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post #1 of 33 Old 03-17-2007, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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My New DL650

Okay, Its March 17th, my birthday is in two days and I finally am an official member of the V-Strom community, I got my bike today! . The bikes have been on the roads already this year and I'm ready to go. What could possibly go wrong?




0.3 km on the bike, 1/2 tank of gas, the suns out and its actually kinda nice out. The problem is all the white stuff





Oh well, the dealer was nice enough to drop it off for me.



I'll wait!




In to the toy room it goes.

I did a thorough inspection, removed stickers (It looked like a nascar car with all the stickers. A great big honkin sticker to tell me that if the windshield gets dirty It may impare my ability to see through it) , slight adjustment to the handle bars. That's about all I can do to it for now.
Had a good laugh at the manual. warning removing both hands from the handlebar while moving is dangerous.

I read a whole bunch of stuff on the proper way to break in a new bike. It seems that there is no right way to do it without causing some catastrophic problem and having bolts of lightening come down from the motorcycle gods.
I got so confused I've decided that I may just never start it at all.
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post #2 of 33 Old 03-18-2007, 07:48 AM
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Nice-looking bike. The best way to break it in is to ride it to some location where there's none of that white stuff on the ground. Man was never meant to live in those conditions...

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Wow? What is that white stuff anyway?

Happened to see two that color yesterday, one of which belonged to Rev Jack above (left one):


I like that dark silver - gunmetal, maybe? Dunno what the official name of the color is...

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Damn snow eh, Murphy's law in effect. Bring home a new toy and can't play. Soon enough it'll be gone and you'll bombing along all over the place scaring old ladies and honking at waving children.

Congrats on the bike, you'll love it.

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So clean, so pure, so un-farkled.....mmmm...and ABS too!

Don't worry, a few drops and a couple thou in accessories and it'll just look like all the rest.

Congrats on the buy. See you out there.

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It's not an ABS model. They have an ABS logo on the front fender and ABS sensor slots on the brake rotors on the right side.

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Smile My New DL650

Now this is the one from Muskoka--and note the riding boots--twisty
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It's not an ABS model. They have an ABS logo on the front fender and ABS sensor slots on the brake rotors on the right side.
hmmmm...thought I saw the ABS sensor ring on the rotor. Wouldn't be the first time I'm wrong.

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Twisty looks too comfy!

Below is slushy Manitoba Street in beautiful downtown Bracebridge.

Please do somethin' about that weather soon. I will be riding past there in May, and I want all that slush washed away. It leaves a salty and gritty taste in my mouth that I remember all too well.

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Not ABS

The more research I do the more I think I made a mistake with not going ABS.
I guess I will have to be more careful and fine tune my skills so I won't really regret it.
By the way, I couldn't help myself today. I tip toed across the snow and got onto the dry road for a 14 km scoot. I little cold and a lot of sand on the backroad I live on but I was glad I did it. I realized that all of my controls needed adjustment so I spent a pleasant hour fiddling.
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