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DL650 3,085 64.06%
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Both DL650 & DL1000 70 1.45%
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:55 PM   #2191
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Sprockets and chain

On a road trip, hanging out in Phoenix AZ, and it's time for replacement chain because I have stretched it almost to the limit, and a new rear sprocket for good measure because 2 or 3 teeth on the current one are a little iffy.

DL650 V-Strom 2008 model

Suggestions? High mileage/long lasting would be excellent, but whatever is best on the market and works for a Wee.

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Old 04-08-2013, 04:26 PM   #2192
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My stock chain and sprocket did nearly 20K, seems like a good choice to me
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:04 AM   #2193
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V Strom Thead !!!

This thread is for every thing V Strom related. From question about the bike to what's going on in your area around the world !!! So lets take the time to build a home grow'en power house...

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Old 04-14-2013, 04:30 AM   #2194
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I bought a V Strom last year for a trip cross Canada last year, and I ended up covering 12.000 kms from Alberta to Ontario, then dead head back to BC... I was on the road for 28 days, and by far it was the biggest motorcycle trip I ever pulled off to date, and I hope to continue to live the dream !!!

The bike thing was a long time coming, and I'm glad to be back in the saddle after a 14 year brake from it as I tried my hand at the BC snowmobile thing... I had my bearings on BC with smaller bikes and quads before I started sledding, and now with the middle age thing I decided it was time to see more then just snow on top of the Mountains looking down. Ha Ha. I think that looking up at them will be much easier now that I have wheels under me...

The V Strom wasn't working out as good as I thought it would off highway, but the new tire change really changed the handling of it, so it will be a keeper. I add bark-buster hand guards, aluminum skid plate, 12 volt out let, and a air pillow to sit on for the long trips that are planed this year. I hope to hear about some mods you folks have done on your own units, and some places around North America that might be nice to see. A all out open thread is the best way to meet new V Strom dudes around the world because we never know who we might meet along the way !!!

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Old 04-14-2013, 07:03 AM   #2195
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We already have a VStrom thread, a Vstrom picture thread, and an off-road VStrom picture thread, plus numerous other technical questions, buying advice, and modification planning threads.
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:07 AM   #2196
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maybe go back and spell "thread" correctly?

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Old 04-14-2013, 04:59 PM   #2197
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For all of you V-strom owners. As you may know Suzuki is offering 0% financing for up to 5 yrs. I would like to buy a bike for my wife and I to tour the back roads of Maine, am wondering with me @ 5'8" 190lbs and her @ 5'2" 118 lbs will the 650 fit our needs or will I be wishing I had bought the 1000??
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:03 PM   #2198
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I don't think you will be disappointed.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:24 PM   #2199
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I'm 1k owner and when I used put my friend on the back (before she got her own bike) and go camping for the weekend I was always glad I had the 1k. I'm 6' even about 160, she is tiny 5'4" 100.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:25 PM   #2200
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There are different views, but in my experience, tooling around 2-up with similar specs is just fine. It's fairly comfortable and still flickable. My girl won't do it without a topcase to rest on. Fully loaded two up for a week camping trip and it is a different story; it felt top heavy, sluggish, and performed marginally better than my Hyundai Accent. If your plans will evolve beyond backroads, you should look beyond the 650. (I've never ridden the Vee)
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:30 PM   #2201
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There is a guy who has a black and grey one for sale within 2 hrs of me it is a 650 with 5000 on the odie with a pirates lair backrest and centerstand for $4400.00 but I am partial to using someone elses money for free
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:45 PM   #2202
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Originally Posted by New2dualsport View Post
For all of you V-strom owners. As you may know Suzuki is offering 0% financing for up to 5 yrs. I would like to buy a bike for my wife and I to tour the back roads of Maine, am wondering with me @ 5'8" 190lbs and her @ 5'2" 118 lbs will the 650 fit our needs or will I be wishing I had bought the 1000??
Around town.... Fine... but 2 up with gear and ANY hill country or grades You will kick yourself.
SEVERAL times loaded (450 or so total payload) I would not even attempt to pass with the 650, but on the 1k I knock it down a gear and twist the GO handle and not worry about it.
I say this from experience owning both the 650 and 1k.
Also be aware if you do a fair amount of short trips / commuting that the 1k will return only 38~44 mpg when the 650 will get over 52 in the same mode.
The 1k also has noticably better suspension when you load it over 250lbs.
Now that I have likely confused you even more.... I will retire to consume a Adult Beverage or three....
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:59 PM   #2203
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Thanks for pointing that out Unstable Rider... My slip up on that one. Ha Ha.

I see that there is a picture, mod, and introduction threads on the V Strom, and this thread has nothing to do with them !!! This thread is about bring all the V Strom stuff into one spot if it works... It is open to all the 650's and 1000's, and it fills in as and open channel in the beast category as I mention at the beginning !!! Some folks might like it, and some might not, but that's the way it goes I guess.

Sorry if it doesn't work for you, but I'm sure that it will gain ground as time passes by.

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Old 04-14-2013, 07:09 PM   #2204
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Really? There's already plenty of these since the 'Strom came out 9 years ago and you didn't even spell it right.....
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #2205
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I tried to change the heading with no luck, then I tried to delete the thread, and that didn't work either. I guess it will have to stay up I guess.

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