What's up everybody? Long time listener/first time caller. Noticed that a video on my YouTube channel about thrust adjusters and engine vibration was seeing some traffic from here. I tried to reply to the post to clarify a few points; however, I don't have the necessary post count, and the reply must not have made the administrative cut.
I picked up a 2018 V Strom 650XT last fall. It's my first ever fuel injected bike, and I chose to splurge a substantial bit on the XT version because I love
how it looks with the gold wheels and yellow/black paint job. I realized I spent a lot more of my time tinkering and wrenching on bikes than I actually did riding them, so I decided I was going to buy something new that was capable of long trips. It came down to the V Strom and the Versys, but the looks and reviews of the V Strom won me over.
Just took my first ever motocamping trip earlier this month. Took the ferry across the pond from Milwaukee to Muskegon, rode up the coast and across the Mackinaw, along Lake Michigan, up the Keweenaw Peninsula, and back home. Awesome experience. Hoping to do one or two more this year. Learned quite a few do's and dont's on that trip.
In terms of the V Strom--great bike. It's a work horse, and it's very "sophisticated" and feels well put-together. I'm not sold on the stock front tire. It walked out on me several times on the trip and crushed my confidence at times. Much of this can be attributed to me being a novice rider despite 15 years of riding as well as not adjusting the pre-load for the luggage. I've got some work to do on body position as well. Just an observation. Eyeing up some Anakee 3's for the next set.
I've added SW-Motech Crash Bars, SW-Motech centerstand, Givi PLX3112 with V37 hard bags, and Oxford Heated Grips (adventure).
I've got an issue with buying bikes but being unable to sell them after I form some kind of attachment, heh. The V Strom is likely to stay the only contemporary bike for a while that's nested in my garage or basement for a while though.
- 1973 Honda CL350
- 1984 Honda VF500F
- 1991 Yamaha FZR600
- 2001 Kawasaki KE100
- 2002 Suzuki GSF600
- 2003 Yamaha TW200
Anyway, I've been reading this great forum for a while. Hoping I'll be able to keep learning from ya'll because the wealth of knowledge here is fantastic. Cheers.