Join Date: May 2015
Location: 40 miles from the Dragon
Annoying adjustment & tire questions
Probably buried somewhere in here - I did search.
2005 VStrom DL1000 intended for 170 lb naked (I insist she be weighed naked!) female, 5-8.5, pretty strong, will be riding with and without light touring gear, does not need super lean angle, 90% or more on road, but may end up running some gravel roads and such (although I don't know what I would ride to keep up!).
F&R lowered about an inch (didn't measure yet). Came that way. Fork shows 3 on the pre-load. Don't know what springs and damper are in it, probably stock. Don't know what oil is in fork. Didn't examine rear shock yet, but it's original.
Bike rides fine to me, haven't really pushed it. Not as cushy as I'd like, but doesn't seem to oscillate or do bad things. Will have to run it over the Dragon and so on to really see what's what.
Goal is to have the machine set up reasonable well for her to try out and ride for a few thousand miles. Then we'd consider new parts. For now, looking for any recommendations on adjusting the machine, other than 25-33% total sag, F&R. My understanding is that there's no rebound adjust on F, but is on the R.
On the tires, I don't even know what's on it. Rear is squared off pretty bad and will need replacing pretty soon. Good wear resistance and touring/road grip is fine. Just so it will handle Parson's Branch and other gravel roads. Tire suggestions?
50 miles from DGMR
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