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post #1 of 12 Old 08-18-2009, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Freeway joy on V-Strom 1000 !

Hello all,
Just got back home from a ride into town on my 2002 V-Strom 1000. I live just outside of a small town called Toppenish, in the Lower Yakima Valley, located in the Eastern part of Washington State. My home is about 20 miles from Yakima, the largest town for some ways. I took a backroad in with lots of curves & such, then took the freeway, I-82 , back home.
For the first time in my motorcycle riding lifetime, (spanning a period of some 38 years or so), I really enjoyed cruising 70 MPH on the freeway!
Perhaps a bit of my personal motorcycling history, if you will permit me.I started out with my first motorcycle in June of 1972, a Kawasaki 120, a rather diminutive motorcycle in size, but I was so thrilled to have an actual real motorcycle, that I did not really care. (I coudn't believe my Dad let me get it, he would not even let me ride a bicycle on the road!)
Of course, that young, I just cruised aroung canal roads, ditch roads, trails, anywhere I could get where I wanted to go.
Next bike was just a year after graduating high school, a brand new 1976 Yamaha DT400 2-stroke enduro (for $1295)
Not much of a road bike, but a lot of fun. After that, it has only been thumpers, large 600-650 dual sports.
Anyway, back to modern times, about a year ago I had a 1990 Yamaha XT600 dual sport, my first electric start motorcycle. I just was not riding much off road anymore though & convinced myself it was time to try a large street bike-only motorcycle.
Searched Craigslist & found a very well-cared for, 1-owner, only 19,000 miles, 1980 Suzuki GS1000G with a full fairing & shaft drive. Paid $1500 for it & thought I would be happy.
What I came to find was that, like my dual sports, I kept wanting to shift into an imaginary 6th gear after about 65mph! Why Suzuki gears that GS1000 so low is beyond me, but it just never felt right. Also, I just missed having a thumper dual-sport something terrible!
So after a few months I sold it, bought a nice, clean 1996 KLR650. I liked having an agile Thumper again, but the freeway was a place I did not care for, the bike need that missing 6th gear just as bad or worse than all the rest of bikes I had.
So, a week ago, I took the plunge, sold my KLR, put some extra money with it & bought this '02 1000 V-Strom. FINALLY!!! A bike I truly love! This bike has been geared down one tooth in the front sprocket & added one tooth to the rear. (new chain at same time) Also, he did it right, showing me the electrical connection under the seat to properly "dial in' the speedometer so it will not be "off".
The bike seems to love 70 mph, running right about 4500 rpm in 6 gear/overdrive, which sounds/feels like the engine is just in its 'sweet spot', not wound out, not lugging at all, the "perfect place."
Anyway, I had a grin from ear to ear today riding home on my V-Strom. I will take this fuel-injected V-twin over my old Single Thumpers anyday!
Sorry for the length of this post, just felt like you guys were the only ones who would really understand.
Take care,
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-18-2009, 07:48 PM
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Welcome to the fray. Yours is geared like mine and I love it on the slab too. Just got through wiring up my Rostra CC on mine today. That's really going to make cruising the slab nice. Like you I think I've found a bike that I'm going to own a long time, finally.

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Geared down one tooth in the front and up one tooth in the rear.
Just what effect does this have on the bike.?

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yep, went through your neighborhood in July, coming home to So. Oregon from Billings, Mt. What great bikes, eh? the only freeway I did out of 3300 miles was Bozeman to Billings, I-90 at 90 MPH, it was Grrrrrrrreat!, can't do that in Oregon you know,,,
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Nice bike!

If I could afford to I'd trade my Wee for a Vee in that color.. just for that reason of freeway competence.

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Geared down one tooth in the front and up one tooth in the rear.
Just what effect does this have on the bike.?
The less teeth the front sprocket has and the more teeth the rear sprocket has, has the effect of lowering the gear ratio of your bike. For example: by dropping one sprocket tooth in the front and adding one to the back, raises RPM levels at speed. Say the bike had stock sprockets front & back & in 6th gear at 70mph the engine is at 3500 RPM. Now, by dropping a sprocket tooth in front & adding one to the rear, it lowers the gearing & at 70MPH you are running something like 4500 RPM at 70 MPH. (Estimated)
In a very tall-geared bike like the V-Strom 1000, it creates a more useable bandwidth of torque, the bike is more responsive, has more useable "power". For some reason, Suzuki really gave this bike some tall gears, making 6th "Gear" (Overdrive, actually) almost useless. Unless maybe you live in Germany and use the Autobahn!
Many other V-Strom owners do this with their bikes.
Hope this helps.
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I find there is a 'happy spot' on the speedo from 70 to 80 actual mph. My Vee just loves that range, and seems to get some great mpg at that speed too.

Even in Oregon.

I haven't had a speeding ticket in many years, but it could definitely happen the way I ride. Nothing too dangerous, just a bit fast. Seems like the LEO's ignore a fat guy on a Strom more than some others.
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Also, he did it right, showing me the electrical connection under the seat to properly "dial in' the speedometer so it will not be "off".


WAS just over in your neck of the woods last week. Took a ride up the canyon along the river...nice ride. Where is the electrical connection and how do you adjust the speedometer. My speedometer is at least 7 mph when I get up around 60....and a littel more. That is according to my gps.
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The bike seems to love 70 mph, running right about 4500 rpm in 6 gear/overdrive, which sounds/feels like the engine is just in its 'sweet spot', not wound out, not lugging at all, the "perfect place."
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Also, he did it right, showing me the electrical connection under the seat to properly "dial in' the speedometer so it will not be "off".


WAS just over in your neck of the woods last week. Took a ride up the canyon along the river...nice ride. Where is the electrical connection and how do you adjust the speedometer. My speedometer is at least 7 mph when I get up around 60....and a littel more. That is according to my gps.
When I first went to see the bike, I was asking him about why he changed the sprockets from stock to 1-less in front and 1-more in rear. After telling me about the tall gearing of the V-1000, he took off the seat and showed me a computer access "plug." When you change sprockets from stock, you need to hook that up & "dial in" your speedometer.
A call to a Suzuki Dealership servive manager would probably be a better place to have it explained, or I am sure there are guys here who have done it as well. It had already been done for me when I bought the bike, but when I told the guy I was going to change it back to stock (no way now!) he said it would be important to adjust the speedometer correctly, thats when he showed me.
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