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post #1 of 53 Old 04-03-2019, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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I love my 650DL but....

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.


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I doubt you'll hurt anyone's feelings, but I feel pretty sure that some people will disagree with you.
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Turbulence and buffeting has been a complaint with the Stroms. There's a gazillion page thread on the topic. It can be a hassle but if you try a different screen, one that others have tried and worked you can probably improve it. I able to dial mine in but it's not perfect. If you want total wind protection then you'll probably have to go with a full touring bike like a BMW RT, GT or a Goldwing.

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I accidentally knocked one lens out of a pair of my safety glasses. I took the windscreen off of my 17 XT and put it into the safety glass frames. It was a perfect fit. Replacement windshield is a must, in my opinion, unless you are shorter than me at 6' tall.
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If you want to commute on your V-Strom invest in a Givi Airflow screen. You will not regret it. Slide the top piece off for fire road riding.
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My DL650's LOVED running at higher speeds.. 80 to 90 mph all day. A Madstad windshield bracket cured all buffeting issues (and mirror extenders may have helped.) And the engine just loves running at higher revs!

What year DL650 do you have?

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Besides the Madstad windshield bracket that V-Tom recommended, you should consider changing / upgrading your saddle for something more comfortable for your long distance daily commutes. A typical example is discussed in https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650a-...my-tushie.html
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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.


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Agreed, That's why I don't have mine any more. It is an awesome machine and I miss it for local around town and back roads, but on the interstate it was lacking in performance, especially considering my weight and that of my gear. In today's society and with the current driving habits of impatient and texting commuters there is no better safety net than massive amounts of power on tap. I hated to sell my 650 but after several instances on the interstate where I just couldn't get out of bad situations I knew I needed something with a monster motor.
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Yep, if you want more comfort and wind protection get a big bike, like a gold wing. I donít like riding endesly down straight freeways. I recently met a group of riders that invited me to ride with them. But, they like to ride 200+ miles on the interstate, have lunch and ride back on the interstate. I prefer twisty roads and off road, so the Vstrom 650 is perfect for me. We all have different riding preferences and needs.
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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......
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