VStrom Owners Thread

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

  1. rsteiger

    rsteiger Bob

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    I am beginning to think that tire life has a lot to do with how you use the bike, your riding style, weight, and throttle hand. Hard to judge from another person's experience.

    On my 2009 Wee I typically got about 6000 miles out of a rear 705 and around 20,000 miles on a front 705 (the cupping and vibration goes away at about 18,000 miles). A friend of mine on an identical bike would see 3000 to 4000 miles from a rear 705. He is a much more aggressive rider than I am and I suspect that accounted for a good portion of the wear difference.

    I remember when the 804/805 combo first came out and there were a couple of guys in Texas who said they were getting 11,000 to 12,000 miles out of the rear tire. Well my gf at the time did get 11,000 miles out of hers but most of the other guys I knew who got them where in the 3,000 to 5,000 mile range. I saw the same thing happen when the K60 first came out - a lot of reports on how long they lasted but when people I knew got them the life was not that much different than a 705.

    Maybe part of the issue is when you consider a tire to be worn out. Some guys I know use the wear bars, others look for first sign of cord showing through (cheap and dangerous bastards), some look at the size of the flat spot, others don' care for the cupping and vibration, and some like me judge it as to what ride I have coming up next. If I have a 4000 mile ride planned and I am on a tire that is about 2/3's used I will go ahead and replace it before the ride.

    The other thing I kept wondering about is if the tire manufacturers frequent these forums and part of their marketing strategy is to post up some amazing results with their new tires under an alias to start to generate awareness and sales. Then again it could just be the Russians...
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  2. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    Thanks for the heads up.

    I read about that but I have yet to scrape pegs on any bike. I may have been close a few times but I guess I'm just not confident enough yet. I think with most of my riding lower pegs will be more comfortable and beneficial to me.
  3. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    I don't really know how it is for ultimate comfort yet. I did a few hour ride with my sherpa seat pad on it wearing my Klim K52 jeans and it was alright. It was hot out and I think riding around in my jeans just isn't that comfortable for longer rides. I have a new pair of Olympia Airglide 4 pants that should be more comfortable. I leave on a 7 day trip tomorrow and I'll keep you posted on comfort part way through the trip and after.

    The foam is just a cheap 1/2" foam from Joann Fabrics. My goal was to flatten out the seat a bit and just give it some initial plushness, which it does. The foam isn't very firm, more on the soft side and this was beneficial to making it possible to still wrap the factory cover around the seat pan even with the extra foam. I was initially going to replace some of the factory foam with 3/4" neoprene I have but it is slightly firmer than the factory foam. This saved me some work. I think its going to be much more comfortable especially with my new riding pants which will breath better.
  4. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Thanks. Good luck and enjoy your ride.
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  5. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I ran into this alot in Colorado as they have a lot of high speed sweepers. Combined with E-07 rear running out of side knobs, half suicidal friend lead and had to slide off the seat in many corners which haven't done in long time.. not on Strom for sure.

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  6. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    I have the AdventureTech lowering blocks. If your suspension is properly setup (proper springs for your typical weight and right amounts of preload), it takes quite a lean angle (or a mid corner bump) to drag the pegs. You can always remove the feelers if you find yourself dragging them too often.

    Gustavo
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  7. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    I can do 12 hour days on the stock seat with the bead seat cover. I didn't believe it would be effective at first, but since I wasn't sure what seat to get, I took them from a friend while I was making up my mind. I ended up keeping them and not getting an aftermarket seat...

    Gustavo
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  8. Madscrapper85

    Madscrapper85 There's a chance I just sharted

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    I normally air to the side of caution. like I said I have to go an hour to get to dirt so when I do the last thing I want to be thinking about is traction. I have some skill but not near enough experience so I need every advantage while I'm out there. I haven't gotten to do many trips over more than a weekend but I have never trailered my bike so I don't push it to the limit cause I need to get home. The last 705 I ran out to the bars got me 5800 and the last 805 got me just shy of 5000 I find very little difference on road between the 705 and 805 so for the huge difference off road I'll never buy a 705 again. I'm a tech by trade so I change my own tires, I run beads in them so there's never an issue for me to change a set out more often than not if my rear is any where near half I swap it before i go out for a trip if I know I'm going.
  9. rsteiger

    rsteiger Bob

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    I hate when that happens! :lol3:jack
  10. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I am okay for most part but going down eastern side of Monarch pass at 70mph in wet snow was where I draw the line. That was after he told me his bike was sliding on wet tar snakes.

    I could probably give him a run for the money on a million dollar hwy or in St Miguel canyon just because I am used to irregular midspeed corners we have so many on east coast.
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  11. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    What are these feelers you speak of
    I crush the pegs daily
    I am working on a new suspension setup when I can get the cash
  12. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy It's going to be a $$LL of a RIDE

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    Any one running Tank Panniers with Alt Rider Crash bars?

    The Wolfman ones do not have ties or attachment point on the bottom.

    They are on the side.

    Thanks
  13. parasound

    parasound n00b

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  14. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy It's going to be a $$LL of a RIDE

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    Thank you
  15. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy It's going to be a $$LL of a RIDE

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    We need an Alt Rider skid plate for a Gen 2 Wee

    Thanks
  16. V-Tom

    V-Tom Long timer

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    They are on the ends of the handlebars. Fast riders wear them down quickly.

    ..Tom
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  17. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    I removed mine, they limit clearance too much... :lol3

    Gustavo
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  18. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    You guys aren't fooling me.

    There are no old, bold riders here. :photog
  19. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy It's going to be a $$LL of a RIDE

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  20. crazyal

    crazyal dumb ass

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    Looking to see what everyone is running for panniers racks? I have a set of Happy trails Tetons 7.5" from my Versys, the width of the HT racks seems really wide to accommodate the muffler since the boxes don't a cutout. I'd rather not have to put a "do these boxes make my ass look big?" sticker on the back!