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post #1 of 13 Old 04-17-2019, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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New to a Vstrom, looking for advice

Hi all, I just purchased a 2012 dl1000. This is only my second motorcycle, my first being a 1998 Honda Valkyrie. I am hoping to get some advice on the best rpm to run the bike at, when best to change gears and the like. The two bikes are geared entirely different.
Also, just ordered some handlebar risers and wondering what clamps I will have to disconnect in order to install them .
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-18-2019, 05:00 AM
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The V-Strom comes alive when running in the upper rpms, so take care. You can short shift around 3.5K-5K rpm, to keep fuel consumption / exhaust noise in check or run above 8K rpm, to live a bit on the edge. Just as long as you ride safely. At the end of the day, it is your choice on how you want ride it and how much of a grin factor you want. Lower rpm below 3.5k may require the installation of a power commander, to enrich fueling.
In reply to the risers, it would depend on the height of the risers and whether you have to reroute cables or extend brake lines, etc. Use the search function on this site to look for risers. There are many threads on the subject.
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Regarding shifting/rpms, ride, experiment and find what you like best. But watch out for that torque

The handlebar clamps is all I had to undo to install my barbacks, which I suspect is the same for risers. Four bolts when you are sitting on the bike and look straight down at your handlebars. But if you're asking that question, I would recommend watching a couple youtube videos first, and make sure you put the bolts back on with the correct torque and some blue thread locker.

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I like to keep my revs around 4,000 rpms. Seems to be smoother plus it's an easy gateway to the higher revs. But as said previously, ride it and experiment to determine what you like best.

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Thanks for the advice. I have been running at around 4k and shifting around 5 so from the sounds of it, I am right where I should be. Very different from the 1500cc cruiser I used to ride. She is a great bike though and so far has done everything I have asked.
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Make sure you explore the upper reaches of the tach sometimes, though. Let the big dog eat once in a while. It's why we ride literbikes.

Hot damn, this is a fun engine. It loves to spin. Enjoy it.
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I would go a little tighter. They seem to like it and I am sure it won't break unless you get silly. It may take you a bit to get used to it but your shifts will be happier IMO.
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Regarding shifting/rpms, ride, experiment and find what you like best. But watch out for that torque

The handlebar clamps is all I had to undo to install my barbacks, which I suspect is the same for risers. Four bolts when you are sitting on the bike and look straight down at your handlebars. But if you're asking that question, I would recommend watching a couple youtube videos first, and make sure you put the bolts back on with the correct torque and some blue thread locker.
He had a 1520cc Valkyrie previously, so the "lack of torque" with the 1000 Strom will likely bore him. Love my 97, it is faster than Hell for a cruiser, handles great for what it is too. As for shifting on the 1000 Stroms yes it is true these engines like to rev, anything under 3000 RPM is lugging that engine IMHO. I NEVER used 6th unless I was going at least 70/75 MPH, and most the time when riding in the twisty stuff I was always in 4th gear.

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Keith Code of Superbike school told us to shift at redline. On the track sure, in real life maybe not. As some have suggested, let it run to the max occasionally.
It should leave you weak in the knees perhaps. The 650 gets real excited at the top and goes like stink. Don't need 1000 cc's to entertain me.
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Welcome to the Stromtroopers. Been riding a Vee since 2008. It's become my go-to bike and it's taken me all over the USA. If you're still running stock gearing, consider lowering the ratio to 17/43 or 44 or something close. Grin factor will increase considerably and you can actually use 6th gear. Enjoy and be safe.

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