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post #1 of 6 Old 11-22-2019, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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hey from central illinois

Hey Kids!

A long introductory note…..

In mid August I purchased a used 2018 dl1000 with 1200 miles for a song. It now has ~6000miles - yes I have been having a good time.....in addition to the Gateway BMW rally in Potosi, campouts, & extended club rides, a fellow Springfield Miler & I did a tour of Mississippi Blues museums, bars, & jook joints. I offer some background & a few observations.

Previous bikes:
1998 Ducati ST2 (great bike, heavily modified & should not have let it go)
2002 Ducati ST4s (the one that tried to kill me)
2002 BMW r1150gs (loved that bike. I sold it before i went to the UK, but regretted doing so.)
2008 Vstrom 650 (a bulletproof ride I owned in the UK. It bored me to tears, but the abundance of speed cameras might have played a role...)
2008 KLR650 (a finances forced tractor purchase I never bonded with)

This V is quicker than the ST2 & the GS (big jesses didn't help). Although it doesn’t track like the Ducatis, it is very nimble, stable, & predictable in the twisties. Obviously it doesn’t have the pull your arms off acceleration of the ST4s, but this is a good thing for this old man. The GS really did well also, but imho the V gives more feedback than the telalever front GS (even with ohlins front&back). Nothing can match the full ohlins on the ST4s. The V seems less top heavy than the GS – it is certainly lighter overall. At triple digits with no wind the V feels as stable as the GS but not as much as the Ducatis. With wind the V front seems to get lighter & the bike moves a bit, but nothing worrisome. The V ABS is on par with the GS in straightline application. I haven’t done enough trail braking to evaluate its performance in a turn. The stock windscreen works fine for me – no buffeting or excess wind noise. The traction control does seem to make the engine more snappy at lower revs. I have yet to play with adjusting the suspension (which seems near spot-on for my 5’9” 195 body).

Some nicks&niggles:
- I hate the grippy seat, but will likely adapt. It is a bit hard, but after 200 miles it is time to fuel up. I wish this had a 2 piece seat like the GS (& the 2020 vstrom) so I could remove the passenger piece & use the space for a small utility box.
- Heat from exhaust pipe near can is noticeable tooling around town. I will likely fashion a bigger heat shield unless someone knows of a heat shield to fit around & over the exhaust valve.
- Low speed throttle response is snappy, but manageable.
- Handlebars need a bit more back angle, but this too is manageable.
- Heated grips should be standard.
- Overall, I like the aesthetics, but the poor color coordination really detracts from its visual appearance. It looks like someone was designing a transformer….. A silver grab rail on a black framed bike just looks bad. The grey tank plastic doesn’t go well w/ the black piece at the sides of the radiator. Eventually I will likely “murder” the tank, rail, & plastic bits….

It is a great bike for me. Arguably a better bike than my old GS - certainly a better bargain. It gives me grins i haven't had since riding my Ducatis. For a big bike it is very nimble at low speeds, quick enough, will cruise at high speeds all day, & is great fun in the twisties. I do not do much off-roading - gravel/forest service roads is about it....We’ll see about more serious off-roading this spring…..

Mods & additions so far:
- Kappa 46l top box
- Givi tank lock tank bag
- Giant Loop Possibles bags
- Heed crash bars
- Happy Trails skid plate (mounting to the Heed bars required ditching the right billet mount, using a u-bolt, & took some bending of the HT plate)
- Windscreen & heel guard painted black
- Vstrom stickers removed

Items to be installed in the next couple of weeks:
- Led combo lights
- Danmoto titanium GP exhaust (It was cheap in comparison to other cans, but will likely be too loud, so i ordered the baffle as well.)
- Led turn signal bulbs

Intro pics: One pic is from our fall Springfield Miler campout. The other is from last weekend's removal of & working on a fellow Miler's 1150gs engine - a tension guide went out at 150k (In typical BMW fashion, cracking the engine case required more than a few socket sizes - 4 if I remember correctly).

Any members near Springfield IL?

Enjoy&Ride Safe!
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-22-2019, 07:17 PM
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Welcome to the forum, vsboar.

2020 Eastern V-Strom Rally (website) - May 14 - 17, 2020
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-23-2019, 02:12 AM
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-23-2019, 01:23 PM
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Welcome on board and thanks for sharing your experience. As of the seat, I wondered the same - how did they come with this idea? I would suggest Sit&Fly seat cover. Nice flow of air under your butt on hot days and dry butt on wet days. I used to have on my 2015 and just ordered it for 2017 (650). But if you have short inseam you might have problem with this cover. It makes seat wider and taller (which works good if you have long legs though).
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-27-2019, 11:46 AM
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Hi, I'm in East/Central Illinois, halfway between Decatur and Champaign.

If you haven't found it already, check out the central regional forum on ADVRider for a couple of threads called Central Illinois and Central Illinois Motosocial.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-27-2019, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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yep, i check in on the advrider central il forum regularly... fred z. is a member of our springfield milers club - pm me if you are interested in attending a club event/ride/mtg.... we are in the middle of upgrading our internet/public presence & will send you info when i know the url/facebook page....

cheers,
jso
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