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  1. #1
    Sheriff
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    V-strom

    Anyone got one or had one, 650 or 1000?
    Thinking of getting into the adventure bike scene. And these seem to have a good price mark for a first look.
    They were fugly but the new models look ok to my eyes.


    t20p1 :- pronounced tango two zero papa one

  2. #2
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    I know that the 1000's are stone cold reliable. There's a documented case where a guy rode approx. 450,000 miles on one before retiring it. I talked to a Suzuki rep at VIR years ago that confirmed at the time he had over 300,000 miles and continued rockin' on down the road.
    Big Harry

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    George Carlin

  3. #3
    Father Joe
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    Re: V-strom

    Out there in bike world there is possibly one. Just one bike that is more reliable and has MORE mods available for it than the ZRX. The DL1000 V Strom. The Wee Strom 650 is prolly not far behind it.

    Full disclosure: I've not owned a DL1000 or 650. Have known adventure type guys who have and who are mod whores. They've loved them. You can also ping mark 444 here on the board. He had a Wee Strom and has run for years and years with a V Strom crowd.
    I'm not completely useless. I can always be used as a bad example.

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  4. #4
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    The 400,000 mile K3 DL1000 V-Strom


    The owners write up.

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-400-000-mile-k3-dl1000-v-strom.1136108/

    G
    oogle Search on the subject.
    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...pe=&as_rights=
    Big Harry

    "As you swim the river of life, do the breast stroke. It helps to clear the turds from your path!"
    George Carlin

  5. #5
    I used to be....
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    Re: V-strom

    I have a 2014 DL1000, wouldn't say I get excited about looking at it like I do the ZRX but it's a great bike. Similar weight and power as the ZRX but carries it differently. Made a few tweaks and really enjoy riding.

  6. #6
    Badass Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    It that I work at a bike shop and am a Kawi fan, it I got AVD bike it would be a V-Strom. Find somebody in Europe and get KLE1000 parts and make it a Kawi.
    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."-Benjamin Franklin

  7. #7
    CarlM
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    Re: V-strom

    Quote Originally Posted by McGovZRX View Post
    Out there in bike world there is possibly one. Just one bike that is more reliable and has MORE mods available for it than the ZRX. The DL1000 V Strom. The Wee Strom 650 is prolly not far behind it.

    Full disclosure: I've not owned a DL1000 or 650. Have known adventure type guys who have and who are mod whores. They've loved them. You can also ping mark 444 here on the board. He had a Wee Strom and has run for years and years with a V Strom crowd.
    I hope an SV is more dependable. No chain issue? no blow up if it falls down? No cam issues?


    You can't go faster when you are in plaster
    Mongo like candy

  8. #8
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    Had a 2003 DL1000, dang good bike! Actually traded it to get my ZRX1200 because the DL was NASTY with the way wind blast buffeted my head. I think I tried the most combinations of windscreens and spoiler lips (made some of my own too) known to the Stromtroopers forum at that time. Don’t make a Madstad for the pre-2004.

    Gen I 2004 and above Suzuki changed the windscreen mounting and Madstad brackets helped with that massive problem a good bit.

    I would not hesitate to look at a Gen II DL 1000 like you are mentioning.
    01 GREEN, ZX9 gauges,Sonic 1.1 springs,DMR shocks,Holeshot Touring bars,MCL 1” risers,Buell pegs,Couch fork brace and rear brake torque link,JE 12.5:1 stock bore,ZZR cams,double springs,CVK40's,BEAR RACING CVK40 velocity stacks,dual foam uni-pods,Keihin 150 mains,#40’s@2.0 turns,FH 15mm, FP K87 TI needles, 3.0 clip position,plastic slides,FP ZX11 springs,Muzzy 4-2-1/Ti oval can,stock ZRX ECU/+2 Ted's rotor, NGK CR10EIX plugs,ZX14 stick coils,Ted's pod tray,4-pot calipers.

