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post #1 of 14 Old 07-28-2010, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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No Bike's perfect. What do I need to make a 650 as close as possible?

I've been riding since 1967 and currently own a 2009 Concours 14 and a 2007 Honda VFR. I'm a realist and undertand there is no such thing as the perfect bike. Even if it's perfect for you it might not be for me. Having owned dirt bikes in the past I'm beginning to miss the ability to get off the pavement from time to time. I believe a dual sport would suite my needs at this stage of the game and I think the 650 Vstrom is the ticket. Opinions are like a..h....
That being said I'm a firm believer in consensus opinions. Having read some threads on this site I can see that the Wee has an undersized alternator and the steering head bearings will need replacement with tapered ones at some point. The question is what other issues does the bike have and what are the generally accepted fixes? Thanks in advance for your input
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the Wee has an undersized alternator
I think some of this has to do with year. I think that maybe the 08 and up have a little more output. Even with that, I think you have to be powering a few accessories for it to be an issue. Like both driving lights and heated clothing.

The suspension can be upgraded. Several threads in the 650 forum on upgrading springs and adding emulators to the front, putting on a fork brace and having a custom rear shock made.

Custom made seat, various vendors for this service.

Check out the buffetting thread. There is no one solution to this issue. Some change the mirrors, either new or extending them out, others different wind screens, others madstad bracket, some others custom air foils and plastic in strategic spots to alter the wind/turbulance.

The other widely seen modification I see talked about is upgrading the front break calipers with 4 piston ones from various other bikes.

Check the 650 forum for those topics and you'll find plenty of info.

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ThunderEagle thanks for the input/suggestions. A quick story about how I got interested in the VStrom......I answered an add for a Ducati ST3 that I wound up buying. The gentleman that owned the bike had the largest personal collection I've ever seen including some very high end limited editions. MV Agusta, Ducati, Aprilia, BMW ....they were all there and I must have seemed like a kid in a candy store. When I got over my initial case of being star struck, I asked him " which is your favorite?" without any hesitation he turned around and pointed to the WeeStrom which he had taken to Alaska and proceeded to tell me all the virtues of the bike. I paid more for his used ST3 than I would have paid for a new 650 at the time.
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She is a heavy girl but lots of strom owners have changed the tires and taken their 650's off road in areas that a billy goat wont go. So depending on what you want in off road capabilities you may want to also consider the DR 650.

My 06 is my very first bike so I have nothing to compare it to but I have found mine to be a lot of fun. It's faster than I ought to go, more maneuverable than I should push it, and capable of doing things I have no business doing.

To make mine comfortable I added the Madstad mount, fork brace, new springs and wider handlebar. I have several other items that add to my riding fun but those made the biggest difference for comfort.

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Scarlett Harlot, Did you change your front springs because of excess sag? Isn't there enough preload adjustment? Which Vstrom specialty vendors would you reccommend and are there any I should stay away from?
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Scarlett Harlot, Did you change your front springs because of excess sag? Isn't there enough preload adjustment? Which Vstrom specialty vendors would you reccommend and are there any I should stay away from?

For what it's worth my 2006 DL650 just had it's fourth birthday. I had over 76,000 miles on it. I'm a heavy guy at 245 lbs and some say I ride aggressively. I just changed the front springs to .95's and added cartridge emulators. I love the results but I was thrilled with my bike before the change.

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--Windscreen that reduces buffeting
--Seat that doesn't hurt
--Fork brace
--Front suspension upgraded--cartridge emulators or Intiminators, maybe springs
--Shock
--Maybe mirror extenders or Aprilia Tuono mirrors ()
--Maybe electrical outlets and fuse panel
--Maybe differently shaped handlebar
--Maybe heated grips
--Maybe 4-piston front calipers
--Maybe tires that better suit your riding

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Thanks guys. That gives me a pretty good idea of what I'm getting into. I think I'll ride it for a while before making any changes with the possible exception of the windshield/buffeting issue.
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A wind tunnel and a plastics/fiberglass fabrication shop - that oughta do it

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Gravel Damage from the Road?

Nobody mentioned skidplates or cooler gaurds. I thought the 650 was a bit unprotected for travel off paved roads.
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