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post #1 of 9 Old 05-07-2019, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hey friends! I'm out in the Detroit metro area.

Poked around your site for a bit while I was bike shopping and figured I'd pop in properly now that I'm part of the community as it were.

Bout a month ago I picked up a (well loved and well cared for @42.7k miles!) 04 Suzuki DL650 after researching into these bikes. For the last few weeks I've been getting to know the bike and have since put another chunk of miles joy riding on the weekends and commuting to work and the like.

I'm a bit new to the world of two wheels, not quite having had my license for a year.. I decided to learn to ride and become licensed to connect more with my grandfather who had given me the film "On Any Sunday" (on VHS) some time ago. Long story short while I've always found bikes fascinating I was always a really big fan of my great big steel cage. Safety is a high priority of mine, I like my head / body.

Unfortunately never did get the opportunity to ride together but I'm keeping his spirit alive every time I throw his old Harley jacket on and head out for a ride.

Still getting used to the bike and the maintenance requirements. About to take advantage of the damp weather we're getting and do a deeper inspection/cleaning of the bike to really familiarize myself with it's mechanical needs and fastener sizes to get a road-side kit assembled.

If there's any quirks you think I should know about the Gen 1, or things to peek at on a higher mileage machine, please feel free to share the knowledge! Til then I'll keep trawling through forums and such

Cheers, Banjo

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-07-2019, 08:30 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Banjo.

2020 Eastern V-Strom Rally (website) - May 14 - 17, 2020
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-07-2019, 08:54 PM
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Welcome to the team!

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post #5 of 9 Old 05-08-2019, 05:04 AM
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Welcome to the Forum, Banjo. Congrats on your K4 Wee. Ride safe.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-08-2019, 11:06 AM
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Hola, Goose.
'Splain the banjo part?
04 650....Good. Mine's been fairly trouble free for the 77K miles I've put on it.
Enjoy doubling your current mileage!
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-08-2019, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

The entire thing comes from dumb college humor notacop, I do (did?)video game things with a group of college buddies we refer to the group as the flock - it's... Super dumb but amusing :shrug: that's where the goose thing comes from

The Banjo part comes from listening to too much bluegrass while we played said games. It just sort of stuck, have been Banjo several years and counting. I had some chill hoodrat roommates who would have the house bouncing with crazy bass and after coming home to it a few times I was like "you listen to whatever you want being home but wait til I get home first" *banjo music intensifies* and it never left.

I am definitely planning on putting some decent mileage on so it's good to hear they can get up past 70k with no worries!

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-10-2019, 06:18 PM
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Banjo, the bike actually has 99915 miles. Had 23K when I got it. Had the valves adjusted once and replaced a leaky fork seal and had Sasquatch rebuild the shock
Keep an eye peeled for an Eastern Beaver headlight wiring kit in the for sale section. it will save the handlebar switches according to those in the know.
The French fellow that just crossed the Atlantic in a Barrel said he passed some of his time playing bluegrass on his mandolin. I've been a bluegrass addict since I was 12. I kinda prefer New Grass to the Flatt and Scruggs vintage stuff. Kinda can't stand the Tennessee Tenor sound. Del Mccoury needs a mute button!
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Thanks for the heads up I started looking inot that today seems Suzuki was routing some serious current through the handlebar switch? I'll have to see if previous owner already did this change he mentioned the stromtrooper forum to me in passing so it could be done already..

Been a minute since I was actually active in a forum have to get better at checking in

Wasn't aware that anybody had crossed the Atlantic in a barrel that's a bit.... Different. And it definitely takes a certain mood for me to put Scruggs on but every now and again it's on in the car. I drive many a vehicle for my day job and I tend to leave sxm on bluegrass junction when it's available just to raise an eyebrow for the next poor soul who gets in.

Looking forward to many more miles!

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