VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Slight change....bike will be a 2013 model.
    Probably doesn't make much difference though.
  2. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    QUESTION:1st gen rear spring SIZE

    Hello guyz! What is the size of the rear spring on the first gen? What is the lenght and the ID(internal diameter)

    Thanks!
  3. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Been here awhile

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    I saw the deal on Stromtroopers. Good job!
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  4. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Too good to pass up.
    Been thinking of getting a lighter bike for a few years, the Wee just seems to hit all the right buttons, at a good price. Lots of dealers around too. Never heard anything bad about them, a do-it-all bike. Honda ST1300 has been a great bike.... but heavy and not very dirt road friendly.
    Now to the farkling!
  5. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Nerds Rule

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    Check RaceTech, but I THINK that an Eibach 8" by 2.25 will fit with the appropriate collars. Possibly wishful thinking on my part.
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  6. rickh123

    rickh123 Been here awhile

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    Actually it does. Much more to choose from for this model (either new or used). You scored great on the bike. this way you have more left over money to spend on farkles.
  7. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    AT would be a better choice (this is coming from Strom owner and confirmed AT hater). You would need to invest into tubeless conversion but AT would be a better fit good luck.
  8. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    Except the rule of 5% states pick bike for toughest 5% of the ride, not 95% rest you can get through them on any bike.
  9. NJDualsporter

    NJDualsporter Been here awhile

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    What brand rear tire is that?
  10. guywithchickens

    guywithchickens Been here awhile

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    Just applied ACF-50 yesterday. CT started salting the roads already. There's already some corrosion on engine and wheels (but bike is a 2004, so it's had a long life so far). Hoping this helps, at least provides peace of mind.

    Anybody else use it?
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  11. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    ACF-50 is outstanding stuff. I had a mailbox with a rusted and seized piano hinge. It completely freed up withing 30 minutes of application and has been fine for five years on the original application. I used it on all the wiring connectors I could find and never had any of the problems I've seen reported so often. Brits have a service called All Year Biker that masks off the brakes, grips and tires then fogs ACF-50 on the entire rest of the bike with the seat off. Those who don't do that have big problems with salt while those that do it report outstanding results. It was developed for use on aircraft. Like WD-40 was the 40th water displacement formula tested, ACF-50 was the 50th anti corrosion formula tested.
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  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Did you just make that rule up?
    I've been into motos for almost 30 years, on ADV for 15 years and in the Moto industry for 10 years and I've never heard anyone say that. Googling revealed nothing about that. I'd say you should have the correct bike for 95% of your ride.

    Also When talking about adding that Bales oil filter adapter you stated people had problems with the HiFiltro filters. Can you show me where people are having problems? I've been using those for 10 years and found them to always be top shelf. Once again Googling did not come up with people having problems with those :dunno
  13. eakins

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    I've also found for rusted parts only Kroil is tops for freeing them. In tests Kroil was found to work 2nd best above all except acetone and ATF. I mail order it as it's not found locally and have turned others on to it.

    http://www.kanolabs.com/

    If the Kroil (kreeping oil) alone does not free a rusted bolt then some fast flame and Kroil never fails. CRC freeze off & Kroil work well together too.

    Ps I've seen in person a MiniDuctor in action in the auto world of rusted bolts. Beyond amazing! Google it. $ but the ultimate tool for a pro mechanic.
  14. eakins

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    Big Block maybe
  15. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    ACF-50 is mostly use for protection from corrosion but happened to work great on a hinge. It's the fact it still has the hinge working five years later that amazes me. It wouldn't be my first choice for freeing rusted bolts but that isn't the question here. That's good information for those working on a stuck fastener though.
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  16. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    Check Hayabasa forums they had a few cases of filters collapsing a few years ago.. maybe more.. I just stay away from them since then. They are not particularly good filters OEM Emgo are better.

    With regards to 95%/5% rule it came from book it will take me time to rehash exactly. Up to you if you subscribe to it or not.

    Cheers mate
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  17. eakins

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    Ok. I'll check that out.

    So it's just was someone's opinion in book you read vs a more widely held standard of what works out in the field. Watch out when you state 1 persons opinion as a "rule" dude, seriously. Describe it as one school of thought, not a rule or you just discredit yourself.
  18. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    This was in context of a trip/joney; you need a bike to get you through hardest 5% of the trip. Rest can be done on anything.

    With regards to industry, do you give a dump about what some marketing departments came up with? They don't ride bike we do.
  19. jathkajoe

    jathkajoe Been here awhile

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    ekins/cyclo:

    95/5 sounds like a variation of the Pareto Principle 80/20.

    Jathkajoe
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  20. Cuzen

    Cuzen Been here awhile

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    Back in the 60's my Dad kept a oil can that had what he called "panther piss" he used to use to loosen rusted bolts, he said this stuff was so thin that it would run up hill.:-)
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