Tweaking my Suzuki V Strom 650

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  1. DavidFL

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    75,000 km up & the rear wheel bearings are done.
    On the way to Pai, fortunately only 25 kms from home & not in the mountains, so I was able to ride back slowly, gently without too much damage.

    Now the bad news Suzuki does not have full stock of the 3 necessary bearings & seals. They are on back order from Japan!

    So guys I recommend you keep a back up set ready once your kms start getting up there.
    I've ordered mine from Wemoto in the UK
    http://www.wemoto.com/bikes/suzuki/dl_650_v-strom_xt_abs/15/
     
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    Thanks for the detailed review!!
    Must get those foot-peg extensions too.
     
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    On my Valkyrie (340kg) the bearings lasted about 20-30k. Talked to my Chief Engineer about it and gave him the details. He ordered SKF bearings, CC type. And he got me 10 set. Still on the first set 8 years later..
     
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    Hi David,
    Have a question on those pegs. Im trying to get them from ravetechmotorcycles.com, but can't get the order finalised - after submitting all info the payment page goes to "Fatal Error". Did you order this mod online or got it from the shop?
    Does the Jacketboy shop in Bangkok has new web-site? Old link doesn't work, unfortunately..
    Thank you once again for the useful information!

    Also (and sorry if I'd missed this in the thread), did you extend the front fork as well? I finally managed to extend it to about 3", found a shop here (JP Riders) they are making this pretty smart - machining two 3" long metal cylinders of the same diameter and with the thread that fits precisely into the thread of shock cylinders caps.
     
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    77,777 kms up
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    and time for a new kit bag
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    Big enough to take my laptop.
    I like the rigid sides on the bag; plus carrying it length ways on the seat, keeping the weight nicely distributed.


    DrySpec D38 Rigid Waterproof Motorcycle Dry Bag

    The D38 is constructed of RF welded 22oz. vinyl that guarantees 100% waterproof performance even when submerged. The D38 features a rigid core that enables the bag to be mounted to any bike, with or without a top rack, even when the bag is completely empty. Try that with a traditional dry bag! The rigid construction and unique 4-point strap mounting system work together enabling easy access to contents without loosening straps or removing the bag from the bike.
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    Features:

    Rigid Core Construction
    Modular packing (mates with D20 and D28)
    Universal slip-lock mounting straps (included)
    Mounts with or without toprack
    Infinitely useful daisy chain mounting strip
    Retro Reflective Logo
    Adjustable & detachable carry handle
    Strap keepers to secure excess webbing
    Available in Black,Orange, or Gray
    Specs:

    38 Liters
    100% waterproof (Radio Frequency Welded Seams)
    22” long x 12” wide x 9” tall
    22oz Vinyl & coated Cordura


    Sourced from Twisted Throttle in the USA.
    DrySpec D38 Rigid Waterproof Motorcycle Dry Bag | Multiple Colors Available | TwistedThrottle.com
     
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    I Just Brought a Waterproof Bag from Lazada. 1200 Baht delivered as opposed to My Bags Connection Bag it replaced which cost over 3 Times that! If I had of Strapped the original one on Properly I would still have it but Unfortunately My Rear Wheel Ate it along with 3 Shirts Ha Ha! What did Your DRYSPEC cost? Looks Great!
     
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    All up was US$210, which included US$65 postage.
    I'm very happy with it top quality, especially with the stiffened sides.
     
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    94,500 kms up & time for the Guglatech fuel filter as featured on GTR here

    Guglatech Free Product Test

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    Fitted in the fuel tank
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    And why you need it
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    dirty fuel at its best.
     
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    Oops I missed one other improvement @ 87,1189 kms I fitted a front fork brace.

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    from Fork Braces in the USA. TQ Rande for the tip off & delivery.

    and fitted on like this
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    the front end certainly seems more solid and I was actually surprised how much!
     
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    Yet another bag & what I think is going to be it finally.
    A Denali Expedition 45L bag, as used by Moto-Rex on all his expeditions.

    BP90079284.


    Not 100% waterproof but good shower proof, solid build & an easy top opening.
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    Whilst I was happy with the 38L Dryspec bag, I found it annoying packing & unpacking the laptop from the bottom of the bag everyday. The opening was just too tight a fit.
    With the Denali the top opening is massive & so much easier to pack & unpack your possessions.
    The simple solution for the wet season will be to have a plastic garbage bin liner inside the bag. Absolutely no problem for me, so I reckon I'm set - just right riding one up with this bag finally. I generally don't like hard luggage - side boxes or top boxes. Soft luggage is he way to go. However on small local trips I sometimes put on a Givi box for a couple of nights trip in North Thailand.

    The Denali bag is a steal when you can get them for A$40.
    Spotlight - Denali Expedition II Duffle Bag
     
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    28 August 2018 & the Vstro ticked over 100,000 kms.

    Sadly I missed the 99,999 kms as I was having too much fun out on a new lop on the Laos border
    The Sensational Steep Huai Kuk - Pha Tang Loop

    So I've only got a couple of happy snaps @ 100,099 kms & @ 100,100 kms.
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    Some trivia: the bike was picked up on the 29th May 2015 and the 100,000 kms tick over came on 28th August 2018 = 1,187 days = 84 kms a day.
    Time for some TLC real soon.
     
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    Impressive!
     
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    The 100,000 kms service was done @ 101,57 kms @ Piston Shop in Chiang Mai.

    The list of goodies to do
    Oil & Filter Change Repsol 20-50
    New radiator Coolant Repsol
    New front brake fluid Repsol
    4 new Spark Plugs NGK Iridium
    Clean & check front brakes
    New Air Filter
    Fit New Spotlights
    Check Valves
    New Chain & Sprocket Set – Supersprox
    New Clutch EBC
    Clean Throttle Bodies
    New Front Wheel Bearing
    Grease Rear Wheel Bearing
    Check & grease steering head

    Piston Shops fee = 10,335 baht.
    I supplied the Supersprox Chain & Sprocket set from BDS Performance in Bangkok.
    The Clutch kit came from Suzuki via BDS in Bangkok, after Cnx said there was no stock & EBC Bkk failed to deliver.

    A few pics from the service
    The steering head bearing before & after
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    Yuk!

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    The Clutch before / after
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    The brake system before after
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    The throttle body and injector, before and after. Another Yuk!

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    Rear wheel bearing & Supersprox sprocket, before and after..
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    \ 41742978_290925918400665_232953528576901120_n. 41723621_473560809793797_6809110060086591488_n.

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    Two months later I've got another 7,000 kms on the clock & still loving the Vstrom.
     
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    110,730 kms & time for a suspension rebuild.
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    29,000 kms since the last rebuild & I thought I'd be getting a bit more than I did; but the Snail calls me the shock killer with my track record of Technoflex, Wilbers & YSS shocks on the Africa Twin, then Hyperpro & Nitron on the Versys, and now it's the Ohlins suspension taking a beating. Let's see what the experts say....
     
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    I think everyone is Staggered that Your suspension keeps Failing regardless of the Manufacturer? You do a lot of kms of continuous riding but I wouldn't have thought that would matter unless the Shock overheats? You have had the Experts on to it so if anyone should know they should? Good Luck once again!
     
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