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post #1 of 13 Old 07-02-2015, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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New to V-stroms tires and shocks???

Picked up a 2007 DL1000 with 18K miles for a song. I've been on Michelin Pr2/3/4s with my BMWs along with Ohlins for said motos.

The front 110/80r19 tire size is a bit challenging to find from a local source. Who has seen a repiutable seller for this size in a PR 2 or 3 please.

I'll probably put an Ohlins on the rear but haven't played with a standard front fork in a long time (used to telelever) and would like to take care of some of the front fork dive. Race Tech moniker keeps popping up regarding fork chat.

Chain drive VS shaft drive, I do like the aspect of not worrying about if the preload was calculated correctly in FD for a change...
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-08-2015, 04:41 PM
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I just saw some PR4 front tires in that size on Amazon for $160, not a bad price.

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-11-2015, 02:26 PM
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I have a Cogent Dynamics shock on my Wee. Well worth it, and the owner used to ride a Wee... Can't wait till I have the money to get him to do the front.
As for tires, any online retailer should be able to get them but I just wanted to say that the PR3 trail are a great choice for the Vstrom.
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Went through the Battlax t30 tires that came on the bike and only got 6500 miles out of the Bridgestones. Pretty disappointed with that short of mileage out of a rear, front has some life left but it is wearing too fast as well.

I'll be going back to Michelin PR3/4s for sure now as I had very good wear life with them on the BMWs. I'll be looking up that source listed above for front tires and the rears are pretty easy to find.

For sure going to put heavier front progressive rate springs in the forks. Probably bump up to a 530 chain as well so I can find parts for it if needed out on the road. Not too worried about the extra weight for the durability trade off.

Probably put in a relay for the headlights as well as it makes no sense to run that much voltage through an itty bitty handlebar switch...
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post #7 of 13 Old 09-03-2015, 01:17 PM
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ya the pr3/4are great. if you want to do a bit of offroad then therevis some nice options. The tourance are my go to but prices now making me try the shinko 705 as those are great to. I have hunted down and pased sports bikesin twisties on my wee on basic tourances. Wish i could see the sports guys face when a overlaoded wee passed them in a corner. More road oriented but still a little offload is the tourance next. That's what my wife wants on her hyperstrada. Ther eis many options but look at major online retailers for the prices as in the US you got a few good sites for tire price.

Rear shock elka is as god as it gets on a wee and i got one. sv racing sponser got us a hookup on price to (who i used). Love mine, got it when the stock one died at about 60,000km

Front, well you can do a whole drop in cartrage kit but man those are pricey. Most just do the springs ( and then if they need more get a racetec gold valve for some adjustments. I have these (spring and valve but still not on bike)

There is a LOT of info on this fourm section for this stuff
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I think the only options for the DL1000 forks are either RaceTech Gold Valves or maybe something from Traxxion Dynamics. Always get springs that suit your loaded riding weight. Good shocks include Elka, Hyperpro, and the brands mentioned above.

The Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail tire is excellent, and probably the best in the rain. Others to consider are the Avon Storm 3D X-M and Conti RoadAttack 2 EVO. Others have reported good results from the Bridgestone T30 unlike Duegi's experience.

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I purchased a rear Michelin Road Pilot 4 Trail from American Motorcycle Tire. Great price and FAST shipping.
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-05-2015, 03:18 PM
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+2 on Elka rear shock, just installed a used one and can't believe how plush it is, now the front.
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