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2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916


    Have a California question. If you buy a used car or truck, do they issue temporary plates, even if you are out-of-state?

    In SF this week and again, the idea of buying a rust-free vehicle here and driving it back has popped up.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Have a California question. If you buy a used car or truck, do they issue temporary plates, even if you are out-of-state?

    In SF this week and again, the idea of buying a rust-free vehicle here and driving it back has popped up.
    The plates get transferred with the vehicle. So you'd be getting CA plates in the sale, good for however long the registration lasts.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Yup that

    In MA you get plates with every current registration so one car can have multiple plates. The MA database tracks the vin. In CA the plate stays with the care... if someone from CA sell you a car, you get the CA plates with it. They tie a plate number to a vin and they stay together forever.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916



    *Sigh*

    So lately I have been missing an actual dirt bike more and more....still haven't found the time to mash the YZ250 back together so I have been using the DL here and there

    Took it to an "urban" off roading spot again today hoping to just get practice riding it...and again, I felt the answer is no. Not plush enough to sit and ride (keep getting bucked off) and standing and riding still feels rough since the suspension can only handle so much hard pack bumps.

    Then I got whacked in the butt...looked back and my previously locked top case had popped open

    Lock was not broken...light off roading on hard pack was just too much

    The more and more I use it off road, the more I have mixed feelings about making this a dedicated street bike

    Edit: and when one of your units needs a disposer, sure is fun zipping over on a bike when the weather is nice. Tax write off for the miles between home and home Depot



    I live in the pavement jungle they call SoCal so I am not worried about it popping open for street use

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    The more you post, the more I realize you will never have a bike you are happy with for your budget.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Not true...I really don't think money gets you an awesome street/dirt bike combo...adv bikes are just piggy. Keep em separate duties. I was always happy with the YZ and FZR...just didn't like the luggage and lighting situation on the FZR

    Even if there is some magical bike of superior technology that I haven't ridden, ignorance may be bliss and if I don't know how spectacular it is, I won't drop the super premium it likely costs.

    Oh wait...then, yeah you're probably right.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    I know a bunch of people who own BMW GS's, or GS-A's. Maybe one or two can ride them on more than a dirt road. No matter how capable the bike is, it's hard to wrestle an all-up weight of 500 to 700 lbs.

    That doesn't mean Adventury bikes aren't good. Lots of suspension travel, some weather protection, cargo and passenger capacity, and relaxed riding position all make for excellent day-to-day bikes.

    At one point we had an SV650S, VStrom and an HD Roadster. Nine times out of ten, the VStrom was the bike I took. The VStrom has great headlights, which you don't appreciate until Triumph Tiger 1050. Doesn't generate a lot of heat in traffic and has a light clutch, great range, plenty of cargo capacity.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Yes!

    Excellent day to day bikes! Mine is ridden daily!

    Even better when you live in a city without a parking spot! I go to work and run all my errands quickly and having fun

    But it's exactly that strength (day to day street bike) that I am considering the pilot tires and just never touching dirt again with it. Maybe I need a little more power on the freeway and I get the SL1000...we'll see..

    Did some more light riding today...



    On the other hand, a bike this versatile does allow me to increase the *frequency* of riding each terrain...can't beat 2-3 times/week for some sort of dirt then street all the other days. I ride a lot.

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    Rode to a wedding yesterday after work and met up with some of my old school #bikelife crew. I let a couple guys (s1000r/triump street triple/848 evo) take her for a spin and I got a bunch of compliments...silky smooth shifting...easy to ride...nice handling. One said he'd buy a bike like that to ride/camp Yosemite. I am re-proofed

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    You really sound like you'd be happy with the new Honda Adv Twin, aside from the cost.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    I was absolutely obsessed for a couple weeks...I finally learned to let go and the wound has slowly healed.

    Back in the daily riding world...the new rear tire has 'nuff traction.

    Pigs can fly



    Left foot passenger peg, sit mostly on rear seat, clutch up in first

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Actually nevermind...just scooch a little onto the passenger seat, cover the rear brake and clutch her up in 1st

    chain was hella loose...I need to carry a 27mm or 15/16" socket on the bike to do adjustments when I'm out and about...

    Today I succumbed to the "Target effect" and filled my basket with too many items....



    She handled all of it...

