Suzuki V-Strom (VStrom) Owners Club DL250, DL650, DL1000 & DL1050

V-Strom specific discussion => V-Strom specific discussion => Topic started by: Juvecu on February 27, 2012, 11:05:56

Title: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on February 27, 2012, 11:05:56
Fitted some Nissin brake calipers from a CBR600 using SV Racing brackets on Saturday (so no technically today...) Also put some new EBC HH pads in them. Doesn't make as much difference as I expected, but I put most of that down to my terrible brake hoses. Even with the bad brake hoses I have better feel from the brakes now. A good squeeze is worth more than it was before so I have high hopes when I get the hoses replaced too. With that in mind I also measured up the current brake hoses to get better ones made up this week. Somewhere along the lines I measured something wrong because the numbers doesn't look right, I will have to redo it. I'm going use a 2 hose from the master cylinder, one to each caliper, setup.

Thanks for the trade for the calipers Hutchie :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on February 27, 2012, 13:11:00
Do you mind keeping a hold of the measurements etc?  I'll copy you at my next service (or earlier) as my hoses need doing.

Oh... and I have done an oil and filter change.  Put some Castrol Power 1 Racing Fully synth in.  It's red!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: cearnshaw on February 27, 2012, 13:16:50
filled the scottoiler, tucked the lead for the leccy gloves under the seat as it's warming up
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Coval on February 27, 2012, 13:36:44
I have been a boy on Saturday:
wash and dry
wipe rust from the sides of the chain
lubricate all hardware affected by the road salt
replace longer "dog bones" with the original ones, lubricate suspension bearings
adjust the chain and align it correctly
drop the drop the front (raise the forks) by 15mm
remove muffs - expecting a heatwave
adjusted suspension preload front and rear
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Spike on February 27, 2012, 13:37:08
I looked at it and thought, those German flies from September wil hopefully get washed off the next time it rains, also checked the oil level
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on February 27, 2012, 14:12:32
Quote from: "Coval"
...remove muffs - expecting a heatwave...

Well, that's the good weather cursed then..... :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on February 27, 2012, 14:25:00
Checked all fluid levels
Checked tyre pressure, tread and condition
looked at the chain, nicely lubed by the oiler
Looked at the mounted 3cs, tried to work out the powerlet wiring route
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on February 27, 2012, 14:48:11
Nowt, its still alseep in the hut under its tarp....Did think about going to the post office to take it off SORN on Saturday morning, then the Mrs suggested I come back to bed...and, well, its still on sorn  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on February 27, 2012, 15:11:07
Yep Strommer, will keep the measurements on record. I'll PM them to you once I have made sure they are correct (if I remember...) It's difficult to get an accurate measurement. I took some rope and put it along the hose, moving along at small intervals, and then measured the rope afterwards (used nylon rope that doesn't stretch much.) I think I wrote one measurement down completely wrong.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 2112 on February 27, 2012, 15:48:02
I've just fitted my spanking new Wilbers shock, looks a thing of engineering beauty. Thankfully not much of a drama to change either, which is nice.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on February 27, 2012, 15:52:17
Quote from: "Juvecu"
Yep Strommer, will keep the measurements on record...

Ta.  NB Also put Puncturesafe in my new tyres.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on February 27, 2012, 16:18:02
2112, had a ride yet with the new shock? First thoughts?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on February 27, 2012, 16:29:14
Today? Looked at her through the window and thought - 'Mmmm up to 17C tomorrow - ride to work?' ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 2112 on February 27, 2012, 17:54:49
Quote from: "Juvecu"
2112, had a ride yet with the new shock? First thoughts?

Sadly just bounced on it in the garage, with a bit of luck I'll be out at the weekend. This could be a nice answer for a shock replacement as it's between the Hagon and just about everything else price wise.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Brockett on February 27, 2012, 18:37:39
Topped up scottoiler, cleaned oily goo off rear wheel. Wired up a relay to power Satnav, fitted and wired up satnav mount.
Used a telescopic magnet to fish odd nut from inside fairing/ bodywork.
Spent ages freeing off siezed centre stand.
Spent more time wondering where nut in fairing came from.  Can't find nutless bolt anywhere.
Thinking about MOT tomorrow  Hmmmmm ..  other posts remind me to check tyre pressures.
I haven't got a bike MOT'd since the seventies as I have always traded in within three years so if anyone knows of common fail problems I'd be obliged for some tips.
Dave
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Kaboo on February 27, 2012, 18:54:48
Does it still count if the garage did something to the Strom today ?  :fix:

Duques Garage fitted my Garmin Zumo 220 -  :lala: - powers off when you turn the ignition key off - using the powers of the dark art of electricity in there somewhere  :icon-mrgreen:

 :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on February 27, 2012, 19:18:04
Shees! Some people have really been busy.

For the MOT, check brake pads properly and make sure the fluid level is high enough.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Brockett on February 27, 2012, 19:57:54
Juvecu - brake pads, oh! yes, I will check and hope they're OK and I haven't left it too late.
thanks

Is it just me that feels waiting for an MOT result is like a new dad outside the labour ward !!!

Dave

PS wee was MOT'd OK. Only an advisory that the rear pads were wearing unevenly indicating the caliper is not sliding as it should and may need lubrication.

I have ordered new pads and some lube.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: metbandit1 on February 28, 2012, 16:56:31
Strom has been washed and I've attended to the rust problem on the chain after this winter!

The track bike has also been attended to though, rear wheel off and front to be taken off tomorrow with a bit of help. (seems to be stuck so getting someone more mechanically minded to help).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on February 28, 2012, 17:02:51
Brakes have bedded in nicely now and the last air is out of the system after it getting some use. Much improved compared to standard. Will probably measure that hose tonight and see if I can get the brake hoses on order soon.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: cearnshaw on February 28, 2012, 17:58:36
nowt. I took the W650 for a run as I's been stuck in for the last couple of months. Bit wet though, and a bit foggy

.(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/422885_10150720948148974_601103973_11411051_338846579_n.jpg)

.(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/404299_10150720946553974_601103973_11411050_1831160141_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on February 28, 2012, 21:20:16
Looks like proper bike should :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: cearnshaw on February 28, 2012, 21:29:36
not as practical as the Wee but I do use it for work occasionally with a ruck-sack instead of a box. Managed a lap at lunchtime on the way back from seeing someone.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on February 28, 2012, 21:36:30
Well, canny day today weather-wise, so I rushed a few tasks and ignored some others t get the bike out. Fiddled with the vario and madstad before I remembered that I had it set just perfect...Damn, start all over again, finding best position! Checked tension and lubed chain, checking wheel alighnment wasn't off since getting the new tyres on: all OK! Visually checked where the new flush indicators will go at front...then decided I was pissing about too much, and losing time. Got out on bike (forgot earplugs - what a racket the bike makes, think I'll complain to the council) up to Whitley Bay and up the coast a bit, then loop back inland to the middle which is Hexham, cup of tea, walk aroond like a tourist, then nice run back home, about 70 miles only, but like a summers day!  :)))



Mind - I do like those w650's. make me all nostalgic!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on February 28, 2012, 22:07:04
nice looking bike  :thumb: love the old looking bikes
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on February 29, 2012, 13:12:13
Measured the bit of the brake pipe I had wrong before, from the top banjo to below the first clamp. Now the measurements still don't add up properly. According to them the left side brake pipe is shorter than the right side one :crazy: I obviously screwed it up so I will have measure every all over again :doh:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on February 29, 2012, 13:21:28
This thread may of be of help http://www.stromtrooper.com/DL650-specific-wee-strom/37946-brake-line-length.html
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on February 29, 2012, 13:34:04
Thanks :thumb: I had the lines off this weekend so I thought it's easiest just to measure them and be sure than to search for it. Obviously I shouldn't have bothered to do it myself, just screwed it up :shy: I still have no idea how I got it wrong though :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on February 29, 2012, 18:53:03
Fitted my Barkbusters just , they are a great fit even with the 30mm bar risers . Not cheap but can see why they cost more than some others .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on February 29, 2012, 20:35:43
Spent a few hours today (Wed) in my garage with my (2008) DL1000 cleaning engine department/wheels etc with my favourite weapon being 'WD40' and a cloth, cleaned chain with cloth with WD40, then re-oiled with 'chainsaw oil', it's sitting like a new pin.

Utterly love it!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on February 29, 2012, 21:02:37
Not just today but every work day bar one day when a little white stuff came down been using the little wee. This car lark to go back and forward to work just not on!!!
This is why I got the wee and got rid of the Harley.

Just a good job there is ACF 50 out there.......... :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StromGeeza on February 29, 2012, 21:03:44
Booked the MOT (for its first time...)

Geeza
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on February 29, 2012, 23:03:03
Remember to boast about those Barkbusters on ST3 so I can remember to give them some closer inspection :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 01, 2012, 11:25:37
I cut some CAT5 cable to the brake hose lengths Venhill uses for a 2 hose system (915mm and 940mm.) Offered them up to the bike to check the lengths and they fit well. Think I will ad 25mm to the lengths and get them ordered. I might as well order the rear hose as well. Just one more thing to decide: which colour?! lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: cearnshaw on March 01, 2012, 16:16:16
bolton-skipton-Leyburn-Bellerby. Manor Cafe for a brew. Checking the route as a few of us are going to Altberg on SAturday and I'm supposed to be leading it from Skipton! Then back to Clitheroe, Whally, Rocket Centre and home. 160 sunny miles
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 01, 2012, 16:22:52
today I took the tank off and held back the fairings
fitted my duel 12v powerlet wiring from handlebar to 3cs by the battery
put the tank back on and checked all OK
wired the wire into my 3cs (harder than I thought, without the right crimper)
cut 28mm and 18mm holes into the aux plate greatfully made my weestromer(thank you mate)
fitted both powerlet and 12v outlet to the plate, then secured it to the bike
all works fine and dandy, il add a pic later

(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/Eastern%20Beaver%203cs%20%20-3%20circuit%20solution/010320121054.jpg)
(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/Eastern%20Beaver%203cs%20%20-3%20circuit%20solution/010320121048.jpg)

*edited to add pics
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 01, 2012, 16:59:16
I like it, looks nice & neat. You could sell those little shelves if you wanted to :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 01, 2012, 17:09:30
Quote from: "Juvecu"
I like it, looks nice & neat. You could sell those little shelves if you wanted to :thumb:
luckly I didn't have to make it, Weestromer posted one to me. I took the measurments. I changed it slightly so the cables had more room. this is the final design, I filed the one I got to look like this. feel free to copy the measurments one and all. all u really need is a handsaw, a little bit of mild steel sheet, a stepped drill bit (for making holes) and a file. a dremmel really helped too I must add lol
(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/Rita%20Dl650/140220121039.jpg)

the hole for the powerlet is 18mm, the hole for the powerlet cigarette plug is 28mm
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on March 01, 2012, 17:42:41
Thanks willbo (and weestromer) for reminding me, I'm going to make one of these (no idea what to put on it yet!), need to find some sheet metal though...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on March 01, 2012, 17:44:51
Yes I'd pay you for one of those shelves   :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on March 01, 2012, 18:48:03
Today I brought it out from the garage, rode it 100 miles in lovely sunny weather/dry roads, SO much fun, I love my (2008) V-Strom DL1000GT!!


(http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo268/macvisual/6159_trim.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Axe on March 01, 2012, 22:52:10
Nowt,

I have looked at it through the living room window a couple of times recently and thought the oil looks low,

Will have to top it up before I take it off sorn!

Might even service it over the next couple of weeks.

Got big plans for it over this summer (company car policy has changed so even though I still can;t use it for commuting I should have some spare cash to throw at it this year)

YAY.......

(fingers and toes crossed)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 02, 2012, 14:29:28
Just ordered them brake hoses, full set: 2 front hoses and the rear, all with stainless steel fittings and banjo bolts included. Came to a very reasonable £77.36 all in (VAT + delivery) and I should have them in 2-3 working days. That's quite quick for getting custom hoses made up and sent out.

Earl's Performance Parts (https://secure.demonweb.co.uk/earls100/earls_shop/) if anyone is interested. Called them because the lengths they list on the website only increments in 50mm bits. Friendly each time I called and quick to respond to email. They've apparently been around in the UK since the 1980s, before that they were only US based.

Handlebars have also been reserved at Bikers World so will collect them this weekend or next.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on March 02, 2012, 17:05:42
Buggerd up the mounting lugs on the screen mount when lowering the screen this morning.
Mad stad going on order when I get home tonight.

But I did fit one of the cymarc top box movers. The mrs likes. I like not having my nutts resting on the tank when shes pillion now.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on March 02, 2012, 17:46:00
Washed it and adjusted the chain. Just need to get out on it now.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on March 02, 2012, 17:48:42
Picked up a sheet of stainless steel , going to try and mod the original Suzuki bash plate for more protection . Will see how it turns out  :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on March 02, 2012, 19:12:45
OIled the chain, gave the beastie a wipe over with Meguiars Speed Detailer, then rode to work as I was on lates...

Absolute pea-souper of a fog all the way there, didn't get above 35mph...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Hutchie on March 02, 2012, 20:36:12
Unloaded it, aired the tent and sleeping bag, checked the bike still started after the caning it got yesterday :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on March 02, 2012, 20:55:01
Fitted New Apprillia mirrors... had a bit of a mare with cross threading but a bit of Brute force and a thread chaser sorted it out....... Washed the salt off the wheels.... and finally filled the chain oiler up after giving the chain a good clean with WD40 ..............  my b a d :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 02, 2012, 21:28:02
Would like to see what you come up with, Locksmith :handgestures-thumbupleft:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on March 02, 2012, 21:52:26
Going to start it this weekend , thinking of fitting the plate to the underside of the original skid plate but putting spacers of about 8mm between , it will then cover the exposed part of the exhaust. It will only be on the underside and not up the sides . I'll bring it up the front of the original to the second bend (if you know what I mean) this will still allow air to get to the oil cooler . I plan on fixing it with m8 button head bolts in stainless .

This is the plan anyway , if it goes OK you'll see it on ST3 . It may even get tested  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: WeeStromer on March 03, 2012, 06:28:33
You blokes have been busy.

Quote from: "Juvecu"
I like it, looks nice & neat. You could sell those little shelves if you wanted to :thumb:

I've still got plenty of metal, but my angle grinder burnt out half way through the third one. If I find another grinder at the right price I'll knock a couple up for the good people of the site. If anyone wants some metal? I'll be bringing Hutchie some to ST3.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: cearnshaw on March 03, 2012, 16:32:44
been to Hawes. Dirty Hawes

.(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/425289_10150729335553974_601103973_11438864_244344563_n.jpg)

.(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/422912_10150729334483974_601103973_11438853_2106065799_n.jpg)

and to the Altberg shop where I ordered a pair of roadrunners.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on March 03, 2012, 17:35:53
Ridden to Cleveden Pier and back. I didn't see any Dirty Hawes, but did have the worlds most calorific and greasy baguette.

All those posts about side winds came in useful on the M4 section downhill from the Bath junction, where I have seen several totalled caravans in my time.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on March 03, 2012, 18:35:53
Chain clean and oil and scottoiler top-up.
Cleaned front sprocket area
Changed air filter - only needed cleaning but I stood on it...
Cleaned and gapped plugs
Replaced worn top two fairing screws
Drained 200ml of oil (overfilled last week)
Waterproofed my headlight relays
Added insulating foam sleeves to my levers
Cleaned the first of many green,corroded earth blocks
Sprayed everything in ACF50

Found the cause of my my oil leak!  Rear hose in the pic below had come off.

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/IMG_3351-1.jpg)

Removed every crappy connector behind the radiator (two more to go in this pic) - cleaned and soldered the spades, then two layers of insulating tape - drawn all the way down from the handlebars to keep out run-off.

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/IMG_3357.jpg)

Should my butterflies be this colour?

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/IMG_3352.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on March 03, 2012, 19:31:11
Done the mod to the original Suzuki bash plate and it turned out OK in the end , I have trouble posting pics so someone on ST3 might take a pic  :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on March 03, 2012, 20:04:04
Another poster mentioned these:

http://snipurl.com/22glwbl

Anyone any thoughts?  I want to renew mine in the summer.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on March 03, 2012, 23:00:51
Took the cover off, started her up.
Checked all switches & lights.
Brakes appear to be working OK, road test tomorrow if fine.

Work today:
Mr Kiplings indicator mod
mudguard extender
Fork Brace (by Berndi, report will follow ST3)
Standard Bash plate sent to be tweaked to fit with new Givi crash bars
Screen off & cleaned off last years bugs
Tried on Slipscreen

A few bits left for tomorrow, including new oil & filter, but may concentrate on cleaning and wait till new air filter arrives next week.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 04, 2012, 00:21:54
Strommer, butterflies are fine and the brake hoses look like a good deal :thumb:

Ptarmigan, I was thinging "WTH is a Mr. Kiplings indicator mod?" and they it hit me that the mince pie trays are foil lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: trophyrider on March 04, 2012, 10:08:27
Not today but in the last couple of weeks:
Took off the wierd shaped genuine panniers and fitted some Givi ones
Replaced the battery
Fitted air hawk seat pad
Lubed the chain.
MOT and mini service next week
Bike valet by Nooj next weekend
Updated my Garmin map

Isle of Man trip 9th April ........ report to follow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on March 04, 2012, 12:50:19
Quote from: "Juvecu"
Ptarmigan, I was thinging "WTH is a Mr. Kiplings indicator mod?" and they it hit me that the mince pie trays are foil lol
:grin:  you got it! they fitted perfectly.... :thumb:

No chance of my road test today....the snow is back! :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: bencav on March 04, 2012, 15:28:25
Got fecking annoyed at it!!!

Stripped some holan pannier racks and shot them with satin black paint a while back, which has peeled off into a lovely rusted mess! Cue me trying to bodge a quick coverup jobby before ST3 only to find I have a binding rear brake!

Not a happy teddy at all!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on March 05, 2012, 09:43:24
Tried to fit flush fit front flashers ( lotta Fs there, could have added a couple more as well !!) and have run up against a problem removing the old. Does this count?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 05, 2012, 12:10:39
Anything goes, doesn't even have to be today that you're telling us about. Just a bit of a thread to get people talking :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: longman on March 05, 2012, 13:06:23
today is the day, next step in my bike education:) I will be changing suspension oil and putting on my new frok brace. I hope I won't break anything before the ST3 :):)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 05, 2012, 13:23:19
Careful not to over tighten the bolts on the fork brace, mine felt like it would be easy to do so.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kwarr on March 05, 2012, 13:28:15
OK, as per other post, TRIED to adjust the chain yesterday and failed, so today I have reserved a breaker bar at Halfords and will try agian tonight. (wimped out today, to bloody cold this morning so took the cage -  I KNEW I was removing the muffs too bloody soon.......
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StromGeeza on March 05, 2012, 16:02:27
Got a shiny new MOT!

 :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on March 05, 2012, 17:39:51
Today I wheeled my V-Strom DL1000 outta garage and rode 90 miles in nice dry/sunny weather, but quite chilly alright! Heated grips on all day, toasty hands....

Left Alloa (central Scotland), rode to Doune, then onwards to Lochearnhead, took a right towards Creiff (wOw, great twisty roads for a bit of fast riding, great), then into Auchterarder, stopped off for a short comfort break and coffee at my work, then over Glendevon Hills and home, superb stuff, really enjoyable.

Just spent around half an hour wiping bike down with my usual 'WD40' spray and a cloth, remove a little dry salt from roads, sitting pretty for the next blast! Going to order a 'TRE' unit from eBay later tonight and give it a whirl, only £26 (include post etc).

God I love the DL1000's GRUNTY/TORQUEY delivery, fab-u-lous! Such FUN!!!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 05, 2012, 17:43:18
today I removed the metal rack behind the seat, removed the givi top box plate and replaced it, but about half an inch further back. I had to drill out a little hole for one mounting plate, but replaced it all together easy enough. did this ready to recieve a top box
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Orinoco on March 05, 2012, 20:47:22
On Saturday I started servicing the bike, first time I've taken it apart.  Had fun getting the front plug out and back in.  I'm surprised at the number of fasteners needed to be removed to service the bike, also the need to change the oild every 3,500 miles is a bit of a shock for an ex BMW owner used to a dry clutch and oil just for the engine.  I suppose this was offset by the need for bevel and gearbox oil changes...

Any advice on the most cost effective good coolant to use?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: snowy on March 05, 2012, 20:58:34
Hello

Just tried on the Trax top box I won on Ebay last week. Fits a treat, looks great and was 1/2 the price of a new one :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: hookie on March 06, 2012, 18:25:45
In process of removing the f***ing Datatool alarm. Been threatening to since I've had the bike. Wires everywhere! Will cremate it on the bonfire once removed. Also fitting new front tyre, braided front brake hoses and giving the bike a full service including valve shims. Will be using an old Honda XL125 bought for green laning until all the work is done. Wife thinks I've moved out!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: baz tarred on March 06, 2012, 18:44:51
Fitted tutoro chain oiler seemed straight forard enough, took her out for a spin, back heel covered in oil and chain dry as a bone. Oh well back to the drawing board :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 06, 2012, 18:59:58
today I had a nice spin around anglesey after fitting my flick front mudguard extender. Very easy to fit, not using screws like the pyramid one but small plastic pop rivet things. They even supply a drill bit the right size for the holes needed. I ordered the black gloss so looks nice too. Well pleased  :thumb:
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Post by: mr_diver on March 06, 2012, 22:36:07
yesterday had what was left of the garage doors replaced with a new shiny up & over, so now Suzi and Bestey have a warm, dry and secure home.
Finished fitting the second ground anchor.
started wiring up my 12v lighting system for the garage, with solar charger, car batt and old caravan lights.
(Batt is naffed) but it will have the facility to charge the bikes when I get it sorted.

Fitted a Madstad to Suzi. will get tested on the way to work in the morning. looks promising.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on March 07, 2012, 07:26:44
dropped it in a carpark and broke an indicator and brake lever  :bawl:

still, I was going to service it on Saturday anyway, so more shiny new bits are on the way :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on March 07, 2012, 08:37:53
Tested the stability at 120 (speedo)....  won't be doing that again.... "light" doesn't start to describe it - it's effectively a "controlled" tank slapper... but not very....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on March 07, 2012, 08:54:32
Just put on some more weight, it will be fine  lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 07, 2012, 11:13:13
fitted my new but used givi v46 today. bought off ebay. it has a little scrape on the right side where it looks like the previous owner had been on his side. not too big or noticble really. and since it cost one third the brand new price in really pleased. suits the strom well
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on March 07, 2012, 11:18:52
May not have been on its side, mine has a big scrape on the side where I misjudged backing into the garage and it scrapped along the wall.
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Post by: crazyhorse on March 07, 2012, 13:47:15
Hello

Today, cobbled together a bit of 3mm mild steel plate for the bottom of the side stand. Run out of 5mm countersunk screws so waiting for them to be delivered.
Still, it gives me time to paint the thing. Now where did I put that warm day?

Crazyhorse
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 07, 2012, 14:43:51
Quote from: "frez"
May not have been on its side, mine has a big scrape on the side where I misjudged backing into the garage and it scrapped along the wall.
that also could be a possibility. Looks a bit too worn for a wall brush though. Its the plastic surround not the box itself really so I'm not too bothered. And hell, it was alot cheaper than normal, and its a box to hold my stuff. Really pleased with it. Taken of a year to buy one. I set my ebay bidding to a lvl and never go over it for anything. Cost me £80 and came with a gsx 1400  givi mounting bracket and monokey plate. (the round ish one that won't fit the strom) Il pop that back on ebay and hopefully sell it
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on March 07, 2012, 16:06:05
My newly ordered 'TRE' and Renthal 43 tooth rear sprocket arrived in post today, I'll get them fitted asap.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: longman on March 07, 2012, 17:06:46
I took my wee for a proper ride after putting the fork brace on, changing the oil suspensions and dropping the forks a little bit. I also upgraded front brakes ( had loads of issues with them)
Bike's handling is great now. I think it is the fork brace. At higher speed it is more stable and front wheel doesn't feel light anymore. It also less affected by the sidewind but it might be my imagination. Bike definitely doesn't dive as much under braking. My old oil was really bad. Finally I really like my new brakes. After so many issues I have finally managed to sort everything out and now they are really sharp with nice feel. I am really happy and it was all worth three days in the garage.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: royzx7r on March 08, 2012, 08:05:36
Fitted my new mirrors yesterday and took her for a spin.  I did think the standard mirrors gave good vision so was a bit wary coz the aprilla ones are smaller....

Anyway, They look stunning compared to the wagon mirrors and I can confirm they are fine and give just as good a view and due to the shape I'm sure will cut down buffeting on m/ways.

Got to think of something else to spend money on now....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: rsnb100 on March 08, 2012, 19:46:03
30mm bar riser fitted with longer Hel brake hose, Renthal 16 tooth front sprocket. Scarboro to Leeds and back this Sat to test it out.
Ardcases panniers ordered & should be arriving next week!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Petrust on March 09, 2012, 12:09:44
Took my wee2 in to Steve Jordans for the brake switch recall, only took them 30-40 mins. Whilst I was there I got them to apply Ride-On tyre sealant to my new PR3 Trails (the stuff Grey Wolf recommended earlier this year). Its easier at the dealers - they have an airline to reinflate your tyres.
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Post by: Strommer on March 09, 2012, 13:03:25
Keep us updated how you get on with the sealant.  I almost bought some but the website had so little detail on the volume I needed that I stuck with Puncturesafe.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Petrust on March 09, 2012, 14:24:35
The instructions that arrived with Ride-On are very comprehensive, including what they refer to as a "Dosage Table" for just about every bike & scooter tyre size. The sealant comes in 2 x 8oz  calibrated containers, and requirements for the wee are 6oz for the front, and 8oz for the rear.
They warn that some vibration may be experienced when first installed, and recommend 30mph for the first few miles while the sealant is distributed inside the tyres.  I stayed at 30-35 for 2-3 miles and didn't feel anything, so after that rode normally.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on March 09, 2012, 15:22:20
Quote from: "Petrust"
Took my wee2 in to Steve Jordans for the brake switch recall, only took them 30-40 mins. Whilst I was there I got them to apply Ride-On tyre sealant to my new PR3 Trails (the stuff Grey Wolf recommended earlier this year). Its easier at the dealers - they have an airline to reinflate your tyres.

+1 for Steve Jordans.............. Hope it stays a a small family concern..... better than another dealer over in west london by the airport! :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on March 09, 2012, 16:21:48
Fitted a "TRE module" to my (2008) model V-Strom DL1000.


 :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Kaboo on March 09, 2012, 18:31:44
Fitted the centre stand (well actually the garage did it  :icon-redface: )

They only charged me 1/2 hour labour to do it, and they did the brake switch recall thing as well  :)

....and they lent me the GSR 750 as a courtesy bike  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on March 09, 2012, 21:17:41
What did you think of the GSR750 bike then, did you enjoy it?

Tell us all....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: wal750 on March 09, 2012, 22:10:18
rode my vee to work in the nice weather, only 12 miles each way but enjoyed it very much  :)))   :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on March 10, 2012, 09:25:23
time for the wee's 3500mile wash, clean, and oil change today.

I missed the last few wash and cleans... :shy:

Might bleed the brakes too if I can find my hose
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Kaboo on March 10, 2012, 09:46:22
Quote from: "macvisual"
What did you think of the GSR750 bike then, did you enjoy it?

Tell us all....

Small bike and big motor  - It would be great for you lot who live in a proper sized country, easy in town and B roads would be a blast. Smooth engine but thought the gear changes were not as smooth as my new Wee, but no problem, just thought my Wee changed gear smoother.

Being a courtesy bike it gets ridden by all sorts and whoever had it before me got the chicken strips down to a respectable level  - myself I want to keep my driving licence !

It feels and looks modern - seems easy to manage and handle -  and overall I thought it was great really enjoyed it !!
(http://i715.photobucket.com/albums/ww155/Mattie660/GSR750resize.jpg)

edit: edited the image a bit
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on March 10, 2012, 17:45:00
Finished the service (new brake fluid) - where does all that froth come from!  

And.... fitted a pair of 1300 Lumen (each) Rigid Dually spot lights....took them off later as they foul the mudguard...  DON'T FIT THESE WITHOUT A LIGHT BAR.  SMALLER FLATTER LIGHTS MIGHT BE OK.

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/IMG_3385.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on March 10, 2012, 18:04:07
I like those lights , what power do they draw and who's the supplier ?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on March 10, 2012, 18:44:48
Bikeviz - 30w  (15w each).

http://www.bikevis.com/motorcycle-rigid-industries-duallys.html

Lamps removed  as checks proved the lamps to foul the mudguards..... :angry-tappingfoot:
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Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 10, 2012, 21:24:10
Rode out to Bikers Worlds in Coleshill, met up with jstrom there. He got some Anakees 2 tyres fitted and then we swapped the lower, rear engine bolts. My short bolt for his long one as I had bought his old bash plate from him and needed the bolt to fit it. Rode home, took the front wheel off, went to the local ProTyre and had a new tyre fitted. Got back home, forks off, old oil out and new oil in. Uses a few millilitres short of a litre of oil if you use a 170mm air gap as I do. Forks back on, made them stick out the top by 10mm, been meaning to do that for ages and always put it off. Front wheel back on and new front brake hoses on too. Bled them, which was a bastard of a job, so I ended up using a huge syringe to suck the air out from the bleed nipple on each caliper and that worked really well. Handle is tied to the bar for the night to get rid if the last air. Brakes feels loads better, ran it up and down the short road I live in and managed to lock up the front. I was braking very hard, controlled, at low speed, but didn't expect to lock it up, must be the new front tyre and the paving stones here :eusa-whistle: The short is the brakes are now feeling very good after the recent upgrades: CBR600 calipers, EBC HH pads and new hoses. Also fitted the bash plate and the bike now looks more complete.

I picked up my Rental Raptor ATV handle bars at Bikers World, couldn't fit them because I couldn't find the original, shorter, handle bar clamp bolts so that I could remove the risers I have. Spent the better part of 30 minutes searching my whole garage and I couldn't find them anywhere. I'll have to get new ones, but I 'cleverly' didn't remember to measure the ones in there to know what to get.

BTW, I got 24151 miles out of the previous front Anakee 2, you can't ask for more than that from a tyre :clap: In retrospect, if I changed it when I started feeling it was a bit worn and losing grip, then I would have changed it around 20K which is still very good for a front tyre. I now have a V rated one on instead of an H because that's all they could get. The H rated ones are on a 6 week lead time so if you are going to change, ask them to check for V stock if they can't get H.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on March 11, 2012, 13:39:38
Cleaned off some light rust pitting on my front forks this morning using a scourer soaked in oil. Was they were clean, wiped off the excess oil and applied some ACF 50 using a microfibre cloth.

Also did the indicator mod too with the silver foil. Can't really gauge I they are much brighter as its very sunny down here today in Hampshire!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 11, 2012, 18:51:19
After getting back from IKEA the weather was so good today that I went for the first ride out of the year with the good lady on the back. The new front brakes setup is luuuurvely and the fork oil change has the front feeling much better too. New front tyre is noticeable as well, though I can't tell the difference the forks drop has made yet. Now to go assemble some IKEA stuff :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on March 11, 2012, 21:27:40
swore at the strom allot this morning- FI fault and didn't idle well.  :bawl:
Ignition on and of a few times and it cleared-
brakes sorted on the CX500- so Suzi's staying at home and Betsey's coming to work with me just incase.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on March 11, 2012, 21:28:41
Mrs has taken daughter and friends to Crufts, so got the whole day to meself.  :lala:  :lala:

Checked brakes
Checked tyre pressures
Checked Coolant

Then first ride of the year, just to warm the engine oil up....fine sunny morning, managed a steady 30 miles before 10am!

Oops, bike too hot to work on so had to sit in the sun and wait, with a coffee and bacon butty to keep me company.

Then down to business....
New oil & air filters fitted (K&Ns)
Managed to dish the compression washer putting the sump plug back in :icon-redface: and of course, it was the one thing that I'd forgot to get a new one of.  :GRR: will pick one up tomorrow.
Set front & rear pre-load back to standard (hadn't changed them since I bought it)

Then spent a while cleaning some of the bits normally behind the bashplate.

Remembered to empty the dishwasher tonight too....got caught last week, didn't get the bashplate out in time!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on March 12, 2012, 09:26:32
Hope you remembered the rinse-aid for a brighter finish!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on March 12, 2012, 16:06:24
Fitted rear Renthal (43 tooth) sprocket to DL1000.

When it fitted the TRE module a few days ago I've now noticed when in top gear (6th) it no longer shows 'O/D' on the display.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 12, 2012, 16:25:10
TRE fools the bike into thinking it is in 4th all the time so the overdrive light won't show because it never sees it is in 6th any more.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: indiana on March 12, 2012, 23:16:55
Howled it down the M5 on my way back from work :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on March 13, 2012, 19:19:05
Took it for the 1st service then had a nice swift ride back to work. Good service from Alford Bros in Folkestone again  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 14, 2012, 11:59:52
Realised last night that dropping the forks that 10mm made a major difference, I never thought it would be that significant. On the motorway the bike seems a bit more sensitive to minuscule steering inputs like when the wind gusts against you and there is a bit of a change in the pressure you have on the bars. It's nothing disturbing, just something to get used to now. In town and on back roads there is definitely a quicker response to steering input. I had fitted a new front tyre at the same time and I think this is amplifying the quick steering feeling. I quite like the change and I think I'll leave it like that :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on March 14, 2012, 13:44:00
Watched oil piss down the left side as the front breather hose blew off again....  what is going on....!!!!!!!!  It was tightly on with a cable tie this time...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Bikerd on March 14, 2012, 22:19:42
I fitted longer dog bones to lower the bike a bit, as my short legs didn't reach the floor that good. Dropped the forks 15mm through the yokes. Only problems is that the side stand doesn't lean the bike over as far as the bike is closer to the floor. Fitted a centre stand, that was fun...... Adjusted the screen to the top "secret" mount and had a little ride in the dark, seems less buffeting that where screen was previously.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on March 16, 2012, 10:47:09
Fitted an SW Motech centre stand so I can do chain and sprockets on Sunday (weather permitting).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: snickp on March 16, 2012, 16:24:21
Finally got around to replacing the fuse on the Datatool alarm and resetting the tamper switch, so I can get it out of service mode..

If it wasn't for the insurance benefits I probably would have spent the whole day stripping the flaming thing out.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on March 16, 2012, 18:30:38
I got the wee airborne today! :shock:

One of those accidentally-on-purpose moments...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Iantson on March 16, 2012, 20:26:09
Today I made my own shelf and fitted a powerlet  and when I get some lights the switch for the lights will go to the other side. I got a length of aluminium angle 29mm x 53mm from B&Q and about 1 hour to fabricate the shelf.

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-SkqL3WQEfMU/T3HgEBBSYUI/AAAAAAAAB4U/BxUMZ1Px1-8/s640/DSC_0307.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on March 16, 2012, 21:00:43
Worked out why the Givi extra brake light on my newly acquired Vee doesn't work

The previous owner had never connected it and its a total pain trying to get the bolts off the top box plate to get at the wiring point, the nuts are all in the tight space between the top box plate and the original rack. sag........
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on March 16, 2012, 21:38:05
not a bloody thing in work all day and the weather was great all day now its dark and I have had lots of beer  I am now  feeling alot better deal at tescos £16 for 20 cans  :text-givemebeer:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: rsnb100 on March 17, 2012, 23:11:16
New Ardcases fitted

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7049/6991154201_e40bf4ff45_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 18, 2012, 12:20:13
this Morning I removed my powerlet socket as a wire on the back had come out. I replaced it with a struggle and checked. Works OK now it seems. No idea how the negative wire came loose. Also looked into the possibility of moving the sockets under my seat. Il have to make a bracket, L shaped to fit under the seat locking mechanism. Plenty of room to do it. I really liked them by the front, but they looked really easy to nick , and where I work my bike is locked up but easy to get at. Mind you, gives me another reason to bodge  about in my garage :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on March 18, 2012, 18:37:09
Washed the beastie down on Friday - in time to beat the hosepipe ban... Today, wiped down with a few microfibre cloths and some Megewyewyewyars Quik Detailer and put a shine on the bits that should be shiny....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 18, 2012, 18:56:42
Serviced the rear brake caliper, put some new seals, fresh brake fluid and new EBC HH pads in too. Also fitted the new brake hose I got for the rear. Stuck on my Simoncelli stickers, one on each side panel and also stuck on some Earls Performance, K&N and Yacugar Suspension stickers. Chain got cleaned and PD Oiler wick got trimmed a bit.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: CSE1 on March 19, 2012, 14:59:33
I fitted a pair of Oxford Hot Grips I bought myself for Chrimbo!! I wired in straight from the ignition using the orange & green at the fuse box....easy peasy! that's how I know there is going to be a heat wave!! :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: skipper on March 19, 2012, 19:11:55
New k&m air filter- oiled chain - removed some fastenings that were showing signs of corrosion cleaned and replaced- and general clean. To say that I usually only ride in dry weather the amount of corrosion I think is excessive for a 09 bike.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on March 19, 2012, 19:30:51
fitted the new sw motech bars and cleaned the bike after the 415 mile rideout yesterday. ordered a new set of tyres for the old vee as the rear is well worn in the centre. getting the traily verrsion on the PR3's. bloke comes out to your door in a van and fits them. £230 not to bad me thinks
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kwarr on March 19, 2012, 19:42:05
Fitted my MRA tall screen. As per bloody usual..... can't really notice a huge difference, but I guess I am addicted to trying ....fortunately not a kings ransom, but not cheap either!!
Oh yeah and the fiddly plastic parts for the vario screen are very.... fiddly!
Instructions..... next too useless! Whinge over!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: CSE1 on March 19, 2012, 21:32:12
Personal question... how tall are yah? Was going to get one but no point if me head is still a foot up into the wind attack area??  :ty:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on March 19, 2012, 21:49:23
Received my radiator covers from Cymarc today, did a 15 hour work day then fitted them when I got home. Beautifully made kit and under £80 delivered, only ordered on Thursday!

CSE1 / Kwarr: I've got the tall Vario and the Madstad bracket and the difference is considerable. Might be worth trawling the Screens section for further advice, but in a nutshell it's the rake of the screen which makes the biggest difference..

BTW I'm 6'2" and sitting a tad higher than standard on a Suzuki gel seat if that helps?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kwarr on March 20, 2012, 11:48:27
I'm a gnats todger shy of 6'1". Yes agreed I havent had all the fiddling positions on it tried in earnest yet.

Maybe it is actually a little better - cos I can hear the radio better at speed, but it is still quite noisy, buffetty.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Spike on March 20, 2012, 16:55:45
needed to order some supplies from 2 miles away, so I went on the wee and 40 miles later I got there. life is so much better without Sat Navs.........
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: dwc on March 20, 2012, 17:05:33
Not done today but over the last few weeks.

I decided it was time to spend some money on my 2004 650.
First stage fit some Aprillia Tuono wing mirrors. I like the look, less elephantine, but find the view isn't as good however it has decreased the buffeting around the shoulder area.
I have the valves done at a local outfit. PDQ at Taplow Bucks. Very good service and also adjusted my clutch and informed me that the rear disc should be replaced soon and that the rear wheel bearings could also do with being replaced. Jobs I can do my self. All for £173.

Regards DWC
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: CSE1 on March 20, 2012, 18:49:53
Quote from: "Piglumps"
Received my radiator covers from Cymarc today, did a 15 hour work day then fitted them when I got home. Beautifully made kit and under £80 delivered, only ordered on Thursday!

CSE1 / Kwarr: I've got the tall Vario and the Madstad bracket and the difference is considerable. Might be worth trawling the Screens section for further advice, but in a nutshell it's the rake of the screen which makes the biggest difference..

BTW I'm 6'2" and sitting a tad higher than standard on a Suzuki gel seat if that helps?

Thanks for that. Stuart
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 21, 2012, 17:21:07
worked this morning, but when I got home I removed the seat locking mechanism, measured up and made a steel bracket using a small piece of 1.5mm steel sheet, my "borrowed" dremmel (my elder brothers), a hand saw, a drill, a hand file and a stepped drill bit like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STEP-DRILLS-4-32mm-Cone-Cutter-Spiral-Flute-/220629588350?pt=UK_Home_Garden_PowerTools_SM&hash=item335e8c597e

I had to use a spare stainless steel bolt to replace the bolt on the mechanism as it was too short to fit a bolt under it. I measured up and cut it to size. checked everything fitted and worked, then took it all apart to spray the bracket.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on March 21, 2012, 18:13:36
Today I went the longer way to work so had a nice ride. then when got to work realised how much fling I was getting from my hain oiler it was sent to drip every 20 seconds. So adjusted that and set about cleaning the mess off, still got  some to clean around the front sprocket.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on March 21, 2012, 20:08:12
Took a run up the M3 to Eel Pie Island, sat in the sun and had lunch with some friends then a grand spin back home in time for Tea. Great Day.  :)))   :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on March 21, 2012, 21:48:22
fitted clear indicator lenses to my wee that took around 10 mins then took her out for a quick ride, three hours later  :) I got home
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on March 21, 2012, 22:23:00
got new PR3's fitted if that counts. get them scrubbed in on my trip over to Scotland
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on March 22, 2012, 19:15:48
Back tyre was shot on my DL1000, so took an all round 75 mile run and got a new Metzeler Tourance fitted today, glorious sunshine (at last), £100 fitted, pretty good I thought. Got it fitted by Strathern Tyres in Creiff, Perthshire.

 (http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo268/macvisual/6325_22March12.jpg)

Last week I fitted a Renthal 43 tooth rear sprocket, so had a good run out today to test it, superb actually! When in (6th) top gear it feels like 5th, lovely pulling power, should have done it yonks ago, great benefits!

(http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo268/macvisual/6331_22March12.jpg)

Love these changes, makes the V-Strom DL1000 more agile.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 23, 2012, 15:32:26
fitted my duel outlet metal mounting bracket I made onto sasha, under the seat locking mechanism. the wire goes behind the abs fuses along the under tray, through the drain hole and up to the powerlet and cigarette outlet. looks good too. took about 30 mins to fit though as my podgy fingers made it slightly harder lol. checked and all works fine with no loss of space (what I use that is)

(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/2012-03-23-066.jpg)
(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/2012-03-23-063.jpg)

http://s1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on March 23, 2012, 16:46:16
Had my V-Strom DL1000 at Phonenix Honda (Falkirk) Scotland today for its M.O.T., passed fine.  :)

They've a special M.O.T. price of £20 for bikes for info. I don't know the usual/standard cost.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on March 23, 2012, 16:52:46
Took the top case off and went for a bimble around South Oxon and Berkshire, less noise with the box off.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: WeeStromer on March 23, 2012, 17:30:04
Nice work there Willbo  :clap:  I fancy something like that.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on March 23, 2012, 18:12:23
Bought it, rode it home then fitted the lowering kit, Happy Days  :auto-dirtbike:

(http://i1131.photobucket.com/albums/m552/TVWinger/V-Strom/534369_3342863847208_1137071701_3304629_962372033_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacksnipe on March 23, 2012, 19:25:57
I have had the first service at HBC Nottingham today . I also had a Pyramid Hugger and mudguard Extender fitted as well. They went on in a logical and well fitted way. Also I have had some Mirror shaft extenders from Suzuki fitted, 20 mm higher, big difference now have great view behind not as previous with some big elbow that kept following me everywhere! They were £20 from Suzuki, not bad and the looks are not spoilt.

HBC offer very good service in an immaculate and well kitted out workshop. Top Marks to them

WS
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Satsuma Mick on March 23, 2012, 19:35:39
Took it in for it's 600 mile service. :occasion-balloons:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on March 23, 2012, 21:06:12
Quote from: "Satsuma Mick"
Took it in for it's 600 mile service. :occasion-balloons:

That's a long way to go for a service
 :)  :)  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 23, 2012, 22:36:43
Quote from: "WeeStromer"
Nice work there Willbo  :clap:  I fancy something like that.
my thanks. Very easy job to do. The bracket took 30 mins to make . All you need is a piece of L bracket or some flat steel and bend it 90 degrees. Used a 4/32 mm stepped drill bit to cut the holes. All electrical bits came from eastern beaver. I could have made the wires, but his 6" power spliter and 18" 3cs to powerlet wire fitted perfectly so I thought why the hell not. He does a great job.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Satsuma Mick on March 24, 2012, 08:23:44
Quote from: "IanP"
Quote from: "Satsuma Mick"
Took it in for it's 600 mile service. :occasion-balloons:

That's a long way to go for a service
 :)  :)  :)


Aye. But it's worth it. :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ChrisGrandaB on March 24, 2012, 13:39:18
Haven't started yet but am going to give mine a good clean.
Is normal car shampoo (wash/wax type) good??
A friend recommends Mr Sheen but I don't think it'll cut it today.
Its mainly just road dust and dried water marks etc from a couple of weeks' commuting but the rear is a bit grimey / oily from the chain etc.
Also, need to "tinfoil" the other 3 indicators after Kevshev did my front nearside one a ouple of weeks ago.
Then going to lower my screen a bit to see if it affects buffeting. Seems worse since I raised it.

Really though, the day's just begging for a ride in the country.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: scottyaustria on March 24, 2012, 17:29:55
Lowered it by 15mm (selfmade bones), lowered the fork by 15mm, cleaned it, and finaly found the time to fit the caribou-cases.  :lala:

turned into a wide assed girl (99cm)... :shock:

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-6MULTbQ22NQ/T24Cb2YGznI/AAAAAAAAC44/6polJlDDbu0/s640/Whitebeauty1.jpg)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xHJMHQ7IWBc/T24CcsPX9XI/AAAAAAAAC40/KBC5QR9fSm4/s640/whitebeauty2.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on March 24, 2012, 17:52:51
New chain and sprockets, rear sprocket bearing, new rear disc and pads, serviced all brakes (minus pistons), re-routed spotlight wiring, fitted a new clutch cable, removed bar muffs.

Sprocket bearing went in by hand only due to copious amounts of grease and having been in the freezer all week.  Gave up on rear wheel bearings as I have no idea how to get them out.  They'll need doing soon though as left one sounds gritty.

Will finish tomorrow if I can get the rear piston to go back in.... :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 24, 2012, 20:50:28
There is a spacer/guide pipe in between the rear wheel bearings, if you put some rod iron in the hole and push to one side the spacer should move enough for you to stick the rod iron in deeper and get it on the inner bearing race of the bottom bearing. Just to be clear, you're wanting to hit the bearing out one side by sticking something (even a big screwdriver will work) in from the hole on the other side of the wheel. Work your way around, tapping as you go and it will come out easily enough. When one is out the other one is very easy to get out.

What's the problem with the rear brake piston?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on March 25, 2012, 07:37:18
Tried that to no avail.  They're pretty tight in there and my screwdriver and my chisel kept slipping.  The wheel had been sitting in the sun for a while which wouldn't help.  Had to give up as I was out of time.

Brake piston is out and won't go back in.  I need to force it somehow as I can't bleed them yet again.... :angry-tappingfoot:

NB - I noticed my lines are pretty soft - so may schedule new lines sooner rather than later.

Oh, and the chain.....  At 25k it still looked brand new when it came off.   There was only about half a link of stretch compared to the new chain but the reason I was struggling to find a stiff link is that I was comparing each link to the next one and they were almost all stiff.  

Probably 80% of the links were tight, of these about 20% nearly immovable.  I'll change every 14k (2years) from now on.

Update:  Got the piston back in - just levered it in with a screwdriver against the back of the pads.  Amazing what night's sleep does for the little grey cells.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on March 25, 2012, 10:46:43
Fitted the 25mM jack up dog bones Woohoo !!! :)

Then realised the center stand is too short grrrrrr.  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 25, 2012, 13:08:29
How too short?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on March 25, 2012, 14:09:24
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
Fitted the 25mM jack up dog bones Woohoo !!! :)

Then realised the centre stand is too short grrrrrr.  :bawl:

Got 25mm jack up on mine & the centre-stand is still OK. About 10mm clearance between rear tyre & the ground. Seems strange yours is too short. What make of centre-stand you got, mines a Suzuki OEM.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 25, 2012, 15:42:13
Couldn't keep out of the garage, with the weather this good I had to settle for a fiddle with the bike instead of a ride out (still sick, but muuuuuch better now.) I removed both bar ends to check what I need to get to adapt them to my new bars. The new bars have a thicker wall (aluminium bars) and I need to change the rubbers and nut on the standard bar ends. They were a bitch to get out, but some spray oil and a small flat bladed screw driver got them out eventually. They should come out easier next time, I didn't push them all the way in this time around (I usually don't so I don't know how they got in that deep.) So all measurements done and I need some rubber pipe with a 12-13mm outside diametre and a 6mm inside (but I can drill it out if needed.) I had some rubber brake pipe off a CBR600, but the OD is too small.

Edit: Hah! Thought it would be a struggle to get some pipe suited for this. It took me a whole 2 minutes to search "rubber pipe" on eBay, find some rubber fuel hose with ID of 6mm and OD of 13mm and to order it. £1.95 for half a metre delivered :thumb: Link here (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140644519892?var=440032429972) if anyone is needs some in the future, or drop me a PM and I can send you some I'll have left.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on March 25, 2012, 16:52:53
Washed it and stuck a concrete block on the rear brake to get the air out.   :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 25, 2012, 16:58:06
Just finished installing speakers into the new X-Lite X-551 helmet. Ready to connect the radio to it now :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on March 25, 2012, 19:32:35
Quote from: "Sven"
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
Fitted the 25mM jack up dog bones Woohoo !!! :)

Then realised the centre stand is too short grrrrrr.  :bawl:

Got 25mm jack up on mine & the centre-stand is still OK. About 10mm clearance between rear tyre & the ground. Seems strange yours is too short. What make of centre-stand you got, mines a Suzuki OEM.

Rear Tyre just touches the ground no idea what stand it is. need to take it off and zip down to mu dads needs a few mm adding with his welder.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 25, 2012, 19:37:31
Shock preload set to the highest perhaps?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on March 25, 2012, 19:40:04
Just a general check over ready for ST3 , checked all fluids , tyre pressure , lights etc etc .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on March 25, 2012, 19:42:39
Changed angle of front screen with spacers as per someone's post on here, will try it out on run to work tomorrow.

Didn't get to go for a ride today, as promised rest of the day to the misses for letting me play with my new toy yesterday  :)  :)  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on March 25, 2012, 19:48:03
Special new screen mount (thread to follow :) ) fitted.

And I found a local byway  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on March 26, 2012, 08:53:41
Given the warm weather I took off my handlebar muffs, but at 1C this morning on the ride in they are going back on tomorrow until the mornings warm up a bit more.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 26, 2012, 10:58:28
Been through the whole winter with only the shitty OEM heated grips, I have good gloves though. It's definitely been a mild winter. Weather is lovely all the way from Warwick to Reading, was smiling all the way to work this morning :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on March 26, 2012, 14:10:27
30 mile run round in fantastic sunshine, then another clean.

Had a look at my down-pipes, and some of the pictures on here, and decided I better research this a bit more and go clean them up!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 26, 2012, 14:17:55
Some bloke on the DR-Z forums said 3M Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish work well (link here (http://www.snssafety.co.uk/stainless-steel-cleanerpolish-600ml-2008316-p-78020.html), don't know if you can get it cheaper elsewhere.)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Dracula on March 26, 2012, 17:17:33
Cursed at it, as the speedo packed up.
Not sure yet if the cables snapped or it's that filthy it's all clogged up.
Ideas?
Will have a quick look after tea.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on March 26, 2012, 17:27:32
When they pack up it's normally the cable that has snapped.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 26, 2012, 20:18:22
It's a magnetic pickup, no mechanical cable as such, just electrical wire. I think there is a test procedure for the pickup in the service manual. I had to replace mine last year, IIRC I paid £25. The SV650 uses the same pickup, well the newer ones do, I got one of them.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Dracula on March 27, 2012, 04:59:21
Is it an easy job Juv?
You what I'm like.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 27, 2012, 09:35:43
Yep, just remove the front wheel spindle, swap the new pickup on and then put the front wheel back on. Then just follow the wire for the old one up, it comes to a plastic plug, unplug the old and plug in the new and you're done. You might want to make sure that the new one doesn't have any dirt in it before you put it on. Can clean it out with a dry rag and then put a smear of grease on the bit that slides inside and on the seal, just a thin coating. Use synthetic grease if you have some, you want it to be water repellent(something like this. (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280840354184))

Off the top of my head it's 65Nm for the front spindle and the pinch bolt is 23Nm. If you're going to ST3 and have the bits by then, bring it along and I will change it for you. Tell me if you need me to bring tools, just 2 sockets, a ratchet, a torque wrench, a rag and some grease, I have everything and I'll have lots of space to pack them. Takes 5 mins and it's done, actually, you can do it, I'll watch with a cuppa  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on March 27, 2012, 14:03:31
Took the bike to work and went to Silletts for a tyre at lunchtime...slight wait as they were busy (as always). Had a rear Anakee 2 ftted to the bike for £90 all in...

I'll leave work early and take the long way home, Up Royal Deeside to Braemar, then over Glenshee and down to Blairgowrie, then up to Kirriemuir, back roads to Edzell and home to Brechin, 132 excellent smiles instead of the usual 42 miles on the dual carriageway. That should break in the new rear nicely.

22 deg outside....better than our summer!!!

Got 8560 miles from the Tourance that came off (still maybe 500-odd miles left on it too) & the front Tourance has loads left on it. Hope the Anakee matches that.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on March 27, 2012, 21:48:20
Put a nail diagonally through my back tyre :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on March 27, 2012, 21:49:30
Finished bashplate, fitted panniers & top box, final wipe over....test ride tomorrow (providing the sun comes out).

Ready for ST3  :lala:  :lala:  :lala:


@ Abercol, very jealous mate the A93 is a cracking road Ballater - Braemar - Blairgowrie  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on March 27, 2012, 22:37:49
washed it for the first time had a good look round.

Some of the grey engine paint coming off is there a good touch available ?

Mental note to do a service and replace the coolant and brake / clutch fluid looks murky so probably original.

Looked at the TRE's etc anyone fitted one recomend one, I take it you don't need to remove the secondary butterflies if you fir one of these.

Also been looking at the TRE gear indicators anyone using one of these ?

Still love it !!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 27, 2012, 23:15:43
Took the loooong way home with the weather being so nice. Normally it takes less than 10 mins to get home, took me about 45 :) I found a few really nice little back roads.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on March 28, 2012, 10:55:24
Took the long way home last night after getting my new Anakee2...Fabulous weather and a bloke on a GS stopped to speak to me for 10 mins, asked how I found the Vee and was interested in trying one out!  :clap:

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-fX1xtxvHaho/T3LeC98XuTI/AAAAAAAAAC4/Q9WoobxOdcw/s640/Vee%2520at%2520Cairn%25203.jpg)

And this is the view from the top of the Cairn 'o Mount

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/--kh8VhxvH4E/T3Ld05o_DtI/AAAAAAAAADA/2T7SckNhaMQ/s640/Vee%2520at%2520Cairn.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 28, 2012, 11:16:38
Looks lovely :thumb: What do you think of the tyre?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on March 28, 2012, 11:20:57
Early days yet, but I like it. Seemed to give more grip than the Tourance even when moving off, like the drivetrain was more direct. I get a little more vibration too I think.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: WeeStromer on March 28, 2012, 11:56:56
today I've checked the air filter, lowered the forks 10mm, wired my satnav into the bikes power supply & moved my 12v socket off the handlebars to under the seat (done this one last night).
still to do more checks before packing for ST3. :auto-dirtbike:   :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on March 28, 2012, 14:56:42
took her for a spin all around the outskirts of anglesey, starting and ending at menai bridge. lovely day for it, quiet roads, slight cold breeze, hardly anything reall. perfect ride
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: donny1972 on March 29, 2012, 10:07:09
Removed the secondery butterflies.  :auto-dirtbike:  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 29, 2012, 10:12:09
Found that I have an oil leak :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on March 29, 2012, 10:19:00
Rode to work trying not to break 60mph due to fuel shortages, largely succeeded too, and got to see a lot of the surroundings. Will be real interesting to see what the mpg is...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on March 29, 2012, 11:37:57
Replaced gear change rubber, and removed stupid warning stickers.
Good use of hairdryer for both :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Dracula on March 29, 2012, 17:04:49
Nice 5hr ride yesterday with the missus.
Finally after 5mths of not washing it, gave it a great deal of tlc today.
Full clean and coat, chain cleaned and relubed and adjusted, tank bra fitted, levels checked (need to top oil up).
Shes all sparkly again now except the bits the winters got to, which isn't as bad as thought it might be under all the crud.
Still got no speedo and not had chance to look for parts yet, still the odos not moving either so the 170 miles yesterday weren't clocked!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stevie-m on March 29, 2012, 17:15:18
Fitted my Richland Rick bits and bobs, mirror extenders, auxillary shelf and fork brace.
Destickered the tank
Got the pannier inserts colour coded to the bike, just need to get them fitted

Now to get some auxillary lights, anyone any suggestions ?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on March 29, 2012, 18:59:47
Just packed bike ready for ST3 , bet I'll have forgot something ! Nearly forgot a seat incase we sit round a fire ..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: james.t on March 29, 2012, 20:34:59
replaces tail brake lights with 36led ones just as bright and less draw.
j
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: dsb79 on March 29, 2012, 20:41:13
Put my Touratech GPS brace on, hopefully the rest of my bits turn up soon.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: snowy on March 29, 2012, 21:01:43
Hello

Just done the "Mr Kipling" indicator conversion. Did mine and Mrs Snowys bike, we have now both got "exceedingly good indicators" although I now feel a bit sick :-x  (8 pack on offer at the local Co-op gud with fud)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on March 29, 2012, 21:18:52
You ate all 8? :shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on March 29, 2012, 21:25:04
Quote from: "snowy"
Hello

Just done the "Mr Kipling" indicator conversion. Did mine and Mrs Snowys bike, we have now both got "exceedingly good indicators" although I now feel a bit sick :-x  (8 pack on offer at the local Co-op gud with fud)

 lol  lol  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Iantson on March 30, 2012, 07:22:52
Today I fitted a pair of mirror extenders to improve wind flow.
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-dujpEw3t3_Y/T3Hdx9lrwJI/AAAAAAAAB4U/CvCBfv8uItY/s640/P1000168.JPG)

Also fitted a new taller screen from ebay £35 all the buffeting and wind noise has gone now and is perfect for me at 5' 10" I use my wee for travelling to work 15 miles each way every day and the extenders and screen have made a big improvement to the wind flow.
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-a2Pzd7U0pYM/T3HjHL1a_RI/AAAAAAAAB4U/hpfNIPPlsYI/s640/P1000170.JPG)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-KHJk4vf5MmE/T3HdqH4EnxI/AAAAAAAAB4U/96b2UfG_u40/s640/P1000167.JPG)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on March 30, 2012, 21:36:12
Rode the tit's of my DL1000 today, ahh such fun factor!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on March 31, 2012, 09:12:07
Fitted an anakee2 to the back to replace the deathwing I've been riding around on for the last few days after I punctured my old anakee :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tall-n-thin on March 31, 2012, 16:06:47
Got my Wee back from the insurance co. yesterday, got back on the horse as it were and went round "That" corner. Then smiled my head off as I enjoyed the commute to work. :))))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StromGeeza on March 31, 2012, 17:23:08
Quote from: "IanP"
removed stupid warning stickers.
Good use of hairdryer :thumb:

Diito, removed one sticker so I could at last put on a tank pad. Looks neat. :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: snowy on March 31, 2012, 18:27:26
Quote from: "Juvecu"
You ate all 8? :shock:


No, Mrs Snowy had 2, one of my lads had 2, but in the interest of safety and being more visible I made the effort and ate the other 4 :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on March 31, 2012, 20:01:15
Fitted a TRE Woohooooo  :fix:

IStarted bike just about to give it the beans on a road test them I was reminded by SWMBO that I had been "volunteered" to help decorate the Wicked Witch of the West's (mother in law) bedroom !!!!

