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2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916


    Your weather is sick. Mid afternoon, sunny, 67, light breeze. Every day....

    Staying at Shelter Island.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Haha yup...Am currently sitting outside at a Mexican restaurant eating the most filling burrito and right amount of kick salsa/chips making plans to ride on my next day off (Saturday)

    People suck, crowds suck, traffic sucks, immigrants suck, 10x more expensive sucks, government sucks, homeless problem sucks, taxes suck. But the weather, pretty single women, canyon roads, dirt roads, and amount of stuff to do ain't bad.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916



    that thing got hwackd so hard, it bent!

    2 weeks later, I finally got around to replacing the clutch push rod

    she is back to normal

    while I was there - I checked the chain slack - over 2-1/4"...ouch!

    forums said 0.8-1.2" halfway between the front and rear sprocket...anything more than 1.5" is too much. I adjusted it, and now she's good to go...the back ordered part actually shipped LOL...so I have a backup to minimize down time if it ever happens again.

    tools to leave on bike to adjust chain on the fly:
    -22mm for axle head
    -24mm for axle nut
    -5mm allen key for chain adjusters

    already got my slime pump and tire plug kit for flats.

    perfect timing: YZ goes to shop for bottom/top end today

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    I am guessing clutch start/safety switch?

    Battery is fine, when it starts it fires up as usual...but sometimes I can flip the kill switch and hit the starter button as if the clutch is not pulled in...and that was the only thing that I can imagine getting mucked when I swap the clutch push rod

    If I get a running start and crank the motor a little bit while roll starting, it will then allowe to start the bike just fine

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    The clutch interlock connector is notorious for coming loose. You will see connectors on the front of the clutch lever. The one hidden away at the bottom is the one that comes loose....

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    I dunno what happened...only thing I can guess is that I tightened the chain (it's a stretcher...needs adjusting every week) and now it's fixed...starts without issue

    However


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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    One quick ride for an errand got exponentially worse



    So she's parked...needs chain and sprockets anyhow

    It's been 3 months...3,500 miles...it *must* have had a lot of miles beforehand because I have read reports of 5-10,000 miles and I barely got 3,000 out of mine

    The rears are hella expensive at $130-$160 per tire...so I may try a Shink rear to use up the front and off road with them until I go to PR...then just use the YZ for dedicated dirty duty

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Downshifts kill rear tires

    I recommend Bridgestone T30 sport touring tires, good life and road manners and cheaper

    If the 650 is like the thousand the starter button contacts need occasional cleaning

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    T30 looks good but I want that 10% dirt option for weekend jaunts after work

    just watched this video on DL650 options:



    seems the Shinko 705 isn't half bad at a fair price...and he even recommends the front Metzeler Tourance with different rear, so I think I'd be okay running the tourance front out and a shinko 705 rear...especially at $84 shipped from Chaparral

    twenny or turdy to mount and I can call this a $115 tire installed until I'm ready for F/R dedicated street rubber

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    ehhh...the 'requisite' maintenance is all happening at once

    not really feeling $500 all at once right now...gonna park it and spread out the costs

    +07+ DL650 should have a 525 chain with 118 links with a 15/47

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    I think Shinkos are in both bias and radial the cheap one being bias ply... I think radials are better

    I have been in the dirt with o30 no problem and non would be good in soft mud

    NEVER saw a chain do that

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Probably over tightened it.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Shinko getting mounted...gonna give it a shot...it's a radial



    Just wanna ride... weather so damn good...love running all my errands on 2 wheels... prefer to only take my truck if it won't fit in the top case

    Stromtrooper forum protip: turn the axle around!

    Instead of installing from left side, install from right so it's easier to hold the brake caliper in place

    Also did this out of 2 wheeled frustration:


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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    You are going to ride it with rollers missing on the chain?

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    naah...was gonna just leave it and do everything at once, but decided on doing tire now while I figure out the chain/sprocket situation

    I dread chain and sprocket changes..$150-$220 for a quality 530 kit and steel sprockets + $60 install. I try to nickel and dime (ie. get a new 120 link 530 did vx2 chain mislabeled on ebay for $30 shipped) and try to get parts for ~$100-$120, but the vstrom is not as bad as I thought....

