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2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916


    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    So what is the "right" position for this thing?

    All the way up offers the best wind protection but the top of the windscreen obstructs my view

    I figure a cinch down for daily, then all the way up of I ever want to hunch behind it//
    I put mine down low and leaned back unless it was raining or really cold.

    If the latter, cranked it up so I could look through it or barely peer over it. Actually cut down a CalSci XTall to jus the right height, as the Tall was a bit too low.

    The NACA duct in the CalSci seemed to help with turbulence, but I taped it over and didn't find much difference. The Madstad is well regarded.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Excellent...So all I need is adjustment...Will try the low with the slant

    How tall are you

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Now I'm 6'1 but have a relatively short inseam and long torso. YMMV. There is a height adjustment guide on CalSci, of course, guy is an ultra nerd.

    Picking and maintining a windshield

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    guy is an ultra nerd
    That's something, coming from you.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Quote Originally Posted by carsick View Post
    That's something, coming from you.
    Have we met?

    He has a PhD in Physics. And his oil recommendation? Duh.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Have we met?
    Yes, several times, I'm gonna have to start punching people in the dick so they definitely remember me. I should have used Italics or Comic Sans to indicate my ribbing of your mostly helpful posting of facts, figures, statistics(!), links, and other way more information than could be reasonably expected replies. Also, I'm noticing a lack of boob .gifs lately, you're slacking.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Mark Lawrence - the guy who runs CalSci - is a real-world contender for The Most Interesting Man In The World.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Well, as the Dead said, "A friend of Rotella is a friend of mine".

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    took it off road...and...liked it

    unlike a couple weeks ago, the speeds here were much lower...it was turn after turn, so you'd be in 1st/2nd mostly

    obviously in higher speed, knarlier stuff, it would suck...but I am perfectly capable handling it here







    picked up a screw and needed a plug to finish the day...need a kit and pump to keep in the top case ASAP!

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Along with a few inches of snow, temps were 0-20 in the region with winds gusting to 40mph no pics from this side....

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    ha, yup...parents sent me a pic of their deck...and it's still falling

    be safe peeps


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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Thoughts on it so far?

    Seems like you are enjoying it. Cheap versatile bike.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    "I dunno...I guess so."

    Reluctantly...

    If I sell the FZR and keep this, will you guys stop giving me crap for riding old POS bikes?

    (And no, I will never ever sell the yz250 ever, ever)

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    first poker run complete!

    was definitely really cool...keep the desert and dust out of the way, and just enjoy a coastal cruise with good views and nice people...nice and close too! home for lunch

    started at LB BMW...tons of people there



    drew my first card and took off



    the route called for a loop towards San Pedro...but I took a slight "detour" as this was a dual sport event LOL



    long beach's finest single track LOL



    onwards to the 2nd stop: the queen mary!



    got my 2nd card:



    and a cruise down ocean boulevard/2nd street



    to Malarkey's for stop number 3



    then a quick change of pants



    and slab to stop #4



    pair of 4's LOL



    then stop 5



    for the last, losing card LOL



    then talking to the organizers, realized I missed the better roads...and went back to cruise them



    ferry ride being my favorite



    then a ride up PCH back up to LBC

    - - - Updated - - -

    gotta say, cruising down the coast at 50mph, the DL is a dream

    the YZ sucks

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    AAAnd my front suspension is officially shot...

    It was leaky when I got the bike, but I was unsure how long I could ride it out. Felt fine at first, but got a little wobbly Saturday night as I rode home from an insomniacs entertainment rave an hour away in San Bernardino (which was amazing!!)

    Took the same on ramp as I do every morning today and the bars slowly oscillated side to side through the whole turn...Now every pavement imperfection and it will slowly wobble.

    Not safe anymore...Sent an email to RG3 to get it serviced...Will likely pull the forks off, but only off 1 day this week, so will have to drop off next week at the earliest

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    How much do you weigh? For being such a pack mule the VStrom seems undersprung: supposedly the target was a 170lb rider.

