Tweaking my Suzuki V Strom 650

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    Probably not is my guess.
     
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    You can turn the lights off.
    The default setting is for the lights to come on in low beam, when you turn the ignition on; but you can manually turn the lights off.
    They don't have to be on all the time.

    Exactly what failed - the lights or the switch?
     
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    It happened the day before I left for work. No time to check it out.
    The yellow glass plate was missing on one light so maybe I hit something. But nothing visible.
    Will give an update once I am back. Amazing lights, when working.
    2020-03-19 20.50.23.
     
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    #79 DavidFL, Jul 1, 2020 at 12:58 AM
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    A bit of a comparison for those who maybe interested.
    Coming home from a Mekong Pizza night @ the GT, riding on R1290, Paradise road.

    East of Kiu Khan & looking down towards the Mekong

    With LoBoo high beam only
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    With the Loboo high beam + Mach1 High Beam on together
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    Plenty of good light to still ride at a decent pace.

    Further long, ascending the big hill after the Paradise Road sign, en route to the View Coffee
    upload_2020-7-1_0-52-43.
    Loboo lights - high beam only

    Loboo High Beam + Mach1 High Beam
    upload_2020-7-1_0-53-37.


    Mach 1 High beam only. No Loboo
    upload_2020-7-1_0-54-12.

    The visibility could actually be increased if did not use the yellow filter on the Loboo, but used both white lights.
    However I have a strong fancy for the yellow filter because it is much easier to be seen in the day, it gets used all the time & left on at night. I have not yet felt the need to run the white lens when I have the Mach1 lights on, but maybe on a long night ride that will change.
     
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    28 May 2020 @ 152,017 kms
    Replace the exhaust system.
    The old system had started to rust out & the baffle was vibrating badly in the exhaust.
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    Everything done at Kong's Motorcycle Electrics in Chiang Rai.
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    1st July 2020 @ 154,832 kms
    Fitted a new front axle & right front rotor.

    upload_2020-7-2_23-22-13.

    A couple of weeks ago whilst fitting a new front tyre @ Ban Chang in Chiang Rai we picked up on a very slightly bent front axle & warped front right brake disc.
    Not seriously noticeable, but for a few weeks I'd been aware of more vibrations coming from the front end & I'd originally put that down to the front tyre which had 20,000 kms up on it & was nearing the end of it's life, so I thought.
    But whilst fitting the new tyre it was apparent that there must be a slight kink in the front axle, because as the axle nuts were being tightened up you could see the wheel alignment moving.

    When did all this happen?
    Probably with the Chinese truck accident 42,000 kms ago is my guess. I think.

    It's incredible what a difference it makes now.
    The front wheel is now firmly planted on the road & the bike steers so much better and precise.
    And indeed it's funny how you get used to your bike being off a bit, and as it drops over time you just get used to. That's the way it is, get on it & ride it.
    After the truck crash repairs, it was never perfect or the same as before, but it was reasonably close & I could still ride the bike quite well. The 42,000 kms since the accident proves that!

    Bring on the 200,000 kms. Only another 45,000 kms to go.
     
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