All hope and joy removed from my soul I turned it off and put it back in the garage.... :bawl:

... :angry-tappingfoot:   <---SWMBO.

PS Some good news today my mate who lives near Heathrow has picked up a 2005 Vee 21k £3100 happy days !!!!!!!!! :auto-dirtbike:  :auto-dirtbike:  now to engineer a meetup..............
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on March 31, 2012, 20:25:21
Quote from: "StromGeeza"
Quote from: "IanP"
removed stupid warning stickers.
Good use of hairdryer :thumb:

Diito, removed one sticker so I could at last put on a tank pad. Looks neat. :thumb:

Yup that's what I did too  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: TheFamousGrouse on March 31, 2012, 20:56:28
What does SWMBO stand for?  :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: wal750 on March 31, 2012, 21:01:36
She Who Must Be Obeyed  :violence-uzi:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on March 31, 2012, 22:03:46
Swmbo told me to bugger off. so me and the bike have gone fishing. havent cought anything. and I'm not hopefull. lol

edit.    cought sod all. good job we went to asda yesterday and stocked the freezer with fish in oven.  but I did give up early. end eye started to come off the small rod I use when traveling b :bawl: y bike.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: wal750 on March 31, 2012, 22:08:51
hopefully you've caught a tinny or two mr_diver assuming you're not riding home for a while yet  :)  :obscene-drinkingchug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Baldrick46 on March 31, 2012, 22:55:27
Already mention this on my introduction page but here we go again.
Fitted givi top box had to make my own bracket :fix:  as box and plate where second hand. Seems to have worked its sitting straight and now matches givi panniers. Also fitted 25mm lowering kit from lust racing of ebay.
Finished with a quick wash and removed all those stupid elf 'n' safety decals from tank and side pods unleaded petrol I mean how thick do they think we are :crazy: !!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Itchy on April 01, 2012, 09:08:13
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
Fitted a TRE Woohooooo  :fix:.

Where did you get it, how much and are they easy to fit? Thanks.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on April 01, 2012, 11:31:27
Ebay - Easy Peasy to fit - Does it work don't know yet, bike starts and revs that's about all I know so far.......

Ill update tomorrow after my run to work.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on April 01, 2012, 13:19:54
Gave the beastie some TLC after Thursdays 250 miler to Swanage and back - also fitted little LED sidelight bulbs..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on April 01, 2012, 14:57:18
Tin foiled the indicators, great tip blokes much brighter now  :ty:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: james.t on April 01, 2012, 17:40:24
wired up my top-box with break lights and wired it to my bike
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on April 01, 2012, 17:44:50
nothing. Been in stupid work today. Havnt even had time to fit my brand new fork brace from berndi. Still in my brothers. Stupid work gets in the way of everything lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Itchy on April 01, 2012, 17:52:07
just designed some new unionjack decals and emailed them off for a quote, will post pics if I get them.
Can't believe the best Suzuki can come up with is just the word Vstrom, at least they aren't laquered over should be easy to remove.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on April 02, 2012, 12:39:39
Gave it a wash, and then got the 21.5k service done at my local independant garage.

Spent the weekend working on the second hand cbr125 we got for my daughter; valves, air filter, plug, new chain and sprockets, greased sticky side stand, changed brake fluid, fitted cable for quickly connecting battery charger.

Still have the coolant to flush and replace, the oil and oil sieve to replace, and an alarm to fit. It doesn't have an oil filter, you need to take off the clutch cover and clean/replace a sieve...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on April 02, 2012, 15:26:54
Spent a few hours today and removed the secondary butterflies, and cleaned out the K&N air filter. Not had time to test it as yet as weather here in central Scotland is a little wet this morning.

Hope it makes a difference....??
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on April 02, 2012, 17:20:56
Ordered new oil and dust seals for the forks. Also got a oil cooler and hoses from a SV650 K8 for a great price to replace my bits. Still need to get a new Givi plate for the top box.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Georgeharrier on April 02, 2012, 17:33:13
On Saturday I drove mine through Cardiff with 3 trikes and 117 other bikes to hand a cheque for £139,000 from the RBLR to Simon Weston for the the Royal British Legion. Ian P was there as well but on his other huge polished bike  :shock: .  then a cracking ride around Abertillery and the valleys on Sunday.
Good roads and lots of twisty up n downs.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on April 02, 2012, 20:47:05
Gave mine a good clean after being covered in a layer of Shropshire dust from ST3 . Also took the swaped chain oilers with my KTM , the Wee now has the Scottoiler and my KTM has the Tutoro .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on April 02, 2012, 21:57:16
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
Ebay - Easy Peasy to fit - Does it work don't know yet, bike starts and revs that's about all I know so far.......

Ill update tomorrow after my run to work.

Dead easy to fit, just remove the seat and the left hand lower tank panel lets you get two hands onto the connection to pull apart ensure you release the clip.

Put in the TRE in line and ride.

I think it makes a big difference to the running.Much smoother in gears 1/2/3 must easier to ride slow and feels more alive at the top, it just feels like its all working properly whereas as standard it felt like the jetting was all wrong to me.

Happy with the install.

Also changed the oil and filter and fitted the Motech crash bars put the last bolts and in and it pi55ed it down so hear endeth the test ride. Still love it !!!!!! :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ringo grumio nibbler on April 02, 2012, 22:05:52
In an attempt to save a bit of money and to get the work done cheaper I rode my Vee a lovely journey over the Wolds from Selby to Scarborough to mates house where he has a bike ramp and decent tools.

We changed the knackered oil for fully synthetic, put iridium spark plugs in changed the anti freeze. We were meant to change the brake fluid and do the forks but were defeated by no dealers being open on a Sunday for fork seals and ran out of time to do the brake fluid and I wanted to change the front pads at the same time anyway, so we'll do that another day when I have all of the parts.

Even the change of oil and the plugs has made quite a bit of difference and the bike seems to be much smoother.

Now that I've done several hundred miles on it, I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised with the petrol consumption.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on April 03, 2012, 14:49:17
Nothing..;

it's too cold and wintry here in bonnie Scotland, yuk!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on April 03, 2012, 18:47:54
Quote from: "Georgeharrier"
On Saturday I drove mine through Cardiff with 3 trikes and 117 other bikes to hand a cheque for £139,000 from the RBLR to Simon Weston for the the Royal British Legion. Ian P was there as well but on his other huge polished bike  :shock: .  then a cracking ride around Abertillery and the valleys on Sunday.
Good roads and lots of twisty up n downs.

 :thumb:  :thumb:  :thumb:
Yes I was on the other bike, less moaning from the back seat as she could have a kip on the way home
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Baldrick46 on April 03, 2012, 21:18:57
Had my first ride in the rain today, felt quite surreal not having much rain drops on my visor and not being able to let it blow off by turning head sideways. And it might even snow tomorrow ###
Adjusted headlight tonight been blinding everyone since fitting lowering kit at the weekend. And after reading further up this thread just ordered a TRE off ebay hope it arrives before weekend.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on April 04, 2012, 12:37:37
day off and what happens? snow, sleet, wind and rain open up on me. luckly I had a few things to do to sasha.

placed 2 relective sheets into my givi v46 top box. when I bought it, it didn't have any under the rear clear plasctic, which it should have had. I believe the previous owner was mid way through adding a light kit when he sold it.

then I fitted my Berndi front fork brace. had it a few days now, just had no time to fit it. very nice, sturdy looking piece of kit. fitted it in 30 mins, not much room in my garage atm, and wasn't going to do it in the sleet/snow/pouringrain/howling gale. very easy to fit, very nice on the bike and I'm looking forward to trying it out. some pics will follow

edit to add pics-
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(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/2012-04-04-123.jpg)

http://s1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Flymo Fo on April 04, 2012, 13:23:39
Quote from: "Coval"
remove muffs - expecting a heatwave

Muffs back on yet?  :rain:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: FastLoe on April 04, 2012, 21:27:51
Changed chain and sprockets today. Instead of the usual 17 tooth front sprocket, I now have a 16 tooth sprocket.
Seems like a different bike, more smooth.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on April 04, 2012, 21:33:46
Didn't actually touch the beastie today, but when I finished work I popped down to Bikebitz in Yateley and bought the Trax top case (like the matching XP aluminium one), a lock set and a backrest. Bit of discount too, happy days.
Hoping to get home early tomorrow to fit them...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on April 05, 2012, 19:35:52
Re-fitted the secondary butterflies in my DL1000, bloody tricky/awkward job, but took my time to make sure the four tiny screws were tight!

A wipe down with WD40 as I rode 40 miles today, some salt still on roads with some recent snow fall in Scotland etc...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Itchy on April 05, 2012, 20:08:11
Quote from: "macvisual"
Re-fitted the secondary butterflies in my DL1000, bloody tricky/awkward job, but took my time to make sure the four tiny screws were tight.
Why did you re-fit them??
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on April 05, 2012, 20:57:20
Here's why I refitted the secondary butterflies;

Had a good 50 mile run out on my DL1000 V-Strom today with the secondary butterflies removed, hmmmmmm not liking it really, it's more 'EDGY' is how I would describe it, hard to put into words but it feels slightly more harder in some way, nope, not for me....

I've now put the secondary butterflies back in, I liked it better that way! And I DIDN'T notice any benefits with better power delivery etc, it so didn't work for me.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Glider65 on April 05, 2012, 21:26:45
Parked Davina at the front of the office this morning.

Got LOTS of admiring compliments.  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on April 05, 2012, 22:13:20
Just finished packing my Vstrom GT for Brands hatch this weekend.  Quite proud of myself really, all of my stuff including my tent is in the standard luggage with small stuff in a tank babe.  I am even going to leave the trailer at home this weekend :)

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Flymo Fo on April 06, 2012, 23:24:03
Had new Anakee 2's fitted at MTS in Colwick. Almost a social occasion what a nice bunch of people.  :banana-wrench: . Changed oil & filter  :fix:

Only 70 more miles to run the tyres in..  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on April 07, 2012, 09:26:31
Keith, have you packed your gore tex? Monday looks pretty atrocious weather wise for brands!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ringo grumio nibbler on April 07, 2012, 18:18:40
Gave my bike a good rub down with ACF-50. Where has this product been all of my life!(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5322/7054093075_8cc3c6899b_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on April 07, 2012, 20:33:40
Did the ACF-50 wipe over and fitted tin foil inside the indicators - It didn't seem to add as much more light as I thought it would, so will check in the dark later .....

Then put my kit on just in time for it to rain, so 30 miles of wet stuff while I cooked off the ACF-50   :rain: :gay-rainbow:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: snowy on April 08, 2012, 09:09:22
Hello

Ordered 2 radiator guards of ebay--only 1 turned up, so fitted that one to my bike, Mrs Snowy can have the next one :) . Had to cut out part of the top to clear the pipes that go to the ABS, then I put in Ultraseal/PunctureSafe.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5159/7056039111_10aa422682.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71904436@N04/7056039111/)
IMG_1712[1] (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71904436@N04/7056039111/) by snowy650 (http://www.flickr.com/people/71904436@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7203/6909951922_a2a08c7411.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71904436@N04/6909951922/)
IMG_1713[1] (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71904436@N04/6909951922/) by snowy650 (http://www.flickr.com/people/71904436@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5334/6909952362_867e66e392.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71904436@N04/6909952362/)
IMG_1716[1] (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71904436@N04/6909952362/) by snowy650 (http://www.flickr.com/people/71904436@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5340/7056040617_05dded21ce.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71904436@N04/7056040617/)
IMG_1720[1] (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71904436@N04/7056040617/) by snowy650 (http://www.flickr.com/people/71904436@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on April 08, 2012, 09:24:32
Quote from: "snowy"
Had to cut out part of the top to clear the pipes that go to the ABS,

Are they the guards that come from Germany. I had to do the same on mine. Could potentially be quite dangerous, as the edge of the guard would rub against the brake pipes........not good!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: snowy on April 08, 2012, 10:26:20
Hello sven

Yes a potential death trap. They should modify the cutting process on them all as it doesn't matter if that part of the top rail isn't there on the non ABS bikes or at least sell as non ABS bikes only as a lot of people don't have the knowledge or equipment to modify at home.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on April 08, 2012, 19:57:51
Took the forks off the bike and replaced the oil and dust seal after my little mishap on ST3. New oil in too now so everything is back to normal again.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on April 08, 2012, 21:17:03
Traced a indicator fault to the famous yellow connector , renewed coolant , and renewed blown tail bulb .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: bencav on April 08, 2012, 21:54:17
Fitted bar risers, sorted out the little waterproof 'dock' for the pillion starcom lead.

Gave up on the idea of washing the ST3 mank off again...it was windy  :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Dracula on April 09, 2012, 13:59:01
Quote from: "Juvecu"
It's a magnetic pickup, no mechanical cable as such, just electrical wire. I think there is a test procedure for the pickup in the service manual. I had to replace mine last year, IIRC I paid £25. The SV650 uses the same pickup, well the newer ones do, I got one of them.
Any idea where you got it from Juv, the only one I can find is £75 on fleabay.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on April 09, 2012, 14:11:46
Is this the part   http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suzuki-SV650- ... 5d321ba854 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suzuki-SV650-SV-650-1000-wheel-speedo-drive-sensor-Pick-up-K3-K4-K5-03-04-05-06-/400272631892?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item5d321ba854)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Dracula on April 09, 2012, 14:42:18
That may be it, still £40 secondhand!
Thanks
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on April 09, 2012, 16:11:19
Send them a mess , see if you can get it for £25+p&p ... I would .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on April 09, 2012, 16:45:21
Quote from: "snowy"
Hello

Ordered 2 radiator guards of ebay--only 1 turned up, so fitted that one to my bike, Mrs Snowy can have the next one :) . Had to cut out part of the top to clear the pipes that go to the ABS, then I put in Ultraseal/PunctureSafe.

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I recently bought the Cymarc covers - no such problems with those and I agree there could be a safety concern if the fitter didn't cut enough back...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: snowy on April 09, 2012, 17:43:39
Hello piglumps

Yes looked at the Cymarc but thought they looked a bit restrictive, so looked around and got the Romatech instead as there looks to be more open area, might be wrong though!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on April 09, 2012, 18:26:40
Nothing today, was being held hostage by the sofa  :grin:

Ian
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Daz281 on April 09, 2012, 20:07:03
Fitted heated jacket cables and a cee bailey screen, then rode 1000 miles in 24hrs for VIA charity. hard work washing all the road salt off afterwards. Glad I had heated grips and jacket as it was cold and wet the majority of way. Just need a better seat now.  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on April 09, 2012, 20:09:34
howd the cee bailey screen work out, what height of a screen did u get
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Baldrick46 on April 09, 2012, 20:55:16
Not done much over Easter because of rain :bawl: I ride to work in all weathers but draw the line these days in getting suited and booted just for pleasure.
So today fitted TRE that arrived on Saturday dead easy to fit only took 5 mins :fix:
Starts and runs OK, will see how it rides on my way to work tomorrow. Only one problem though the fuel gauge is now flashing on empty is anybody else having this problem?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Itchy on April 10, 2012, 17:01:36
I put new decals on
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(http://i796.photobucket.com/albums/yy243/Itchythirdeye/IMGP1005.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on April 10, 2012, 18:27:20
been in work from 7 till 5, so didn't do a thing :(
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ringo grumio nibbler on April 10, 2012, 18:28:24
I finally changed the tyres for Anakees 2's and the improvement is dramatic even without the tyres being "run in"
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on April 11, 2012, 10:24:53
Dracula, I got it from eBay too. Was from a bloke in Ireland who had taken it off a practically new SV650 he was converting into a race bike (he used a custom speedo I guess.) Here's one on eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251038761884) with a £40 Buyout, but you can bid if you're patient.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stevie-m on April 11, 2012, 10:36:07
Auxillary front lights fitted, now preparing to put the new decals on her.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on April 11, 2012, 10:43:36
what aux lights did you use in the end? rigid indeustries?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stevie-m on April 11, 2012, 11:04:38
Quote from: "thebigcheese"
what aux lights did you use in the end? rigid indeustries?

No, cheap and cheerful option, set of Ring lamps from Halfords
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on April 11, 2012, 12:07:54
had a nice long ride on not perfect conditions (rain, wind) but great for trying out what my new Berndi front fork brace has done to the handling. Sasha deffinently felt more planted to the road and overall front stability improved. very pleased by the results.
I didn't get the bad wobble I normally get in the wind when overtaking wagons and the side wind over bridges seemed less of an effect. great mod, thanks Berndi
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on April 11, 2012, 16:00:07
well today , I fitted crash bars , hand guards and sump guards , and tryed to find the vibe/buzzing on the fairing with no luck
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on April 11, 2012, 16:12:45
touched up the rusty bits on Suzi and discovered an oil leak on the Honda, well 2 leaks.

first one was the left fork- OK fork rebuild is on the cards.
second is a gasket on the rear of the engine- bad news- engines Got to come out.
this is going to take a while.  :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: crazyhorse on April 11, 2012, 16:33:22
Hello

Finally made the heated vest and gloves a permanent feature, by removing all the temporary wiring and zip-ties.
Much tidier!

Crazyhorse
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on April 11, 2012, 17:13:54
mr_diver, apparently those engines can be dropped out in 15 minutes by someone that's good at it. I don't think I'll make it quite that fast, but it seems the engine is easy to remove on the CX. Compared to the Strom it's a walk in the park :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ringo grumio nibbler on April 11, 2012, 20:00:01
Had the head stock bearings changed, the brake fluid drained and replaced and the fork oil and seals changed too.

I then rode to Bridlington with my lad on the back and discovered that in slow traffic she is over heating and is making weird noises. Possibly binding brakes, water pump, fan or D. Summink else.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: briboy on April 11, 2012, 20:33:32
Just gave it a good clean,just looked at the high mileages of some of the bikes have covered on the site has anyone gone round the clock?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on April 12, 2012, 06:41:15
Quote from: "Juvecu"
mr_diver, apparently those engines can be dropped out in 15 minutes by someone that's good at it. I don't think I'll make it quite that fast, but it seems the engine is easy to remove on the CX. Compared to the Strom it's a walk in the park :)


that's about 3 weeks at my working speed on the bike. anyways with h the engine and shaft out there's not much else in the frame so I can strip out the shock amd the swing arm. check the bearings and clean and paint all tje rusty bits. hence major work.

All this was planed to be done over the winter but the oil leak kind of forces my hand. may start on it next weeI but I'll make sure I take lots more pics this time.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on April 12, 2012, 09:35:14
Sounds like when you're done with this the good lady is never going to let you sell it again lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: piginawig on April 12, 2012, 09:36:01
Spent a good too many hours in the garage on Sunday/Monday - weather was shite over the Bank holiday, so got busy fitting a new 'marine grade double power socket' to the upper left fairing, just under the handlebars.

It is an excellent way of getting power for a Sat Nav and other gadgets. Pic below is of the Garmin 3790 Nuvi which I often have in my car - I used a very good ram mount behing the Givi screen and she pops out nicely on the top of the clocks. Please ignore the wire dangling across the clocks - now I have the power point all fitted, there are no visible wires at all.

I also fitted a ramount and cradle for an Iphone - this can be charged at the same time via the marine socket. Jobs a gud one'!

Also fitted some decent LED front indicators. Excellent quality - think they're from Oxford products.  Piece of piss to fit and have their own ballasts to ensure the correct flash rate. Got to fit the rears as of yet but these look a bit trickier.....

Pics of full install to follow as I took the tank off and routed the wires with the original loom. Well pleased with it. Also noted that the 2 new tyres that the dealer fitted are Anakee 2's - phew!!

Off to Ze Germans and La Frogs on 2nd May for a 3000 mile 6 day cruise - will have loads pics to share and a decent blog will be made - all to follow!

Cheers,

Pig.
(http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab110/christian1971_bucket/photo.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ringo grumio nibbler on April 12, 2012, 11:25:34
Which supplier did you use for all of your parts mate? I want to fit the same to my bike, but as it's to be fitted to a bike I want to be sure that the power is weatherproof (and idiot proof for fitting) and also need clamps strong enough to ensure my iphone doesn't get blown off.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: piginawig on April 12, 2012, 12:45:43
You'll need this lot - pretty expensive, but your Iphone will be as safe as you like!

http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/apple-iphone ... c-281.html (http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/apple-iphone-4-holder-p-1584-c-281.html)  

or this for Iphone 3 and earlier:


http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/apple-iphone ... c-281.html (http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/apple-iphone-3-holder-p-1022-c-281.html)

You'll also need these:

http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/diamond-base ... c-281.html (http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/diamond-base-with-1-ball-p-1271-c-281.html)

http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/double-socke ... c-281.html (http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/double-socket-short-arm-1-ball-p-1544-c-281.html)

http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/reservoir-co ... c-281.html (http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/reservoir-cover-base-with-1-ball-offset-mounted-p-1567-c-281.html)

That lot is the ultimate mate!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on April 13, 2012, 14:40:12
Finally got around to fitting my Touratech folding brake lever.  

Much tougher than the OEM but I'm unconvinced the foldiness will achieve much more than than gouge a great big scrape in the engine.  Set the lever a lot lower than previously so I shouldn't get cramp when filtering now and reset the brake light switch.

Also adjusted the clutch to take up slack (new cable last month), checked the front sprocket tightness and added a touch of red grease to the brake pins.

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/Snapbucket/DF308465-orig.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on April 13, 2012, 14:53:30
Gave the Vee a clean and stuck it back into storage and plugged in the Accumate....I'm off to NZ for a long holiday.

See you all Mid-May. :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on April 13, 2012, 15:01:37
Enjoy :thumb: Eat enough of the lamb (or well prepared mutton since it's better than lamb anyway) to know what real meat tastes like :) There's more sheep than people in NZ.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on April 13, 2012, 15:09:36
Yep, I grew up thwere then left...Staying with my sister & then my parents, no doubt my Mum will feed me loads of meat inc. lamb, its what I grew (and grew, and grew) up on, on our family's farm - 250,000 sheep & sod all else.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on April 13, 2012, 15:49:36
Ah yes, I forgot you were from there. You'll know the Welsh lamb is a poor excuse for meat  :neen: I buy NZ meat whenever I can find it, it's the closest thing I can find here compared to South African meat. My father in law is a sheep farmer in SA, when I go visit I eat as much as I can get prepared in as many ways as possible. There's nothing quite like a nice lamb chop straight from the 'braai' :thumb:

ps. The Sainsbury's near my house in Warwick do a fairly good NZ lamb shank with red wine sauce (I know what I'm having for dinner tonight :) )
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ringo grumio nibbler on April 13, 2012, 17:42:15
Got the sub frame off, derusted, treated and one coat of hammerite black on.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on April 13, 2012, 18:29:42
cut the right wire to disable the FI error msg (caused by disconnecting the o2 sensor) and more or less fitted the new automatic Tuturo oiler.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on April 14, 2012, 20:13:20
16t front sprocket on me wee, test ride the morn
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ringo grumio nibbler on April 14, 2012, 20:34:06
Managed to get the subframe back with only two mishaps. I've lost one of the front allen key headed bolts from the coloured fairing (anybody know size for a temporary replacement) and also sheared off one of the tiny bolts that the rear preload adjuster attaches to the frame with. I think that'll be left as it is.

I noticed that the scottoiler isn't working either and I'm buggered if I know what vacuum the pipe was attached too. It's a murky messy place in there. I'll get a torch on it tomorrow. I'll check there is oil in it tomorrow and also buy some oil. Does anybody know if the filler plug attachment is mounted on the main bottle (RMV)or whether this will be loose and therefore lost somewhere?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: crazyhorse on April 14, 2012, 23:42:12
Hello

Fitted another set of LED indicators, with a LED compatable relay, all looks good, but the acid test will come when a mate gets to follow and give me the thunbs up or down on their brightness.

Looking forward to the ROD in Yorkshire this coming weekend.

Crazyhorse
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ringo grumio nibbler on April 15, 2012, 16:23:55
Quote from: "crazyhorse"
Hello

Fitted another set of LED indicators, with a LED compatable relay, all looks good, but the acid test will come when a mate gets to follow and give me the thunbs up or down on their brightness.

Looking forward to the ROD in Yorkshire this coming weekend.

Crazyhorse

ROD?

Where did you get the relay and indicators from? The amount of choice is bewildering as are the variations in prices. I like the look of these for the back but not sure about the front, but I don't want to be spending too much.

Ebay item number: 150792741657
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on April 15, 2012, 17:33:12
Me too.  After a front pair that are less "snappy..."  Broke another on my gatepost on Friday .... :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on April 15, 2012, 18:00:22
doing my nice cleaning session, I looked under the tank through the front forks. spottedsome rust stains by the mounting point, brake side. sprayed acf50. appart from that and a clean, not much else
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on April 15, 2012, 20:10:33
Swapped my stock foot pegs back on, adjusted rear brake and gear levers and made sure the rear brake switch is set right. Fixed the SW Motech ones so that the one that had the broken mount from ST3 (that was roadside fixed) is now reliable again, but not sure if I want to put it back on the bike. Might sell them if they stock ones work well with my new boots (new boots have very rigid soles, don't really need wider pegs for them.)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: markie23 on April 15, 2012, 21:04:55
Hello piginawig,

   What part of germany you going, if your passing through the North Rhine Wesstfallen area, ie Nurbergring  :)  :auto-dirtbike: area drop me a line, would love to meet up, and offer a bit of hospitality.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on April 16, 2012, 17:50:19
Fitted a Vee seat to my Wee for a bit more height and comfort ...

My Wee seat will soon be in the for sale section ..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Upright on April 16, 2012, 18:24:19
When out in the pissin' rain and adjusted the chain - again - it must be Frigged by now
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on April 16, 2012, 19:36:19
Quote from: "Upright"
When out in the pissin' rain and adjusted the chain - again - it must be Frigged by now


Mileage?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ringo grumio nibbler on April 16, 2012, 20:14:55
Commuted to work on her today for the first time in 8 years. I took a different route for more riding enjoyment and at exactly the junction that I rejoined my normal route there was a serious accident. It's fate a tells thee!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on April 17, 2012, 08:13:26
Left it in the garage and come to work in the camper, as its pissing it down.

I know lightweight   :violin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on April 17, 2012, 09:41:00
Smiled when I took it out of the garage today as it was raining and the room I rent in Reading is less than 10 minutes away from work. If I still came in from Warwick it would be a wet 1.5 hour ride.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: piginawig on April 17, 2012, 17:17:16
Quote from: "markie23"
Hello piginawig,

   What part of Germany you going, if your passing through the North Rhine Wesstfallen area, ie Nurbergring  :)  :auto-dirtbike: area drop me a line, would love to meet up, and offer a bit of hospitality.

Hello Markie - have a look here:
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=Dor ... B%C3%A4ren (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=Dorf+35,+77784+Oberharmersbach,+Germany+(Hotel+B%C3%A4ren))&daddr=Calais,+France&hl=en&ie=UTF8&sll=49.64316,4.99281&sspn=5.143489,9.832764&geocode=Fcke4gId_AB8ACEk3l4Ny43BEQ%3BFXp0CQMdflwcAClj4_HXdT_cRzH0edKM4Nm-rA&vpsrc=0&doflg=ptm&mra=luc&t=h&z=7

That's where we're off too mate!  If it's anywhere near you, then let me know. Details of the trip are here:

http://www.old-gits.org/thenexttrip.htm (http://www.old-gits.org/thenexttrip.htm)

Cheers mate.  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: piginawig on April 17, 2012, 17:35:17
Well, went in the garage last night and decided to de-install the Garmin Nuvi. Managed to get my hands on a brand new Garmin Zumo 660 all boxed up and good to go.

I have mounted it on the clutch reservoir using the ram mount bits and it's much better for viewing and doesn't bounce about as much as it would do on the instruments area. I hard wired it to the battery.

For sale: Loads of ram mount bits and a nearly new Nuvi 3790 with the ram mount cradle!! and a 2 metre extra long cable if you want to wire to the battery......!!

I'll put it up for sale in the correct forum tonight, with photographs etc....

Cheers.

Pig.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: dsb79 on April 17, 2012, 19:10:38
Just been to Haselmere Motorcycles for its 4000 mile service, feels much nicer, brakes feel sharper, clutch a little nicer, happy with the set up.

A few £ under 200 so not bad either.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ukiboy on April 17, 2012, 20:15:55
Just rode it.. The weather was awful today so the Wee is dirty and grubby but the hosepipe ban means it'll stay that way. Some bikes suit looking clean and polished (a Harley or a 'Wing) and others suit looking like they've just been pulled out of a canal! My '60 reg 8900 mile Wee is now starting to be 'run in' properly and it looks like a workhorse which I like  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on April 17, 2012, 20:20:58
Went out for a ride on it after work. Managed to avoid the rain do that was a bonus.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Baldrick46 on April 17, 2012, 21:50:15
Finely fitted Givi crash bars :fix: they have taken nearly four weeks from M&P ###. Not to bad to fit about 1/2 hour. Now on the lookout for some aux lights so any ideas and pics would be appreciated.
It was baby weather this morning wet and windy :rain:  althought didn't  get wet like I used to on the XZ9 only wet feet from old leaky boots.

Will add pics when I find out how :crazy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: crazyhorse on April 17, 2012, 22:58:51
Hello

For those who asked what LED indicators I bought for the Vee, this is the link.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150787466713? ... 1423.l2649 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150787466713?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649)

The LED compatable relay was'

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LED-flasher-r ... 1e5d52255c (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LED-flasher-relay-Suzuki-SV-DL-650-1000-V-Strom-7-pins-/130414683484?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item1e5d52255c)

Hope this all helps.

Crazyhors
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ringo grumio nibbler on April 18, 2012, 00:04:48
Quote from: "crazyhorse"
Hello

For those who asked what LED indicators I bought for the Vee, this is the link.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150787466713? ... 1423.l2649 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150787466713?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649)

The LED compatable relay was'

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LED-flasher-r ... 1e5d52255c (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LED-flasher-relay-Suzuki-SV-DL-650-1000-V-Strom-7-pins-/130414683484?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item1e5d52255c)

Hope this all helps.

Crazyhors

I'm waiting for word from them on a new black plastic version of this, which they have developed but not put on ebay yet:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150792741657? ... 1423.l2649 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150792741657?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: piginawig on April 18, 2012, 06:41:36
Quote from: "Baldrick46"
Finely fitted Givi crash bars :fix: they have taken nearly four weeks from M&P ###. Not to bad to fit about 1/2 hour. Now on the lookout for some aux lights so any ideas and pics would be appreciated.
It was baby weather this morning wet and windy :rain:  althought didn't  get wet like I used to on the XZ9 only wet feet from old leaky boots.

Will add pics when I find out how :crazy:

These aux lights are the bollox:

 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycle-Au ... 2a150bd727 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycle-Auxiliary-Lights-Vision-X-Solstice-Solo-/180741723943?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item2a150bd727)

Expensive, but draw very little power and will never blow a bulb etc....  Much cheaper from the States, so have a look around as Ebay won't be the cheapest in this instance, although I think they're worth £200.00 all day long. They also look the part even when they're switched off!  My mate has them on his BMW GS and they're way better than the more expensive BMW optional fitments.

I'm putting a set of these on my Vee as soon as possible - I have the Givi crash bars, so fitting should be a doddle.

Cheers,

Pig.

Edit - found these - not sure on shipping costs, but there is also a decent mounting kit on Amazon as well.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TQ ... =&v=glance (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TQ6DI2/ref=sc_pgp__m_A3TGC5XRRCX4P2_1?ie=UTF8&m=A3TGC5XRRCX4P2&n=&s=&v=glance)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on April 18, 2012, 12:45:32
Quote from: "piginawig"
These aux lights are the bollox:

 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycle-Au ... 2a150bd727 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycle-Auxiliary-Lights-Vision-X-Solstice-Solo-/180741723943?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item2a150bd727)

Expensive, but draw very little power and will never blow a bulb etc....  ....
Pah, 900 lumens - I'll see your 900 and raise you 1300.....

http://www.bikevis.com/motorcycle-rigid-industries-duallys.html
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on April 18, 2012, 14:21:46
ha ha what about these bad boys.......

http://www.zenoverland.com/lighting/rig ... es_d2.html (http://www.zenoverland.com/lighting/rigidindustries_d2.html)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: piginawig on April 18, 2012, 15:52:20
http://www.bikevis.com/motorcycle-rigid ... allys.html (http://www.bikevis.com/motorcycle-rigid-industries-duallys.html)

Cheers for the link - just ordered these - hopefull they'll be here by Friday this week and then I'll get them fitted over the weekend.

Pics to follow.......!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on April 18, 2012, 18:03:25
Don't hold them by the wire and swing 'em around - this tends to be detrimental...

You might be able to get a light bar here:  http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=8931

You will need to enlarge the hole in the bars if you use that one.

Here's my post to add the lights:  http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=12435

I'm actually moving them this weekend onto the outboard holes
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on April 18, 2012, 19:12:36
stupid work getting in the way of my vstrom fun. Had no time for a spin today, but my new brake line arrived from svracing . Its a couple of inches longer than normal so I can get the rox risers on no problems. Nice job done too. going to get everything I need bit by bit then on a nice day fit it all up. I'm thinking of fitting a banjo bleeder to the master cylinder too while I'm at it. Should help with the bleeding and my uncle had a spare m10 1.25 single bleeder spare. Bonus :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on April 18, 2012, 19:49:51
Got soaked in a massive rain storm.....could have been riding in a river....... :rain:  :rain:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Glider65 on April 19, 2012, 00:45:55
Drove across to Chester yesterday - went via the A628 as the M62 is a carpark in the morning - what an incredibly cr*p idea that turned out to be - 5 miles of weaving through solid traffic, followed by 4 miles of filtering on the M56.  

Plus of course, despite the weather forecast, it was miserable as hell over the peaks, and damn cold too.  Took me 2.5 hours to do 80 miles.

The only consolation was that I was first to arrive for the meeting.  Feet never warmed up, came back through surface spray on the M62 that turned the drag up to Saddleworth Moor feel like I was trapped in a twighlight zone episode.

Oh the joys of motorbiking
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on April 19, 2012, 18:29:54
Quote from: "medic5"
Got soaked in a massive rain storm.....could have been riding in a river....... :rain:  :rain:
Commuting this week, could have used a bolt on kit to convert to a boat........ :rain:  :rain:  :rain:

Rain rain go away to somewhere in the south east they need it !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on April 19, 2012, 18:34:57
Rode it in the rain escorting a friends hearse with some other riders.  RIP Mark.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on April 19, 2012, 19:55:00
Quote from: "Penfold"
Rode it in the rain escorting a friends hearse with some other riders.  RIP Mark.

That was a nice thing to do Penfold! Hope your friend got a fitting sendoff.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: FragglePete on April 21, 2012, 17:22:10
Today, I had great intentions; to do the brake pads on my Vee as they were looking very low.

Took apart one caliper, cleaned it up, and started to put it back together then realised that I ordered two sets of the same side brake pads!  :shy:  :crazy:  :angry-tappingfoot:  Ordered the set for the other side.

Started to take apart the other side and couldn't get the friggin' pin out.  Pentrating oil, heat, swearing and a hammer and still the damn thing won't budge.  Have now rounded off the pin head. Taken off Caliper ready to take down to local workshop on Monday.   :GRR:  ###

Should had stayed in bed; waste of a day, was so looking forward to getting this done.

Pete
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on April 21, 2012, 18:39:01
also had great intentions, but my brother called to remind me I offered to help fit his new kitchen. :fix:  well, got there at 0900, got home 18:15. still, least I got a pack of beer as payment  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alexgranada on April 21, 2012, 19:44:42
My machine, I needed to tighten the chain of transmission, and just is that I have.
not something that I enjoy, and I'm too careful with this setting.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: wal750 on April 21, 2012, 20:26:36
Fitted new springs in the front forks with new oil.
Greased the headstock bearings
Fitted braided hoses on the front, cleaned the calipers and bled the brakes.

Tomorrow I need to do the rear hose, change the clutch fluid and put everything else back together  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: briboy on April 21, 2012, 21:46:27
I had two pilot road 3 trail tyres fitted pity it was wet not good new tryes wet roads.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: bluekactus on April 22, 2012, 09:46:52
Took it across Dartmoor and got soaked - still fun though!!! :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on April 22, 2012, 11:17:11
Washed the beastie over, that's all. Might get out later to redirty!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: glenwatt on April 22, 2012, 21:02:30
Lead the runners out on the London Marathon, plus stayed dry as a bonus.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on April 23, 2012, 00:16:30
Dropped the strom off in Dad's house. Took the Deauville home, so I could do the service in my garage instead of in the rain at his place.
Oil + Filter
Drive Shaft Oil
Air filter
Plugs
Brake fluid change
and some general little bits.

All sorted and ready to drop it back to him after I give it a run to work and ring it's neck.  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kr1s on April 23, 2012, 15:35:13
I've ordered mine today !!  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: matchless on April 23, 2012, 16:36:35
Made a mounting bracket for my GoPro camera.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wZ0EiAGbWlE/T5V1xPllm4I/AAAAAAAAAEc/pHfbFpFyXWg/s400/P1040447.JPG) (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ei6_zpYwePA/T5V1mbamamI/AAAAAAAAAEU/9HlKidNP4Cg/s400/P1040456.JPG)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: rsnb100 on April 23, 2012, 17:06:35
Fitted Suzuki skid plate off Ebay.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/27504829/577263_10150688042006017_545796016_9733823_1031600525_n.jpeg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on April 23, 2012, 18:53:30
Quote from: "rsnb100"
Fitted Suzuki skid plate off Ebay.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/27504829/577263_10150688042006017_545796016_9733823_1031600525_n.jpeg)

But why do you have a Hosepipe fitted to the back, there's a ban you know  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: rsnb100 on April 23, 2012, 19:13:21
That's not a Hosepipe it's a bike-to-bike comms system!  :liar:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on April 24, 2012, 16:16:54
after being to the docs and getting drained of what felt like a gallon of blood, went for a spin round betws y coed, up to llandudno to visit my brother, then home. sasha was looking pretty dirty, so I washed her down, put on some acf-50 and lubed up the maintenance points (levers, springs etc)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on April 24, 2012, 18:53:16
Nothing exciting. cleaned all the gunk around the front sprocket off, finished installing the new turbo auto oiler and installed the Sat Nav mount.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on April 24, 2012, 19:15:46
Went out at 3-15 for a half-hour bimble to blow out the cobwebs, :auto-dirtbike:  :auto-dirtbike:  :auto-dirtbike:  got back at 5-20, 88 miles later! Wantage, Oxford, Woodstock, Witney, Burford, Bibury, Cirencester, Swindon, Faringdon and home. All my cleaning at the weekend undone.  :grin:  :grin:  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on April 24, 2012, 20:19:04
realised after keeping Sasha, there's a place I Havnt cleaned, under the sprocket case. 3 min job to remove it and low and behold? A relatively clean sprocket area. Nothing much to grumble about. Turn the case over and 2 cm of soldid dirt and old chain oil under it. Very gritty feeling to it. Clean it all off, give it a once over and 5 mins put it back together.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: FuZion on April 25, 2012, 07:37:55
Rode home from work and had a bath at the same time :)

I can not remember a wetter, windier or colder ride home....my nether regions became like a magic sponge collecting all the water from miles around. My Anti Fog Visor decided to take a day off and any attempt to lift the Visor to get some respite resulted in a face full of water. The rain managed to get through my waterproofs, GoreTex and work clothes resulting in my Gentleman's Plums shotting up somewhere near my larynx to keep warm.

I am now off to bed to warm up.

Be careful out there  :rain:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: seath3971 on April 25, 2012, 08:41:54
Not all today but the past week.

Mra screen
Rad covers
Hd camera
iPhone mount
Powder coated luggage rack black
Clutch basket mod
Gear change adapter plate.

Will put up some pics when it stopes raining.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on April 25, 2012, 21:08:49
Got pissed on a lot but fixed the GIVI extra brake light contact under top box was stuck up inside. Cheap fix my favourite !!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Itchy on April 25, 2012, 21:43:00
Quote from: "seath3971"
Not all today but the past week.

Mra screen
Rad covers
Hd camera
iPhone mount
Powder coated luggage rack black
Clutch basket mod
Gear change adapter plate.

Will put up some pics when it stopes raining.

I have been thinking of getting my rack powder coated, how much are we talking?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Itchy on April 25, 2012, 21:46:56
MOT, sailed through WHOOP!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on April 26, 2012, 00:08:24
Today I got very wet on my Vstrom :(
I have now re treated my leggings :)

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: seath3971 on April 26, 2012, 05:23:08
Quote from: "Itchy"
Quote from: "seath3971"
Not all today but the past week.

Mra screen
Rad covers
Hd camera
iPhone mount
Powder coated luggage rack black
Clutch basket mod
Gear change adapter plate.

Will put up some pics when it stopes raining.

I have been thinking of getting my rack powder coated, how much are we talking?

Not sure mate as a friend did it. Looks good in black well worth doing.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: wizard on April 26, 2012, 10:14:37
Quote from: "Itchy"
Quote from: "seath3971"
Not all today but the past week.

Mra screen
Rad covers
Hd camera
iPhone mount
Powder coated luggage rack black
Clutch basket mod
Gear change adapter plate.

Will put up some pics when it stopes raining.

I have been thinking of getting my rack powder coated, how much are we talking?


Hello mate , I have one for sale its already been p/c and you are located near me northants you are more than welcome to come and view  , it has the givi mount as well if needed
thanks jason
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: crazyhorse on April 26, 2012, 16:20:27
Hello

Fitted a set of Akrapovic silencers this morning, will try and get out later.

Crazyhorse
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: VstromJay on April 26, 2012, 18:12:58
Tried to kill myself! Lump of wood fell off of lorry that I was passing on the. outside of a roundabout and the bile went over it. It hit my rad and bent it so the fan won't turn. One new rad ordered at £400 !!! as I am off to France the end of next week on it
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on April 26, 2012, 19:17:25
Did you get the reg no.? hang em by the plums till say sorry nicely I say !!   :violence-uzi:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on April 26, 2012, 19:43:25
£400 . Man that hurts. Could have been worse, could have hit you. Lucky one there.

I myself only topped up the Scottoiler to full, then out of curiosity checked the clearance from the brake cylinder thing above the fan to my fork brace. Looks close to contact on full depression, but I couldn't get the forks to depress fully no matter how hard I bounced on her. Only checked cos I saw this pic online of a abs wee bottomed out and the brake fluid went everywhere. Bloke was riding offroad though and had lowered the front 15mm. I won't be off roading so I think I'm pretty safe lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: VstromJay on April 26, 2012, 20:35:13
lol - also ordered a tank off of fleebay as mine looks like its gained a pin hole leak  in the cavity after I took the tank off to investigate things. Oh and a cover for the new rad

Expensive day indeed
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on April 27, 2012, 19:44:57
After Big Chesses, posting I also cleaned out behind front sprocket cover , Yuk !!
 :fix:
Ian
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on April 28, 2012, 11:40:11
Took the wife out on the Vee today, first time on a bike for around 6 years she liked it v comfy compared to my old GSX just a bit cold for her, Hopefully it won't be another 6 years   before she ventures out again.

:banana-blonde:  :banana-dreads:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: wal750 on April 28, 2012, 20:42:25
Fitted new braided brake hose on the rear with new pads.

Fitted some washers behind the rear sprocket to bring in into line as per the spacer mod. This can be done without removing the rear wheel, will give the bike a try at the next opportunity to see if it makes the gearchange any smoother as reported.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on April 29, 2012, 19:13:11
Watched it rain a lot while I had a spare half hour and changed a few furry bolts for stainless allen bolts.

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Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: crazyhorse on April 29, 2012, 22:31:57
Hello

Bike off the road, as I found that one of the front brake hoses had become unclipped and was rubbing against a part of the lower fork.
It has removed the outer sheeving and had started on the braiding.
So, new hose ordered.
Still, don't mind being off the road whilst the rain is teeming down.

Have fun.

Creazyhorse
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 73bm73 on April 30, 2012, 08:02:29
...did my first ride this year... :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Dilly on April 30, 2012, 10:19:18
Took and passed the Mot.   :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on April 30, 2012, 11:29:24
Off to pick up my pre-reg 2012 DL650.
Then off to N. Wales to give it some air.  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on April 30, 2012, 18:10:34
Took a ride to the dealers with a mate so he could get a new seat for his Busa. My wee2 is now fully run in bonus :grin:
So my mate was quite surprised how well the wee goes.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on April 30, 2012, 19:01:35
Just did a service, new oil, oil filter and spark plugs. Adjusted the gear lever slightly higher and replaced my broken Givi Monokey plate with a good looking one I got 2nd hand from someone on here (think it was Beerbelly?) On 88875 now, will tick over to 89k this week :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on April 30, 2012, 20:41:57
Got to ride my bike not in the rain :)

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: FragglePete on April 30, 2012, 20:50:14
Finally got around to putting it all back together; new calipers (from breakers), new pads and bled.  Also took the oportunity to flush the fluid out of the Clutch system also, seeing as I had the bleed kit and some fluid.  Looks a lot fresher now.

All seems to work; it just needs a good clean now and for this bloody weather to cheer up!

Pete
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on April 30, 2012, 20:51:36
took the bike out this evening for a 60mile run round the peninsula. blue sky and sun! windy though! the chain oiler seems to be doing the job.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on April 30, 2012, 21:20:57
Finally got round to fitting the 4 way aux fuse box relay fed off the rear brake switch, a double power socket under the seat and a single socket on the handlebars for the Sat Nav (car one in a bag) and the HID headlights I removed from the old TDM. Scottoiler tomorrow if I get time.   :thumb:   And it didn't rain....... :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StromGeeza on May 01, 2012, 14:16:04
Got a puncture fixed.
Good chance to clean up the rear wheel properly though.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on May 02, 2012, 20:23:05
28k service-
oil + filter
cleaned the K&N air filter - full of dirt and grit
pulled plugs and put them back in
adjusted clutch
adjusted chain
greased the gear lever and brake pedal pivot
inspected chain and sprockets - front sprocket is worn a bit, but chain and rear sprocket are still good- new renthal 15 tooth on order. cleaned and lubed.
filled the scottoiler

she's running nicer again. -
was using Fuchs Silkolene Super 4 10w40 Semi synthetic, really good quality oil, gear change was slick, reduced engine noise and it just felt smoother.
on offer in M&P's when I popped in a while back was Shell Advance Ultra 10/40 Fully Synth, bought some, was OK, better than the motul 3100 I've used.
I've gone back to the Fuchs and straight away the bikes smoother.
(the old Fuchs was better than the fresh Shell)

just need to give her a clean at some point this month. :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 02, 2012, 20:29:14
Fitted my Madstad then roadtested it on my club's Wednesday morning old gits' ride.  After just one screen adjustment I seem to have hit the sweet spot.  Nice!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on May 02, 2012, 22:29:24
cleaned the bike, fitted bash plate, (bitta swearing done doing that, awkward to get at thread locked bolts)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: glenwatt on May 02, 2012, 23:07:39
Stayed dry, nice change !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: gbrchill on May 03, 2012, 11:09:12
Replaced the left side bottom centre stand bolt (the one that the stand pivots around) with one that actually screws into the thread, rather than flopping around.  The new bolt is a little long so I need to find one just a little shorter.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kr1s on May 03, 2012, 13:34:47
Fitted my Givi rack and monokey box - just waiting for my pannier
rack and trekker cases and sum SUN !  :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on May 03, 2012, 18:09:30
Took it to the dealers in the rain has a GSR 750 as a loaner.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sea-Strom on May 03, 2012, 22:27:07
Chain was too slack after 3000 miles from new so adjusted it. Gear change better now and seems to accelerate more steadily. Was about 40mm  :shock: - now about 25mm. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on May 04, 2012, 16:20:11
Fitted the giving screen I got off a forum member on here. Will be taking the bike tomorrow to the road racing, so Will be interesting to see any difference.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kr1s on May 04, 2012, 16:36:39
Fitted the Givi pannier racks - sweet - just need the trekker cases now ......
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on May 04, 2012, 18:40:16
Fitted scottoiler after much messing about re positioning put everything back then realised halfway to work id forgotten to re-connect the front left indicator when I put the fairing back   :groan:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: VstromJay on May 04, 2012, 20:18:32
fitted new tank, Baglux cover. Run new cable to power iPhone in cockpit and scratch built something to hold it
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on May 04, 2012, 21:19:25
Quote from: "thebigcheese"
Fitted the giving screen I got off a forum member on here. Will be taking the bike tomorrow to the road racing, so Will be interesting to see any difference.

I love my givi screen, and to me it made a huge difference. combined with a madstad, I'm as happy as can be
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 04, 2012, 23:14:48
Just ordered a footpeg lowering kit and mirror widening brackets from Rick Hughes.  As a bulky bloke of 6'7" I reckon these are just what I need!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on May 04, 2012, 23:27:06
Quote from: "shedchief"
Just ordered a footpeg lowering kit and mirror widening brackets from Rick Hughes.  As a bulky bloke of 6'7" I reckon these are just what I need!


got them both and are indeed a good job, for my 6ft 7 frame. will be interesting to test out the givi screen tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 05, 2012, 00:03:28
Quote
got them both and are indeed a good job, for my 6ft 7 frame...

That's good to know!

I look forward to hearing from you regarding the screen.  All the best!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on May 05, 2012, 08:41:43
Fitted some handles to my Ardcase panniers http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/product/ ... ef=detview (http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/product/304429/Steel-folding-handle-pair/?ref=detview)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 05, 2012, 09:13:48
This morning ,  I'll be fitting the Suzuki crash bars that have just been delivered.

Update: it was a 20min job.  Perfick!  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 73bm73 on May 05, 2012, 16:47:14
Fitted the modified rear wheel spacer (sprocket carrier) and rode about 100km this afternoon. :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: FragglePete on May 05, 2012, 19:15:38
Gave it a quick clean and a polish - hopefully sell my car on (fingers crossed) Monday so the bike will be the only means of transport until I find another cage.

Pete
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on May 05, 2012, 20:26:00
got home from work 3 pm coffe, then had a tootle over to delemere forest for a cup of tea and a bun  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: bencav on May 05, 2012, 20:45:06
Removed hugger ready for knobblies to be fitted, then stuck some headlamp protectors on!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on May 05, 2012, 23:00:52
Had a nice but chilly ride into North Pennines to proper try out my 14t front sprocket - conclusion: 20% extra fun!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: glenwatt on May 06, 2012, 08:15:29
14T sprocket installed, but not tested yet.

NOS engine bars fitted too, bargain off fleabay for £50.

She's starting to feel a lot like home!

To be truthful I still miss my KTM a tad, but with kids now life's a compromise.
Can't remember the last time I filled up and I've used her nearly everyday for work :-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on May 06, 2012, 12:49:12
Tightened the chain, lightly cleaned and greased the brake calipers, washed the bike, applied FS365, and masked off the top of the Rigid Duallys as I don't need to see what's happening in the treetops.  Four leds in each unit hence the need to mask across the centre - which is the top of the bottom two leds.

NB - When I tightened the chain the rear nut was worryingly easy to remove - probably near 50nm....

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/Snapbucket/270B087B-orig.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on May 06, 2012, 19:17:11
Cleaned and bled the front brakes and a big improvement.

Changed a large number of bolts for stainless allen bolts - Bling-tastic  :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StreetHippo on May 06, 2012, 20:06:28
Ragged the living tits off her, all over Wiltshire  :lala:
Then removed herd of bugs off lights, screen and visor!!
Do I really need to test ride the Speed Triple this week?
Or do I just get real, get the GPR can and enjoy what I have?
Decisions........

Stu
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Coval on May 08, 2012, 07:49:03
1. Oil & filter change
2. Front pads
3. Rear pads
4. Replaced front and rear sprockets
5. Chain
6. Clutch cable (prevention is better than cure)
7. Found a nail in rear tyre - plugged the hole
8. Made and fitted Snowy's screen bracket - works, but still playing with screen sizes and settings
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on May 08, 2012, 19:57:11
Went for my first proper ride - 150+ miles around North Wales. Some motorway, some A roads, some single track roads.
It was superb on all.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: FastLoe on May 08, 2012, 21:03:47
Replaced my luggage rack, from (original grey) to a black one. Looks a lot better
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on May 08, 2012, 21:28:36
oil, filter, pads front and back (now I need new pins for the front ### ), air filter, [s:vjrjb08z]general clean[/s:vjrjb08z], thorough once-over.

The wee is happy :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 09, 2012, 11:29:05
Although not strictly done 'to' the Strom, I fixed a leak in the garage roof just in time to beat last night's torrential rain.

 :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Spike on May 09, 2012, 12:22:27
Have just changed the Oil/Filter  :fix: , then had a blast out for 50 miles.  :auto-dirtbike:

Whilst stopped in a layby for no more than 30seconds, a chap in a car pulled up and asked if all was OK, as he is a biker and always checks when he sees a  biker stopped in the middle of nowhere, I thanked him and thought what a nice man  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on May 09, 2012, 12:27:59
Put the vee in for her MOT.  :limp:

Now I'm sitting at home Veeless and wondering how I ever managed without it.

Should be back on it tomorrow all being well.


 :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: gcram on May 09, 2012, 19:59:13
Decided to clean the chain on my vee.  Thoroughly cleaned the chain with degereaser, wiped it down with an old towel, then gave it a thorough lubing with..................de-icer!!

Oops.  What a numpty!  

:lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on May 09, 2012, 20:09:51
Quote from: "gcram"
Decided to clean the chain on my vee.  Thoroughly cleaned the chain with degereaser, wiped it down with an old towel, then gave it a thorough lubing with..................de-icer!!

Oops.  What a numpty!  

:lala:

I bet that gave you a 'thaw' feeling..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: gcram on May 09, 2012, 20:13:20
At least it won't freeze solid.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on May 09, 2012, 20:17:13
discovered that oil leaks are contagious-

the Honda developed an oil leak at the back of the engine meaning when I can be arsed I'll drop the engine out,

now Suzi wants in on the act and has a minor leak from around the Left side hose connection on the oil c.o.o.l.er.

whenever I get a day off I'll have a look at it- thankfully I've just transfered my job back closer to home. lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on May 09, 2012, 22:52:48
Do a search, I had a similar issue just before ST3, the info might be useful. I have a complete short oil hose, unused, so if you need one let me know. Can send it to you for less than I paid, just need to cover some of my losses.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on May 10, 2012, 20:26:09
Had a look at the oil leak- bollocks!

where the hose screws into the rad is cracked- from outside and making its way into the threads.
was leaking going to work and on the way back there was a nice pool of oil in the sump guard.

had a look at it tonight and now I'm looking for a new coo.ler.

there's a few breakers locally so I'm going to be doing a bit of phoning around and am on Pubic Transport. (not a type error)
 :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: bencav on May 10, 2012, 22:31:33
Adjusted the shifter to accomodate my hulking great altbergs.

Strapped a pair of tyres to the back ready for a trip to the fitters tomorrow!

