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So I'm tearing past my local Triumph dealer on my D-Tracker* when a flourescent orange burst catches my eye. I was in awe of the paint job as I went past then craned my neck even more to see it from the front. Wait a minute, I'd recognize that ugly face anywhere! I hop the curb onto the sidewalk, gawk for several minutes, then find the owner inside hanging out. He spoke great English and showed me all his farkles and some of the pros and cons of the paint job.

Although manufactured here, DLs are re-imports and have to be special-ordered (not stocked at any dealer); this is only the third one I've seen in 2+ years (plus Jim Davis's Vee).

He started with this 2009 Canadian model:



Then spent about $2500 to end up with this paint:




The shade on the sidewalk does not do the wheels justice; man, they are bright! SW-Motech bars and skid plate and PIAA lights:




Japanese-branded GPS and voltmeter:




He said that the rack is by a brand called "Soft" and has a topcase (he showed me the key with the name on it), but it's a little difficult to search the web for "soft topcase rack" so I don't have any more info.




I ended up going home and grabbing my camera and changing bikes so we compared mods. Really interesting to see what he's had done to it.

Tom


* KLX250 in motard trim, pretty popular here. I bought it to play around at a 1km, 11-turn track - unfortunately, it's a two-hour highway slog to get there.

 

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Soft makes the luggage Suzuki sells as its OEM brand.
 

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Up through 2004, the OEM luggage was made by Kappa, a division of Givi. In 2005, Suzuki started selling luggage made by Soft. I don't think anyone has ever been able to find much info on soft or a source for Soft luggage besides your Suzuki dealer.

That's a pretty sweet paint job! I remember some pretty impressively modded/painted up bikes from my time in Japan. Like it or hate it, the Japanese don't half-ass around when they do custom work!
 

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That is without a doubt the best looking strom I have seen. The quality of the work looks top notch as well. Not to sure if I would pay that much for it but it looks like it was worth every cent.
 

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Red Bull

So my question is, are there DL's actually racing in the rally scene? I suppose I could google it, but that would mean that I would be on the computer for 36 hours straight, and there has to be a limit.

Also, is there anything "gnar" that Red Bull doesn't have sponsership dollars mixed up in? Jeez, if the participant could get killed, Red Bull plasters thier name on it / them...

I really like the paint job - for what it is....
One of the things I like about stock strom paint is that it's so stealthily non-threatening. Cops don't even give us a second look...
 

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Although manufactured here, DLs are re-imports and have to be special-ordered (not stocked at any dealer); this is only the third one I've seen in 2+ years (plus Jim Davis's Vee).
i thought ALL jap motorcycles were re-imported to Japan. maybe i misunderstood my uncle when he told me about when he bought his V-Max while stationed over there back in the '80s.
 
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he must have started with an austrailian 2009 as white is not availible in canada .
He told me it was Canadian but I did not look at the stickers. Australian makes more sense with headlights already set up for the LH side of the road, although I never changed headlights on my Canadian model (but Jim Davis did on his Euro spec).


i thought ALL jap motorcycles were re-imported to Japan. maybe i misunderstood my uncle when he told me about when he bought his V-Max while stationed over there back in the '80s.

A re-import is an export model that gets held back and is sold locally. For example, you can buy a domestic V-Max model here that is about 20% down on hp to meet Japan restrictions; you can also order a re-import / export full-power model from the same dealer. Since they come from the same factory, it's not too big a deal. For military, it makes sense to buy a US-spec model since that's the easiest to register when returning; a Japan domestic model (CB400, VFR400, ZXR250, etc.) is more difficult / impossible to register in the US.

V-Stroms are not sold as domestic models here, so they only exist as export / re-import. Hence, very few around here.

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I love it!!:thumbsup:
 

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Then spent about $2500 to end up with this paint
The paint job does look really cool. However, I just would never pay that much to advertise somebody else's product for them.
 

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That looks great!

I don't know about doing a Repsol replica but it definitely shows how you can alter the visual lines of the Strom using color.

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I love that paint job... on a Honda.

Maybe he should have invested in a Varadero.
 

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Great ORANGE wheels

Love the wheels, especially the color. Does the paint make it feel like it's faster? I bet it turns a bunch of heads.

I wonder if that sort of advertizing has any impact.

There was a recent thread where everyone was going gag-ga over the albino look. Too bad it got covered up. Should have started with one of those flat black models.

R.I.P. (Retire In Peace, thanks for the great ride.)
 

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That is without a doubt the best looking strom I have seen. The quality of the work looks top notch as well. Not to sure if I would pay that much for it but it looks like it was worth every cent.
+1 I love it
 

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Sweet!

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I bet you can see that bike coming a long ways off!!!! I like it. :cool:
 
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