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post #1 of 27 Old 07-30-2017, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Just bought my new 2017 650 Vstrom

Hi guys, and firstly, cheers again to all the vstrom forum guys, who helped in all the questions l had about the stroms here a few months back, and to finally buying my my 1st Vstrom.

After many months looking into the adventure bikes, KTM, BMW etc it was honestly the great storys i kept reading about the vstroms.

Ive been riding 24 years now, 6 days a week in all weather. From classic 76 cb550 v4 to the kawasaki gpz750 turbo,to all the sports bikes, and now to a beautiful suzuki 650 vstrom.

I hadnt actualy test rided the bike, so it was going to be an expereince, i traded in my carbon fiber loved gsxr, and picked up my vstorm 2 days ago.

At 44, riding all my life, everyday, i thought, how is this bike going to be differernt? wow...to people who are thinking about buying a vstorm, shes is an expereince, free revving, light, and has actualy has this wonderful "soul."< even with a stock exhaust>

I was going to buy the 1000, but, due to marridge, life, bills etc, the 650 fitted what i was after. 2 hours later i was two up, with my wife heading to dayboro in queensland, and to be honest, i couldnt feel the extra weight. The bike felt free, alive, and she went where she wanted.

For people, coming of naked or sports bikes, the height and balance will take time too become used too, but after a few short hours, it becomes natural.

Build quialty~ the actual frame is a dream! stream lined black frame, looks amazing. Not sure why they placed a VIN sticker on the right frame...

But overall build quilty is great. From the frame, the moter, to the decals, a wonderful bike.

Suzuki hasnt let me down in over 24 years of suzuki bikes, thats putting aside my loved 1977 gt250 two stroke , haha.

A question to any vstrom owners, what saddle bags are you using?Any suggestions or photos would be of a great help.

Cheers agian vstrom forum, what a bike^^

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post #2 of 27 Old 07-30-2017, 09:55 AM
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I went with the factory boxes including the top box. Love the room.

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post #3 of 27 Old 07-30-2017, 09:59 AM
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Welcome! I know exactly what you mean about the feeling of the strom. I have had street bikes and Harleys but this bike is so much fun to ride!

I am currently running the stock swmotech side bags that came with my 2012 dl650 adventure and i put a large bestem box up top for everyday use and a back pad for my wife. Both work out great.

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post #4 of 27 Old 07-30-2017, 07:57 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Paul. Very nice introduction.
I just use soft saddlebags and a Givi top box when riding double. Mostly, unless I'm going for a week or more alone, I just use a black gym bag on the passenger seat, lengthwise out over the rear rack. It also becomes a backrest. No drag, either, and the handling is not affected in case I get to "play" with another bike in the twisties. I always carry a tank bag for gloves, chain lube and such.
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post #5 of 27 Old 07-30-2017, 08:05 PM
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There is a lot of pictures in regards to luggage on pre 2016 650. No to many for 2017 yet but it might give you some idea. Congratulations and welcome aboard.
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post #6 of 27 Old 07-30-2017, 09:45 PM
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I went with SW Motech Trax side cases (37L and 45L) and top case (38L). And have been very happy with them. Photos available on request.

Lots and lots of pictures here: https://www.stromtrooper.com/photogra...es-thread.html Enjoy.

As has been pointed out, not may 2017 pics though.
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post #7 of 27 Old 07-30-2017, 10:06 PM
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got the oem side cases on ebay for an ok price and wanted the oem top box but at $700 it is thievery so went with givi for now. Wolfman tank bag (because i had it off another bike) otherwise mosko moto tank bag is reallly nice along with their reckless 80 soft bags. I carry an 80 liter dry bag when I need space.


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post #8 of 27 Old 07-31-2017, 08:50 AM
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Congrats......I'm still grinning after 3 years and 40K miles on DL650's!

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post #9 of 27 Old 07-31-2017, 09:32 AM
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Welcome. I've had mine 5 years. Been looking/lusting at other bikes but I just did an 1100 mile two day weekend run up to the mountains and I have to ask myself why do I want another bike. From twisty mountain roads to hammering the slab home it just does it all.
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post #10 of 27 Old 07-31-2017, 09:42 AM
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Welcome! I just picked up a 2015 650XT leftover in June, so I have the stock SWMotech hard cases, as another poster stated, I also went with a bestem top box for daily use. For the money it is a great top box. It is $90 and comes with a mounting plate.
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