Sh@t myself that the bike wouldn't start the day before a decent trip - stupid soddin engine cut off switch!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on May 10, 2012, 22:36:40
Quote from: "mr_diver"
Had a look at the oil leak- bollocks!

where the hose screws into the rad is cracked- from outside and making its way into the threads.
was leaking going to work and on the way back there was a nice pool of oil in the sump guard.

had a look at it tonight and now I'm looking for a new coo.ler.

there's a few breakers locally so I'm going to be doing a bit of phoning around and am on Pubic Transport. (not a type error)
 :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:   :rain:
Plenty oil coolers on the bay ..http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/I.html?_from= ... Categories (http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/I.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=Suzuki+sv+650+oil+cooler&_sacat=See-All-Categories)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on May 10, 2012, 22:39:07
Heh! We've all done that one - those switches should have a cut-off switch of their own :angry-tappingfoot:

have a good trip, Ben - enjoy yourself! :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: bencav on May 10, 2012, 22:44:24
Quote from: "Gassoon"
Heh! We've all done that one - those switches should have a cut-off switch of their own :angry-tappingfoot:

have a good trip, Ben - enjoy yourself! :auto-dirtbike:

Honeslty, this trip is turning into more stress than ST3! Report of shit tyres (Still recovering!!) then the non-starting bike!

Cheers Gas watch out Lanarkshire, here we come!! H ear you're hitting the campsites this weekend? Busy one oop north eh?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on May 10, 2012, 23:11:57
Hope I'm not floating down the Eden in me tent....................Nah! Scotlands getting it worse, Phew!  ; )

Whose putting your tyres on for you? (oops I'm hijacking the thread aren't I?!) BTW the sidestand foots haven't come yet : (
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Itchy on May 11, 2012, 14:10:24
I just made myself a satnav bar. £3 BARGAIN
(http://i796.photobucket.com/albums/yy243/Itchythirdeye/IMGP1044.jpg)
(http://i796.photobucket.com/albums/yy243/Itchythirdeye/IMGP1046.jpg)
(http://i796.photobucket.com/albums/yy243/Itchythirdeye/IMGP1048.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: bencav on May 11, 2012, 15:25:33
Quote from: "Gassoon"

Whose putting your tyres on for you? (oops I'm hijacking the thread aren't I?!) BTW the sidestand foots haven't come yet : (

Armstrong on the Hill. £45 ride in ride out - all done, bke packed, setting of in 2hrs!!

have a great weekend!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on May 11, 2012, 18:28:40
Fitted slightly taller screen from slipscreenslimited and droped front forks through by 15mm.
Then went for a ride to get fuel and test screen
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on May 11, 2012, 19:18:44
moved the strom to the rear space in the garage, The CX500 to the Drive to make space for Daddy's Deauville for the next week or so until the parts for the strom's oil cooler turn up and get fitted  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Andy M on May 11, 2012, 19:32:28
Picked up new Wee from dealers  :grin:

Said goodbye to Bonneville  :bawl:

Got a tad frustrated with 6000 rpm run in limit  :angry-tappingfoot:

Andy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on May 11, 2012, 19:56:47
Just wait till the first service is done and you'll see it wad worth the wait
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on May 11, 2012, 20:59:04
After I found a nail on my rear tyre at work I was feeling quite pleased with myself as it hadn't punctured my almost new tyre as I wheeled my 2010 wee in the garage to give a quick clean and never noticed the side stand had flipped up.  Dropped I and have scratched the take panel and main top fairing.

Not my favourite person at the moment

Lucky I had the crash bars on I think as that was all the damage.

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 12, 2012, 15:06:31
Quick service, then cleaned and Scottoiled it ready for tomorrow's club rideout.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: longman on May 12, 2012, 15:41:20
first ride in two months....finally..workload is killing me at the moment so I was very happy I could get on the bike today and ride..90 very random miles today:) just took every road that caught my eye:)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ukiboy on May 12, 2012, 15:54:10
Fixed a serious fairing rattle/wobble. The fairing bracket is attached to the main bike frame by two 12mm headed bolts, just in front of the headstock. Folks, do yourselves a favour and go check them now. One of mine had totally worked loose and gone awol. This happened suddenly and without warning. I've sourced another bolt and used thread lock compound on both which will hopefully prevent them causing strife in future.. If both had worked loose at the same time and at motorway speeds it would have been nasty  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Andy M on May 12, 2012, 16:47:47
Some sort of harmonic there IMHO. Definately worth the thread lock.

I octupled the mileage on the bike in an afternoon  :shock:  Won't be doing that again me thinks!

Andy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on May 12, 2012, 17:43:16
Cleaned gravel out of the brake calipers...again...  Took off the rear panels and checked over all the wiring; all seemed fine, if very shittily soldered by the alarm remover..... :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on May 12, 2012, 18:09:27
Might be wise to redo those shitty soldering joints before they give you trouble? You'll be cursing yourself for knowing about it and not fixing it if you get stranded somewhere because of it.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on May 12, 2012, 19:17:18
Like your new avatar , he's Vaping  lol

Took the Wee for the MOT this morning , passed .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on May 12, 2012, 20:52:46
He's too bad arse to be a vapour, that's a real cigar! :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Oldie on May 12, 2012, 20:56:45
Quote from: "Juvecu"
He's too bad arse to be a vapour, that's a real cigar! :neen:

Not so sure about that.

Looks more like a Quinjli J42 ladies cigar to me - very popular in HK  :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on May 13, 2012, 08:25:44
Did my first ride outside of monsoon conditions for over a month.  :rain:

I actually volunteered to go shopping for my nice lady as I knew it was all going to fit in a top box and would involve wasting lots of petrol and get me some brownie points.  :thumb:

Quick wipe with ACF50 and the knowledge that a Sunday ride is also a possibility this weekend.  :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 13, 2012, 15:14:38
Enjoyed a swift ride with 16 other bikes (I had the only Vstrom).  
I love the smell of burning Scottoil in the morning... 8-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Glider65 on May 13, 2012, 15:50:22
Refitted the new rear brake pedal after purchasing cerclip pliers.  Brake seems very firm compared with the travel on Davina.  But I've heard that there is excessive travel on the multi forums.  

Following feedback from DiviDoris on ST3 I've adjusted the rear brake light switch, so it should now only come on when I'm actually pressing hard enough for the brakes to work.

Also fitted new dual fluorescent in the garage so I can see what I'm doing.  Is it just me, but those Homebase fittings seem shite?  I have to use gaffa tape on the ends to keep them from springing apart and dropping the tubes.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: bgfs on May 13, 2012, 17:53:00
Taken my wee vee al2 on the Welsh rally through stuning mountains and valleys in North Wales in fantastic weather(for a change!). I live here but never get tired of it......(just the weather!!!!!!)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Axe on May 13, 2012, 20:59:54
Done to my strom today,

Failed to sell it again on ebay,
(I don;t want to sell, or particularly need to, but every now and again I get an itch and the Strom is cash sat on the drive)

first time it was for a sports bike, and I got offered swaps for early R1's (my favourite all time sports bike,a nd several of them met my criteria 100%) but at the end of the day I just couldn;t bring myself to part with my strom.

Second time was because I was looking for a boat, I figured I could sell the strom and buy a fishing boat/engine combo that would have seen me right for a couple of years till I wanted something bigger, but trying to sell a bike in Oct/Nov is never a good idea and the only offers I got were stupid ones.

Third time (this time) I just changed from a company car to a car allowance so had to buy my own car (which had to meet certain requirments to do with age/mileage etc) and due to being laid off from a previous job and a whole host of other influences I managed to stumble across a company liquidation auction site where I was able to buy a Alfa Romeo 159 (retail price £8k) for less than £5k. They regularly have cars for £500 to £4k less than retail (after buyers premium/vat etc) so I figured selling the bike, investing the money on a few cars should produce profit. But bike aren't selling,I had 2 offers, one of £1600 and 1 of a swap plus cash for a triumph st sprint 955i. Both good (I was really tempted by the sprint to be honest) but not good enough. So I'm still a strommer.................

now I've accepted that I'm going to have the strom for another few years I looked into doing the lands end/John ogroats trip in June, but it's a bit to short notice to save up for.

I need a challenge, anyone got some real long distance trips planned for 2013 that they want company for??????

Axe.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on May 14, 2012, 10:56:13
fitted a Bagster tank protector, the black one for a vee to my wee this morning. took 10 mins, really easy to do. I was 50/50 which one to get, the silver or black, but I didn't really like the look of the silver. luckly, I managed to get a cheaper black one and it arrived today. il smooth it out fully over time. pics to follow.

also, as an aside, my fleece arrived today too
cheers Andy

pics uploded *edit
(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/Bagster%20tank%20protector/2012-05-14-211.jpg)

(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/Bagster%20tank%20protector/2012-05-14-214.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on May 14, 2012, 11:47:42
Think you made the right decision with the black,
It looks good.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on May 14, 2012, 12:11:47
:text-+1:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on May 14, 2012, 22:19:00
Couldn't stop myself. Went for a quick spin to the supermarket - with a 20 mile detour  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 14, 2012, 22:29:38
Although it's not necessary,  I decided to fit a black sheepskin (actually a lambskin) I had knocking about in order  to see what difference it might make to rider comfort. I simply laced it onto the rider's part of the saddle and revelled in the luxury.  Cor! I can't wait to try it over distance. 8-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on May 15, 2012, 07:24:47
I touched a peg yesterday :lala: hahah
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on May 15, 2012, 13:56:47
Quote from: "mjc506"
I touched a peg yesterday :lala: hahah

dirty boy! didn't your mother tell you ul go blind?  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on May 15, 2012, 16:35:24
fitted a second hand oil cooler to replace the cracked and badly leaking one.

all happy again! :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on May 15, 2012, 16:52:29
Any idea what caused it diver?

I fitted Rick's sidestand foot - nice big and black one! Doesn't sink into carpet (yes, I have some carpet in my garage :shy: )

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-B62lNxjyWdA/T7J6efnzXzI/AAAAAAAAAI4/orc2Ik8JBRo/s400/13052012952.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ukiboy on May 15, 2012, 17:06:12
Picked up a nail in my rear tyre. Couldn't be repaired so a new Pilot Road 3 was required (at £130).
Wouldn't mind so much but the 'old' Pilot Road 3 with the said nail had only done 1100 miles  :bawl:
Oh well, 'things' happen and all that...  :)
On the plus side, I had to go to Cambridgeshire for work and I had a cracking ride; the Wee is superb when its thrashed !!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Oop North John on May 15, 2012, 17:48:34
Waited another day for the LH switch gear to be replaced at the dealers.  :angry-tappingfoot:

Is there a world shortage of L2 LH switchgear?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on May 15, 2012, 18:59:58
Quote from: "Oop North John"
Waited another day for the LH switch gear to be replaced at the dealers.  :angry-tappingfoot:

Is there a world shortage of L2 LH switchgear?


Better watch the news tonight ; )
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Oop North John on May 15, 2012, 19:23:28
Quote from: "Gassoon"
Quote from: "Oop North John"
Waited another day for the LH switch gear to be replaced at the dealers.  :angry-tappingfoot:

Is there a world shortage of L2 LH switchgear?


Better watch the news tonight ; )

Not made in Greece are they  :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on May 15, 2012, 19:24:36
Got Givi box and panniers fitted. Even though they are the V35 and meant to be slimmer, the bike now has a rear like Hattie Jaques.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 15, 2012, 22:45:11
Today, I've fitted the wiring and charger for my phone so I can use it as a GPS. This was a present from SWMBO, bless her little cotton socks.

Here it is if you're interested (about £40 from Amazon):

Ultimate Add-ons Samsung Galaxy s2 system (http://www.amazon.co.uk/UltimateAddons-Motorcycle-Waterproof-Samsung-including/dp/B0070W54V6/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1337118121&sr=8-15)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Kaboo on May 16, 2012, 06:40:50
Second service, at 4,000 miles, also tighten chain. Cost £159.71.

Felt a bit sorry for the mechanic. The bike was a bit mucky anyway but on the way to the garage the traffic was detoured through the lanes because of roadworks, so it got covered in crap and it was dripping wet because it was raining ! - er sorry mate here is the bike you have to work on today !

Anyway I noticed that they had cleaned both sides of the swinging arm. Must say thanks next time I am in !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on May 16, 2012, 07:17:08
Quote from: "shedchief"
Today, I've fitted the wiring and charger for my phone so I can use it as a GPS. This was a present from SWMBO, bless her little cotton socks.

Here it is if you're interested (about £40 from Amazon):

Ultimate Add-ons Samsung Galaxy s2 system (http://www.amazon.co.uk/UltimateAddons-Motorcycle-Waterproof-Samsung-including/dp/B0070W54V6/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1337118121&sr=8-15)
That looks pretty decent. Does it look properly waterproof?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 16, 2012, 10:32:50
Quote from: "mjc506"
..That looks pretty decent. Does it look properly waterproof?

I've not tried it in the rain yet, but it's very well made,  closes tightly and seems to be well-sealed, with all plugs and switches covered properly. I'm confident that it will do the job but will report back if it doesn't!

 :thumb:

Edit:  It's claimed to have an IPX-4 Rating which means that it's resistant to splashing (as opposed to immersion), so this should mean it's OK in the rain  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on May 16, 2012, 13:13:55
Sounds good to me, especially as it's 'hidden' behind the screen :) Thanks!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: crazyhorse on May 17, 2012, 11:25:33
Hello

Had the Vee on a rolling road to match the newly fitted Akrapovic pipes to the PC111 and motor, and was very pleased with the results.

Crazyhorse
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 73bm73 on May 17, 2012, 12:55:07
Got new tyres today. (BT-023)
Now I'm ready for Sardinia!!! :lala:  :auto-dirtbike:  (Starting on 24th - can't await...)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 17, 2012, 19:44:06
Today I fitted my birthday presents, namely: Rick's peg-lowering kit and mirror widening brackets.

All went swimmingly apart from one thing: three of the four original bolts holding the footpegs to the frame were all seized solid and were a right bugger to remove.  In the end I had to resort to drilling, bashing, thumping, swearing and using screw/bolt removers. Still, in the end, the lowered pegs make such a difference - amazingly so given that they're just an inch lower than standard.  All in all, these mods complete the Keithizing of my bike and I am now a happy bear!

Safe roads!

 :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SimonW on May 17, 2012, 20:52:17
Quote from: "shedchief"
Today I fitted my birthday presents, namely: Rick's peg-lowering kit and mirror widening brackets.

All went swimmingly apart from one thing: three of the four original bolts holding the footpegs to the frame were all seized solid and were a right bugger to remove.  In the end I had to resort to drilling, bashing, thumping, swearing and using screw/bolt removers. Still, in the end, the lowered pegs make such a difference - amazingly so given that they're just an inch lower than standard.  
+1  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on May 17, 2012, 21:19:20
I got the wee airborne!

accidentally-on-purpose... :shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on May 18, 2012, 22:29:47
Not a lot today but on Thursday I was at Cadwell Park circuit for a day with Lincs Road Safety Partnership and Hopp Rider Training.  This day was heavily subsidised so as a local I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Day started at 0745 with noise test on bike and registration followed by a morning in the clubhouse looking at accidents, hazards, how to avoid them and how to read the road  to get more information. A lot was things I did know but I still managed to pick up lots of useful things.

The afternoon was on the circuit in groups of six or seven.  First hour or so doing low speed manoeuvres and braking. Quite good fun practising locking the front up and letting it go again.  My bikes rear brake is not the keenest brake in the world but I could just get it to lock up.  Feet up U turns.  I thought most young people would be able to do them as it's part of the test isn't it.  However they seemed to find it hard, one young Gixxer rider will be in the market for replacement winkers. Oops. I managed very well for an old one.  Then it was lapping the full circuit following an instructor for three twenty minute sessions.  The day ended up with a fifteen minute session on our own.

I first went to Cadwell in the late fifties but it's the first time I'd ever ridden the circuit.  A most enjoyable day. There was only one other DL650 there, ridden by a gentlemen called Rod from Halifax.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 19, 2012, 13:30:53
Just back from a 90+  mile ride.  Great fun,  and I can now confirm that the combination of lower footpegs,  wider mirrors and the Madstad have utterly transformed my bike.  Money well spent!
8-)

I filled it up too: 189.9miles took 12.25litres,  I. e.  70.5mpg!
:grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kr1s on May 19, 2012, 18:33:26
I've fitted a 12v accessory socket and a cyclone alarm - all for under £30 !!

And the Givi trekker panniers are on the way too - should be here Monday....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on May 20, 2012, 14:41:58
Unblocked the scottoiler and re-routed it so it goes through the unused bobbin hole.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Andy M on May 20, 2012, 14:51:26
Found a connector to get a switched feed to a relay for GPS/heated clothing etc. There is one going free behind the left rear pannel, standard 4-way with 2.6mm pins so a nice neat job. No idea what this one-used plug is for, two switched power on the bottom pins and goodness knows what on the top 2. Probably for alarms?

Made a pad for the sidestand that won't foul the centre stand.

I'm amazed at what I can get in the tool tray. The Bonneville had a slot for the manual, that was it, not even space for the allen key to get the side panels off. I've got my entire kit except the compressor under the one on the Wee, and given I have three CO2 cartridges in there it's tempting to leave that at home unless getting a long way into the sticks.

Andy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on May 20, 2012, 14:59:03
Did a 65 mile trip around West Oxfordshire just to buy a beer. Then spent a nervous trip home with a glass bottle rattling around in an otherwise empty top box. I had to wrap it in a high vis bib and hope for the best. I need a better way of wrapping the bottle next time!

Quick wash and ACF50 at home, then the beer.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on May 20, 2012, 18:38:17
Took it out for a ride around Kent being followed by a police motorcyclist doing my bikesafe course. Great fun. :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on May 20, 2012, 20:06:35
replaced a worn front sprocket with a new Renthal one,

discovered my rear brake pads were beyond the wear markers - new pads in the morning.  :banghead:

ah well have to go to the shop to pick up the old man's screen mount thing for the Deauville anyways.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Steve33 on May 21, 2012, 09:32:27
Yesterday finally got around to raising the forks 15mm through the yokes. The difference in handling is excellent - just looking forward to my fork brace next.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: pauljobr on May 21, 2012, 09:40:36
I recently purchased an Ultimate Addons iPhone kit to allow me to use the TOMTOM Sat Nav, more useful now it has 'Winding Roads' as a route selection,
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waterproof-Motorcycle-Bike-Mount-Kit-iPhone-4-/120726738612?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item1c1bdfd6b4
I connected the positive lead to the underside of the fuse box, the orange wire is a switched feed for the fuses so I don't have to worry about switching unit on/off everytime.

I then purchased an SD Soundwear stereo bluetooth receiver http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006YWYF72/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00
and some JVC Gummy headphones. The headphones are in ear ones so act as some noise protection and block out the worst of the wind noise whilst letting me hear the spoken instructions clearly. Also with the TOMTOM I can play music for those long rides.

Having been out recently I can confirm the case is water resistant. The only problem is that you have to make sure you have everything set before you put your gloves on. Once my gloves are on I can only adjust the volume as these are physical buttons, anything that is touch screen will not work with leather.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: royzx7r on May 21, 2012, 13:01:30
Quote from: "shedchief"
Just back from a 90+  mile ride.  Great fun,  and I can now confirm that the combination of lower footpegs,  wider mirrors and the Madstad have utterly transformed my bike.  Money well spent!
8-)

How did you lower you footpegs?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on May 21, 2012, 13:25:06
Got the bike ready for its MOT...booked in for 8.15 tomorrow morning. I say "got ready" - it consisted of checking the bulbs and horn worked & that's it...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 21, 2012, 18:04:07
Quote from: "royzx7r"
How did you lower you footpegs?

I used a footpeg lowering kit purchased from Adventure Tech:
www.adventuretech.biz/products_detail.php?ProductID=22 (http://www.adventuretech.biz/products_detail.php?ProductID=22)

It's a USA-based company and the items were delivered within the fortnight.  They were easy to fit once I'd managed to remove the existing bolts securing the footpegs.

HTH.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on May 21, 2012, 20:21:37
Turned the scottoiler off after the nib got wrenched off.... :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on May 21, 2012, 20:51:37
faffed about with the heated grips, left one won't warm up. still couldn't get it to warm up and gave up for today
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SgtSmash on May 21, 2012, 21:34:59
Sold it! (well changed it for a new bike  :thumb: )
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SimonW on May 21, 2012, 22:47:18
Quote from: "royzx7r"
How did you lower you footpegs?
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=11155&p=93332&hilit=lowering#p93332 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=11155&p=93332&hilit=lowering#p93332)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on May 22, 2012, 08:09:53
Spent 6 hours stripping completely seized front calipers. Had to drill the pad retaining pins out. But I have brakes that work right again.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on May 22, 2012, 11:20:04
Quote from: "Strommer"
Turned the scottoiler off after the nib got wrenched off.... :angry-tappingfoot:
Replace it with a PD Oiler rope type nozzle :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on May 22, 2012, 12:38:01
Quote from: "Juvecu"
Quote from: "Strommer"
Turned the scottoiler off after the nib got wrenched off.... :angry-tappingfoot:
Replace it with a PD Oiler rope type nozzle :thumb:

Need to fit it properly to start with.  The new rear sprocket has so many holes it's difficlut to find where to point the thing.  May move it to the front sprocket.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Spike on May 22, 2012, 15:08:28
After riding around 100 miles today, I was shocked when I heard this rumbling noise and I thought damn what's wrong with it, I ooked down only to see my topbox sat on the raod behind me  ###

I picked up said topbox admired all the scratches then realised my cheap/homemade topbox adaptor was tooooo cheap  :shy:  :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on May 22, 2012, 21:56:01
Took a ride out in the sun, removed the wildlife from the bodywork and started to slap on some acf.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on May 22, 2012, 21:59:06
Quote from: "cearnshaw"
nowt. I took the W650 for a run as I's been stuck in for the last couple of months. Bit wet though, and a bit foggy

.(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/422885_10150720948148974_601103973_11411051_338846579_n.jpg)

.(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/404299_10150720946553974_601103973_11411050_1831160141_n.jpg)

Beautiful bike is that..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on May 23, 2012, 16:33:13
removed the front fairings and under cowl , dropped the radiator and fitted the eastern beaver handlebar wiring extension kit, ready for me eventually fitting rox risers. I wrapped the beaver kit plugs in black tape as the connectors looked a little exposed to me. Also exposed the heated grips plug ready to fit my new kit . I ordered an eastern beaver plug wire to fit the grips . I'm getting a Oxford hot grips set so I think I have to somehow join the wire to the controler wire I think but shouldn't be a problem.

edit for pics*
(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/sasha%20Dl650/2012-05-23-233.jpg)

really hard to get the plugs undoen in not much room. got a few war wounds for my trouble
(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/sasha%20Dl650/2012-05-23-235.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on May 23, 2012, 21:05:14
fitted the Bagster tank cover, and bag! seems a good job, a least I don't have to worry about a tank bag flying off the bike anymore  :grin:

hope to leave the bashplate and Sat Nav holder in to get powder coated tomorrow!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on May 23, 2012, 21:07:51
Quote
I then purchased an SD Soundwear stereo bluetooth receiver http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006YWYF72/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00

have got the same waterproof cover myself and was going to get a bluetooth receiver like the one you have. how long do you get out of the device on a full charge?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: pauljobr on May 24, 2012, 09:18:18
Quote
have got the same waterproof cover myself and was going to get a bluetooth receiver like the one you have. how long do you get out of the device on a full charge?

Thebigcheese, I have had it powered on for over 4 hours of which 3 hours was playing music. If you are just using Sat Nav commands the device goes into a sort of sleep mode which saves battery power so potentially it could last a lot longer. I have not done a full battery check on it but after this trip it still had power in it.
The only thing I found is that you have to be able to place it somewhere where the buttons will not be accidentally pushed, otherwise you find you music starts jumping forward and back tracks quite often and that starts to get annoying after a while.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: donny1972 on May 24, 2012, 13:38:48
Done a coolant change. Plenty of gubge from old coolant :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on May 24, 2012, 13:44:31
with my bike stripped from yesterday, I fitted my new Oxford hot grips a m8 sold me. they were new, unused, but he sold the bike before he fitted them. I quickly plugged them all together and tested them on the battery to see if it worked. they got very hot, much hotter than mu Suzuki ones. dissasembeled again, then test fitted onto the bars. throttle one was snug, but could rotate so once possition found, I glued onto the throttle tube. clutch one I wanted to place over insulation tape but it was so tight a fit I had to remove the tape. never mind

removed the tank, fitted the controler wire up and used the existing Suzuki control plate to mount the on/off swith. the controller box is under the seat, I found a small gap by the main fuses to stick it there with the double sided sticky provided. once all cable tied up, tested again and all works great. clutch grip not really noticbly colder than right, but when warming up it is a little (it is fitted to bare metal  :bawl: ) after 4 mins both sides feel equil heat. had to trim off a little bit off the grips length, but nothing much.

overall, a nice hour job in the sun. just need my easter beaver heated grip wire to arrive and I'm good to go
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on May 24, 2012, 20:58:35
need my bike tomorrow so I couldn't wait for the easte beaver wire, and connected the heated grips to my 3cs. All back together again now, all working fine and no bits or bolts left over lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Steve33 on May 25, 2012, 10:39:38
Tried to fit some 25mm handlebar risers that have been knocking around in my shed for ages. Found out that Suzuki use difference hole centres on handlebar clamps - risers were originally bought for a Honda I owned previously.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 25, 2012, 19:42:14
Quote from: "Steve33"
Tried to fit some 25mm handlebar risers that have been knocking around in my shed for ages...

Me too.  BMW risers don't fit either :-(
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on May 25, 2012, 19:52:22
These will fit   http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Handle-bar-ri ... 3cc68606ae (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Handle-bar-risers-Suzuki-GSF650-Bandit-20mm-Rise-/261028710062?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item3cc68606ae)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StromGeeza on May 25, 2012, 21:00:32
Re-attached the elastic jobbie from inside the OE topbox.

Too much junk in da  t.r.u.n.k...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Steve33 on May 25, 2012, 21:16:23
Quote from: "Locksmith"
These will fit   http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Handle-bar-ri ... 3cc68606ae (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Handle-bar-risers-Suzuki-GSF650-Bandit-20mm-Rise-/261028710062?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item3cc68606ae)

Those were the exact ones I bought earlier.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: royzx7r on May 25, 2012, 21:49:07
Went for a scutch arround N.Wales and then gave the wee an oil and filter change ready for my Scotland Jaunt in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: VstromJay on May 26, 2012, 10:13:13
Looked at it but now have to go into town with the wife shopping :(

Might wash it later prior to changing the front sprocket tomorrow but its way too hot out the front of the house at the moment
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 26, 2012, 11:52:34
Lubed the chain and checked the tyre pressures.

[I agree - it's actually too hot for me to face getting dolled up in all my riding gear, and that's really saying something. As tempting as it is to ride without a jacket etc, I still have images of my friend's brother after he had had a low-speed spill on his Yam while just wearing shorts, flipflops and a vest.  Ugly sight! Gravel rash and flesh rubbed away right down to his kneecap. Sorry - that's NOT for me  :old: ]
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on May 26, 2012, 12:33:26
To hot for me too . I may get up early tomorrow and go for a ride while its cooler .
I use a Roof Boxer helmet in this weather ..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on May 26, 2012, 21:18:18
Fitted the Aprilia Mirror's I got from Trophyrider. What an improvement.  :grin:

Not only a thousand times nicer to look at, but as they stick out a bit further a slightly more robust gentlemen can actually see round himself now, rather than just see my jacket billowing in the wind. A fifty mile trip round Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire tonight and I'm impressed.

Don't think it did anything for the buffeting though. Even though my screen is on the "secret highest setting" I still have my entire helmet and half my neck higher than the top of the screen, so I still take a blast anyway.

I might as well have a naked Strom ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on May 26, 2012, 22:10:28
new tyres on and scrubbed in and cleaned the brakes
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on May 26, 2012, 23:05:16
went to work and cooked even just wearing the ripped work trousers and all vents open on the jacket.

went for a ride when it started to c.o.o.l. down wit the mrs for Porthcawl- there's some scary mental people living there... reminds me of the old days in the watersports centre there.

on the way, avoided a deer that wanted to commit suicide then less than a mile later a collie tried the same thing. turned to the mrs and said they must be looking for their friend...
she asks what friend?  - the rabbit that went under the front wheel this morning going to work... :shy:
then she said I killed Thumper?  :crazy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on May 27, 2012, 16:22:59
Packed the camping gear for 3 days in the Brecon Beacons.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on May 27, 2012, 17:56:41
washed her, and kept her away again. had a serious case of betty swallocks  :rain: just cleaning her, so I didn't take her out for a ride. did a couple of days ago and fun just outweighed the discomfort factor. il let it cold down a bit I think before my next long ride :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on May 27, 2012, 18:21:25
Quote from: "willbo"
washed her, and kept her away again. had a serious case of betty swallocks  :rain: just cleaning her, so I didn't take her out for a ride. did a couple of days ago and fun just outweighed the discomfort factor. il let it great down a bit I think before my next long ride :auto-dirtbike:

Andy - take that Americanisms filter off for the word cold .... please! We probably invented it anyway!

Me? Had a pleasant ride out via Newbury and Eastleigh to Mayflower Park in Southampton, stopped there for about half an hour then back through Totton, Romsey, Stockbridge and the like to Wantage..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on May 27, 2012, 18:24:47
Nothing to the bike itself, I just fitted an extra double strip light in the garage so I can see what I am doing. I tried fitting heated grips in January in a cold garage with just a torch, so needed to do something.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on May 27, 2012, 18:38:23
I have a misfire so I've took a look to see if I could find the issue. Took the coils off, tested them, all fine, cleaned the terminals and put them back on. Couldn't notice the misfire at idle any more, but will keep an ear on it.

Also finally fitted the Rental Raptor 700 bars I bought a while ago and at the same time I put some R&G heated grips on. Broke the cheese bolt on the clutch perch clamp so had to improvise something, but it's solid for now. I need to replace it, the mirror thread is stripped anyway and finally stripped all the way today. I used rubber fuel hose to adapt the bar ends for use with the smaller ID of the aluminium Renthal bars. Didn't go for a ride, but the bars feel more neutral just sitting on the bike. They are slightly wider which is something I wanted and that adds to the neutral feel. All cables and hoses work well with them, but then I did get longer front brake hoses before fitting them.

ps. Almost on 90k now.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on May 27, 2012, 18:53:01
Took it out to Ace Cafe today, defiantly the right choice of bike for the return trip - Traffic !!!  :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on May 28, 2012, 00:00:28
Had a run to an Italian car show, sweated like a rapist in a line up so got back on the road sharpish.
Fitted an Oxford roller tax disc holder & stuck some paint protection film on the tank where the seat sits on it  and on the frame above the pegs where it was getting a bit shiny.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: greywolf on May 28, 2012, 00:29:38
I waved goodbye to the K7, the best bike I've owned before now.

(http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1158/1374496213_7b0b8f7beb.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on May 28, 2012, 11:03:47
A whole new era begins for Greywolf!

I can't stay off my new wee, I just love it! I've had it 5 weeks and just had my 4000 mile service at the weekend. On Saturday I'm off on a 3500 - 4000 mile holiday!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on May 28, 2012, 15:57:29
went for a run out on her to give it a right good thrashing up to hartside in cumbria , these anakee2 see OK up to now , and I've just give it a good wash & clean ,,,oooohhh I love my bike
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on May 28, 2012, 16:14:31
Replaced the brakes front and rear, those guide pins are a pain to remove, so I was mega chuffed that it only took me about an hour for the front wheel.  Now the brakes feel a bit spongy and I can almost pull the lever all the way in: think it's time to change the fluid.  Oh and I bent my centre stand trying to put her up when doing the brakes, I wonder if I could just bend it back carefully, with a big lump hammer. :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on May 28, 2012, 16:26:34
I've been preparing to resurface the garage floor to give my Wee a better home.

(Now that's something I never thought I'd say in public :-?)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on May 28, 2012, 23:24:17
went for a run yesterday, being bored. 70miles to Dale in west Wales. had some food. and came back.

nice weather, clear roads can't beat it.

nailed it on the way down, but when the mrs signaled she wanted me to pull over, I realised I had no clutch...
clunk...crunch...clunk into the layby, cable was still attached, took off the sprocket cover, ah bugger the bolts holding the clutch actuator had come loose and when I pull the lever, the actuator move out not in.
tightened the bolts back up and off we went.

now have an extensive collection of insects on display. including on my face, I took the helmet with tinted visor and we came back in the dark.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: snowy on May 29, 2012, 20:42:33
Hello

Filled and then resprayed the deep scratch in Mrs Snowy's OEM pannier coloured cover, got the spray can made up at the local car spares shop who recently started selling motorbike parts and then advertised they were selling motorbike paint.

Also did the excellent mod by kevshek to hold the OEM pannier locking mechanism in place viewtopic.php?f=24&t=12870&p=110820#p110820 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=12870&p=110820#p110820). Well done that man :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: rascaltrousers on May 29, 2012, 21:40:43
Ridden it! Sound obvious but it hasn't had much use recently. I've been on the 125 throughout winter and have ridden the MT03 a fair bit until yesterday when I need the top box onte KLV. Mnagaed to keep it ahead of a GSXR on the twisties which was satisfying given my trailwings now have 11k on them and are running out of tread! time for a full service and 2 new tyres bewfore too long methinks.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on May 30, 2012, 21:32:05
I went out today for a little run on betsy for a cup of tea ended up at Barmouth some nice twisty roads a bit grey and misty over the mountains but rearly enjoyed the ride 210 miles and a million bugs all over the bike  :text-givemebeer:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 73bm73 on May 30, 2012, 21:48:20
Did 3500km on sardinian roads  :grin:  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on May 30, 2012, 22:59:11
Shoved the front right indicator back in its hole...again.... frickin' gatepost.... :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on May 30, 2012, 23:31:36
take the gatepost out
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on May 31, 2012, 18:04:18
Quote from: "73bm73"
Did 3500km on sardinian roads  :grin:  :auto-dirtbike:
Didn't realise that there were that many kms worth of road on the island.  How many times did you go round it? :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on May 31, 2012, 18:31:51
my lambland motorcycle seat pad http://www.lambland.co.uk/item/1190/motorcycle-seat-pad
arrived today, in black. will fit straight onto sasha no hassle I think, because I also bought 2 of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-Meter-x-2-Golf-Trolley-webbing-straps-25mm-wide-Various-color-Luggage-straps-/280777720618?pt=UK_Golf_Trolleys&var=&hash=item415fa8032a

ideal clip straps to fit onto the underneath of the leather and hold in place. the 1 meter length has 8 inch play when it goes round the seat.. perfect I think. my brothers mrs has a sewing machine, il bribe her with a box of chockies to sew the strap onto the lambskin and bobs your aunty.

that's £20 or so... not bad I think  :lala: had a quick sit on it and felt very comfy indeed
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 73bm73 on May 31, 2012, 21:02:12
Quote from: "Chris Graves"
Quote from: "73bm73"
Did 3500km on sardinian roads  :grin:  :auto-dirtbike:
Didn't realise that there were that many kms worth of road on the island.  How many times did you go round it? :)
You've never been there, right? :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Glider65 on May 31, 2012, 22:09:25
Took the Vee in for it's MOT....

Colin Appleyard agreed to take it off my hands for £3K.

58 plate with 4426 genuine miles..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on June 01, 2012, 10:14:42
New front anakee 2 on Wednesday. MOT today and now shopping for more bits to sort the bathroom. Oh the joys
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: minkyhead on June 02, 2012, 21:17:57
78760  miles    ... 07  wee     :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacksnipe on June 03, 2012, 11:06:49
Just fitted Berndi's fork brace on my 2012 Model. Do not get me wrong this bike in standard form handles well but I use this bike for carrying a pillion a lot of the time and I wanted the front end tightening up a little particularly on bumpy surfaces on bends and when anchoring up from speed. The Brace is a great piece of kit and looks and performs superbly.

I fully recommend this product and great that it is made by an enthusiast on here

Cheers
WM
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 03, 2012, 17:05:26
Quote from: "WiseMonkey"
Just fitted Berndi's fork brace on my 2012 Model. Do not get me wrong this bike in standard form handles well but I use this bike for carrying a pillion a lot of the time and I wanted the front end tightening up a little particularly on bumpy surfaces on bends and when anchoring up from speed. The Brace is a great piece of kit and looks and performs superbly.

I fully recommend this product and great that it is made by an enthusiast on here

Cheers
WM

I have a Berndi fork brace too. great bit of kit, works a treat
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on June 03, 2012, 17:13:51
Quote from: "minkyhead"
78760 miles ... 07 wee  

 :shock:

you did that many miles in a day?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 73bm73 on June 04, 2012, 07:42:24
@WiseMonkey and willbo:
Thank you blokes, you're welcome! :shy:  :grin:

btw, washed my Diva yesterday - the first time since 2 or 3 years... was surprised - she is blue!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 04, 2012, 18:29:00
Quote from: "73bm73"


btw, washed my Diva yesterday - the first time since 2 or 3 years... was surprised - she is blue!!
not long till her proper colour comes back I hope ;)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 04, 2012, 18:32:55
fitted my lambland black seat pad today after my brothers Mrs sewed the web straps on for me. Nice and soft it is too. Noticed it does seem to sit me a bit more forward towards the tank now but no real issue. Prolly when riding Il soon find the Sweet spot again.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on June 04, 2012, 18:56:30
Took it out and got it dirty  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: gbrchill on June 06, 2012, 10:16:12
Took it for a spin (haven't been out for ages for one reason or another).  Went up to the Lake District for a walk (it had been planned for a while); up on Saturday, walk on Sunday and back home Monday. I was quite surprised at the fuel consumption - "making good progress" on the motorway and duel carriage way and I still got mid 50s mpg.  

Stayed in Patterdale, the ride in (A592) from the south was breath taking.  Arrived at the bottom of the hill with the biggest grin on my face - it made the whole journey worthwhile.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ADV.john on June 06, 2012, 12:35:15
Quote from: "minkyhead"
78760  miles    ... 07  wee     :grin:

Is that all !!!!!!!! you must be spending way too much time on you Ten
 :sarc:  :sarc:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Andy M on June 07, 2012, 18:21:32
Half-inch phillips self-tapper in front tyre, no doubt courtesy of the furniture company on the trading estate near work  ###  :bawl:

Still, my first use in anger of a tubeless repair kit this century seems to have worked.  :thumb:

I have to say the CO2 canisters are a one-trick pony. Two of the things to get 20 PSI, so still had to get to a petrol station. Need to find somewhere to stow the compressor for serious rides  :groan:

First service tomorrow then we can what it'll do  :occasion-balloons:

Andy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on June 07, 2012, 21:12:23
Done nothing, too much rain here in bonnie Scotland.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on June 07, 2012, 22:09:31
Fitted a Madstad. As I fitted this to a Wee and not a Jetski, I will have to wait a bit longer to go and test it.

One thing I noticed straight away is that the screen is only 1" higher on full lift than it was on the standard screen mount. I was hoping for more than that !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Andy M on June 08, 2012, 12:56:50
Got a Gladiolai (or some such silly name) as a loaner. I like it  :)  . Guess the engine is like a DL but set up as "sporty"? While it feels tiny it had a none of the usual stuff (useless mirrors, awful seat, weight on the wrists) that make me generally dislike sports bikes.

Couldn't own one though, my licence would be gone in the first month, it's just so happy doing illegal speeds I wouldn't have the self control not to use the available performance.

As a rule, I generally get some real duffers for loans. Ones that stand out:

BMW R1200C, the cruiser thing from the James Bond film, engine set up for 150 mph, seating turned you into a human parachute at 40, not enough range to go to Tesco's  :crazy:

BMW C200, the scooter with a roof. Why?  :shrug:

Triumph America, see R1200C except the controls were so far forwards your bits were in amongst the unleaded and the back brake was useless  :shock:

CB1300-something unfaired: Did 70 mph in second, why did it need three more gears? The front wheel was only on the ground when it was stationary :shrug:

There are also the ones where the dealer is trying to sell you something, Scrambler loan for the Bonneville, new F650 for old F650 etc. that turned out a bit better.

Andy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on June 09, 2012, 18:07:18
Took the rear brake pedal off, cleaned all the accumulated filth off everywhere, greased it all and refitted.  I now have a rear brake pedal that returns when I take my foot off it. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on June 09, 2012, 19:53:12
As the weather looked OK for the first day in a while, I wanted to go out and test the Madstad. Difficult to say whether I got any benefit from this as the side winds were taking most of my attention. I went down through Salisbury Plain and the wide open areas were subjecting me to a bit of a battering. I tried a high speed run (69.995mph!) along the A303, but there were still too many gusts to be able to make a sensible judgement.

I finally got to go to Loomies, there must of been close to 150 bikes there, but I couldn't see any other Stroms.

Dropped down through the forest to Fareham and then into Portsmouth, going right into the city.

Back through the quicker route, M27, M3, A34, M4, with another wind battering all the way. Particularly around the M27 past the Portsmouth/Gosport harbour area.

So after 205 miles, the jury is still out on the Madstad for me.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on June 09, 2012, 21:27:44
Had a blast over to Oban: round trip of about 240 miles. Will now have to dry her out as it was absolutely honking down for part of the return.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on June 09, 2012, 22:34:23
Quote from: "MartinW"

I finally got to go to Loomies, there must of been close to 150 bikes there, but I couldn't see any other Stroms.

Was there around 11 this morning, cuppa and a bacon bap. Admired a Mint Kawasaki Z1 but no Stroms. Musta missed you.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on June 09, 2012, 22:43:45
Quote from: "Countrysailor"
Quote from: "MartinW"

I finally got to go to Loomies, there must of been close to 150 bikes there, but I couldn't see any other Stroms.

Was there around 11 this morning, cuppa and a bacon bap. Admired a Mint Kawasaki Z1 but no Stroms. Musta missed you.

I only got there at 2pm myself. It's a fair trip for a coffee, but will try to get to a planned one ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on June 09, 2012, 22:53:35
tidying the the house as its been a building site for weeks. then thought I'll treat Suzi to a wash.
pulled her out of the garage admired my bug collection then decided to bugger the washing.

The collection needed some new additions!.  :auto-dirtbike:

Went down the A48 to Porthcawl, not many bikes around but it was the start of beer time though.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 10, 2012, 15:41:23
Quote from: "Andy M"
I have to say the CO2 canisters are a one-trick pony. Two of the things to get 20 PSI, so still had to get to a petrol station. Need to find somewhere to stow the compressor for serious rides

I Managed to get a slime compressor under the seat, moved the tool bag . Also got a puncture repair kit and power sockets there too
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on June 10, 2012, 18:02:47
Wheeled it out of the garage, so I could get my ZZR out to scrub the new front tyre in, and then wheeled it back in.  The Strom will have its turn tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on June 10, 2012, 18:44:28
Got it dirty again!!  :auto-dirtbike:

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-yZ0-r2-VVEM/T9TbpiB-S2I/AAAAAAAAAeM/VkIFRF6hx7Q/s800/IMG_2906.JPG)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-VqgoQEnnpdY/T9Tb39T-ClI/AAAAAAAAAeY/UgpqOkNRPGc/s800/IMG_2907.JPG)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-2rEBB5ZikY4/T9Tb9Se0znI/AAAAAAAAAeg/PhDQygWKu0s/s800/IMG_2908.JPG)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on June 12, 2012, 20:53:25
Cat and Fiddle
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on June 13, 2012, 10:45:26
Commute in to work this morning, some chump in an Astra was being an idiot, speeding up and slowing down, weaving about the road so when he finally pulled over I dropped a couple of gears and flew past...round a slight bend and OHBUGGERSHIT...a cop car sitting watching traffic. Close the throttle & brake and glance at Sat Nav on dash...96...OHBUGGERSHIT...went past and wasn't followed. Just have to see if my photo drops through the letterbox in the next couple of weeks.

Club ride tonight, over the Cairn 'o Mount & down to Montrose, then back to the Red Star for coffee. Only 85 miles, but almost all of it B-roads.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 13, 2012, 16:44:32
oh Bugger . Bad luck there. On a bright note you mustnt have been doing a ton because he didn't chase you down. I got done for speeding once, 3 points and naughty boy writing on my paper. My own fault I know , plus they only reduced the speed on that road 3 months earlier. Wel,l 4 months later a news paper said that on the road I drove on, the council hadn't done all the legal stuff needed to reduce the road speed . 1 week later I get a letter from the dvla stating that I was getting my points back, and the fine returned to me. Plus a new licence for free, because of the writing on it lol. Still, lucky there though  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on June 13, 2012, 18:04:06
Just about to take it for my last ride as a single man. Getting married in the morning.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on June 13, 2012, 18:26:50
Quote from: "Penfold"
Just about to take it for my last ride as a single man. Getting married in the morning.
Best wishes mate  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on June 13, 2012, 18:30:40
Quote from: "Penfold"
Just about to take it for my last ride as a single man. Getting married in the morning.


All the best with the wedding , I'll have to try it someday lol..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on June 13, 2012, 18:38:09
Quote from: "Penfold"
Just about to take it for my last ride as a single man. Getting married in the morning.


Congratulations! Enjoy that ride...

Got any bike kit on the old presents list? :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on June 13, 2012, 23:14:27
All the very best,  Penfold!  Enjoy the day (and all subsequent ones,  too!).
Today,  I rode my Wee on dry roads for the first time in ages.  Met some friends for brunch at the Station Cafe in Alton then enjoyed the ride hone down the Meon Valley. Grand!

8-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on June 14, 2012, 13:04:41
all the best it won't be the same when you are married lol lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 14, 2012, 17:11:17
Quote from: "Penfold"
Just about to take it for my last ride as a single man. Getting married in the morning.

good luck and all the best
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on June 14, 2012, 19:39:52
Had a great day thanks for the good wishes.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on June 15, 2012, 18:09:29
Picked the bike up from the garage. got throttle bodies sync and sensor done. got the PAIR system removed and hard wired the phone charger in.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SimonW on June 15, 2012, 20:47:58
Quote from: "Gassoon"
Quote from: "Penfold"
Just about to take it for my last ride as a single man. Getting married in the morning.


Congratulations! Enjoy that ride...
Erm, can you say that?    :eusa-whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on June 15, 2012, 23:12:17
Used my bike to get to work today.  Not quite sane as riding it on the Isle of Man last week :(

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: glenwatt on June 16, 2012, 15:37:51
Test rode a new L2 model, must say I was very impressed with the changes.

Now where did I put that credit card !!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alexgranada on June 16, 2012, 19:23:24
Here I leave a link, This has been my job today.
this is a security valve


http://www.vstromclub.es/viewtopic.php? ... 8#p1039558 (http://www.vstromclub.es/viewtopic.php?f=24&p=1039558#p1039558)


I hope you like
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on June 16, 2012, 21:03:04
Replaced the Centre Stand after a good friend carried out a bit of welding to strengthen a crack that I found after putting a bit too much pressure on it.

Is there an easier method to re assembling the springs?  That was  one hell of a pull to get the long legs over the rear slot :fix:

Doing The Cush Rubber mod with some tubing tomorrow.. :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on June 17, 2012, 00:03:23
Quote from: "Big Al wi the Vee"
Is there an easier method to re assembling the springs?  That was  one hell of a pull to get the long legs over the rear slot

I used coins and washers inserted in the spring coils.  This had the effect of stretching the spring,  making it easy to attach each end.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on June 17, 2012, 00:03:53
Quote from: "Big Al wi the Vee"
Is there an easier method to re assembling the springs?  That was  one hell of a pull to get the long legs over the rear slot

I used coins and washers inserted in the spring coils.  This had the effect of stretching the spring,  making it easy to attach each end.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on June 17, 2012, 09:26:10
Quote from: "Big Al wi the Vee"
Is there an easier method to re assembling the springs?  That was  one hell of a pull to get the long legs over the rear slot :fix:

I tied a piece of strong cord to the end, wrap the other end of the cord around the swingarm so it's tight - then just press down on the cord in the middle.  Used to use a similar technique to stretch out old '70s derailleurs.  

If you want to keep it tight then stick a screwdriver into the cord loop, spin it around until it is tight then wedge the driver under the swingarm.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StreetHippo on June 17, 2012, 18:51:25
Took mine to Silverstone with my lad for the GP, epic ride from Cal!!
Stu
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on June 17, 2012, 19:15:26
I rode the South Downs (and adjusted the rear suspension for a smoother,  less jiggly ride)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Steve33 on June 17, 2012, 21:18:08
Rode 230 very windy miles from North Yorkshire back to Gloucestershire - so sick of motorways (but I find wine is helping)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on June 17, 2012, 22:43:33
Fitted a set of K60's with my 'trip' tools, and went for a quick ride to start scrubbing them in. Very different to the Anakees (duh) but getting used to them now. Ended up going down a local byway... I didn't realise how bad the mud was until it was too late! Got through without mishap though :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on June 17, 2012, 22:57:09
Quote from: "mjc506"
Fitted a set of K60's with my 'trip' tools, and went for a quick ride to start scrubbing them in. Very different to the Anakees (duh) but getting used to them now. Ended up going down a local byway... I didn't realise how bad the mud was until it was too late! Got through without mishap though :)

 :banana-gotpics: We need pictures mjc506....the dirtier, the better!   :banana-gotpics:

:thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on June 18, 2012, 07:28:40
Ask, and ye shall receive :)

Sodding rain, washing my bike for me :angry-tappingfoot:

(http://mattop.hopto.org/matt/DL650/1.JPG)

(http://mattop.hopto.org/matt/DL650/2.JPG)

(http://mattop.hopto.org/matt/DL650/3.JPG)

(http://mattop.hopto.org/matt/DL650/4.JPG)

Original (large) photos here (http://mattop.hopto.org/matt/DL650)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Kaboo on June 18, 2012, 07:33:18
Sorry if it is a bit trivial compared to most of the posts here !

Removed the Warning stickers from the petrol tank.

(http://i715.photobucket.com/albums/ww155/Mattie660/Havetofinishnow.jpg)

Cleaned the sticky residue with alcohol - all nice and clean

(http://i715.photobucket.com/albums/ww155/Mattie660/Niceandclean.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: big john on June 18, 2012, 08:21:51
Had a brill ride back from Farmyard party from North Yorkshire to Leigh never missed a beat best bike in the world
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on June 18, 2012, 08:37:49
repaired the paint on the grab rails where I kicked it with my the metal tip, while getting on in my moto-x boots.
refilled the scottoiler, oiled the ignition, and wd40'd the rear brake pivot.

Admired my collection of bugs!  :crazy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on June 18, 2012, 17:19:33
nowt to the bike but , they will be on it all the time , been to altberg boots factory shop
(http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss18/coxwain/001-17.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on June 18, 2012, 21:54:04
Not a lot bit I did ride my bike to work on, erm National Ride To Work Day....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on June 19, 2012, 13:18:54
Took off at just after nine and went exploring Hampshire back roads Between East of Winchester and Petersfield. Ended up at Loomies at 11 and had a coffee and bap then that great ride home from there which takes 25 to 30 minutes normally but today took just over 20. It's a great thing being retired, sunny day ? just jump on the bike and enjoy. One happy man so far today, there will be Strawberries from the garden this afternoon and if England can win tonight that will put the cherry on a fine day. It's a great day to be alive.
 :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 19, 2012, 18:41:40
just a quick pic of the lambskin seat pad I added. fits nicely too. boght it from http://www.lambland.co.uk/item/1190/motorcycle-seat-pad


(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/sasha%20Dl650/seatcover.jpg)

held on by 1" click web straps off fleabay. nice an comfy too
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StreetHippo on June 19, 2012, 19:50:36
Cleaned and ACF50'd all over, just so she doesn't get jealous when the brand new Street Triple R arrives tomorrow!

Stu :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 19, 2012, 20:05:02
cleaned chain and front sprocket area, after removing casing. also all the gear lever assembly thouroughly and relubed. I noticed the gear changes becoming very noisy and "knocky" hope this sorts it. then added acf-50 all over
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on June 19, 2012, 20:54:26
Nipped to the shop at the end of the road for some milk. Took a 2 hour detour. :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 19, 2012, 21:00:28
btw, I tried and tried to clean my rear sprocket, but whatever muck is on it is fixed solid... now instead of a nice clean looking one I have a dirty looking sprocket  :bawl: . guess I'm starting to break her in lol.... as an aside, I will get that sprocket clean..... its my mission now :violin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on June 19, 2012, 22:29:32
I also poped to the shop on the corner and came back an hour later with no milk. Toast it is in the morning then.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 20, 2012, 19:00:13
after finishing work, I spent a good hour and a half trying to clean my rear sprocket. Looks better I admit, But can't get it clean. I suspect the oil from the Scottoiler is to blame for the majority, but whatever it is seems to have stained the metal so severely its like it penetrated into it. Il just have to accept it it seems
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on June 20, 2012, 19:51:37
Mine's the same... I'm just convincing myself it's a 'protective coating' :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on June 20, 2012, 20:43:29
Spent an hour and a Half removing the screw that holds on the Oil Radiator  :old:  Rusted solid, then fitted my Shiny new cover :lala:

Just had to go out for a ride to see how she handles :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stevie-m on June 20, 2012, 22:05:17
Serviced the Wee, oil filter and plugs, that spark plug behind the radiator was a right so and so, lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on June 20, 2012, 22:15:56
As a footnote to my earlier post, When I was removing the rusted screw I managed to squirt quite a lot of GT 85 on the exhaust... Do you think she'll catch fire when I go to work in the morning?#
I only ask cos she's smoking like a chimney when I start her up. :violence-uzi:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on June 21, 2012, 07:21:33
One way to find out :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on June 21, 2012, 08:09:23
Road through the middle of a flood, just because I could  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 21, 2012, 16:33:04
went out for a lovely spin around north Wales area. Rained a bit too, but didn't mind. Waterproof jacket on, new Oxford grips set to 30%, lambskin seat cover on. Happy bunny
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on June 21, 2012, 17:24:12
Puncture-proofed the Wee's tyres with Slime,  aided by my trusty Michelin compressor.

I've always used Ultrseal/Puncturesafe in the past but HG only had Slime in stock. It looks the same, to be honest.

Ever since Ultraseal prevented a minor catastrophe in the wilds of Scotland (the tell-tale coloured stain on the tyre gave the game away),  I've vowed always to use the stuff and nobody can convince me otherwise!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: F1R3F7Y on June 21, 2012, 20:22:44
Rewired the generator, disassembled the data tool alarm. Hot rid of heather grips. Haha
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on June 21, 2012, 20:33:09
well this week got the tbs, ts done. binned the PAIR system, got the bike remapped, hardwired in the phone charger and lastly give the aul girl a quick wash ready to de-clay tomorrow, followed by a wash and polish!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7258/7415906832_c5afa4b052_b.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stuart on June 21, 2012, 22:33:35
Quote from: "shedchief"
Puncture-proofed the Wee's tyres with Slime,  aided by my trusty Michelin compressor.

I've always used Ultrseal/Puncturesafe in the past but HG only had Slime in stock. It looks the same, to be honest.

Ever since Ultraseal prevented a minor catastrophe in the wilds of Scotland (the tell-tale coloured stain on the tyre gave the game away),  I've vowed always to use the stuff and nobody can convince me otherwise!

Had a look at both Ultraseal & Puncturesafe sites... what's the difference between the two - are they easy to use - and how do they affect the tyre when the bike's laid up for winter?  Any info would be appreciated... coz the product sites aren't too imformative!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on June 21, 2012, 23:12:48
AFAIK, Ultraseal and Puncturesafe are one and the same thing, the latter being the 'new' name.

I recall reading somewhere (probably on an Ultraseal product information sheet)that, as the stuff remains 'wet' for its lifetime in the tyre, laying it up for the winter shouldn't be an issue.

FAQs here, from the Ultraseal/Puncturesafe website:

http://www.ultraseal.biz/pages/qa.htm

HTH
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on June 22, 2012, 19:16:15
well today I've fitted the power cable for my new Garmin Zumo 400 , and my new givi 46lt trekker I ordered to fit on the left side of the bike turned up and fitted that on to see if it looks right, and yep looks spot on
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on June 22, 2012, 21:22:53
Discovered driving home tonight in a hurricane on the M6/M62 (well wet n windy anyway) that my 4th set of waterproof boots in 3 months leak................

Back to J&S next week...... :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ChrisGrandaB on June 23, 2012, 09:37:21
going to attempt to change my screen brackets to Madstad ones.
Also going to give my Wee a good clean and check over.
Been neglected for a few weeks due to Uni work.
:fix:  :tools-hammerdrill:
Yes, I know I won't need a hammer drill. It's not that mucky!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: FragglePete on June 23, 2012, 11:44:53
Just picked up my Vee this morning after a full on service & MoT.  Some £400 lighter now and still told the headset bearings are slight notchy and will need replacing soon.   :bawl:   I knew it needed a good going over, but I feel like I've been done over!

Pete
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StreetHippo on June 23, 2012, 12:31:13
Had to reassure mine that she wasn't abandoned, just got a friend:

(http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h50/StreetHippo/d5e46042.jpg)

Stu
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on June 23, 2012, 12:38:53
Abandoned fitting some Oxford LED indicators as they have bullet connectors and the Wee doesn't...and the hole fillers are the wrong ones... ###
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on June 23, 2012, 18:41:13
When my wee got a garage mate, she had a tantrum, all the secondaries got bunged up, then the oil cooler leaked.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on June 23, 2012, 18:44:17
Still riding it to check each tweak I make of the suspension settings. Any excuse,  eh?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on June 23, 2012, 20:57:45
Nothing, but yesterday I had a new Battle Wing fitted to the front wheel. Took the wheel into the local tyre company and they only charged me £5.  Thought that was quite reasonable, they did the same for me a couple of weeks ago for a tyre on my ZZR. They have had all my car tyre business for years so I reckon they owe me a favour or two.

