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post #1 of 4 Old 10-13-2013, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Talking My "new to me" DL650

Two weeks ago, I bought a used 04 650 with just over 12,000 miles. It is in excellent condition.
Last weekend, I rode it from Louisiana to North Carolina, spent a few days there, then rode it back home. This is the first V-Strom that I've ever owned. Hell, it's the first that I've ever even ridden. It isn't fast or powerful, but man is this thing fun to ride. I had camping gear stacked as high as my head and super slabbed the majority of the trip between 85-90mph. The worst mpg that I got was around 36 and the best was around 48. It handled well on the mountain twisties. No more chicken strips on the Anakee 2's and the little studs on the bottom of the footpegs are all scraped up. I honestly wasn't expecting to be so pleased with this bike. The only problem that I has was that it ran a little rough on a couple of tanks, when I was low on fuel. After I gassed up, it ran perfectly again.
I've logged just over 3,000 miles since I bought it 2 weeks ago.

I am happy with my "new to me" Strom.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-13-2013, 01:54 PM
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Congrats on your Strom!
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-13-2013, 05:46 PM
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If you like the '04 then don't ride the '12-13. Concensus is they are more refined and all around better!

2012 DL650A Adventure, Yoshimura R-77 3/4 exhaust, Sargent World Sport Performance Plus seat, ProTaper SE Raptor bars, SW-Motech 25mm risers, ProGrip Grips, Suzuki handguards, Tuono mirrors, Givi skid plate, Adventure Tech fork brace, GPS mount, peg lowering kit, auxiliary power shelf, SW-Motech convertible foot pegs, SW-Motech extended shift lever, SVRacing frame sliders, Garmin Zumo 660, MRA Xcreen, Michelin Pilot Road 3 Trails, Eastern Beaver headlight relay, Coocase V37

Currently in the United Kingdom and looking for great rides. PM if you have suggestions.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-13-2013, 07:15 PM
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Congrats on the new ride, and glad to hear that you are having fun!
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