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post #1 of 8 Old 10-24-2010, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Folks - I'm thinking of getting the 2011 VStrom 650

Hello to all,
I'm a new to this so bear with me. I am thinking of getting the 2011 650VStrom. I've been waiting until this model comes out and after looking at the bike for a number of years think that this will be a great machine. Does anyone have experience with the Pelican bags and the supporting framework? I'm not sold on the Givi from a durability standpoint. Also what additional gear / add on equipment would be must have ?
I'm not sure if the factory machine has a center stand but open to suggestions.
Looking forward to hearing back from folks who have experience with this bike.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-24-2010, 06:02 PM
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Welcome WD. Fine choice of bikes if I do say so myself. I have mine set up for touring and day trip duties, so my selection of farkles suits my needs.

There are a couple choices of centerstands. I personally have the Suzuki and it works just fine. As for side cases, I have the Givi V35 system and have had no issues with durability, but I do not off road my bike.

Wind management (say buffeting) is am issue for some... Madstat windshield bracket to the rescue. The rest is personal choice. What you want to do with your bike will determine what farkles may be for you.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Much like almost every moto these days - no centerstand, stock. You'll need to budget in the cost of a new centerstand, and most definitely a Madstad adjustable windshield contraption......do a lil' diggin' here and you'll see. Any other farkles are just mere fun bits...you will get a touch obsessed.

I have the SWMotech centerstand - it's a wonderfully made centerstand that tucks in tighter than the Zook version, and actually cost's less!

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Here are some of the more common farkles:

Centerstand- Makes maintenance much easier

Madstad Bracket- Allows a large adjustability of the stock or aftermarket windscreen. Many also get a different screen or mirrors to reduce buffetting.

Fork Brace- Improves handling dramatically

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Crash Bars- Dropping it once pays for the cost of the bars

Replacement seat- The stock 1000 seat can be found cheaply and is more comfy (higher and wider). Suzuki makes a reasonably priced Gell seat that is very nice for the money. Also, there are many aftermarket solutions from sargent, corbin, mayer, russel, etc. IMO the v-strom seat isn't bad for a stock seat but if you want to do some serious traveling you will want to upgrade.

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Absolutely on the fork brace from Rick. Favorite mod so far.

Madstad and new shield.This was a deal breaker for me if i couldn't get it fixed. 6' 1"

Crash bar is more obvious, it will probably lay down at some point and lots of plastic.

Oxford heated grips work very good.

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I had the Pelicans and Brackets on my DL650. Had absolutely no problems with them or the brackets. Easy to take off and put on and very durable. I dropped once and no damage other than cosmetic scratches to the Pelican Cases.

I only sold the Pelican's when I purchased an FJR1300A to go with my Wee. I use the FJR far my long distance multi-week sport touring vacations and the Wee pretty much for everything else. If I still did my long tours on the Wee, I would have kept the bags. Additionally as the Pelicans are a bit narrower than some of the other cases I didn't seem to have the buffeting problems other riders with wider cases have complained about.

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Hello to all,
I'm a new to this so bear with me. I am thinking of getting the 2011 650VStrom. I've been waiting until this model comes out and after looking at the bike for a number of years think that this will be a great machine. Does anyone have experience with the Pelican bags and the supporting framework? I'm not sold on the Givi from a durability standpoint. Also what additional gear / add on equipment would be must have ?
I'm not sure if the factory machine has a center stand but open to suggestions.
Looking forward to hearing back from folks who have experience with this bike.

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Also what additional gear / add on equipment would be must have ?
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does the Wee come stock with handguards yet

heated grips imho are the first and foremost option

I can't disagree with the Madstad bracket

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WD,

If you've not seen it, there's a discussion of Sideloading vs Toploading rear cases in the 650 area.

Also, if carrying capacity is of concern, you'll want to look at the internal volume vs external size for the Pelicans. They seem to have a fairly wide sealing lip design.

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