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So far...I have enjoyed the vstrom ...but...i realize the benefits of having my shaft drive VN. I am already purchasing a set of tires at 15000 miles(which is high for a sport touring bike) and miss the ME 880's that a cruiser like the VN could take. Spending money every season...also...the sprockets and chain. I don't think i need new ones but i have ordered them so when i do i can get them replaced. Thats another couple hundred every season and a half....if you ride like i do. The bike is in the "sit up and beg" position...and runs like a top. 50 mpg easy and thats hard on the throttle.....Fuel injected.....insurance is expensive for the 2011..with abs. Especially if you get high coverage(which is recommended on MC). Just fyi. I will keep you in the loop.

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2011 Suzuki VSTROM DL650 with ABS Purchased Jan 28 now with 39,000miles WRECKED JAN 12 ,2013
"To strive, to seek, to find, not to yield."
05 Vulcan 750 26,050miles *Traded in*
Ventura guards
MadStadt mount
Givi windshield/Heated grips
Backoff
Riderbeads
Givi 52 topcase
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OEM centerstand
Headlight modulator
Battery tender
Aquarium thermometer with forward probe mount
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2011 Suzuki VSTROM DL650 with ABS Purchased Jan 28 now with 39,000miles WRECKED JAN 12 ,2013
"To strive, to seek, to find, not to yield."
05 Vulcan 750 26,050miles *Traded in*
Ventura guards
MadStadt mount
Givi windshield/Heated grips
Backoff
Riderbeads
Givi 52 topcase
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Headlight modulator
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Aquarium thermometer with forward probe mount
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Wow, 15k on the rear, I got that out of my front, but only a bit under 6k (3 small thread patches showin) out of my last ME880 rear... I've put a new Dunlop on, hope I get more out of it, if not I will try the Avon Venom x and see what happens...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
Sportster Owner/Rider since age 72...lol... Rider since Simplex...???
09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
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Wow, 15k on the rear, I got that out of my front, but only a bit under 6k (3 small thread patches showin) out of my last ME880 rear... I've put a new Dunlop on, hope I get more out of it, if not I will try the Avon Venom x and see what happens...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
Don`t know if you have read this story by Daniel Meyer before OD, but maybe you should consider going all the way to the "Darkside" with a CT on the rear wheel.
http://lifeisaroad.com/stories/2004/...eDarkSide.html
http://lifeisaroad.com/stories/2004/...eDarkSide.html

You are already halfway to the darkside anyway, riding a Harley!

OK, OK, I know you bought the Harley because it was a Sportster, not that you bought a Sportster `cause it was a Harley. LOL

Ah, you know I`m just yankin` your chain and funnin` with you a bit about the Harley don`t you Old Dog?

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Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

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July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


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Why do your tires look all sparkly? They look like twilight vampire tires.
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Ah OHC, what Hardley...??? You know I ride a girl's bike, it should get better milage than that on a rear tire...lol...
I get a 404 Error when I click on that link...lol... How did it know I'm now runnin a 404 Dunlop...???
See what bein on the dark side gets you...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

Southern Central Tennessee.......
Now on the Dark Side......
Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
Sportster Owner/Rider since age 72...lol... Rider since Simplex...???
09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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Ah OHC, what Hardley...??? You know I ride a girl's bike, it should get better milage than that on a rear tire...lol...
I get a 404 Error when I click on that link...lol... How did it know I'm now runnin a 404 Dunlop...???
See what bein on the dark side gets you...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
Hmm, I get the 404 message on the first link too.
I put the link in a second time and it looks identical but it works for me now.

Here it is again:
http://lifeisaroad.com/stories/2004/...eDarkSide.html

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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-24-2011, 10:18 PM
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Why do your tires look all sparkly? They look like twilight vampire tires.
lol, they do in deed!

I read that story OlHoss, about that guy who runs car tires on the back of his Valkyrie (love those). Pretty interesting. He's an all season rider. Not me anymore. I wimp out when it hits low 30's.

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Converted ACCT's to manual (thanks wib714)
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Added stuff:
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15k on a rear? lucky sob. My rear had to be replaced at 9,000 on my FJR...and thats high I hear. (Horsepower tends to eat rubber, I may go to the darkside too)

The front gets replaced this spring.

Always wanted to ride a 'Strom.

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