22 questions from our users
I need help guys I own a 650xt 2018 and my misses finds the passenger seat very uncomfortable, I don’t mind my seat so what are the options what have you guys done, I was considering getting a passenger air hawk cushion or a complete touring seat which won’t be cheap or get my standard seat redone, and if none of those work maybe just change the misses.
What is the ABS system like on dirt roads and steep inclines. Thanks Al.
Not bad on dirt roads, its not intrusive and you don't really notice the ABS. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for steep inclines when going downhill on gravel. I have had a couple of scares on gravel which has caused me to lose confidence when descending and I tend to be a bit more cautious these days - probably a good thing. The bike is a 2017 XT version fitted with Shinko 805's which are great for gravel though can be slippery in wet and smooth conditions. .. Nick
Thanks for that Nick, I am using Heidenau Scouts on my F650 GS which are brilliant on both surfaces. I need to upgrade my bike but don't like the idea of ABS on our mountain dirt roads. Someone has suggested, tongue in cheek, that I would only need to remove the ABS fuse. Food for thought. cheers Al.
I am looking at getting a brand Strom 650xt just need to know can I cruise at 110ks 2 up for long distances I wheigh 90kgs and my girlfriend is around 55kgs
Yes very much so I have the lams bike and can do 160 km on the track.
The other thing is they go round corners very well.
I am 54 years old and prefer comfort. The bike is fantastic for one up, I do 900-1200km a day, no problem. It could do two up but you'd probably get sick of noise and vibrations. Get a 1000 V-Strom. Get some cruise control device as well.
What the best fitting panniers for a 650 Strom???
Depending on the budget and application.
If you can afford it, for road touring, Givi Trekker Outback set is fantastic (top box, side cases, bike-specific mounting frame). For off-road, the same top box will do, but I'd go for soft panniers (eg Gearsack) on the side that will survive falls much better than the rigid ones.
For lower budget, I can recommend the largest RJays top box which fits the helmet, wet weather gear, spare parts, food etc. Combined with soft panniers as they are cheaper.
I'm planning a year+ tour around North America. Has anyone tried something like this on a V-strom 650? Any ideas or suggestions? Thnx.
Haven't been to N America,so can't help there.However I think the vstrom would be an excellent choice,I have mine fitted with Givi panniers,and riding with a pillion,I find it has plenty of power,and is a good allrounder.
Get ready to have some fun with that bike...I'm in the midst of a country wide tour...started in early July in Florida, snaked my way to Fargo, ND, turned back down south, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado,Utah, Nevada, California...currently in Tucson, AZ...12,000 plus miles on the trip and not a single issue....perfect bike for touring, I have givi trekker cases, skid plate, crash bars, auxiliary lights, hand guards and top case, etc...having a blast so far, already planing to ride to Alaska next year...Enjoy the ride and be safe.
Thanks for your replies! That's the feeling I've got about the bike. I went to Canada for a weekend trip (675 miles each way) and it was an excellent bike! Ray, it sounds like you are in the midst of an adventure of a lifetime. I've got the Givi hard cases and am planning the trip now. Thanks again!
I have a suzuki dl650 2014 and i have a vacuum pipe near the fuel tank and i can't see where it goes any ideas? Paul
Hello ....i have a 2008 v storm dl650 ...when i press the clutch when shifting from gears the rpm drops to zero and most of the times the engine shuts down , but when the bike is on nutral the rpm is normal . By the way I feel the bike power is down and the torque is about 40% less and the engine sounds a bit weird . Any help plz ??
I think this could be a few things. First, you might check the fuel filter/pump. I believe it's in the tank. I think that would be the easiest place to start. Secondly, you might check the electronic tuning gimo (sorry, don't have the name). Easily replaceable but I believe a bit expensive. Lastly, cheapest: the spark plugs. Hope this helps.
Hello ..i appreciate ur reply..sweet of u. In fact i changed the fuel pump so i a good torque now . The problem is that when am on the highway and I shift gear from 3rd up or 6th down, the minute in press the clutch the engine shuts down so I start the bike easily while it's still running on the highway. I changed the TPS but it still exists ...any way I thank so much for the helo.
All the best
Would you be able to adapt the new "down" exhaust on the 2017 Suzuki 650 V-strom to older models? (2011)
Sorry,can't help you.Just contact Suzuki Motorbikes and they will direct you to your nearest Suzuki dealer.
So best you go direct.Had a look at a new one today,very tempting.
What bike is best suited to do a trip from Brisbane to cape york? Klr650 wr450f or other plz feel free to have your say
I can only really give my review on the V-Strom. It had no issues crossing Australia, its done just under 100k kms with no major issues and it cheap to fix when things do go wrong (and its easy to source parts..). I believe that the KLR650 would be just as good. Only issue with that bike is its height and its low power.
Does anyone know what is the earlist year I can buy a legal LAMS DL650, I know the AUE's came out in 2014 but am seeing some 2010 models advertising as learner Legal. Even the dealership couldnt help me.
Any reports of the 3 spoke alloy front wheel collapsing on GS650 ? Mine did and had a terrible prang.