Hoping for good weather tomorrow to get it scrubbed in, I'll have a ride up to Wetherby for the MAG protest ride that should do the trick.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: VstromJay on June 24, 2012, 10:35:01
Did a Saddle sore 1000. Well ours stretched out to 1140 miles in 24 rather soggy hours. Now have another 260 miles ride in the rain to get home
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on June 24, 2012, 12:21:26
I won a Vee seat on eBay so won't have to pay Suzuki prices to raise my Wee seat height.

Result!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ChrisGrandaB on June 24, 2012, 16:15:16
Rode in the MAG EU Hands Off Biking protest in the North East.
The weather was fine and lots and lots turned out.
All types, sizes and ages of bike (and biker) there.
Escorted by the police, it all went off peacefully.
Some nice Wee's and Vee's there.
My first ever group ride and thoroughly enjoyed it, not least the sound of all the bikes starting at once.
Fantastic!
 :law-policered: :auto-dirtbike:   :bike:  :auto-sportbike:  :auto-biker:  :bike:  :auto-biker:  :auto-sportbike:  :auto-dirtbike: :law-policered:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on June 24, 2012, 19:33:35
Just fitted a fuse box,  Optimate tail and power socket for my heated waistcoat (which should guarantee a mild winter).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on June 24, 2012, 20:09:29
I managed to get lost just a few miles from home. This is what I always set out to do, but usually have to go a bit further afield to not know where I am. I went down some tracks that just got more and more muddy and I eventually arrived at a farm. It was really unclear whether the road carried on or whether it was private as there was not a dead end sign on the lane, so had to turn back.

I never take a map or GPS, you can always find your way home somehow.

Bike now covered in mud from those tracks, but all the cleaning effort has to go on the cage for the school prom run later in the week.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on June 24, 2012, 21:08:52
Took the right front brake pads out as there was a little stone or something stuck in there that was scoring the disc.

I'll be taking all the pads out & making sure all the pins & slides are lubed as the pins were a bit dry.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on June 25, 2012, 13:10:31
well today I've finished putting my Sat Nav on the bike with a strombone mount from the states nice bit of kit and well finished  , www.strombone.com (http://www.strombone.com) , their easy to deal with aswell
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on June 26, 2012, 10:36:36
Just got back from a soggy but good long weekend in the Highlands. Great ride up the West Coast on Saturday.

Discovered a leaking clutch slave cylinder seal on Friday, but carried on...got home with it on the low level.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 26, 2012, 11:10:35
bought a really cheap set of rox anti vibe risers, too good a deal to miss out on (about a hundred pounds new, got them for less than 30 postage paid)

but spent ages this morning trying to find a set of handlebar spacers/shims/ reducers that fit a set of rox risers. things like these.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycle-ATV-Handlebar-Half-Moon-Collets-Spacer-Convert-7-8-Bars-to-1-Bars-/270967172991?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item3f16e6ef7f

basically, rox make the risesr with the collars, but depending on the model you get, one set hasn't got them. anyway, can't find ones that go 22mm to 28mm (7/8 to 1 1/8) might have to buy 2 sets one bigger and put one  over the another
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on June 26, 2012, 23:28:56
Rode 130 miles today on my V-Strom DL1000, left home nice and dry/sunny/warm, after riding 30/40 miles into the journey the heavens opened, constant heavy rain, crap! Rode to Glen Quaich, close to Kenmore (Loch Tay), then towards Glen Lyon, Killin, Lochearnhead and back towards Stirling, bike never missed a beat, fabulous!


(http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo268/macvisual/CIMG1768.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on June 27, 2012, 12:39:10
Not really today, but last week while I was on holiday. I checked the valve clearances and had to adjust some of them. All the inlet valves with in spec on the lower side and the exhaust valves were all tight. There was even one that had no clearance at all. Since they were all tight I needed thinner shims. I decided that I won't spend the £16 for the needed shims at the local Suzuki dealership. Instead I "cleverly" decided I would just use sandpaper and sand the shims down to a thinner spec. The problem with this was that it took me the better part of 2 hours to do this. First I took the exhaust shim that was tight, sanded it down 0.2mm because I know that's the min spec it should be. It was still too tight after that, but now I could get a feeler gauge in to know how much I still need to take off. I had to take off about 0.35 before it was in spec. Was sanding the shims down with 120 grit sand paper on a flat surface and it went painfully slow. In the end though, I had all the shims set the same and because I was sanding them down rather than just picking ones at different sized intervals I could make them all exactly the same.

Job done and except for the sheer amount of work I caused it was really easy. I've never done it before so I didn't know what to expect, but once the covers were off and I could see the insides with my own eyes (as opposed to other's pictures) it was blatantly obvious what to do. Obviously had the printed out procedure from the manual with me so that helped. Next time I'll just buy the damned shims :)

Now I have a problem with the bike running on only 1 cylinder, I've narrowed it down to the injector wiring so I'm hoping to get that fixed soon after some tests to confirm it. It was giving a hiccup now and then before, but during the shim work I must have disturbed the dodgy joint enough to cause major trouble now.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on June 27, 2012, 14:41:10
Juv, most people sell their bikes when they are finished with them. When the time comes I think yours should be put in a nice grassy field with a donkey for company.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on June 27, 2012, 17:44:50
or take it out back and shoot it  :shy:

 :shrug:  

 :bawl:

like murdering your first born...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on June 28, 2012, 10:24:00
After shooting it, you could stuff it and place it above the mantelpiece...

I was going to say mount it above the mantelpiece, but with this lot's penchant for perversion..... :-x
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 28, 2012, 12:29:40
got caught in a torrential downpour on the duel carriageway. had no exit for shelter and due to road works 40mph speed limit.  :violin:  on a plus side, don't need a shower now  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on June 28, 2012, 18:59:13
Gave my V-Strom DL1000 a well deserved wash after my 130 mile ride out a few days ago in total wash-out conditions!

Need to change the rear brake pads to a set of EBC double H I've got sitting ready to go.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on June 28, 2012, 19:27:54
Rode it to Goodwood for the Moving Motor Show. 180 miles in total great day sunburnt though.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: glenwatt on June 28, 2012, 20:42:54
Swapped my Wee in for a glee.

Loving the 70 mile ride home on the A roads.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on June 28, 2012, 20:50:08
Put all luggage on and packed for "Chasing The Pink Lobster Adventure"  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on June 28, 2012, 21:11:56
Washed my baby for the first time in months. Gt85 all over, and packed for chassing the pink lobster and north Wales.
Babies looking shinney, won't last long, rains forcast for tomorow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on June 29, 2012, 09:32:49
Not the strom...

SORN'd the CX-500-EC today  :bawl:  Tax is up and it looks like I won't be doing the full strip in the next few weeks. The mrs was a little upset that I was SORNing 'HER' bike - VSC says my Name lol  :angry-tappingfoot:
Plan is to have her up and running again by xmas.   :auto-dirtbike:

(I am debating letting her cousin at the CX and letting him make another custom creation out of it, but he likes getting rid of back seats!)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on June 29, 2012, 10:06:20
Got the clutch slave cylinder cup seal today from Robinsons Foundry, along with a free key ring...the key ring probably cost more than the seal!

Will fit to the Vee this weekend as long as its not raining...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on June 29, 2012, 17:39:39
Fitted a tax disk .... Always a PITA with six nuts around the outside that don't appear to fit any spanner known to science.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on June 30, 2012, 08:32:40
Looked at it with a slipped disc.... :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ChrisGrandaB on June 30, 2012, 19:34:04
Renewed my tax.
Nearly forgot . . . . . Ooops!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on June 30, 2012, 19:46:41
looked at her longingly , stroked the seat and handlebars . can't ride at mo, pulled a muscle in my shoulder
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Glider65 on June 30, 2012, 21:42:41
Went down a muver of a dirt trail. Didn't drop davina. Feeling really chuffed (http://img.tapatalk.com/59a88010-64c3-027e.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: bat-kam on July 01, 2012, 06:56:25
1. Sanded and painted/sprayed black the top box rack and pannier racks. Originaly they were gray but bike is orange and black. Took me 3 days, because of 3 leyers of paint and time restrictions. Now looks a lot better.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/5ec15bae-e558-445c.jpg)

2. MRA screen installed + 20miles done to set it up.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/5ec15bae-e6a7-8259.jpg)
3. Scottoiler v-system intalled too. I haven't adjusted yet but today I'm going to Exeter so will keep an eye on it.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/5ec15bae-e587-d51e.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/5ec15bae-e5ad-b2a4.jpg)

4. I also spent 2 hour cleanning the chain. Used 2 cans of WD40 and 3 old t-shirts. Unfortunately I I couldn't get the sprocket shiny.

5. And at the end gave it a nice wash a poish
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on July 01, 2012, 12:33:06
Found a nice crack on the centre stand after my mate did a quick weld :groan: Now I guess I'm just going to have to cough up for a new one :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:  :violin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on July 03, 2012, 14:25:03
Took the sprocket cover off and removed most of Powys that had lodged itself there over Saturday and Sunday.  Thought about cleaning the rest of the bike and then decided to have lunch instead.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 04, 2012, 16:16:14
I've just taken delivery of my new screen, a Slipscreen (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251095851826?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_922wt_1136) from ebay. A doddle to fit, it's the largest version and, with my Madstad, gives me vastly superior protection and reduced buffeting.

It cost £41 including P&P which I think is a bargain given the high quality of the screen.

I shall conduct a longer road test tomorrow which promises to be less rainy. Fingers crossed ...

 :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Blobby on July 04, 2012, 18:51:18
Well, finally took the plunge today and did the first valve clearance check on the bike. I have been putting it off for the past few weeks.

17500 miles and with the bike going great I did hestitate because don't fix what ain't broke as they say. Anyway, with the bike stripped and the heads off, all within tolererance. Happy days.  :lala:  :lala:

Changed the air filter while I was at it.  :thumb:  

Mr Blobby
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on July 05, 2012, 08:37:25
Went to Barton Bike night last night.  On the way home the chain snapped and flew out the back.  Fortunately several motorcyclists stopped, even though I was on a fairly remote back road, and a BMW rider gave me lift home.  I was only about ten miles from home so when I got back it was then a case of hitch bike trailer up to estate car and go and get bike.

If I hadn't cleaned, lubed and adjusted the chain, actually using a ruler,before I went I wouldn't have been so brassed off.  

Could have been worse, it could have jammed, it could have snapped in the middle of nowhere on Ricky's adventure last weekend.  Maybe it was Ricky's adventure that did for the chain, there were a lot of bumpy bits.

Now it's decision time.  O ring or X ring, just a chain or the full monty and a pair of sockets as well. Riveted link or split link. Any input welcomed.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on July 05, 2012, 09:56:15
Did a syringe bleed on the clutch slave cylinder after cleaning and changing the seal.

Told the missus I was off for a short run to test out the clutch action. Put the bike away 140 miles later  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 05, 2012, 10:54:53
Chris- x ring gold I used last time I changed it. don't go rusty. Changed both sprockets and use a ball hammer and lost of time to rivvet the link. Nice neat rivvet though!
X ring or o ring, its only the difference in the shape of the ring and it surface  area. X ring seales better. If I could get gold o ring id get one rather than spend the extra on little bits of rubber in a differnt shape.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on July 05, 2012, 12:38:19
Quote from: "Chris Graves"
Now it's decision time.  O ring or X ring, just a chain or the full monty and a pair of sockets as well. Riveted link or split link. Any input welcomed.
X-ring and rivet link are the only real options. A split link can be too weak and X-rings are better than O-rings by some margin. Get a DID525VX, it will last you ages if you take good care of it. You need a 112 link chain (assuming you have standard sprockets), but check because sometimes you can get a longer one for a better price and you can just shorten it by removing some links (remember that you remove two links at a time so be careful when you do this!)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 05, 2012, 14:39:38
again, absolutely nothing. Damn work ruining my fun as usual. Off tomorrow so I'm planning to make up for it. Did buy a vacuum bleeder off ebay though , a used one. Was planning on using my uncles to do my brake line change, but he told me he broke it when my aunt drove over it. With all the stuff I borrowed off him only fair I buy something and he uses it for a change lol. Its a mityvac silverline, the metal one
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on July 05, 2012, 14:48:49
I agree you should be using a rivet link on anything more powerful than a 125. As far as o ring vs x ring, just get a decent make, like DID or Tsubaki, the front sprocket will be worn down before the chain wears out which will in turn knacker the chain. Some people might replace the front sprocket before it gets too worn to increase chain longevity, but if you are not someone that subscribes to doing this as long as you take care of the chain, it will be done when the front sprocket is buggered (about 26k miles for me).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on July 05, 2012, 15:01:56
After some report-writing, pushed bike out of garage, checked tyres, added air, then remembered its due to rain BIG STYLE again soon, so ended up clearing drains around house, unblocking downpipe on gutter ...so, wasted my afternoon. Pushed bike back in garage, now I'm going to have me lunch :GRR:
Now its pissing down. Again.

Unexpectedly, belting rain disappeared late this afternoon AND I carved out some time so went out on the bike for a nice run on little roads; strange with all the mist, very humid, like a storm about to break.
Ordered a Berndi fork-brace at last, too! Note to self: Must get the bike camera sorted...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on July 06, 2012, 10:11:38
Rode up to Brize Norton for the repatriation of fallen Comrades, Chain and sprocket decided that they did not want to mesh together ###
Adjusted Chain with the help of a fellow Rider and then called the RAC 'cos I didn't want to take the chance of getting thrown of the bile on the journey home, Ordered New Chain and Sprocket from Dealer :angry-tappingfoot: They can't fit it until Tuesday Week. Oh well, a week on the push bike for me. Bring on the Damp Weather :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on July 06, 2012, 12:17:21
Had a we 30 mile run out yesterday on my DL1000, it was actually sunny & warm for a change, so relaxing!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on July 06, 2012, 17:18:48
Quote from: "Juvecu"
You need a 112 link chain (assuming you have standard sprockets), but check because sometimes you can get a longer one for a better price and you can just shorten it by removing some links (remember that you remove two links at a time so be careful when you do this!)

According to my handbook it says 116 links. Do I need to go out and count the links on the broken one?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on July 06, 2012, 18:12:05
Was it the original chain ?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on July 06, 2012, 18:34:57
Odd, they increased the length of the swingarm by 15mm in 2007 :shrug:


Edit: from juvs compendium of facts

"Standard sprockets on all Wee models are 15 teeth on the front and 47 teeth on the rear.
K4-K6 Wee models uses a 116 link 525 chain as standard.
K7+ Wee models uses a 118 link 525 chain as standard (the swingarm is 15mm longer.)
"
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on July 06, 2012, 21:52:04
Went out and counted the chain which as far as I know was the original, 15600 miles or thereabouts. There are 58 side plates with two rollers in each which I suppose equates to 116.  I don't mind buying 118 as I can always chop a bit off.  Keep looking at the sprockets and then at my wallet.  I suppose I really need to see a brand spanking new sprocket to compare them.  Or I just bite the bullet and get the sprockets as well as the chain.  

I guess I'll just have to put up with riding the ZZR in the meantime :)  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 73bm73 on July 06, 2012, 23:06:18
The 112 link chain is for a Vee.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on July 07, 2012, 15:50:42
Took the Chain and Sprocket off ready for the new one to be fitted on Mon/Tues, broke the castellated nut that's secured by the hex bolt, oh well :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on July 07, 2012, 16:44:37
Nothing, as it's (bloody) raining AGAIN....!!!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ziggy on July 07, 2012, 17:53:08
Done nothing today but rain or shine will be off to the 1000 bike event at Mallory park tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 07, 2012, 17:56:56
Nothing ! A deadly mix of Jet-Lag and Typhoon means I can only look out the window.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 73bm73 on July 07, 2012, 18:52:31
Nothing - too hot in Austrians East :)))  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jeff999 on July 07, 2012, 19:09:09
Got round to wiring up the Zumo 660. Just need some decent weather for a jaunt........
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on July 07, 2012, 20:01:35
Fitted Hagon fork springs and oil , its how it should have come from the factory ....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 07, 2012, 20:21:15
Rode back from North Wales taking the scenic route 250 miles, about 70miles longer than the mrs in the cage. still home an hour before she gets in lol And not a drop of rain was felt- What weather warning???   :)))
Rhyl- Caernarfon- Beddgelert- Dolgellau- Newtown- Builth Wells- Brecon- Merthyr- Neath- Port Toilet.

bikes done >1k miles in the last 8 days. Just add beer... I mean petrol.   :auto-dirtbike:
and she's averaged 58mpg over the last week of fun.

oil change in the morning.
and a scrub, she's still covered in Powys Dirt. Ricky you need it back? I can post it if required.

can't fault the old girl. Ticked over 31,000 coming into Brecon.  Note- Need new rear tyre soon.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on July 07, 2012, 20:29:56
Yes Mr diver ... when we were following you the rear tyre was looking a little square .. Sounds like a good route back.. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 07, 2012, 20:58:45
I've done nothing to the Wee apart from adjust the mirrors so they don't hit the new screen on full lock.

This bloody weather!

:evil:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 07, 2012, 21:14:43
Had a busy hour and a half.
I drained the master cylinder, removed the front brake cable and replaced with a longer version, ensuring crush washers put in the right place. Then replaced brake fluid and got rid of the air in the hose. After that I undone the handlebars and secured my 2" rox risers, black ones. secured loosely then fitted the handlebars back on. tightened as much as I could after finding the sweet spot, then just sat there feeling much more comfortable on sasha.
Glad I bought the Eastern Beaver wire extension set, it does make things look tidy afterwoods. I still need to do a final tighten on the risers, I don't have a stubby 6mm allen key, so il do that tomorrow. il also cable tie secure then too
pics to follow

edit for pics
added a speed bleeder at cylinder for ease
(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/rox%202%20inch%20risers%20fitted/2012-07-07-353.jpg)

(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/rox%202%20inch%20risers%20fitted/2012-07-07-348.jpg)
(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/rox%202%20inch%20risers%20fitted/2012-07-07-347.jpg)
http://s1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/wriggly40/rox%202%20inch%20risers%20fitted/

oh Your, that liquid that can be seen is water, I cleaned the bike to ensure no brake fluid damage. I was carefull though
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on July 08, 2012, 00:50:24
Today I had to ride 100 miles in really atrocious weather and I just want to say, "Thank you, Pinlock". Clear vision all the way.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ilkleyal on July 08, 2012, 07:15:54
Quote from: "Fatbelly"
Today I had to ride 100 miles in really atrocious weather and I just want to say, "Thank you, Pinlock". Clear vision all the way.


I concur
I had a great day out in the Yorkshire Dales with a mate on his tiger 800 then 5 mins from home it rained so hard it would have injured you if you got caught in it without protective gear. The pinlock is the best advance in safety since the crash helmet was made a legal requirment.

Oh, and then I dried the bike with the chamois, and put in the garage with a fan aimed at it to make sure it was properly dry.

Al
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 08, 2012, 08:56:09
Quote from: "willbo"
added a speed bleeder at cylinder for ease

if you remember, what's the size of the bleeder?, I've got air in the lines I can't get out.

I'd go to the shop and get one but they won't like me getting brake fluid all over the place, when I take mine out. lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 08, 2012, 09:18:13
Quote from: "mr_diver"
Quote from: "willbo"
added a speed bleeder at cylinder for ease

if you remember, what's the size of the bleeder?, I've got air in the lines I can't get out.

I'd go to the shop and get one but they won't like me getting brake fluid all over the place, when I take mine out. lol

I bought a :
GOODRIDGE BANJO BOLT W BLEED NIPPLE STAINLESS M10x1.25 from ebay, stainless steel. the single bolt, not a double. both the naster cylinder and the little brake connector thing under the triple joint are m10 1.125 thread. only the bottom one is a double banjo bolt.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 08, 2012, 09:50:48
Quote from: "willbo"
both the naster cylinder and the little brake connector thing under the triple joint are m10 1.125 thread. only the bottom one is a double banjo bolt.

mine a k6 - no ABS so mine comes from master cylinder straight down the r/h/s and over the top of the mud guard to the left.

cheers will one when I get 2 mins
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 08, 2012, 10:01:25
Quote from: "jabmotorsport"
Yes Mr diver ... when we were following you the rear tyre was looking a little square

that's my fat arse causing it not the squareness of the rubber.

but thanks for pointing it out!  :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 08, 2012, 20:13:20
Managed a quick ride during the break in the weather and while everyone was at home watching Tennis.

Heard some strange squeaking noise from the bike on three occasions, twice under heavy braking and once just coasting along normally towards a roundabout. I'll start a thread for advice when I have an idea roughly where it is coming from and how to describe the noise.

With the earplugs in I couldn't tell. So rode the last two miles without them. Big mistake - Makes the bike sound so much noisier without the earplugs to the point you think everything is wrong ... Pessimistic git I am.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on July 08, 2012, 20:52:02
Quote from: "mr_diver"
Quote from: "jabmotorsport"
Yes Mr diver ... when we were following you the rear tyre was looking a little square

that's my fat arse causing it not the squareness of the rubber.

but thanks for pointing it out!  :angry-tappingfoot:




Haha sorry bud ;)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 09, 2012, 11:08:53
undone the cable tie I left around the brake, just in case of any trapped air. to be honest, the brake felt nice and firm before I did it, but better safe than sorry. nice really firm lever I got now, so all should be good. took reciept of my new givi v46 silver center band plastic too. got it from DKmotorcycles.com. cost £13 + vat  +postage, so in the end, £23 give or take. I'm going to strip the v46 top box and replace this band. the previous ovner had a spill by the amount that's being ground off it

http://www.dkmotorcycles.com/shop/givi_luggage_40770/givi_spare_parts_330fg/givi_v46_spare_parts/

I'm going to use the pic on the link to dissasemble it.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on July 09, 2012, 14:55:47
Nothing, sitting by the pool in 42 c heat here in the AUH..... Would up load pics, but hec never learnt how to....... Ah, here comes the beer, cheers.......... :)))  :)))  :)))  :obscene-drinkingchug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 09, 2012, 16:52:38
Just ordered a set of Tourances which will be fitted tomorrow (£207 all incl,  ride in ride out).
8-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on July 09, 2012, 19:30:57
Quote from: "medic5"
Nothing, sitting by the pool in 42 c heat here in the AUH..... Would up load pics, but hec never learnt how to....... Ah, here comes the beer, cheers.......... :)))  :)))  :)))  :obscene-drinkingchug:

Medic - are you in Beirut's American University Hospital? Now that's a busman's holiday! :grin:  :)))

It felt about 42 deg here today, too! :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: whythedevilnot on July 09, 2012, 20:42:53
I left it all alone in the garage. The YBR it shares with is getting 120mpg and I'm skint. The wee probably won't get a look in until Wednesday and I need to adjust the chain before then as well.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 10, 2012, 15:21:47
went for a long ride around anglesey to test my rox risers positioning. think I got I perfect now. the pain in my wrist (I damaged it pretty badly a few years ago) never came and I felt much more comfortable on the seat. aslo the dreaded speed reduction bumps across the road didn't hassle me at all. instead of sending shuddering through my wrist, the movement was in my elbows, which felt perfectly fine.
 
had a huge grin on my face, discomfort free for a great spin on a now very comfy wee

all in all, I think the rox risers 2" were one of the best purchases I have done. right up there with the madstad for a "must buy" for me
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stuart on July 10, 2012, 15:47:13
Had a good look at the bike trying to decide the best place for a Thermometer... thought it would be interesting to see just how cold this summer is on the road  lol   Less than 3 quid from a popular internet auction  :lala:   About the size of a Casio digital watch, complete with a long enough lead to the temp proble to locate it under the fairing.  Not made for vehicles - it's really an Aquarium Digital thermometer  :lala:  OK, bit of bling... bit of a laugh... but for 3 quid  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 10, 2012, 19:12:00
secured my Sat Nav bracket in its new position, much better. Then took my givi v46 off to replace the silver central plastic came. Very easy to do, just pull out the rubber water seal, undo 6 screws then all 4 pieces pop off. New ones put on, Over lap the edges and re screw. Put the seal rubber back in then sorted. Took 5 mins to do, honestly. And that's only cos I lost the screwdriver for a bit
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 10, 2012, 19:21:05
Had the tyres fitted (Tourances)  then rode home through a monsoon which at least proved that the tyres perform well in the wet.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on July 11, 2012, 10:10:11
Rode to work this morning, 41 miles in the rain. Got a wet foot! Leaking left boot (F£$%*&^£!). Only had them 4 years & 22,000 bike miles...cheap Bullson shite…what a waste of £70..lol.

I don't think they really recovered from all the walking in them I did in Germany last year, they went downhill rapidly after that.

Time for some Altbergs methinks...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: whythedevilnot on July 11, 2012, 11:08:37
Quote from: "Abercol"
Rode to work this morning, 41 miles in the rain. Got a wet foot! Leaking left boot (F£$%*&^£!). Only had them 4 years & 22,000 bike miles...cheap Bullson shite…what a waste of £70..lol.

I don't think they really recovered from all the walking in them I did in Germany last year, they went downhill rapidly after that.

Time for some Altbergs methinks...
Loving my altbergs. Painful when I got them but now most comfy footwear I own. Kept me warm all winter and now they are keeping me dry in the summer (not that that should be a problem).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on July 12, 2012, 20:45:08
Kept it upright (just) when crossing one of those dumbass olympic lane lines on the A40 by Madame Tussauds....  Let's paint a one foot wide line of clucking Teflon then put nodules in it to throw you around a bit.....  ###

Oh, and it had its annual bath/dirt chisel....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on July 12, 2012, 22:03:15
Drained the oil and took the filter off ready to replenish the oil and put a new filter on in the morning. Did not manage to remove the f*****g front sprocket nut.  My 14 stone on the rear brake pedal my pal's 16 stone on his bloody great 3/4" drive 33mm socket with a long tube over the end of the ratchet bar.  Did the nut move did it buggery.  Tomorrow is another day.  Maybe apply some heat to the nut.  Wedge the back wheel with wood against the swinging arm? Has anyone ever heard of cracking a spoke on the rear wheel using this method?

My pal looked at the front sprocket and said "Don't look too bad, I'd leave it and just change the rear one." I will not give in, if necessary I'll put the bike on the trailer and take it somewhere that has an air driven impact doodah.  I've bought the sprockets and they will be fitted come hell or high water.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on July 12, 2012, 22:08:08
Chris,

Silly Question time!

Did you remove the Hex bolt in the Middle?

I know someone who tried removing the Nut with the bolt still on :haha:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on July 13, 2012, 08:01:22
Quote from: "Chris Graves"
Drained the oil and took the filter off ready to replenish the oil and put a new filter on in the morning. Did not manage to remove the f*****g front sprocket nut.  My 14 stone on the rear brake pedal my pal's 16 stone on his bloody great 3/4" drive 33mm socket with a long tube over the end of the ratchet bar.  Did the nut move did it buggery.  Tomorrow is another day.  Maybe apply some heat to the nut.  Wedge the back wheel with wood against the swinging arm? Has anyone ever heard of cracking a spoke on the rear wheel using this method?

My pal looked at the front sprocket and said "Don't look too bad, I'd leave it and just change the rear one." I will not give in, if necessary I'll put the bike on the trailer and take it somewhere that has an air driven impact doodah.  I've bought the sprockets and they will be fitted come hell or high water.

Heat should do it.  Don't overdo the breaker bar action as you can cause gear damage.  The wood in the spokes is the way to go, you won't stand a chance with a back brake only.

If you can get a good look at the sprocket you will likely find someone has overdone the loctite.  If you don't have heat then you can pick away at it if it's oozed out.  Heat is the best option though.

NB - Have you flattened out the bent washer thing?

I think the Hex bolt is a Vee thing?  It holds on the speed sensor magnets..for those that haven't hammered them off... :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 73bm73 on July 13, 2012, 08:13:05
Quote from: "Strommer"
...for those that haven't hammered them off... :neen:
lol  lol  lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on July 13, 2012, 08:45:40
:shock:

If you can make at least One person smile once a day then you've had a good day.

PS:  Off to the dealer today to get a new Sensor :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on July 13, 2012, 10:35:57
washed and cleaned my wee 3 bloody hours to get it clean after its mad run to the stella alpina rally in italy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on July 13, 2012, 13:33:16
Put in new oil, fitted new filter,fitted new rear sprocket and cleaned all round plus cleaned inside of swinging arm.  I'd forgotten juat how much fun it was getting a back wheel in and out on your own. I wished that I had an extra pair of arms then I realised that all my jackets would cost more.

I am going to attack the front sprocket this afternoon using the heat treatment and wood wedging the back wheel method.  I think the sprocket is the original so it just depends how much thread lock Suzuki San used when he put it together and yes I have wellied the bent washer back.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jimbo8098 on July 13, 2012, 14:11:06
Booking my v's first service
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 13, 2012, 14:13:51
Ordered a Slipscreen with the full 4.5" additional height. Hopefully this, together with the Madstad will reduce the buffeting, or atleast only my head will get it ....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 13, 2012, 14:42:46
I was pleased with mine,  Martin,  though at certain screen positions (eg fully up and back) the mirrors will hit the screen on full lock unless you adjust them carefully.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 13, 2012, 14:44:15
Here's hoping Shedchief .... I have the same high up view of the road that you do ....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 13, 2012, 14:59:17
A brief 10mile ride in the rain showed me that adjusting it fully up and forward was pretty satisfactory. All the best!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 14, 2012, 21:32:18
fitted a bleed bolt where the front hose meets master cylinder and bled the brakes.
slightly easier and faster to do now, with better results.

Greased the brake pedal pivot + gear leaver pivots and ball joints.

Lowered the level of the rear brake pedal, on ST4 it gave me cramp in my right leg as every time I had to brake (quite often) I had to raise my foot and stomp on the brake. also better for tootleing around.

finally sorted the lugs out for the top box. - bought the cymarc top box plate at xmas and didn't have enough rubber lugs. since then the box has been banging around and vibrating annoying the sh** out of me.  :lala:

sat in the garage wishing it would stop raining so I could walk the 100ft back to the house. (wishing I'd bought a coat was the first thought)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 14, 2012, 21:50:22
Quote from: "MartinW"
Ordered a Slipscreen with the full 4.5" additional height. Hopefully this, together with the Madstad will reduce the buffeting, or atleast only my head will get it ....

I found it wasn't a combination of screen and madstad for me, but screen (only slightly taller), madstad and mirror extenders. the greatest benifit I had was the madstad and extenders, they reduced buffeting greatly I found. the screen just topped it off
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 14, 2012, 22:14:42
Quote from: "willbo"
Quote from: "MartinW"
Ordered a Slipscreen with the full 4.5" additional height. Hopefully this, together with the Madstad will reduce the buffeting, or atleast only my head will get it ....

I found it wasn't a combination of screen and madstad for me, but screen (only slightly taller), madstad and mirror extenders. the greatest benifit I had was the madstad and extenders, they reduced buffeting greatly I found. the screen just topped it off

Thanks for the reply Willbo, will look at extenders next if I still need something else. I have already changed the mirrors themselves for the Aprilia ones.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on July 14, 2012, 22:21:41
The extenders do make a difference with the Aprillia mirrors , and also even better rear view .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 14, 2012, 22:28:05
got the mirror extenders first- made a difference I noticed, then the madstad, with stock screen does it for me.

I don't like looking through the screen when it's raining- can't see bugger all.
so I tend to drop the screen back a little in heavy rain as it'll allow more air flow over me lid to clear off the rain.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 15, 2012, 10:47:11
Just Ordered this...

With correct Reg

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/13vesbou1mjaku5ch651es14o7_27.png)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 15, 2012, 15:57:17
That's baaaaad!
8-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: snowy on July 15, 2012, 17:09:44
Hello

Rode for the first time in ages

Went for a ride to the Shires Training shindig at Leicester Speedway Track where they are now based, Hog roast, live band,trade stands etc. Good time sat in the sun :))) .
Came back home via Wetherspoons at Melton Mowbray where we had lunch and stocked up on condiments for any forthcoming trips :shy:
Not a drop of rain all day
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 15, 2012, 17:14:53
Rode it and got it dirty,  but riding on dry roads made such a nice change!
Waterlooville, Petersfield, Hartings, Midhurst, Petworth, Bury Hill (tea and chips), then home via Goodwood. 90-odd miles and no rain 8-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 15, 2012, 17:18:15
Rode it in the dry, finally christening the tax disc.

60 miles out through Oxfordshire and Berkshire, then back down the M4.

Need to go wash it now from all the wet weather rides I've had in the last two months.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 15, 2012, 17:34:58
Quote from: "MartinW"
... Need to go wash it now...

Oh oh! That should guarantee rain tomorrow :roll:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 15, 2012, 18:20:56
did absolutly nothing, again. been in stupid work from 7 till 6. . . . might go to the garage and sit on her for a bit, just till I feel better  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: big john on July 15, 2012, 18:37:39
I have ordered some engine guards from Netherlands look OK will see what there like bought off ebay brand new only £50 inc postage will take some pics when fitted
 :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kungfupoodle on July 15, 2012, 19:25:23
Yesterday I did a U-turn and decided to fit my old scottoiler, cleaned the chain with engine degreaser so I could get a nice new film of oil on it. I hope I can get it adjusted now to not spray all over the back wheel.

Removed the 'warning: riding motorcycles is bloody stupid' sticker from the fuel tank.

Bought some matt black paint to spray the exhaust guard but didn't get time to do it.. maybe next weekend :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 15, 2012, 19:30:18
now before you fall over or slip of the edge of your seats, hang on to something...

I washed her  :shy:

she's all shiny for the first time since leaving for ST4- took bloody ages to get all the crap off her.

well won't last long, rain tomorrow.  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: zenon on July 16, 2012, 10:26:59
I took my bike out yesterday for the first time in about a year (been travelling a lot lately). I took the chunnel across to Belgium for the day. A long day but well worth it. Visited some small Belgian breweries and toured some WWI sites. Ran into another member of this board on a |V-Strom but didn't get his name.


zen
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on July 16, 2012, 12:55:58
do we need to call dynorod out now you have washed her
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on July 16, 2012, 14:36:59
Loaded it on a trailer, took into local bike workshop and said "Please put this front sprocket on, rivet this new chain up, check the valve clearances and shim if required, also put this funny bit back in the rear brake caliper and ring me when it's done."  Given the current weather I'm not really bothered how long it takes.

I did spend some time yesterday putting in a new set of plugs and an air filter when I removed all the bits needed to get at the engine to do the valves.  I figured that as the chain wasn't riveted up I couldn't ride it to the workshop and if it was going on the trailer I might as well save myself some cash taking all the bits and pieces off my self.  It will be interesting to see how much they charge me.

No doubt it will be too much which will then generate a post in the Moaning Old Git section :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Georgeharrier on July 16, 2012, 16:39:47
Quote from: "zenon"
I took my bike out yesterday for the first time in about a year (been travelling a lot lately). I took the chunnel across to Belgium for the day. A long day but well worth it. Visited some small Belgian breweries and toured some WWI sites. Ran into another member of this board on a |V-Strom but didn't get his name.

zen

That would be me Zen.  Had a great 4 days of touring, second trip in 7 weeks.  Lots to see and the Novotel hotel in Ypres is good value with a cracking breakfast.  Will try and put some pics up later.

George
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on July 16, 2012, 17:08:23
Spent a few hours yesterday and replaced both front & rear brake pads to 'EBC double H sintered' pads, wOw what a difference it makes....!  Took my time and cleaned inside each brake caliper, all sitting as new, had bike out a we fifteen mile run to brake the pads in, the usual first few miles the brakes were like; Sponge Bob - Square Pants, but then after five miles or so they started to bite nicely..!

going to order a 'Hel' front (twin race style) braded hoses, I've the rear already done, makes a major improvement over standard (shite) rubber brake hoses. Good times ahead.....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 17, 2012, 11:00:21
whent for an early morning spin for a couple of hours, before the heavy rain started. then stripped all items I could off the handlebars, removd them from the rox risers and hung them from the shed roof, a wooden beam handily placed helped and some strong string. totally covered shasha with newspaper, plasitc and an old sheet to be safe, then lightly abrased then cleaned the handlebars. I then resprayed them gloss black using rust-oleum high gloss multi surface paint from b&q. applied 7 or 8 very fine coats and now leaving to dry.

all the moving, removing, tightening and repositionong, including some other bits and bobs had left some pretty scratches and scrapes on the bars, one particulary bad one on the clutch side. the paint is still wet, but so far the result is 100% better

this is the stuff I used, good spray pattern, good coverage . a little expensive, at £12 but I can't knock it for results and non drip
http://www.rustoleumspraypaint.com/product/all-surface-spray-paint/
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on July 17, 2012, 16:16:04
washed her dried her acf 50 allover sat on her waiting for dealer to pick up on friday to sort out the dreaded f1 error  :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on July 17, 2012, 19:56:22
Washed both cars and my Wee on Sunday  then took herself out for garden centre lunch near Royal Wooty Bassett, today rode to and from work. In the car it's 9.5 miles each way, it's over 50 on the Wee!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on July 18, 2012, 09:13:10
Fitted my New Fork Brace last night then took her for a decent ride out on way to work this morning... What a difference :auto-dirtbike:  :grin:
Hardly noticed the wind that used to try and push me all over the place on the M27. These should be fitted as standard on all Stroms.

many thanks Berndi :rain:  :rain:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on July 18, 2012, 10:11:49
Caned it to work for the Wednesday night club run. Torrential rain and one of my jacket poppers came undone....sitting at work with a totally soaking shirtfront & undies is not recommended.

Damned rain  :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on July 18, 2012, 13:26:46
Quote from: "Abercol"
....sitting at work with a totally soaking shirtfront & undies is not recommended....

And it rained as well..... :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 18, 2012, 14:58:08
put everything back on the handlebars and refitted them to the risers. The paint job worked very well and I'm very pleased with the result.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ricky on July 18, 2012, 16:46:38
Quote from: "Abercol"
..sitting at work with a totally soaking shirtfront & undies is not recommended.

Damned rain  :angry-tappingfoot:

why I always have spares at work... would rather have a creased shirt than sit in it wet lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on July 18, 2012, 23:24:24
Picked it up on my trailer from the local bike shop. New chain riveted, new sprocket fitted. Apparently it was a real b*****d to get off but I know I was right to change it as the old one was starting to hook. Typical, the valve clearances were in spec and needed nothing doing to them.  Charged me £90.70 for the pleasure which I suppose wasn't too bad. Just need to put the various bits of plastic back on the bike now.  Can't do that until Saturday because......

Lady G has spirited me away to Kilnsey Crag for two nights on a deal she managed negotiate with the hotel which was even better than the on line price.  I'm currently using the excellent wifi connection on their very comfortable four poster bed.  Our greyhounds are curled up on a duvet at the base of the bed and I'm about to drift off before they awake at 6.00am and demand a walk. Let's hope it's good weather in the morning.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on July 18, 2012, 23:25:15
Went to do an oil & filter change today;

Read more about it here > viewtopic.php?f=58&t=14163 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=14163)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on July 19, 2012, 12:18:30
Did a run last night in the frog-strangler although it did ease off after a while. Rode through my first deep flood, water depth over the top of the front wheel - so deep the water came in over the tops of my boots while they were on the pegs. Damn it was cold water! A truck obligingly came the other way at speed and made a bow wave that came up over my legs/the seat on the bike...thanks for that! I thought...well. that's the clean version of those thoughts anyways.

The bike didn't miss a beat and all was soggily well out the other side. Trousers kept me completly dry except where the water came up the leg and into the boots.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 19, 2012, 19:08:50
I washed it.
8-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: iowvstrom on July 19, 2012, 20:04:20
I picked my new babe up from the garage and had a very slow ride around getting used to it. Not a lot you can do with being limited to 5k revs :( but still is going to be fun when I can push it a bit more
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on July 20, 2012, 16:27:45
Quote from: "Chris Graves"
Picked it up on my trailer from the local bike shop. New chain riveted, new sprocket fitted. Apparently it was a real b*****d to get off .


Did they mention how they got the sprocket off, chris?

Got back from family hols to find Berndi's brace a-waiting so I'm very curious to see what difference it makes, but that'll be Sunday, probably... :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: JamesC on July 20, 2012, 18:16:16
Put a Givi Airflow screen on my Glee. What a difference it's made with buffeting all gone and is much quieter. Thumbs up from me.

James
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 20, 2012, 21:14:11
Collected my Slipscreen from the Post Office (It looks huge!) and ordered some mirror extenders.

Just need to fit them and get a ride in this weekend.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on July 20, 2012, 21:56:05
Took my V-Strom DL1000 out a great 225 mile run today around bonnie Scotland, had an absolute HOOT!! And it never rained, yes, dry roads, strange eh....

My recent'ish 43 tooth sprocket is a MAGNIFICENT up-grade, I can ride in stealth mode up the gears, so much more torque/grunt/power delivery, I utterly adore it. Laughing inside my helmet many times!

Strom's R.O.C.K !!!!!!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Goldstar on July 21, 2012, 08:27:39
Fitted a cruise control to the throttle! Great on the motorways. It's a manual unit so no chance of running my batt flat. Also have handle bar warmer, gps camera spotter, changed the factory pipes. Very very happy with the bike since new in 2007. Shame they don't make the 1000 anymore ! Does anyone know why?

Cheers
Barry :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Anonymous on July 21, 2012, 11:03:42
cleaned & polished it..........
also removed the stickers, that came on it new, on petrol tank & front fairing, now it doesn't look a health & safety advert :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on July 21, 2012, 11:31:00
Quote from: "stibs"
cleaned & polished it..........
also removed the stickers, that came on it new, on petrol tank & front fairing, now it doesn't look a health & safety advert :thumb:
I also had removed these H & S stickers shortly after getting the bike. The other day I was talking to a lad who still had the stickers on his GSXR 600 and asked him why he still had them. He told me he had removed them from his last bike but when he was selling it the dealer had told him it was an indication that it might be a repaired write off and was therefore not advisable. Load of Bol***ks I'm sure and glad that I don't have to look at them, but wonder if there's any truth in that?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on July 21, 2012, 12:57:33
Today I have bought a V-Strom 1000!!

Not the cleanest, not the newest but it is bright yellow!!

Was really surprised by it, much better than I was expecting, easy and comfy to ride.

Pick it up Tuesday night.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Anonymous on July 21, 2012, 17:01:13
Quote from: "Countrysailor"
I also had removed these H & S stickers shortly after getting the bike. The other day I was talking to a lad who still had the stickers on his GSXR 600 and asked him why he still had them. He told me he had removed them from his last bike but when he was selling it the dealer had told him it was an indication that it might be a repaired write off and was therefore not advisable. Load of Bol***ks I'm sure and glad that I don't have to look at them, but wonder if there's any truth in that?


No I doubt there's much truth in that.
 :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 21, 2012, 18:30:44
Fitted and tested my slipscreen. Went for the full height and width option cos' I'm gangly. I didn't have to move my mirrors as they didn't foul the screen on full lock, so that was a bit of a result. I've got the Aprilia mirrors - maybe the slipscreen only hits the stock mirrors ??

Massive improvement on the buffeting at least as far as my head goes. The shoulders still take a hit, but hopefully the mirror extenders will cure that. My line of sight is right through the very top lip, which was a bit of a pisser, but generally below it downhill and above it uphill.

It seemed to accelerate faster too while I was topping 70 on a private runway (ahem) ... This might be a bit subjective and could be due to other factors, but it was like the airflow was improved on a flatter curved surface than it was hitting a wierd shaped bald bloke from Swindon.

I ought to apologise to all the flies in the extra 2" of width and 4.5" of height, who would otherwise have lived a little bit longer before they were splattered by an Arai Signet helmet.

So, a 26.2 mile run (in a time Paula Radcliffe would love to achieve) and a great first impression.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7122/7616328462_5a4d6bf81e.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on July 21, 2012, 18:57:56
Took mine along to the local plod & did the day long bikesafe course. Quite a hoot spending the afternoon hooning around with a police escort encouraging you go quicker....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kungfupoodle on July 21, 2012, 18:59:50
Painted the exhaust shield black. Why did they pick the precise shade of silver that doesn't match any other part of the bike???
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 21, 2012, 20:31:22
Quote from: "MartinW"
Fitted and tested my slipscreen... I've got the Aprilia mirrors - maybe the slipscreen only hits the stock mirrors ??

Glad you're pleased with the big Slipstream, Martin. My only slight issue is at the mirror-perspex interface. If I have my mirror wideners at full width then on full lock I fear for the screen. This is just a mild annoyance - this Madstad/screen combination suits this particular tall,  bald lummock very well indeed.
;)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on July 21, 2012, 21:43:07
Quote from: "Gassoon"
Did they mention how they got the sprocket off, chris?

Big hammer, small drift, then very powerful windy gun impact driver.  They reckon that the bit of rust on the threads was more of a problem than too much Suzuki thread lock.

Put everything back on it this morning, topped the tank up with 20l of Tesco's finest, fired it up and watched the lovely clean semi synthetic oil spewing from the general area of the rear cylinder.  I guess I need to speak to someone first thing Monday morning.  I appreciate that they couldn't fire the engine up after checking the valve clearances, as there was no tank on the bike, but I just sort of assumed that the engine would be oil tight when they finished with it.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Anonymous on July 21, 2012, 22:29:58
Quote from: "Mr Nick"
Took mine along to the local plod & did the day long bikesafe course. Quite a hoot spending the afternoon hooning around with a police escort encouraging you go quicker....


Now do an advanced course and test.
It's a great way to :thumb:  improve your riding :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on July 21, 2012, 23:35:11
Quote from: "MartinW"
Fitted and tested my slipscreen. Went for the full height and width option cos' I'm gangly. I didn't have to move my mirrors as they didn't foul the screen on full lock, so that was a bit of a result. I've got the Aprilia mirrors - maybe the slipscreen only hits the stock mirrors ??

Massive improvement on the buffeting at least as far as my head goes. The shoulders still take a hit, but hopefully the mirror extenders will cure that. My line of sight is right through the very top lip, which was a bit of a pisser, but generally below it downhill and above it uphill.

It seemed to accelerate faster too while I was topping 70 on a private runway (ahem) ... This might be a bit subjective and could be due to other factors, but it was like the airflow was improved on a flatter curved surface than it was hitting a wierd shaped bald bloke from Swindon.

I ought to apologise to all the flies in the extra 2" of width and 4.5" of height, who would otherwise have lived a little bit longer before they were splattered by an Arai Signet helmet.

So, a 26.2 mile run (in a time Paula Radcliffe would love to achieve) and a great first impression.

Had my Slipscreen best part of 2 years now, that with a Madstat has proved to be a good match. Most of the time I have it where I can just see over the top ( on the flat ) and it's perfect. Lowered for warm weather and raised for foul. Considering the cost of the Slipscreen, I reckon it's the best value out there.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gary117 on July 22, 2012, 12:37:10
Just got back from a 2500 mile europe trip on my recently purchased 07 650 wee.

Fantastic bike didn't miss a beat.

Did get it to 73 mpg at one point.

 :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 22, 2012, 16:37:08
Set fire to 100 miles worth of unleaded in a quick ride out to Oxford and back.

Have taken my mirrors off now ready for the extenders, which should be here tomorrow.

The change of weather has come at last !
 :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 22, 2012, 22:32:04
changed the oil on friday, cleaned the air filter, and gave her a wash.

today as the weathers looking better took the mrs for a spin and she now understands the term driving of the edge of the tyre. lol  :auto-dirtbike:

also in the process shaved a few more mm's off the underside of the Moto Agora bash plate.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/2012-07-22%2020.24.56.jpg)

also on friday started stripping the cx500. only stopped as I had no help to drop the engine.
next step bike lift that will support the engine while in undo all the bolts. :lala:

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/2012-07-20%2014.51.14.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on July 23, 2012, 03:43:54
Pulled the luggage rack off in the hope that the mounting plate for my Givi Trekker box appears soon. Also took the chance to wire the optimate plug and a power socket up.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jimbo8098 on July 23, 2012, 09:01:11
Cleaned the grit and yucky sticky wax off the chain put on there by the dealer with petrol. Got all the grime off the sproket to shine it up a bit. Took off the undercowling and cleaned in there for the first time since getting the bike. It is clear to me that the undercowling was a good choice :)

Put a bit of copper slick on the inlet bolts to stop them siezing long term.Cleaned behind the exhaust heatshield and the underside of the bike.

Looking like I just bought it again now :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on July 23, 2012, 17:51:15
Oop's wrong thread.....moved to Rides & Reports...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 23, 2012, 19:11:20
Fitted some mirror extenders. I did have to be careful with the placement as the mirrors did hit the slipscreen, but now all sorted with an inch clearance.

Will have to wait until Friday earliest to check the buffeting as I have to go to work ....  :crying-yellow:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on July 23, 2012, 19:33:26
Took off along the coast as far as Hastings in brilliant sunshine. Great day best part of 8 hours on the saddle. Think one of them sheepskin thingies might be a good idea. Got the Gel seat but maybe a little more comfort for such long hours might be a good thing.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on July 23, 2012, 19:42:08
Sheepskin AND gel seat!??  You'll be getting your arse-cheeks botoxed next you softy! :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on July 23, 2012, 22:10:56
Rode it to Dymchurch to see my wife and daughter who are on holiday. Then rode back home again lovely evenings riding. Just need to clean all the bugs of now :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on July 23, 2012, 22:57:35
Quote from: "Gassoon"
Sheepskin AND gel seat!??  You'll be getting your arse-cheeks botoxed next you softy! :neen:
D'you fink it would work? I obviously ain't got as much padding as some...... :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on July 23, 2012, 22:59:38
Quote from: "Penfold"
Just need to clean all the bugs of now :grin:
Me too, The slipscreen looks like the battle of Little Big Horn. And what the f**k is that bright green stuff??
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on July 24, 2012, 23:35:50
Had a run up to Dundee then fitted the Trekker box when I got back as the mounting hardware had arrived.

There was a distinct drop in driving standards when I crossed the Tay today: big gaps between lanes in queues but the natives got quite agressive when I used them to reduce the overall queue. And lets not mention the old duffer who hasn't quite worked out the point of the first part of 'roundabout' - just as well I had a bit of sense & kept back a bit as he went for the apex....

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/92126794/DSC_0080.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on July 25, 2012, 09:43:11
Very nice. Fife seems to have more than it's fair share of silly old duffers in motors - I suspect it's all that bloody golf.

(n.b. I said duffers, not Duffus :) )
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on July 25, 2012, 10:26:41
Oi - I'm from Fife!

You're right though..... try Morrisons car park in St Andrews - terrifying on pension day....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Countrysailor on July 25, 2012, 11:19:44
I remember meeting a great bloke from Fife years ago in Greece. I asked him " How are the people in Fife" he replied " Like frogs down a well " I never forgot it, anyone from Fife agree ? The only other person I heard of from Fife was Gordon Brown, enough said about him I think.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on July 25, 2012, 19:25:30
Quote from: "Countrysailor"
...The only other person I heard of from Fife was Gordon Brown, enough said about him I think.

So, you've never heard of Jocky Wilson....?   :shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on July 26, 2012, 10:22:45
Had a good run from Aberdeen to Invermark last night.

Left work at 5, arrived at Banchory car park to meet the lads & lasses from the GMC AT 6.45, then all 24 of us headed up to Invermark. Home at 8.45...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on July 26, 2012, 12:17:10
Broke another indicator lense filtering....  Can't complain it has been glued together four times already.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on July 27, 2012, 20:22:16
Went to Helmsley to get rid of the fanny bands... job done...  :grin:

Cleaned her when I got home, fitted my Ram Mount for the Sat Nav and tried to decide where to put the power socket, then I took the fuel cap off and cleaned all the crap off that had built up.

Great evening, love this bike.  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on July 27, 2012, 22:50:25
after fitting the new mirrors took betsy for a nice run into north Wales what a nice evening for a ride am now three quarters the way through a bottle of port happy days
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: 73bm73 on July 28, 2012, 06:54:08
Did a 840km/11hrs ride yesterday. :auto-dirtbike:  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on July 28, 2012, 15:12:17
fitted my new aprillia mirrors, but that's about it. got a dinner today, which was really nice, then a party. me oldies wedding anniversary, only 40 years.... long time  :shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 28, 2012, 16:15:48
bikes off the road as of mid day. pending a new chain and rear anakee.
last 1mm of rubber went in under a week.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on July 28, 2012, 21:52:21
Thoroughly tested by new Slipscreen, Madstad and Tuono Mirrors on extenders combo for the first time.

Went out with my Brother, from Swindon down to Marlborough, Andover, and over to Loomies for Brekkie. Through the valley to Hayling Island Sea-Front, Up the M27 to the New Forest, Down to Hurst Castle to look at the Isle of Wight Needles from the Mainland, on to Boscombe Peir, up to Ringwood, Salisbury, Tidworth, Marlborough and Swindon again - 260 miles. Longest ride I've done in years and my first day with two fuel stops for three years.

The New Forest was busy ! If this is going to be a Strom Trekkers option, don't go on a Saturday when half the population is leaving to go home and the other half is arriving for holidays. Got stuck in a 4 mile queue on a road with double white lines right up the middle, so couldn't filter for big chunks of it as there are cameras on poles all along it ... We sure did in the areas without the white line though, so beat the cars by hours. You could tell some of the drivers hated us.

So the verdict on my new screen and mirror setup - Not bad at all. I still get shoulder buffeting, but the helmet is much reduced. I'm hearing some strange noises, but I reckon it's just a combination of the air flow being different and me actually remembering to wear ear plugs these days.

Used the Wurth Dry Chain Lube when at home, but far too knackered to wash and ACF50 this time.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 28, 2012, 23:03:56
That sounds like a ride-and-a-half,  Martin. Nice part of the world,  too. You must have passed near to my place as I live midway between Loomies and Hayling Island. What a great day for a ride.

Alas, I was confined to four wheels today. I took my old parents to Stokes Bay for an ice cream...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on July 29, 2012, 15:06:30
Fitted some Bikevis Cree2 DRLs to replace the Rigid Duallys.  The crees are legal so will get me through my mot.  Too much plod down here atm to continue running the duallys.

Not as well made as the Duallys, and have an annoying auto-off feature like heated grips have.  Why don't manufacturers just add-in a relay....?

Will fit a PC8 fusebox next week and stick up the pics with the cree pics when I have a new indicator lens.

Also re-glued the heated grips which had come loose.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on July 30, 2012, 14:31:05
well been playing with some m3 carbon wrap and did the exhaust heat shield, and fitted the soft pannier stay
(http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss18/coxwain/004-14.jpg)
(http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss18/coxwain/008-8.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on July 30, 2012, 15:33:30
how does the m3 carbon wrap cope witht he heat, was thinking of putting some on the clutch cover to stop my boots rubbing the paint? don't know how the wrap would cope with the heat just?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on July 30, 2012, 18:31:18
it should be OK the M3 stuffs is tuff , the heat shield doesn't really get hot
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: crazyhorse on July 30, 2012, 19:11:14
Hello

Decided to check sprocket and swinging arm alignment etc, and found that the sprockets are in line.

But, the swinging arm measured from centre of swinging arm, to the centre of the rear axle was 3mm longer on the RHS.

Will sleep on it and measure again tomorrow.

What fun!!!!!!!

Crazyhorse
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kungfupoodle on July 31, 2012, 12:28:30
Quote from: "crazyhorse"
Will sleep on it and measure again tomorrow.


Sounds uncomfortable but if you think it will help...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on July 31, 2012, 13:17:15
"Bikevis Cree2 DRLs to replace the Rigid Duallys"

Does anyone else know what any of this means?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 31, 2012, 13:25:53
I've just fitted a digital voltmeter just to satisfy my curiosity when running lighting, heated grips, satnav, etc. A snip at £8 from ebay,  and it's waterproof too.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on July 31, 2012, 19:12:47
Quote from: "shedchief"
I've just fitted a digital voltmeter just to satisfy my curiosity when running lighting, heated grips, satnav, etc. A snip at £6 from ebay,  and it's waterproof too.

You got a link to the voltmeter ?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on July 31, 2012, 19:35:54
Try this link:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waterproof-4-5V-30V-Emerald-BLUE-LED-Mini-Digital-Volt-Meter-No-need-Power-/221006822236

It was £8 not £6. My error.

I hope that helps.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on July 31, 2012, 19:54:04
Thanks for the link . While I was googling for volmeter stuff I found this , check out the vid

http://motorcyclevoltmeter.com/Suzuki-d ... nightmare/ (http://motorcyclevoltmeter.com/Suzuki-DL650-wiring-nightmare/)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on July 31, 2012, 20:29:47
fitted new front bulbs - OSRAM night breakers, the deauville blokes rave about them, we'll see tomorrow night. took the back wheel off for the mrs to get a new anakee fitted in the morning,
cleaned up all the axle bushes and the caliper mount.
used my trusty bolt cutters to cut the chain ready for the new one.
(new chain and rivet tool were supposed to be delivered today but I wasn't in, so the post office have it still  :shrug: )

should be all here tomorrow to put her back together again.

haven't been on her since saturday, longest time since january when the STVA gubbins got all bunged up and took me a few days diagnose & clean up, but u did have the old git's Dullville to play on.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on August 01, 2012, 07:47:55
Quote from: "Fatbelly"
"Bikevis Cree2 DRLs to replace the Rigid Duallys"

Does anyone else know what any of this means?

