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DL650 2,914 63.89%
DL1000 1,584 34.73%
Both DL650 & DL1000 66 1.45%
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #2056
Nitro1970
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I have been flipping back and forth between the 650 and 1000 but I've set my eye on a 2012 Vee adventure model... Maybe by the end of the month ;)
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:27 AM   #2057
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On Saturday, I picked-up a 2012 650 Adventure. I wish it were a little warmer here.

The excitement will keep you warm, congrats!
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:20 AM   #2058
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Vstrom Owners Rally...........

Vstrom Rally, Iron Horse Campground, North Carolina............May 16-19, 2013. A great place to see lots of Vstroms, farkles and riding styles...........check out this link:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=861229

Or go on Stromtrooper or Vstrom Riders International Forums under "events" for more information............or PM me.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:57 PM   #2059
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New 650

I bought a new 2012 V-Strom 650 Adventure. I have not taken delivery of it yet, as I am waiting for the dealership to install the matching OEM top case and hand guards. I hope to pick it up soon. I have the plate ready to go, but with 12" of snow due this Friday, I may as well get started on the farkling...
I was somewhat surprised that I was told that they would not see a 2013 model (in Grey) until May... I looked at the grey DR650 they had there, and liked the black much better, so I took the discount, and grabbed the 2012 model.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:50 PM   #2060
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My New wee strom

I should be picking up my brand new '12 DL650 Adventure on Saturday morning. I was half tempted to call in to work tomorrow. Pics to come
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:52 PM   #2061
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Congrats! I've had mine for about, oh... a rear tire. Love it!
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:27 AM   #2062
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Just call in sick! Its perfectly normal, people get sick every now and again, especially on new bike day!
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:54 AM   #2063
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Just call in sick! Its perfectly normal, people get sick every now and again, especially on new bike day!
You were right. I should have called in. I dont think I will be able to sleep tonight. Like a kid on xmas eve.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:39 AM   #2064
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Man, that bike is sweet! I love the factory panniers. It's a true homerun
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:45 AM   #2065
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Weeeee! Welcome to the club :)
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:29 PM   #2066
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I just picked up my second dl650 today. This one is a 12 orange. My other one is an 04 blue.

I've got an 88 mile a day commute and wanted something with abs that was a low hassle bike. I was looking seriously at r1200gs from about 08 and left over super teneres but then I found this bike.

Pretty happy. No real plans other then heated grips, a better horn, conspicuity lighting, knuckle guards, gps with traffic and an on board camera.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:49 AM   #2067
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First trip on our DL1000

Hi All,

My wife and I just got back from our first trip on our new to us DL1000. My wife says it's more comfortable than our Honda ST1100 was. I like the handling and ergonomics better. It was way better in the dirt (gravel roads two up) than I expected.



I don't think the PO did any mods and I have a few complaints...... Can anyone direct me to a list of the "required" mods. It has a terrible vibrations when passing from about 2.8K to 3K, and anything under 4K is almost worthless. It seemed to run better on premium. Is that expected?

The PO lowered it and I want to bring it back up. The plastic skid plate did what is shouldn't be capable of doing.

Thanks for any advice!

Ken
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:08 PM   #2068
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Can anyone direct me to a list of the "required" mods. It has a terrible vibrations when passing from about 2.8K to 3K, and anything under 4K is almost worthless. It seemed to run better on premium. Is that expected?

The PO lowered it and I want to bring it back up. The plastic skid plate did what is shouldn't be capable of doing.

Thanks for any advice!

Ken
Www.stromtrooper.com for any and all information.

The low end fuelling is notoriously lean. There are several fixes including the Power Commander. $300 and ten minutes and you'll have a new bike.

Vibration can be caused by crash bars if you have them. Make sure the torque is correct.

My Vee was lowered when I got it (just the forks thank goodness) I returned it to stock and I think the low speed handling is greatly improved. Others prefer it lowered for sharper handling... I found it downright unstable.

The other farkle most agree on is a fork brace. You can get one for around $80 from www.adventuretech.com along with a few other useful bolt-ons.

Head on over to Stromtroopers. The options are limited only by the thickness of your wallet!
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:33 PM   #2069
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Hi All,

My wife and I just got back from our first trip on our new to us DL1000. My wife says it's more comfortable than our Honda ST1100 was. I like the handling and ergonomics better. It was way better in the dirt (gravel roads two up) than I expected.



I don't think the PO did any mods and I have a few complaints...... Can anyone direct me to a list of the "required" mods. It has a terrible vibrations when passing from about 2.8K to 3K, and anything under 4K is almost worthless. It seemed to run better on premium. Is that expected?

The PO lowered it and I want to bring it back up. The plastic skid plate did what is shouldn't be capable of doing.

Thanks for any advice!

Ken
Ken... wander on over to Holeshot Performance & mebe call Dale Walker up.
He owned one & did a lot of dyno work to sort stuff out. Many options available from them.
I have been Quite pleased with their products and especialy the customer service I have recieved.

Ken;
p.m. me & I can point out the "Magic Fixes" for you that worked for me..... some are a mater of personal taste..... Some necessary to make the bike "Livable" in day in/day out use, like the Dobeck Electronic Jet Box (Holeshot).
I went up 3 teeth on the back when replacing the sprockets & chain and also did the 530 chain upgrade at the same time & really like it.
Also the speedo healer, and a Leo Vince slip on upgrade.(from RevZilla for $425 shipped) I will be doing a "Clutch Basket (from Real Shelby on the VSRI SITE) at the next oil change. Terry is a real stand up guy to deal with & a bud has done it and the result is a completely different bike. You can run it under load sub 2k rpm & it Works!
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:58 PM   #2070
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Hi All,

My wife and I just got back from our first trip on our new to us DL1000. My wife says it's more comfortable than our Honda ST1100 was. I like the handling and ergonomics better. It was way better in the dirt (gravel roads two up) than I expected.



I don't think the PO did any mods and I have a few complaints...... Can anyone direct me to a list of the "required" mods. It has a terrible vibrations when passing from about 2.8K to 3K, and anything under 4K is almost worthless. It seemed to run better on premium. Is that expected?

The PO lowered it and I want to bring it back up. The plastic skid plate did what is shouldn't be capable of doing.

Thanks for any advice!

Ken
I would make sure the bike is not still running its stock gearing. two teeth on the rear sprocket does wonders for the bike while still allowing overdrive to be speeding ticket on the interstate-fast. the vibration is probably what people in the strom world refer to as "chudder". lowering the gearing a tad helps get past this point, I personally just try to spend less time at such low RPM
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