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post #1 of 22 Old 09-07-2019, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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I Freaking Love My Bike!

I went out for a sunset blast on my 2002 Dl1000 and It’s just such a joy to ride!
Coming from my BMW R100/7 and 1985 Seca 650 and 1982 v45 Sabre, it easily outclasses all those bikes in every way.
I couldn’t be happier with my decision to put some time and money to get her running well.
I just did the filter bypass/external filter mod and my wide open throttle response is much improved.
This is just a great bike and feels so second nature, the +2 on the rear is perfect I’m in love!

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I have a 2012 and feel the same way. I know the Gen2 bikes are probably better, but I love the looks and sounds of my bike.

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My $2400 K2 takes me 12,000 miles a year with few issues and lots of smiles. Best bang for the buck out there!
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I’m almost embarrassed at how little I paid for my bike! Without a doubt amazing value, I might be bummed if I bought new and had to do the clutch basket but these have to be the best bargain in a used machine for someone who wrenches.
I made a rule for myself back in the eighties that I would never spend more than a grand on a bike and have managed to stick to it. (You have to draw the line somewhere)
My last Volvo wagon cost me $450 and lasted a decade of serious flogging and abuse, my R100/7 $850!
I hate spending money on vehicles as much as I love them, I buy cheap and drive em like I stole em!
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I remember my first ride on a V-Strom. It was on the North Cascades highway in WA state. Cruising at 110 mph. Add a fork brace, fix the rear spacer issue, and are mindful of the clutch and stator issues they can literally go for hundreds of thousands of miles.

Remember the life span of two strokes and Notorns in the 70's? About 18K and it was a time for a rebuild.
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I havenít done the rear spacer yet, I guess that should be next on my list.
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I went out for a sunset blast on my 2002 Dl1000 and Itís just such a joy to ride!
Coming from my BMW R100/7 and 1985 Seca 650 and 1982 v45 Sabre, it easily outclasses all those bikes in every way.
I couldnít be happier with my decision to put some time and money to get her running well.
I just did the filter bypass/external filter mod and my wide open throttle response is much improved.
This is just a great bike and feels so second nature, the +2 on the rear is perfect Iím in love!
83 V45Sabre my first real street bike. 3100. brand new from the Honda dealer. Seems like 100 years and 100 LBs. ago.
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In the shed- 07 DL1000, 13 ZG1400, 16 VFR1200X
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The V Strom is a great bike but I still have a soft spot for the /7 series. Put over 100K miles on the 80/7 before the sidecar and then several 10's of thousands after.
It was probably the most Wee Strom like of the bikes I've had. Solid and dependable, well as dependable as a BMW can be!
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The V Strom is a great bike but I still have a soft spot for the /7 series. Put over 100K miles on the 80/7 before the sidecar and then several 10's of thousands after.
It was probably the most Wee Strom like of the bikes I've had. Solid and dependable, well as dependable as a BMW can be!
I love my /7 I will never sell it! It’s seen extensive dirt and gravel and mountain passes, who needs an adventure bike?
It’s down right now awaiting rear main and clutch and probably add a disc on front.
Pasadena? Do you know Greg and Ron /7 owners there? (I’m aware there’s 4 million in LA lol)
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I let my /7 sidecar rig go. Took up too much real estate in the garage. It was the Transmissions, rear ends, stators, rotors and stuff like that that was less enduring. Oh, and Diode boards, ate them like candy.

I'm a Greg but don't know any other /7 riders in the area. I don't hang with the BMW crowd now.
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