DRLs - Daylight Running Lights (legal)
Duallys - Spotlights (spottuz if you're from Fife) (not legal but stunning)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on August 01, 2012, 09:05:58
Thanks!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: crazyhorse on August 01, 2012, 15:04:32
Hello

After sleeping on it (and yes Kungfupoodle it was most uncomfortable, but the truss helped)
my measurements were spot on, so will compensate when adjusting the chain and I will see what happens!

After tightening the axle nut, I could still feel side to side movement in  the sprocket carrier, so looks as if I will have to finance some new cushion rubbers very soon.

Crazyhorse
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: iowvstrom on August 01, 2012, 19:21:31
Rode to work and back as usual added a few more miles - got first service on Friday and still short on the mileage. :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on August 01, 2012, 22:16:47
got my new anakee fitted to the rim, the chain arrived and the tool got collected from mr postman.
fitted the wheel then the chain. taken her for a spin and she's feeling loverly again.

the Osram nightBreakers do seem to improve the brightness and distance the beam travels. we'll see how well they are next time I drive in proper darkness, driving in twighlight I could a difference but difficult to judge.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Glider65 on August 01, 2012, 22:37:40
Have had the faulty petrol filler cap replaced under warranty, and booked in to get the front 'warped' disks changed too.

I'm getting to know the demo stock courtesy bikes well though - (all triumphs for insurance reasons apparently: had a bonnie (HORRIBLE), Tiger 800 (Nice), Sprint 1050GT (hard on the wrists and not a patch on Davina for character, comfort, turning circle)

Did get 43MPG on the morning ride in Snowdonia, but the rest was way down in the high 30's
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on August 02, 2012, 17:34:28
Quote from: "Glider65"
Have had the faulty petrol filler cap replaced under warranty, and booked in to get the front 'warped' disks changed too.

I'm getting to know the demo stock courtesy bikes well though - (all triumphs for insurance reasons apparently: had a bonnie (HORRIBLE), Tiger 800 (Nice), Sprint 1050GT (hard on the wrists and not a patch on Davina for character, comfort, turning circle)

Did get 43MPG on the morning ride in Snowdonia, but the rest was way down in the high 30's


Was it the Tiger 800 xc  Glider ?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on August 03, 2012, 12:53:50
Bolted my running lights on; went crazy with the Kurust and hammerite on the crashbar scrapes from my February slide and also did a brake cleanout.  It never ceases to amaze me how much better the brakes work just from being cleaned and having the pins emery papered and greased.

Noticed that the Givi bars (2 years old) have bubble rusted under the paint on the vertical section next to the radiator (brake lever side).  

A sign of low grade steel.   :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on August 03, 2012, 15:31:36
I've visited it at the dealers and given it a stroke and turned it over  :crazy:

Its staying there until I can ride it  :GRR:  :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on August 03, 2012, 16:52:23
Had my baby serviced at appleyards today (4000 mile service) .. very pleased with the them .. bike is running lovley .. it was before but especially now happy boy :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: exbandit on August 03, 2012, 19:22:49
Quote from: "shedchief"
Try this link:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waterproof-4-5V-30V-Emerald-BLUE-LED-Mini-Digital-Volt-Meter-No-need-Power-/221006822236

It was £8 not £6. My error.

I hope that helps.
I have just got one of these could you show me how you mounted it on your bike and how you connected
to the power .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on August 03, 2012, 20:53:46
Friday is wash day, cleaned the bike and wired in the SatNav...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on August 03, 2012, 21:27:24
Quote from: "exbandit"
I have just got one of these could you show me how you mounted it on your bike and how you connected
to the power .

 I used some aluminium "angle iron" I had lying about and managed to bodge a rectangular hole in it using just about every tool in my toolbox (and only breaking one or two of them!). I covered it with odd pieces of carbon fibre sticky stuff to prevent reflections when riding. After fitting it to the aluminium using two self-tappers, I pop-riveted some spare bracketry to it and then mounted using the single screw that attaches the cable 'hoop'. For wiring, I simply tapped into the feed to the left-hand dipped beam and to its earthwire (both identified by using a simple voltage tester). A few cable ties later and job done. Obviously the unit won't work on main beam but I can live with that.

I intend to tidy it up a bit, eg. changing the self tappers for black ones, but I think it does the job nicely as it is. Functional and robust.

In the pic, I was doing a load test which explains the marginal voltage! The snakes' wedding you can see on the left of the handlebar is wiring for my satnav before I'd tidied it up.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a121/chiefkeefe/20120731_122549.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on August 03, 2012, 21:27:43
Sorry.Finger trouble ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on August 04, 2012, 16:41:49
Fitted , a pair of fork gaiters and renewed the front brake pads ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Upright on August 04, 2012, 16:55:12
Where did you get the gaiters Locksmith. I presume you had to take the forks out of the yokes and discontect all the brakes and cable and electrics?I like to do this.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on August 04, 2012, 18:14:03
Quote from: "Upright"
Where did you get the gaiters Locksmith. I presume you had to take the forks out of the yokes and discontect all the brakes and cable and electrics?I like to do this.

See this thread , viewtopic.php?f=58&t=13924 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=13924)  
its only a hrs work at the most .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Steve33 on August 04, 2012, 20:57:29
Popped out on the Vee to see my optician about some new glasses (turns out falling asleep on top of them is bad). Ended up on a 135 mile wander and even managed to (nearly) miss all the rain.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on August 06, 2012, 12:32:45
Same here.

I got up early this sunny morning and went to fill up. Rather than go straight home again I wandered via Chichester, Lavant,  Goodwood and Petworth to Bury Hill where I was the only rider present at the coffee shop. The roads were almost traffic-free so I returned home via Amberley, Pulborough, Petworth, The Hartings, Buriton and Hambledon. Goodness knows how many miles I did but I estimate it was about 75 miles in total. It was a delightful,  relaxing ride on a beautiful morning through some charming W Sussex and Hampshire countryside. Perfick!

The Wee,  with all its custom bits, was spot on and the ride was only spoiled by an uncomfortable wedgie, but that's another story...

8-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on August 06, 2012, 17:25:38
fitted anakee 2 tyres any recomendation for a fat git doing lots of motorway miles tyre presssure wise - tks
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on August 06, 2012, 18:45:38
I'm 16st and I run 39 rear. 34 front. did sqare off but I got 11k miles from the first rear 9k from the last one but I had the first one over winter and was a little more easy on the gas. first front went to 25k and was square so I changed but still had a mm or 2 left. I was doing alot of motorway miles, now alot less. love anakee 2's
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Steve33 on August 06, 2012, 21:04:01
Fitted some 20mm handlebar risers, to counteract the 15mm yoke drop - the extra stretch to the bars was making it less comfortable on long runs.

Control cables & hoses seem fine. Hand to remove the cable clamp on the LHS - will re-route the cables when I get the tank off, but it's fine for now
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on August 06, 2012, 22:49:57
Quote from: "mr_diver"
I'm 16st and I run 39 rear. 34 front. did sqare off but I got 11k miles from the first rear 9k from the last one but I had the first one over winter and was a little more easy on the gas. first front went to 25k and was square so I changed but still had a mm or 2 left. I was doing alot of motorway miles, now alot less. love anakee 2's

tks mate will give that a go Tomorrow -cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on August 07, 2012, 09:38:38
left the bike into colin appleyard to get 12k service. picked up a gladius on loan for the day, big diff. compared to my armchair of a vee. however the gear change on the gladius is as sweet as a nut and makes the vee gearchange look very clunky in comparison. pick the bike up later the day once serviced.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on August 07, 2012, 09:56:41
Rode my strom for the first time in 7 1/2 weeks having just got back from Canada.

Felt good :-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on August 07, 2012, 13:29:13
Quote from: "shedchief"
...For wiring, I simply tapped into the feed to the left-hand dipped beam and to its earthwire (both identified by using a simple voltage tester). A few cable ties later and job done. Obviously the unit won't work on main beam but I can live with that....

You could tap the sidelight cabling - I did this when I unplugged them :) bloody waste of electricity
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on August 07, 2012, 13:57:05
Fitted a TRE to my Vee :)

Went for a ride to my local bike meet and noticed that the TRE hasknocked my fuel gauge out of sync so she looks empty all the time. :angry-tappingfoot:

Awe well just have to take it back off. ###
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on August 07, 2012, 14:08:34
Quote from: "Big Al wi the Vee"
Fitted a TRE to my Vee :)

Went for a ride to my local bike meet and noticed that the TRE hasknocked my fuel gauge out of sync so she looks empty all the time. :angry-tappingfoot:

Awe well just have to take it back off. ###

Big Al - you've probably fitted it to the wrong plug. There's 2 similar plugs!
See here
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=12275 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=12275)
( see the post by Baldrick46 towards the end of the page)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on August 07, 2012, 15:54:44
Sven,

Yep, that's what I did.

cheers
 :)  :auto-dirtbike:  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on August 08, 2012, 17:37:00
Quote from: "Chris Graves"
Quote from: "Juvecu"
You need a 112 link chain (assuming you have standard sprockets), but check because sometimes you can get a longer one for a better price and you can just shorten it by removing some links (remember that you remove two links at a time so be careful when you do this!)

According to my handbook it says 116 links. Do I need to go out and count the links on the broken one?
Sorry Chris, I should have paid attention. For some reason I either thought you had a Vee or I copied and pasted the wrong info :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on August 08, 2012, 18:03:22
Driven passed who knows how many car/van drivers either texting and not pulling away from the traffic lights or plain just on their phones taking not a jot of notice on what they should be.
Even watched a car get side swiped by another car at the junction because of this...... :shrug:  :crazy:

Should take the phone users car and CRUSH IT. ... :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on August 08, 2012, 18:11:23
fitted my new givi airflow screen. looks OK, no time for a ride to try it out though :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on August 08, 2012, 18:13:25
Quote from: "medic5"
Should take the phone users car and CRUSH IT. ... :clap:
That would solve 99% of the problems we have with people using mobile phones while driving if it were made a law and enforced vigorously in the UK :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on August 08, 2012, 18:14:17
I enjoyed a very muddy ride along some very narrow lanes with seven equally bonkers mates. My Wee looked as if it'd been ploughing. Two of my mates dropped their bikes at walking pace but apart from a bent footpeg and a mysteriously missing mirror they got away with it. We found a ford too -  great fun!
I've just MucOffed the Wee,  then hosed, chamoised and F365-ed it before loobing the chain. It's now ready for the next adventure 8-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on August 08, 2012, 18:20:53
I collected mine from Millenium Motorcycles Thatto Heath ,, St Helens..

I should have been  :auto-dirtbike:  :auto-dirtbike:  it home but due to not getting my licence (yet :angry-tappingfoot: )  

Anyway it went in the back of my van and now its home in sunny Wigan.

I can't retake my test until 24th so I'll just have to tinker and polish for a while...... :shrug:


BTW  Millenium have been fantastic with me, I have heard them critisised but I speak as I find   :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on August 08, 2012, 22:11:42
Carried on pulling it apart for a good bit of tlc after the Scandinavia trip. I must've spent a good two hours trying to pull the rear preload adjuster out from between the frame and abs unit :angry-tappingfoot:
Still, all the bearings I've found so far a looking good, which is nice!

Next job (once the bits get here) is fitting new C&S set (still not sure whether to use 14, 15 or 16t front sprocket, so I've ordered all three... seems a quick job to swap them over), new springs front and rear, oil and filter change of course, air filter change, possibly new tyres, fit an abs switch...

Not too much then...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Andy M on August 10, 2012, 15:17:57
Had a Zulu day *

Got up with the wife and headed into North Yorkshire to dial in my new K60's** Back about an hour ago so now drinking black sheep and having a butty  :)   228miles of everything from the middle of Leeds  ###  to some very nice unlisted roads/sheep tracks  :grin:

The Wee in it's natural environment:

https://picasaweb.google.com/1044429767 ... 1251695314 (https://picasaweb.google.com/104442976739427547289/Zulu1#5775045471251695314)

Think I might have a bath, smoke a cigar, drink more beer and play the radio louder than I'm normally allowed now   :occasion-balloons:

Andy

* I get more holiday than the wife because I'm old  :old:  and only change jobs one a century. The extra days I split between doing jobs  :bawl:  and Zulu days  :)  . Zulu days are so called because if I choose I can sit in the house with a crate of beer and watch Michael Caine etc. shout at people for chucking spears. Karen is not a fan and would never allow a bit of Steve McQueen to accompany the last few beers before my afternoon nap or walking the dog for four hours (which oddly only cover the half mile to our local and back)  :neen:

** Only 1200 miles on the Wee a nail trashed the front DeathWing  :bawl:  I'm impressed with the Heidenaus, they are a little noisier and less of a road tyre but are really scared of nothing you can legally ride in the UK. I used them on the Bonneville and they also last forever.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on August 10, 2012, 20:48:16
Fitted an Eastern Beaver PC8 fusebox thing.  Can now use  the Optitmate without triggering the Bikevis Cree2 (lights) LED Driver's voltage sensor wotsit and switching the lights on.   :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: james.t on August 11, 2012, 13:41:57
put fork brace on . what a difference in handling  even just pushing it in to the shed so much better.
have also put my gear indicator on  works nicely.
j
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on August 11, 2012, 17:37:21
did 250miles doing some recon for ST5. only problem was I got home far too early. I forgot to do the northern run from fishguard to carmathen rather than straight from haverford west. d'oh!

ah well gives me the excuse to go back for another days recon. lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on August 12, 2012, 20:38:52
If you ignored a sign that said "Private road - no entry" and rode 7 or 8 miles up that road, you might find a hydro scheme with a big dam over 700 metres long. If you discovered there was no-one around you could open the gates and ride your Strom right across the dam.

Of course, I would never do that, 'cos it's not allowed :grin:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7768020202_c19388e5a9.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: DESERTRAIDER on August 12, 2012, 22:41:22
sold my wee strom and going to buy a new one
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: timangus on August 13, 2012, 07:32:58
Went through the Surrey Hills, passed Goodwood and onto West Whittering where bikes cost £2 and cars £7.50 to park near the beach on Sunday. Lovely picnic then ride back via Billingshurst. Lovely weather, great bike, and I ended the day watching the olympic closing ceremony. Sundays don't get much better than that.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on August 13, 2012, 09:10:20
32k mile service. Ordered some blackshadow replacement front disks as mine are now below the service limit. A new rear tyre will be needed soon too. Expensive times.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on August 13, 2012, 09:50:47
Rode it in the sunshine 8-)

Relocated the voltmeter down into the bowels of the fairing to minimise reflections. Much improved.

Experimented with miscellaneous brackets to find the optimum location for the loud horn (senior moment... forgotten the name...). I now need to buy a relay to complete the installation,  which is probably going to be on the LH side of the engine, behind the engine bars.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on August 13, 2012, 16:14:55
Fitted a voltmeter into a switched circuit on the PC8.  Mounted it onto the rear of the windscreen bracket with a cable tie.  Simples.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Frenchie on August 14, 2012, 18:10:16
Fitting my new luggage to the bike, loading it up and checking I can get all my camping gear in ready for my trip at the end of the month.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8422/7782324060_cf6e250b5b.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7120/7782326440_5cd1e4ea95.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7263/7782328442_1fe7e597ab.jpg)

14 days and counting    :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on August 14, 2012, 21:30:03
Started putting it back together! Replaced air filter, drained oil, fitted new oil filter, replaced the clutch pushrod and its oil seal, then it got dark :(

Tomorrow's job is refill with oil, fit new c&s set, put the back wheel on and ride! :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stuart on August 15, 2012, 00:17:04
Sunday, out with three mates - Glasgow - Arrochar - Inveraray - The Green Welly - Callander & back to Glasgow.  185 miles  :lala: averaged high 50's mpg.  Bike ran like a dream - happy days!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on August 17, 2012, 06:47:34
Pretty much finished :)

New air/oil/filter, new c&s (nice shiny gold chain haha), new clutch pushrod and seal.

No leaks! :lala: but a few bits haven't turned up yet, so I'll be pulling the suspension again at some point.

 :auto-dirtbike:  :auto-dirtbike:  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on August 19, 2012, 15:35:31
Used it as a mobile aircon unit. Far too hot indoors, but at 60mph the breeze was so welcome.

Now it's time to cold the insides with a beer.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on August 19, 2012, 21:31:11
Not today.  But I got the all clear from the wife to take my Vstrom on its first trip abroad.  Taking it to the British Superbike round in Assen next month and I am going on my own :)
All I need now is to arrnage the time off at work.

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on August 20, 2012, 10:12:29
230 Miles of bliss yesterday...great run out to Fife/Crieff/Amulree from Aberdeen. Excellent weather and good roads. Nice to see Andy and his Vee on the run with us.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on August 20, 2012, 11:50:30
Watched it tick over to 92000 on the odo on the way to work :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: willbo on August 20, 2012, 22:05:30
tried out my givi airflow screen. very good, it smoothes the air it seems, so I get a light feeling on my lid if its low, or nothing if set to high. now when its warm, set to low, I feel a breeze but not a pounding airblast of buffet and noise.

tried it without my madstad too, still just as good. seems raising the mirrors, putting aprilia ones on and this screen means madstad doesn't add anything. still keeping it though, incase I change screens and need it back on
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stibbs on August 20, 2012, 22:30:31
Lowered my screen to the bottom position. Strangely it seems to be a better position for me than the top position :wtf:
I also fitted some tuono mirrors, very good. I recommend them :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on August 21, 2012, 01:17:06
I had a run out in the late evening & was heading home down a stretch of the M90 as it was getting dark and noticed that the headlights were getting dimmer & dimmer: dread running through my mind about dead alternators etc...

Pulled over to check it out to find that the front was covered in all manner of dead beasties to the point that it was interfering with the lights!!

The screen does a great job of keeping them off the visor but the top of my new Shoei Hornet looked like a massacre and the top vent had an expired daddy long legs poking out of it.... :shock:

A quick soak in tfr then mr sheen sorted it all out.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on August 21, 2012, 01:23:54
Quote from: "stibbs"
Lowered my screen to the bottom position. Strangely it seems to be a better position for me than the top position :wtf:
I also fitted some tuono mirrors, very good. I recommend them :thumb:

I changed mine to the top setting not long after I bought her thinking it would be better as I'm 6'2" ish but it actually made my head vibrate at motorway speed. Put it back to the middle & everything's fine again. Never tried it lower but might one day to see what that does.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on August 21, 2012, 12:40:55
Removed front sprocket cover on my DL1000, cleared away all the crap behind there, reassembled and test rode, perfect. Fresh oil & filter change completed last month.
Nut & bolt & allen key tighten check due to a 2week European trip soon. Coolent level checked... Ordered new pyramid front mudguard mudguard-extender along with a couple of l.e.d. front side lamp bulbs.

Not many big sleeps til we head off into the unknown, so can't wait!   :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on August 21, 2012, 13:13:28
Quote from: "macvisual"
Not many big sleeps til we head off into the unknown, so can't wait!   :lala:

You'll have a blast, the Vee's perfect for a continental jaunt. I'm jealous.... :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stromtrooper james on August 21, 2012, 18:41:56
got very wet!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: james.t on August 21, 2012, 20:20:17
put my radiator guard on 5 minute job :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on August 24, 2012, 19:43:32
Took out my DL1000 today fully loaded with my partner etc, rode 65 miles on a test run before we head off to Europe on Sat 1st Sept for a two week holiday on the V-Strom.

This afternoon we rode from Doune to;  Callendar - Kilmahog - Aberfoyle - Dukes Pass - Doune - Bridge of Allen and home, loads of tight twisties, really loved it, the big torquey/grunty DL thou was absolutely hassle free.

Fitted a new set of l.e.d. front side light bulbs today, wOw a major improvement, so bright for such a small bulb!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on August 24, 2012, 20:18:45
Quote from: "macvisual"
Fitted a new set of l.e.d. front side light bulbs today, wOw a major improvement, so bright for such a small bulb!

Where do you gets these bulbs from?  One of my regular bulbs has gone and keen to get some decent replacements... Cheers Sharpy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on August 24, 2012, 21:19:36
Hello Sharpy;

£1.89 for two l.e.d. front side light bulbs from eBay, free UK postage.

Link here;
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280744328010? ... 1945wt_922 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280744328010?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_1945wt_922)

Regards;pete
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on August 25, 2012, 13:16:41
Fitted a 'Pyramid' front mudguard mudguard-extender to the DL thou, great job..! Keep a lot of crap away from front of engine department.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on August 26, 2012, 15:55:42
Got 84.2 mpg on my 2012 L2.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on August 27, 2012, 17:27:03
Spent about a hr cleaning the chain and gave it a good check over ready for Stromtreck 5 the end of the month as it won't get used much uptill then ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on August 27, 2012, 17:30:44
A quick 30 mile ride, which means I have now done more miles in 2012 so far, than I did in 2010 and 2011 combined and have matched 2009's total. Small numbers for some on here, but I needed to get back riding after some low mileage years.

Roll on some more miles before 2013.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on August 27, 2012, 17:33:41
Quote from: "MartinW"
A quick 30 mile ride, which means I have now done more miles in 2012 so far, than I did in 2010 and 2011 combined and have matched 2009's total. Small numbers for some on here, but I needed to get back riding after some low mileage years.

Roll on some more miles before 2013.

You don't fancy ST5 then ?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on August 27, 2012, 17:38:16
Quote from: "Locksmith"
You don't fancy ST5 then ?

I would need Crash Bars and a Bash Plate before I could consider falling off in a field !!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: whythedevilnot on August 27, 2012, 21:01:02
Felling like Fall is here already so I figured it was time to fit the F enda Extenda. Drilling into bodywork of any kind always feels wrong but it's done now.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on August 27, 2012, 21:53:49
Quote from: "macvisual"
Hello Sharpy;

£1.89 for two l.e.d. front side light bulbs from eBay, free UK postage.

Link here;
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280744328010? ... 1945wt_922 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280744328010?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_1945wt_922)

Regards;pete

Great stuff... Today I have ordered some of these!! :grin:  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Innybiff on August 28, 2012, 13:42:42
Rode my bike for the 1st time with mirror extenders. What a difference!

I was in HG t'other week hoping to find a bargain when I spotted some SW Motech mirror extenders half price (24 notes I think). I wouldn't have liked to pay 50 quid for 2 small bits of metal but with 50% off they seemed reasonable.

I am so glad that I bought them. No longer does it feel like I have a woodpecker on my lid. There seems to be more pressure on my chest now but that's OK - that's not going to give me a headache.

So, if you have an old Vee and find the wind buffetting to be a pain, they might just be worth a punt.
:grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on August 28, 2012, 23:22:29
Quote from: "Innybiff"
Rode my bike for the 1st time with mirror extenders. What a difference!

I was in HG t'other week hoping to find a bargain when I spotted some SW Motech mirror extenders half price (24 notes I think). I wouldn't have liked to pay 50 quid for 2 small bits of metal but with 50% off they seemed reasonable.

I am so glad that I bought them. No longer does it feel like I have a woodpecker on my lid. There seems to be more pressure on my chest now but that's OK - that's not going to give me a headache.

So, if you have an old Vee and find the wind buffetting to be a pain, they might just be worth a punt.
:grin:

Whoops brought the same thing from the Reading branch today for just over £18 :)  Took the bike for a ride after wards and didn't notice much difference on my 2011 wee.
Saying that similar items can be had on Ebay for quite a bit less.

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jeff999 on August 29, 2012, 17:34:03
Finally got round to doing the 5 washer screen mod. Just need to test it out now.... :rain:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on August 29, 2012, 19:36:08
Had a day off work today so went out for a ride in the rain.

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Innybiff on August 30, 2012, 10:24:37
Quote from: "Keith Cross"
Quote from: "Innybiff"
Rode my bike for the 1st time with mirror extenders. What a difference!
Whoops brought the same thing from the Reading branch today for just over £18 :)  Took the bike for a ride after wards and didn't notice much difference on my 2011 wee.
Saying that similar items can be had on Ebay for quite a bit less.Keith C
Well, there's always a better deal to be had - well done you.

I think the screen issues are much more pronounced on the K2 Vee than the later models and, I guess, that accounts for the bigger difference. I honestly don't understand how Suzuki got it so badly wrong. Well, I suppose I do - they used a little Japanese man to do the testing. He probably looked a bit like this...
 :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on August 30, 2012, 14:42:14
My first ever oil change. >pats self on the back.<
Goes for a lie-down.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on August 30, 2012, 15:56:09
Have any of you tried to fit front side light bulbs to a DL1000....??

wOw, what a tricky job, you need hands the size of baby's to get your fingers up in the place, really tricky job, now sorted after a long time. Fitted new l.e.d. side light bulbs, superb difference OK, check out my eBay link in above post, these are really bright, love it!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on August 30, 2012, 21:17:39
Tried to do the above.... failed!  Lost the existing bulbs into the headlight unit and now I have no headlights.... Assuming as there are no sidelights in place.

Now in the process of stripping the front end down to get the light unit out so I can get the bulbs out and hopefully sort the lights, balls.

On the upside found the heated grip wiring connector so making it easier to get to now as well so when I fit the grips I can avoid some of this hassle. Not my finest moment.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: whythedevilnot on August 30, 2012, 22:36:54
Rode it to a local butcher to replenish my black pudding supply. 80 mile round trip as the butcher isn't local to me. The black pudding is excellent however, as is the journey over the Malham Dale to Settle. Also needed to test the new F enda Extenda. Any excuse.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stromtrooper james on August 30, 2012, 22:41:12
moved my phone handle bar mount from the middle (geting in the way of keys) to just right of my left mirror! found out I can use my phone camera to film rides! so when for a play in the dark!!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: FragglePete on August 31, 2012, 08:43:28
Had to turn my heated handlebar grips on for the ride into work this morning.  Chuffing cold this morning!

Gave my new pair of boots their first outing as well today.

Pete
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on August 31, 2012, 09:39:01
Speaking about heated grips and sudden chilly weather, I think that might be a good project for me this weekend. The grips are on the bike already (R&G ones), but the wiring hasn't been done and I have a feeling Monday morning will be more pleasant if I have them wired in :) Might as well do my air horn while I'm at it, I seem to need it more and more everyday.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on August 31, 2012, 15:38:46
Quote from: "Sharpy"
Tried to do the above.... failed!  Lost the existing bulbs into the headlight unit and now I have no headlights.... Assuming as there are no sidelights in place.

Now in the process of stripping the front end down to get the light unit out so I can get the bulbs out and hopefully sort the lights, balls. .

I've been biting my lip on this one, but since I started using the LED's I've never stopped replacing them cos they don't last (some think its vibes, some the heat from the main lights), and I got so sick of stripping the plastics to get bulbs what had fallen into the headlight shell :bawl: , I cut a little panel in the black plastic at the bottom so I could fish the buggers out, then sealed it up with gaffer tape! It works for me!

If anybody finds led's that last...please post about 'em!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Anonymous on August 31, 2012, 16:12:24
I moved it out of the garage so I could get my other bike out for tomorrows ride out.

But tomorrow it goes back in it's rightful spot, I.e. the first bike I come to in my garage and the one most easily accessible.

Also My new Suzuki vario screen came today, so I'll be fitting that tomorrow  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on August 31, 2012, 16:54:46
took mine in for first MOT today passed with 2 advisories head stock bearing and fork seal, not too botherd it passed and will be sorted on the next service happy days  :lala:  :lala:  :lala:  weather is suposed to be good this weekend can't go far on the bike on call untill monday morning :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on August 31, 2012, 18:25:33
Put it back together none the wiser about what is causing the no headlight issue...  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on August 31, 2012, 19:00:48
Topped up fuel to brim on the DL1000 for epic Europe motorcycle (2 week) journey. We leave around 9am tomorrow morning (1st Sept) to ride to Newcastle boat for overnight sailing to Amsterdam.

Lush'tastic Orgasmatron!

Yippee.  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on August 31, 2012, 21:43:39
Used mine for a little illegal a poaching aid this morning on the way to work :)

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: sirkitchalott on September 01, 2012, 06:58:52
Taken delivery!

 :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: sirkitchalott on September 01, 2012, 13:05:00
Took delivery of her last night!

BIG clean (I asked dealer not to valet).

Oil and filter change.

Polish and protect.

Now out for a thrashing!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on September 01, 2012, 15:54:33
Fitted a Strombone RAM mount for the GPS.  Nice.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 01, 2012, 17:42:12
Taken it back to the garage for some warranty work started leaking oil this morning after making a slightly odd popping sound... So chudder+headlight issue+oil leaj = lemon??  who knows...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on September 01, 2012, 23:27:46
Took mine out for a ride this afternoon.  Got home and did the 11,000 miles service, inc fitting a K&N reusable air filter.

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on September 02, 2012, 09:14:31
took her out for a recon trip to West Wales in prep for ST5.
Got all muddy, soaked and completely enjoyed.

I only got lost once. lol :shy:  and I met up with another stromer in St davids. and one in M&P's on the way down.

I now have the route all planed out. well sort off, depends how many pee/smoke brakes we take.  :shrug:

http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14279
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on September 02, 2012, 18:40:25
Rode the bike for the first time in a fortnight. Wasn't quite mesh jacket weather though.

**sits here shivering still with a brew**
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on September 02, 2012, 19:32:47
Don't everyone fall  over with shock... but she got a good washing. :chores-mop:

all shiny and clean, first time since just after ST4 I think.

bet it'll rain in the morning on the way to work.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Anonymous on September 02, 2012, 20:19:23
Fit a Suzuki vario tinted touring screen  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on September 02, 2012, 21:18:28
Quote from: "mr_diver"
Don't everyone fall  over with shock... but she got a good washing. :chores-mop:

all shiny and clean, first time since just after ST4 I think.

bet it'll rain in the morning on the way to work.


  :text-welcomeconfetti:    To the club................:character-spongebobdance:


You'll be a twice a week man before you know it!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on September 02, 2012, 21:27:47
I replaced an LED sidelight (bugger, another one died!), washed it, it was filthy from my trip to the Borders 2 weeks ago, checked tyre pressures etc and went off on a jaunt along Hadrians Wall with my 16 year old daughter (in her mams leathers which she'll never get into again lol !). Fantastic weather, great trip of about 90 miles only, but quality! Met a german couple on their fully-loaded GS who were just off the Amsterdam-North Shields ferry and not coping well with driving on the correct side of the road for the first time. Thought they were stuck-up BMW riders at first but turned out they were just shy, hardly spoke any english, but hoped to pick it up in Scotland!!

I couldn't bring myself to tell them the truth! :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on September 03, 2012, 10:53:21
Quote from: "Gassoon"
Thought they were stuck-up BMW riders at first but turned out they were just shy, hardly spoke any english, but hoped to pick it up in Scotland!!  I couldn't bring myself to tell them the truth! :)

Dinna fash yersel' young Gasson, we'll soon have them speaking the lingo like natives....natives of the Outer Hebridies that is...muhahahahah.

Haggis and neeps a' roun' loon, oor job tis deen.  :occasion-balloons:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jimbo8098 on September 04, 2012, 12:45:39
Quote from: "Abercol"
Quote from: "Gassoon"
Haggis and neeps a' roun' loon, oor job tis deen.  :occasion-balloons:

*an  :angry-tappingfoot:

I fitted the top box holding plate to the strom for a trip to campbelltown this weekend :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 04, 2012, 13:20:31
pined after it as it is still in the garage... Missing the comfort and speed compared to the CD500-s I have as a courtesy bike.  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 05, 2012, 19:03:31
Now starting to get nervous.... 3 days and no news!  Could it be terminal??  :fix:  :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on September 05, 2012, 19:09:04
They've probably fixed it, and just not bothered to call you :neen:

I got hit on the way back home today :GRR: filtering past a long line of traffic, and some dozy cager decides he's bored and does a u-turn. Didn't even look - went into the side of him 'side on' (if you know what I mean) - broke a bulb in the front indicator (indicator body's fine though) but left a nice long deep gouge in his rear quarter with my bar end to return the favour :)

I'm ashamed to say I chased him and stopped him (two other cars did as well though, so that's OK, right?) and apparently he hadn't even looked or realise that he'd hit anything! ### I gently reminded him that it'd be a good idea to use his mirrors occasionally...

So got home and replaced the bulb. all fixed haha
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on September 06, 2012, 11:25:46
Lucky man, could have been worse. I'm sure I'm not the first, and definitely not the last, to say that I find it mind boggling how bad some people drive: he didn't even know he hit something! W!? T!? F!? :shock:

ps. Maybe it's because we're not allowed to own guns... Do you think people would drive better if they knew someone could stick a shotgun through the window if they drove like crap? Probably not, but I can fantasise about it a little bit... Right?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on September 06, 2012, 13:30:41
I was just thinking the same thing. How the FECK did he not notice anything? !!

I was rear-ended by a BMW at walking pace (he was trickling along in his automatic - no throttle) in my car and there was an almighty bang - no damage to either car, but you sure as hell knew something had happened.

I smell a distinctly fishy "failure to stop at scene" outright lying bollocks.... :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stibbs on September 06, 2012, 13:46:31
To get back on the track of thread......

I oiled the chain and washed the glee :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on September 06, 2012, 13:49:18
I now have a very happy image of Arnie on a strom with his terminator makeup on  :violence-uzi:

Yeah, feck knows how he ignored that lovely noise my bar end made chewing up car :crazy: Mind you, he floored it as he pulled out and mounted the kerb on the other side, so there can't have been much thinking going on there.

Still, hopefully he'll look next time...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 06, 2012, 21:00:07
Quote from: "mjc506"
They've probably fixed it, and just not bothered to call you :neen:

Couldn't wait any longer rang them today and they have done all but the lights... which they are struggling to work out!

On the Chudder issue they have replaced the cush drives or something? Apparently they were busted so will see if that helps, failing that it will be back in once I get back from Spain!  30 Days to go!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Innybiff on September 07, 2012, 10:57:01
Fitted the TRE last night. Didn't notice a lot of extra power but it did seem a lot smoother at low revs.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on September 07, 2012, 23:28:55
Took the bike for its MOT, booked in for 2PM - soddin alarm chose this morning to go mentalistic, ignoring the fob button, then arming itself to the accompaniment of some half-hearted squawking sounds, giving double beeps and single 'cheeps'. Jeff999 can attest to this as he had called around! Bloke who gave it the MOT  said he thought it was a bit strange the keyfob did not seem to do anything, but assumed it was deactivated ...

Upshot: next week I am getting shot of the alarm; the lads in the shop reckon these days they get paid to take them out almost as often as to install them...

ALARMS = a problem waiting to happen!

But - wahoo !  :occasion-balloons: Mot pass!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on September 08, 2012, 06:36:23
Yesterday I rode it to Germany today I will riding it around the twisties.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on September 08, 2012, 07:25:23
fitted those flush mounted front indicators- then took it for a 50 miles 'test' ride to make sure they worked  :shrug:

this time I soldered the connections rather than crimp joints which were sh## last time. takes me back to my GCSE D&t electronics lessons... I used to be quite neat soldering, but they years have not been kind!  :old:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on September 08, 2012, 08:04:48
Passed an MOT - Yay!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stromtrooper james on September 08, 2012, 08:25:51
going in for the 7500 mile serves today! paying £120 that ain't bad is it??
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: sirkitchalott on September 08, 2012, 13:17:30
Manipulated each chain link, skip checking for a stiff one!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on September 08, 2012, 15:21:42
Cleaned, acf50, polished, locked in garage, take off to Barbados Sunday morning, not been there for 3 months and as the temp here looks like its going the wrong way, off we go.  :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on September 08, 2012, 21:24:08
Quote from: "medic5"
Cleaned, acf50, polished, locked in garage, take off to Barbados Sunday morning, not been there for 3 months and as the temp here looks like its going the wrong way, off we go.  :neen:


Bleedin hell! I thought you docs were chained to the wards or surgeries or whatever! You get more holidays
than teachers... :GRR:

 :grin: Enjoy!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on September 08, 2012, 21:27:12
I rode mine for the first time  :auto-dirtbike:

And its the first big bike I ever had,, my last bike was a 125cc Honda Custom in about 1982  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ricky on September 08, 2012, 22:20:56
fitted the 16tooth front sproket and gave it a test ride
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on September 09, 2012, 19:09:05
Rode it down some lanes and trails inbetween Calne and Chippenham. Surprised a few ramblers and the odd cyclist who weren't expecting me to be there. Good ride in what might just be the last hot weekend of 2012.

Got home, cleaned it, ACF50, then spent the obilgatory 5 minutes shaking the Wurth Dry Chain Lube can "until the balls move freely!", only to find it ran out after 3 seconds. What a pisser that was !

Realised I need to put the bike on a lift and clean/ACF50 the underside properly. I'm too big to fold up on the floor for that job.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: timangus on September 09, 2012, 21:30:04
Took daughter to lady Gaga concert at Twickenham. Parked 100 yards from entrance and got home in less than a hour. Other daughter arrived by train and got home in over 4 hours. Bikes win again.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 09, 2012, 21:32:03
Rode to The Sun Inn near Otley with my lovely lady friend.  Had some lunch and rode back.... just wish the radios worked properly, like a good natter when we ride!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on September 10, 2012, 09:34:23
Rode down to Brighton from the Ace Cafe with the GF on her FZS600 Andy mate on his overheating 11 plate speed triple :-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on September 10, 2012, 10:06:12
Left the seat off at tony archer's to get reshaped. pick it up on wednesday.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on September 10, 2012, 10:26:24
Went on an excellent UCAN charity memorial run from Aberdeen to the Linn 'O Dee. Nigh on 200 of us.

Had  a Panigale S pass me on full chat, closely followed by a brace of 1198's....Lovely.

The organisers had a BBQ set up & even the police were being good, they gave out lots of lanyards, earplugs and visor wipes after arriving at the tail end. Good raffle prizes, I could have done with the trackday tickets or the HD bike camera!

Cracking day to remember the UCAN organiser Chris Norton and my friend John Alexander, who was tragically killed on his R1 after attending the UCAN fun run last year.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on September 10, 2012, 13:46:34
Quote
Had  a Panigale S pass me on full chat, closely followed by a brace of 1198's....Lovely.

music to my ears. can't beat the sound of a duc at full chat! Wish I had of been there.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stevie-m on September 10, 2012, 14:27:05
Dropped it
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 10, 2012, 14:38:44
Quote from: "stevie-m"
Dropped it

 :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Itchy on September 10, 2012, 16:25:02
Had an Anakee2 fitted and just been out scrubbing it in, must admit that it looks much chunkier than I expected but looks the part  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 10, 2012, 17:12:38
Commuted..... And figured out the single most annoying rattle I had, it was the lugs for the panniers, put the panniers on and bingo noise gone!!  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on September 10, 2012, 17:50:24
Quote from: "stevie-m"
Dropped it

No damage hopefully.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on September 10, 2012, 23:33:15
Laid a bit of spare carpet under her in the garage so I can do what I need to round about without kneelinglying on the concrete floor.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Vstrombandit on September 11, 2012, 17:54:08
Took her to work avoiding 35 minutes of purgatory for 20 minutes of pleasure and time for a coffee before starting work. Result.  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on September 11, 2012, 18:49:38
overtook someone in the air :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 11, 2012, 18:52:05
Wished I had heated grips on the commute.... So ordered some....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: neltek on September 11, 2012, 20:10:20
...fitted an Enduro Guardian sump/engine guard
Looks ace
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: rockingdave on September 11, 2012, 21:49:55
relined rear brake with pads insulators and carriers also changes fluids in front and rear brakes ready for five day trip to luxemburg hope the ole girl holds together not the misses leaving her behind so I can enjoy the peace and quiety and a few beers. :fix:  :occasion-balloons:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on September 12, 2012, 12:07:33
Started poking around the wiring with pins to find my dodgy earth.  That's several done now.  

Wish I hadn't slipped though and stuck the pin into my finger and then into the fat orange wire.....still, burnt flesh heals quickly... :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on September 12, 2012, 19:45:47
Picked up my seat from tony archer in huddersfield. seat raised and widened by 2". Gel insert put in. Will have a 230mile test ride to the ferry to test it out tomorrow.   :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chipper on September 12, 2012, 20:21:16
snapped the flopping gear lever!!!! ###
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 13, 2012, 08:17:03
Burned off a Merc from some lights onto a Dual Carriageway!  Was great fun!

Oh and while doing the above got a bit of a power slide (I say a bit I meanfully tinypower slide) but it was fun none the less!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on September 13, 2012, 09:28:16
Had the malfunctioning (though it had started working properly again, for now) Datatool S4 alarm removed from the bike. It looked like a multi-tentacled parasite that had been feeding on the Stroms vital juices!
It lay on the garage floor screaming, until the mechanic smashed it with a lump hammer. binned.

All wires soldered, heatshrinked up...relief! Dropped oil, changed Aprilia mirrors back to oem Strom mirrors - crikey, so much bigger! Cleaned, oiled, adjusted chain. Plugs and air filter next week.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: dwc on September 13, 2012, 13:50:07
Hello,
removed the rear wheel and checked the bearings, still very smooth also checked the cush drive rubbers and packed them out with inner tube, a recommended remedy on the site. The carrier was definitely more difficult to put back in. nice and snug.

Also adjusted the new screen brackets, made up from the specs on this site and put on the home made big foot side stand plate.

A good mornings work.

DWC
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on September 13, 2012, 19:35:01
Fitted a "Carbon Can Co " end can , with a custom link pipe I had made ..viewtopic.php?f=19&t=14709 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=14709)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 13, 2012, 20:13:55
Fitted my V-Strom.co.uk stickers!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SimonW on September 13, 2012, 20:54:38
Quote from: "Gassoon"
... changed Aprilia mirrors back to oem Strom mirrors - crikey, so much bigger!
I did this a while ago. Just couldn't get on with not being able to see the entire world behind me like you can with the oem mirrors! A thorougly nice chap on here bought the Aprilias from me.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on September 13, 2012, 21:01:56
looked at insurance- due midnight tomorrow.

contemplating burning the bike, it'll be cheaper!  :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: madmatt1983 on September 13, 2012, 23:03:18
Oil and filter acf50 polish - dash dandy
Fitted large screen and 100w bulbs
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on September 14, 2012, 08:08:31
Quote from: "madmatt1983"
...Fitted large screen and 100w bulbs

Blimey, keep us updated how the bulbs go.  Where did you get 100w bulbs?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on September 14, 2012, 16:42:23
Liberated her from a box at the dealership!

Was supposed to collect my new Wee2 today, but when I arrived at the dealer was told that the salesman I dealt with was on holiday, he had forgotten to tell anyone I was collecting today, and as a result the bike was still in a box and not ready to collect! So as the insurance had lapsed on my trade in bike at the time I thought I was collecting my new bike, I had to leave my trade in there and am currently walking home... Not a happy bunny!!  ###

Anyway, I was assured that they would unpack the bike straight away and have it ready to collect tomorrow... So fingers crossed I'll have a "collected bike" report tomorrow!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on September 14, 2012, 18:53:18
Fitted the Touring Seat I bought from Beep - Got to wait until Sunday for a test ride on it ...  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on September 14, 2012, 21:09:36
Fitted a tool tube .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on September 14, 2012, 22:13:05
Sod all, went to work on her, just like every other day.
did notice my break pad have had it... new pads and a caliper service in the morning then.
 :lala:  playing with tools again!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on September 15, 2012, 22:35:45
Collected her from the dealer... finally!!!  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on September 16, 2012, 17:27:57
I've cleaned the chain and rear sprocket with parafin to get rid of several years of black gunge. It's good to see the chain is still silver under all that lot. Then I resprayed from scratch with Wurth's Dry Chain Lube.

It looks like some of the links are slightly rusty. Not on the pins, but just in the centers of the plates. Is this anything to worry about ? There's no sign of any stiff links and the sprocket teeth still look OK.

The bike has only done 13.5K miles, but is 7.5 years old now.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on September 16, 2012, 20:03:18
went to the isle of man for the weekend and had a great blast over the mountain road and a few beers I do like okells  :grin:  :grin:  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on September 16, 2012, 21:19:21
Had an excellent run up and around Loch Ness, 370 miles and had a blast.

My mate Jan crashed his GSX600F braking before a water crossing. About 12 miles from Tomatin on an unclassified "road". Holed his crankcase, he called the RAC, they couldn't find it, even with my gps coordinates, so, we cleaned it off, stuck chewing gum & duct tape over it and rode 85 miles to Inverness, noticed the oil loss was reaching epic proportions as his foot couldn't stay on his footpeg. Stopped at Halfords and stuck some metal epoxy over the hole, sorted for his return to Aberdeen.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: glenwatt on September 16, 2012, 21:31:56
Managed to secure my strom a 6 week holiday due to an off on my push bike and fractured arm bummer.

 :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on September 16, 2012, 21:53:21
I went for a ride with the new Touring Seat fitted. It’s clearly a lot higher than the standard Wee seat. Just comparing the two side-by-side shows a big difference in both height and shape.

I’ve not really tested the “touring” bit of the name yet as I only did 50 miles today, so I need to take a longer term view on overall comfort. It’s more padded than the Wee seat as it’s 40mm higher, but it doesn’t have a gel pack. I think that the improvement in leg position is noticeable very quickly though. My bike is a standard (not-lowered) Wee, so this seat change gave me an improvement in the Heel-arse distance and with longer legs that is a bit of a relief. On the old standard seat I could get lots of aches in my legs. Sometimes, after riding for a few hours, I have flipped up onto the pillion seat and ridden a mile or two along an A-Road from perched up there. I won’t have to do that any more.

As for the height, it’s a different view of the world. I felt more upright just riding down my own road, but five miles later I found myself at the lights behind a Peugeot 807, which I could see over the top of, then the same thing with an Audi Q7 a few miles later. Even with a Landrover Discovery 4, I could see the flat roof, even if I couldn’t really see anything in front of it. So, great view, comfort OK on a shorter run, and less chance of a car driver doing a SMIDSY, unless he’s a myopic Octogenarian on a mobile phone.

On the downside, I’ve spent time and money on a Madstad and Slipscreen to cut down the buffeting, but this seat puts me back up in the wind-blast again. It’s much better than the stock seat and stock screen combination was, but it is a step backwards otherwise.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on September 17, 2012, 11:37:16
Just play around with the Madstad until you get the least turbulent blast of air :) I have to change it each time I swap between my Vee and gel seat.

And about the little bit of rust on the side plates of your chain, if it's only surface rust there is no need to worry about it.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on September 17, 2012, 13:10:15
Thanks for the chain advice Juv, I suspected it was nothing, but I'm not near the top of the skilled mechanics list on this site  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on September 17, 2012, 13:12:28
Me neither! :grin: I'm just very good at pretending :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on September 17, 2012, 14:40:40
Nor me, that's why I carry a big roll of duct tape....fixes everything, even oil spewing holes in the engine  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on September 17, 2012, 17:46:20
Finished of my exhaust mod .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Birdbrain72 on September 17, 2012, 18:40:51
Have ordered Givi pannier rack along with 33lt and 46lt trekker panniers from Bykebitz today for my 2012 strom.
Explained I was off camping this weekend and they are rushing the order through so hopefully they will arrive in the next few days (when I will have to hide them away in the garage so "the boss" doesn't find them!)

I know this is a popular topic so will post pictures once fitted.

Just need a rear hugger now if anyone has any suggestions..........
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on September 18, 2012, 12:34:08
Pyramid Plastics do huggers, mind that there's different versions for the old and the newer Wees because of swingarm lengths.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Penfold on September 18, 2012, 16:07:42
I didn't use a hugger got a shock sock instead keeps all the crud of the shock.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kennydies on September 18, 2012, 17:21:02
Busy day.

Adjusting the preload on the rear

Madstad bracket arrived so will be installing that.

Scala rider G4 powerset arrived so willbe testing that as well.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on September 18, 2012, 18:27:49
Quote from: "Birdbrain72"
Have ordered Givi pannier rack along with 33lt and 46lt trekker panniers from Bykebitz today for my 2012 Strom.
Explained I was off camping this weekend and they are rushing the order through so hopefully they will arrive in the next few days (when I will have to hide them away in the garage so "the boss" doesn't find them!)

I know this is a popular topic so will post pictures once fitted.

Just need a rear hugger now if anyone has any suggestions..........

At the risk of being cheeky, what I'd love to know is the overall width of this pannier set up... also, the width from the centre of the bike to the right pannier and the left pannier. If you have a tape measure handy once you've fitted the panniers and wouldn't mind grabbing those measurements for me, I'd be a very happy chap! :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on September 18, 2012, 18:38:49
Fitted the Givi monokey plate... Pretty quick and easy to do, though not helped by rubbish instructions from Givi!

Also, tried to fit a cheap iPhone mount to the handlebars, then realised my iPhone wouldn't fit in it with the charging lead attached! Will buy something more tailor made for the job when I hopefully get my new iPhone 5 this weekend and people start making iPhone 5 motorcycle mounts.

In the process of removing the iPhone mount again, I accidentally dropped a little plastic nut from it in the fairing, and it fell into a place that I can't get to... d'oh!  :groan:  I'm thinking though, when I go quickly enough around a right hand corner, the G forces will push it back out of the fairing and onto the road (it's not big enough to cause a hazard if it ends up on the road). I really hope that works, as I really don't want to have to pull the fairing apart to get to it if it is stuck in there and starts ratting!  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on September 19, 2012, 17:43:13
Washed my V-Strom DL1000 today after doing a recent European bike trip of 2,700 miles.

Recently bought a used pair or Carbon-Fibre oval Akrapovic exhausts pipes for the Strom, got them fitted today, w-O-w such a huge weight saving, the standard cans weigh a tonne compared to them, kept the baffles in, sound lovely and is a bit more punchy up the gears...!

 :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Steve33 on September 20, 2012, 08:14:17
Fitted my new (and incredibly yellow) Motobatt battery.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on September 20, 2012, 11:06:46
After reading Macs post 2 up I thought I would have a look on fleabay for exhausts:  Found akrapovics for sale with 3 days to go, bidding at £28 ish, then 2 items below it saw the same picture with a buy it now of £300 ish, SAME PICTURE DIFFERENT SELLER.  Is this usual 'cos people can't be bothered taking a picture or is it dodgy?

Sorry I can't post a link, works computer :GRR:  but if you seartch DL1000 exhaust you'll see them :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on September 20, 2012, 11:36:16
Tried to have a look, no Akrapovics on sale at £28 or £300.

'Auction only' has a set of MTC's for £26, 3 days to go. that's it. Then saw the same pic for MTC apparently from the manufacturer, which is a bit odd. Probably not the manufacturer, a reseller or dealer maybe.

Agree its weird, but people are lazy and often copy other images for their sale, saves them a job, although why you would want to show your main photo as a 54 reg bike with a used exhaust on it and not one of the end cans themselves? doesn't seem the brightest sales pitch to me.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Birdbrain72 on September 20, 2012, 15:23:22
Trekker panniers and givi rack arrived today, can't wait to get them fitted tomorrow!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 20, 2012, 17:26:33
Off topic I know... But the images used by the "manufacturer" on eBay for the MTC exhausts are from this website..... Dillmonster to be accurate.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 20, 2012, 19:33:41
Fitted my heated grips using the wiring in the bike so they turn off with the bike and everything!!  Need to do some tidying up of cables, but they work and I am pleased to report they work and everything!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on September 20, 2012, 22:27:30
Got her swilled off on my day off from uni .. then covered her in acf50 for winter :/

Heres a couple of pics :)

(http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/487463_413535185360624_1906034194_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/550787_413535292027280_937520449_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chipper on September 20, 2012, 22:54:01
rode to weston bike night
stuck on a nabd sticker
rode back
 :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on September 21, 2012, 07:57:24
Quote from: "Sharpy"
Fitted my heated grips using the wiring in the bike so they turn off with the bike and everything!!  Need to do some tidying up of cables, but they work and I am pleased to report they work and everything!!

Where did you wire them to?  I need to do mine.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 21, 2012, 09:43:47
Direct to the wiring loom using the connector that is already there, bought a horn lead from Suzuki.  Works a treat....

http://www.vee-strom.com/blog/tutorials ... p-install/ (http://www.vee-strom.com/blog/tutorials/vstrom-heated-grip-install/)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on September 21, 2012, 12:29:39
Fitted my LED sidelights.... Again. You can actually get to them quite easily by just removing the clock surround.

They are much better than the stock ones,

(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o58/BikerSharp/DSC_0205_zps65a318eb.jpg)

Also tidied up the wiring for the heated grips and moved my SavNav so I can see the heated grip controller more easily, think it looks and feels better here anyway...

(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o58/BikerSharp/DSC_0204_zpsbeb43f74.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on September 21, 2012, 15:25:59
Had an excellent we 30 mile run out today on the DL1000, really loving the Akrapovic carbon-fibre oval pipes I've recently fitted, a lovely exhaust note, so much lighter..!!!!!

Sun was shining and blue skies here in central Scotland for a change, ye ha.  :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: scottyaustria on September 21, 2012, 18:05:40
During the preparation of my 2 week tour through Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, I discovered that I had to lower my sidestand by 2 cm to have a stable stand. (lowered the bike by 2 cm at the start of the season)
So I got a friend to shorten the sidestand by 2 cm. Now she has a decent leaning angle when loaded.
Now waiting for monday..... :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on September 21, 2012, 23:28:31
scottyaustria;

Hope you have a fabulous trip, ride safe.

Take loads of photo's please, we need to see your journey images when you return, enjoy lots..!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on September 22, 2012, 12:11:15
Fitted a Givi tanklock bag.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Birdbrain72 on September 22, 2012, 12:15:28
Fitted the trekker panniers onto the Givi rack yesterday, really easy to do and all sorted in less than 30 mins, its certainly made the back end wide though.

Off camping into Wales tomorrow so hoping the weather holds but going even if it doesn't.......
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on September 22, 2012, 17:15:16
28.5k service - minus the valve checks, TBS or TPS.  Will pay for those separately.

The air filter was like new so it just got shown the hoover, however....it has no rubber gasket and it was clear that dust was coming in at the screws.  Bodged a gasket using an old plastic bag....

Also.... the sponge in the airbox got squeezed out.  It wasn't too  bad really.  What was odd was that below the sponge was mayonnaise...how does water get in there?

Also found out why I was a tad down on power, lead had fallen off the front plug.  Some time ago judging by the corrosion on the plug.... :groan:  

Went through every earth wire up the front of the bike, they were all fully grounded.. well, returned to negative that is.

Fitted my new mirror clamp, to replace one with the busted thread.  Talk about good timing, had just finished the service when the postie delivered the clamp.  Ordered two weeks ago, it arrived in the correct ten minute window to get fitted.  Freaky.

Will post plug pics separately so you can "read" them.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on September 22, 2012, 22:14:04
Did a 126 mile ride through Highworth, Faringdon, Wantage, Oxford, Reading, Newbury, Hungerford and back to Swindon. No motorways and very little dual carriageway, so took around 3 hours.

Back tyre starting to square badly now, so I need to see which tyre is currently winning the forum fight. Try to imagine Harry Hill saying "We'll I like Anakees and I like PR3's, but which is better. There's only one way to find out ... FIGHT" ....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Brockett on September 23, 2012, 00:07:25
Not just today: Thursday I collected my new (to me) "V" and rode home packed some clothes and rode 345 miles to  west Wales and stayed for two nights with my brother. This morning I returned home via Reading (visited son and family). 706 miles in two days of riding isn't too bad for a 64 year old eh!.
Still a lot of bike to get used to but so far I am very impressed.
New updated picture to follow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: paul747 on September 23, 2012, 19:39:00
Hello fitted a new s w motech  cntre stand it was easy to fit  new to v stroms just sold gsf1250sa
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on September 23, 2012, 19:49:51
brought all the boxes over from the garage in the compound to start packing for ST5.
I only have tomorrow off before Friday so need to make sure I have every thing, and space for it all before I have to load up and go.
Getting excited now.  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on September 23, 2012, 19:54:58
ST5  ???

gis a clue
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on September 23, 2012, 20:26:49
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14279 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14279)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on September 23, 2012, 20:33:02
I see said the blind man who couldn't see at all......

ST6 - The quest for the whorey Gale

is just the next get together campy thing arranged on this forum  :lala:



easy  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on September 23, 2012, 21:06:43
Quote from: "Reksut"
ST6 - The quest for the whorey Gale

is just the next get together campy thing arranged on this forum :lala:



easy :grin:

Do we have a volunteer ?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on September 24, 2012, 17:50:02
Quote from: "Strommer"
Also.... the sponge in the airbox got squeezed out.  It wasn't too  bad really.  What was odd was that below the sponge was mayonnaise...how does water get in there?
It's usually just some condensation, it goes out the breathers into that sponge when the oil heats up. It's quite normal, particularly if the weather is cold and wet, nothing to worry about.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on September 24, 2012, 18:04:59
Quote from: "mr_diver"
Quote from: "Reksut"
ST6 - The quest for the whorey Gale

is just the next get together campy thing arranged on this forum :lala:



easy :grin:

Do we have a volunteer ?


I meant easy to understand,,  but if you blokes n gals want me to do something in Northwest no doubt I could manage that
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on September 24, 2012, 18:06:40
this forum changes bloke s   n  g a l s

to blokes n birds..   not me  :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on September 24, 2012, 18:24:28
Quote from: "Reksut"
this forum changes bloke s n g a l s

to blokes n birds.. not me :shrug:

lol yeah gets the new blokes

it's an Americanism filter. you'll get used to it.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on September 24, 2012, 18:27:11
ah,,,,,,,,,,doh,,,,,,,,,,,,,     thanks your a err  errb    erm   geezer....


 :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ziggy on September 25, 2012, 20:42:11
Just back today after 1400 mile trip over 4 days to the top of Scotland.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on September 25, 2012, 21:37:37
I did exactly that in June, Jubilee weekend, 4 days, day two round the NW coast from Ullapool to JOG and back down to where I was camped at Inverness. I managed to get a clear, sunny late afternoon at JOG and you can clearly see the Orkneys behind me in the pic I had took at the sign, a rare sight up there as it's usually misty..

