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post #1 of 8 Old 10-01-2009, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hello
I just got a 2005 V-Strom DL 650 yesterday.....my first bike in almost 20 years,
rode it once so far and I like it.....I know it has a great reputation

I just joined this site today and am happy that there are so many knowledgeable riders here.....my questions are....

what should I do to maintain it in excellent condition?
is there anything problems I should be on the look out for?

does anyone know how much a set of GIVI side bags would be
and where I could possibly get some second hand ones....

I live in Calgary, Canada.....snow is coming soon and I won't be able to ride ;(

any suggestions are welcome

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the givi side bags will cost you $199 for the racks to mount them , each bag will cost around $230 if you go with the less fancy E45 OR E36 , i use a 36 on the pipe side and a 45 on the other , that way they are equal distant from the centre of the bike . enter givi .ca on the web and you will get all the info . order from your canadian suzuki bike shop and ask for 20% off list price , they will do it .

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i forgot to mention the g&w cycle world [ suzuki dealer] or a similar name are a huge dealer in luggage over the intranet in calgary , i phoned them and they semed like assholes but i think they are most likely to havethe best prices for luggage and from the web siter they may have the items in stock . ive never been there but web photos show alot of luggage

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Welcome to the greatest bike you'll ever own...

You don't mention where you bought so I'll assume it was a private deal. If you don't have the service history then I would start by changing the oil and filter, checking the chain adjustment, cleaning and lubing the chain, check the tires and pressure and check the brake pad wear. If you have the history I would still check things over but do the oil when it's scheduled.

You should perform all regular service as outlined in the owners manual.

There is a ton of good info from great riders posted on this forum so after you have read it all then you start asking more questions.

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-02-2009, 02:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys for your suggestion

greatly appreciated,

yes it was a private sale, the previous owner was a real enthusiast and had a lot of knowledge about the bike and kept service up to date....having said that, I don't have a service record, but before the snow flies I will have it all serviced

what is the proper procedure to ready it for the winter lay off?

should the battery be removed?

thanks again
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Hey, I just bought a set of E36 and E45 side bags from a guy locally! If I can adapt them to fit my Happy Trails SU rack, I'm keeping them. Otherwise, they're going up on the board.

This is what I currently have

http://cariboucases.com/store/data/p.../000043-01.jpg

Using this rack

http://www.happy-trail.com/Products/...HTP7-5-1B.aspx

If I can't adapt my cases to work with my current rack, I'll have to sell the whole setup and get this rack

http://www.happy-trail.com/Products/...IVI-PL532.aspx

But if I can, them I'm selling three of these (in which case you'd just need a rack for about $250)

http://cariboucases.com/store/?name=...=i&item=000012

-If you were to get a Caribou setup, it would cost you $770

-If you were to get a very similar setup (sans locks and retention straps on the cases, otherwise identical) from Happy Trails, it would cost you roughly $440 ($239 for rack plus ~$100 per case). I think the Happy Trails SU rack is more robust than the Caribou. There's a post floating around here somewhere of a BMW GS650 guy who used a Caribou setup for a trip to south America and he had to have his rack re-welded at every major town because they kept on breaking

-A Givi setup would be $153.88 (rack) + $165 (45L case) + $138 (36L case) = $457

If you can find a SU rack used, then I've got the cases you need with the mounting hardware already installed. The only "issue" is they don't include a lock, which I was eventually going to install (a weather proof camlock would do the trick). This would be your lowest cost option. I'm going the Givi route because I like as much storage as possible so I like having two easily removable side cases to go along with my top case for a whopping 125 liters of storage!
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First off, welcome aboard!

You may get a warmer welcome if you post in some place besides the For Sale section.

But back to your question:

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does anyone know how much a set of GIVI side bags would be
and where I could possibly get some second hand ones....
Keep poking around the forum. it's a great place to find info and parts!

https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=45577

Good luck with your shopping.

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Thank you guys for your suggestion

greatly appreciated,

yes it was a private sale, the previous owner was a real enthusiast and had a lot of knowledge about the bike and kept service up to date....having said that, I don't have a service record, but before the snow flies I will have it all serviced

what is the proper procedure to ready it for the winter lay off?

should the battery be removed?

thanks again
No offence but you are thread hijacking your own thread. This makes it difficult for others to later search titles for solutions.

Canada is a big place. Storage in Thunder bay or elsewhere where the snow flies will be different from storage in Victoria where we don't get a deep freeze. I use a battery tender on my bikes in the cooler rainy season when my riding is limited to the few days the rain stops puring down. That's my winter storage procedure. Your's will be different.

A suggestion: You might want to update your location to be a bit more specific, post an intro in the Stromtrooper section and then post the storage question in a new thread in the mainteneance section (after first doing a search to see if the topic has already been beaten to death)

Enjoy your new ride and enjoy the forum.

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