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post #1 of 13 Old 04-15-2015, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hi - an update on my 2012 DL650 Adventure

Haven't posted much lately, but coming up on 3 years and 21,000 miles I have a few thoughts:

1. Best bike I ever owned (and I have owned a lot)!
2. 0 issues. She just runs strong.
3. The best upgrades have been the Givi Airflow and Corbin seat
4. Best ride was last June, 1040 miles in 17 hours.
5. I love the easy oil/filter changes and oil sight glass.

This year, I am adding an Eastern Beaver headlight relay for (hopefully) better lighting at night, a peg lowering kit from Adventuretech for my 60 YO knees, and some EBC sintered brake pads.

Hope everybody else is enjoying the ride! Have fun and ride safe.

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-16-2015, 09:36 PM
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Just did my first long ride with the lowered pegs using the AdventureTech kit. So worth it!
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the peg lowering kit is helpful, but I just wouldn't make it without my highway bars. I am 6'2", and my legs are still way to cramped at any longer distance rides using the pegs.
King, I agree with you, what an amazing bike this strom is ! I am still using the factory wind screen, but am confused as to which aftermarket screen to try, I have read so much into it that I am just plain confused if any will be worth the $ or if I just need a super expensive helmet to cut down on wind noise.....
Safe riding to you all !

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+1 on the Airflow. SImple install. Easily adjustable. Remove the adjustable portion to clean it. Great design.

+ 1 on the Adventuretech peg lowering kit

I also installed the Adventuretech mirror extenders. Helped a lot with wind noise. For me, earplugs are more important than the helmet $. Of course, one piece helmets tend to be quieter.

Just orders some stuff from Eastern Beaver. I'm anxious to the the Hyperlites on the back of my bike. It makes such a huge different in being seen by the guy behind you when you put on the brakes.

Glad to hear you are still enjoying the ride.:mrgreen:

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I have a '09 650... and I agree, best bike I ever owned. No flaws, great power, great fuel economy. I don't know why every bike doesn't come with a 5.7Gal tank... I love it.
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A question for those who have installed the peg lowering kit. I cut a zip tie and some tape that was holding the rear brake wire, but I couldn't free up any extra wire. I lost the wire trying to follow it over on the left side of the bike. To complete the install, I had to pull the coupling apart on the wire. Anybody else have this issue? Suggestions? It is raining now, so I have a day to sort it out, but then I want to ride!

I also have highway pegs on my bike and they really help on LONG rides. But I don't tend to use them unless I am on the bike for an hour or more.

The GIVi Airflow is the best wind protection I have ever experienced on ANY motorcycle. However, I am 6'0" and it might not work as well for taller folks?

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Haven't posted much lately, but coming up on 3 years and 21,000 miles I have a few thoughts:
5. I love the easy oil/filter changes and oil sight glass.
Whole heartedly agree. It's a simple thing, but every time I change the oil I appreciate the thought Suzuki engineers put into it:

- Downward facing drain plug with an adjacent 'finger' on the engine creating a low point so oil doesn't seep across the bottom of the engine casing.
- Horizontally oriented oil filter, completely exposed below, so that you can just untighten it to let the filter drain before removing it entirely.
- Side mounted fill plug angled to facilitate filling.

One of the worst was the Triumph Scrambler I had before the DL650:

- Horizontally oriented drain port so oil shot out in a stream (after the first time I learned to loosen the drain plug but hold against the port to throttle the drain flow, still, a pain).
- A vertically, down oriented filter which is not only completely full when you to remove it, but there is additional volume held in the oil passages above the filter so that as you loosen it oil drains all around the filter.
- A fill port from hell, on the top case of the engine, just behind the right cylinder, facing up. That parts OK, what isn't is that this is the side of the bike the side mounted exhaust is placed requiring a long funnel to reach the fill port and oil inevitably spill over the engine when the funnel is removed.

Sorry to go on so long, but these little things made the oil change process on that Triumph a pain, and where on the DL650 (and my DL1000 or yore) it's been properly thought out and makes the process actually enjoyable.
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Kingofgix, glad to hear you are enjoying your VStrom. I agree with you about it being a great bike, and definitely is easy to change oil / filter.

I may need to check into the peg lowering kit. My 34" inseam legs do feel a bit cramped when on a long ride. I guess I should clarify a 'long ride'. My longest ride so far is 250 miles.
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the peg lowering kit is helpful, but I just wouldn't make it without my highway bars. I am 6'2", and my legs are still way to cramped at any longer distance rides using the pegs.
King, I agree with you, what an amazing bike this strom is ! I am still using the factory wind screen, but am confused as to which aftermarket screen to try, I have read so much into it that I am just plain confused if any will be worth the $ or if I just need a super expensive helmet to cut down on wind noise.....
Safe riding to you all !
Big sky another "cost effective" way to increase leg room is to buy the factory "tall seat" ... cheap, more comfy than stock and adds leg room.
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Big sky another "cost effective" way to increase leg room is to buy the factory "tall seat" ... cheap, more comfy than stock and adds leg room.
thanks BCW, I am checking into it now, do you know of a vendor ?

edit: nevermind, just bought one on ebay....

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