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  1. Good Tires for Cheap

    DL650A - 2017+
    I hope this doesnt violate forum rules. Tire prices are getting ridiculous. But I just ordered a front and rear Dunlop TrailSmart tire for $130 TOTAL from Chapmoto. They show they still have a lot in stock. Beware it is a radial tire, so if thats an issue just know that going in. I hope this...
  2. New Tires for 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 650DL

    DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hey everyone, I am looking for advice on which rear tire to get for my bike. Currently, I ride on Bridgestone Trail Wing TW 152 Radial F which lasted about 6K miles but now I am wondering if I should try Battle Wing instead or stick with the same I have. Can anyone explain in simple terms the...
  3. TKC80 - ordinary size?

    DL650A - 2017+
    Hi fellow troopers, quick question, does an ordinary size (110/80-19 and 150/70-17) set of TKC80 fit our bike? (which I don't have yet - and of course I'll also have to 'ride up' the first set of tires) thanks
  4. Metzeler Karoo Street

    Suspension and Tire Tech
    Has anyone tried the Karoo Street? Just came out this year and tempted by marketing. I ride about 85% to 90% Road. Any feedback is appreciated.
  5. Thinking about switching to Pilot Road 4's

    Suspension and Tire Tech
    The majority of my riding is pavement, with the exception of some occasional forest service connectors. Although I realize this bike is meant to be a dual sport, I feel as though I should be using a tire that much better suits the style of the overwhelming majority of my riding habits...
  6. Good Mechanic in NOVA?

    North East (Mid Atlantic)
    All- Does anyone have a mechanic they trust in the Fairfax/NOVA area? I've had Strom(s) for almost 3 years now, and have done all of my own maintenance up to this point. I need a place to get new tires installed, and have some other maintenance coming up that I don't want to handle...
  7. 650 Mostly off road tires??

    Suspension and Tire Tech
    I am looking to do alot more off road riding, mostly dirt, gravel and hard packed road... What are some great all around tires for my 650? any suggestions? and also where to buy? anything on Motorcycle-Superstore? thanks:thumbup:
  8. Slow tire leak

    V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    DL1000, I have this annoying slow leak in my front tire. Everything was fine until that day I thought I'd make it over that small ravine. But didn't. The front rim got a bit bent, but the tire stayed inflated. I removed the rim assembly and took it to the local rim shop that does these repairs...
  9. Best Tires for 650

    Suspension and Tire Tech
    New Vstrom rider here...just got it in November... I need to replace the tires and I’m looking for some advice / suggestions and / or cautions from experienced strommers on decent, affordable, reasonably long wearing tires (if such a thing exists). I still haven’t decided if I should go for...
  10. Street or Dual tires??

    DL1000 from 2002-2012
    Can anyone give me the pros and cons of going with a street tire over an 0n/off road tire. I have a V-1000 and do most of my riding on the street, but would like to venture off once in a while on dirt roads, nothing too crazy. Should I go with a street?
  11. Strom tires (not the same question again, I promise)

    DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    I am not going to ask what tires are good for my Wee, I have already tried a few different ones, but I've found this nice viceo from A Vicious Cycle in CA They talk about of the most popular choices for the Wee: TKC80, Anakees, Tourances, Shinko, Scorpion Trail, Distanzia, etc. Don't know if...
  12. My DL650AK7 is new again!

    DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Thanks to Black Lab, Greywolf, rcacs and a host of others for info on how to wire a GPS, put new tires on and change the front sprocket. Also help on how to remove decals, how to turn the turn signals into running lights, what brand of tires to buy, what type and brand of luggage to get, how to...
  13. Where can I get Battlax Tires? 110/80/19

    V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    I just bought an 02 Vee, and from what I have read the best performance for value to be had is in Bridgestone Battlax tires, but I can't seem to find them in the right size for the front tire: 110/80/19 front 150/70/17 rear The rears are very easy to find, but the fronts... not so much...
  14. Houston to Fairbanks & Return - Tires, Chain, Maintenance and Final Thoughts

    General V-Strom Discussion
    Ok guys, for those of you waiting from my previous thread I have completed my blog, updated my pics, and I am ready to share a few things. As far as the blog, have you ever heard the expression "It's 90% done - and only 90% to go"? Another favorite expression I have used for years is "Perfect...
  15. Houston to Fairbanks and Return on the same set of tires!

    General V-Strom Discussion
    Guys, I just got back yesterday from my trip to Fairbanks, Alaska, and back and I did not change the tires on my 2005 Vstrom 650. I put on a new set of Michelin Anakee 2's and had about a 10 miles on them when I departed. My trip was 31 days and the final total was 11,480 miles. And the rear...
  16. Long time no see (and tire recommendations)

    Well it's truly been a long time since I dropped in here, but I'm still kicking and still riding my V almost daily. I see some of you I know (and many more I don't) out on the roads nearly every day. When I'm paying attention, I try and throw you a "V" wave. Sorry if I miss ya, it's not...
  17. Heated grips and extra rims

    DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    I have a 2007 650dL with ABS. I wanted to buy heated grips, hand guards and extra rims with sprockets and caliper. Anyone recommend heated grip brand? I want to take this bike to South America and want to get off road tires or buy a second set of rims - can anyone recommend an in between tire...
  18. 190 for a pair of pilot road?

    General V-Strom Discussion
    sound like a decent deal? front and rear, for 190 delivered?
  19. Tire Recommendations

    Suspension and Tire Tech
    I need new front and rear tires for my 07 Wee. Things that are important are traction on wet roads and wearability. The two tires I am considering are the Metzler Tourance and the Michelin Anakee. Does anyone have any opinions they can share on either of these or any other recommendations...
  20. How to raise your V-Strom motorcycle with a floor jack.

    Maintenance How-to
    It's time to change the tires on my wee. I got about 9,200 miles on the old Battle Wings. I raised the rear of the bike with a rear end lifter stand thingy. I then came up with a way to raise the front end by using a floor jack. The rear is lifted to help stabalize the bike. What I did was...