where are you at?

    I had done the check earlier but not really motivated to take the rear timing chain off if it needs adjustment. But then again for amount they quoted me..
  8. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Been here awhile

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    Wish I'd have thought of that...Wait, I did 14 posts back...:dunno
  9. vanseagal

    vanseagal Been here awhile

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    Does anybody have any experience of Cosmo Accessories skidplates or their other products? Price is tempting for skidplate. 110€ for aluminium.

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  10. Downs

    Downs KK6RBI

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    An indie shop here in dallas did mine for 350 or 400 I think. I just didn't have the time to mess with it with work and all.


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  11. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I have the steel one specifically for durability and would not recommend. It is strong, durable but even with Install to crash bars from inside it reduces clearance more than other plates. Dragged it on many occasions both in corners and on bumps.
  12. marco-polo

    marco-polo Moron adventurer

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    I just installed the Cosmo steel one and found no difference from my old, tapped-out AdvMotoStuff skid plate. Vasilis did make a small change to the mounting about six months ago; he seems like a pretty straight shooter in general, and I've been quite happy with his stuff before.

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  13. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    So this valve check
    Realistically when should i have it done
    16 650 i am approaching 10 shortly
    I am a gambling man
    Been reading and so
    Many people have gone 30k or more and then checked and were still within spec
    Thoughts



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  14. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    Some people have gone over 100,000 miles with no adjustment needed. Others needed adjusting at the first scheduled check. The first check is the most important as you know nothing about how well the factory did the original shimming. I would want to do the first check earlier than later. Once I had results from the first check, I could decide if I could extend the interval to the next check or need to make adjustments.
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  15. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    Thanks
    What milage would you recommend the first check to be sone at?



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  16. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    The book says 14,500 miles. I did mine at 12,000mi.
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  17. ShineySideUp

    ShineySideUp Been here awhile

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    I bought one for the 05 DL1000. Made well it appears. Bolted on very nicely. The toughest part of adding the skid plate was getting the bolt off the sidestand. Mine was really stuck tight. Even harder when you don't have a lift. The build quality is good: CNC cut, powder coat. I am recalling mine was made of steel not aluminum.

    It does reduce the ground clearance but so far I've not had any problems in turns or speed bumps. The way the oil filter sticks out in front a skid plate, whichever model you buy, is needed IMHO.
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  18. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    thanks
    guess it is time to start saving the $$$ up
  19. Hi-De-Ho

    Hi-De-Ho Mad Scientist

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    OR.........you go get several other V-Strom owners together that live within 300 miles of you, and have one of them host a Maintenance Day...where all owners get together....some install new farkles on their bikes, some do things like a Valve Check/Adjustment...and others stand around "learning" while consuming vast quantities of beverages.

    Maintenance Day get togethers are a great way to LEARN, share info....and meet other riders.
  20. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    The sidestand bolt is treated with high strength thread locker. The usual method of defeating that is heat.