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Suzuki V(Wee)-Strom DL650 2004-2010

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  • #7215
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    I couldn’t afford a BMW F800GS so I’ve bought a DL650 V-Strom for 2up gravel exploring and touring.

    It will need new tyres soon and the steering head bearings need doing, apart from that it seems pretty sweet. It’s pre farkled so has all the usual fitment as you can see, plus a Scottoiler and a 12V outlet to the left of the instruments.

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    #7217
    Jake Maryniak
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    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    Did you buy a new toy?

    Where you going to keep it? Your garage is full…..

    #7219
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    @Facebook – jake.maryniak said:
    Did you buy a new toy?

    Where you going to keep it? Your garage is full…..

    I was going to use some of the spare space in your garage.

    #7222
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    Member
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Nice mate, welcome to the fold….
    A baby wee strom….
    They are great bikes…..
    My garage if full of spare parts for the strom…..Nothing for the wee though, but I got bulbs for Africa, pads, mirrors, indicator bulbs, oil filters etc etc….
    It came well set up for the work tour!

    #7223
    Jake Maryniak
    Participant
    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    <cite> @Eddieb said:</cite>
    I was going to use some of the spare space in your garage.

    I am in the process of cleaning it out so I can squeaze the new 4WD in there

    #7224
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    @Mark Wareham said:
    Nice mate, welcome to the fold….
    A baby wee strom….
    They are great bikes…..
    My garage if full of spare parts for the strom…..Nothing for the wee though, but I got bulbs for Africa, pads, mirrors, indicator bulbs, oil filters etc etc….
    It came well set up for the work tour!

    Cheers, I am looking forward to getting out on it, the ergonomics seem pretty good.

    #7226
    Ross Unwin
    Participant
    • Town/City: Waipukarau
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    I sold my DR650 recently and replaced it with a new Wee Strom as I am doing mostly road riding now and what an awesome bike. Straight away fitted hand guards, bash plate and side protection bars for the engine. I already had a large Ventura pack so also fitted the “L” brackets and pack rack for it. Big step up in comfort and road manners from the DR. Its the Lams version as I couldn’t justify paying the extra for a few extra ponies at the top end (Bottom end and mid range torque are the same as the non lams version) The dealer said its much cheaper fitting a Power Commander later on than paying the extra. Well after running it in pretty hard, Stuff the power Commander, this thing has more than enough power to get me into deep shit pretty quick. The value of the stock screen to me is purely cosmetic, Just created more noise and buffeting around the helmet and stopped the air getting through the vents in my jacket. I was cooking behind it. (Been into the 40s in the sun here in HB) It came off after about 100 kms . And no, I havnt given up on the adventurous stuff, Im slowly rebuilding a 1990 Honda XRV750 RD04 (Africa Twin).

    #7233
    Sharn
    Participant
    • Bike: WR250R
    • Rank: 800cc Rider

    Very nice!

    #7236
    glitch_oz
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    • Rank: 650cc Rider

    <cite> @Eddieb said:</cite>
    I couldn’t afford a BMW F800GS so I’ve bought a DL650 V-Strom for 2up gravel exploring and touring.

    It will need new tyres soon and the steering head bearings need doing,

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    2x tapered roller bearings no. 32006 from any bearing shop for the head bearings, Mitas 07 for the front and a Fullbore M40 (shinko 705 copy, but better on dirt) for the rear…should do just fine for mixed 2-up touring. 🙂
    Turf the OEM wheel bearings, while at it.
    Specs here
    http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php?topic=10899.0

    And…congrats :-))

    #7238
    Oscar
    Participant
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Good looking Wee Strom Ed!

    #7263
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    First impressions after riding Auckland to Hamilton and home to work.

    The fuel injection is excellent at all revs, very smooth.
    Low speed balance is very good, I do a very small tight roundabout as part of my commute to work which would highlight any top heaviness, and there isn’t any. Pushing it around the garage actually feels easier than my DR, even though it’s ~50kg heavier.
    It’s no where near as responsive on the throttle as my DR, though my DR’s intake and exhaust system is heavily modified and the Wee-Strom is stock.

    For me footpeg lowering brackets are going to be essential, the seat to peg relationship is way too close, meaning I’m more sitting on my tailbone than my butt and thighs.
    Bar back handle bar risers are also on the list, the reach to the handlbars is a touch longer and lower than I’d like.

    I need some ADV tyres, at the moment it has road tyres fitted.

    #7278
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Let the farkling begin, I’ve just ordered the Footpeg and Control Lowering kit from Adventuretech.biz

    http://www.adventuretech.biz/footpeg-and-control-lowering-kit.html

    Now to find some ~30mm bar back handlebar risers that aren’t $146,

    #7280
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    • Rank: 50cc Rider
    #7354
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    I was hoping to find something local but I can’t see how a 20mm back set is $100 more than a standard set.

    The Strom is booked in to get the steering head bearings done tomorrow.

    #7445
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    The handling is way better with the steering heads bearings fixed, and my footpegs lowering brackets have arrived so i might get those on today.

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