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post #1 of 14 Old 03-22-2013, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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"regular" vs. "Adventure" model 2012 V-Strom 650

I am considering the purchase of a 2012 V-Strom 650 new from a local dealer. They have the "regular" bike as well as the "Adventure" model which include panniers, engine guards and the taller windshield with adjustable spoiler.

For all of you experienced with the V-Strom 650 and the various aftermarket accessories is the "adventure" package the deal it appears to be? Essentially are the panniers, windscreen and guards worth having and worth the price or would I be way better off getting the "base" unit and adding these accessories myself?

Additionally, I will be planning on adding heated grips and hand guards. Are the Suzuki offerings for these items worth getting or should I consider aftermarket versions for these?

Thanks for your help in advance.
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-22-2013, 11:18 AM
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I have an '07 Wee with factory cases. Of all the things on the bike I consider these cases to be the lowest-quality items. Of poor quality, in fact, in my view.

Others here have way more experience with all things V-Strom than I, but if I were buying I'd buy the basic Wee and buy and install the other items myself. I have a feeling others here will say that items purchased from sources specializing in these items will be of higher quality than items that are part of the "Adventure" package.

Just my opinion.

The bike's great. The "Adventure" items maybe not so great.

Good luck.

2007 Wee. Blue. Bought at 5K miles. Sold at 32K+ miles. Gone but not forgotten.

2012 Wee2 Adventure. Black. Bought at 26K miles. Now 46K+. Love it!
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post #3 of 14 Old 03-22-2013, 11:24 AM
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Welcome to the site. I know your screen name from the motorcycle safety group forum.

The first thing that comes to mind is to avoid Suzuki heated grips. They are very expensive, fragile, and notoriously poor performers. The hand guards are good wind and flying debris protection but will break if the bike is dropped and the brake/clutch levers may suffer too. They are my choice as I know what to expect and am not looking for more. Take a look at accessories that compete with the Adventure bags guards and screen. A few sites that have many accessories that will give you an idea of what is available include.

V-Strom DL650 '12-'13 - Suzuki - Shop by Bike - TwistedThrottle.com
V-Strom 650 (DL650) 2012+
Sport Adventure Touring Motorcycle Accessories and Gear - Sport Tour Ltd.

The Adventure series bags are basically Trax bags with Suzuki proprietary mounts. They pretty much influence staying with the bike instead of being sold separately if you sell the bike in the future. As far as the windscreen is concerned, https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...ly-one-44.html covers many and the Adventure screen is not touted as being much better than the basic screen as far as I remember.

Use the Google custom search box at the top center of the page to find posts on things like heated grips or other modifications of interest.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #4 of 14 Old 03-22-2013, 11:37 AM
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I bought the Adventure model

I happen to like the boxes. They are voluminous, appear well built and I like the way they look. Its all a matter of taste. Adjust the the clip on the mounting bracket so the clasp is tight and they won't rattle. Keep an eye on the clip that retains the locks and keep the locks lubed with graphite. My vario windscreen is going to go as soon as my budget allows. I've tried it in all 3 positions, with and without spacers, vario up or down and it doesn't make a bit of difference.
You'll also want to add a center stand. You might be able to talk the dealer into throwing this in as a negotiating point.

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smiles bike=miles
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post #5 of 14 Old 03-22-2013, 01:27 PM
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the adv is much cheaper than buying those items and installing on the non-adv. i have zero isses wih my adv windscreen so see no need to replace it. i bought the suzuki handguards at a deal from somebody for $50 but can't see that they are good for much other than looks and wind protection. if you don't plan or loading up the gear and riding, the bags are useless. a top case is much more usable for daily errands (beer) but the side cases hold a bunch, are watertight, and you can pack waterproof bags on top with the strap tiedowns already installed. i added a center stand, hwy bars from forum sponsors, bar risers (which were not needed), a fork brace, and a electrical socket. the most expensive thing i needed was a seat as the stock seat was uncomfortable for me after 20 minutes.

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post #6 of 14 Old 03-22-2013, 05:13 PM
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I bought the adventure for a couple of reasons. I wanted side cases, and this way they were part of the financing rather than comming straight out of pocket. They do the job so far, so no complaints with them. I also was able to get the adventure for the price of the naked V. That helped in the decision.
The windshield is a different story, I plan on putting on the Givi Air flow after reading THE THREAD, But keep in mind my previous bike was a cruiser with a huge shield, so that is what I am used to. I never had too have my face shield down before except in cold weather.
Personnally, I think a bike labeled as adventure model should come standard with a centerstand and 12 volt power outlet.
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-22-2013, 06:13 PM
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I just purchased a 12 non Adventure because I didn't want black. You can get the same boxes from Twisted Throttle and they were great to work with. I bought everything from them except for the wind screen, hi way pegs, and some nice extras form Richland Rick. I spent half a day reading the thread on wind screens and buffeting and all I really learned was that what people bought was the best. Well Madstad was mentioned several times so I went ahead and bought the hardware and adventure shield, well on my test run I was more than pleased. I'm leaving tomorrow to ride to Baja, Mexico and will know for sure when I return. The hi way pegs came from Happy Trails and look to be comfortable.
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-23-2013, 05:09 PM
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This all depends what you are coming from. The supplied adv gear works well for those of us whose adventure is getting away for a weekend or three a year. If you are hardcore into adv mode, maybe a good idea to get a Gs BMW and spend 20 large on some hardcore gear. Where are you and what do you expect from your gear. Just like the guy up the street who commutes in a Range Rover and whose idea of off road is wet Pavement!!! But man I look cool!!!??? See what works for you and youre situation and spend the least amount possible! Get in touch with you're inner Dutch!!!

Some can't...some won't.... I might!
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-24-2013, 04:05 PM
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It all depends on the price difference. If the price was $1000 higher for the Adv, id get stock. If it was only $400 or so, id just buy the Adv package so I could put off the addons for next year after I got skidplate, center stand, ect.

For me, I would eventually change over every item added (maybe not crashguards), but would be great to have a turn-key adventure bike if the price were right.
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-24-2013, 04:25 PM
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I bought the Adventure because I couldn't buy the cases as cheap separately. I think they wanted $9500 for it but we settled for $8800
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