The Highlands are like a different world aren't they, hoping to go again at Easter next year, on the new Strom this time.. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on September 25, 2012, 22:21:20
I fitted the Cymarc top box relocation kit and am very pleased with the results. Great value too.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on September 26, 2012, 16:20:05
Turned the PD Oiler up from 4 to 6. Looks like the rainy weather is here so the chain needs a bit more of the nice smelling oil because more of it gets washed off.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on September 26, 2012, 16:30:36
Fitted the massive muffs.  Summer is officially over.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on September 26, 2012, 23:36:45
Put the liner back in my jacket this evening and went for a ride around Ayrshire. Nice & toasty.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on September 27, 2012, 23:16:20
Fitted new brake pads front and rear (EBC HH  across the board)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on September 28, 2012, 00:19:09
Changed the front to an Anakee 2 to match the rear and made a wider rubber doodah that sits below the rad to keep more of the front cylinder clean.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on September 28, 2012, 06:30:31
Fitted a Power Commander 3 to my DL1000, a bit tricky, just need nice weather to test-ride now.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on September 28, 2012, 07:13:33
fitted two dunlop sportmax roadsmarts (or is that roadsmart sportmaxs) and gave them 30 miles or so. First impressions are good, even in this ''damp'' we're having :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tommy3Tanks on September 28, 2012, 21:34:10
picked up my new glee. took it for a run round derbyshire to start running the engine in  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on September 29, 2012, 09:38:49
Derbyshire eh, you're close by.. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kennydies on September 29, 2012, 18:07:38
Stripped it down for the first time.
Checked air filter
Checked plugs
Stripped screw trying to get 2nd butterfly off.
Put fairing back together then realised that I had 2 screws left over.
Took fairing off to put the 2 screws in.
Put fairing back together,
Topped up collant
Gave her a good clean.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on September 29, 2012, 19:22:45
Had a short 30 mile run out today on the DL1000 with rear baffles removed from the carbon-fibre Akrapovic ovals, hmmm beautiful note!!!

So addictive sound.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chipper on September 30, 2012, 15:09:50
re-fitted oem indicators (last owner had put minis on and ditched the oem ones)

fitted goodrich brake lines front & back £40 brand new off fleabay - bargain!

covered it in waxoyl ready for winter
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 01, 2012, 12:57:15
Fitted the Givi adaptor plate and Monolock top plate for my existing Givi Simply topbox..

(http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/ajacko70/Bike%20stuff/SN851753_zps0553c9d3.jpg)

(http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/ajacko70/Bike%20stuff/SN851752_zps282a5494.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Dogman on October 01, 2012, 20:40:12
Could you give me the model number of the adaptor plate. Thanks, Ricky.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 01, 2012, 23:00:14
Sure, the part number is SR3101M..

You need a universal Monolock top plate to fix to the adaptor, they're supposed to come with all monolock topboxes but I bought mine (topbox) from a dealer for a different bike a couple of years ago and got the full rail fitted top plate instead, so I had to buy the universal one too, £12.99 off eBay, £5.80 postage..

It all slots together well and feels solid, typical Givi..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 01, 2012, 23:58:27
Had Anakee 2's fitted (front and rear) and they're providing insane amounts of grip compared to the Maxxis they're replacing, even with the overtread and "film" still on them!

Re-stripped the front brake calipers to clean the pistons more (they were impinging slightly on the discs even when the brakes were not being used, some slight oxidation on the pistons).

Installed another marine-grade 12v lighter socket on the front cowelings (this one intended to charge my Nexus 7)

Tweaked my Scottoiler vSystem for wet-weather riding (summer is over, after all)

Rubber coated my Hydraulic Motorcycle Table (the bike was slipping a bit when rolling it up the ramp with wet tyres)

Put the Suzuki-provided emergency toolkit back under the saddle (been riding for 18 months without it, decided it's time to be prepared)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on October 02, 2012, 20:23:48
Fitted a power socket under the seat , will be handy for phone charging etc ..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 03, 2012, 13:35:49
Removed a two inch screw (5cm) from my rear tyre.  :groan:  

Puncturesafe is holding it up so far.   :fix:

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/puncture.jpg)
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/screw.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Brockett on October 03, 2012, 17:54:45
Rode my "V" back home from a short trip to Cornwall
A30 A303 M3 M25 A12 :347 miles at average 62 mph and 9.4 miles per litre. stopped three times for fuel and one stop included a breakfast bap and tea Yum Yum
What fun eh?
Dave
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on October 03, 2012, 17:56:26
Ridden 2 up for the first time.  Was easy as you like!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on October 03, 2012, 17:57:47
took the screen off to adjust it to its highest setting,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 2 flocking hours....unbelievable ###  ###
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 04, 2012, 08:59:33
Reamed my punture hole as the Puncturesafe failed overnight....  Give it a second shot on a cleaner hole and after that it's plug time.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on October 04, 2012, 09:06:09
Left it at my mechanics to hopefully sort the headlight issue finally and also give it a quick service (since its in) before heading to Spain on Sunday!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 04, 2012, 18:32:06
Fitted my first every mushroom tyre plug.  That was easy, don't know what all the fuss is about.

Mushrooms 1  - Puncturesafe 0       :GRR:

To be fair the gloop fixed it 99% OK and I rode two hours on it - but was leaking enough to bubble spit.  Plugs and gloop together, that plug is staying put.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: iowvstrom on October 04, 2012, 18:38:41
Got 2000 miles onto the clock, took a bit longer than expected due to the awful weather and for the second day running discovered that she doesn't like 60mph gusting cross winds.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: iowvstrom on October 04, 2012, 18:49:23
Quote from: Sharpy
Fitted my LED sidelights.... Again. You can actually get to them quite easily by just removing the clock surround.

They are much better than the stock ones,

(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o58/BikerSharp/DSC_0205_zps65a318eb.jpg)

I've got a set but after a frustrating hour gave up trying to get the clock surround off  ### even my dealers not keen on doing it
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on October 04, 2012, 18:51:36
Not sure if the newer bike is more difficult to get the surround off but they are a right pain to get to!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 04, 2012, 23:35:57
Fitted two RAM mounts to my crash bars and fitted a handlebar light switch in preparation for the arrival of some fog lights (which I'll be fitting on the crash bars)

Not strictly a bike thing but I had everything out of my garage today and fitted rubber flooring. Got fed up with working on the bike in a concrete box!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 04, 2012, 23:41:35
Quote from: "Jacko"
Fitted the Givi adaptor plate and Monolock top plate for my existing Givi Simply topbox..

(http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/ajacko70/Bike%20stuff/SN851753_zps0553c9d3.jpg)

(http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/ajacko70/Bike%20stuff/SN851752_zps282a5494.jpg)

Wow that Glee looks sexy! Now you've got me thinking of doing a tradein... but all the mods I've done... ah well!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stromtrooper james on October 04, 2012, 23:52:29
its been a busy week on my bike. Full clean up oil and grease.
ACF 50ed the whole thing
fitted new tyre (got a battle wing they discontinued the trail-wing thank god)
fitted new rear brake pads
I am now all packed for my journey up north to workington cumbria tomorrow straight from work.
hoping t pick up my hot grips on the way as well (they let water in the control unit and shorted out, thank god they had a warranty)  :auto-dirtbike:  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stromtrooper james on October 04, 2012, 23:57:00
Quote from: "Jacko"
Derbyshire eh, you're close by.. :)

hay I'm from Derby and work in newark at magnus school!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 05, 2012, 07:11:35
Got a trade-in offer of £1800 against an L2, said no and booked it into the dealer on Saturday for 28.5k valve check, TBS, TPS, FI error fixing....running very boggy atm.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 05, 2012, 07:34:30
Quote from: "LaKraven"
Quote from: "Jacko"
Fitted the Givi adaptor plate and Monolock top plate for my existing Givi Simply topbox..

Wow that Glee looks sexy! Now you've got me thinking of doing a tradein... but all the mods I've done... ah well!

Yeah, I like it.. Can't you remove some of the mods and sell them on here or eBay? Can't let mods stop you trading up.. :)

Quote from: "Stromtrooper james"
Quote from: "Jacko"
Derbyshire eh, you're close by.. :)

hay I'm from Derby and work in newark at magnus school!

The youngest still goes there, his older brother left this year at 18..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: iowvstrom on October 05, 2012, 16:32:20
Got heated handgrips fitted and a new screen with spoiler. :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on October 05, 2012, 16:58:35
Every time I see one in orange I have a sudden pang of "damn that looks good... did I get the wrong colour??" At the time, couldn't bring myself to buy an orange bike... but I must admit, it suits it!

Maybe I'll get a set of orange panels as well and swap colours from time to time... of course, then I'll need accessories to match... jacket, helmet, boots, heels, handbag, new shade of lipstick....... oooh... errr... I've said too much!  :eusa-shifty:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: p1lts on October 05, 2012, 18:30:50
Quote from: "Jacko"
Fitted the Givi adaptor plate and Monolock top plate for my existing Givi Simply topbox..

(http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/ajacko70/Bike%20stuff/SN851753_zps0553c9d3.jpg)

(http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/ajacko70/Bike%20stuff/SN851752_zps282a5494.jpg)

I'm thinking of a set of bobbins and a paddock stand. What make is the one in the Piccys? Any good?

Ta
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on October 05, 2012, 19:40:08
Amazingly I washed the old girl...

I was washing the old git's Deauville and I think I forgot to turn left and go down the other side of the doh, and carried on straight and washed mine too  :shrug:

she came up lovely, just need to go out and get her dirty again!  :auto-dirtbike:

(there's a big brown and black patch on the drive now where I washed my bike)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 05, 2012, 21:50:33
Oil and filter change! Damn thing still refuses to drain without firing up the engine for a few seconds... so all the new oil I just put in went tar black instantly as it mixed with the litre or two of unwanted old oil that simply refused to come out!

I don't understand why this bike refuses to drain oil when the sump plug, filler cap and filter are all removed! It just trickles a litre or so into the collection pan then stops, leaving at least another 2 litres of oil in the sump and tank!
I rock the bike a whole bunch and this causes a tiny bit more to come out... but it seems like it's impossible shy of running the engine 'til she's dry to get it all out (and that would obviously be a really stupid thing to do, of course).

Grr.... going to start another thread in Oily Rag methinks!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on October 05, 2012, 22:05:14
Found another oil leak!!  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on October 05, 2012, 23:05:51
LaKraven, permit me to be the one who asks the really stupid question. You did let the engine get hot before you drained the oil, didn't you?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 05, 2012, 23:07:42
Quote from: "Fatbelly"
LaKraven, permit me to be the one who asks the really stupid question. You did let the engine get hot before you drained the oil, didn't you?

A few minutes after completing a half-hour ride, yes! How hot does it need to be, because even after 2 hours riding I'm only just skirting two bars on the temp gauge (on this occasion I was barely on 1 bar on temp)! I use some very effective coolant fluid (which is due a drain and replace for winter as the bike will run too freaking cold)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on October 05, 2012, 23:20:30
Quote from: "LaKraven"
because even after 2 hours riding I'm only just skirting two bars on the temp gauge (on this occasion I was barely on 1 bar on temp)

That sounds strange, not normal. Thermostat?!?

Although I don't think this should affect the draining of the oil :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 05, 2012, 23:24:13
Quote from: "p1lts"
Quote from: "Jacko"
Fitted the Givi adaptor plate and Monolock top plate for my existing Givi Simply topbox..

(http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/ajacko70/Bike%20stuff/SN851753_zps0553c9d3.jpg)

(http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/ajacko70/Bike%20stuff/SN851752_zps282a5494.jpg)

I'm thinking of a set of bobbins and a paddock stand. What make is the one in the Piccys? Any good?

Ta

 Er.. Yes, it's very good, but don't know the make, bought it years ago, no make on it.. Get one with solid prongs, those ones that swing about are shit..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on October 06, 2012, 18:25:25
Took advantage of the sunny weather and went for a bit of a run. Thoughts I had included:

1) Biking really is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.

2) How can I be having this much fun on the bike but still be getting such good MPG?? It's impossible!!

3) Riding in bright sunlight without a tinted visor can be unpleasant. Must buy tinted visor.

4) Seeing signs warning of twisty bits of the road, but then finding that in reality it is barely a corner at all is disappointing.

5) (getting back into London) I'm still rubbish at filtering.

6) I'm hungry now.

And on that note I'm going to find food...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 06, 2012, 19:16:11
Picked it up from the dealers after a valve check (some needed doing), TBS, TPS.  

FI errors still not found BUT looking likely to be caused by something on the grips circuit or the kill switch....the benefit of an expert opinion.  Kill switch cleanout tomorrow...

Bought a heated seat pat.  Cheek pad would be a better description given the shape.... :shy:

Sat on a Glee and wow the balance is sooooo much better.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sharpy on October 06, 2012, 19:31:41
Hopefully solved the afore mentioned oil leak and, washed it in preparation for the trip top Portsmouth tomorrow!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on October 06, 2012, 22:50:46
LaKraven, it might sound like a few daft questions, but are you also opening the oil filler plug before you drain the oil? Are you draining on the side or the centre stand? Are you taking off the oil filter or not?

Opening the oil filler lets in air easily to avoid an airlock scenario. You will likely get more oil out on the side stand than on the centre stand. If you remove the oil filter you can drain more oil out that way too and dump the dirty oil in the filter. You can reuse the filter if it's not old enough to need replacement.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 06, 2012, 23:03:18
Quote from: "Juvecu"
LaKraven, it might sound like a few daft questions, but are you also opening the oil filler plug before you drain the oil? Are you draining on the side or the centre stand? Are you taking off the oil filter or not?

Opening the oil filler lets in air easily to avoid an airlock scenario. You will likely get more oil out on the side stand than on the centre stand. If you remove the oil filter you can drain more oil out that way too and dump the dirty oil in the filter. You can reuse the filter if it's not old enough to need replacement.

Oil Filler cap out,
Sump plug out (obviously),
Filter out,
Engine as warm as it gets with my current engine coolant with a half-hour journey in "goldilocks weather" (I'm using a special coolant whose name I cannot pronounce, which is freakishly affective).

I've tried transitioning the bike between side and centre stands but it just causes a slightly faster trickle for a few seconds before it slows to a drip (still with less than a third of the engine oil actually drained).

Might sound crazy but I'm thinking of draining all of my coolant and just shoving some distilled water into the radiator, running the engine for 10 minutes to get it "hot", then redoing the oil change.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on October 06, 2012, 23:32:41
I recall someone having something like this before, I'm sure there was a thread about it, but that's as much as I can remember.

I usually only warm the bike up to one bar, leave it for 5 mins and then drain the oil. I've drained it without heating it up before and I get most of it out that way too. I doubt your problem has much to do with temperature.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 06, 2012, 23:41:10
Quote from: "Juvecu"
I recall someone having something like this before, I'm sure there was a thread about it, but that's as much as I can remember.

I usually only warm the bike up to one bar, leave it for 5 mins and then drain the oil. I've drained it without heating it up before and I get most of it out that way too. I doubt your problem has much to do with temperature.

To be fair, the oil that's coming out is very thick! I wouldn't say "tar thick" but if I were to compare it with food I'd say it's a similar consistency to milk-made poridge!
This is Castrol Magnetech (or however they spell it), 10W40, Semi-synth (same as I always use).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on October 06, 2012, 23:59:45
Isn't Magnatec car oil? Car oil usually can't handle the shearing forces of a bike gearbox. I'd expect it to go thin though rather than thicker, bit weird. Perhaps get some Halfrauds motorcycle 10W/40 semi synth and run that for one service interval and see if it drains out any differently? Plenty of people on here that would recommend that if you asked them, run it myself at the moment. Even if you have the same problem the £27 (I think it's thereabouts for 5 litres now) you spent on the Halfrauds oil isn't a train smash.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 07, 2012, 00:14:42
Well, with that in mind... what oil would you recommend (money no object)? Motul 5100 (10W40 Semi Synth)?

Nevermind! Going with "Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W40"... oil's oil, and I've done the better part of 16,000 miles on my bike with Magnatec in the engine and the bike has never complained (the current oil drain difficulties not withstanding, of course)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on October 07, 2012, 00:18:02
The following is taken from Castrols own web-site:

Can I use Castrol Magnatec in my Motorcycle?
We would not recommend using Castrol Magnatec in your bike. Castrol have a specialist range of Motorcycle oils engineered with Trizone Technology™ which offer unbeatable protection of your bike’s, engine, gearbox and clutch.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 07, 2012, 00:21:52
Fair enough, but if it's a choice between Magnatec or a dry sump... you wouldn't choose the latter  :haha:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 07, 2012, 07:11:02
I use the castrol power 2 racing - recommend it highly.  It doesn't colour until 2k+ which is 1k more than anything else I've tried.

Also leaves my shed a lovely colour once it's been used..... :thumb:

NB - I give my radiator a distilled water flush.  Might be doing it today in fact.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on October 07, 2012, 08:21:37
I use the halfraurds 10/40. Does the job as well as the fuch stuff I liked. Motul I found gave a snatchy clutch and shell gave no clutch bite.
Castr was OK but halfords and fuch were better for me and cheaper. Halfords you get 5ltrs not 4ltrs.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 07, 2012, 11:35:33
Cheers for the info blokes! Going to be running on the Magnatec (75% fresh, 25% old that wouldn't drain after all my efforts) until Tuesday at which point I'm going to flush the entire system and put yet another new filter on there. I'll be using Castrol Power 1 Racing (5 litres for £30, not bad)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on October 07, 2012, 12:06:26
Oil is a whole debate by itself. I prefer a fully synth 20W/50 myself and have used Silkolene Comp 4 in the past for this. I also have great faith in Shell Advance Ultra 10W/40 which is their fully synth motorcycle oil. All that said, with me doing a lot less miles currently (~250 miles per week) I'm using Halfrauds 10W/40 semi synth motorcycle oil. I will change to a fully synth once I start doing 120 miles a day at the start of December again (that's going to be a bit of a system shock.) I'll probably go for the Silkolene again, but I'm also considering using some diesel truck oil (Shell Rotella to be specific) to increase my service intervals.

In the end I think it's a case of deciding what you feel comfortable with, what fits with the use the bike gets, what you are happy to spend and what doesn't cause you any trouble.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 07, 2012, 12:17:18
Cleaned out the starter and kill switches - starter was filthy.

Final wash of the year then smothered it in ACF50.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tommy3Tanks on October 07, 2012, 17:47:13
ran the engine in a bit more with a trip to squires cafe.then got hopelessly lost in the countryside near York due to roads being closed.good day
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on October 07, 2012, 19:48:59
Only a short run, but managed to be in 4 counties within 35 minutes, despite being on B roads for most of it. Went from Wiltshire, to Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire, then back into Oxfordshire and home to Wiltshire.

Checked the tyres - My deathwing rear is looking a bit marginal in the centre now, so could be on to a better tyre soon. Front is still OK, but will change as a pair.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: s-d on October 07, 2012, 23:36:41
Swapped the waterproof iPhone holster and power supply from the CBF to the Glee. Not an ideal position so thinking of getting a handlebar brace so it can be centrally mounted for GPS duties.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 08, 2012, 00:58:05
Quote from: "s-d"
Swapped the waterproof iPhone holster and power supply from the CBF to the Glee. Not an ideal position so thinking of getting a handlebar brace so it can be centrally mounted for GPS duties.

I recommend you take a look at a "Strombone" (assuming there's one to fit the Glee) as this will give you a fully-central position without having to gaze down away from the road!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on October 08, 2012, 01:01:42
S-D! Where were you when I needed you in the iPhone thread??

(Joking!! No more phone banter please!!!) :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: s-d on October 08, 2012, 13:15:45
@LaKraven - ah OK, sounds interesting. Will do, looking down is not ideal.

@Loggamat: Ha! Sorry I don't have a 5...yet. I'm undecided what to do about that really. Specially if there is no holster yet. [/phone banter]
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: timangus on October 08, 2012, 22:27:44
I went on Sunday to the last breakfast club at Goodwood. Entry is free and each event is themed. This time it was convertibles, so lots of lovely old cars. Quite a few bikes turn up and we get privileged parking. They supply an organic full english for £10 with bread and tea thrown in, Looking forward to next year.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: s-d on October 09, 2012, 21:42:21
Passed my Mod1 on it Monday ;-)

Next Mod2 and I'll be free..free you hear! Wahhaaahhh!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on October 09, 2012, 22:02:40
Congratulations mate! Did my DAS recently (in May) myself so know how nerve wracking it is! So long as you stay calm, keep cancelling the indicators (I was almost OCD about it on my test, every few seconds! lol) and watch for speed limit changes you'll be fine on the Mod 2.

Then I guess you'll try to set the world record for fastest removal of a restrictor kit? :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 09, 2012, 22:02:40
You passed your mod 1 on your Vstrom?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on October 09, 2012, 22:37:26
Fitted an R&G radiator guard. Bit mickey mouse in the mounting department but better than I had...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 10, 2012, 09:27:20
Any good? I think the rad looks a bit exposed to stones. I don't like ugly mudguard extenders, or drilling holes in brand new mudguards, I have the under cowl to protect the engine so was looking at a rad cover as an alternative.. How much and where from..?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: s-d on October 10, 2012, 10:03:59
Thanks loggamatt!

Quote from: "Jacko"
You passed your mod 1 on your Vstrom?

Yes  :)  To clarify, I already passed Mod 1 & 1 on a 125, so I have an A2 licence. The strom is restricted via an ecu swap. I have both ECUs and it's a 30 sec job to switch them over, which I did in the carpark at the test centre before I did my Mod 1. Plug n play!

This actually worked out cheaper than direct access, and for me it was a less stressful and more enjoyable way to do it - I can train and pass at my own pace. The only training I had was the CBT and a 2 hour lesson from an instructor a few days before Mod2. You can go your own way, as the song says...

BTW it took a bit of time to find an insurer who understood about the restrictor situation, and mods in general. The one I'm with doesn't care about non-performace enhancing mods (the restriction being a performance reduction mod). Under £300 fully comp, so quite happy with that, plus I can fark'le with impunity :)

(PS when did F a r k l e become a blacklisted word???)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on October 10, 2012, 10:49:15
About to clean it after a 250 mile trip to the Wrynose pass yesterday.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on October 10, 2012, 14:06:48
Quote from: "s-d"

(PS when did F a r k l e become a blacklisted word???)

The very same day the Americans invented it!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on October 10, 2012, 19:15:11
Quote from: "Jacko"
Any good? I think the rad looks a bit exposed to stones. I don't like ugly Mudguard extenders, or drilling holes in brand new mudguards, I have the under cowl to protect the engine so was looking at a rad cover as an alternative.. How much and where from..?

Haven't been out with it yet but I'd noticed a couple of marks on the rad where it had been brushed & felt it needed something. I just got the local Kawasaki dealer to get it in & it was £50. I've seen them for that + postage online so prob saved a fiver anyway.

Fitting wise: one bolt + 2 cable ties at the top isn't ideal in my eyes but it's all they can do really. I did change one thing though: the captive nut on the bottom of the rad seems to be left where it is going by the instructions leaving the fan bracket loose - I took it off & slid it onto the fan bracket then used the supplied nylock as a spacer under the guard.

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/92126794/DSC_0081.jpg)
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/92126794/DSC_0082.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 10, 2012, 20:21:00
Got my bike back from having a Helicoil fitted. Cost £92 (and I supplied my own oil) which is pretty damned expensive when you think about it. Took the bloke far longer than it takes me to remove and reinstall the exhaust (to get at the bolt that needed a helicoil fitting).

Also, my new fog lights arrived, and I installed them (as well as put together all the wiring, ran it through the bike, and wired it up to the handlebar switch and direct to the battery with inline fuse).

Yes, I know I need to fit a relay and tie it to the ignition, but the lights drain less than 2A combined and would need to be left on for at least 3 hours to be a significant drain to the battery... so I'm not worried! Besides, they're so bright  it'd be impossible not to notice that they're switched on!

Here's a pic of one extended out on its mounting arm:
(http://www.simonjstuart.com/images/DL650/Foglight1.jpg)

For more info on my foglight mod, check out this thread (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=15164).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on October 10, 2012, 20:25:48
Rode into work the pretty way for the first time in what seems like ages.. 6000 miles up now...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 11, 2012, 22:16:00
(http://www.simonjstuart.com/images/DL650/Decal1.png)

Yes, I need to refit the V (that's easy enough) but I figure "if you need to be visible, might as well have some fun with it!"

I love Reflexite! Easy to cut, looks great, and the brightest reflective tape known to man  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sofa on October 12, 2012, 10:20:47
Quote from: "LaKraven"
Got my bike back from having a Helicoil fitted. Cost £92 (and I supplied my own oil) which is pretty damned expensive when you think about it. Took the bloke far longer than it takes me to remove and reinstall the exhaust (to get at the bolt that needed a helicoil fitting.

WOH, £92, should have done it yourself methinks.

I always have. In Leicester (we only moved away last year) there was a odd little company that hired helicoil kits.
Based in an old terraced house that had once been a grocers shop they supplied all sorts of fixings, nuts and bolts, thread inserts for different materials rawl plugs and the like to local businesses.
The bloke running it was an old hippy type who I saw away from the business a few times either drunk or stoned. But the first encounter was memorable.
As I went in there was an old bell attached to the door than tinkled and announced my presence.
There was no sign of life, in fact the lights weren't even switched on. I made out piles of boxes of nuts and bolts stacked all over the place in the gloom and there was a musty small from the ancient carpet that covered the floor and the counter!
I stood for a few minutes and eventually, with no particular urgency, this bloke appeared.
"Hello, I hear you hire helicoil kits out"
"Yes, you get the oversize drill, three taps an insertion/extraction tool and a few inserts"
"How many inserts?"
"How many do you want?"
"Twenty" (I was rebuilding an engine that had magnesium casings, so was doing them all, stripped or not)
"Oh not that many, about four or five, you'll have to pay extra for that many"
"How much are they?"
"Just a few pence"
"O.K., how much is it to hire the kit?"
"£35 deposit and £6 hire fee"
"For how long?"
"Until you bring it back"
"O.K., is that a day? a week? or what?"
"Until you've finished with it"
"So it is £6 for as long as it takes me"
"Yes you are paying to use the kit not for the time you have it, but I'll have to charge you for the extra inserts you use, but the ones use don't use you can return and I'll give you the money back for them"

I did hire a few times and the deal was always the same and I always returned the kit within a couple of days, I didn't want to take advantage of his business sense!!
Lat time I went in to buy some bolts there were other folk working there who seemed to be "helping him out" and it was less musty and much more organised.
Just tried googling and the company is still listed J L Engineering Supplies Loughborough Rd Leicester, so he may well still be in business!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: s-d on October 12, 2012, 17:11:21
Today I got my Glee nice and dirty. First time properly off-road, the track got much, much worse than this: rocks, huge potholes, wet sand, steep, rutted cobbled sections.I ended up turning back but it was bloody good fun! Almost lost it a few times but please to say I did keep it shiny side up. I was surprised to discover that its better going a bit faster over the rough stuff, the suspension did a great job but I don't think the Tyres were idea!

(http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q555/s-d3/Moon1_zpsebfdc439.jpg)

(http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q555/s-d3/Moon_zps007a28d9.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 12, 2012, 17:21:48
s-d: not really the best tyres to be doing a track like that on... but shiny side up is shiny side up, nicely done!

I haven't found a decent off-road trail in so long I'm not even sure I could manage one anymore (sad to say).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: s-d on October 12, 2012, 17:27:34
Yeah! You can say that again. I didn't plan on going off road, but the road just petered out and I though 'feck it, nothing ventured...'
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on October 12, 2012, 17:37:18
I've tried a few tracks like that, with Deathwings and without engine bars. Shiny side up so far, but have also had to turn around a couple of times - often because these tracks seem to go to private land eventually.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on October 12, 2012, 17:37:39
serviced the old girl, 34k now. that's 30k in 2 years of ownership. all servicing and repairs done by myself.  :neen:

oil + filter change, including flushing engine with the cheapest car oil I could find.
K+N filter was full of dirt and gravel- a few bangs on the floor and back in.
checked the plugs- all good after 20k miles (NGK standard) little bit of action with a wire brush to polish the tips.
checked the brake pads and disks.
checked chain- no adjustment needed.
checked clutch cable slack- no adjustment needed.
checked all lights and fuses.
topped up the scotoiler, went fishing for the syringe I use for filling the thing after I dropped in the bottle of chain oil.  :angry-tappingfoot:

washed me hands and went for a spin for a couple of hours.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Summer%202012%20mix/2012-10-12%2014.20.40.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Summer%202012%20mix/2012-10-12%2014.55.11.jpg)

more riding in the planning for tomorrow...  :auto-dirtbike:   :auto-dirtbike:   :auto-dirtbike:   :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on October 12, 2012, 17:40:56
Quote from: "s-d"
I didn't plan on going off road, but the road just petered out and I though 'feck it, nothing ventured...'

that's what I love about the Wee...  :auto-dirtbike:  the mrs hasn't thought the same on a few occasions she's come along.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: s-d on October 12, 2012, 18:30:58
Quote from: "mr_diver"
Quote from: "s-d"
I didn't plan on going off road, but the road just petered out and I though 'feck it, nothing ventured...'

that's what I love about the Wee...  :auto-dirtbike:  the mrs hasn't thought the same on a few occasions she's come along.

What, on the back??  :shock:

Would love to put some more off-road oriented Tyres on. Those heidneschneidenwastis look pretty good.

It'd be great to do stuff like this knowing that there was a way all the way through, should plan next time. Wish I took pics of the really bad bits, it was mental! :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 12, 2012, 18:40:15
This is why I'm trying to get another pair of wheels to fit with nobblies for off-road use. I figure it's much quicker to swap out my wheels than to change tyres all the time (which would of course wear down the tyre walls with repeated changing)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on October 12, 2012, 18:47:33
Quote from: "LaKraven"
This is why I'm trying to get another pair of wheels to fit with nobblies for off-road use

don't forget 2 sets of brake pads- a set for each set of disks. or you'll be going though disks like they were going out of fashion.

but anakee's are a very good compromise tyre. like the look of the K60's though!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 12, 2012, 18:51:29
Quote from: "mr_diver"
don't forget 2 sets of brake pads- a set for each set of disks. or you'll be going though disks like they were going out of fashion.

but anakee's are a very good compromise tyre. like the look of the K60's though!

Already got reserve pads ready to rock, no worries there!

As for the Anakee 2's, they're a great tyre (using them now), but I tried riding the bike up the ramp onto my hydraulic table yesterday. Tyres were wet and the back end decided to jump out... makes me wonder how suitable they are for use on truly unpredictable surfaces.
I'm thinking the Anakee 2's are more of a "mostly road but able to handle a little sand/gravel encroachment" tyre, rather than a dual-purpose tyre as people seem to herald them as being.

Don't mistake that observation for criticism... they're a great pair of tyres on the road!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on October 12, 2012, 21:57:50
Nothing yet, but I've got a hugger to fit over the weekend and some petrol to waste testing it.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: fraggle on October 13, 2012, 09:52:37
Fitted a  RPM centre stand from ebay. Watched you tube video and took just short of an hour with the help of a mechanically minded mate (cheers Crofty). Thinking of grinding it down a bit so bike sits further back, more a precaution & peace of mind. Should make changing the monoshock easier once it arrives and cleaning & oiling chain. :)
If anyone has changed the rear shock and can offer any advice or tips, please share as I have very little experience with tools!! Those that know me think I should stick to just cleaning the wee  :)  and leave the serious stuff to others!

Thanks and think the idea of a mass rideout/meet next year, from other thread, is great but a bit far for me :shrug: ! Hope you go ahead with it and it is a success. Good Luck
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 13, 2012, 14:26:21
Re-wired the hotgrips so they go to a switched circuit on my fusebox and installed my relay for the spotlights so that they only come on at High Beam making them nearly legal...  Finally, moved the running lights so they hang off the bottom of the spotlights - this also gets them further away from the indicators as they do rather drown them out.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 14, 2012, 00:14:23
Cleaned my rear rim (about to go out and clean the front one) and discovered that the blokes who fitted my Anakee 2's last month minced my rims (both of them)! They're scratched to hell around the rim where they clearly went at it like a bull in a china shop!

Just because my rims are dirty doesn't mean I don't give a crap about my paintwork, damnit!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on October 14, 2012, 08:01:31
Quote from: "fraggle"
If anyone has changed the rear shock and can offer any advice or tips, please share as I have very little experience with tools!!

@ fraggle.
If yours is a non-abs ( which I'm guessing it is as its 2006) then it should be straight-forward & easy.
Mine (2008- abs) was easy apart from getting the remote pre-load adjuster out. Because of the abs unit under the seat, there's not enough room to get it out. I had to dismantle half of the back end of the bike! :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: fraggle on October 14, 2012, 08:42:07
Quote from: "Sven"
If yours is a non-abs ( which I'm guessing it is as its 2006) then it should be straight-forward & easy.
Mine (2008- abs) was easy apart from getting the remote pre-load adjuster out. Because of the abs unit under the seat, there's not enough room to get it out. I had to dismantle half of the back end of the bike! :GRR:

Thanks Sven, you guessed right my wee is non-abs. Still waiting for delivery of shock but will post again once I change it over.

Thanks again  :ty:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kennydies on October 14, 2012, 09:32:28
I installed a replay, some connectio nblocks (for future use)/ installed an aux socket under the seat and added a GIPro.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Chris Graves on October 14, 2012, 18:25:35
Took it out for a ride with the local MAG group to the Hedgehog Rescue centre to take various items that they need.  A pleasant hour's run out through the Lincolnshire Wolds with a good bunch of motorcyclists.  Only one other Strom and that was a big one. Weather was kind, roads dry and after leaving the hedgehog place a quick blast back home at a more lively pace.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: glenwatt on October 14, 2012, 20:29:11
Started her up in the garage after the first 4 weeks of my enforced layoff due to the broken arm.

She started on the button first time !

Put her on the optimate to keep things ticking along.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on October 14, 2012, 20:34:09
I fitted my new, black sheepskin saddle cover then rode 70+miles with some clubmates and enjoyed the cold but sunny conditions and newfound luxury "down below" ;-).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on October 14, 2012, 23:45:00
Went on a cold but fun ride to Glen Clova, just 30 miles away, but it took me 190 miles to do the round trip!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 15, 2012, 13:47:20
Quote from: "s-d"
Today I got my Glee nice and dirty. First time properly off-road, the track got much, much worse than this: rocks, huge potholes, wet sand, steep, rutted cobbled sections.I ended up turning back but it was bloody good fun! Almost lost it a few times but please to say I did keep it shiny side up. I was surprised to discover that its better going a bit faster over the rough stuff, the suspension did a great job but I don't think the tyres were idea!

(http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q555/s-d3/Moon1_zpsebfdc439.jpg)

(http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q555/s-d3/Moon_zps007a28d9.jpg)

Great stuff, really, nice bike and best colour too. ;) Tie a few tracks like that together (not the potholed, cobbley, bike crunching, bits) and I'll be tempted to have a wander over to ride them with you..

Quote from: "mr_diver"
flushing engine with the cheapest car oil I could find.

You put car oil in you bike? Wet clutches don't get on with the additives in car oil.. Up to you of course, just FYI.. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 15, 2012, 18:55:55
Did the last major wash of my bike for 2012. Next time it'll be washed this intently is going to be March/April 2013 (when the temperature starts to pick up a bit).

Tomorrow: Starting the new electrical harness build (with first parts arriving)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on October 15, 2012, 19:01:17
I've bought some Bikevis bullets and some strip led's   I've been trying to work out where to put the bullets (my original thought was on the indicator stems) and I'm aiming to incorporate the leds into the screen.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 15, 2012, 19:21:51
Quote from: "Reksut"
I've bought some Bikevis bullets and some strip led's   I've been trying to work out where to put the bullets (my original thought was on the indicator stems) and I'm aiming to incorporate the leds into the screen.

I'm putting Bikevis Bullets under the front fairing (where the large split pins are that hold the fairing together). Determined that the bullets are so light that those plastic clips are enough to hold it in place!

On the rear I'm putting one beneath the reflector (the one that sticks out below the tail light). Of course, that'll be a red one  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on October 15, 2012, 19:26:48
did you see this

http://www.bikevis.com/forum/index.php?topic=505.0 (http://www.bikevis.com/forum/index.php?topic=505.0)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 15, 2012, 19:33:35
Quote from: "Reksut"
did you see this

http://www.bikevis.com/forum/index.php?topic=505.0 (http://www.bikevis.com/forum/index.php?topic=505.0)

Yeah I've seen it, but I don't want to rely on mounting anything to the stock indicators (mainly because I'm planning to be rid of them... they stick out WAY too far).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Evo57 on October 15, 2012, 20:52:32
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/88635341@N07/8090923060)
Went out up in to the mountains of Snowdonia for a couple of hours on my pride and joy :)
Where's my fliping bike gone :wtf:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on October 15, 2012, 21:29:52
Stripped down the fairing and removed the tank for the first time. Easy but you have to be methodical because the fixings are not all the same. I then made a tidier job of wiring the GPS and voltmeter,  mindful that she's going under the knife on Friday to have the valve clearances checked and (probably)  adjusted. I didn't want the mechanic to strangle himself on the loose wiring...
:shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 15, 2012, 21:33:48
Would you mind posting a pic of your dash with the GPS + Voltometer?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on October 15, 2012, 22:02:38
finally got around to fitting the R&G heated grips (it was cold this morning!).

Now I've just got to work out how to modify my Oxford muffs to fit over the stocker handguards and barends...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Evo57 on October 15, 2012, 22:56:44
(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/ewelshman/100_0485.jpg)
Went out around Snowdonia to make sure the sat/Nav works :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on October 16, 2012, 03:37:06
Hello evo57 where in snodonia was that picture taken ? looks like a nice little road
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Evo57 on October 16, 2012, 11:01:01
Quote from: "PHIL FAT"
Hello evo57 where in snodonia was that picture taken ? looks like a nice little road

Hello
It was taken at Cwm Bychan Lake. If you turn off at the Victoria Pub, Llanbedr. Gwynedd and head up into the mountains for about 5 miles you'll find it. It's well signposted on a narrow and scenic road/track.  :auto-dirtbike:  ###
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 16, 2012, 11:19:29
Must be one of those newfangled "double-dutch" GPS units that understand the gobbledygook Welsh place names  :haha:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on October 16, 2012, 11:40:02
thanks evo 57 just checking out on google earth what a great little road that's one for a nice sunny day very soon I hope and a large flask of coffe once again thanks for the information ride safe :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 16, 2012, 11:58:50
Strombone, Voltometer, marine-grade twin USB charging sockets and lots of lovely waterproof connectors arrived today.
The fuse box and relays should also be arriving today, but while I wait I'm going to fit the Strombone and start drilling the fairing to fit the USB socket... as well as plot where I'm going to install the voltometer!

Pics to follow!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on October 16, 2012, 16:55:48
Been out in the rain!!  :wtf:

Left the MOT a little late so had no choice but to go today.....first time I've actually set off in rain for years.  :rain:

Wee sailed through again, no issues.  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shedchief on October 16, 2012, 18:30:42
Quote from: "LaKraven"
Would you mind posting a pic of your dash with the GPS + Voltometer?

Actually, I decided to remove the digital voltmeter altogether (I had it mounted deep down inside the LH side of the fairing) so can't show you that. Sorry.
As for the satnav, I use my Galaxy S2 in a waterproof case, simply mounted to a RAM mirror stem ball-mount taking the ignition-powered supply from the fusebox I added beneath the seat.
I must say that I much prefer the appearance of the natty voltmeter you have just bought. Hopefully you'll post pics in due course. All the best!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on October 16, 2012, 18:48:20
Quote from: "Jacko"
Quote from: "s-d"
Today I got my Glee nice and dirty. First time properly off-road, the track got much, much worse than this: rocks, huge potholes, wet sand, steep, rutted cobbled sections.I ended up turning back but it was bloody good fun! Almost lost it a few times but please to say I did keep it shiny side up. I was surprised to discover that its better going a bit faster over the rough stuff, the suspension did a great job but I don't think the tyres were idea!

(http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q555/s-d3/Moon1_zpsebfdc439.jpg)

(http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q555/s-d3/Moon_zps007a28d9.jpg)

Great stuff, really, nice bike and best colour too. ;) Tie a few tracks like that together (not the potholed, cobbley, bike crunching, bits) and I'll be tempted to have a wander over to ride them with you..

Quote from: "mr_diver"
flushing engine with the cheapest car oil I could find.

You put car oil in you bike? Wet clutches don't get on with the additives in car oil.. Up to you of course, just FYI.. :)

yeah I put car oil in it to run it for 5 mins then dump it back out and then fill again with bike oil.

don't get me started on oil again, but as long as its not energy conserving it's OK.

I ran my little 125 on car oil for a long time and never had any problems.

today I have been back in the garage...

stripped cleaned and re-greased the gear lever mechanism, inserted a spacer to make it fit on the spindle a bit better.

took off the bash plate and hammered it back into shape after doing a bit of adventuring down a rocky path on Sunday. see I told you these Moto Agora ones were shit! hit one rock and you need to re-shape the bloody thing.  :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 16, 2012, 19:03:33
Fitted USB socket, fitted Strombone and hooked the Garmin up to it...

However, I cocked up when removing my fuel tank (to better route cables) and lost the 10mm nut on the tank's pivot bolt. I've literally no idea where it went. For all I know it could've dropped further down into the bike, but I've looked everywhere I can possibly get to (both on the bike and by stripping apart my garage/workshop) and it has completely disappeared.

Will have to go to my fittings place tomorrow to replace it, but I'm not sure if the nut dropped down into the engine somewhere. More than a little worried about what's going to happen when I start the engine tomorrow  :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 16, 2012, 19:09:13
If the bike was on the side stand there is a very god chance it will be at the very bottom of the left fairing.  Magnet and string time....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 16, 2012, 19:15:33
Quote from: "Strommer"
If the bike was on the side stand there is a very god chance it will be at the very bottom of the left fairing.  Magnet and string time....

Nope! Bike was on its centre stand, and the fairings are all off (think about it: you have to remove them all to get the fuel tank off anyway).

What really throws me for a loop is that I heard the nut bounce at least twice on metal (I'm thinking once on the frame, the second time on my hydraulic table)... and yet it's nowhere to be found!
I've even used my magnetic wand thing to sweep under and behind all the shelves, the workbench, and under the hydraulic table... nothing!
Rattled the bike as aggressively as I can without picking it up and throwing it across the driveway... not even so much as the sound of something sliding around in there. Completely stumped!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on October 16, 2012, 19:27:25
An errant nut's nothing, somewhere in my garage still lives one brake shoe from an old mini that dropped when I was changing them: heard it hit the floor behind me after the spring propelled it that way but after 15 years & a couple of clear outs I have yet to find it....

As long as the throttle bodies were covered & the filler cap was on, there isn't much chance to get someplace untoward on top of the engine. Most likely run off under something.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 16, 2012, 20:13:57
Quote from: "mr_diver"
don't get me started on oil again, but as long as its not energy conserving it's OK.

Mmm.. OK.. I'm reminded of a bloke who used to frequent our local rideouts forum, rides an R1, long story short he ran low on oil on a ride around Scotland with a few other forum members and could only get hold of car oil, he topped up and within a couple of miles his clutch started slipping.. Now I know this is a bloke you've never met, telling you a story about another bloke you've never met on a bike somewhere in Scotland that you have no way of knowing ever happened.. But it did, and that bloke's clutch was in spec when it was removed and replaced, it was slipping because he put car oil in his bike.. Merely conveying the reason I'd never put car oil in my bike, not trying to incite another oil riot..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: evo172 on October 16, 2012, 20:17:28
Quote from: "shedchief"
Quote from: "LaKraven"


Would you mind posting a pic of your dash with the GPS + Voltometer?

Actually, I decided to remove the digital voltmeter altogether (I had it mounted deep down inside the LH side of the fairing) so can't show you that. Sorry.
As for the satnav, I use my Galaxy S2 in a waterproof case, simply mounted to a RAM mirror stem ball-mount taking the ignition-powered supply from the fusebox I added beneath the seat.
I must say that I much prefer the appearance of the natty voltmeter you have just bought. Hopefully you'll post pics in due course. All the best!

was out in the rain today and had my galaxy s2 on the ram mount wishing it had a waterproof cover as I listened to some music of the phone though the autocom. watching my phone slowly getting wetter and wetter, point being have you got a link to what case you bought?.. thinking I might need one now, however my galaxy s2 survived a dunk to the bottom of the bath last month so shouldn't be too worried  :shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on October 16, 2012, 21:04:22
Quote from: "Jacko"
long story short he ran low on oil on a ride around Scotland with a few other forum members and could only get hold of car oil, he topped up and within a couple of miles his clutch started slipping..

I know, it's not run for more than a few mins and usually I will use Mineral oil with no additives. I know Stuff like Castrol Magnatec is BAD!  :crazy:
your giving advise which I value, others will too, it's when someone insists you go by what Suzuki/Honda/sakakaki say or else I take offense...  Suzuki also said you need to put the front sprocket nut to 148Nm  :crazy:  you'd need arms like Popeye to do that! what the manufacturers recommend is not the word of god.
but yes I would not, knowing what I know now, run a bike in gear on the road with car oil. that's asking for trouble.
it's only as flush, I do it nearly every oil change have done so since first service I did on this bike at 6k miles. has been done at least 8 times. did it on last bike.

I guarantee my clutch is not slipping... An Sv650 pulled up at the lights beside me on my way to the bike shop today, he blipped throttle, I blipped throttle, lights went green, and I left him in a cloud of tyre smoke.   :neen:   not something I do on a regular basis but if you pull up to me on a fairly even matched bike, in full race leathers, tinted visor and £400 boots, and blip the throttle it's like waving a red rag to a bull  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 16, 2012, 22:57:48
If you're going to do it, then cheapo mineral oil with no expensive additives is the way to go I would have thought.. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 18, 2012, 00:27:58
About to add a whopping great wiring loom (with fusebox and relay) to the bike's electrical system, rewire the foglights to run through that loom, prepare the bike to receive its new voltage gauge (the housing should be arriving in around 12 hours) and test everything.

I'll then be sanding and spraying my chain guard (currently bare aluminium but soon to be going gold to match the chain), the water pump housing (respraying silver to match the engine), and touching up my swingarm (which has lost a lot of paint around the chain tension alignment indicator plates for reasons I still can't figure out).

So yes... a full post-midnight of working at around-0C temperatures in my garage on the bike. What fun  :crazy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 18, 2012, 03:18:52
Took way longer than I'd expected to get the fairing off the rear of the bike (the one held in by two alan-head screws, one behind the exhaust can, the other open to air behind the side pannier rail) to get at the positive feed from the reg plate light. Took even longer to get the coupling to hold against that ludacrisly-thin wire (a two-into-one splice to a bullet socket crimp for my switched wire to the relay).

Anyway, long story short I got the fusebox hooked up with the relay, and it all works as it should. Hooked up the volt meter to test the circuit, and decided that I'm really not liking the way the Optimate 4 charger does its discharge test cycle. It's taken my battery down to 11.8V (when it was at 12.8V yesterday). I know that's only a 1V drop, but I fail to see the logic in a charger discharging the battery (even by just 1V).

Anyway, it's 3:20 AM now. I'm tired, my vision has blurred and I've lost the will to continue working with wires so I'm going to bed!

In a few hours when I wake up I'll run all the fresh cables through, mount the volt meter and put the fuel tank back on for a test.
Photos will naturally follow, before anyone decides to post the whole "this thread is useless without posts" thing!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 18, 2012, 08:06:07
You must enjoy all that jazz as much as riding.. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 18, 2012, 11:46:45
Quote from: "Jacko"
You must enjoy all that jazz as much as riding.. :)

Modding is fun, but there's method behind my madness and I want to be sure that I have everything I need working on the bike before the harsher portion of winter arrives (any day now)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 18, 2012, 12:45:34
Removed this...  ###

The puncture goo seems to have sealed this week's puncture at least...

(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/puncture2_zps04636d26.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stromtrooper james on October 18, 2012, 14:49:57
Hit 2 cars with it and remained up right
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: evo172 on October 18, 2012, 15:46:33
Quote from: "Stromtrooper james"
Hit 2 cars with it and remained up right

oh do tell more :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 18, 2012, 17:15:41
Quote from: "Stromtrooper james"
Hit 2 cars with it and remained up right

You mean matchbox miniatures, or full-sized genuine "a person can actually drive one" cars?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 18, 2012, 19:23:48
Quote from: "Stromtrooper james"
Hit 2 cars with it and remained up right

Hope you got them good..... :violence-uzi:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stromtrooper james on October 18, 2012, 19:24:32
It was my fault was white lining and for got I had my side boxes on box hit a car door and then the bike bounced and I clipped my left hand side on a car rear wing manged to regain control and pull over both blokes cars where sound and the bike got its 1st scar a little bit knock but every ones fine
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 18, 2012, 20:18:54
In other words: you got lucky! Hopefully you learned something from it, at least then the scars are worth something!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jeff999 on October 18, 2012, 20:54:52
Fitted a nifty kit from winding roads dot co dot uk that allows me to use monokey panniers instead of the metal box set that came with the bike. It saved having to buy new rails. Has any one else used this?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 18, 2012, 21:09:15
My lighter socket, twin USB charging socket, and my Garmin mount are all wired up through the fusebox (which is switched with the ignition through a relay). Only thing left to wire up for the moment are the foglights (mostly done with that wiring already too).

Meanwhile I'm about to spray up the chain guard (it's going gold). Doing that in a dessicant and newspaper lined huge plastic tub (called a "Really Useful Box") so that it doesn't become exposed to moisture.

Pics will of course follow soon as it's all ready :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 19, 2012, 00:19:15
After much annoyance working with waterproof connectors (they are the most annoying cable-related things I've ever dealt with) I've managed to get the foglight switch hooked up to my "one into two" junction in-line, rooted the cables for both the left and right foglights, and actually crimped waterproof connections onto the right-hand cables meaning the right-hand foglight once again works!

Will do the left one later but for the moment my fingers are hurting, I'm tired of being eaten alive by mosquitos, and I want to have a bath before I go to bed (I will be going to bed tonight, for once).

Don't have time right now to spray the chain guard, so I'll do that tomorrow (probably better that way anyhow).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ProfG on October 19, 2012, 14:50:54
Filled it with 28.65 worth of petrol :shock:  at 1.40 a litre.

£5 of which spilled all over me and the bike as the bloody nozzle did not cut off. Had to wait for the bike to fool down before riding it while hoping that it would not blow up in the meantime.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 20, 2012, 02:15:37
My bike is back in one piece for the first time in a little over a week.... well, everything except the chain guard which is currently drying.

I was a little disconcerted to have put everything back together only to find two alan-head screws sitting on the hydraulic lift. Thankfully, after carefully considering everything I'd removed from the bike, I've determined that they are from the Madstad bracket pre-Strombone, and that those screws are no longer needed on the bike because of the replacement screws provided with the Strombone.

So, this week my Strom has:
> Been stripped of all its clothing
> Had all of my custom electrics removed
> Had another large hole drilled into the front fairing (for a marine-grade twin-USB charger to slot into)
> Had the regplate light positive wire cut into and spliced off to my relay
> Had a fusebox fitted
> Had all-new wiring made and routed through it
> Had all of my custom electrics reinstalled on the fresh wire from the fusebox
> Had its chain guard removed, sanded and sprayed with Hammerite (fed up with it corroding)
> Had one of its spare windscreens drilled out and fitted with a windscreen wiper motor (ready to receive its wiper arm and blade on - hopefully - Tuesday)

Next step: off to the powdercoaters!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on October 20, 2012, 03:28:46
General clean up and chain lube. Also took side stand & gear lever off to grease up: the 'reservoir' groove on the gear lever spindle had precious little grease on it so glad I did.

Took the opportunity to adjust the lever up a bit to account for the thicker boots.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stromtrooper james on October 21, 2012, 10:14:23
Quote from: "LaKraven"
In other words: you got lucky! Hopefully you learned something from it, at least then the scars are worth something!

I have learnt well, the scars are only little. just need to block out all the crap I'm thinking of on the way to work and focus more on my riding so at least then I won't forgot I have by back boxes on.... pics to come if your bothered!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 21, 2012, 12:06:36
Quote from: "Stromtrooper james"
.... pics to come if your bothered!
I am and please do!

You know what we need? A series of lights on the dash to indicate which box(es) are attached to the bike!
Must admit I've forgotten from time to time that I have the side boxes on, but that's usually only a problem when I'm riding between the bollards at my nearest Tesco to park near the trolleys under the overhanging roof (my boxes have many scars now).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on October 21, 2012, 12:10:39
(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h405/VSTROM650/100_1112.jpg)(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h405/VSTROM650/100_1110.jpg)(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h405/VSTROM650/100_1113.jpg)went to llandudno then to the top of the great orme great views across to anglesey and the conwy valley took my trusty flask full of hot black coffe
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on October 21, 2012, 17:23:25
Soaped it, pressure washed it, dried it, covered it in ACF-50 (the bike obviously :grin: ) Wired in the heated grips' power. I'll have to do the bar muffs and the gear lever on another weekend.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ProfG on October 21, 2012, 21:01:03
200 mile dash in winding coast and mountain roads in brilliant sunshine, then a good clean and covered for the night ready to be taken out tomorrow
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on October 21, 2012, 22:30:32
Yes! weather fantastic for the first time in ages so me and 12 others bashed up Loch Lomond round the Roseneath peninsula then up the Rest and down to Dunoon. Ferry across to Gourock and home to Lanarkshire. Smashing. (Jimbo, haha you would have loved it)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on October 22, 2012, 10:42:08
Soaped it, washed it, dried it, lubed the chain, went on a short but very fun blast for 15 miles, brimmed the tank (19.85 ltrs), cleaned it again in a few wee nooks and crannies and covered it liberally in ACF-50....

Plugged in the Optimate and stuck it away for the winter. See it again in March unless we have a heatwave in February!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on October 22, 2012, 11:48:19
Quote from: "Abercol"
Plugged in the Optimate and stuck it away for the winter. See it again in March unless we have a heatwave in February!

Has it done something wrong? Is it being punished?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on October 22, 2012, 11:59:45
Nah, the Vee is as sweet as ever & always gives me a smile when I go for a ride. Its just me, I used to ride all year round, now I see cold weather as a chore. Its no fun and not worth the cleaning needed after a salt encrusted ride. I usually put it away at the end of October and take it out again in late Feb, early March. Since I was on holiday last week I decided to retire the Vee to its winter home a little early.

3 deg this morning and really foggy, it'll be freezing by next week, so pack away the bike & stick on the Nordfrost WinterTact 3 retreads for the car.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on October 22, 2012, 12:28:58
Seems a shame, weather's nice here today (East Kilbride), wish I wasn't working.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on October 22, 2012, 12:33:45
Very foggy & cold up here in Aberdeen, but I'm driving down to Glasgow tomorrow...and Stirling on Friday.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on October 22, 2012, 13:24:23
Re: What have you done to your Strom today?

paid a deposit on a new one ! does that count?
 :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ProfG on October 22, 2012, 13:43:53
Quote from: "adst"
Re: What have you done to your Strom today?

paid a deposit on a new one ! does that count?
 :fix:

 :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stevee_p on October 22, 2012, 19:37:44
Got her through the MOT, just!

A few advisories for me to work on over the winter, but nothing major. Very happy! Now she just needs a couple of £ spending to sort her for the dark dark months ahead.

Oh yeah, and fitted my new screen, the tall number from Suzuki. Not sure how good it is yet, but it's a good deal taller than the MRA I've taken off. If I like it, the MRA may well end up in the for sale section...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: james.t on October 22, 2012, 19:58:33
put a drinks bottle/can holder on my givi topbox
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on October 22, 2012, 20:15:45
Show us please, James T, sounds useful!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on October 23, 2012, 14:51:55
:text-+1:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on October 24, 2012, 18:58:20
Not really done anything to my Strom today, but over the last couple of days the Strom has done much to my bank balance!! Well, not really the Strom, but my lack of willpower in resisting the purchase of things that will make me enjoy my Strom more...

So, that'll be:

Airhawk 2 pad - £80ish
Rubbish iPhone 5 mounting solution while I wait for a good one - £45ish
Winter base layers - £50ish
Full set of Gerbings heated gear (gloves, jacket liner, socks, dual controller) - £450ish
And soon, a LaKraven productions voltmeter too :)

I thought motorbikes were supposed to be cheaper to own than cars? Or is it that they are cheaper to own if you have willpower and don't buy everything you want for them all at once? :)

Oh well, when I miss paying my rent and end up on the streets, I'll at least be able to stay warm with the heated gear!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 24, 2012, 19:05:23
Fitted my heated seat pad....arrrrrrrrrrrrrrsetastic!   :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stibbs on October 24, 2012, 19:40:49
Got the strom :thumb:  filthy.......
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Post by: LaKraven on October 24, 2012, 20:21:18
Quote from: "stibbs"
Got the Strom :thumb:  filthy.......
Did the same a few days ago! Amazing how fast my foglights got covered in mud ;)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on October 24, 2012, 21:22:21
t.boned hyundai not my fault knackered forks screen headlights mudguard limped away so not all bad
all lights etc in the world don't help when woman in a rush shoots out from side road ignored give way sign and pulled out in front of me no where to go braked hard down to 5 - 10 mph but bump..........
insurance hassles etc and sore left side sad day...... :text-givemebeer:ret
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on October 24, 2012, 21:32:06
Sorry to hear that, hope you are OK and the driver is fried somewhere.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stibbs on October 24, 2012, 22:03:46
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
t.boned hyundai not my fault knackered forks screen headlights mudguard limped away so not all bad
all lights etc in the world don't help when woman in a rush shoots out from side road ignored give way sign and pulled out in front of me no where to go braked hard down to 5 - 10 mph but bump..........
insurance hassles etc and sore left side sad day...... :text-givemebeer:ret

Sorry to hear that, worst thing is the inevitable insurance hassles. At least you're not badly injured it could have been worse, best of luck and hope it all goes well. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 24, 2012, 22:10:35
Holy shit. Pleased you're OK..