Hi Dave, Just a bit confused - did you mean DL 650 Not GS 650.
What where the circumstances regarding your wheel collapse?
Did you hit something on the road/Trail or did it just happen ?
Never heard of a wheel collapsing randomly but have heard about damage to rims due to collisions with large rocks ETC.
Would like to know how it happened.
How do I derestrict a 2013 dl650a ....is it back white wire to the ECU or black brown with green dots ...I believe its the power select mode wire ..I have full licience and will reregister bike full power at RTA
Even if you could derestrict and i dont think its as easy as cutting a wire, your bike has lams compliance. You can't change this. Goodluck
Its that easy on a Suzuki gsx650f, Sv650s and dl650 series 1. its one wire from the ecu power select mode. But wire colours are different from model and year of production Mine is A 2013 dl650 lams with ecu marked 11j70 and yes I can have rego changed at RTA.
I know it's an old question but other riders might want to know. Go to your lical dealer, armed with your full licence, proof of ownership (rego papers) & you should be able to order a full powered ecu. Bare in mind that you will be required by law to let the RMS know that its no longer a LAMS bike, although I do this Suzuki automatically does this.
What the other riders have said above is incorrect. The RTA/RMS will remove the learner approved or LA code from the bikes rego details.
Also, If you de-restrict the bike, dont let the RMS know & have a crash, insurance will be invalid & you'll be screwed.
Took a 2006 V-Strom 1000 for a run today and was generally happy with it. However there aren't many 1000s in my budget. There are a few WeeStroms around. How do they compare in terms of riding position, kicking around town, and out on the highway at *ahem* 120km/h or so? I'm 186cm (can flat foot on the 1000 haha) and about 150kg, would the 650 suit me or would I better off going the 1000?
I have a 2014 650 vstrom , does 120 no problem and plenty more in you hate your license. I'm 85 kilos ,5,10 tall .Tried the 1000 more motor than l need .650 cheaper to buy , cheaper on petrol and insurance ,plenty quick enough .Go to you dealer and try thr 650 , then the 1000 ,and look at the saving you will make . Look at the second hand market plenty of secondhand bikes around .
I need some help re aftermarket low seat love my new vstrom. Hate the seat. Does a gel pad help much? Or maybe lower the bike and get the standard hi seat...help!
You can buy a smaller seat which is also lower ,try boots with thicker soles and a bit of a heel .Could try screwing down the suspension but best check if this will , A help and B not effect the handling.
My new vstrom 650cc is going well , a pleasure to ride after a heavy cruiser ,wish l had bought one years ago
I have a 650 vstrom ;doing a 6000k service also have castrol full synthetic motor cycle oil from previous bike will this be ok to use while still running in?
Hi all, I have the 2012 650 and have just changed the standard 15 tooth front sprocket for a 16. My speedo now seems to be reading under showing 93kph instead of a true 100kph. Admittedly I have only checked it against a mates bike but I do believe his is accurate. I'm just wondering if anyone else has done this and if there is an easy fix?. I'm real happy with the 16 tooth sprocket as the 650 has more than enough torque to pull the slightly higher gearing.
Because I only ride one up, I've put a 16 tooth on all three of my 650 'Stroms. The '09 and '12 seems to actually correct the speedo (as measured by my GPS). I've yet to confirm on my '15 Strom but it's not a concern to me that the speedo is spot on - the gearing is better for my tastes. Good luck!
Has anyone fitted an aftermarket muffler to the 2012 model? I've partially removed the baffle in the standard system and Dyno tuned to suit, it does now have a nicer note but now I'm thinking of getting another muffler for a bit more punch. Any suggestions would be appreciated and whether you noticed any more performance too. It's a shame it is not a simple job to fit a slip on muffler. Pipe looks like it would have to be cut and sleeved past the oxygen sensor to fit an aftermarket muffler
Just bought a second hand 2012 Vstrom 650 with a Barrett 3/4 exhaust - the one on the barrett website actually - its a very well made exhaust and sounds great, not too loud, just enough meaty v twin sound to make you smile. Can't say if there is more punch as I won't be putting the stock exhaust back on to compare.
How does it travel two up?
Barry my wife and I are 170 kilos between the bike can legally carry more than a Honda Gold Wing actually. The bike is essentially a V Strom 1000 chassis with a 650 motor so providing you don't mind using the gear box on hills or for highway overtaking all good.
Still get 50 mpg two up some say the !000 is better two but we don;t feel the need to upgrade the modern 650 is as powerful as the older 900's
I love my V-Strom. It is comfortable, economical, can travel ALL roads and even some tracks and is reliable and predictable.
It is time to replace the tyres. The original Bridgestone Trail Wings have been very good and I would be happy with the same but I do like my dirt roads and wondered if I could choose something with a little more competence in the dirt without sacrificing sealed road ability.
I like the reviews of the Michelin Anakee 2. Any opinions or suggestions??
Can the 650 V-strom be lowered, and what saddle bags are suited to the v-strom apart from the factory options?
Yes to all. If you do a google search of vstrom forums there are many,you will find all the owner information you need.
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