I love my 650DL but.... - Page 2 - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #11 of 53 Old 04-04-2019, 02:54 PM
Join Date: May 2015
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 113
Geez that's impressive , 1000 mile days

DL650A L3
CB900 Bol d'Or
Yamaha Nifty Fifty ( great way of saving for university )
Farm Bike Suzuki Van Van 125
reasonable is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 53 Old 04-04-2019, 03:06 PM
itlives's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Shreveport, LA
Posts: 50
Originally Posted by notacop View Post
Odd, My Wee does the freeway as well as my BMW RT-P did. I use the MRA Vario shield. Even 1000 mile days in crappy winds is possible.
Different experiences for different people......
Glad to read this. I've done three SS1000's but all on bigger bikes. Looking forward to get out twice this year and do another on the Wee.

As for the original poster, having done two 300 mile days on the Wee in a row (one day was rain..that's why I stopped) on I-20 , ﹰI can say the ﹰWee is comparable to my Super Tenere In buffeting, but not in HP. My Wee does have a Puig touring windscreen with a clamp on diverter thingy and I made the little side wind diverters also. Those side dealio's are the best thing for a Wee!

Last edited by itlives; 04-04-2019 at 03:51 PM.
itlives is offline  
post #13 of 53 Old 04-04-2019, 06:58 PM
Motorpsychology's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Prescott, Wi. Upper Ms.River bluff country
Posts: 208
I guess I'm missing something. I find the stock windscreen stock mirrors on my '17 D'elle are quite good. I have the windscreen in its highest position, and at 5'9''/175cm tall, there is little turbulence, even with a stiff crosswind. I was somewhat apprehensive of crosswinds with this bike coming from a ZX11, but it's fine. When the stocker gets too scratched or damaged in a fall, I'll check some of the windscreen threads, I suppose. I don't need lit-candle still air while riding
I have a Bell Race Star helmet that I bought while I still had the Zeex, and I noticed a big drop in head buffeting vs my Arai Signet on that bike, so maybe that is contributing.
I have almost 5000mi/8000km on D'elle now and, not braggin' or complainin', none of them on Interstates. I stay clear of them as much as possible in the car as well. Too many semis, and I retired from driving one!
I sympathize with those that have no other practical way to work other than The Big Road, but Like the Chevy ads say, find new roads.
itlives likes this.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you are not concerned with who gets the credit"- Patrick Griffin
18 wheels move the cargo, 4 wheels move the body, 2 wheels move the soul -unknown
ďOf all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.Ē - John Muir
I visited the Air & Space Museum- didn't see a thing...

Last edited by Motorpsychology; 04-04-2019 at 07:01 PM.
Motorpsychology is offline  
post #14 of 53 Old 04-04-2019, 11:00 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pasadna area
Posts: 12,998
Kilo days are easy, get on and ride until you get home. Incentive is everything.
Heck the wife and I used to 4-5 hundred mile days with the sidecar rig towing a tent trailer.
It's what you get used to and are comfortable with. Start early, end late. I don't stop for pictures and see sighting and no meals in restaurants. gas stops are just that, gas and go, i don't get off the bike.
I don't exceed the speed limit often either.
itlives and reasonable like this.
notacop is offline  
post #15 of 53 Old 04-05-2019, 09:17 AM
BigSky's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 183
Originally Posted by Motorpsychology View Post
I guess I'm missing something. I find the stock windscreen stock mirrors on my '17 D'elle are quite good. I have the windscreen in its highest position, and at 5'9''/175cm tall, there is little turbulence,
I wouldn't say you're missing something. Heck, at 6' tall, I can squat/lean about 3 inches (5'9" level") and have little turbulence with my windscreen at highest position too. Unfortunately, that's the extent of its upward adjustment and I can't and won't ride all hunkered down or leaned over like I'm on a sport bike. Love the bike; but, hate the factory windscreen.
Motorpsychology likes this.
BigSky is offline  
post #16 of 53 Old 04-05-2019, 06:31 PM
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Seattle
Posts: 20
My 2015 DL650 XT came with the adjustable windscreen spoiler at the top. I have never, repeat, never had any buffeting issues at all. I am 5' 11" and wear a Shoe Hornet with visor always on. The helmet visor is always in the pocket of quiet air, and so is the rest of me. Regardless of speed, although I rarely go over 80mph.
mudtrack is offline  
post #17 of 53 Old 04-06-2019, 12:05 AM
Coach23101's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Seattle in the summer and East Cape, Baja in the winter. Perfect!
Posts: 262
It not a sin to own two bikes.
Big B, Byronw, SayItAintSo and 3 others like this.
Coach23101 is offline  
post #18 of 53 Old 04-06-2019, 12:08 PM
Numbercruncher's Avatar
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 249
Trolling is irritating but won't hurt my feelings. Your post is like stating that hitting yourself in the head with a hammer hurts so you don't recommend doing that. Okay. Point taken.


Originally Posted by Michelt View Post
I normally ride the vstrom only on weekends to explore local trails and fire roads but with all the recent rains in SoCal itís been sitting for months as many trails are closed so I decided to ride it for my daily 110 mile commute to my office and I regret it. I was reminded that this bike is not made for highway speed of 85mph, the lack of a fairing and small windshield just make it a fight to stay on the bike. I still love my Wee but my big cruiser is a way better commuter. I will probably hurt some feelings with this post.

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Numbercruncher is offline  
post #19 of 53 Old 04-06-2019, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 21
In my 50 years I have been accused of a lot of things, but trolling isnít one of them. I actually had to google the definition of trolling. Appreciate the feedback NC

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Michelt is offline  
post #20 of 53 Old 04-06-2019, 05:22 PM
Bugzy's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,129
Even on my V2 I sometimes want more power, is there ever enough?

When I first bought my Vee, compared to my Honda Shadow 750 it felt like a rocket, but a few years later and it could have been faster.

I would say though, if you are going to ride a lot of highway, the V2 makes more sense.
Bugzy is online now  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2014 Adventure. Love it. Phonic DL650A - 2012-2016 16 12-14-2014 08:43 PM
slip-on options for a 2005 650DL Chad DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011 5 07-24-2010 10:17 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome