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post #1 of 22 Old 03-29-2018, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Pros and cons of the 2012 Vstrom 650

Good afternoon,

just wanted to get some feedback on the Pro's and cons of a 2012 vstrom 650. It's the adventure model. got about 13, 000 miles on it. But the owner has always been "spot on" on all maintance, etc...

So all comments would be greatly appreciated.

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Make sure recalls (camshafts, stator) are done. OEM Motech TraX are Starbucks material, will leak after after parking lot drop you need to seal seams with aluminum duct tape.

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Make sure recalls (camshafts, stator) are done. OEM Motech TraX are Starbucks material, will leak after after parking lot drop you need to seal seams with aluminum duct tape.

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My Motechs have held up just fine after a few drops, otherwise you are spot on about what needs to be verified as being done.
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My Motechs have held up just fine after a few drops, otherwise you are spot on about what needs to be verified as being done.
Mine leaked and we had some water damage to gear/supplies. Unfortunately it happened during the trip 5 days in torrential downpour coming from Tok to Calgary.

I reenfoced them and waterproof seams but IMHO the way they are built, riveted out of paper thin aluminum it's a Starbucks material.. just saying.

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Yup they are thin compared to some other panniers, but if I am to venture off pavement I have on my waterproof softbags. I find I can pack up too much crap in my panniers, when all I really need I can get into my 36L a piece soft bags. I love the convenience and security of the panniers, and they are what I choose for everyday riding or long pavement adventures.

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Pro's - great bikes

Con's - secondary market is terrable. This is a Pro if you are a buyer.

At 13,000 miles its almost 1/2 way broken in.
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Excellent bikes but any deal depends on price and condition as well. ;-)

The only con I can think of is the seat was a bit uncomfortable for me (I had a 2013) so I put a custom seat on it.

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I love mine.
Both cases leak about 3 tablespoons, while parked at work on a rainy day. I'll try repairs this summer.

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I love mine too. I have all three factory hard cases. When I brought it home, I had it on an open trailer and it spent about 6 hours in torrential rains. No water inside the cases. For commuting, I just use top box and put the sides in the attic until I have time for a long trip. Buying used, well-farkled 650s are a great value.

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Good afternoon,

just wanted to get some feedback on the Pro's and cons of a 2012 vstrom 650. It's the adventure model. got about 13, 000 miles on it. But the owner has always been "spot on" on all maintance, etc...

So all comments would be greatly appreciated.

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The 2012 as compared to other bikes or as a bike in general?

Rear cylinder boils your thighs and manly area at summer. Front brake could be better.
It wont be stable as a ducati street bike at high speeds especially with the rear loaded. Wind protection is crap at high speed and no, aprilia mirrors won't solve it.
Pros? Its reliable so I've heard (after recall's been done), has enough all around power, great at the twisties. Big enough fuel tank. Great front lights and even greater at high beam. Nice torque. Good seat for long trips.
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