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post #1 of 29 Old 05-10-2006, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Extreme V-strom mods

Is there any Sport riders here that use the Vstrom as a second bike for everyday use, 2 up, distance riding, etc. that have done extensive mods mostly in handling dpartment.

I'm thinking 17" front wheel and better brakes, rear shock and any other things for harder core street use.

Would love to know how it worked out and how it transforms the bike.

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post #2 of 29 Old 05-11-2006, 01:24 AM
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I think I'd easily qualify as a serious sport rider. I also have 2 sportbikes in the stable beside the Strom. I think you might be better off having the Strom be the Strom. It is NOT a sportbike. Others may jump all over this but I doubt they've owned an R1 or CBR or Busa. I really struggled when I first got my Strom for what it was NOT. It's not passion inspiring, it's not wicked sportbike fun. The Strom wasn't meant to be a sportbike. You can change the springs and suspension and throw a bunch of money into handling mods but remember it really is an adventure dual-sport. I rode a friend's DL1k that had EVERY (and I do mean every) mod available to the Strom for upgrades. Yes, it was VERY different than stock but it still paled in comparison to a true sportbike. For the money he spent I think he'd been better off buying a used Strom and a used sportbike. I do everything w/my Strom--2up, dirt/gravel, tour, etc which is something none of my other bikes can do. FWIW, this is just my opinion. Best of luck in your quest w/your Strom.

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I'm with Stromette on this one. Buy a cheap sport bike, you'll be much happier. The DL is a very capable bike, and there are some instances where they actually can out perform hard core sport bikes (switchbacks come to mind) but for most roads that won't be the case.

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Thanks for the input Stromette and Albie, but no I'm not trying to make it into a sport bike I already have an 05 Gsxr 1000 thats primeraly a track/back road bike.

I want the V-strom for more relaxed every day use, comforetable 2 up ride and distance traveling. I'm not into off road adventure so it's more important to me to have better handling and stopping power when I want to have a spirited ride through mountain twisties.

I'v already had a V-strom couple of years ago. It was a love/hate relationship. hated the bufetting, seat and bars including the rubber mounting but loved the motor and the whole concept of the bike.

I think that with a Corbin or Sargent seat, different bars solidly mounted, 17" front wheel with bigger calipers, revalved and resprung forks, better rear shock and hopefully getting rid of the buffeting by cutting down the w-screen would meke this a one solid bike.

I was hopping to chat with someone thats converted to the 17" front wheel to find out how it changed the handling of the bike because it could work better or worse.
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There was a guy that installed a SV wheel on a 650. I have not seen it done on the 1000 yet though. Honestly.. It looks goofy with the stock fender, I would have to mod that some how.

http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=101177532231

I personally would just get a set of Pilot Roads, upgrade the suspension and go to town.. or the twisties.. :lol:

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There was a guy that installed a SV wheel on a 650. I have not seen it done on the 1000 yet though. Honestly.. It looks goofy with the stock fender, I would have to mod that some how.

http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=101177532231

I personally would just get a set of Pilot Roads, upgrade the suspension and go to town.. or the twisties.. :lol:

Hey thanks a lot, I'm gona have to mail him, and fender defenately needs to be fixed.
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Lower your forks 1/2 inch. While this isn't a 17" wheel it does help the bike turn a little faster. I noticed the difference right away.

Since you are saying you want a more "kick back" kind of ride (which is also why I bought the bike), lower the forks in the triple tree, put better springs/oil in the forks, maybe switch out the rear shock, modify your seat (see my post on doing this) or buy a new Corbin/Sargent seat, and either cut down the stock windscreen or replace it completely with a taller aftermarket windscreen depending on what you are after as far as wind protection. Get stiffer handle bars (I have Pro Taper SE ATV-Mids that I'm happy with).

Put on some aftermarket mufflers for a few more horses and better sound.

Like stromette said (and which you already realize) the DL engine is no sport bike engine. But I like it! Although it would be nice to have the punch of a sport bike in the DL, I'm liking the DL twin more and more. Fun motor. It's got enough power for me.

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I agree with Chris on this stupid 17" front wheel thing.
To be honest I disagree with all guys who buys a bike than completely change and rebuild it with different sometimes good sometimes bad quality parts. Why to make a DL a sportbike? Why doesn't he buy an SV or a supermoto. They both already have all the sporty features which is missing from the DL.
Hey out there, PLEASE understand the DL is DEFINITELY NOT a sportbike and will never be, even with a 17" front wheel. Also NOT an OFF ROADER. The DL is a TOURER with SOME (meant: (sometimes very) limited) off road and GOOD (but not perfect) curving capabilities. I already posted in an other topic although Suzuki ads say it is, nobody can expect from the DL to be the ultimate Sport-Enduro-Tourer. Why? Just because the parameters of a sport, a tourer or an enduro bike are contradictory.
I simply cannot be brought! :shock:

The DL is good as is. SOME mods like lowering links, seat, handlebar risers etc are ok because they serve our COMFORT but do not change very hardly the concept and the characteristic of the bike.

Huh, sorry if I was too tough, I perhaps made me angry too much! Go for a drink now to cool down.

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Huh, sorry if I was too tough, I perhaps made me angry too much! Go for a drink now to cool down.
Not at all moku, your thoughts are exactly like mine on this... Just enjoy what the bike has to offer + plus some strategic enhancements.... I forgot to mention better brake pads which I'll add when I replace the tires.

I saw/heard a red Ducati tonight on the way home from work at a stop light, and I'm thinking more and more I'd like that sound a little more. But I'm not sure if I would drill out the stockers to try to get that sound. My first thought says no, mufflers (maybe pipes also) to do it, but I'm not sure if the Ducati's engine is also different which also has something to do with it. I think it's a 90 degree v-twin like the DL?? If so, it shouldn't be a problem with the required $$$.

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Both engines are 90 degrees V-twin. And all the similarity end with it. The 620 ccm Ducati engine is aircooled, has 2 valves and has the belt-driven desmodromic valve system. I don't know if just these differencies are the reasons behind that they sound so extremely cool but surely have more or less impact on it. Sure their exhaust system which is designed for that type of engine has big effect on it. I think just with an aftermarket muffler cannot copy the Ducati-sound, moreover not even with a complete system. You can change the stocker DL sound to a bit lower and louder with a muffler, but I wouldn't and won't do that. The DL is exactly as much loud as I like, it doesn't make me head-ache even after a longer trip and I also do not disturb others especially the nature. Loud biker are IMHO exhibitionist, they more care about if somebody look at them when they ride along the main street of the city. I am not that type.
Don't misunderstand me, I also fall in love with the Ducati's sound and as I am a biker I really like all the mechanical sounds around a bike and sometimes wish to have that deep hammering sound under my butt, but for the time being I do not know about any adjustable-sound muffler which for I would be the first who order.

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