  9. #9
    RIP 4/11/19
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    Re: V-strom

    I have 2 friends with V-strom 1000's. They are super reliable. The Toyota Corolla of bikes. In more ways than one...
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  10. #10
    Screwed
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    Re: V-strom

    Rode mine (2009 DL650) yesterday in our Winter 60F temps...... I love mine......bikes come and go at my crib, but the Weestrom stays. The 1000 has lots more power than the 650, but some prefer the 650 for true Adventure Riding (camping, gravel roads, etc).
    I've screwed over 13,233 ZRXOA members in the past.......who's next in line??
    See "Products Made by Members" Forum (SS Engine/Body Bolt Kit).....ROK Straps & now ROK Dog Leashes, SOXz Moto-socks, Jacket Caddys.

  11. #11
    Sheriff
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    Re: V-strom

    Will be having a look at a 2016 1000 this week.
    Presume no rider aids for lowering seat hight?
    Just new dog bones or seat resculpture.


    t20p1 :- pronounced tango two zero papa one

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    If the V Strom is too Fugly for ya, you can always open the Mod Toolbox!!!





    Just beware that they're tabs welded to the tank under the stock fairing.
    Big Harry

    "As you swim the river of life, do the breast stroke. It helps to clear the turds from your path!"
    George Carlin

  13. #13
    I used to be....
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    Re: V-strom

    Quote Originally Posted by t20p1 View Post
    Will be having a look at a 2016 1000 this week.
    Presume no rider aids for lowering seat hight?
    Just new dog bones or seat resculpture.

    They offer a lower seat

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    Proud Marine Dad
    grumpy-er than a lesbian
    with a cold sore at a slumber party

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    Re: V-strom

    Both the VStrom and WeeStrom are pretty awesome, and as everyone says - reliable like an anvil. I've had a DL1000 for a short while and it was a riot to ride. I've ridden a ton of 650's and they're a riot too. Had a fellow ridder who put 250k on his 650... no issues at all. Chains, tires, batteries, some seals, it just ran and ran and kept up in the corners pretty well too.




  15. #15
    Slip and Slide
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    Re: V-strom

    Ive been eyeballing an '11 650.
    Im picking it up next week

  16. #16
    Father Joe
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    Re: V-strom

    First. It is NOT a DL.

    But...........I had a 2000 SV650S. And that motor was awesome. It made power seemingly effortlessly. Probably top 2 bikes I've ever had.
    I'm not completely useless. I can always be used as a bad example.

    The People's rear loading pink Beach Bomb.

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  17. #17
    Badass Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    Quote Originally Posted by McGovZRX View Post
    First. It is NOT a DL.

    But...........I had a 2000 SV650S. And that motor was awesome. It made power seemingly effortlessly. Probably top 2 bikes I've ever had.
    I hear ya! I had a SV 1000 and still miss it. That bike had heart. Loved the motor in that thing.
    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."-Benjamin Franklin

  18. #18
    RIP 4/11/19
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    Re: V-strom

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny View Post
    I hear ya! I had a SV 1000 and still miss it. That bike had heart. Loved the motor in that thing.
    I always liked the SV1000. You could porn them up pretty good as well!
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  19. #19
    Slip and Slide
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    Re: V-strom

    Quote Originally Posted by salnap View Post
    Ive been eyeballing an '11 650.
    Im picking it up next week

    Scratch that. I'm looking at a Versys instead

  20. #20
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    Years ago, I decided I was going to ride a motorcycle round trip from Texas to Alaska with intentions of taking the Dalton Hwy into the Arctic Circle up to Prudhoe Bay. After tons of research, I settled on a brand new Vstrom 650 in 2012. I actually sold my ZRX and some other stuff around that time to help fund the whole adventure. I spent the next couple of years modding and farkling the bike to get it ready. It had to be comfy, durable, and reliable. In 2014, I completed that trip and had the best time of my entire life! 11k miles over 38 days. The bike survived unscathed and I have continued using it for adventure riding and traveling ever since. The VStrom has taken me from the Gulf Coast to the Arctic Ocean, from the West Coast to the East. There have been SO MANY highlights in between, including the highest roads in North America. Across deserts, through green valleys, and over high mountain summits. I refer to it as my "magic carpet". Just sit there and go anywhere you can dream up including interstates, backroads, gravel fire roads, and washed out muddy tracks. Some of the best times of my life have been experienced because of my decision to buy a Vstrom. Yeah, I'm a bit biased. There are a couple more big trips left in my bike's future, for sure. Actually, I'm planning a trek up to Canada and then up the Trans Labrador Hwy, over to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and back down through New England. With a comfy setup, you begin to think like that when you have one of these in the garage. It opens up a whole new world! Best of luck with your decision.
    Getting older, fatter, and faster!


