most needed add ons? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Canadian Troopers For those up north!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
toronto_nic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: toronto
Posts: 493
most needed add ons?

Well my Vstar is now sold, and im still hunting for a strom. Going to see a few on Saturday.

wonering if anyone could give me a few pointers. Any years to stay away from?
what do you consider too high KM? Specific add ons i should be looking for?
toronto_nic is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 10:52 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
rcacs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Morden, Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 2,557
Send a message via MSN to rcacs
In order to answer some questions, we need to know if it is a Vee or a Wee you seek. There are some specific issues not shared by each model.

The Vee started life in 02 and had a few hiccups, the Wee was created in 04 and came out of the box relatively issue free.

I think you should get some good, helpful responses to your question from fellow forum members.

For farkles...wow, an impressive list of goodies exists to make a Strom your dream machine.

Personally, I place SonicSprings and an aftermarket windshield at the top of the priority list.

Cheers!

K5Wee in Kanada (285,500 KM and still going strong)
IF YOU WON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS.....FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM
[IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x438/rcacs/maps/VisitedProvincesMap.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x438/rcacs/maps/american.jpg[/IMG]
rcacs is offline  
post #3 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 11:04 AM
$tromtrooper
 
Colin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Joussard, Alberta
Posts: 1,402
If you are looking at the 1K Strom some have had issues with running smoothly. The solution seems to be the addition of a Power Commander. The 650 has not had those problems. Other than that, mechanical issues have been pretty rare with any of the Stroms.
They are all capable of high mileage but a lot of that depends on regular maintenance of course. Since they do not depreciate rapidly and used are not in great supply, buying new can be an attractive option. Look for last years model still in stock at the dealer. The '07 650 became available with ABS. It is standard on the '08 MY.
Most people seem to want to change the stock windscreen and the seat. Other than that a lot depends on your intended use. Luggage/luggage racks, crash bars, skid plate, handle bars, aux fuse box, hand grips are all popular add-ons.
Colin is offline  
 
post #4 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 12:31 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 307
Thumbs up Dl1000

seems like all nicknoid things were fixed on the 1000 by 2005. i havnt had any major problems with my 05 1k. got 42k showing on the clock.
Motorpsycho Jim is offline  
post #5 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 12:36 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
rcacs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Morden, Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 2,557
Send a message via MSN to rcacs
Keep in mind the limited selection of windshields available for the 02 and 03 Vee. There were also clutch basket issues as well with the 1000. I suspect any with the clutch problem have long been looked after.

FI mapping seems to be a requirement for many Vees, the addition of a PCII seems to eliminate that issue. There is no requirement for the PC on a Wee.

I'm sure I will hear from Vee owners, but unless it is huge amounts of power you seek, the Wee is lighter, more fuel efficient and can travel long days at high speed fully loaded with all of your travelling needs. I do believe both bikes have the GVWR, the Vee being heavier, therefore the Wee can actually carry more "stuff".

Whether you end up with a Wee or Vee, you will be one happy camper.

Cheers!

K5Wee in Kanada (285,500 KM and still going strong)
IF YOU WON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS.....FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM
[IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x438/rcacs/maps/VisitedProvincesMap.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x438/rcacs/maps/american.jpg[/IMG]
rcacs is offline  
post #6 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
toronto_nic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: toronto
Posts: 493
I'm leaning towards the 1000, but do you think the 650 will do? Im mostly into long distance riding. pros/cons of either?
toronto_nic is offline  
post #7 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 01:42 PM
Canis Lupus Ridin Sicles
 
GrayWolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1976
Location: West Coast
Posts: 1,429
Send a message via Yahoo to GrayWolf Send a message via Skype™ to GrayWolf
Pros: both rock

Cons:
Wee: Less power
Vee: more tinkering to get it running the way you want it
Both: several k in add ons.

-GW

GrayWolf
--------------------
"I wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience, but I sure wouldn't give a red cent to go through it again" -Chester Russell
--------------------
2005 DL650 "Maelstrom"
2003 KLR650 "Lou"
1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 "Boomer"
Stromtrooper Offroad Club Member #3
Blue Wee-Strom Club #69
GrayWolf is offline  
post #8 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 02:12 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
rcacs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Morden, Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 2,557
Send a message via MSN to rcacs
Quote:
Originally Posted by toronto_nic View Post
I'm leaning towards the 1000, but do you think the 650 will do? Im mostly into long distance riding. pros/cons of either?
Look at my mileage.....



cheers

K5Wee in Kanada (285,500 KM and still going strong)
IF YOU WON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS.....FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM
[IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x438/rcacs/maps/VisitedProvincesMap.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x438/rcacs/maps/american.jpg[/IMG]
rcacs is offline  
post #9 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 02:13 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
rcacs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Morden, Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 2,557
Send a message via MSN to rcacs
Quote:
Originally Posted by GrayWolf View Post
Pros: both rock

Cons:
Wee: Less power
Vee: more tinkering to get it running the way you want it
Both: several k in add ons.

-GW
GW, shouldnt several K in add-ons be listed under pro's?



Cheers!

K5Wee in Kanada (285,500 KM and still going strong)
IF YOU WON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS.....FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM
[IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x438/rcacs/maps/VisitedProvincesMap.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x438/rcacs/maps/american.jpg[/IMG]
rcacs is offline  
post #10 of 14 Old 06-05-2008, 02:19 PM
Super Moderator
 
V-Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 12,709
I have 41,000 km since I bought my 650 end of July of 2006. I commute from east of Newmarket daily, half of that is running down the 400 at anything from 110 kph to 140 kph. I have done 11,000 km this year so far with 5,000 km being a trip from north of Toronto to North Carolina. I went with another 650 and two 1000's. I don't think there was any real advantage the 1000's had over the 650's in the long distance riding. At higher sustained speeds geared up, the fuel mileage was roughly the same. At lower speeds (secondary highway and winding backroads) the 650 gets quite a bit better mileage.

Both are amazingly good handling bikes with many saying the 650 is a tad better although I suspect that it is mainly up to the rider in any event.

You most likely will want to add handguards if you got a 650, and centerstand (I am not sure if that was standard on the 1000.) For long distance riding most people change the seat, there are a ton of choices there, and if you read here much you will see all the different farkles that we love to put on the bikes and these would be common to both the 1000 and the 650.

For me the 650 was and is a great choice, but if there was no 650 I would happily buy a 1000.

..Tom


Quote:
Originally Posted by toronto_nic View Post
I'm leaning towards the 1000, but do you think the 650 will do? Im mostly into long distance riding. pros/cons of either?

2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 200,000+ km, 125,000 miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
SMIDSY detailed report.


V-Tom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome