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post #1 of 9 Old 12-30-2016, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! I'm the new guy

Hi all, I've recently picked up a 2005 DL650 for myself. It's primarily for commuting but only because that's pretty much the only riding I get to do these days.. at least I live pretty far from work

The bike came with a few farkles like Givi crash bars, center stand, Oxford heated grips, the factory hand guards, factory luggage, Madstad bracket and a Corbin seat.

I already have a short list of the next things it needs.. Skid plate (suggestions welcome), that cool adapter thingy that lets you use an automotive oil filter, and I need desperately to fix the ergos for me. The Corbin is a nice seat, but I don't think it's the one for me. It's very low which leads to cramped knees and I can't slide forward and back on it - it has a very defined "butt spot" and you really can't sit anywhere else. (seat suggestions welcome too). Once the seat is handled, then I'll look at handle bars and a windscreen but I've got tp figure out where I'll be sitting first.

Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself and say hi.

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-30-2016, 10:42 PM
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Welcome, new guy Dave!

It is always great to have another 2005 DL650 on the boards. I hope you got yourself a red one, because they are fastest.

With the seat, I swapped my stock DL650 for a stock DL1000 seat with a local guy who was a little height challenged. It isn't a perfect solution, but I like how the DL1000 seat sits higher with a little more padding, and it didn't cost me anything.

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Welcome to the forum, Dave.

For a skid plate, I went with SW-Motech. Ok for road and gravel, but if you do any real off roading something a little tougher would be in order.

For a seat I ended up with a Russell Day Long and love it. Should have gotten it a lot sooner. It is all day comfortable.

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post #4 of 9 Old 12-31-2016, 03:12 AM
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Hi Dave, welcome to the Forum. On both my early model Wees, I have the Hyde sump-guard. I find that the metal sump-guard / bash-plate seem to amplify the engine and chain noise. This is a personal observation and choice. By the way I still do a bit of off-road (foot tail and the like) on the Wee, but as for the log jumping and rock climbing I use the trail / foot-up bike. BTW, engine guards is a must on the V-Strom - only after you have laid the bike down, you will appreciate their value. Safe riding
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"I find that the metal sump-guard / bash-plate seem to amplify the engine and chain noise."

A friend said that I'd notice the motor noise when I put a sidecar on my beemer. Say What? I use ear plugs and it's a non issue.
When the transmission goes out, that's a whole nuther issue. Everyone knows about it!
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Welcome to the forum, fellow Washingtonian. There are quite a few 'Strom owners between here in Bremerton and you and we do get together once in a while, often organized by Enumclaw here on the forum. Hope to see you on the road. Bobby
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Thanks for the warm welcome, all!

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I hope you got yourself a red one, because they are fastest.
Nope, it's blue. I would have preferred red, but this one was a great deal so I'll deal with blue (or paint it)

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With the seat, I swapped my stock DL650 for a stock DL1000 seat with a local guy who was a little height challenged. It isn't a perfect solution, but I like how the DL1000 seat sits higher with a little more padding, and it didn't cost me anything.
I was thinking of trying to broker a deal something like that - maybe find someone to trade for a stock seat plus a few $$ and then go the Seat Comcepts route... just a thought.

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For a skid plate, I went with SW-Motech. Ok for road and gravel, but if you do any real off roading something a little tougher would be in order.

For a seat I ended up with a Russell Day Long and love it. Should have gotten it a lot sooner. It is all day comfortable.
I'm thinking I might go with the skid plate from Yann. I like the price and it seems to be as strong, if not stronger than any other.

Thanks for the info on the seat. I've defiitely considered tgis route too. Rich's custom seats is near-ish to here also..

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BTW, engine guards is a must on the V-Strom - only after you have laid the bike down, you will appreciate their value.
Engine guards = crash bars, right? Is so, the bike came with the Givi bars, so I'm good there. Unless you mean something else..

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Welcome to the forum, fellow Washingtonian. There are quite a few 'Strom owners between here in Bremerton and you and we do get together once in a while, often organized by Enumclaw here on the forum. Hope to see you on the road. Bobby
Howdy, neighbor! I'd love to come out to meet some folks!
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You are correct on engine guards = crash bars. If you plan to off-road then a possible mod that may be worth it, Stock Turn Signal Modification some pix missing. This link with a few pix to help explain, Alain27 - Raccourcir les clignotants avant pour qu'ils ne touchent pas en cas de chute (make use of the translator to change text to english)
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Cracker,

I've got AltRider crash bars and skidplate on my 2008 and have absolutely abused my skidplate going over rocky Colorado mountain passes. It has held up well, but after an especially adventurous day, needs to be pried to get the bolts back through after an oil change.
Speaking of oil changes, go with the HiFlo Filtro HF138 filter. They're $8 on amazon, come with the gasket pre-oiled and shrink wrapped, and are made exceptionally well according to one guy around here who cut a bunch of filter brands in half.

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