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I just picked up a V-strom 650 this weekend. So far it feels like a wonderful upgrade to my 150cc scooter that I started with, and grew out of within 3 months... Do you have any suggestions on how to keep this bike running well and any recommended accessories for a first time bike owner?

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I just picked up a V-strom 650 this weekend. So far it feels like a wonderful upgrade to my 150cc scooter that I started with, and grew out of within 3 months... Do you have any suggestions on how to keep this bike running well and any recommended accessories for a first time bike owner?

Thanks for your help!
Key in ignition, turned to on position and plenty of fuel in tank. That should keep it running. :green_lol:

Sorry, couldn't resist that one. Welcome to the forum and congrats on your purchase. You did good! Bike is very low maintenance and accessories are plentiful. How deep are your pockets and where you want to stop is all up to you. :thumbup:
 

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I picked up a Wee in June. My recommendations:
* lube the chain often with a rag and motor oil.
* every few times you lube the chain, check that visible bolts are tight. I've had a brake caliper bolt vibrate loose and go missing.
* oil changes are really easy to DIY
* if you're riding on pavement, the most important farkle is a stability improving fork brace
 

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Key in ignition, turned to on position and plenty of fuel in tank. That should keep it running. :green_lol:

Sorry, couldn't resist that one. Welcome to the forum and congrats on your purchase. You did good! Bike is very low maintenance and accessories are plentiful. How deep are your pockets and where you want to stop is all up to you. :thumbup:
Haha, Well played cannot blame you on that one!
 

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I picked up a Wee in June. My recommendations:
* lube the chain often with a rag and motor oil.
* every few times you lube the chain, check that visible bolts are tight. I've had a brake caliper bolt vibrate loose and go missing.
* oil changes are really easy to DIY
* if you're riding on pavement, the most important farkle is a stability improving fork brace
Thank you for the Tips wump. now because I'm new to this all what is the fork brace and what is it good for? This bike will primarily be on pavement but, it will see a 10 mile dirt road periodically.
 

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Haha, Well played cannot blame you on that one!
TJ,

Ok off work now and can maybe be more helpful and less smart a$$. Again, welcome to the forum. You'll find a great bunch of fellow riders and strom enthusiast here willing to offer their opinions and often times a lending hand. Take advantage of their wealth of knowledge.

I was serious about the 2012 - 650 being low maintenance. The only other motorcycle I've had that maybe required less was my 2003 Honda Nighthawk. And that's only due the the self adjusting valves.

Maintain the basics and you should do well. Oil changes, chain maintenance, check tire pressure add fuel and enjoy. Always do your pre-checks just as you would if flying an airplane. You only have two wheels so it's important to give a good once over before hitting the pavement. Keep an eye on fittings as they do have a tendency to loosen up.

Accessories are a mixed bag. Depends on how you ride and what you plan to do. Personally, I go with what I feel is the best value for my dollar. Following is what I've gone with. Keep in mind this works for me and not all riders will agree.

SW Motech - center stand
OEM - Hand guards - these will be changed out for something with more integrity before heading to the Arctic Circle next year.
Enduro/Guardian - bash plate/engine guard
Richlandrick's/Adventure Tech - mirror extenders and fork brace. - just read your question what's it good for. Improves handling on and off road. To me well worth the doe.
Many more things will be added prior to the Alaska trip.

Hope this helps. I'm sure you'll get lots of feed back, just watch, listen and learn. Ride safe. I'm jealous as you have much longer riding season than us in the Northwet.

TJ1023 - judging from your name is it possible we need to wish you a Happy Birthday tomorrow? If so, Happy Birthday!
 

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Follow the breakin procedure, keep up the maintenance ( oil & filter, chain etc ). Make sure you do the first oil change as per the manufactures spec.

Mods are entirely a personal matter and you'll want to think some of them over before you start spending your cash. Some make sense and others don't, just depends what you want to do with the bike and what accessories the bike came with.

My personal recommendation is always go with the ergonomics/practical issues first and then go from there.

A couple of examples: 1. a center stand is almost a requirement as it makes it much easier for you to do your own maintenance.
2.does the bike fit you, ie: pegs too high ( bad knee angle ), bars to low ( add risers - watch the ABS on this one as you can't raise the bars more than about 3/4 inch ) or you have to start replacing brake hydraulic lines. 3. seat.

A lot of the recommendations are folks personal choices. I'll just pick one as an example and their are others. Fork braces. You may want to opt for some protection for the fork tubes rather than a fork brace. I've ridden a lot of motorcycles in my 50 yrs of riding and my current bike a 2013 DL650A, ADV model with all the factory stuff, is very stable in the twisites, under aggressive braking and acceleration and at higher speeds. There is no signs of any lack of stability from the front end.

A good rule of thumb I always follow with a new bike. Go on a 300-500 mile ride at your first opportunity. Believe me when you are done you will know what you have to change to suit you. From that ride create your list and do some research before you start throwing your hard earned cash around.

Have fun with the bike, its a pretty good all a rounder.
 
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