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Old 02-10-2007, 08:12 PM   #1
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After about two years of riding my KLR, I knew I needed something more. I didn't know what... I had a lot of fun researching the options. I wanted something that:
  • was competent cruising on an interstate,
  • would be comfortable on paved and well-maintained unpaved roads,
  • was reliable -utterly reliable,
Bonus points were:
  • A good price,
  • An easy 200 mile range,
  • Good private & commercial support,
  • Good headlights,
  • & ('Cuz I'm no expert) ABS
Rest assured that I agonized and changed my mind many times but today I took delivery of an '07 DL650ABS.

The dealer 130 miles South of here (Mac's Cycles of Clarkston, Washington -Who I highly recommend) called me Thursday to let me know it had arrived. I'd dropped of my Givi engine guards, GPS power cord and Pro Grip replacement grips the previous week. The salesman, Jesse, said all of the parts would be installed and it would be ready Saturday (Today!). He also e-mailed pictures.

After agonizing over how I was going to get it in the middle of Winter I decided to be an Adventurer and try riding it back. My wife drove me from Spokane to Clarkston. Jesse helped me fiddle my GPS into place and I was off for a gentle 20 mile ride on a nearby stretch of beautiful road. When I was done they changed the oil and filter then adjusted the shifter for me.

The ride home was cold, very cold but totally awesome. I have heard complaints about this bike but I didn't experience one of 'em. With the shield in it's lowest setting -I had no wind hitting me and not an ounce of buffeting, it had oodles of power, the Givi's looked great and created no vibrations, the Pro Grips made it extremely comfy.

Only a couple of things to whine about:
  • My wife said the brake light is almost impossible to see. I have an LED/strobe light on the KLR. Must find one for the Strom.
  • My legs were a little sore from the fairly deep knee bend. I might get used to this or I might start looking for a DL1000 seat.
  • It's a little tough to shift -probably something I'll improve with practice.
I have no regrets -this bike is freaking awesome!

Resistance was futile!
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Old 02-10-2007, 08:29 PM   #2
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I had a KLR then went Wee strom for the same reasons as you.
I rode it a year and then added an engine guard/oil rad guard, and made a rad (engine) guard from a file folder holder...(bashed some rad fins with front tire stone throw)
Also put hand guards on (great for the cold)
Lots of info here on this bike..
Enjoy
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:24 AM   #3
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Where's the pics???

I know, all the Stroms look the same.....but so do babies an people insist on showing me photos of thiers. I'd rather see YOUR strom

Did ya keep the Killer? Congrats on the new bike, it's a great machine, but right now it's also a NEW machine so it's even more fun.
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:35 AM   #4
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If your looking for flashing LED's here is a link for some that are specific for the DL.

http://www.hyperlites.com/

I'm thinking of getting some for myself but havn't got there yet. :)
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:52 AM   #5
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Where's the pics???

I know, all the Stroms look the same.....but so do babies an people insist on showing me photos of thiers. I'd rather see YOUR strom
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Old 02-11-2007, 08:15 AM   #6
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Weeee!!!

Pics? I'm so glad you asked -because it's so beauTful- I will upload some tomorrow from work!

Also thought I'd add that I think the Strom is easier to ride than the KLR (Which I think I'm keeping). I especially say this with regard to starting off -the Strom has so much more power, killing it isn't so easy. Also the Strom seems to turn a lot more easily.

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Old 02-11-2007, 10:16 AM   #7
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yeah for another strom owner!!!
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:46 AM   #8
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Rumor has it the Uly footpegs fit the strom and they sit an inch lower... might be handy for straightening out your knees.

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Old 02-11-2007, 12:00 PM   #9
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Only a couple of things to whine about:[LIST][*]My wife said the brake light is almost impossible to see. I have an LED/strobe light on the KLR. Must find one for the Strom.
I have Hyperlites on my Dl650 and they are very nice. They sell a kit with instructions for the V-Strom. Here's a short video of my hyperlites in action.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkjB8ZS4Frg
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:51 PM   #10
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I have Hyperlites on my Dl650 and they are very nice. They sell a kit with instructions for the V-Strom. Here's a short video of my hyperlites in action.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkjB8ZS4Frg
Must get this...

Must install this...

Thanks!

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Old 02-12-2007, 07:24 AM   #11
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Good on 'ya, mate.

I too have a KLR and a DL650.

Um, I have to ask...

"Redne Dab" ?

"Bad ender", backwards?
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Old 02-12-2007, 09:13 AM   #12
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Where's the pics???

We're glowing!


First real get-on.


Stopping to catch my breath during that first exhilirating ride. Wow.

Ender is my dog... ;-)

Regards,

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Old 02-12-2007, 09:43 AM   #13
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:07 AM   #14
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You have been assimilated.

Please drop your bike at the earliest possible convenience.

Replace front turn signals with "Pelonators" (flush mounted turn signals).
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Looks sharp, and more importantly you look thrilled :)
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