Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Frederick, Maryland
CONGRATS ON YOUR BIKE!!! IT LOOKS GREAT!
All I can say is I bought mine new in 2014, the ECU was replaced after issues of stalling which made the bike run even better. I have been busy making it work for me, as these bikes are so mod friendly and parts/add ons are now everywhere. I changed out the brake/clutch with shorter/adjustable aftermarket handles after a horizontal adventure, put on inexpensive wider, more aggressive off road pegs which work better for me than the stock, a Givi adjustable windshield (a present from my wife!) because I guess I am just the right height to catch a LOT of buffeting (the Givi stopped all that for me). I added some other things and ride with soft bags when I go more off road/trails. The Adventure ones are too nice to scratch up. IMHO (Plus way too expensive if not part of the package, again, IMHO).YOUR HARD PANS ARE AWESOME!!! A couple other little things like a ph/gps holder and I am a seriously happy man. Still need to put on my skid plate though, she got me that too.
Anyway, I love it for the low end torque, it rides great on the highway and can handle more off road than I can and the price did not cause even a ripple from the wife. I was torn between the Vstrom 1000 Adventure and the Kawasaki Versys. I grew up riding/racing Kawasaki but I just had something for the Vstrom and I am not disappointed. I really like the adjustable rear suspension. Its so easy to set for additional loads/2ups for a really smooth ride, and then to set more aggressive maybe for those fun, twisty roads.
I had the rear tire catch a screw through the tread and naturally out the sidewall (a honkin' size screw!).So a new rear tire. I also accidentally killed the battery just after I bought it by turning the forks where they will anti theft lock BUT right in that area you also have a parking type setting that turns the lights on. Running late, as usual, for a luncheon I did not notice the lights on. When I came out the battery was DEAD! Anyway, quick fix, little down hill in third gear, popped the clutch and back up and running. That is about the only kind of strange thing about the bike and the hardest thing to do on this bike is set the TIME, it gets asked/answered here regularly and is in the manual. As far as the height, is that the low or high seat? I cant quite tell in the pic. Its not THE tallest bike but it is up there. My buddy has a Wee 650 and it is def lower.
Other than that it has been bullet proof. For the price I think it is amazing! As nearly all testers/owners say, it is not the best in any area but does well in all, a very well rounded bike. It is plenty fast enough, not bad on gas, and can make you smile on every ride.
There is a lot of good information and people on this dedicated site and please feel free to contact me by message if I can ever help with anything. I believe I speak for all here also.