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    almost 6 months...~1,000 miles per month...feet go on crash bars for comfy freeway riding

    not sure if it's me getting old or getting used to the bike, but I'm getting content with not going, nor getting to go fast...read an NESR thread about street riding, and many commented that restraint with 180hp on the street is near impossible; hence track or GTFO. This bike keeps me out of the speed troubles. And *some* bike is definitely better than no bike. I ride almost daily.

    front brake light switch no longer working...threads go so far as replacing the switch...need a day off to figure that out

    getting itchy to be seen...thinking led driving fogs on the crash bars soon...

    and it's uber quiet...almost considered a engine sound generator and wired bluetooth speaker inside the front cowl haha

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Rode mine in today, got it inspected finally last week.

    Quite a nice little sewing machine. Just does everything plenty good.


    Probably need to bleed my brakes soon or clean up the calipers, they are getting a little spun-gee.

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    Sewing machine is exactly how I'd describe it

    Most uneventful Moto blog ever

    For next week's episode, we will talk about how to use your bike's sewing feature to make your own aerostitch suits. How to hi-vis yourself without looking too sporty.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    It's an overachieving sewing machine though. When Seacoast had a dyno day for charity, Ken's SVF650 and my bike were 1-2 in the 650 class.

    Rather ride the DL650 any day in Boston traffic compared to the Tiger 1050. Less heat, lighter clutch.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    first 400+ mile day today

    first - woke up, left at 9am, rode up to the San Bernardino mountains to meet a friend that lives up there



    sucky thing about living beachside - all the good riding has a 1-1/2 hour slab

    but I finally took her on some mountain twisties...was kinda fun...handled well and was easy to ride. Would do again.

    finally experienced some 100+ degree heat...I felt my boots hot; like they were being burned on the engine. Checked down - no smoke; it was just a combination of sun + pavement heat. Riding visor up felt worse than visor down (imagine putting a blow dryer in your face). kinda
    uncomfortable, but not terrible; I can do it. Bike was unaffected by the heat as garandman mentioned - not even much (at least not noticeable) performance decrease from the temps. Stayed cool all day.

    200 miles later, I was home...and got a call that they needed shift coverage in San Diego - another 100+ miles away. In afternoon rush hour traffic - so over 2 hours driving.

    Not on the bike! Got there in 1hr 29mins

    It was *all* slab. Not sure I'd really like this bike for super long trips on an interstate. Kinda sucked trying to pass honda accord's and having to top out the bike at the indicated 115-120mph (95-100ish actual?). She's no rocket ship...but that's fine. I don't want to be going 100-120+ on any bike on public roads anyways.

    but day-to-day, man this really is a great bike. I would've *hated* driving 400+ miles in a truck/traffic today. I was lane splitting at all the spots the truck would've been choked up.

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    VStroms remind me of what they say about democracy, "The worst of all possible systems, except for all others."

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    man what a pig



    did a truck drop off: loaded the bike...drove both...dropped off truck and rode home

    it got sketchy self-loading....Really thinking about putting a winch in the bed to pull it in. 2nd time this month I loaded a big bike. Work smarter.

    even unloading it...wheels weren't lined up and back tire started to fall off the ramp...eek

    it's better on a trailer

    Chain is completely loose with 2+ inches of slack. I don't want to repeat what I did on the FZR and have it super stretch out by overtightening it, so I'm going to take out some slack but keep it a *little* loose. This time. Not gonna overlube it...once a week-ish

    still riding daily.

    can't imagine life without one now

    Also need to figure a good lighting situation

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    yeah, the JT set is starting to show some doubts...it stretched out a lot..so much slack that you can't even measure it because the chain will tap the swing arm when you're pushing up.

    so this time around - I'm not over tightening it. I measured it to spec, then backed it down just a wee bit to keep it loose. Not going to over lube it either.

    and saw this...how about dat...


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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Is your bike the ABS model?

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    negative...but it reminds me that I need new pads all around!

    getting into the wave of maintenance - about 7,500 miles into ownership...1 rear tire...1 chain and sprockets...and now brakes...then time to save up for the pilot tires

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Put 5 weight in the forks and progressive springs

    I also have Sasquach rear shock rebuild

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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    Both headlights out...fuse good...had a call out and need to stay a little later...truck on loan LOL

    Strom trooper said big connector on left fairing, starter switch, and under the tank....I will check all 3 after work

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    NVM....the usual suspect: starter switch!

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