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post #1 of 11 Old 06-24-2019, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! I've ridden motorcycles for about 8 years. I'm brand new to the world of taking two wheels off of the pavement. I still consider myself a noob, even on pavement. I'm 6'4 in height, and 195lbs in weight. I started on a Kawasaki Ninja 250, upgraded to a Suzuki SV650, and have acquired my first ADV bike!

One can definitely say that the movie "Long Way Round" is what introduced and inspired me to the world of adventure motorcycling.

I just purchased my first ADV bike last Saturday. It's an ol' K3, with 50k miles on it, some scratches on every piece of plastic, a knock off givi top box, two different luggage racks, unhooked heated grips, and some busted up KTM panniers that I'm pretty sure, won't mount on either luggage rack without modification. So, it definitely has some character to it already.

I've attached a picture of my first ride, bringing it home. I will post some more pictures of it later on, once I get to learning the ins and outs of working on the bike.(or when I panic, get overwhelmed, break down, or seek advice.)

Any advice for anything adventure/bike/gear/accessories related, is very appreciated!
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-24-2019, 04:16 AM
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Welcome to the Forum. Congrats on our new ride. Side safe.
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Welcome to the forum, Zeboq.

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Hello everyone! I've ridden motorcycles for about 8 years. I'm brand new to the world of taking two wheels off of the pavement. I still consider myself a noob, even on pavement. I'm 6'4 in height, and 195lbs in weight. I started on a Kawasaki Ninja 250, upgraded to a Suzuki SV650, and have acquired my first ADV bike!

One can definitely say that the movie "Long Way Round" is what introduced and inspired me to the world of adventure motorcycling.

I just purchased my first ADV bike last Saturday. It's an ol' K3, with 50k miles on it, some scratches on every piece of plastic, a knock off givi top box, two different luggage racks, unhooked heated grips, and some busted up KTM panniers that I'm pretty sure, won't mount on either luggage rack without modification. So, it definitely has some character to it already.

I've attached a picture of my first ride, bringing it home. I will post some more pictures of it later on, once I get to learning the ins and outs of working on the bike.(or when I panic, get overwhelmed, break down, or seek advice.)

Any advice for anything adventure/bike/gear/accessories related, is very appreciated!
Welcome to V-Stromistan, Z! The first thing I would recommend is getting a map and get off of that Interstate! It's an adventure bike not an Indian Chieftain. Seriously, take the "old" route to places if you don't already. Take it easy in the rain on any bike, and avoid mud and wet grass with the 'Strom. When you are able, invest in some crash bars and maybe some quality hand guards. They will protect the handlebar controls and help deflect cold wind and rain from your hands. Remember, a motorcycle's natural position is on its side.

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Thanks everyone!

[/QUOTE]Welcome to V-Stromistan, Z! The first thing I would recommend is getting a map and get off of that Interstate! It's an adventure bike not an Indian Chieftain. Seriously, take the "old" route to places if you don't already. Take it easy in the rain on any bike, and avoid mud and wet grass with the 'Strom. When you are able, invest in some crash bars and maybe some quality hand guards. They will protect the handlebar controls and help deflect cold wind and rain from your hands. Remember, a motorcycle's natural position is on its side.<img src="https://www.stromtrooper.com/images/StromTrooper_2015/smilies/tango_face_smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />[/QUOTE]

It actually came with some sw motech crash bars.
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Welcome, I came from an SV to a Vstrom too. Great bikes!

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Welcome, I came from an SV to a Vstrom too. Great bikes!
Awesome!

I still have and love my SV650!
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Get those heated grips working. My 'strom is the first bike I've had with them, and they are sooooo nice.
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Well, since you asked.

The standard upgrades are fork brace, mirror extenders, and a foot peg and control lowering kit. In your case probably a foot peg and control lowering kit with gear shift relocation.

Since it is a previously owned bike check to see if the PO raised the fork tubes in the triple clamp. the stock position i fully inserted tops flush with the top of the triple clamp. The stock rear shock linkage set has the designation "06G" embossed on them. You may want raising links given your longer legs. And no bike benefits more from a bolt on side stand foot than the Gen 1 DL1000.

Look around the site while your there. You might find some interesting stuff.
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Well you are tall enough to take the Strom off pavement but with zero background go cautiously...it's a top heavy pig.
Avoid mud and sand and stick to forest trails and dirt roads without heavy wash outs. The very best thing you can do to inspire confidence is put a pair of 50/50 Mitas 07s or Heidnau K60s on...makes a world of difference over road tires.

Bark busters should be high on the list as well. Slow speed practice standing up will serve you well in learning throttle control at slow speeds and find out how your rear brake can help you....front brakes on uncertain surfaces can lead to pain....but you still need them.

The Strom is wonderful with the correct tires to be able to explore those enticing back roads and dual track trails. Leave ANY single track for a long while down the road when you understand the limitations of the Strom.

Playing on a lighter true dual sport would be wonderful for you. Good luck.


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