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Excited to be getting a new 650 this week. :hurray:
I am getting OEM engine guards but not much else. I plan on adding the steel skid plate from endourguard after I do the first few oil changes (before I go off road obv!).
Any other required additions?
Was planning on adding an after market center stand - or should I let the dealer add an OEM one?
I also need a waterproof case and mount for my Samsung S4 - any hints along those lines would be great.

Thanks in advance!!!
 

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I changed to synthetic (Rotella T6) at the first oil change and never looked back. There's the big oil thread you can look into, although it's very long.
Congrats on your purchase.
 

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My engine guards saved me right off the bat. Best investment by far. I haven't dropped a bike in 25 years but trust me you probably will. Oil is a touchy subject here. Better to use the google search function. That is pretty much a bulletproof motor. I would just use Suzuki oil or equivalent myself. You are going to love this bike. I have owned several since I have owned my first Vstrom and have sold them. I wouldn't trade my V for all of the other ones I have owned if I could only have one.
 

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Centerstand is key - makes it easy to lube chain very regularly which makes it feel brand new all the time and last a long time. If you are planning long distance or just day rides - that will influence what you want to do. I am a big safety fan so I would mount front lights on the lower fork and a back-off modulator for the brake light - both help you be seen better. Check out Eastern Beaver for ready made wiring for our Strom electrical mods. Saddle, handlebar and windshield are key for riding comfort long distance....sometimes even short distance!

Your dealer is right about the oil if you change it at the right mileage intervals. Synthetic is better for long mileage intervals - there is a giant oil sticky with tons of opinions on that one! Use the google search box top center to find tons of information on anything Strom. Good Luck!
 

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price on 2014

Did you get a good price on the 2014? I am in suburban Chicago and was quoted an out the door price of approximately 8482.00. There is 500 dollars off from Suzuki and a discount from the dealer and then all the stuff that gets added back on. The tax,document fee, delivery fee,and registration fee.They wave the set-up fee.
 

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Did you get a good price on the 2014? I am in suburban Chicago and was quoted an out the door price of approximately 8482.00. There is 500 dollars off from Suzuki and a discount from the dealer and then all the stuff that gets added back on. The tax,document fee, delivery fee,and registration fee.They wave the set-up fee.
The two best deals I found was $7200 for a 2013 and $7400 for a 2014 OTD. I took the 2014. For ADV models I for a 2014 Wee for $8800 OTD, It is still in there, I saw it this week. To be honest the AVD model would have been a little cheaper after I upgrade mine, like a few bucks but I have enjoyed adding my own stuff.
 

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I'm new here (just got a new 2013 this past September), so take this with a grain of salt;

Excited to be getting a new 650 this week. :hurray:
Congrats and enjoy!

I am getting OEM engine guards but not much else. I plan on adding the steel skid plate from endourguard after I do the first few oil changes (before I go off road obv!).
Any other required additions?
Was planning on adding an after market center stand - or should I let the dealer add an OEM one?
My Suzuki dealer threw in the OEM stand with the deal. Looks good and, from what I've read, is a decent stand.

Prior to the purchase, I had asked the parts manager about the OEM engine guard; he strongly recommended GIVI (the other brand he carried), as they had a number of customer complaints about vibration issues with OEM guards - I'm not sure whether or not they've updated the guards since then.

For whatever little it's worth, my temptation would be to try to have the dealer switch the OEM engine guards for their OEM centre stand...

Having compared after market guards, I ended up getting the SW Motech guards (for only a few bucks more than the GIVI). There are better on the market but, for me, this was a good compromise.

Lastly, make sure whatever extras you choose now, will adapt to anything else you're intending on putting on your bike in the future.

Best of luck and enjoy your bike!
 

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Woot!!! :thumbup: Congrats on your purchase and best of luck. :mod2_clap:
 

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I'll echo what several have said here already... the centerstand is one of the best options you can add to your new DL650. It makes chain maintenance a breeze, also makes it easy to keep the rear rim clean. Also makes it easy to give the rear tire a quick check for any nails/road debris that it could pick up.

I purchased the SW-Motech centerstand and it was somewhat of a pain in the rear to install. Check the dealer's quote to see how much they want to add the OEM stand. Unless they are over $300, I would consider that worth the money instead of installing one yourself.

Here's my top three list of improvements:

1) Centerstand - chain maintenance.
2) Madstadt bracket and windscreen - allows you to customize the airflow on the bike.
3) Skid plate and engine guards - protection against the inevitable fall over.
 

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My engine guards saved me right off the bat. Best investment by far. I haven't dropped a bike in 25 years but trust me you probably will. Oil is a touchy subject here. Better to use the google search function. That is pretty much a bulletproof motor. I would just use Suzuki oil or equivalent myself. You are going to love this bike. I have owned several since I have owned my first Vstrom and have sold them. I wouldn't trade my V for all of the other ones I have owned if I could only have one.
I was thinking if I ever drop it it - it would be MUCH more likely to happen right after I first start riding it. So am having the dealer install.

Glad to hear all the good thoughts about your V-Strom! I am looking forward to it!!!
 

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Thanks for all the great feedback - going to sit back and read the big oil thread...

I will ask the dealer about the center stand - I think if that is really difficult to install - may have dealer do it. Once that is done - I think it will make it much easier for me to work on it without worrying about knocking it over.

Angie-Darrell - Thanks for the link to the oil thread - and the Ram mount. I need to get a waterproof case for my S4 too - I want to have it mounted for navigation. Also - I will look into the grip guards - especially as it is still pretty cold here in Richmond.
 

