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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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    Re: 2007 Suzuki Vstrom 650 - breakdirt916

    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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