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post #1 of 57 Old 01-15-2017, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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First Ride on my Vstrom

Hey New here, just picked up a leftover 2014 from a dealer last weekend.
Just came off a DRZ400s and a TU250x. I always had a soft spot for the new DL1000 so pulled the trigger.
Rode about 100 miles this week, but just finished a 300 mile ride today.

- I have the knocking issue, sounds like its coming from the clutch basket. will try getting the throttle bodies sync'd
- I'm 5'8'', windscreen is just a couple inches too low, alot of head shake, looking for a OEM adventure screen. Not looking for something too large.
- Also, I found for the first time, by wrist hurts and back hurts. Thinking changing bars.
- Weird, my knees took off some of he clear-coat finish off the tank. Annoying. (warranty?)
- first gear is too tall
- Whats the draft from the front forks? I was going down a dirt/sand road, and sand was flying up under my helmet into my eyes. That sucked made it difficult, worse when standing. How can i Fix that, its really important. Helmet chin guard?
- Have been softening the suspension for more off-road use. I working on a theory to increase pre-load on the shocks so I can use more of the suspension, but I do risk topping out. Also looking to have more pre-load on the front to help get weight off the front wheel, which in my opinion helps sand riding.
- Has anyone put their suspension on full soft?(excluding rebound)

Have a few thing on order
- Givi crash bars
- Enduro guardian skid plate
- michelin anakee wild tires
- front fork fender raiser
- 45t rear sprocket
- suspension socks
- engine case guards
- tank pads

Love the bike. Thanks Stromtroopers.
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post #2 of 57 Old 01-15-2017, 07:31 PM
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Enjoy your new vstrom, once properly accessorized they are great bikes.

I installed a set of Holeshot Comfort Bars, kept them on for a year+. They eliminated the wrist, shoulders, and back pain. But the grip section was bent in an unnatural position for me, and too narrow overall. I replaced the Holeshots with original bars last weekend. Two or three days ago I added the SW-MOTECH bar risers. After a 70 mile, and 200+ mile rides, I'm convinced this combination is best for me.

Also, I have both short windscreen & adventure screen in my garage not being used.

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post #3 of 57 Old 01-15-2017, 08:14 PM
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Here are the ones I ordered:

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ndlebar-risers



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Old handlebars with before riser install


Old handlebars with risers

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Holeshot bars prior to removal

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Madstad bracket for sure will help with Airflow....best farkle ever
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can I make the suggestion you continue for several thousand kilometres to see how your body adjusts and then change what you really can't cope with.
Sometimes things that bother are just bothersome because of unfamiliarity.
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You might try a fender extender. That will keep some of the mud and sand off of the engine and perhaps reduce the sand in your eyes.Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new 1000. I've had mine for 10 years and can't part with it.
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Start by loosening the bar clamps and rotating the bar a little up or down a tad.

If you're having knocking issues on a brand new bike, I'd take it back to the dealer and have them check it.

A little bit of polishing compound should clean up the clearcoat on the tank, then get some stompgrip or techspec pads
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You might try a fender extender. That will keep some of the mud and sand off of the engine and perhaps reduce the sand in your eyes.Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new 1000. I've had mine for 10 years and can't part with it.
The 2014+ DL1000 has what amounts to a fender extender molded into the front fender. No need to add one.

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