  21. #21
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    Quote Originally Posted by Tee Bee View Post
    Years ago, I decided I was going to ride a motorcycle round trip from Texas to Alaska with intentions of taking the Dalton Hwy into the Arctic Circle up to Prudhoe Bay. After tons of research, I settled on a brand new Vstrom 650 in 2012. I actually sold my ZRX and some other stuff around that time to help fund the whole adventure. I spent the next couple of years modding and farkling the bike to get it ready. It had to be comfy, durable, and reliable. In 2014, I completed that trip and had the best time of my entire life! 11k miles over 38 days. The bike survived unscathed and I have continued using it for adventure riding and traveling ever since. The VStrom has taken me from the Gulf Coast to the Arctic Ocean, from the West Coast to the East. There have been SO MANY highlights in between, including the highest roads in North America. Across deserts, through green valleys, and over high mountain summits. I refer to it as my "magic carpet". Just sit there and go anywhere you can dream up including interstates, backroads, gravel fire roads, and washed out muddy tracks. Some of the best times of my life have been experienced because of my decision to buy a Vstrom. Yeah, I'm a bit biased. There are a couple more big trips left in my bike's future, for sure. Actually, I'm planning a trek up to Canada and then up the Trans Labrador Hwy, over to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and back down through New England. With a comfy setup, you begin to think like that when you have one of these in the garage. It opens up a whole new world! Best of luck with your decision.
    post a pic....plse.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

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    BadAss Hooligan
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  24. #24
    The Busa Cop
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    Re: V-strom

    Troy how are ya !



    It no longer matters how fast I once was .

    Quote Originally Posted by KWICK View Post
    Motor is in.


    c10, I love Ewe

  25. #25
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    Great, friend! Long time no see! Just selling the old VStrom life. See the Z900RS thread for my latest project.
    Getting older, fatter, and faster!


  26. #26
    The Busa Cop
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    Re: V-strom

    Quote Originally Posted by Tee Bee View Post
    Great, friend! Long time no see! Just selling the old VStrom life. See the Z900RS thread for my latest project.
    Ok will do . FYI your old REX is in great shape @ Paul's . i lost your # here is mine 832-641-6865



    It no longer matters how fast I once was .

    Quote Originally Posted by KWICK View Post
    Motor is in.


    c10, I love Ewe

  27. #27
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    Awesome! Glad to know she still lives on and Paul was just the guy to take care of her. I had a ZX-14 for several years. Sold it to buy the 900 RS Cafe. Still have the Strom and the old HD.
    Getting older, fatter, and faster!


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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

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  29. #29
    The Busa Cop
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    Re: V-strom

    Really neat photos Troy . I wondered if you ever got to take your trip . It is great to see the results I see you have Russel day long on the V .
    I have one on the Hayabusa .



    It no longer matters how fast I once was .

    Quote Originally Posted by KWICK View Post
    Motor is in.


    c10, I love Ewe

  30. #30
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: V-strom

    Thanks. I always tell people that of all the mods I did to that bike, the Russell seat was the most important and best bang for the buck. It has allowed me to spend many long consecutive days in the saddle, putting miles behind me , and opening up new opportunities that were never available to me before. The bike is currently down for some maintenance/repair work. The ABS module seized internally, blocking fluid flow to the rear caliper. That's a very expensive part to replace but I recently found a used one from a wrecked bike online and am hoping it works out. I've never enjoyed looking at VStroms, thinking they were ugly. After living with one for a while, I have learned to appreciate a whole new style of motorcycling and have visited places that I never would have considered going on my older motorcycles. Heck, most of my older bikes would have been broken in half trying to get to some of those places! Along the way, I have met new life-long and like-minded motorcycling friends. I now see a different sort of beauty show through in such a useful machine as that. Life has taken some recent twists for us due to my wife's worsening health problems, but I'm hoping I can return to taking some adventure-style trips someday. I'm currently focused on her needs and don't have any more long distance moto trips on the schedule. Most of my recent riding has been short local romps. The RS Café has been filling that role nicely!
    Getting older, fatter, and faster!



 

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