All the advanced training in the world can't drive the cars around you for you. Hope it all gets sorted, and if you're insurance company is worth its salt you shouldn't have much hassle, just don't accept any blame..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on October 26, 2012, 10:06:03
Heading to my local Suzuki dealer in Scotland at lunchtime today (26.10.12) for them to fix my on-going sump bolt helicoil problem.

Hmmmmm v.cold out today, heated grips on all the way.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kennydies on October 26, 2012, 11:42:57
I moved my gear position indicator up onto the dash and fitted a slipscreen.

Just waiting for the waterprrof galaxy s3 hard case to come out on the 26th Nov ;-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: evo172 on October 26, 2012, 15:08:31
took a ride out to whitby as was cold but dry weatherwise, that was until on the way home ran into some rain ...... then hailstones. not nice. :rain:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: madmatt1983 on October 26, 2012, 15:29:29
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/26/mejusyga.jpg)
Fitted this
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Moorsie on October 26, 2012, 16:32:44
My Givi Airflow finally arrived today, just fitted it and looking forward to a test ride tomorrow
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Stromtrooper james on October 27, 2012, 11:35:06
gave it a good clean and sponge bathed the acf 50 parts. cleaned the chain refitted heated grips. tryed to polish out the battle scars. got a new lid for me noggin geared up and about to go for a ride.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on October 27, 2012, 15:05:52
Chain adjustment, moved the Scottoiler onto a paddock bobbin, tyre check (puncture number 3 isn't sealing) so the PR3 (5k miles) looks like being replaced with an Anakee 2....and fitted the Madstad and the MRA Vario (regular size) even managed to refit the strombone.

Can't figure out which height to set it at:
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/Snapbucket/C3ACC5D0-orig.jpg)
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/Snapbucket/6F009152-orig.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Moorsie on October 27, 2012, 16:08:19
Did the test ride today with the Givi Airflow. Not really a fair test with gusting 40mph winds, but I have to say it has made a real difference. Adjusted it to about the halfway mark and all the buffeting had gone.

Did have to stop en-route to buy some winter gloves though, was a tad parky out there today, but at least the sun was shining :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on October 29, 2012, 19:58:10
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
t.boned hyundai not my fault knackered forks screen headlights mudguard limped away so not all bad
all lights etc in the world don't help when woman in a rush shoots out from side road ignored give way sign and pulled out in front of me no where to go braked hard down to 5 - 10 mph but bump..........
insurance hassles etc and sore left side sad day...... :text-givemebeer:ret

Waved bye bye to it today as it was taken away for open fairing surgery at the insurers - Not sure if they will right it off or not (headlight fairing MRA extra tall screen fairing brackets, under trim, mudguard and fork stantions), tense nail biting times till I find out Wednesday........Id prefer it back mended as its sound bike with nothing wrong apart from needing a wash till Mrs Hyundai decided to modify it grrrrrrrr   :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:

I hate looking for bikes, I've been miles to look at "sound" bikes and found a pile of doo doo.

All the undamaged bolt on extras I fitted are secured away in the garage either way.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sofa on October 29, 2012, 22:03:34
Had a days holiday
Cut the peashooter out of the exhaust. as per viewtopic.php?f=19&t=13552 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=13552)  Sounds luvverly.
Fitted wiring for my heated gloves. They too are luvverly.
Rode to Jacks Hill Cafe (A5 Towcester) had some grub and a good natter with my mates. That too was luvverly
Back to work tomorrow. That won't be luvverly!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Baldrick46 on October 30, 2012, 21:58:41
Decided not to be lazy and just get in car to work! So got kitted up take Vee out of garage and had an enjoyable if wet ride into work get changed again hang coat,pants,gloves etc. in front of heater :crazy:
Oh and do it all in again on way home.  :rain: again tomorrow.
But did enjoy and will carry on until they start gritting (not keen on washing bike down every day)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on October 30, 2012, 22:01:31
A major clean after a 500 mile trip round Anglesey. The bike got me through 200 miles of this trip in really heavy rain, with a load of mud around the A470 upgrades too.

Gave it an hour just on the ACF50, with a toothbrush to get into the bits normally ignored. So it all looks like new again. Probably the longest clean I've ever done.
 :)

Checked out my rear tyre. It's a bit squared but I'm sure there are others out there with less tread. There were a few hairy moments over the weekend that are telling me it's time for a new one.

Dry Lube on the chain and back in the Garage.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on October 31, 2012, 18:58:26
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
t.boned hyundai not my fault knackered forks screen headlights mudguard limped away so not all bad
all lights etc in the world don't help when woman in a rush shoots out from side road ignored give way sign and pulled out in front of me no where to go braked hard down to 5 - 10 mph but bump..........
insurance hassles etc and sore left side sad day...... :text-givemebeer:ret

Waved bye bye to it today as it was taken away for open fairing surgery at the insurers - Not sure if they will right it off or not (headlight fairing MRA extra tall screen fairing brackets, under trim, mudguard and fork stantions), tense nail biting times till I find out Wednesday........Id prefer it back mended as its sound bike with nothing wrong apart from needing a wash till Mrs Hyundai decided to modify it grrrrrrrr   :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:

I hate looking for bikes, I've been miles to look at "sound" bikes and found a pile of doo doo.

All the undamaged bolt on extras I fitted are secured away in the garage either way.


Written off -  :bawl:

been offered roughly what I paid for it so in the market for a Vee folks let me know of any good ones around £3k - Thanks.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on October 31, 2012, 19:07:41
I propose we hold a funeral for a lost Vee, gentlemen! It's not as though they're still producing the Vee (and don't get me started on that duckbilled monstrosity they're working on for next year).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on October 31, 2012, 20:16:57
Sorry to hear that.. On the upside it is a buyers market at this time of year, though scant consolation I'm sure..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on November 01, 2012, 11:18:43
not directly strom related...

Today have finally removed the last of the junk from my garage, (it's only taken 2 year, including having new doors fitted) have loads of space to walk round the bikes.

Could even fit a third in there maybe  :shrug:   :shy:

Now I have space and crap weather outside to start work on the Honda CX500-EC .
She's been partially striped so far, tank drained, and I've started ordering parts! (And Bugging Juv for info as he's the one that sold me this wreck  :grin:   :thumb: I did flog the old girl a bit hard on the motorways  :shy: )

A winter of spannering is ahead, I'm looking forward to it, the mrs is looking forward to the peace and quiet.  :lala:

My Baby as it was a few weeks ago before I sorted the garage, now all her vital bits are laid out on a slab at the back of the 'Workshop'.  :fix:
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/2012-07-20%2014.51.14.jpg)

What she looked like before I killed her:
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/IMG004.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on November 01, 2012, 11:46:51
I've booked it an appointment with "Allyearbiker" for Monday morning....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on November 01, 2012, 13:19:51
I remember the CX500, a 500cc shafty transverse V-twin, brilliant, if a little bendy, like all bikes of the time.. If I was going to get an older bike to do up the CX500 would be it, I wish Honda would make a modern version, keeping the shaft drive.. They did a Turbo version too.. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on November 01, 2012, 13:37:17
(http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h405/VSTROM650/DSCF0470.jpg)Jacko do you mean this one 1978 model finished march/april this year. havent done anything on the wee just cleaned and acf 50 on the cx
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on November 01, 2012, 14:05:11
Nice..

The Turbo had Honda red and white paintwork and a fairing..

http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/ ... 16026m.jpg (http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/list/6bike_img/16026m.jpg)

I always wanted one but by the time I got around to big bikes they were getting on a bit and my attention was diverted..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on November 01, 2012, 17:01:32
Added a poppy onto the front.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/11/02/zuqu9ara.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on November 02, 2012, 19:24:52
rode to work again, as every day ....... :character-yoshi:  :confusion-helpsos:  :greetings-cya:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on November 02, 2012, 19:26:55
Took it out for a little blast (50 miles)  just to warm it up,,  brimmed it with fuel and cleaned and lubed the chain ... All ready for tomorrows rideout
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 02, 2012, 19:39:45
Took it out for a few hours' ride, warm it up and test the fog lights in some actual fog (very helpful lights indeed).
Need to take a look at my Scottoiler vSystem though... doesn't appear to be dispensing anything (might have pinched the vacuum tube when I put the fuel tank back on).
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Nolly on November 04, 2012, 15:35:05
cleaned it !!!!!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 04, 2012, 16:36:03
Left it alone in the garage while the heavens decided to empty the Atlantic Ocean on us!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Moorsie on November 04, 2012, 17:47:17
Brief ride today mainly to test out the new Sat Nav, then re-wired the Garmin to pick up a switched live
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kennydies on November 04, 2012, 22:02:40
I installed my  anchor point, anti pinch pin and lock..

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/91785628/strom/20121104_113422.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/91785628/strom/20121104_113926.jpg)

Last week I installed and aux socket and my gear indicator:
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/91785628/strom/20121104_113429.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/91785628/strom/20121104_113901.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 04, 2012, 22:21:51
In that bottom pic you appear to have a positive wire running under the locking mechanism for the saddle. I hope you've secured that wire so it doesn't get frayed by the saddle!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kennydies on November 04, 2012, 22:27:26
It is deceptive, the wire actually goes under the bar.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 04, 2012, 22:28:04
Quote from: "kennydies"
It is deceptive, the wire actually goes under the bar.
Ah good! Was just checking so that you didn't have an unwanted blown fuse or (god forbid) fire.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on November 05, 2012, 16:10:42
Rode with the new Givi helmet..... Um, comfy, pin lock works very well, but more wind noise than old helmet.
 :chores-mop:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: dsb79 on November 05, 2012, 16:52:21
ACF 50'd it, not sure if I did it right but seems to do the job, squirt wipe squirt wipr ect ect ect.

don't think ill be out much this year now, can't be botherd with the cold, missing my loomies breakfasts, hopefully get a dry sunday soon
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: nbsdave on November 05, 2012, 21:22:37
removed lowering kinks, back to stock height-never should have lowered it
installed SW Motec centrestand, a very nice piece of equipment-works well too.
rain tomorrow so maybe I'll do the horn install
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on November 06, 2012, 09:31:55
fitted the Moto Frames center stand I received in the post yesterday. (OEM Suzuki copy)

went together easier than I thought, but bugger me the springs are hard work to loop over the catch bit on the stand.
was a little easier than most people's attaching procedure - one of the previous owners must have fitted a center stand, but removed the stand itself, but left the mounting plates.

why do I want to bother removing the plates when the new ones are the same size and shape? so used the ones on there and all the old bolts. only 2 two that hold on the stand its self came out, got a clean in some white spirit and greased and back in with the stand in place.

total time 25mins!  :lala:

and I have some shiny new bolts to add to my spares tub

next job is to fit a crap flap from these blokes...  lol   :shy:
https://sites.google.com/site/pooratrek/pooratrek-Suzuki
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 06, 2012, 10:40:22
€7777.97 for the "crap flap"... methinks I can make this for a lot less  :haha:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 07, 2012, 03:22:30
Installed the auxiliary light bar (love how it converts the two large split pins into screw mounts), moved the fog lights from the crash bar mounts to the bar and re-routed wiring... but I'll need to take another stab at the wiring in the not-too-distant future. I've mounted the foglights "upside-down" (Because I want to aim them down, not up) with a RAM mount ball on the top of each. These will come into play soon! This now puts the total number of RAM mount ball hitches on my bike up to 5 (with, presently, just one occupied on the Strombone for my GPS)

Removed stock front indicators (the right-hand indicator stalk was actually broken and I never noticed until I took it off! Huge cracks running all around it, only held in place by cable tension). Fit "flush" indicators (which looks way better, by the way)

Swapped the RAM arm on my Garmin for a short one (so now it's closer to the clocks and looks more "integral" to the dash).

I'll take photos when there's daylight! The garage is in a bit of a mess now, with wire trimmings, cable tie offcuts and other wire-related bits everywhere.

Next up: GoPro HD Hero3 Black Edition mounting (believe it or not, I've been using my Nikon D90 with an 18 to 105mm Zoom Lens mounted to a RAM behind the windscreen)
After that: Flush indicators on the side boxes (with contact-connectors to provide power only when the boxes are connected, and without having to do anything extra to hook up the power)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on November 07, 2012, 07:29:18
Front brakes felt baaaad on the way home. Looks like the sliders are jammed up, and I'm hoping I'm imagining it, but it looks like the caliper's twisted on the mount :shock: Time to dig out that seal kit and hope for the best methinks...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on November 07, 2012, 17:47:30
Yes it could be the sliders if the calipers look slightly twisted , mine were like it when first had the bike .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 07, 2012, 22:52:58
Decided to have the fog lights on top of the aux bar, with the RAM ball hitches underneath. Lowers the overall profile of the bike (and reduces drag, albeit marginally)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on November 07, 2012, 23:44:34
Pics of the lights please.. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 07, 2012, 23:57:10
Quote from: "Jacko"
Pics of the lights please.. :)

Going for a ride tomorrow (so long as the snow holds off), will grab some pics then :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on November 08, 2012, 08:48:15
:)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 08, 2012, 17:43:08
I was asked for photos, so I took some (part-way through a stupid sticker removal that's gone badly wrong).

Here's one of the flush indicators:
(http://www.simonjstuart.com/images/DL650/FlushIndicator1.png)

A shot of the foglights (with the diffuser lenses removed temporarily while I replace the gaskets on them):
(http://www.simonjstuart.com/images/DL650/Foglights_auxbar1.png)

A closeup on the left light (again, without the diffuses lens). I liked the scatter pattern so figured I'd post it anyway:
(http://www.simonjstuart.com/images/DL650/Foglights_auxbar2.png)
The debris on the headlights are from my last trip out earlier today (bank, Tesco etc). Spattering of sand (as usual)

I've noticed that the aux light bar has a lot of vertical "wiggle" when riding, so I'll be modding it in the morning to make it sit more rigid on the fairing. It needs one or two additional bolts to hold it onto the fairing (or the metal superstructure behind it) at the front of the bar.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on November 08, 2012, 18:20:54
played fuel roulette - lost  :shy:

232.4 miles
19.1ltrs to fill it back to the brim.
55.3mpg


ran out 100yrds from the local Morrisons- The V-Strom is bloody heavy to push!

I went past 4 petrol stations but the roads were manic as the highways agency have thought to bugger up my entire journey home. Recently doing roadworks on every stretch of road I travel on to get home, so getting off the road and back on was a no-go!   :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: greywolf on November 08, 2012, 18:26:33
That's strange. The Wees and Vees have 22 litre tanks.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on November 08, 2012, 18:27:39
great ride to work, then the long way home as the sun was out, road dry, roads eerily quite....... :)))  :character-yoshi:  :teasing-tease:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on November 08, 2012, 18:53:30
Quote from: "greywolf"
That's strange. The Wees and Vees have 22 litre tanks.

yes, I know, filled up on side stand I could have got more in if I tried, but I couldn't be arsed! I fill up to the same point each time. never had more than 19ltrs go back in.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 10, 2012, 15:36:10
Moved my foglights down to the front mudguard (left the RAM balls on the Aux Light Bar for now, more lights will go on the bike some point in the future)
Re-routed all the wiring and stuck it all in place. Looking quite good... will take pics soonish (once I've calibrated the lights, so when the rain's stopped basically)!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 10, 2012, 22:07:26
Fitted indicators to my side boxes. I'll be creating my wiring solution to tie them into the indicator circuit tomorrow, but wanted to get the units installed.

(http://www.simonjstuart.com/images/DL650/Box_Indicator.JPG)

What do you think?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on November 10, 2012, 22:20:39
Slick..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 10, 2012, 22:36:14
Quote from: "Jacko"
Slick..
Danke je!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on November 11, 2012, 05:11:28
Just fitted some Dr.Bike heated grips. Piece of cake other than a bit if time needed with a dremmel on the throttle sleeve. I need to now work out where to hide the yards of spare wiring. Time to break out the cable ties and have some fun. Any one tried trimming down the pre- controller feed cable?, I can shorten this and re-connect the inline fuse. Don't need 3 yards of cable as fed from bikes original grip feed via Eastern Beaver cable connector.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Centurion on November 11, 2012, 17:38:39
took a nice spin over to Tan Hill for lunch, heading over the moors to Britain's highest pub sure makes you appreciate heated grips!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on November 11, 2012, 17:46:29
Drove to Battle of Britain Memorial . Folkestone  for Memorial Remembrance Day service , and Hawkhurst aerodrome for bacon bap .after .....with blokes from Kent Advanced Motorcycle Group and East Kent Advanced Motorcyclists ... Great day out sun and sights ...duty done ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 11, 2012, 17:49:48
Took a ride out to Thorpeness to try out the latest foglight mounting position (on my front mudguard). Works a treat (no wobble or anything).

Going out to my garage tonight to fabricate electrical contacts for my side box indicators.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on November 11, 2012, 19:08:38
Had to wait for the ice and frost to clear this morning. Later I got out for a nice ride on smaller Ayrshire roads.

Then I washed it.

 No, honest, I did.

No really, rubber gloves and bubbles and everything. It's true!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 11, 2012, 19:10:32
Quote from: "Fatbelly"
Then I washed it.

 No, honest, I did.

No really, rubber gloves and bubbles and everything. It's true!

 :text-worthless: < subtract "this thread is"
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on November 11, 2012, 20:45:11
bought a second hand set of mint e41 panniers for £123 to replace the standard ones  :grin:  might take the vstrom out of the vac bag and fit the new givi pannier rails and boxes this week. now I just need a topbox
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on November 11, 2012, 22:37:24
I tried to take pictures but it was gleaming so brightly that the camera couldn't handle it!











What? :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 11, 2012, 22:54:37
Quote from: "Fatbelly"
I tried to take pictures but it was gleaming so brightly that the camera couldn't handle it!

Sounds like you'd benefit from this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOh-ZWc3UNo
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: fraggle on November 12, 2012, 06:24:13
Replaced empty rear monoshock with new Hagon Monoshock, much more comfortable and safer. Can finally take her out on a long spin.  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on November 12, 2012, 12:14:45
Changed the coolant/antifreeze, and serviced the front calipers. Unfortunately, go the things stripped down and cleaned, then found out the seals I've got don't fit?! I need to check if I ordered the right ones before I complain though haha. In the end I had to refit the old seals. Not the best solution, but they look in good shape, and the brakes are working great again :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: longman on November 12, 2012, 15:20:49
well busy day today,
full service + painted and installed givi racks, painted and reinstalled belly pan, installed ne GPR exhaust (BEAUTIFUL SOUND!!!) and now I am waiting for passenger  footpegs to dry so I can put them back on a bike:)
really tired but happy:)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 12, 2012, 18:19:07
Pics longman?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: longman on November 12, 2012, 23:41:51
too tired, I will post up some tomorrow:)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 12, 2012, 23:44:25
Fair enough! I still need to take some photos of my new lighting arrangement, but the weather has been miserable all day (and night) so... not quite got the will to roll it out.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: carlos on November 14, 2012, 10:16:39
sort out insurance  and £102 deposit
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on November 14, 2012, 13:37:48
Got it out of Shed and took its picture,, first since Allyearbiker did thier job
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y234/Reksut/DSC02300.jpg)

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y234/Reksut/DSC02299.jpg)

Oh and I slightly customised the top box

Then thought weather looks OK for a quick blast, so ,, for them as know the area. I went over Ashurst Beacon, Parbold hill, Ecclestone, Croston and stopped just the once in Southport
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y234/Reksut/DSC02301.jpg)

it was quiet !!!  then coast road through Formby followed by a blast down the M58 off at Orrell and through Billinge to home....and    Oxtail soup..   :grin:   loving it!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on November 14, 2012, 14:01:01
That is super shiny, you should be ashamed of yourself :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: bikerbaz on November 14, 2012, 16:24:47
Quote from: "Gassoon"
Well, canny day today weather-wise, so I rushed a few tasks and ignored some others t get the bike out. Fiddled with the vario and madstad before I remembered that I had it set just perfect...Damn, start all over again, finding best position! Checked tension and lubed chain, checking wheel alighnment wasn't off since getting the new tyres on: all OK! Visually checked where the new flush indicators will go at front...then decided I was pissing about too much, and losing time. Got out on bike (forgot earplugs - what a racket the bike makes, think I'll complain to the council) up to Whitley Bay and up the coast a bit, then loop back inland to the middle which is Hexham, cup of tea, walk aroond like a tourist, then nice run back home, about 70 miles only, but like a summers day!  :)))



Mind - I do like those w650's. make me all nostalgic!
 
Hello  went to  m@s and got me rad cover , had a cuppa at the salt n pepper cafe  then off home ti fit said bit the pictures make it look easy but then so did the ones to fit  the givi puck for the top box I clarted aboot for owa 2 hours doing that ,     am norf pleased I got the dealer to put the touring pack on aswell as the  scotoiler or a wud still be fafin aboot yet . came home vi  the military road  then doon the 68 ti the stocksfield turn off an home. a think al dee me fettlin ti morra .

       you reet aboot them w 650 's. but have u seen the one wots been hard tailed an made ita choppa that's real cold      :old:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_mal on November 14, 2012, 20:57:07
well yesterday, but near enough - finally finished fitting the new Oxford Touring heated grips.

The clutch side was too tight fitting that I didn't need to glue it.  I used a few drops of water to lubricate it enough to get it on.

Originally made the mistake of not trimming the flange of the throttle tube off, and putting the grips on up to the flange, cutting the grip down a little -  then decided next day to go out and buy a Dremmel and do it properly! It meant I had to stick the end of the grip back on (for cosmetic reasons) but isn't particularly noticeable...

Faffed around with starting to remove fairing, then went for the wire coat hanger trick and fed the lead back without the need for fairing removal.

The new controller module seems to work well (and means you don't need to connect to switched connection) - the module senses lack of noise on the electrics when the engine's off, and puts the grips into energy saving mode and turns them off after a couple of mins...

Would have taken anyone else an hour to fit, but I spread it out over a couple of days!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on November 14, 2012, 21:00:38
Oxford heated grips have arrived,, that's my next job
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on November 15, 2012, 15:16:07
Dropped it against the back gate and scratched the screen good style.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on November 15, 2012, 18:16:47
Quote from: "alan29"
Dropped it against the back gate and scratched the screen good style.
feel for you did something similar Monday in rain ...lifted bum off seat to angle bars through narrow gate , back wheel on slope slid  across , left foot trapped against gate ..slow topple leaning bike and frustrated  trapped .....
Got sorted in the end .. Now bought a ramp to stop that wheel sliding ....Hello ho ...no bones broken ! Scratches ... On hand guards ...what are they for ....just that !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 15, 2012, 18:46:21
My back wheel likes to slide out (always to the right) when going up my hydraulic table's ramp when it's so much as slightly damp. I've solved it by placing a cut of rubber flooring on the table and ramp, and now there's tonnes of grip. Might be a good idea for those of you with slippery driverways etc.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on November 16, 2012, 16:10:14
Quote from: "LaKraven"
My back wheel likes to slide out (always to the right) when going up my hydraulic table's ramp when it's so much as slightly damp. I've solved it by placing a cut of rubber flooring on the table and ramp, and now there's tonnes of grip. Might be a good idea for those of you with slippery driverways etc.

seems like it depends which way it hangs?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 16, 2012, 18:50:56
Quote from: "adst"
seems like it depends which way it hangs?
Well, I know it's not my wheel alignment as it is accurate to within a millionth of a degree (front and rear).
I think in this case it's more the way I approach the ramp.
See, because the front wheel clamp is offset to the right, I roll the bike up more to the right on the ramp, meaning there's less room to get a foot down there, so I compensate by leaning ever-so-slightly to the left. This means the moment it starts to slip, it's going to go right.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on November 17, 2012, 13:14:55
Replaced the overly fancy (voltage detecting thing) LED controller for my DRLs with a simple "on" controller, wired to the switched fuse box.  Fitted bullet connectors all round so I can stick the old controller back in if I so decide.

The old controller was driving this other biker (and me) crazy when we were stuck in traffic yesterday - as the voltage detector kept flicking them on and off.  Not safe near junctions.... :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 17, 2012, 13:19:56
wise move, Strommer. Got a similar issue with the indicators on one of my cars at the moment. The indicator stalk is damaged in some weird way (no visible damage, so it's internal) where the slight vibrations of the road through the car are enough to cause it to indicate to the left randomly (without moving the stalk at all).
Not the most dangerous thing in the world, but could be confusing to other road users!

I've temporarily re-fitted one of my tool tubes to carry my reserve fuel bottle again. I had removed both tool tubes to perform some other mods, and take measurements for my upcoming custom left-pannier-rail-mounted toolbox.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on November 17, 2012, 13:56:01
I may tap a relay into the dipped beam as this means the DRLs will go off when the bike starts.  It also means they will go off when I'm on high beam which will give more power to my high beam and to any spotlights I might add.  I don't use high  beam much, so simple 110w battery killers should be OK.

Which makes me think that I could wire all my heated gear the same way as the short period I'm on high beam means I wouldn't miss the grips or the hotseat.....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 17, 2012, 14:01:46
Could be good in your circumstance... would be really bad for me! I need my spotlights on at night around here, with or without the high beam! So many deer leaping out from nowhere, and at this time of year the fog sits low and obscures the edges of the road to the point where I have occasionally clipped the grass verges.
My spotlights are set low to illuminate the sides of the road (and any road markings), but they also illuminate deer very nicely. Probably saved my life a dozen times over already!

As for heated gear, I would be inclined to wire that up to the current-based regulator so that they switch off when there's not enough juice left to power them. Won't matter if they switch off a junctions as you'd be moving again long before you got cold!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on November 17, 2012, 14:22:50
Quote from: "LaKraven"
...As for heated gear, I would be inclined to wire that up to the current-based regulator so that they switch off when there's not enough juice left to power them. Won't matter if they switch off a junctions as you'd be moving again long before you got cold!

Good idea, though they may switch off in traffic which is where I spend a lot of time.   May try it and see what happens.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 17, 2012, 14:59:23
Quote from: "Strommer"
Good idea, though they may switch off in traffic which is where I spend a lot of time.   May try it and see what happens.
Install bullet connectors on your wiring to the heated gear and presto: detachable controller! Doesn't work out? Pull over and bypass it  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on November 18, 2012, 13:19:04
Out and about at 9.00am, down to Box Hill, then Newlands Corner, then back doubles to Frencham Ponds, blast over to Winchester then back to Elmbridge. Best thing hardly any cars at this time of day but a lot of bikes already out on the road...... :lala:  :)))  :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StromGeeza on November 18, 2012, 14:18:53
Finally installed my Puncturesafe gloop. Pretty straightforward and nice to 'have' to take it for a spin after doing each tyre.  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on November 18, 2012, 15:50:06
Finally installed my PD Oiler, took under half an hour all told despite having the shed full of caravan gear making it hard to get to anything!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 18, 2012, 17:07:24
Rode it up to RSPB Minsmeare via Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Leiston... not a long journey by anyone's standards, but thouroughly enjoyable in the sun.
Just got home now (and it's dark already) so a good opportunity to further test my foglights... perfect as expected :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on November 18, 2012, 18:22:18
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
t.boned hyundai not my fault knackered forks screen headlights mudguard limped away so not all bad
all lights etc in the world don't help when woman in a rush shoots out from side road ignored give way sign and pulled out in front of me no where to go braked hard down to 5 - 10 mph but bump..........
insurance hassles etc and sore left side sad day...... :text-givemebeer:ret

I'm Back !!!!   - Put a deposit on a silver Vee today - pick up next weekend - just watch it snow........
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on November 18, 2012, 19:54:17
Tried to fit ermax hugger on glee .. Took off chain guard but couldn't shift screw in brake hose guide on other side...before other half needed taking out in car for day ...b...gger ....now another week will go by before I see daylight ..with time to try again ... :
 :groan:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on November 20, 2012, 09:10:49
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
Quote from: "robsonthejob"
t.boned hyundai not my fault knackered forks screen headlights mudguard limped away so not all bad
all lights etc in the world don't help when woman in a rush shoots out from side road ignored give way sign and pulled out in front of me no where to go braked hard down to 5 - 10 mph but bump..........
insurance hassles etc and sore left side sad day...... :text-givemebeer:ret

I'm Back !!!!   - Put a deposit on a silver Vee today - pick up next weekend - just watch it snow........


Congratulations !     :occasion-balloons:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on November 20, 2012, 09:15:43
managed to undo a screw - give that man a medal  :sarc: !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 20, 2012, 11:56:10
Quote from: "adst"
managed to undo a screw - give that man a medal  :sarc: !
Currently in the process of dremeling out two stuck bolts from the left-hand pannier rail (I need to detatch the rail from the rest in order to properly measure and produce the fittings for my toolbox)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on November 20, 2012, 12:45:30
About to ride into work for my afternoon/evening shift because the weather is going to be horrible later! I usually walk to work, so I realise this is bizarre reverso world as most people avoid the bike if possible if the weather is going to be bad... but... my Rukka gear is really really waterproof!! :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on November 20, 2012, 18:13:21
Rode in the wind and rain but stayed dry,thank you Aldi waterproof spray........ :rain:  :rain:  :rain:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on November 21, 2012, 15:53:52
went out for about one and a half hours tootling around coffe at floral pavilion started to get cold so went home bike straight in garage will clean it friday weather looks good  :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 21, 2012, 16:02:40
Took it up to 88mph to test my flux capacitor.

Oh wait... the topic says "today", I did this two weeks from now! Oh sweet paradox, how you mock me  :haha:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: carlos on November 22, 2012, 14:31:08
bought it .  and rode it home ...   sweet machine .   rode it 56 miles arround  Sussex  (windy as hell)   bike run  like a dream ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on November 22, 2012, 15:27:37
as it's windy as hell I took the opportunity to spend 30 mins in the garage.

Fitted a Pooratrek Crap Flap...

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Summer%202012%20mix/2012-11-22%2010.19.59.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Summer%202012%20mix/2012-11-22%2010.19.47.jpg)

A very high tech piece of kit, manufactured from a 5ltr halfrauds Motorcycle oil bottle and some cable ties.  :crazy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 22, 2012, 16:07:15
Super high-tech crapflap indeed. I've been thinking of cutting some 2.5mm aluminium, shaping it, and bracketing it to the centre stand to make a more "solid" crapflap.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on November 23, 2012, 07:24:08
What're you trying to protect the shock from? Bullets?!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on November 23, 2012, 10:09:17
Ahh Mr Diver...I see you resorted to making your own Crapflap as Pooratrek's quality item is still out of stock.

Must say that's not a surprise at their price of €7777.97, after all, people will always pay extra for flimsy poorly made shite, just look at all the BMW owners standing about waiting for the breakdown truck when you are out for a ride.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: alan29 on November 23, 2012, 10:45:22
Thinking about going out, but its chuffing cold out there.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on November 23, 2012, 10:51:51
Walked past it ........
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 23, 2012, 21:13:28
Wiped mud off my foglights, rotated the front wheel (it's sat on the centre stand so some weight is imparted on the front, don't want a flatspot to form) gave it a little hug and tucked it in by closing the garage door and locking it up "snug as a bug".
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_mal on November 23, 2012, 22:02:38
Went on a 130 mile trip to see my sister - new heated grips have made such a difference!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on November 25, 2012, 18:07:08
After yesterday it needed a good clean. So that's what I did with my weestrom today.  Oh and gave it a good coating with ACF50 as well.  No more cleaning until March - maybe if I can resist :)

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 25, 2012, 18:18:09
Couple of short trips and fitted the large Givi Touring screen (nice, and actually has reduced buffeting by an impressive amount, which caught me by surprise really)  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on November 26, 2012, 13:14:01
Did a (not regular enough) brakes lookover and spotted that the right front pad is worn away twice as much as its mate.  Diagnosis is sticky caliper pin, piston, retaining spring or somesuch.

New pair of pads on order and full strip and third annual clean scheduled for next weekend.   PITA as the fluid is only a year old or less.

These brakes are just crud magnets.  ###
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on November 26, 2012, 13:33:36
Quote from: "Strommer"
Did a (not regular enough) brakes lookover and spotted that the right front pad is worn away twice as much as its mate.  Diagnosis is sticky caliper pin, piston, retaining spring or somesuch.

New pair of pads on order and full strip and third annual clean scheduled for next weekend.   PITA as the fluid is only a year old or less.

These brakes are just crud magnets.  ###
I have some seal kits for the front calipers on a K6 wee if you'd like them? (I bought the wrong ones...)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on November 26, 2012, 13:39:09
Always up for a freebie - thanks.

Will pm address.

 :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on November 26, 2012, 14:45:53
I've connected it to its Oximiser !!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on November 26, 2012, 18:52:37
Rode it to work and back... don't usually, but was feeling lazy today and didn't fancy the walk.

My Strom is getting really dirty... I may have to actually wash it one of these days.......  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 26, 2012, 19:01:46
Quote from: "loggamatt"
Rode it to work and back... don't usually, but was feeling lazy today and didn't fancy the walk.

My Strom is getting really dirty... I may have to actually wash it one of these days.......  :bawl:
Rookie mistake imho! As I understand it, the gritt's already being put out around London, so you should leave the crud as it is and just spray the bike down with ACF50. The crud is a "gritt barrier" and will help prevent corrosion.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on November 26, 2012, 22:59:51
Fair point! I actually already ACF-50'd it a couple of months back (was literally dripping wet with the stuff... may use less next time! lol)... so you're right, dirty bike is a good thing for now, I'll make it sparkly again in the spring :)

Phew! no cleaning for me!  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on November 27, 2012, 09:41:15
The exception to the "protective layer of crud" rule is the brakes.   It's worth washing those down weekly and greasing the pins.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 27, 2012, 09:45:08
Quote from: "Strommer"
The exception to the "protective layer of crud" rule is the brakes.   It's worth washing those down weekly and greasing the pins.
Indeed... I always forget that not everyone is informed that brakes need to be cleaned far more regularly than the rest of the bike.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on November 27, 2012, 09:58:44
I got it very wet on the way to the office today. In the end I had to turn back and go another way once the water reached my headlights :shock: it was getting deeper, too!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 27, 2012, 10:04:42
Quote from: "mjc506"
I got it very wet on the way to the office today. In the end I had to turn back and go another way once the water reached my headlights :shock: it was getting deeper, too!
Wait, you mean you can't part waters? Am I the only one then? :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on November 27, 2012, 11:11:53
Shut it, Moses

 :haha:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 27, 2012, 11:50:28
Quote from: "mjc506"
Shut it, Moses

 :haha:
Breach of the 11th Commandment, my friend: "thou shalt not insult thy prophet"
Just be thankful that I have three other cheeks to turn  :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on November 27, 2012, 12:35:32
Quote from: "LaKraven"
Quote from: "Strommer"
The exception to the "protective layer of crud" rule is the brakes.   It's worth washing those down weekly and greasing the pins.
Indeed... I always forget that not everyone is informed that brakes need to be cleaned far more regularly than the rest of the bike.

Unfortunately I haven't been following my own advice and sure enough a right front pin or piston has been stuck so now need a new pair of pads as they've been wearing unevenly.   :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 27, 2012, 13:27:24
If I'm honest, I need to strip and clean all of my calipers (particularly the pins and pistons, and definitely time for a fresh set of seals). Thing is that the brakes work great (they stop the bike as effectively as ever, and I've already confirmed even wear on front pads). The problem is that they bind very slightly (almost imperceptibly) both front and rear. Now, at the moment that's no problem as the pads are still virtually brand new (they've barely been used and are still shiny with the rough over-surface to an extent), so they'll "wear in" slightly more.
However, I know that the binding is being caused by the piston not disengaging properly, and that the situation will get worse to the point where I have to replace the pistons if I leave it too long.

My plan is to get a hold of a full set of seals, perhaps even a full set of fresh pistons (had the same ones on the bike for 4 years, and had to grind corrosion off them 5 times in those 4 years... can't be too long before new pistons will be necessary) and do the job probably this or next weekend.

Don't get me wrong, if my brakes were bad in such a way as I couldn't be absolutely certain in their performance when needed, I wouldn't ride the bike until it's all sorted and the brakes once again work properly!

Never ride with bad brakes!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on November 27, 2012, 13:59:13
Yeah, I'll be getting busy with the emery cloth (again) this weekend..... sigh....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on November 27, 2012, 14:47:37
Yeah, even on my little run through London back from work the bike and I went swimming a couple of times! Was glad of the extra height of an adventure-tourer...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: sirkitchalott on November 27, 2012, 17:24:48
Fitted Givi Air Flow.... See screens
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: longman on November 29, 2012, 10:56:27
I really missed riding so last nigh made a promise - no matter what the weather was going to be today I am taking the bike to work! - I can't ride it everyday as I need a car to carry equipment. So this mornign I took it out from the garage and went to work "the long way". Beautiful but soooo cold:) My heated grips did the job and I was surprised how much grip I got on cold and wet tarmac. I think I will do it every thursday:)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on November 29, 2012, 11:26:54
I also do it every Thursday *wink*
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: longman on November 29, 2012, 15:02:33
Quote from: "Juvecu"
I also do it every Thursday *wink*

I am a softie but I have to start somewhere:)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on November 29, 2012, 15:13:23
Quote from: "Juvecu"
I also do it every Thursday *wink*

Sorry, only counts if you have a "pillion".... :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jeff999 on November 29, 2012, 15:38:12
Fitted a Givi E52 Maxia top box and new mounting plate. This replaces  my Givi Simply III case and base plate which is now for sale. It's in very good condition with a small scratch on the right side reflector. I'm open to offers.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ziggy on November 29, 2012, 16:01:48
Finally got round to putting the clock back one hour.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 29, 2012, 17:02:10
Took tank cover measurements to create pattern for a unique tank cover (designed specifically to allow the attachment of MOLLE pouches (military modular cargo packs). Making it from military-grade 1000 Denier Cordura, and it'll hold somewhere in the region of 550lbs.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on November 29, 2012, 18:55:15
rode to work at 6am, full moon shining, clear sky's, quite roads into work.......dry, a touch colder than normal but dry and little wind, wonderful..........  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on November 29, 2012, 19:37:28
Today the Suzuki ambulance came and took my Glee to Suzuki hospital!

Dealer picked it up to fix it under warranty. I think it has got an electrical short circuit due to water. The battery is going flat and when I charged it I got an FI error and when the engine started (after charging battery) the cooling fan came on immediately.

I'm going away for a while so I won't see it again for over a week. Maybe I should send it a "Get Well Soon" card?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jeff999 on November 29, 2012, 19:46:45
Quote from: "LaKraven"
Took tank cover measurements to create pattern for a unique tank cover (designed specifically to allow the attachment of MOLLE pouches (military modular cargo packs). Making it from military-grade 1000 Denier Cordura, and it'll hold somewhere in the region of 550lbs.
That's nearly 40 stones in English money. Please discuss!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 29, 2012, 20:29:52
Quote from: "Jeff999"
Quote from: "LaKraven"
Took tank cover measurements to create pattern for a unique tank cover (designed specifically to allow the attachment of MOLLE pouches (military modular cargo packs). Making it from military-grade 1000 Denier Cordura, and it'll hold somewhere in the region of 550lbs.
That's nearly 40 stones in English money. Please discuss!

The cover and webbing can take up to 550lbs, that doesn't mean you should pile 550lbs onto your bike (I was just stating the material's mil-spec limitations)
It's just like mil-spec 550 "Paracord" can hold 550lbs before it breaks, that doesn't mean that a 200lb man should or could climb using "Paracord" (a 200lb human standing still produces a hell of a lot more "dynamic force" when falling 30 feet... more like 2500lbs [not done the math, so that's a ballpark figure] of dynamic force)

The idea is that, once you've reached your destination, you detatch the tank cover from the bike and it becomes a part of your pack (the gear you're carrying with you) by attaching to a mil-issue MOLLE harness, a mil-issue pack (backpack or rucksack for those who don't know) with MOLLE webbing, or (if you're crazy and for reasons I can't possibly imagine) even to a mil-issue MOLLE ammo belt.

It's aimed more at adventure riders who want to do expeditions on their bike, or even possibly base personell carting their gear on their bike (it wouldn't be clever to ride with your combat knife attached to your person, even in a sheath, for example)

All in the persuit of packing as functionally as possible on a motorbike  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chalky on November 29, 2012, 20:39:20
Quote from: "LaKraven"
Took tank cover measurements to create pattern for a unique tank cover (designed specifically to allow the attachment of MOLLE pouches (military modular cargo packs). Making it from military-grade 1000 Denier Cordura, and it'll hold somewhere in the region of 550lbs.
pictures of the finished article please, sound very interesting!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 29, 2012, 20:54:16
Quote from: "chalky"
pictures of the finished article please, sound very interesting!
So far I'm at this stage:
> Measurements taken
> Pattern produced (just a paper pattern from which the material will be stiched into shape)
> 1000 Denier Cordura material ordered (waiting for delivery)

It attaches to the bike using both military-grade double-D links, and two rock climbing grade 24kN caribiners (this is more to keep the caribiners handy than anything as the double-D links on their own are more than sufficient)

I aleady have a large amount of MOLLE webbing so I haven't had to order any of that. My Mrs is a dab-hand at industrial stitching/sewing, and we already have the mil-spec thread ready to go.

So once the Cordura arrives, we'll get to cutting and stitching this thing.

Best of all, it won't stop you from attaching a regular tank bag, or make fuelling up more of a pain... it's just a mil-spec tank cover (I can do them in any colour, but mine's BAFC "British Army Forest Camo" to match my gear)

Weirdly, what I'm most looking forward to is being able to lash my cantina (water bottle) to the tank. Not sure why, exactly, but it strikes me as both convienient and "neat".

There will, of course, be lots of pics once it's all together on the bike.

Remember: you're either always prepared, or you never are!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on November 29, 2012, 20:59:21
just what are you preparing for ??  Armageddon ?

 :shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 29, 2012, 22:02:08
I'm not a tin-hat loon...

I mean, on the one hand I do live a few miles from a nuclear power plant (with 3 active reactors, a new one going online shortly, and a massive storage building full of spent nuclear fuel). History has clearly shown that nuclear reactors can and do go wrong, and it's always catastrophic when they do.
It makes good sense to prepare some comprehensive survival kit (including radiation suits for myself, my mrs and my kids, iodine tablets, gaiger meter, as well as typical stuff like water purification etc) just in case the feces impact the rotors.

However, more importantly, I'm a "survivalist" (one of those people who likes to get lost and "live out of a bag" for a few days or weeks) to practise survival skills... and generally just for fun!

I also enjoy solo trail riding (I know most people don't recommend solo trail riding due to the accident potential, hence the need for a comprehensive surivival kit).

My kit is all mil-spec because (no-brainer here) the military spec is the best spec! A military pack is going to be tougher and more versatile than your typical mountaineering or camping backpack! It's going to help keep you alive in an area with no local pubs, supermarkets, water (and beer) on tap, electricity and heating. It's designed to accommodate everything you need to survive.

Most people don't understand, but it really is every bit as fun as it is a great way to train and keep in shape (in my case, get back in shape as I've been "out of the game" for 5 years - since my first kid was born)

I sent Andy (Fat Rat) a PM suggesting a new forum group for adventure-touring (trail riding and "extreme" trail riding) specific to the VStrom and the UK (believe it or not, different bikes equate to different kit, carried in different ways, and even different trail and survival capabilities - strengths and weaknesses, basically).

Anyway, you asked a simple question, and got a lengthy answer  :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on November 29, 2012, 22:06:09
thanks for taking the time  ,,,, I like to know stuff  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on November 29, 2012, 22:08:34
Quote from: "Reksut"
thanks for taking the time  ,,,, I like to know stuff  :grin:
Evidently I like to say stuff too  :shrug:

But seriously... it's all good! And if the proverbial Zombie Appocalypse does occur, well I'm probably just as screwed as the rest of you! No automatic weapons allowed in England  :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: skinny5216 on December 01, 2012, 08:04:05
Starting to fit the v system scoottoiler.  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 01, 2012, 08:12:40
Had email notification that Eastern Beaver have shipped my order !!!  wooopeeeee
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: skinny5216 on December 01, 2012, 13:28:13
Well fitted the v system scottoiler, I think cleaning the chain and sprockets took longer than fitting the scottoiler  :GRR:
Reksut it will be just like Christmas when you get your stuff from EB  :lala: wait a min it is  lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 01, 2012, 13:45:55
Stripped and cleaned all the brakes.  

One piston is a bit lazy compared to the rest but it's moving better now.  Clearly used too much red rubber grease last time and it had attracted crud.  Used high temp aerosol copper grease this time (in moderation) and just a tad of red rubber grease where there are rubbers.  

Use of emery cloth on the pins(last time I did this) was a winner and it was less bad than before.

Front discs are at 4.6. and 4.7 - so may have to get at least one new one sometime next Autumn - prob. for October MOT.  Seem to go through less than one mm per year/7000 miles (or less).  Prev. owners went through a mm per 4000 miles.

Pistons out and new seals in the Spring, unless I decide to do the job tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: dsb79 on December 01, 2012, 14:47:01
Started it up, fired on the first push of the button, changed my mind about getting an optimate, can't see the point 3 weeks between turning it over without issue.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on December 01, 2012, 14:54:38
Bike is staying undercover now until the salts gone. Recently serviced, connected up to a battery optimizer and just added a bottle of "Tank safe"  fuel stabiliser. Does anyone know if it needs running through the system before winter, or just let it sit in the tank. Any advice welcome as its my first winter with a bike.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: exbandit on December 01, 2012, 15:48:00
Quote from: "Mitch"
Bike is staying undercover now until the salts gone. Recently serviced, connected up to a battery optimizer and just added a bottle of "Tank safe"  fuel stabiliser. Does anyone know if it needs running through the system before winter, or just let it sit in the tank. Any advice welcome as its my first winter with a bike.
just give it a run for 10 mins to get it into the system and it does work wonders.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strombone on December 01, 2012, 17:00:30
I am so excited.
Yes, at last, I can add to this thread, the very thread that I truly believed would never see a comment from me.
Well, the mighty day has come where I , Strombone, motorcycle mechanic extraordinaire, has done the following:

Repaired my Oxford heated grips! Yes, broken wires bound by layers of insulation tape had snapped near a connector causing the nearside grip to remain as cold as the polar ice cap. Wealding my old trusty soldering iron from my previous life as a TV engineer, I successfully effected a repair and now have glowing grips again :)

I am so chuffed to have actually done something of this nature that I am also going to add that I fitted bar muffs to my Vespa as well. So there.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on December 01, 2012, 17:02:16
:eusa-whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 01, 2012, 17:06:48
Were you practicing your bug out and visiting your stash ????
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on December 01, 2012, 18:01:51
:eusa-whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: carlos on December 01, 2012, 18:14:11
went out  for a ride earlier in the morning  to devils' dyke   dark  fog and freezing ...  the heated grips did their best   watched the  sunrise  trough the fog ..  quite cold!  shame I don't have a camera . need to sort out some  handguards and or muff...  my caribean blood  isstill to thin  for this cold ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 01, 2012, 18:31:49
I've watched too many episodes of Doomsday Preppers !!!   maybe

But that's what they do LaK,   and stash is usually a buried box with survival gear in it ,, and practising thier bug out is just that. When disaster strikes as they are sure it will and the social fabric disintegrates they have made preparations .... So many things you say remind me of this program is all  :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on December 01, 2012, 18:45:11
:eusa-whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on December 01, 2012, 18:47:03
nothing...
first time in 6 months the bike has sat for more than one day...
massive list of things to do round the house on friday kept me indoors and I had a sheet of ice for a road this morning so I got on Pubic Transport.  :bawl:

Weather here looks better overnight tonight so should be firing up the old girl for work in the morning. she'll think I've forgotten about here.      :crazy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 01, 2012, 19:26:43
The theory goes that survival in the great outdoors is more realistic than staying in town / city where everyone will be competing for the same dwindling resources.

They reckon that if the UK lost electricity, which they believe is feasible by a certain type of bomb or a surge of power from the sun :shrug: . that most people would be in very serious trouble after just 14 days...

????

Its an entertaining watch..  Mind you one loony American women was using it as an excuse to be morbidly obese,  She reckons she outlive thin people who will just starve to death  :crazy:  :crazy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on December 01, 2012, 19:49:22
:eusa-whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 01, 2012, 19:55:06
point taken,, apologisies everyone
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 01, 2012, 23:12:51
Decided to stop procrastinating and took out 4 of the five brake pistons successfully, number 5 though.....anyone have a spare front piston...? :shy:

Piston 5 was emery papered back to some semblance of normality after I went a bit fawlty towers getting the bar steward out.  Yes, I know, I should have pushed them out before I removed the pipe,  but it was cold, on a hill, outdoors, wife was whining about somesuch etc etc .. :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on December 02, 2012, 18:50:42
Can't help you with a spare piston, but I have some advice for next time. When you can't get a piston out, take the pliers and stick them http://inside the piston, now open them so that they grip the inside and then work the piston out like that. You can scratch the inside all you like, it doesn't matter. That's how I used to get the bastards out before I got a little air compressor. The air really makes it easy.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on December 02, 2012, 18:52:58
Christmasified !!!! ..

(http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/320514_438110132903129_1885832220_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on December 02, 2012, 18:59:21
What next  :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 02, 2012, 19:02:46
you really pushed the boat out there !!!!  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on December 02, 2012, 19:06:48
Quote from: "Reksut"
you really pushed the boat out there !!!!  :grin:


Fitted with impenetrable cable ties!!! ... theyd have to steal the bike to get at my tinsel!!!    

Locksmith .. suggestions please :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on December 02, 2012, 19:15:16
nothing on the wee but went on a toy run for arrow park hospital :lala:  :lala:  :lala:  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on December 04, 2012, 13:50:42
fitted my new givi pannier/topbox racks and put on the secondhand givi e41's from fleabay on.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on December 05, 2012, 10:21:47
Nothing....left it alone. 7cm of snow on the driveway this morning and more falling in sporadic heavy bursts....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on December 05, 2012, 10:36:47
adjusted the chain, topped up the scottoiler, gave her a rinse over with the hose to get the salt off then resprayed with gt85. went to work.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on December 05, 2012, 11:31:35
On Sunday I changed the oil, yesterday night I had to change the oil cooler and hoses to fix an oil leak. To be fair, it was my own fault, I previously fixed it days before a Stromtrekkers meet with some solder. I bought a 2nd hand replacement soon after and never bothered to fit it.

I'll be on 100k soon, less than 3k to go and all faults so far were fairly minor and probably cost less than £500 altogether for all of them to get fixed *touches wood* :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: longman on December 05, 2012, 13:05:50
Quote from: "Juvecu"
I'll be on 100k soon, less than 3k to go and all faults so far were fairly minor and probably cost less than £500 altogether for all of them to get fixed *touches wood* :)

Don't forget about those two pictures of the mileage :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on December 05, 2012, 13:26:38
Trying to train my brain to remember to take one at 99999 and 100000 already. Hopefully I won't forget :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on December 05, 2012, 20:23:12
juv- don't forget or I'll burn what's left of the CX and it'll be your fault! lol

it'll be good to prove that these 'little' bikes can do some truly high millage without having to rebuild the whole bike every 10k. and they come out at the end of winter looking quite good with little maintanance.
one of the west Wales stromers has a blue k5 with over 90k. it was a bike school owned machine for students and still on its original clutch but has lost 5th gear but he apparently want it to get to 100k before having to open the cassings to sort it. he'll do without for now lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on December 05, 2012, 22:19:39
Quote from: "Juvecu"
I'll be on 100k soon, less than 3k to go and all faults so far were fairly minor and probably cost less than £500 altogether for all of them to get fixed *touches wood* :)

What is your oil/filter change schedule? Oil type, and filter, genuine or aftermarket?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on December 05, 2012, 22:49:49
Fitted the k60s again this morning before heading to work... Made the snow and I've a little easier to handle!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on December 05, 2012, 23:18:31
:eusa-whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ziggy on December 06, 2012, 07:37:23
Quote from: "Jacko"
Quote from: "Juvecu"
I'll be on 100k soon, less than 3k to go and all faults so far were fairly minor and probably cost less than £500 altogether for all of them to get fixed *touches wood* :)

What is your oil/filter change schedule? Oil type, and filter, genuine or aftermarket?


Its all in the manual. We have a nickname for this WTFM.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on December 06, 2012, 09:01:06
Got to work this morning and my keys had frozen into the ignition :(
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on December 06, 2012, 09:48:26
roads frozen. went to the bus stop. no busses. ran back got kitted and tippie toed to the main road and to work without incident. yay!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on December 06, 2012, 10:05:11
-5C when I left, after 60 miles or so I wished I'd put my thermals on.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on December 06, 2012, 13:09:33
Picked up new mirrors and Motad Venom cans from delivery place today, Sunday afternoon fettle beckons.

Picked up the bargain cans  for £140 from fleabay motad say they have stopped making them.

Did anyone having running issues post fitting ? :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on December 06, 2012, 13:14:27
well eveyone says the bike runs lean as standard. adding aftermarket cans makes it a little worse. a pc3 and custom map will sort it out though if yea wanted it to run good
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: robsonthejob on December 06, 2012, 13:22:52
Quote from: "thebigcheese"
well eveyone says the bike runs lean as standard. adding aftermarket cans makes it a little worse. a pc3 and custom map will sort it out though if yea wanted it to run good

Priority one is audible warning of approach after October accident..........

WIll start looking for cheap pc3 as no cash left (could be a long wait......)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on December 06, 2012, 13:41:55
set of additional lights and evrn bike vis bullets on your hand guards would help yea get seen better too.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 07, 2012, 10:14:11
I'm just about to take it for its MOT   ,,,    laters  :eusa-pray:  :eusa-pray:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on December 07, 2012, 10:26:36
I'm about to go for a ride and pester the local dealers.  :grin:

the mrs has told me to sod off out as she's had enough of the sound of guns - COD6 and typing and wants to concentrate on her essay
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: John316 on December 07, 2012, 10:45:57
Thankful it's a better day for riding.  :lala:
This morning the roads were clear, no downpour nor crosswinds to content with.  :grin:   A very different story last evening when riding home from work.  On the Aire valley bypass, thought I was caught in a freak monsoon.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 07, 2012, 12:14:07
MOT passed with flying colours !!!!!!!!!!


Proper bike bloke did it, said he didn't see many Wee's he was well impressed with condition and cleanliness.


I didn't mention "Allyearbiker"   why would I  :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on December 07, 2012, 13:13:37
Quote from: "ziggy"
Quote from: "Jacko"
Quote from: "Juvecu"
I'll be on 100k soon, less than 3k to go and all faults so far were fairly minor and probably cost less than £500 altogether for all of them to get fixed *touches wood* :)

What is your oil/filter change schedule? Oil type, and filter, genuine or aftermarket?


Its all in the manual. We have a nickname for this WTFM.
It's RTFM you cocky bastard :neen:

Jacko,  on fully synth I do 4.5-5k intervals, came to that decision after some playing around with things for a while. On semi I do 3.5-4k intervals, usually closer to 3.5k though. I change the oil filter each time, because it gives me peace of mind and I get more of the old oil out. I use Filtrex oil filters that I order off eBay for about £6-7. I believe they make a lot of OEM filters and the good lady says they make good filters, she used some Filtrex stuff for a water plant or something in the past.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on December 07, 2012, 16:27:01
Quote from: "Fatbelly"
Today the Suzuki ambulance came and took my Glee to Suzuki hospital!

Dealer picked it up to fix it under warranty. I think it has got an electrical short circuit due to water. The battery is going flat and when I charged it I got an FI error and when the engine started (after charging battery) the cooling fan came on immediately.

I'm going away for a while so I won't see it again for over a week. Maybe I should send it a "Get Well Soon" card?

Just in case anyone is interested. It's all fixed. Water had got into the connection for the oil cooler temperature sensor, shorting it out. Dealer has pulled all the connections apart and cleaned & greased them all - so it should be OK. I knew it was a daft idea to wash the darn thing! The snow has all melted so I can pick it up tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on December 07, 2012, 19:33:25
Took a ride out from 11.00am and 2.00pm, great..... Sun shining, blue sky's, London and Surrey roads just seemed to be empty! It was just blis....... Seems like the rest of England is getting the bad weather but its not here yet. :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: LaKraven on December 07, 2012, 23:43:55
:eusa-whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: TravellingStrom on December 08, 2012, 10:30:04
Well I took the front head off to see what if any damage was done to the piston and lucky for me it is OK

So, the net result is the front cam chain tensioner failed to automatically adjust, this caused the chain to become loose, stretch and jump a few teeth on one or both of the cam shafts

That caused the bike to make horrible noises as it was severely  out of timing

So, I ordered 2 brand new chains and tensioners which I hope will turn up within 10 days so I can continue the journey

In the meantime, Laos is a cheap country to be stranded in and I can buy Bundy Rum cheaper here than I can at home ;)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on December 08, 2012, 21:22:40
Go easy on the Mekong & Coke, Travelling Strom!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: TravellingStrom on December 09, 2012, 00:21:31
Quote from: "Fatbelly"
Go easy on the Mekong & Coke, Travelling Strom!

lol I will, I actually had an alcohol free day yesterday, I then found out it was saturday night, oh well, every day is a saturday to me ;)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 09, 2012, 15:44:49
Today my Wee acquired its PC8 and headlight relay supplied by Eastern Beaver,,,,, great bit of kit..

