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Suzuki V-Strom 650

Suzuki V-Strom 650 Questions & Answers

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25 questions from our users

Pete

Peteasked

Can you derestrick a 2013 Suzuki 650 v storm

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Geoff H
Geoff H

I have no idea, both my earlier VStrom (generation 2) and my current VStrom (generation 3) were full power versions not LAMS versions with restricted power.

Pete
Pete

Thanks Geoff for your reply.

Rod
Rod

The law probably makes it difficult on purpose.
I reckon the dealer would be the one to ask

Knackers G.

Knackers G.asked

pricewithshippingtoaustralia

No answers
Jack c

Jack casked

I ride a vstrom 650xt 2018 and I am want to put a slip on aftermarket exhaust, I don't want it overly loud and give a me a headache cruising at 100ks I like a deep note any suggestions

1 answer
Willberforce
Willberforce

SV650 silencer. Not sure if it can be done but the sound from my sons stock 2019 sv650 is music compared to the my vstrom.

Jack c

Jack casked

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.

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paracin
paracin

I'm happy with the classic Aussie solution: sheepskin.

Willberforce
Willberforce

Yep that's what I've used too. Good ole sheep skin. I bought one of those baby pads and had a seamstress sew 4 strips of heavy grade elastic.

Alan M.

Alan M.asked

What is the ABS system like on dirt roads and steep inclines. Thanks Al.

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Nick
Nick

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

Alan M.
Alan M.

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.

Willberforce
Willberforce

I have had issues on steeper gravel roads once and so I made the modification found on vstrom.info website. https://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,8792.0.html
It took about 2-3 hours to do it properly and mount a handlebar switch. The cost was about $10 all up. I can switch on/off on the fly at any speed. The ABS light will come on when switched off and go off when switched back on. It works perfectly. I found that placing the switch on the left side of the handlebar worked best as your left hand is generally freer than right hand to operate the switch on the go.
I'm using Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres. They are really a great tire for the V-Strom, grippy on road and pretty damn good on gravel inspiring confidence. Not fantastic on soft sand though.

Jack c

Jack casked

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

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Jason H
Jason H

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.

paracin
paracin

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.

Jack c
Jack c

Thank you very thats what I thought

Peter o.

Peter o.asked

What the best fitting panniers for a 650 Strom???

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paracin
paracin

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.

Jason H
Jason H

I used the Givi Monokey Cases which are the hard ones and yes they full apart when you hit some thing hard. One of them is now held together with hinges from Bunnings. Being able to lock them was important for me. But can see why soft ones may be a better way to go.

Willberforce
Willberforce

I'm a miser so used givi e22 and the style actually suit strom. I don't like top boxes so bought a ventura pack and frame then retro fitted it to givi frame. The pack is water proof, light and 47lts.

troll

trollasked

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.

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richard bullock
richard bullock

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.

Ray C
Ray C

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.

troll
troll

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!

Paul

Paulasked

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

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richard bullock
richard bullock

Sorry Paul,I've no idea.

Fred gram

Fred gramasked

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 ??

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troll
troll

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.

Fred gram
Fred gram

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

Mark N

Mark Nasked

Would you be able to adapt the new "down" exhaust on the 2017 Suzuki 650 V-strom to older models? (2011)

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Helgo
Helgo

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.

Cheers

tdphillips
tdphillips

Should be able to with the addition of a lower bracket to hold the muffler, engine, frame and swingarm are all the same

Big willie

Big willieasked

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

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Jacob C.
Jacob C.

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.

sprocket
sprocket

old link i know. just couldnt resist....
HONDA XR650R. enough said.

Donna

Donnaasked

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.

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Steve
Steve

Hi Donna,
The LAMS version was introduced for sale in Australia in January 2014.
All 650 v stroms before this are full power versions.
Cheers, Steve

Pete
Pete

Hi Donna. I’m thinking about buying a 2013 650 v strom model DL6506A. The NSW rego papers say it’s ‘LA’ learner approved. There is debate is it or is it not a restricted 650 motor.

dave

daveasked

Any reports of the 3 spoke alloy front wheel collapsing on GS650 ? Mine did and had a terrible prang.

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Steve
Steve

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.
Cheers, Steve

dave
dave

Your correct, big mistake, my other bike is a GS650 BMW.
The crash occurred on a DL650. It was on a dirt hwy out of Townsville. Don't recall any severe pot-holes.
The front tyre was not deflated nor rim buckled - all alloy spokes broken. Sudden flight over the handle bars !

Paolo

Paoloasked

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

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Topcat
Topcat

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

Paolo
Paolo

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.

aussie-rider
aussie-rider

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.

arokh72

arokh72asked

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?

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Richard
Richard

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 .

Mark T
Mark T

Given the info you provided, I would be inclined to go with the 1000.

Richard
Richard

Ok you are a big bloke , if l was planning two up riding l would have gone for the 1000 cc job

greg

gregasked

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!

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Richard
Richard

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

Evo

Evoasked

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?

1 answer
Richard
Richard

When it comes to oil ,l always use as per the manufacturers requirements in the service book .The saving of a few bob now may cost a lot later if you have a claim to make on the company and have it refused because the wrong oil was used .play safe

Franks

Franksasked

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.
Frank

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Uncle Wally
Uncle Wally

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!

Lotus
Lotus

Maybe try some of the v strom forums around on the web.

Franks
Franks

Thanks men, I will try the forum, I was a bit lazy and should have registered on one of them instead of asking on this. I appreciate the answers however.
Frank

Franks

Franksasked

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
Rgs Frank

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tdphillips
tdphillips

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.

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