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Old 06-17-2018, 12:16 AM   #1
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New to me 04 vstrom 650!

Just picked up a vstrom and it needs a little love, but it seems to run well. Some of the stuff, I haven't messed with. I got home with it a couple of hours ago, and have only cleaned some mud off of it. I have a couple of questions though... The previous owner chopped the windscreen down to almost nothing, and it looks pretty terrible. I don't know if he threw out any parts it would need to he like stock, aside from most of the windscreen.
I also have the stock passenger pegs.... In a Tupperware with no hardware. How are the exhaust side pegs mounted? Thirdly, the only glaring body damage on it is a nasty mid panel on the left side. It's all kinds of boogered up. Everything seems to he in tact, from what I can tell, but it's all scratched up and none of the stickers are there. Anyone have a spare 1st Gen left side mid panel in blue they'd sell on the cheap? I also need to make a plate bracket, because at some point, the rear fender was chopped goofily, so the plate is only held on with one bolt.
Aside from that, it seems to be in good shape. I'm looking forward to having some fun with it 👍👍


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Old 06-17-2018, 01:49 PM   #2
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can a mod shrink those freakishly large pics, or delete?

here's an imgur album of my time with the vstrom so far
https://imgur.com/a/uSsLnlB
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Gonna adv with it?
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Good to see you back on 2 wheels!

Keep us updated!
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next time you post image links from imgur, add an "h" at the end of the file name before the extension.

for example, instead of posting ...TrILXiw.jpg[/img], post it as ...TrILXiwh.jpg[/img]
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:17 PM   #6
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I have a gsxr full front end with wheel. Brakes and master that would mount up nicely. I'll give you the frequent flyer discount.

Nice bike by the way. You should keep it a while
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Nice ride!

I test rode one of the newer ones last year it's just as nibble as the SV! But I fell in love with V-strom 1000 though. Both are REALLY comfortable.
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ek, gsxr front end on a vstrom? whaaaat?
rccarlson, i would like to do some little trips with it eventually. my budget is small, but after mid august, i'll have a lot more time on my hands to do hoodrat with it.
kuro, i really like it so far. i'm not sure if its as nibble, or nimble as the sv, but it is very comfortable so far. i havent spent much time with it yet.

like i say with every dang bike i own, i want to hold on to this one for a while. it does need a little work, though. the engine has an occasional stutter. i'm guessing valves need adjusted? idk engines. i'll probably get some time to mess with it some more on the weekend.
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i rode the bike to work this morning, which means ive got more than about 5 minutes of seat time. the bike did very well. no weird noises, feelings, throttle lag, or anything like that. the only thing going on is that it has an occasional stutter at idle and the fuel sensor is stuck at half a tank. as for the stutter, i think i just need to raise the idle a little. it's pretty low.
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kuro, i really like it so far. i'm not sure if its as nibble, or nimble as the sv, but it is very comfortable so far. i havent spent much time with it yet.


I guess it depends on your size. I'm 6'2" and 220lbs and I felt like I could drag knee on it if I wanted. (I couldn't since if I dropped it, I bought it! )
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