The DL650 and DL650X both use the same 7/8" handlebars (part #56111-28K00-YUS for the 2018s anyways).
Width: 762mm / 30”
Height: 102mm / 4”
Sweep: 152mm / 6”
Clamp: 152mm / 6"
I went with a set of 2" ROX risers and the Pro Taper SE Pastrana MX/RM Low bend bars. Nice and straight with a total height of aprox an inch higher. No more back/shoulder cramping and my old motocrosser wrists are happy. If I were to do it again I'd go with the Renthal 7/8" 966 REED/WINDHAM bars though. Just a touch higher still with only a slight bit more sweep.
From my measurements, a person can only go about 140mm total height without getting a longer front brake line on the ABS model, or at least getting very creative with the cable/brake line routing.
The sidewall diameter of aftermarket 7/8" and 1-1/8" aluminum bars is basically the same so I doubt one offers any better vibration damping over the other. The lack of a crossbar on the 1-1/8" bar may help but in my experience on single-cylinder 2t dirt bikes, the only thing that helps is rubber isolation mounts such as the Mako 360. No idea if they'd fit a V-Strom though.
That said, I'm a 2-stroke dirt bike guy through and through so I don't really notice vibrations on any street bikes.
Still working out the routing of cables/lines with those hi adv (not atv) bars. It’s a bit tight but I think I can make it work.
Right now I have bigger fish to fry - like the fact that BOTH my fork tubes are like bananas. Guess there’s a good reason why this nearly new bike was so cheap....
I got a set of hand Guards from here
It seems that i will need to get rid the bar end weights in order to use the guards. i dont know if it's such a good idea.
Are the better (and much more expensive) guards let's you keep the weights ?
last couple of rides I noticed a wobble in the fornt , this happens If I take my hands of the handle bar the front, it will wobble a bit, nothing scary, this happens under 60mph, it stops by just placing a finger on the handlebar
my tire pressure is 33 psi
the rear tire is stating to...
Here's a post of first day in Mexico. Crossed the border at Mexicali, got all my paperwork straightened out (two hours and four offices), at the Banjercito, and made it down to San Felipe. 2018 highly modified DL650XT.
Plan is to spend 12 more days in Baja, then I have reservations on the ship...
All of my modern bikes have had a shaft drive so pardon my ignorance. Does the chain normally ride on that plastic attached to the top of the swing arm? I have my chain adjusted the way the manual says and it seems like the chain sits on top of that plastic. I don't know how tight it would...
Well, it was a close one but I managed to squeeze the Happy Trails skid plate onto my OEM accessory bars with millimeters of clearance between the skid plate and the Yoshimura RS3 exhaust. I had not found anyone on here who had made this work but it is possible. See the pics below to see how...
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