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Hi everyone!

I just turned 40 and decided I was due a proper gift. So 16 years after getting my licence I bought my first bike. In these years I rode maybe two times a Hornet 600 borrowed from a friend and that's it.
I've been looking for a while in the used market and I was quite undecided between a V-strom 650 and a Versys 650. I'm here, so I think you can guess my choice.
I found a white 2014 V-strom with 33k kms that looked in very good conditions with hand guards and heated grips. Since I bought it, I practiced a couple of times in a parking lot. So far the weather has been quite forgiving so I managed to ride for small trips in the city and I commuted some time to work. Very very pleasant experience so far and I try to ride every chance I get. Really looking forward to next spring! My partner has been riding (as a pillion) for a very long time with her former husband, and she seems determined to get her licence and start riding as well and I'm very happy about that too!
I try to be as cautious as possibile and getting as comfortable as I can, but I noticed I have to make a conscious effort every time not to keep my arms and shoulder in tension. I guess time and experience will help.
I'm definitely not mechanically inclined, so all the maintenance will be performed by professionals, save for regular chain maintenance I guess.

I managed to ride on a small stretch of a highway and the noise at 70 kmh and over was very annoying. The windshield is in the middle position, but I don't think I can raise it, otherwise the handguard will prevent full turning of the handlebar. Any suggestion? I've see that there are "extensions" for the windshield or even full aftermarket. Which are better in your opinion?
Thanks and happy to be here!

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Earplugs for starters ...Howard Leight - box of 200 will last for a long while ( I reuse mine ) and will make your ride quiet and relaxing - you damage your hearing very quickly riding without them

Not sure what screen you have..you want to be looking over the windscreen not through it....not sure why it would be preventing full turning.
There are lots of windscreen suggestions on here...

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As Macdoc said, earplugs may cure your problems, start there before you start spending money on windshields. There's A LOT of information here on wind management for the V Strom since it's a problem many people experience, you'll need to read up on it. Unfortunately, is a bit personal, what works for one person doesn't work for another (like seats) so you need to experiment, start with the cheapest fixes first.
 

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Welcome.

I absolutely second @Macdoc in recommending earplugs. My choice was a custom molded pair from an audiologist's practice. Pricer, but they last for years and are easily cleanable. Whether you choose disposible or reusable, standard or custom, choose something and use them.

Windshields recommendations are difficult, becuase a lot can depend on your size, what accessories you have installed. In general, a lot of us, including me, have been very happy with the Givi Airflow on the bike you're riding, but there's lots to read on that topic.
 

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The Givi Airflow made a terrific difference on my 1000, but as they say, it can be different for everyone.
Definitely use Earplugs.
 

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Welcome to Stromtrooper, Juroboy!

Addressing your concern for tension in shoulders/arms, adjust your brake and clutch levers to match the angle of your arms when seated on the bike. (Straight wrist is what you are looking for instead of the hand being above or below the wrist. Thsi will reduce tension in the shoulders/arms) Also, leave the bolts for these on the looser side of tight so that they can rotate out of harms way in case of a drop.

For the windshield, look at the Madstaad bracket. Have had mine for several years and it is a great addition. Agree with others regarding earplugs....foam disposables work well and can be purchased almost anywhere. Stroms are noisy bikes--think "marbles in a washing machine"

Good luck with your ride and good luck to your gal with her licensing. My wife got hers several years ago and it is a lot of fun to go for rides together. It also made her a much better pillion as she is much more aware of her movement affecting the whole bike.
 
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Earplugs are essential even if you already have hearing loss (protect what you have left). Hearing specialists say even 45 minutes exposed to sound levels over 95dB can do irreparable damage to your hearing. We are riding in an environment much similar to a wind tunnel traveling at high speeds, sitting on top of an engine and tires are making contact with road surfaces and all of these and other noise generating conditions makes for noise much higher than what is considered 'safe'. At 115 dB your exposure time to that level of noise should be less than 1/2 minute!
 

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Thanks everyone for the welcome! Much appreciated!

Not sure what screen you have..you want to be looking over the windscreen not through it....not sure why it would be preventing full turning.
I have the original windscreen. The issue, I believe, is that if I raise it to the top position, the Givi handguards will touch the lower part of the windshield before reaching full lock. I still have to try, but I'm pretty sure it will happen.

Welcome to Stromtrooper, Juroboy!

Addressing your concern for tension in shoulders/arms, adjust your brake and clutch levers to match the angle of your arms when seated on the bike. (Straight wrist is what you are looking for instead of the hand being above or below the wrist. Thsi will reduce tension in the shoulders/arms) Also, leave the bolts for these on the looser side of tight so that they can rotate out of harms way in case of a drop.

For the windshield, look at the Madstaad bracket. Have had mine for several years and it is a great addition. Agree with others regarding earplugs....foam disposables work well and can be purchased almost anywhere. Stroms are noisy bikes--think "marbles in a washing machine"

Good luck with your ride and good luck to your gal with her licensing. My wife got hers several years ago and it is a lot of fun to go for rides together. It also made her a much better pillion as she is much more aware of her movement affecting the whole bike.
I checked the positions of the levers and while stopped the wrist is in line with my arm. It's just a matter of being tense. I recognize it and if I make a voluntary effort I can release that tension. It's an issue I have that is unrelated to riding or driving, my partner always tells me she's feeling my shoulder always contracting even when I'm telling her I'm relaxed. I'll check the bolts though to see whether they're not too tight.

