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post #1 of 9 Old 10-04-2006, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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650 3 week report

With two weeks of actual riding (had to travel out of town without the bike for a week) it's going in for the initial service at 700 miles.

Hate to spend the money like that but I don't have the tools and only limited time. I could of bought a fair set of tools with the money saved, I'm sure.

The bike is still 100% stock, including the replacement turn signal indicator (an unfortunate driveway incident but at least I now know how heavy a 400+ lb motorcycle is).

I seriously have to do something about that windscreen. Looking at it, it appears to be catching a few bugs, but then again, so is my face shield. Wind noise seems substantial as well. Cross winds suck as others report, but passing trucks and other large vehicles doesn't present any significant additional buffeting at 70-85 mph. I thought my first add on would be a top case but it's going to have to be a different windscreen if raising it doesn't help (I'm a short 5'8").

I'm still undecided about lowering the bike. What do I give up by lowering it 3/4"? Does the gel seat change the seat height? Stock, I'm standing on the balls of my feet with my heels just off the ground. The height and riding position are putting me above most cars, almost eye level with many SUVs and otherwise providing nice visibility.

The first evening I flew back into town, I was out on the road if that gives any indication as to how much I'm enjoying the ride...oh yeah, at 57 mpg on my Strom, those hybrid cars can stay in the dealer lot!
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-04-2006, 02:57 AM
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MajorStrom, Why 3/4 inches ? With Koubal links the rear will lower 1 1/8th inches and you can raise the forks up about 22 mm or so to compensate for the geometry change in the front end after lowering. A gel seat on a 650 will use up most of the gains but give you more comfort in the long run. As for the shield, try a Madstad mounting bracket. Many of use are very happy with the results.

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MajorStrom, Why 3/4 inches ?
I had read somewhere that was the distance that someone else had used by changing the link and raising the forks.

I'm wondering what the tradeoff is.
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Re: 650 3 week report

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Does the gel seat change the seat height?
Yes, take this into account before you decide on how much to lower the bike or size a windshield.

As you can see in the following images, the difference is about 1 1/2 inches and the gel seat is also wider and firmer than the stock seat:

http://www.futzin.com/motorcycle/StockVsGelSeat.jpg

Note, the ruler does not reflect the seat height from the ground so just use the indicated readings as a relative difference between the two seats. The only thing that changed between the pictures is the seat on a 650K6.

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I got a Givi screen and really like the improvement it made to both buffeting and wind noise. I will probably eventually buy the Madstad to get rid of the last little bit of buffeting at speed. The shield is 7 " taller and as wide as the from fairing. It has a black trim which some don't like, but it is the same place where others would have rounded edges that you can't see through either.

Plan to upgrade the seat too. The stock only gives me about an hour before I can't stand sit anymore. Probably go with the Zuk Gel seat. I have toyed with the idea of ripping the stock apart and adding some cushioning or memory foam, since the stock looks like it is missing it anyway, but I am worried about getting it back together since they staple into plastic.

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Ya. I say the Givi wind screen is upgrade #1 on the Strom. Once I got it, the highway was ENJOYABLE!!! My next investment is a Gel seat. I dont do much 2 hour + riding so its not a high priority since the stock seat is just fine for short rides.
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I just ordered my first modification - the Madstad bracket. I'll try it with the stock windscreen first and then see...
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Have the Madstad bracket with stock shield, a gel seat and koubal links for lowering. Compared to all stock components this bike is a dream come true.

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post #9 of 9 Old 10-05-2006, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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I raised the windscreen all the way up tonight. It was a noticeable improvement for me. I could ride up to 50 mph with my face shield up (not that I'll make a habit of that) as long as I wasn't sitting completely upright. I'll see how it does on the ride to work at 75-80 mph. Still, I'm anxiously awaiting the Madstad.

I also managed to replace the broken turn signal and mount my plates-I really should have looked into that tool pouch sooner.

Next up, Givi top case.
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