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post #1 of 10 Old 05-31-2013, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Any RHD to LHD conversion required when importing/exporting a V-Strom?

Hi,

I am living in the Netherlands, and am currently looking at getting a V-Strom.
However chances are I will be moving to New Zealand/Australia within a couple of years, and I would be tempted to take the bike home with me if I got it set up just the way I wanted.

Can anyone provide information about any differences between V-Strom's from countries where they drive on the right vs those where you drive on the left?
Are the headlights different or can you simply adjust them to point towards the roadside?
Would this be any different between the old ('04 to '11) and new ('12 +) DL 650?

Anything else that should be considered?

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-31-2013, 09:49 AM
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The headlights are different.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-01-2013, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply Greywolf. So the light would likely have to be changed then.

Any other substantial differences other than the headlight?
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You can check in the Australia-New Zealand forum area. That's all I know of.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-01-2013, 04:21 PM
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The euro models have all the requirements for AU/NZ, just need LHD headlights, as you already have front parking lights.

Offhand, you might need to get some "roo spotters" for those long back roads in Austrailia! You can get a projector retrofit with LHD cutoffs for much cheaper than a new headlight, but it probably wouldn't pass customs inspection as its "modified"


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A little sticker (they put them in rental cars here) on the dash pointing which side of the road to ride on :biggrinjester:

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Google "motorcycle ADR" (Australian Design Rules) e.g.,
http://www.mraqld.org/uploads/ADR/MOTORCYCLE%20ADR.PDF

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Thanks for all the answers guys (both the informative and the comedic!), I will look into the regulations further.

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I would need that little sticker to remind me of which side of the road I was supposed to be riding on. Forty years of driving habits would be hard to break in my case.

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I would need that little sticker to remind me of which side of the road I was supposed to be riding on. Forty years of driving habits would be hard to break in my case.
Unfortunately it doesn't always work. Nothing quite as freaky as another vehicle heading your way on your side of the road. I experienced it earlier this year - luckily in a 50km/h zone. There is the odd very serious accident over here during tourist season.

I know I'd be worrying about it all the time too when travelling in countries that drive on the right.

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