    $170: strom troopers has a dude that sells kits

    but a quick ebay search shows many different options

    $105 shipped - JT X1R (X-ring) chain + JT sprockets

    $139 shipped - OEM suzuki chain and sprockets

    $144 shipped - DID VX2 chain (pretty tough chain!) with JT sprockets

    I've gotten JT sprockets with a DID chain many times and they last...hopefully the X1R chain does equally as well...it's a 525 on a 60hp vstrom and $105 shipped ain't bad...let's try it! ordered!

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    If a chain breaks it will wrap around the front sprocket and SAW into the case

    Ask me how I know

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Eek!

    I wouldn't want that!



    Finally got a day off to get this thing to a shop...years ago I broke a motion pro chain breaker and vowed to just pay a stupid shop a stupid $50 to swap out chain/sprockets...one guy let's me wait...but he was 35 miles away. Went to a shop 3 miles away and they cut/installed chain and front sprocket (I don't have the socket big enough and I don't have an impact handy)...they charged $70...and I did the rear




    so $175 installed isn't such a shabby deal. $108 installed for a rear tire...so $283 for my bike service this month.... hopefully it will last!

    31,214 miles for these

    Will need rear brake pads soon... probably have a month on that so can spread out the cost a bit.

    I just met up with a friend last week that declared bankruptcy...he is trying to make $340 last 2 weeks...sold him my old FZR cheap and he's going to ride that through the summer until he can get back on his feet again. Reminded me when I was in school and as a recent grad and nickel/diming to save a buck on bike maintenance. Looked at some of the past few years...man has that budget gone up! I would like to find a middle ground and cut back on some of that spending...sometimes more money spent on bikes doesn't mean more fun. I already have a lot as it stands... can't forget to enjoy what I got!

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    aaaaand the first theft attempt was fouled!!!

    rode down to the beach (in Long Beach...so uh, security is important) and parked on a street with rear tire touching the curb. Steering lock on. Came back, bike was moved off the curb about six inches...marks on the ground were consistent with kickstand being dragged on pavement from parked location to new location. Steering lock and behemoth weight of this piggy meant they gave up. Bird poo on seat and top case probably helped.

    Built in security system worked!

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    If so you would be the 1st theft of our little fuggly bikes

    I have the clutch mod on the 1000 so now I can tool around town at 2500 RPMS results 45 MPG, so motor healthy

    Will drop to 38 when naughty

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Woke up, rode up the coast to Malibu



    Next time I am packing a snack

    Tires were low....front 30 warm (should be 33 cold) rear 30 warm by the shop (should be 41 cold)....aired them up and they feel way better....bike didn't wanna lean before!

    Did some light "urban" off road exploring...when the dirt is really hard pack this bike sucks again in the dirt. Definitely a love/hate relationship.



    And on the way to Malibu my left handguard wiggles loose LOL...



    needed a roadside repair with the tools I left under the seat....and I even broke one of them ha

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    eBAY, You don't NEED them just a little more buzz in the handlebars

    If your near longbeach, Ca look up safari cycles they should have them cheap

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Ahh no worries...fixed it roadside...just broke the factory toolkit screwdriver



    Bad news - I finally bumped a mirror splitting at a stoplight today. This bike is a bit wider than 600...I backed up and offered to pay...but dude was super cool, we fist bumped and I rolled on.

    Good news - scrubbed tire has enough traction for a wee little poppa wheelie

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    Went foolin today at a local dirty spot after the gym...gotta say the weight scares me...

    Went to do a putt-putt u turn and the front started to wash out...you can't lean and turn at all! Keep her upright as much as possible during low speed manuevers...I put my leg down for balance but worried about snapping my leg off if she landed on it.



    ProTip - a quart of oil wedges in nicely between madstad and front of bike. Handy for keeping the stink of oil out of the top case... terrifying if it ever comes out and shoots at your face.

    Piggy

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    What kind of oil?

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    All oil discussion must be directed to the calsci website

    Rode same spot again...



    Tried some low speed, clutch slipping standing riding through some rutted Sandy stuff and the front wanted to wash without even pushing with the rear wheel!

    Foot down kept me up but I don't like that...me thinks just to learn the limit of these tires and ride dirt within them.

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