Thanks for all the suggestion of the earplugs. I just ordered a non disposable pair on Amazon, I'll see how they work and how I feel with them.

I also found the thread about wind and I'll be carefully reading it!

Thank you all!
 

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I have the original windscreen. The issue, I believe, is that if I raise it to the top position, the Givi handguards will touch the lower part of the windshield before reaching full lock. I still have to try, but I'm pretty sure it will happen.
You can try rotating the handlebars backward to gain clearance. Just loosen the 4 bolts pinching the bars in the risers, they may be covered with plastic plugs that can be popped out.

Also try experimenting with the many varieties and ratings of ear plugs. I've had custom made plugs which didn't work well, I use foam plugs with a -32 db rating which get at the drug store, 50 pair bottle.
 

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Before I bought my V-Strom, I rode a friend's and simply hated the positioning of the bars. They were way too far forward and made the riding position very uncomfortable, and I have very long arms. Almost turned me off of buying one. When I did find one to buy, the PO had put bar-risers on it and that made all the difference in the world. As others have said, play with the lever angles and positions, and maybe consider bar-risers.
 

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Hi everyone!

I just turned 40 and decided I was due a proper gift. So 16 years after getting my licence I bought my first bike. In these years I rode maybe two times a Hornet 600 borrowed from a friend and that's it.
I've been looking for a while in the used market and I was quite undecided between a V-strom 650 and a Versys 650. I'm here, so I think you can guess my choice.
I found a white 2014 V-strom with 33k kms that looked in very good conditions with hand guards and heated grips. Since I bought it, I practiced a couple of times in a parking lot. So far the weather has been quite forgiving so I managed to ride for small trips in the city and I commuted some time to work. Very very pleasant experience so far and I try to ride every chance I get. Really looking forward to next spring! My partner has been riding (as a pillion) for a very long time with her former husband, and she seems determined to get her licence and start riding as well and I'm very happy about that too!
I try to be as cautious as possibile and getting as comfortable as I can, but I noticed I have to make a conscious effort every time not to keep my arms and shoulder in tension. I guess time and experience will help.
I'm definitely not mechanically inclined, so all the maintenance will be performed by professionals, save for regular chain maintenance I guess.

I managed to ride on a small stretch of a highway and the noise at 70 kmh and over was very annoying. The windshield is in the middle position, but I don't think I can raise it, otherwise the handguard will prevent full turning of the handlebar. Any suggestion? I've see that there are "extensions" for the windshield or even full aftermarket. Which are better in your opinion?
Thanks and happy to be here!

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Hi everyone!

I just turned 40 and decided I was due a proper gift. So 16 years after getting my licence I bought my first bike. In these years I rode maybe two times a Hornet 600 borrowed from a friend and that's it.
I've been looking for a while in the used market and I was quite undecided between a V-strom 650 and a Versys 650. I'm here, so I think you can guess my choice.
I found a white 2014 V-strom with 33k kms that looked in very good conditions with hand guards and heated grips. Since I bought it, I practiced a couple of times in a parking lot. So far the weather has been quite forgiving so I managed to ride for small trips in the city and I commuted some time to work. Very very pleasant experience so far and I try to ride every chance I get. Really looking forward to next spring! My partner has been riding (as a pillion) for a very long time with her former husband, and she seems determined to get her licence and start riding as well and I'm very happy about that too!
I try to be as cautious as possibile and getting as comfortable as I can, but I noticed I have to make a conscious effort every time not to keep my arms and shoulder in tension. I guess time and experience will help.
I'm definitely not mechanically inclined, so all the maintenance will be performed by professionals, save for regular chain maintenance I guess.

I managed to ride on a small stretch of a highway and the noise at 70 kmh and over was very annoying. The windshield is in the middle position, but I don't think I can raise it, otherwise the handguard will prevent full turning of the handlebar. Any suggestion? I've see that there are "extensions" for the windshield or even full aftermarket. Which are better in your opinion?
Thanks and happy to be here!

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I've got the same bike and I also bought mine when I was 40 and it's also my first bike too. That's pretty funny. That was 8 years ago and I still have it and I still love it. After riding it the first time on the highway I also said what the hell is all this noise in my ears. It was deafening. I didn't know what wind buffeting was and I found out quick. So I had to change my windscreen. I bought the Vstream windscreen from National Cycle. Model# N20215. I have it set at its tallest setting and it works perfectly. Everything's quiet, peaceful and enjoyable. The difference between this aftermarket windscreen and the stock Suzuki one is night and day. There's no comparison.
 

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I've got the same bike and I also bought mine when I was 40 and it's also my first bike too. That's pretty funny.
Yeah, that's quite funny!!!

Thanks for the suggestion, I think I'll have a hard time getting the windscreen you suggest (Europe here). For now, I bought some earplugs that I have yet to test, I hope these will improve my ride, otherwise I think my next bet would be the Givi Airflow, which is easier to buy here.
 

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That noise you hear at 70 kpm may be the tires howling. My Shinkos and many othe brands of 50/50 or 80/20 tires have a tread pattern that generates harmonics at certain speed ranges..

Buffering is an issue, and is worse for us tall guys. I ended up with a Givi AirFlow on my K9 Wee and it helped a lot. However, the best setting is counter intuitive... I find it best for me at the low setting, tilted back towards me. I think a simple laminar lip on the oem screen may have done as well.

Enjoy your ride.
BTW I got my first at age 57.

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