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post #1 of 11 Old 05-27-2014, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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New Strom, many questions

I've been lurking here for a year or so after considering a 650 v-strom. All of my previous rides, with the exception of 60s bikes, have all been shaft driven tourers. I knew this bike would be different from what I am used to, but the drive home from the dealership raised a couple of concerns. I'm 5'7" with a 30" inseam, I could tiptoe or ball of feet at lights, no problem once underway, wrist got a little tired on the way back, used to cruise control. First things I'd like to do are maybe the lowering links (I've read most of the +'s and -'s), and I'd like to get a centerstand. The dealer says you can't do both. I've read here that you can. If it can be done, are there certain brands that will work, while others won't. Also, I've read about raising the fork tubes in the triple tree and how that might affect the side stand. All the other farkles, as you folks call them, will come later. My current ride, besides the new strom, is a Kawasaki Voyager. It's getting heavier or I'm getting older, most likely the latter.

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-27-2014, 03:21 PM
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you may find that it depends

on my 2007 non-ABS Wee I had expected my lowered bike to not work with a centerstand - and it never worked well with the Happy trail centerstand. My DL650A is also lowered (3/4" at the rear) , and works well with the OEM centterstand.

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It's a bit harder to work the center stand on a 3/4" lowered bike. I'm 69 years old and can do it with no problem though.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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My wife just got a 12 650 Adventure. I lowered it an inch (links on the rear) and install the OE center stand. No problems so far. The side stand is ok now but I think if lower the front it will have to be modified.
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good to hear

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It's a bit harder to work the center stand on a 3/4" lowered bike. I'm 69 years old and can do it with no problem though.
So I am ok for another 6 years if my back holds out,

Current Bike: 2007 ABS Wee, rebuilt forks with Cogent DDC, Elka rear shock, tapered roller steering stem bearings, fork brace, Admore top box lights, LED side-only turn indicator lights, Powerlet outlet, frame sliders, Givi windscreen, Givi top box.

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I'm lowered 3/4 in the front (slid the tubes up) and 11/8" with couba links in the rear. I don't have a center stand but I'm sure running the rear tire up on a 3/4" board would work pretty good. The side stand was ok but I shortened it just to be safe (no big deal). If I didn't lower the bike I don't think I could ride it.....td

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It's a bit harder to work the center stand on a 3/4" lowered bike. I'm 69 years old and can do it with no problem though.
Thanks for the responses, I guess at 66 I'm not the oldest guy here, good to know.
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Given the age of the poll at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...hat-yours.html and the number of people who haven't seen it, the number of people older than you here is probably in triple digits. I was in the 61-65 range when I took it so that's where my vote stays.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-28-2014, 07:38 AM
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If you struggle with a center stand just ride/park the bike's rear tire up on a small piece of wood to lift it up a little. Makes it much easier.

I used to do that on my GL1800 when I was having lower back issues.

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