    Spring upgrades are pretty cheap: got mine from Sonic. Had some questions and the guy emailed me from a tent in Alaska!

    There was a guy called Sasquatch on Advrider who would rebuild and respring the rear shock, which was a lot cheaper than an aftermarket unit.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    148lbs

    lucky for me, most bikes are "sprung for my weight" right out of the box...so I likely just needs seals/oil/service

    even luckier (?) for me - my forks aren't toast yet - my rear tire was down to 5psi !

    we did a trail side plug a couple weeks ago when I went up the mountain...although I couldn't hear it, I'm sure it's losing air...after an overnight fill up, it was flat in the morning. Re-plugged the tire with an automotive kit, bought a tire pressure gauge, and am going to watch it.

    I was going to grab the tires iglu mentioned...but my front is aight...may just get another matching rear, and run it until both front/rear are toast then go to street tires.

    also side note: finally got the sticking brake pedal. Got my snap ring pliers and greased the pivot (greywolf has a tutorial somewhere)

    and between flat rear tires, and inflating/deflating to go off road, I finally pulled the trigger on a pump

    got this one:



    w' an awl/plug combo

    and a generic $40 motorcycle toolkit...



    ditched the saddle bags...made the bike questionably too wide for lane splitting...

    will likely keep fins and a wetsuit in a saddle bag - planning to body surf this summer before moving to surfing...then just put a wetsuit on the right saddle bag, and surfboard rack on the left side of the bike

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Those air pumps will fit under the seat on a V-Strom.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    148lbs

    lucky for me, most bikes are "sprung for my weight" right out of the box...so I likely just needs seals/oil/service
    Most bikes are sprung for my weight too, at least until I throw the other leg over the saddle..

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    ^^ Ohhhhh snap!!

    Worked farther than usual today so I took the long way home and did a 90 min coastal cruise on the way back



    Gosh diggity dang

    This is GREAT bike for cruising Pacific coast highway

    30-60mph...Not about the speed...Just low rpm's thumping along...Take in the view, the scents, and just avoid the idiots...Super calm, super peaceful, very Zen.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    It's a solid bike.


    Get the PR4's for tires. You won't regret it.


    While the forks are off, check/change the steering head bearing to a tapered roller via AllBalls.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    The Bridgestone T30 Evo's have a $50 manufacturer rebate if you buy by tomorrow (3/31). Just bought a set for my Tiger Explorer

    I'm coming from PR4's (great tires)

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Thanks for the tips!

    Not quite ready to buy yet

    Took her back for some light off road again



    I finally hit a show stopper: ground clearance.



    jammed the skid plate in this bump/rut...bike stuck, engine stalled

    had to wobble front and back until I could steer it to the right and paddle walk it out...was scared AF to drop it!

    Backing it off a bit off road...

    Then hit the street, and made the sunset at Newport Beach.



    another coastal cruise home...the smell of the bonfires along huntington beach

    All in all a good 2 hours after work

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    I couldn't

    Could barely get a chug in top gear with the fastest running start I could get...Called AAA and got it jump started in 20 mins

    Left the key in "on" for 20 mins or so...So I don't think the R/R is up yet

    However, after a 20 min ride, it did not fire right up, but rather slowly chugged...Not sure if I didn't ride long enough? EDIT: brought battery inside, battery tended it 4 hours, and bike is back to normal

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post


    I couldn't

    Could barely get a chug in top gear with the fastest running start I could get...Called AAA and got it jump started in 20 mins

    Left the key in "on" for 20 mins or so...So I don't think the R/R is up yet

    However, after a 20 min ride, it did not fire right up, but rather slowly chugged...Not sure if I didn't ride long enough? EDIT: brought battery inside, battery tended it 4 hours, and bike is back to normal
    Do you have a voltmeter? I'm concerned your battery isn't charging properly. I have one of these and it's handy:



    I just plug it into the regular SAE lead that hangs off the battery for my Battery Tender. The VFRs are notorious for charging issues...

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