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post #1 of 8 Old 11-03-2008, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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DXKLR, How's the V Strom?

You've lived with the bike for a while and I'd love to hear about what you think of the bike and where you've been riding it???

I don't remember seeing a single photo of the Strom, either..

Also, what changes have you made to the bike since you bought it??

This is KLR and other motorcycle discussion and I want to hear about other!!!

A long time friend of mine (BMW/Guzzi Rider) bought one and is in love with it!! I never thought I'd see the old fart on a Strom, but he's having a blast!! He got the Wee, also, and set it up for touring..

Waiting.....
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Oh, and I've always felt that the DL650 would be the perfect bike for everything!! If I could have only one bike, it would be it..

Of course, I couldn't ever have just one bike.. It drives me bananas!! I gotta swap around and take the perfect bike for the situation.. Except for the 8 mile boring ride to work.. They all seem to work fine for that..
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Oh man, what happened to my response? ....... OK I'll rewrite another for you...LOL

2008 DL650 VStrom Yellow and Black
Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
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I picked up a 2008 Yellow DL650 about two months ago. It actually took me a couple of weeks to get used to it compared to the KLR. The handle bars are a bit narrower and it seemed to need to be coaxed into a turn compared to they way a KLR just falls into a turn. Once I got used to the bikes handling characteristics I became quickly more fond of it. I ordered the tall touring seat from Suzuki when I bought it. That seat is almost two inches taller and much more comfy. No problems touching the ground even with the height increase. The only issue that I initially seemed to have was the helmet buffeting by the wind. The OEM front windshield can be moved up quite a bit, and I found I needed it up at it's very highest point. Once I did this, total quiet and no buffeting were my rewards. I can easily ride twice as far than I could on the KLR before my back and backside, require me to get off and stretch and relax. Up and back handlebar risers will really help with this in the future. I am hoping to have them on in a month or so. The reach for the bars seems to be a little bit too far forward, but really is not a huge deal. I put an XL trunk on the back and will be ordering the GIVI E21's with correct racks in January. I also want to get a set of the 35L cases too for trips down to TN and NC. The OEM TrailWings are really impressing me with grip and wear. They do not do great in gravel at highway presssures like the AVON Distanzia's or Gripsters seem to be able to grip with. The only other farkle we did last week, was to make a set of forward foot pegs for a little bit of leg relief while out on the road. I also have sitting beside me right now a new Audiovox Electronic Cruise Control system that will be going on this winter for those long rides next year. Yes, I did say cruise, LOL. I have some pretty good Carpel Tunnel issues in both hands, and even with the cramp buster on the throttle my right hand will at times just flat go to sleep so bad I can't control the front brakes or anything else. I have been averaging @ 54-55 MPG as opposed to 48-50 on the KLR. Power is almost double and you can really feel it when the RPM range gets into its power band which is around 5000 and up to 9000. The suspension has really surprised me with its plushness, albeit it still has some harshness on really big bumps. The KLR I could squat about 4 inches, the Strom I only squat it about 2 inches. I am not sure how long that suspension will hold up under my big butt, but I am not abusing it with jumps and wheelies so hopefully it will be fine for awhile. I like the fuel gauge, is quite accurate once you learn how much you have left in the tank with each bar that is shown on the guage. The built in clock is great, and there are two tripometers. I still use the first one like the KLR to kinda keep my eye on mileage and gas status, the second one I am using to keep tab on mileage between oil changes. It will let me know when oil change is ready. Yes I still keep a tab written down in my maintenanace manual just in case someone resets it on me LOL. It is a very very smooth riding bike with nowhere near the vibes of the KLR which really helps out with the metal that is in my neck. This relates into a longer period of riding time without having a headache come on from the vibrations causing pain in my neck. A set of crash bars are definately going on, just as they should for the guys with the new 08 and 09 KLR's. That side plastic panel is mucho $$$$$$$$.... I have decided I am going to throw my body under the bike if it slips and falls in the parking lot..LOL...it would be much cheaper for a doctor visit than new plastic.... I will get some pics posted to this thread, soon as I get my disc of pics from my buddy. I also believe the dl650 makes a great Dual Sport bike, but, only if you find you do more on road riding than off road. The KLR makes an outstanding back road and semi trail bike, as we all know it does. As much as I hate to admit it, the KLR can eat up the curves in a way that is hard to explain over the Strom. Yes the Strom is great in curves, but I find I am really really dragging my boot and foot peg 10 to 1 more times than I ever did on the KLR and I am having to work harder to get the strom thru the curve than I would the KLR. Also the Strom is a bit heavier PIG than the KLR is, and its wider. Would I change back? Probably not. Would I have both? In a heartbeat. If my buddy and I are riding together and stop somewhere for whatever reason and a number of people are around, invariably they all will go to the KLR first and gawk, then I think simply because mine is yellow and they notice that, they will check out the strom...LOL. In my opinion, I think most people believe it is just another crotch rocket and don't feel intersted in it. Do I ride a bike to get noticed? NO! But I did want to throw out there the appeal the KLR has on people and it has this badge of curiosity by everyone that looks at it. They all want to know, "Is that thing street legal?" LOL

2008 DL650 VStrom Yellow and Black
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Great!!!
As far as the turning thing, have you kicked around raising the forks a touch? I brought mine up 3/8" on my 1000 and it made a world of difference in handling..

Much less likely to dance around at higher speeds, and more stable in corners.
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Yes I have, and will probably definately do that. On the Strom forum everyone really seems to say that is a requirment if you ride them aggresive. We actually had to make a frame that I can attach to the engine and would allow an ATV jack be used. Otherwise, getting the strom all the way up into the air would require a tow truck..LOL. It works great and if standing I am almost eyeball to fuel tank at its highest point with jack up all the way.

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