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post #1 of 19 Old 07-07-2019, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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got a lemon..

..colour finally yesterday. Rode over 700 km from the dealer and didn't arrive tired at all,
arse was very good after 12 hour in saddle, very impressive. Range is fantastic, over 500 km on tank!
that's what I like Suspension a little on firm side, probably need to adjust preload more.
Handling is excellent, very nimble bike. The real gem though is the engine, what a fun motor to ride
and listen to it revs happily in every gear damn it
also didn't have yet so precises gearbox on any bike , it's just perfect.

I'm 185cm/ 6.1 and I feel a bit of buffeting on top on my helmet, maybe I get wind defector.
TBH I had some cold feet once I paid down payment, should I have gotten 1000cc version instead but
I think I did right. There is plenty of power for passing etc plus torque seems to be quite good as well,
since I could crawl and walking speed without any problem. I am surprised how good v-strom 650 throttle control
is - far better then on my honda, yamaha or tested earlier dL1000.
No jerkiness at low revs of any kind, rolling off from the revs then engine braking and back on the throttle seamless!
Never used before stock tyres but bridgestone batlax adventure were very good and safe even in rain.

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Nice ride, I find I am not getting near 500 KM per tank on mine. I personally did not like the seat or the windscreen. Both issues solved for me now.
I also find the throttle (fueling) and gearbox to be excellent. Congratulatons!
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Nice ride, I find I am not getting near 500 KM per tank on mine. I personally did not like the seat or the windscreen. Both issues solved for me now.
I also find the throttle (fueling) and gearbox to be excellent. Congratulatons!
yeah, seat is personal, for me is very good as for my pillion.

BTW I found front brakes very good, not sure what some reviewers are talking about, saying strom has weak or wooden brakes.
Don't agree here, had even close call once already why car in front stopped suddenly and front brakes did job very well.
Rear brakes were maybe bit like that in the beginning but with time they got better, I prefer weaker brakes in the back anyway.
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Congrats on the new bike. I just got a 2018 in that same color. I think I'll name it Finch, because it looks like a goldfinch. Same experience with the brakes. I'd read criticism, but they seemed fine to me. I like the bike a lot, but I never can seem to keep from tweaking them here and there. I also found the seat comfortable, and the fuel mileage astonishing.
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Congrats on the new bike. I just got a 2018 in that same color. I think I'll name it Finch, because it looks like a goldfinch. Same experience with the brakes. I'd read criticism, but they seemed fine to me. I like the bike a lot, but I never can seem to keep from tweaking them here and there. I also found the seat comfortable, and the fuel mileage astonishing.
thanks, yes tweaking bikes is fun but it's harder to sell later because you put so much heart and afford to suit you well

I just ordered givi racks for my givi trekkers panniers and givi crash bards for a start.

Interesting thing is how suzuki did foot pegs on v-strom...because of positioning them more to the front, my knees band less and sitting is more comfortable .
But because of that, standing position is horrible unfortunately, so I will get most likely new pages which can be move backwards a bit.
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Offnote, Sounds to me like you got a bike thats looks like a lemon (color) but is a real peach
sweet and very nice. You may find that rolling the handlebars up just a bit could help somewhat
in the (standing and riding) position Or Enduro off roading. And Enduro is using the term lightly.

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But because of that, standing position is horrible unfortunately, so I will get most likely new pages which can be move backwards a bit.
Handlebar back/risers improved the standing position significantly for me (5’6”). It also made for a more comfortable position while seated.
And of course there is Rick’s peg lowering kit which might help, too.
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that's ok, I won't be doping any real off-road on this bike (have other bikes fort that) so wider pegs with adjustment back/forth should be fine.
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that's ok, I won't be doping any real off-road on this bike (have other bikes fort that) so wider pegs with adjustment back/forth should be fine.
I know of peg lowering kits for taller riders (longer legs) But not for relocation front to rear.

This would play heavily on the shift lever being altered. You might find something - those
in the already did that group - Will follow up if it exists.

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Is the color officially "lemon" or "Competition Yellow #2"? (The officially named color for Suzuki's RM MX bikes)

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