My Motorcycle: 2007 DL-650 Suzuki V-Strom (non ABS) Black Lab Adventures

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My Motorcycle: 2007 DL-650 V-Strom (non ABS)

11, 2012

I purchased my Suzuki V-Strom on, March 31, 2007. day that I rode away my local dealership, there zero miles on the motorcycle’s  I had arrived at the dealership on a 2006, Concours, that I had purchased the same store the previous

 I needed to have the Concours so that it was “road legal”. conclusion of the inspection, the Service Technician told me, “Your needs new front and rear to pass the Maine State regulations.” At that moment, I have the money for new tires to be and balanced. So, I began sitting on motorcycles in the showroom… It was the only way I could legally ride from the dealership!

When I my leg over the V-Strom, and grabbed of the handlebars, I felt an immediate with the motorcycle. It fit. It fit me

When I looked ahead, a ribbon of tar spun out in front of me, I very different then I rode my Concours, or previous to my 2003 Kawasaki ZZR-1200, ZZR was my very first motorcycle. I it used in 2004, then it in on the Concours in the spring of 2006.). As I sat on the in the showroom, I clearly remember a that I made to myself; “I can do with this bike.

I can do with this motorcycle I can do with no other motorcycle. It is It is different in a good way!” So, I it. No research was done, and no test was needed.

I just flat out bought the “untested” by me, in any way.

When I the V-Strom home, I had to weave my way and over, many frost-heaves and pot that, pock marked the roads leading to where I As I did so, I was grinning a very large and even laughing at times! the motorcycle, slinging it this way and way, through the bumps and pot of that early spring I sort of felt like I was on a set of skis.

The bike had “edges” to it; that I could carve turns with!  I loved the I was hooked! Unfortunately, for four after I got my new motorcycle home, was snow on the roads.

Even I am pretty good on a set of downhill I know that any street including the V-Strom, is not a good companion in the snow!

Five later, with 110,537 clicked over on the odometer, I like to share a more view of my motorcycle. are some of the details that evolved over the many I have taken with my

I have lost count of how times I have dropped my I have nearly lost of how many times I have the bike down in the street! The time was in the Fall of 2007 a deer jumped out of the woods, and into the right rear footpeg. The deer, the motorcycle, and I, all up the road on our sides. By the time I got up to the situation and damage, the deer was

She left a whole bunch of in the road though! Follicles of were also stuffed the right passenger footpeg and the area of my Pelican sidecase. The serious laydown was in northwestern New on an early November morning in 2010. At a speed of 55mph, I hit in the road, and the bike slipped out underneath me in a split second.

The and I skidded, and slid, close to 120 down the road; both of us to a stop in a ditch on the opposite of the road. I picked the bike up, it, and rode away!

All of the miles and experiences, on my V-Strom, helped to me into a better rider. The is true for the motorcycle itself. The and the experiences, shaped my bike what it has become; a reflection of my style, where I like to and simplicity of maintenance.

Here is a of my 2007 V-Strom as it currently battle scared, but ready to set out on a new

A closer look at the front will reveal the following:

front fender; SuperBrace Brace; and Fork Boots. can’t be seen are, a set of Tech Emulators sitting the bottoms of the fork tubes

I chose to install a Buell headlight assembly to streamline the and to eliminate the notorious “buffeting” the is known for. The fairing is sheet metal that I at my local Lowe’s hardware

The crashbars I fabricated out of ½” Black Pipe, also purchased at my Lowe’s.

I also installed a skidplate. I modified it a little after hitting a few rocks it.

On one trip, I lost my oil reservoir I ended up whittling a stick to size, then wrapping the tapered end with electrical and jamming it into the oil filler I rode to a nearby motorcycle (I was on the southern shore of the Gaspé with the sole of my boot, the temporary plug into the case hole. I was lucky the parts manager was able to an oil cap that fit my bike!

When I got I swore that I would have something like happen again! I attached the new oil cap to the of my motorcycle with a modified fishing jig.

Tucked in the right crashbar, there is a brand automotive horn.

In the BIG I mentioned above, I ripped off the rear passenger footpeg, and I the lower exhaust shield. I a plug and fabricated a new fiberglass shield. I also modified rear passenger footpegs, so they would work what was left of them.

The rear exhaust shield has coated with a rubber spray paint.

In 2009, I a custom luggage rack out of tubing scavenged from cafeteria tables from my high school. The rack is and strong enough to carry a 1550 case, and two, one gas cans on either side of the case. The gas cans are supported by the rack’s “wings” on either

The taillight is a LED unit I purchased my local NAPA auto store. The license plate is from a marine parts It is a light that a person see on the stern of a small motorboat.

Suzuki DL 650 ABS
Suzuki DL 650 ABS

in behind the left crashbars is Fiamm brand automobile I have two of these horns on my motorcycle. And, they are wired “hot”.

That the bike’s key does not have to be in the switch for the horns to work. the motorcycle parked, turned and the key in my pocket, I can “tap” the horn and a loud noise will from the bike. This has particularly useful to me in getting attention quickly!

One of the fist parts that I purchased for my was, a decent set of “dirt footpegs. These have a wonderful addition! I have been “sure footed” riding my bike!

Every rider eventually the effects of trying to set a sidestand on top of soft ground, (Or, tar for that matter!). The foot of the buries itself into the turf. If the rider isn’t enough, over the bike

I took care of that by welding an old countersprocket gear on to the of my sidestand. After that, I had any problems with parking on ground. (I don’t have any issues with the SW-Motech I installed too.).

Incidentally, I the bottom feet of the SW-Motech I welded short “stilts” to the so that the centerstand would the rear wheel higher off of the then what the centerstand was designed for. I had to do this one season, I mounted up a set of Metzeler tires.

The profile of the Karoo was so high that, with the up on the centerstand, the “knobs” of the rear still touched the ground. I like that because it with chain maintenance.

I a fuse box underneath the seat.

I a set of Suzuki handguards that I to match the rest of the bike.

On the handleguard, I installed a Datel meter.

At 63,080 miles, I out the stock Suzuki instrument Water got up inside the case houses the gauges, and shorted the board out. After some research, (And to ride the bike about miles without any instruments!), I on installing an Acewell 3901 cluster.

It satisfies all of my needs! Particularly to me are, “Trip 01”, I set and reset during each stop. “Trip 02” keeps of cumulative mileage during a Currently, the Acewell odometer 47,457 miles.

As a “back I installed a very generic fuel gauge to inform me of gas usage. I had to electrically “trim” the with resistors to obtain a reading. When the tank is the fuel gauge will at the ¾ mark.

When the gauge “E”, the tank IS empty!

is a 12 volt accessory socket in between those cables and up front. And also, the switch to the “High” and “Low” settings of grip elements I installed.

It has one heck of a cool bike to all of those miles!

Suzuki DL 650 ABS
Suzuki DL 650 ABS
Suzuki DL 650 ABS
Suzuki DL 650 ABS
Suzuki DL 650 ABS
Suzuki DL 650 ABS
Suzuki DL 650 ABS


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