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DL650 3,032 63.93%
DL1000 1,647 34.72%
Both DL650 & DL1000 69 1.45%
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:54 PM   #2161
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Be very careful with tank bags on the vStrom. I've had 2 and none of them fit very well due to the mass of plastic round the tank. I'm sure you will get Strom specific bags somewhere but if you go with a standard bag you might be throwing your money away. I'm not even sure which ones I had so cant tell you what to avoid.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:18 PM   #2162
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The best bet for a bag is something that has 2 magnets in the rear, and a buckle to wrap around the handle bars. Nothing else. I have a bag with magnets upfront, and if I don't tuck them under the bag, they flop everywhere. Scuffed up my plastics.

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Old 03-26-2013, 02:48 AM   #2163
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chain and sprockets(stock) for a decent price?

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Old 03-26-2013, 07:37 AM   #2164
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Reasonable miles?

Looking at a 2003 VStrom with 17k, very nice condition. That kind of miles suggests a garage queen, no?

What do you guys think?

I am always leery of lower mileage bikes.

What should I look (out) for?

Thanks!

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Old 03-26-2013, 10:47 PM   #2165
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Be very careful with tank bags on the vStrom. I've had 2 and none of them fit very well due to the mass of plastic round the tank. I'm sure you will get Strom specific bags somewhere but if you go with a standard bag you might be throwing your money away. I'm not even sure which ones I had so cant tell you what to avoid.
I have a Wolfman Rainer. It fits the tank well. Not magnetic but with some thought it was easy to attach the straps to solid points. Would buy the same again.

I do have to add a caution... I am not sure how the Rainer bag will work with stock handlebars. I replaced mine with MSR ATV-HI's and don't have any problems with the tank bag and these bars.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:43 AM   #2166
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Just dont buy a bag with magnets up front. Mine likes to beat up my plastics

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Old 03-27-2013, 06:17 AM   #2167
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I have used the Wolfman Explorer for several years with no bad effects. It is a big bag and fits way too much gear, lol. I have never carried it full. Wolfman bags are extremely good quality and last forever.

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:20 AM   #2168
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Has anybody had a Bags-Connection Enduro LT tank Bag? I'm planning to buy one but there is no info how it fits to V-Strom tank. My other choice is Wolfman Expedition small. Any info of both bags would be great.


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Old 03-27-2013, 07:27 PM   #2169
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Anyone using a happy trails top box? If so, can you post a few pics of your setup? I'm thinking of going that route and would like a visual of one in use and your opinion of it.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:42 PM   #2170
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Has anybody had a Bags-Connection Enduro LT tank Bag? I'm planning to buy one but there is no info how it fits to V-Strom tank. My other choice is Wolfman Expedition small. Any info of both bags would be great.
I'm successfully using a Wolfman Explorer Lite on my DL1000.



A little larger than the Expedition small but it doesn't interfere with anything. I bought a second set of straps and I use it with my XR650L (Clarke 4.7 gal. tank) as well. It's a little large but it doesn't interfere and the XRL has no other luggage.



I just got through installing a Powerlet bulkhead pass-through into the bag for the cell phone and GPS - kinda' handy and something to think about no matter which bag you choose.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:16 AM   #2171
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Looking at a 2003 VStrom with 17k, very nice condition. That kind of miles suggests a garage queen, no?

What do you guys think?

I am always leery of lower mileage bikes.

What should I look (out) for?

Thanks!

SE
Crack open the gas tank, look for rust. Ask the owner if he kept maintenance records, where the bike is kept (indoors/outdoors), look for obvious signs of road rash. I picked up a 2004 DL1000 a couple of years ago with only 4000 miles on it and have had no problems (pertaining to lack of miles) with it yet.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:16 AM   #2172
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2002 V Strom 1000 noise

There is a noise when under load that sound like chain slap on a hard guide. It does not do it when going down hill while not under much load. Does anyone have an idea? Thanks
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:56 AM   #2173
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There is a noise when under load that sound like chain slap on a hard guide. It does not do it when going down hill while not under much load. Does anyone have an idea? Thanks
Assuming that your chain is properly adjusted - check for wear on the outer and inner edges of your rear sprocket teeth. The DL1000 only has one bearing in the cush drive and its center line is offset from the rear sprocket's center line, which causes the sprocket to cock sideways under load, particularly at lower speeds. When the sprocket cocks sideways the tips of the sprocket teeth foul the chain's side plates, which might be what you're sensing.

Some people have used re-machined left-side spacers to compress the cush drive tighter against the cush rubbers in order to reduce the rear sprocket's tendency to twist sideways. I chose instead to fit a second bearing in order to stabilize the rear sprocket.



This is only a problem with the DL1000 and there's a huge (but mind-numbing) thread over on the Vstrom.info site on rear sprocket carrier play.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:38 PM   #2174
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:49 PM   #2175
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