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post #1 of 7 Old 09-05-2007, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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New VStrom Purchased For $170.00

Last weekend, with the help of several swarthy Strom riding men from Central Ohio, I completed the suspension trifecta on ole Scarlett. I now have new Sonic Springs with 15wt fork oil, new ProTaper ATV mid Handlebars, and the forks are raised 6mm. Total cost was about $170.00 and I have a completely new 650. Except for the seat that was designed by someone too evil to be a Nazi Youth, it is a whole new bike.

Gone is the front end dive when I even think of braking. Gone is the wandering side to side when attempting to steer a straight line. Gone is the heavy pushing to get her to lean over in a turn then wrestling with the bike so it doesn't fall over or stand up in the middle of the curve. Now I can grab a whole handful of front brake and the front only slightly lowers. There is no sine wave pitching on bumpy roads or or clunking sound when negotiating railroad crossings. She leans into a turn with just a very slight push and lean, maintains the line and stands up on cue ready for the next turn. It is also interesting to note that it is much easier to balance the bike at slow speeds. I can hold her upright for short periods without having to put my feet down. Could not do that before. Strong crosswinds and that bubble around semi trucks have almost no effect on Scarlett's path of travel. Again, she is a totally new bike.

I would strongly encourage anyone who is less than happy with the handling on their VStrom to consider any or all of these modifications to their suspension.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-06-2007, 06:22 AM
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Did you have any difficulty getting the cap back on during re-assembly? I'll attempt mine on Saturday. Rich's instructions on the site seem pretty straight forward.
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The whole process is very straight forward. Putting the caps back one was no more difficult than unscrewing the caps. Just be careful not to cross thread. I can give you several tips to help with the install if you would like. Firedog is the gentleman who helped me and BadTrainDriver was also a big help. Between the 3 of us we should be able to give you the straight poop on installing springs.

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I'd sure like to see the new handlebars. Are they lower than stock? Wider? I've been thinking I might want some lower bars.

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Compared to stock the Mids are taller, wider and much less pullback. The highs are 10mm taller than the Mids and about 1 in more pullback but about 1.5 in less pullback than stock. If you are looking for a shorter set of bars look at the CR series.

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I ordered the Pro Taper ATV SE Raptor Sport, or something like that. Kind of an impulse buy, but handlebars are tough without just giving them a try. So I've got enroute:

Pro Taper bars
Pat Walsh shelf
Powerlet kit
Cellphone mount for shelf
Garmin Quest mount for shelf

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I also did the Sonic Spring with 15 wt. oil upgrade. I went ahead and also put the heavier Wilburs spring on the rear shock. Both are relatively inexpensive but worth a great deal to improve the undersprung suspension. I am as confident on twisty roads as I was on my 2001 Honda VFR. While I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Honda V-four bikes this Suzuki V-twin is registering very high in the smiles per mile department.

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