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You probably are much more likely to drop it after you first buy it. That's what happened to me; I rode it home from the dealer without incident, but on the first time out of my garage, I dropped it in my driveway. Factory guards plus factory panniers took a minor scuff, but that's all the damage I suffered (that plus my bruised ego). The good thing about dropping it was that I learned I can pick it up by myself.

Regarding other desirable farkles, I didn't see anyone mention anything about the seat yet. I went the cheap route with an Air Hawk, but if I had more budget, a custom seat would be nice.
 

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Thanks Angie-Darrel.Looks like I should work on getting a better price.Good luck to the new owner and I hope to join your ranks soon.
 

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coderiver!

Congratulations on your new bike! This machine is so under appreciated by the motojournalists out there but those of us who 'ignored' them and bought a DL 650 just smile and shake our heads. You have one heckuva moto coming!

To answer your question.... yes, the center stand is probably the most important add-on you can have...I had one 'thrown into' the deal when I bought my bike last April, it's a Suzuki center stand, and it came in a week later and I installed it myself in about an hour. Pretty easy, really..but did have a neighbor come by when it came time to 'mount' the springs. Having a spare set of hands helped out.

I'd also recommend brush/knuckle guards too. Helps keep hands warm and dry. I also opted for the OEM ones because they had them in stock. No complaints.

My wife surprised me this Christmas with electric grips..and although the install was a PITA because you have to take off your gas tank to do it, I thank her every day for them in this cold weather. Put those on your wish list for later on.

Two other add-ons I've added are off road foot pegs, made by Fastway. A little pricey, but they come with both 10mm and 12 mm 'studs' so you can customize the heights of them for max comfort and utility. Made here in the US, with excellent customer service backing them up. The OEM foot pegs pretty much suck, and these are so solid it's like standing on granite. They are also large enough to allow you to move your feet around in several positions to maintain comfort. Put these on your wish list too. :) I have the Evolution 3's, in 'silver'. Look great and feel even better! http://www.promotobillet.com/p-18295-footpegs.html

There is hardly any storage on this bike so a tank bag is probably in your future too. I opted for the Givi 15 liter tank lock system. Best tank bag I have ever owned, period. (And I have owned a LOT of tank bags-strapped, magnetic, etc). I opted for the smaller of the three offered because 1) you will NOT honk your horn when you move the handlebars to the far left. 2) Most folks opt for larger bags but a) if you have the room, you DO throw in a lot of stuff you do not NEED, hence, increasing your top-weight. Stay a little smaller, your bike won't weigh as much and you are not hauling around a bunch of junk you probably don't or won't ever use. :) http://www.giviusa.com/givi-products/soft-luggage/tanklock-system/xs307-15ltr-tankbag-detail

And if a top box is in your future, the Bestem is a very good deal...around 44 liters, around $88.00 delivered, and pretty easy to install. Plus, it is VERY easy to take off....and mine is off more than it is on..... I just prefer being lighter and not having stuff rattle around in the box behind me. Again, YMMV... but a very good box for the money.

I am still trying to find the best crash guards...and haven't figured that one out yet. Still considering it..... but it's on the back burner for now. Too many threads about vibrations, harmonic 'humming", etc.... steered me clear of them, at least for now. Same with the engine guard...lots of choices out there.... but personally, I haven't fond the "right" one yet....and since I only do dirt or gravel roads only occasionally (and no stumpy trails, etc) I don't worry much about something clobbering the oil filter or exhaust pipe.

As for oil....that is a can of worms with a huge amount of posts and opinions....but I did convert over to Motul full synthetic oil at about 2400 miles at the urging of my favorite independent motorcycle shop that specializes in V-Stroms (both for the serious enthusiasts AND serious racers). They have extensive experience with these engines and trannies and strongly recommended synth oil. Plus, it will also make a very smooth transmission shift even better after a couple of hundred miles. Plus, if most of your riding is on pavement where there isn't much crud, you can go a long time between oil changes.

Enjoy the motorcycle you have coming. It is one of the best on the planet for what it is. I promise you that you will have a smile on your face every time you go out on it. Of all the bikes I have owned, and with just a hair over 400K on two wheels, this bike ranks right up there with the best I have ever, ever owned.

Cheers!

Enjoy that new ride! :mrgreen:

Pat
 

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Congrats on the new bike; you will love it....
I love my OEM centerstand. The only hard part about installing it is pulling back the double spring.
I have the SW-Motech crash bars from Twisted Throttle. No vibration issues and they look good.
I highly recommend Barkbuster Storm handguards, also from Twisted Throttle. They look really good, and I love how they protect my hands.
Mounted the Engage tank bag (Twisted Throttle again). Easy to mount, stays out of the way, big enough to hold registration, sunglasses, wallet, etc.
One tip... keep the tire pressures exactly as recommended on the swingarm. If they get only 4-5 psi low, the bike handles like a pig.
 

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Enjoy the motorcycle you have coming. It is one of the best on the planet for what it is. I promise you that you will have a smile on your face every time you go out on it. Of all the bikes I have owned, and with just a hair over 400K on two wheels, this bike ranks right up there with the best I have ever, ever owned.

Cheers!

Enjoy that new ride! :mrgreen:

Pat
Thanks Pat for the feedback - I am looking at the foot pegs and tank bag now. I have a smile on my face right now! Wait until I get on it!

Thanks!
 

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One tip... keep the tire pressures exactly as recommended on the swingarm. If they get only 4-5 psi low, the bike handles like a pig.
Hey Bill - thanks for the info. I will take a look at all the items you recommend.
AND thanks for the tip about tire pressures - I will definitely keep an eye on that.
 

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center stand, crash guards and skid plate are a must on these bikes.
 
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