My Wee also acquired Oxford heated grips wired into the PC8 .........



Good advice and guidance from Skinny5216 and Greywolf...   AND fitting assistance by,,

I was asked not to name names !!!  But big thanks anyway you know who you are ....


Well happy with the results... :lala:  :auto-dirtbike:  :lala:  :auto-dirtbike:  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on December 09, 2012, 16:07:46
Quick Winters day ride to meet my wife and kids at a big shopping centre. I got to queue jump all the cages waiting to get in the car park and they got there before it got busy. Not too cold today, but still had the grips on mimimum.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on December 09, 2012, 16:41:05
Went for a ride to nowhere really: apart from the wind it was quite pleasant out today.

I did have a bit of a sideways moment when I came across half a field that the local Palmer had decided would look good on the other side of the fence..... ###

Tomorrow looks like washing day  :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 11, 2012, 12:59:52
Kept it upright...just.....

Pootling along a white frosty road I thought I'd check out the condition of the ground at a junction by putting a foot down, testing a dark patch first.  

Big mistake, the dark patch was black ice and my feet went haywire.... popped my feet back up as the warmed tyres were much more secure that my cold boot rubber.... scary......

Was carrying a box on the back seat as well, so wouldn't have been able to do one of my famous zebedee dismounts..... :happy-smileyinthebox:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Steve33 on December 11, 2012, 16:41:21
It was a bit nippy. Nearly fell over at one point, as I'd been holding my breath too long to avoid fogging my visor  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 12, 2012, 09:02:50
Squinted out through the frozen fog to check the bike was still there, crunched across the frosty grass, tried to peel the bike cover off, whence it and tore due to being frozen to the bike.....watched it start snowing..... lit the stove and decided to work at home....

Weird snow - felt more like chunks of frozen fog....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on December 12, 2012, 09:15:12
-6C, stayed in a Travelodge last night instead of riding home. Went to the petrol station this morning, filler lock was frozen and the garage had no product to thaw it. Not too bothered as still have about half a tank left and I can stop at Tescos tonight for something to fix the problem.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on December 12, 2012, 09:20:22
Melted my keys into the ignition, slid to work, melted the key out of the ignition.

I'm now sat here looking at trace heating...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 12, 2012, 09:37:09
It's odd the ice around here, last year I happily rode in the light snow - wasn't as treacherous as the black ice out there atm.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 12, 2012, 09:39:27
Quote from: "mjc506"
Melted my keys into the ignition, slid to work, melted the key out of the ignition.

I'm now sat here looking at trace heating...

Have you found a product that will wrap around the oil cooler but can cope with the heat of the bike running?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on December 12, 2012, 09:51:46
Quote from: "frez"
-6C, stayed in a Travelodge last night instead of riding home. Went to the petrol station this morning, filler lock was frozen and the garage had no product to thaw it. Not too bothered as still have about half a tank left and I can stop at Tescos tonight for something to fix the problem.

For a quick fix of a frozen lock. Get a cigarette lighter or matches, heat pointy end of key, work hot key into lock and leave for a short time, repeat until it turns.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on December 12, 2012, 09:56:52
I've found some stick silicon pads that attach to the engine to keep the oil liquid :) and there's 'wire' out there that'll survive a few hundred degrees C and put out heat up to 60*C. Could stick a short strip of that around the ignition barrel and power it from the bike for a few minutes in the mornings, but the engine heater would probably have to be mains powered.

The lighter trick works getting the key into the lock, but I have to get a kettle out to free it once its stuck in there :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on December 12, 2012, 10:00:07
Apparently hand cleanser is a good lock de-icer as it contains alcohol, I'm going to pick up a small container of it and keep it in my top box.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on December 12, 2012, 10:28:08
keep the lock oiled with a thick oil (I use the chainsaw oil that goes in my scottoiler) then there's no moisture sitting in the lock to freeze.
year before last I had major problems with frozen locks but I started using the oil in there last year and didn't have a problems.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Juvecu on December 12, 2012, 11:29:53
Bit of WD40 will displace any moisture in the lock, spray it before it gets this cold and you won't have trouble. I wrapped my oil cooler in black duct tape. I'm going to wrap my radiator cover with duct tape this weekend.

The road out from where I lived was frosted this morning, the rest is all salted so no trouble there. Was very foggy last night and again this morning and there are still idiots who drive without lights. Had light snow for about 2 miles on the M6 this morning, I really hope there's none on the way back tonight. I was thinking how great Pinlock is on the way to work this morning :)

I'm going to have to start taking the work notebook home in case I get snowed in. Last year I was snowed in for 6 days and working from home. I hope that doesn't happen this year :liar:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 12, 2012, 11:58:16
Yes it's terrible, the woodburner is far too hot... :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on December 12, 2012, 12:17:40
Driveway is a sheet of black ice, couldn't stay upright to get to the gate, had to crawl on hand and knees. Worse on the way back down to the house.

The dog was comical as he did 4 legged pancakes while trying to get to the gate to do the usual (bark ineffectually at the neighbourhood cats & piss on the gate to ward off evil spirits). I think the black ice should be renamed black ice with suspicious yellow streaks.... lol

Car just drove up as if it wasn't there...the retread winter tyres are the mutts nuts.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 12, 2012, 12:28:20
Looking at winter tyres for the car - did you get a second set of wheels as well?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on December 12, 2012, 12:32:34
Aye, I've tried filling it with oil. It seems to leak out the bottom somewhere?! I can see any hole :shrug: Ah well, it's not a massive deal, just a slight annoyance at the moment.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on December 12, 2012, 12:36:55
Yup, bought some s/h alloys off e-bay, 4 for £120, much cheaper than the £60 a steel wheel from the dealers and couldn't find any steel wheels at breakers for my car.

£50 a tyre for the Wintertact NF3 215/55/16 winter tyres (shipped from a German co. on ebay) and I'm good to go. The tyres have 11mm tread & used 3.5mm of tread last year (left on from early Oct- early April, about 15,000 miles). Car uses a little more fuel, but has lots more grip over the summer Michelin's.

If you can get em in the size you need, steel wheels from a breakers should only be around £10 each.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 12, 2012, 12:49:21
Will get some steel wheels during the year then.  I need to get some Puncturesafe washed out of the existing tyres, so will take the opp. to do that this weekend.  Goodyear UltraGrip 8s here I come.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on December 12, 2012, 17:36:19
Woke up this morning, looked outside and remembered I am signed off on sick.  Smiled a little and went back to sleep :)

Rather pleased as well as the car was frozen over quite bad ( I really can't see the point of riding a bike in ice and snow when a small car can be run for such a small amount of money)

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on December 12, 2012, 17:54:55
2 days off and the bike has sat in the garage on trickle charge...  :bawl:
too bloody cold to go ridding for pleasure yesterday and today I looked out the window, ice and frost has all gone but I feel like crap. Felt well enough by about 2pm to go for a walk with the camera and checked in on the strom over in the garage on the way back... gave her a little pat and said "don't worry there's rain forecast for Friday, you'll get a run then"    :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: skinny5216 on December 15, 2012, 12:37:13
Well I've fitted a second connection and control for the wife's heated jacket on the bike. Don't know when she will be using it though,
Weather isn't playing ball at the mo  :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on December 15, 2012, 15:04:21
As it was bright and sunny I took my bike out to get it thoroughly warmed up and to use up a bit more Trail Wing before the PR3s go on,  then got back and washed it thoroughly and left it in the sun to dry before parking it back under it's shelter. I'll pop the cover on it tomorrow, though it will stay 99% dry without.

It's now pissing down (Bill Giles told me that's a proper meteorological term)...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 15, 2012, 16:55:55
Washed it, greased up the already rusting brake pins (bloomin' salt), did a  battery load test, filled up the scottoiler, cleaned the discs, extra coat of ACF50.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on December 15, 2012, 18:31:13
With all the upheaval in our garage, I'd forgotten to re-hook the battery up to the optimate, the beggar was very weak, feel a new battery coming along in the new year...Some ACF50 over the very lower portions, ready for a ride tomorrow a.m.... :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chalky on December 16, 2012, 13:20:08
started her up & fitted clear indicators.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: longman on December 16, 2012, 14:35:57
Finally after frosty roads and cold weather it was a beautiful day today, drying roads, sunshine and 8 degrees!:) Took my wee for the last ride this year. I am going on holiday tomorrow so no riding till New Year. After few hours and 90 miles I tookj the wee to Morissons petrol staton, filled it up and spent 1 hour at the jet wash station washing the bike and then I drowned it in ACF and oiled all the leavers, chain and moving parts. Bike is in the garage now waiting for the first ride in 2013:)
that was exactly what I needed to finish the year:)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: carlos on December 16, 2012, 14:45:24
installed a set of cheap polisport sharp handguards to it ... clutch side went  straight on . throtle side needed some minor cutting   and reposition of the  master cylinder...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on December 16, 2012, 18:25:41
Figured that seen as I ahd started .. might aswell finish ! .. I think we should start a christmassy strom competition :)

(http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/29632_443404032373739_210963199_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on December 18, 2012, 18:13:14
Oil & Filter change, Had a bit of fun getting the filter off, Finally done after I re drilled my crap filter wrench/ :)  :auto-dirtbike:  :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on December 18, 2012, 18:53:23
Quote from: "Big Al wi the Vee"
Oil & Filter change, Had a bit of fun getting the filter off, Finally done after I re drilled my crap filter wrench/ :)  :auto-dirtbike:  :fix:

Impressive , well done  :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: dsb79 on December 18, 2012, 19:07:27
Looked her up and down, felt a bit sad she's going, hope I've med the right choice.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Redsoul on December 18, 2012, 19:09:46
At least she will be going to a good home and will travelling all over Europe in the spring
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: dsb79 on December 18, 2012, 19:35:12
She loves Europe. She did me proud, through France and Spain.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on December 18, 2012, 21:36:37
me thinks someone is going to miss someone :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on December 18, 2012, 21:41:24
Brimmed the tank and checked my tyre pressures in preparation for my Christmas Day ride to Cornwall... tyre pressures were alarmingly low! Reminded myself to check tyre pressures more often :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: dsb79 on December 18, 2012, 22:39:13
Quote from: "PHIL FAT"
me thinks someone is going to miss someone :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:  :bawl:

I think your right, 7500 miles in first year all pleasure riding, first bike no issues, wife enjoys it, but I have the itch.

My heart sank when my wife came in and asked me am I going to miss Peggy (the bike) when she goes :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on December 19, 2012, 09:55:44
Cleaned the chain, it's that time of year when the salt very quickly causes the side plates to get horribly crusty with surface rust, so I'll be doing it regularly. Used a purpose built chain brush and a spray bottle of paraffin - that makes it easy, but why on earth does a plastic brush cost nearly a tenner?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on December 19, 2012, 10:23:24
Changed the oil and filter, adjusted the chain. Made easier by my bash plate pretty much falling off! One of the rear mounting bolts/rubber washers has worn a perfect hole in the plate, the other's not far behind!

Now, do I repair, or replace :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on December 19, 2012, 16:02:09
stripped ans cleaned the front brakes. new pads. then took her for I spin to bed em in. was cold and wet. the mrs told me off for dripping all over the kitchen.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: kennydies on December 19, 2012, 21:47:58
Changed my chain and both sprockets.
Changed oil and oil filter
Replaced spark plugs
Replaced air filter with a K and n
Hard wired the cable for my waterproof S3 hard case.
8 hours and am knackered
The thing that threw me was the front sprocket. I read up on it all before doing the job. Was quite prepared to swear and scrape my knuckles on the lock washer and sprocket on too tight. When I took the cover off the sprocket  was locked on with an Allan key. That confused me for a while.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Andy M on December 21, 2012, 13:36:17
Everything Christmassy organised. 30 miles over the moors and back just because I could. Refitted the tool tube after deciding to go against my better judgement and use my of tourat*** boxes on the Wee (ugly over sized, heavy, filthy and lacking in waterproofing as they are, they are an easy way to carry stuff and as they've now been on five bikes and three continents I aren't going to get much for them on e-bay!). Now eating cake and cheese, drinking tea and listening to the radio. This is the sort of day I could do with more often!

Think I may have to start on the G&T's once the sun could be judged to be over a yard arm (if we had access to either).

Andy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Redsoul on December 21, 2012, 15:53:08
Picked up my new 2011 DL650 expedition this afternoon (thanks dsb79) and rode her from Aldershot back home to devizes.Managed to hose the road crap off her and put away in the workshop with my other two bikes before the rain came down.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 21, 2012, 16:06:01
Tried to drill out a stripped screw from the front master cylinder's lid, mangled the thread, mashed the cylinder, filled the thing with metal shavings and blood and only just got the thing back on by virtue of a self tapping/wood screw..... ###

If I get the energy I'll do a full bleed to get rid of the metal shavings.... :angry-tappingfoot:

Cheesy screws or what...but has to be better than being cable tied on, like it has been for the last month.... :shy:

On the Plus side, the Heidi K60 winter tyres have arrived, though no one can fit them till the 5th.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stromboy on December 21, 2012, 17:51:25
I took the Glee out for a run around Buckinghamshire before giving her a good wash down, dry and spray with Scottoiler fs365. I also cleaned the chain and lubed it with Muc-off ptfe dry chain lube. I fitted a Givi top-box mount to the Glee so I can put the trekker box on. She looks all shiny now in and the garage  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on December 21, 2012, 19:07:40
Had a great ride out, 70 miles or so, dry, sunny, clear blue sky, just great...... :grin:  seems like all the traffic must be major towns because there was bugger all on the main roads. Bliss.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on December 22, 2012, 09:59:09
god washed the bike for me today. just as I'm going past the collage by work the road was flooded. cars turning back, so of course I went through it. turned round and went back round for another go. great fun. same plan for the way home.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on December 22, 2012, 10:09:35
Went on a nice little ride out yesterday, first time I have been on the bike for a week (been off sick).  Went down a lot of small country roads doing exactly what the authorities are telling us not to, ie looking for flooded roads.  
I am resisting the temptation to clean the bike as I gave it a good clean and covered it in ACF90 4 or 5 weeks ago.  Lets hope it really does do what it says on the tin.
Going out on the bike again today and prob tomorrow as from Monday I have guests at home and won't be able to get out again until the 27 at the earliest.

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 22, 2012, 10:19:33
I've received my V-Strom.co.uk decals


Now it feels like Christmas  :lala:  :lala:  :lala:  :lala:  :lala:  :lala:


I'm so excited I could defecate


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I am of course only joking,, even I'm not that sad  lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on December 22, 2012, 12:10:36
Fitted some flush mount indicators...

...yeah, guess what I did yesterday :(
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 22, 2012, 13:26:27
Quote from: "mr_diver"
god washed the bike for me today. just as I'm going past the collage by work the road was flooded. cars turning back, so of course I went through it. turned round and went back round for another go. great fun. same plan for the way home.


Begs the question, well it does for me ,,, what is the limiting factor for the depth a Vstrom can go is it water pouring into the exhaust,, if so with a breather fitted could it run underwater ????

I'm bored ain't I  !!!!!!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on December 22, 2012, 13:31:24
Quote from: "mjc506"
Fitted some flush mount indicators...

...yeah, guess what I did yesterday :(

 Bad luck, I'm 10.5 months drop free....

Post some pics of the indicators please.  Even if I don't drop mine soon, the right indicator will soon be worn down to the stalk from brushing against my gatepost.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: skinny5216 on December 23, 2012, 12:52:48
well took the bike out today, sun shining and all. Fitted the scottoiler a couple of weeks ago, its been the first time I have had chance to get out and get it set up. Back home and cleaned the bike and plenty of scottoil FS365, ready for the next time to get out. :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chalky on December 26, 2012, 12:35:54
took her for a 40 mile blast round sherburn, cawood and towton area, all though couldn't get through ryther as it was flooded!
one happy strommer!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on December 26, 2012, 13:35:53
swapped the strom for my dads deauville this morning. he's just come out of hospital after having what seemed to be a minor heart attack, so it's not going to be on the bike for the next few months at least. the doh is a bit of a handful in the corners compared to the strom.
just need to find some time to go pick my bike up... ah well new toy for the time being. lol

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Dad's%20Deauville/2012-10-05%2012.10.00.jpg)

EDIT: Insert image
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on December 26, 2012, 15:17:39
Went out on Her today  :)   Took her for a spin to the Boxing day Meet at Wickham, Hants. Saw another Vee same year and colour ( 08 Dark Grey) as mine, couldn't see the rider, got back home before the rain belted down .... again :rain:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 26, 2012, 16:17:01
took her for a ride ,, Parbold hill Vintage MCC meeting , lots of lovely old metal and unusual stuff... Then a circular route to southport for coffees,, good chat and a feww more bikes..  Then another roundabout route home just getting caught in rain / hailstone for last 10 miles or so.....

loved

PS  thanks for your company Skinny5216,,, pictures later on the Boxing Day thread.... :auto-dirtbike:  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sofa on December 27, 2012, 00:45:32
Fitted my new slipscreen wider screen,(http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 6114343726 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=26114343726)) it's not taller than the one I already had because that was taller anyway!!
Unfortunately the "snowie brackets" ( viewtopic.php?f=23&t=11305 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=11305) )had to be left off as with them the screen is too tall and they snag the bodywork when fitted in a lower position. Was going to take it for a test ride but weather/family visits and my dad being rushed into hospital but paid to that!!
Hope to try it later in the week.

Just an observation but this thread is What have you done to your Strom today?
There seem to be a lot of posts more suited to a separate, Where have you been on your Strom today?

In fact as it is 00.52hrs I am breaking the rules as I have posted What I did to my Strom yesterday!!
OOOPS
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Andy M on December 27, 2012, 15:13:25
Nice little 50 miler to "warm the oil", then the 4000 service. Took as long to find stainless bolts to replace the bash plate fasteners as it did to actually do the oil and filter. It took exactly the expected amount of oil too. Compared to Triumphs, BMW's and the *****y XT (from which you could drain almost 2 litres, add 1.5 expecting to turn the engine and get the rest in, only to find your feet covered in what flowed back up the filler) a nice easy job.

Andy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on December 27, 2012, 15:27:33
Not seen my wee for days  :violin: , just swapped the kids over, so now its Christmas mark 2 .
Never mind might get a look in on Sunday
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: nickwin100 on December 27, 2012, 19:52:15
Rode from Newbury Berkshire to Frome Somerset and back, stopping in Frome for an hour to visit my Father. Tried out my new heated vest (Christmas present)...worked a treat, kept me warm as toast!
The rain died away soon after I set-off and the remainder of the ride was in the dry....I even saw a glimmer of sunshine for a brief moment!......but still cold enough to for the vest to to do its job and keep me warm.
 :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on December 27, 2012, 21:12:34
thinking of purchasing one of them what make did you go for and marks out of 10 please
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: skinny5216 on December 27, 2012, 21:54:35
Hello Phil

If it helps.. I run Keiss heated waist coats for me and the wife. It keeps the chest and kidney area nice and warm. It has 3 heat settings (controller separate) Mine is about 3 years old and works fine. The controller is in a pouch on the inside chest area and this makes it a little awkward for controlling the temp but I suppose it could be moved. The wifes is the latest design and much better than mine, the controller is at the bottom of the waist coat in a neat little place and easier to plug in and alter temp. I would strongly recommend it, but never owned an alternative heated clothing make before so could not compare. (grey and black are the older versions, all black with elasticated sides are the latest design)

oh and keeping with the thread: cleaned the bike following yesterdays ride, removed belly pan and other bits to clean, treated to FS365 everywhere. Screen removed as in the process of making a bracket for the video camera, camera mount completed for rear view camera.  :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: nickwin100 on December 27, 2012, 22:48:28
Mine is an EX02 Stormrider. Seems to be very good. Kept me very warm. Its not the cheapest but seems to do a great job. I may invest in the handlebar mounted temperature selector/controller.....but it worked really well today without it.

http://www.exo2.co.uk/01023mc-stormride ... cPath=17_5 (http://www.exo2.co.uk/01023mc-stormrider-heated-body-warmer-p-38.html?cPath=17_5)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on December 30, 2012, 08:07:01
Tested my new Dr.Bike heated grips. It's the first time the bike has been  out since I installed them. All I can say is it was 6 degrees or so , not cold at all as I have the Held arctic gloves but what the heck heated grips are a luxury there to be used right !. 1/2 power was too much, seriously. These things are fan bloody tastic. Best 35 quid that's gone into my bike. Can't wait to get my moneys worth and go for FULL POWER  :shock: .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on December 30, 2012, 10:11:35
must agree dr bike ones fitted to my cx they are great and as you say £ 35 and easy to fit
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on December 30, 2012, 12:52:22
Quote from: "Mitch"
Tested my new Dr.Bike heated grips. It's the first time the bike has been  out since I installed them. All I can say is it was 6 degrees or so , not cold at all as I have the Held arctic gloves but what the heck heated grips are a luxury there to be used right !. 1/2 power was too much, seriously. These things are fan bloody tastic. Best 35 quid that's gone into my bike. Can't wait to get my moneys worth and go for FULL POWER  :shock: .

When you got the old ones off  :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on December 30, 2012, 14:50:36
Not on the Vstrom, but went green laning on the CRF250X with my 2 boys on their KTM 250 2 strokes.  Very muddy and lots of deepish puddles to go through in the Bucklebury Common area and out towards Cheivley.
Had a great time for 4 hours.  Now knackered and going to bed for a rest :)

Keith C

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on December 30, 2012, 15:32:51
Finally got around to fitting headlight relays and replaced my Oxford heated grip controller at the same time as it wouldn't go above minimum.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on December 30, 2012, 16:01:58
Just fitted Richland Ricks peg lowering kit to my Glee. Piece of cake. I will post how I get on with them. Being 6ft4 a little more legroom is welcomed and this is a cheaper option than buying a higher seat, then raising the bars, buying new hoses and wiring looms etc. Just as a thought , has any one fitted bar risers to a Glee and what's the limit. 20mm,30mm ? Without having to lengthen hoses etc.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: greywolf on December 30, 2012, 16:45:12
+1 on the footpeg lowering kit. I took it off my Wee and put it on the Glee. It helped my old knees greatly.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2447/5750994775_5fb8042009_b.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Piglumps on December 30, 2012, 16:55:05
Had a ride over to Motorcycle Megastore in Swindon - bought a pair of Alpinestars Scout boots for £129.99 and rode back a different route getting the bike nice and mucky....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on December 30, 2012, 17:09:47
Fitted the Givi Airflow screen and the Givi Tanklock ring for the Givi tankbag I got for Christmas (wish I had shares in Givi!)... Not tried out the screen yet because it's blowing a gale down here in Cornwall today so thought it wouldn't be a fair test, but will try it out soon!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sofa on December 30, 2012, 20:13:03
Test rode with the new Slipscreen bigger screen, but as there was a load of wind today, most of it hitting me side-on not really a fair test so may have to repeat tomorrow (oh dear, what a shame , never mind!!)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: p1lts on December 31, 2012, 12:23:31
Fitted R&G heated grips. Nice easy install. The only messy bit was having to trim off the throttle barrel discs.

I used the EB harness so I now have a switched supply for other accessories.

(http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab13/p1lts/bc7e66455cacfa6aca4f6c77eabdee60.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on December 31, 2012, 13:01:14
50 mile country lane Kent/Sussex ride ...blew away cobwebs ! great to have am dry day ( yesterday) ..raining again today ....  :groan:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on December 31, 2012, 13:21:17
Just back from a 40 mile plus ride, no rain, little traffic till entering the last mile or so then everyone seemed to be out, NO RAIN.......so warm and dry but the wee got a little grubby :lala:
Try and do it all again tomorrow morning as it should be oven quieter on the roads first thing. :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on December 31, 2012, 13:41:59
Thinking about going out in a bit, but it really is pissing it down here

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 31, 2012, 16:19:44
Just received in the mail ,,yep 16:00,,,   my mirror extenders from Demon Tweeks and my handguard undercovers from the SKS bloke on VSRI


Hope to get time tomorrow to fit them and my Bikevis bullits


 :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on December 31, 2012, 16:28:49
you got a link for the handguard undercovers?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 31, 2012, 16:38:17
this is the thread read it through

http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,16713.0.html (http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,16713.0.html)



and this was his reply to me

This saves you joining VSRI if you don't want too

Hello Dave. Paypal £20 to pthwaites@samuelkings.cumbria.sch.uk and leave your address as an attached message. If I get them in the post tomorrow morning you might have them on monday  
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on December 31, 2012, 18:02:11
They look the job too..going to order a pair. could have done with a set so many times. Save the cold fingers and thumbs.

How you going to attach them. Was thinking of the 6mm fairing fastenings. easy to take on/off
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on December 31, 2012, 18:04:39
I have in stock some small flat head stainless steel bolts, I was thinking 3 per side 4 max



or pop rivets
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on December 31, 2012, 18:28:15
Quote from: "Reksut"
I have in stock some small flat head stainless steel bolts, I was thinking 3 per side

that's exactly what I used. 3 per side works well.
& easy to take off in the summer.  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: exbandit on December 31, 2012, 19:40:06
Quote from: "greywolf"
+1 on the footpeg lowering kit. I took it off my Wee and put it on the Glee. It helped my old knees greatly.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2447/5750994775_5fb8042009_b.jpg)
hello there,
do you have a drawing or picture of the plates you have fitted to lower the footpegs
it would be great and save what's left of my old knees.
cheers
Paul
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on December 31, 2012, 19:53:19
Regarding the peg lowering kit (details below for 2012 model, but you'll get the drift)

I have to say they make a difference. Out for a quick blast (130 miles) today.nice and comfy.
Links below shows nice piccys of what's involved.
 http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,13195.0.html (http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,13195.0.html)
And here also
 viewtopic.php?f=17&t=11155 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=11155)
 :fix:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 01, 2013, 13:12:26
Sven did you have to cut , file re shape the underguards to fit ??????

They don't really go close to my handguards.. DL650 X K7

 :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on January 01, 2013, 13:22:02
I have some of these fitted and I had to trim them a little, but not much and it was easy to do.  Well worth the effort and cost as they work really well.

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 01, 2013, 13:25:33
Ta Keith,  I can make them fit but its a bit more than trimming,, do I have some non standard handcovers ??

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y234/Reksut/DSC02346.jpg)


(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y234/Reksut/DSC02347.jpg)

not easy to see I know
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on January 01, 2013, 14:10:51
Quote from: "Reksut"
Sven did you have to cut , file re shape the underguards to fit ??????

They don't really go close to my handguards.. DL650 X K7

 :shrug:

Yes, just a little bit here & there. Not too much. Just enough to get a really good fit.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 01, 2013, 14:13:45
I'll need to cut almost an inch off near where the handguard connects to the bars behind the bar-end ???

hmmmmmmm
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on January 01, 2013, 14:19:04
Take a little bit off at a time & you'll probably find they slot in nicely. Don't think I took anywhere near an inch off.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 01, 2013, 14:22:48
There is definitely some difference because the angles are wrong as well, I've asked SKS if he can shed any light ,, as I say maybe I have aftermarket / non -OE handguards

 :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on January 01, 2013, 14:30:01
Quote from: "Reksut"
There is definitely some difference because the angles are wrong as well, I've asked SKS if he can shed any light ,, as I say maybe I have aftermarket / non -OE handguards

 :shrug:

I think you've got standard handguards. I thought the angles were all wrong when I first got mine but with a little bit of triming here & there, they suddenly fitted in really nicely. Just take small bits off at a time then keep re-trying them. They'll soon fit nicely. Took about an hour to fit mine IIRC & its worth the effort. :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on January 01, 2013, 15:09:32
went out today had an early morning blast into north Wales no traffic it was great havent cleaned betsy just put her straight in the garage until thursday might go out again the weather looks good again
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 01, 2013, 15:10:40
you are correct Sven,, I've started to fiddle around with a craft knife and I'm getting them very close now, but I'll have to wait before I continue,,, wait until I stop bleeding !!!!! :angry-tappingfoot:  :angry-tappingfoot:

My Psychiatric report says I should not be allowed to play with sharp objects... :crazy:  :crazy:  :crazy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on January 01, 2013, 15:50:49
Just another quick clue.  The extensions go on the inside of the original guards :)

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 01, 2013, 15:52:55
yes,, I worked that out,  I've done quite a bit of trimming and re-sculpting some of it across my knuckles  :shy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Descolada on January 01, 2013, 18:05:39
Fitted the -25mm lowering kit, dropped the forks to keep the geometry and then cleaned and oiled the chain. Took her out for a short blast to check the handling.

First day in WEEKS we have seen sunshine here.

Now looking at my next small task.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chalky on January 01, 2013, 18:35:23
did a nice 40 miler with the new MRA vario fitted, but was too windy to notice ant difference.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on January 01, 2013, 18:41:24
Went out at just after 9am. It was like riding the set of "I am legend"..... No one, no cars, no one...... Rode for a good hour in the low lying sunshine only started to see cars at about 9.40 onwards .. Oh why can't all riding days be like today. Can't wait till Next Year!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 02, 2013, 19:12:23
Finally fitted the underguards,,  they really were not that difficult in the end and are really good, looking that is,, I'll need to get out and test them........ :auto-dirtbike:

Quote from: "Reksut"
Ta Keith,  I can make them fit but its a bit more than trimming,, do I have some non standard handcovers ??

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y234/Reksut/DSC02346.jpg)


(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y234/Reksut/DSC02347.jpg)

not easy to see I know
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stevee_p on January 03, 2013, 16:43:39
Added the spoiler from my MRA onto my Suzuki tall screen, to see how it copes. I've never found a really comfortable screen yet, and can't have my visor open above 20 mph (I'm 6'3"). I'm off out tomorrow to test this, so I'll report back...

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/57972672/2013-01-03%2016.15.41.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/57972672/2013-01-03%2016.15.52.jpg)

It looks kind of ridiculous at the moment, but if it works, I don't care.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jeff999 on January 03, 2013, 16:45:31
Looks fine. Where did you get the bar brace from?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on January 04, 2013, 14:27:44
Quote from: "Strommer"
Quote from: "mjc506"
Fitted some flush mount indicators...

...yeah, guess what I did yesterday :(

 Bad luck, I'm 10.5 months drop free....

Post some pics of the indicators please.  Even if I don't drop mine soon, the right indicator will soon be worn down to the stalk from brushing against my gatepost.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l0n7nyg4mzucr ... .05.37.jpg (https://www.dropbox.com/s/l0n7nyg4mzucrul/2013-01-04%2013.05.37.jpg)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/po8ge4s9zlpx8 ... .05.52.jpg (https://www.dropbox.com/s/po8ge4s9zlpx8yd/2013-01-04%2013.05.52.jpg)
(too lazy to <img> small versions :) )

Some cheapy self adhesive jobbies from Hein Gericke. You'll notice that I've stuck them on upside down, so they get water in them  :groan: but they're working fine, and really far brighter than the stockers. They come with those bullet connections, so you'll need a couple adapters too. I'll get a 'dark' picture tonight if you like.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stevee_p on January 04, 2013, 17:31:10
Quote from: "Jeff999"
Looks fine. Where did you get the bar brace from?

It came with the bike, I believe it's a Touratech though.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stevee_p on January 04, 2013, 17:39:13
Well I tested out my screen modification today, whilst not perfect, it's the best I've achieved so far, so it'll be staying on there for now.

Had a great ride around the New Forest, down to Christchurch, then back to Portsmouth - 130 miles, pleasant enough weather, not too much traffic etc etc.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on January 05, 2013, 12:38:00
Verified that the bike still works in 2013 by taking it for a quick blast to Oxford and back. It had to be done as the Y2K bug is a teenager now so likely to play up a lot.

Only 70 miles, but great fun all the same

Now I need to look for tyres, MOT and valve clearance services within the next three weeks.

Wallet = Ouch
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on January 05, 2013, 13:13:35
Front side and Numberplate lights replaced with LED ones.

still no sign of missing rear bullet lights  :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 05, 2013, 14:45:38
Collected Suzi from my parents house, god she feels so much lighter and more nimble compared to the Deauville I've been riding for the last week or so.

Glad she's back, but she's now making parking in the garage a military operation  :eusa-think:
batteries gone on charge after a week sitting still and checked all oil, water and oiler.

also fitted some Osram Nightbreaker bulbs to the Deauville (I now have no skin on my knuckles) and replaced a missing bolt on the fairing.  then wiped away all the blood.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on January 05, 2013, 15:57:21
Fitted new tyres.  Heidenau K60 Scout M+S winter tyres, write-up to follow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: frez on January 05, 2013, 19:34:28
42.5k service. Valve clearances bang in the middle of the range.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on January 05, 2013, 21:52:11
Took her ( and the Mrs  :) ) to Loomies for A Large Breakfast, paid £1.50 for two slices of warm bread  :crazy:  apparently toaster was U/S, then refitted yet another exhaust clamp and another centre stand rubber stop that I got FREE from CRESCENT Motorcycles @ Butsledon  :thumb:  Then finally I gave her a good scrub, then cleaned the bike lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shameless_frank on January 06, 2013, 09:40:24
After our daughter being born 10 days ago, I'll be adjusting my bike chain for the first time and then taking her out (bike not the baby) for the first time in a fortnight! :shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on January 06, 2013, 16:35:35
Congratulations shameless_frank ...

Went out for a 100 mile ride to look at the flood plains around Tewkesbury, there's still a lot of surface water laying around up there.

Noticed my mirror extenders were going rusty inside the screw head, so cleaned it off and put some ACF50 in there, then dry lubed the chain.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on January 06, 2013, 17:45:58
bought Helga an Oxford oximiser 900 (£47 down to £27). replaced a few plastic rivets and looked at the new extra lights. going to take her to the Suzuki hospital this week to avail of the half price labour rate (£55 down to £25). take the clutch cover off to get repainted and check a squidgy noise coming from the clutch cylinder :GRR:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on January 06, 2013, 20:59:28
@thebigcheese Hello bloke, do you have a link for the optimiser please. I'm in the market for one. Cheers.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on January 06, 2013, 21:06:45
Went for a run that almost ended at the exit of a roundabout when the grip needed & available balance suddenly went the wrong way at the rear and I had a huge broadside moment that tried like a bear to turn into a highside.

Hung on like grim death, put my old scrambler subconcious to use and kept it shiny side up.  :auto-dirtbike:

Had to stop for a strong brew when my cheeks finally let go of the seat....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on January 06, 2013, 21:42:01
Quote from: "Ubique"
@thebigcheese Hello bloke, do you have a link for the optimiser please. I'm in the market for one. Cheers.

I actually bought it out of a local Honda dealer believe it or not. Belfast Honda give them a ring, might post one out to you.

http://www.4ni.co.uk/104237x529x5_belfa ... elfast.htm (http://www.4ni.co.uk/104237x529x5_belfast-Honda-motorcycles-belfast.htm)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SimonW on January 06, 2013, 21:49:46
Actually managed to ride the bloody thing for once, instead of just squeezing past it for more paint, another screwdriver, the drill, a trowel etc etc.

I happened to glance down at the clocks on the way back and at 3.33 my mileage was 3,333 - how weird!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on January 06, 2013, 22:49:19
went out for a ride today to sams cafe denbighfor a cuppa then across towards llangollen and then home had a good ride out and plenty of bikes out did see another wee at sams cafe about 12 noon but by the time I noticed him he was leaving
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on January 07, 2013, 11:30:12
actually commuted to work ....believed the weather forecast for SE as grey overcast mild but mainly dry....
ended up driving in drizzle and drove lanes one inch deep in mud ! what a mess ....
but at least I achieved a journey made !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on January 08, 2013, 11:56:59
Two days running ... In January ... That's good for me ... Dry start ..expect rain this pm !...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: thebigcheese on January 08, 2013, 20:09:51
fitted/made frame guards, mr kipling mod on rear indicators. getting her ready for Suzuki hospital visit on thurs
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on January 08, 2013, 22:15:18
Watched the ODO rollover to 30k.  18k of those mine in 2.5 years of Strommin'
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on January 10, 2013, 19:03:05
Started loading bike ready for tomorrows trip to Solent MCC Brass monkey Rally.

Well it did seem like a good idea  :crazy:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Big Al wi the Vee on January 10, 2013, 19:59:38
Quote from: "IanP"
Started loading bike ready for tomorrows trip to Solent MCC Brass monkey Rally.

Well it did seem like a good idea  :crazy:

Don't forget the KILT  :rain:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on January 12, 2013, 11:46:06
Just fitted a set of Bikevis V2 Cree running lights. Nice and bright, will need dimming at night though. Made my own brackets to fit on Suzuki crash bars for less than 30 pence the set. Every bit as sturdy as the overpriced aftermarket stuff. Made em myself so know jobs a good one.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 12, 2013, 14:20:39
I've given her a new Tax Disc ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on January 12, 2013, 14:29:35
I'm half way throught checking/adjusting my Valve Clearances , going well so far   :grin:

 edit , The jobs finished with no shims needed . Also radiator repainted and oil & filter changed and new coolant .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Greggio on January 12, 2013, 18:50:48
Well today I have stripped the bike changed oil and filter. Topped up my scottoiler. Changed the coolant. And called it a day too bloody cold but tomorrow I will be checking the valve clearances new spark plugs. Also going to fit my new dogbones to lift the beast 25mm then I'm going to remove all furry deposits from any alloy part with a toothbrush and spray it with acf50 which I re-mortgaged my house to buy lol then back together job done :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on January 12, 2013, 22:08:29
150 miles !....
No snow ...bit of sleet only !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on January 12, 2013, 23:42:37
I've had my Strom since last Saturday and so far I've:

- put 100 miles on it the day I got it, just to try it out
- 200 mile round trip to baseball training on Sunday
- 160 mile round trip to uni on Monday
- 160 mile round trip to uni on Tuesday
- 160 mile round trip to uni on Thursday
- took it to the dealers to have a lowering kit fitted on Friday, then rode 70 miles to Lydney, Glos.

and today: came back from Lydney, so another 70 miles.

I love this bike, it ****** rocks!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on January 13, 2013, 07:14:32
Hello Snow, that's nearly a thousand miles in a week ... nice one. Need to update the 330 on your profile now!

Where are you based. Lydney is a similar distance for me, Locksmith and Piglumps too and we were trying to arrange a Forest of Dean mini-rideout.

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=13395 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=13395)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on January 13, 2013, 09:10:12
Hiya Martin,

I'm based in Adderbury, near Banbury. I'll update my profile this afternoon, today I'm going to a cafe in Berinsfield to meet up with the Oxford Motorbike Group, so I'll be putting another 150 or so on the clock :)

Snow
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on January 13, 2013, 10:59:42
Yes we'll have to get that ridout around the forest sorted , just didn't have time before !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Redsoul on January 13, 2013, 11:42:59
Quote from: "Locksmith"
Yes we'll have to get that ridout around the forest sorted , just didn't have time before !

If you are talking about the "new forest" I would like to join you lot for a bimble....would be nice to put faces to names.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Redsoul on January 13, 2013, 11:43:18
Quote from: "Locksmith"
Yes we'll have to get that ridout around the forest sorted , just didn't have time before !

If you are talking about the "new forest" I would like to join you lot for a bimble....would be nice to put faces to names.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on January 13, 2013, 11:45:19
Quote from: "Redsoul"
Quote from: "Locksmith"
Yes we'll have to get that ridout around the forest sorted , just didn't have time before !

If you are talking about the "new forest" I would like to join you lot for a bimble....would be nice to put faces to names.

Forest Of Dean Redsoul .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Redsoul on January 13, 2013, 11:49:39
Quote from: "Locksmith"
Quote from: "Redsoul"
Quote from: "Locksmith"
Yes we'll have to get that ridout around the forest sorted , just didn't have time before !

If you are talking about the "new forest" I would like to join you lot for a bimble....would be nice to put faces to names.

Forest Of Dean Redsoul .

Oh well!! lol........still not a million miles away
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on January 13, 2013, 16:44:27
Had a lovely time out with the Oxford Motorbike Group today, a breakfast bap and copious amounts of tea at the H Cafe on Berinsfield roundabout, then a bimble to Wantage, and then home after coffee. Lovely people - and that takes my mileage to 1158 since Saturday the 5th :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 13, 2013, 19:55:32
sod all.
with all the frost and ice around here I thought it best to cycle to work the last few days.
can't wait for all the cold weather bollocks to be out the way and get into our loverly british summer time rain.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: skinny5216 on January 14, 2013, 18:44:26
Disconnected and removed the old Sat Nav and ram mount. (Garmin Quest) Seeking to install something else but unsure what yet,  :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: StreetHippo on January 15, 2013, 16:11:52
Martin - I'm up for a bimble round the Forest, give me a shout as I'm just down the road from you!

Gave a spray down today to remove salty crust, found paint has now gone from water pump, swingarm end caps and now the engine casing nut on the LHS. I know she doesn't get the best treatment, and she is on 15000 miles, but the paint quality it terrible  :GRR:

Stu

PS: Anyone know how hard it is to remove pump housing and repaint?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Sven on January 15, 2013, 17:07:34
Quote from: "StreetHippo"
PS: Anyone know how hard it is to remove pump housing and repaint?

Minky done his in situ
See here
viewtopic.php?f=58&t=3098 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=3098)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: glenbee on January 16, 2013, 17:59:35
Taxed mine, now officially off SORN, with it's new MOT and insurance I am now ready for the....ermmmm.... Arctic conditions!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on January 16, 2013, 19:36:49
A couple of hours ago I dropped a claw hammer on my bike. Kicked it off the new level in the garage right over where the bike is parked, saw it go over in slow motion, and waited for the metallic clang! as its hits the tank..........but no, lady luck with me, hammer homes in on top edge of mirror housing, then falls correct way to the ground....Jeez! No visible damage, but palpitations off the f****** Richter Scale. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Greggio on January 16, 2013, 19:59:02
Gassoon I would have shat myself too lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on January 17, 2013, 10:12:35
Pre-flight checks identified a lack of Hello-Beam.  Spent the freezing morning removing the Eastern Beaver harness as the stock lighting wiring works fine.

Bikealso saw fit to deny me neutral unless coaxed.  

Bike generally was behaving like Herbie on the blob.  It's got wind of the fact that I've taken a severance package and so from easter may no longer be required...new job depending....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on January 17, 2013, 14:16:41
Well I went out the garage and looked at my Vstrom today.  Looked pretty filthy actually.  Looked at it for maybe 2 mins and went back indoors

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on January 17, 2013, 16:19:00
With this CRAP cold/icy/foggy/wet winter crap going on I occasionally pop out to garage and start up my DL1000 for 5 - 10 minutes to tick over, then wrap the sheets over it and lock up etc. Depressing!

Roll on Spring please..........!!!!!!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on January 17, 2013, 16:52:40
Got back from uni, washed as much road crap off it as I can, and sprayed liberally with ACF50 before putting the heavy duty cover on it, in preparation for tomorrow - it's supposed to snow all day. Booked it in for allyearbiker treatment a week Saturday, I want the only orange on my bike to be the paintwork! :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Greggio on January 18, 2013, 01:07:15
Well I just purchasseded some shiny scorpion cans and link pipes so hopefully it will sound like hell and I'm trying to source an enduro guardian bash plate and some givi crash bars or the heed ones I think they are pretty much the same? As long as they work with a bash guard I'm happy and I can also mount my aux lights :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on January 18, 2013, 08:55:59
Greggio - I have the standard Suzuki bash-plate, but someone (I forget who) was telling me the enduro steel one is a TON weight, and go for the alu one, unless you plan on stump-jumping the Vee. Or you'll put back the weight you lost by getting the Scorpions!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: longman on January 18, 2013, 09:26:17
I have aftermarket bash plate - its aluminium and its very light and strong. I can easily lift the bike using and propping it up on the bash plate. I tried the steel one as well when I was buying mine and it was very heavy. Mine is equally strong and much lighter.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chalky on January 18, 2013, 18:49:58
I have the alu enduro guardian bash plate, expensive but very well made!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on January 18, 2013, 19:11:38
Took the bus instead  :old:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on January 18, 2013, 20:56:45
Cancelled it's visit for two new slippy resin-smothered boots tomorrow. I might have enough trouble staying upright as it is.

Means no MOT either, so need to get it in soon.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on January 18, 2013, 21:01:47
Fitted a headlight relay kit from sunny China .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on January 18, 2013, 22:42:04
Booked it into Cupar for it's 4k service: here's hoping 28th is a decent day or it's a long push.....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on January 19, 2013, 19:01:06
Wired in the bikevis V2 Cree running lights. Had to modify the control box heavily as it comes with "cost effective" fuse holder and battery connectors. Fitted some quality M6 lugs and a waterproof fuse holder, also exchanged the rest of the feed cable with my own custom made harness, wrapped in spiral binding and self amalgamating tape for good measure. Fitted an inline switch for toggling the dimmer function, again using my own made to measure lead taking the switched live "grey wire" from the rear light cluster. Then secured it all using cable ties to the bikes main harness. Can't even tell its there ! . Just need to remanufacture the feed to the lamps themselves as the cables supplied are too short ( I have mounted the control box to the inside of the seat tray at the front. Small M5 hole dremmelled for a fixing bolt.) Finishing connections to be made once I have whipped the engine bars off and installed rubber washers (to reduce vibration).
Let there be light !.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 19, 2013, 19:57:48
Sorted out the wiring in my garage... 12v. no mains.

Fitted a proper light switch and added another light closer to the back so I can actually see when I'm locking any of the bikes up now.  :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shameless_frank on January 20, 2013, 14:05:02
Fitted the wiring for my exo2 stormwalker heated vest :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: WeeStromer on January 20, 2013, 17:39:04
Quote from: "mr_diver"
Sorted out the wiring in my garage... 12v. no mains.

Fitted a proper light switch and added another light closer to the back so I can actually see when I'm locking any of the bikes up now.  :lala:

What are you using for power? A car/caravan leisure battery? How have you wired it? I recently had to move garages and now I don't ave lighting. You may ave the answer to my lighting problem.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 20, 2013, 18:09:57
the answer to your problem is an extension lead !!!! :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 20, 2013, 18:20:34
Quote from: "WeeStromer"
What are you using for power? A car/caravan leisure battery? How have you wired it? I recently had to move garages and now I don't ave lighting. You may ave the answer to my lighting problem.
:shrug:

I have the old (bit buggered) battery from the v-strom hooked up to a solar charger (hung outside the garage door) the some cable running the a light switch (usual household 240v) then off to two 12v spotlights. one on the wall near the front of the garage, the other from a roof beam. both lights have an in built switch so I can one or other on or both.  don't have a pic atm but will see if I get chance to take one before work in the morning.

solar charger - has been in use for over a year with no problems outside in the rain, and I got one for the caravan as theirs no 240v on the site either. I leave the clips on the cable and can plug in the bike to trickle charge when it's not being used, like now! I also got a longer cable set from maplins to make this all possible.
http://www.maplin.co.uk/solar-powered-12v-1.5w-battery-trickle-charger-98358

Quote from: "Tusker"
the answer to your problem is an extension lead !!!! :thumb:

Smart arse!     the garage is 200yrds from my house and across the other side of the road. I am planning to get a small petrol genie for work tools/heater.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 20, 2013, 18:25:17
ah,, you never said it was that detached
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: WeeStromer on January 20, 2013, 20:12:13
Thanks mr_diver. That sounds like a solution to my problem.
There are a couple of scrap cars at work I coud get a battery from.

"I love it when a plan comes together!"
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: WeeStromer on January 24, 2013, 19:17:33
I forgot to.post this yesterday. I fitted clear indicator lenses, that chopper Harris sorted out. They've refreshed  the look my bike. I'll take some picture tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 24, 2013, 19:48:09
OK here's a few pics of the 12v system.

I've been toying with the idea of an old car radio and a couple of speakers too, but that's for another day.


Here's the light switch, front light and battery (the large batt is buggered and not connected) the crock clips are the feed from the charger
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-01-21%2008.09.21.jpg)

This one shows the light at the back along with the mess and my collection  :shy:
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-01-21%2008.09.37-1.jpg)

This is an old one that shows the charger on the wall above the boor of the garage
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/20120512_180330.jpg)

I will be sorting all the cable out and clipping it to the wall, I just wanted to get it all wired up and working fine and make sure the placement is correct. I've had a route around and found a 12v strip light and think I'll replace the spot light at the back and use the spot light on the wall, but I'll have to get my battery capacity up a little before that.

Hope that helps.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: WeeStromer on January 24, 2013, 19:57:55
Thanks mate, that's the business! I think I'll be constructing the same thing. I'm going to have a look at a caravan shop to see what strip lights I can get hold of.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Greggio on January 24, 2013, 20:40:27
Quote from: "WeeStromer"
Thanks mate, that's the business! I think I'll be constructing the same thing. I'm going to have a look at a caravan shop to see what strip lights I can get hold of.


Weestromer if your going to strom trekker 6 save a little room in your pack and ill give you some ultra bright 12v l.e.d units what we use in our signs  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Greggio on January 24, 2013, 20:45:35
Well today while I was working in uxbridge I decided to call in a bikebitz nr reading as my next job was in reading because according to their website they had a silver sw-motech bash plate for my vee reduced from £132 to £94 but when I got there it ended up costing me £59 inc the fitting kit bargain or what! needless to say I almost tore his arm clean off  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: WeeStromer on January 24, 2013, 22:03:30
Quote from: "Greggio"
Weestromer if your going to Strom trekker 6 save a little room in your pack and ill give you some ultra bright 12v l.e.d units what we use in our signs  :)

As long as work don't have other ideas for me, I'll be there. That would be great!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on January 24, 2013, 22:17:28
Quote from: "mr_diver"
OK here's a few pics of the 12v system.

I've been toying with the idea of an old car radio and a couple of speakers too, but that's for another day.


Here's the light switch, front light and battery (the large batt is buggered and not connected) the crock clips are the feed from the charger
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-01-21%2008.09.21.jpg)

This one shows the light at the back along with the mess and my collection  :shy:
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-01-21%2008.09.37-1.jpg)

This is an old one that shows the charger on the wall above the boor of the garage
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/20120512_180330.jpg)

I will be sorting all the cable out and clipping it to the wall, I just wanted to get it all wired up and working fine and make sure the placement is correct. I've had a route around and found a 12v strip light and think I'll replace the spot light at the back and use the spot light on the wall, but I'll have to get my battery capacity up a little before that.

Hope that helps.

A mate of mine runs 12v lighting in his garage for the same reasons , he painted the walls with white masonry paint and it made a big difference .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 24, 2013, 23:03:17
Quote from: "Locksmith"
A mate of mine runs 12v lighting in his garage for the same reasons , he painted the walls with white masonry paint and it made a big difference .

ah yeah, thought of that, said to the mrs I wanted white paint for the shed and she told me to "p*** off, the next thing we're painting is your study, or shall we leave the nice baby pink walls and cream/pink/green floral carpet in there for when it goes back to being a bedroom?"  :shy:   :shrug:

PS. the pink theme was left from her grandmother, as it was her house... not my choice lol

PPS. Locksmith, be careful with the quoting the whole post from someone else, Juv might get a bit peeved!
Where is Juv anyway? who gave him permission to leave.?

Quote from: "Locksmith"
Quote from: "mr_diver"
OK here's a few pics of the 12v system.

I've been toying with the idea of an old car radio and a couple of speakers too, but that's for another day.


Here's the light switch, front light and battery (the large batt is buggered and not connected) the crock clips are the feed from the charger
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-01-21%2008.09.21.jpg)

This one shows the light at the back along with the mess and my collection  :shy:
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-01-21%2008.09.37-1.jpg)

This is an old one that shows the charger on the wall above the boor of the garage
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/20120512_180330.jpg)

I will be sorting all the cable out and clipping it to the wall, I just wanted to get it all wired up and working fine and make sure the placement is correct. I've had a route around and found a 12v strip light and think I'll replace the spot light at the back and use the spot light on the wall, but I'll have to get my battery capacity up a little before that.

Hope that helps.

A mate of mine runs 12v lighting in his garage for the same reasons , he painted the walls with white masonry paint and it made a big difference .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on January 26, 2013, 16:12:56
Got two new Anakee's and an MOT.

Great fun driving there after last nights rain. Thankfully if didn't go below 1c here last night, so it didn't feeeze, but there were still lumps of old ice in the road. All with a badly squared and low tread rear Death Wing. A couple of Diesel patches around too, but thankfully just four miles to cover.

Another bloke turned up the same time as me, walked round my bike, then said "Is that really a 54 Plate" ... That cheered me up, I know my Strom's in good nick. :grin:

Two tyres and an MOT (and £252  :bawl:) later, the MOT inspector said "That's in really good condition for that mileage" ... So double  :grin:

So first impressions of the Anakee's, difficult to say. I rode the bike 1.5 miles up to the dealer for the valve check service. He wanted a cold Engine for a Monday start, so that meant a Saturday drop off. Need to wait and see on that one then.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on January 26, 2013, 16:28:22
Fitted rear bullet lights, LED Number plate light and 20mm Handle bar riser,

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/73151794/2013-01-26%2014.32.16.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on January 26, 2013, 18:47:16
Resprayed the front mudguard stays on my Touratech front mudguard , the original paint finish is shite and just peeled off !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on January 26, 2013, 19:25:27
Fitted my hand guard under guards ... And took a 60 mile run ..sunny ! But muddy lanes ...great! Bring on spring
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: shameless_frank on January 26, 2013, 19:49:42
Adst, hand guard under guards? Any piccies??
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: CSE1 on January 26, 2013, 19:53:33
Yeh am wondering myself what they are
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Greggio on January 26, 2013, 22:13:44
Well yesterday I Finished fitting the scorpions and removed the baffles :shy:  replaced the rear silver pillion handle thingy for a brand new black one. Fitted my new givi Sat Nav mount and installed the clear indicator lenses and went for a nice 20 mile run I just need to fit my crash bars and sw.motech bash guard now and BOOOOOOOM ready for the peaks lol :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on January 27, 2013, 12:23:33
Spent the morning cleaning the chain. Used S100 white chain cleaner and clean paint brush and rags. Then covered the whole chain in S100 white chain lub from GetGear in Leathehead.
Took a good hour and half.
Then from pound land used their £1.00 own wd40 (as seen on this site!) to clean the rear wheel and sprocket which shines like new....
Already now for more rain wind or snow..... :occasion-balloons:  :)  :clap:  :obscene-drinkingchug:

Oh and also read the email from Andy......... :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on January 27, 2013, 14:13:20
Quote from: "shameless_frank"
Adst, hand guard under guards? Any piccies??
Actually found out about these on this site see thread Hand guard extenders
[*http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16452&p=145180&hilit=Hand+guard#p145180]

Peter thwaites ..makes them and for £20 my thumbs now keep warm ...and no heated

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ga8k0vb2majbq ... .54.18.jpg (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ga8k0vb2majbqbk/2013-01-27%2013.54.18.jpg)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/k96qwtivsld69 ... .53.33.jpg (https://www.dropbox.com/s/k96qwtivsld697z/2013-01-27%2013.53.33.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on January 27, 2013, 15:41:52
Those look cold on the glee.. did you have to trim them to make them fit? or did they they just fit in?

Cheers
Josh
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 27, 2013, 15:47:44
Quote
Peter thwaites ..makes them and for £20 my thumbs now keep warm ...and no heated grips!

I've got them and heated grips.. I'm a big softie
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 27, 2013, 16:07:39
went into M&P's first thing this morning.

Picked up a new rear Pilot Road tyre for the rear of the Deauville and a front master cylinder kit as my brake haven't been right for ages.

got the shaft drive off the Deauville, changed tyre, and I just have to pop round the garage at the end of the street to get the tyre on the rim. and grease and refit it all.

changed the guts of the front master cylinder and all is well again.   :lala:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on January 27, 2013, 16:09:05
Quote from: "jabmotorsport"
Those look great on the glee.. did you have to trim them to make them fit? or did they they just fit in?

Cheers
Josh

Trimming .yes but pretty ...minimal just a craft knife taking sliver here and there and they fitted.. ... Then a couple of holes marrying hand guards to extenders and some push fit poppers £ 5 eBay for 6 .. And bobs your uncle ..job done ..about 20 mins? .. Worth the time and effort ..they don't hit tank on full lock ... Not tried a tank bag ( as I don't have one yet ) but  my 1 hr ride yesterday was comfortably warm handed ..well worth the effort
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on January 27, 2013, 16:33:37
My Glees handlebars now sit 20mm higher thanks to SW black bar risers. Would have liked 30/35mm but didn't think the Glee had much slack in the harness/hoses. Turns out 20mm is no hassle and not pulling anything too tight. Bet if I had been greedy and gone for a chunkier spacer I would have been knackered. Better safe than sorry and I bet even 20mm is noticeable.
(http://flic.kr/p/dQ6zjY)
(http://flic.kr/p/dPZWqZ)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on January 27, 2013, 17:08:05
Quote from: "Mitch"
My Glees handlebars now sit 20mm higher thanks to SW black bar risers. Would have liked 30/35mm but didn't think the Glee had much slack in the harness/hoses. Turns out 20mm is no hassle and not pulling anything too tight. Bet if I had been greedy and gone for a chunkier spacer I would have been knackered. Better safe than sorry and I bet even 20mm is noticeable. Will try for pics later.
That takes them higher but does it feel like Hello are back too ? People keep talking about up and back not being possible without cable changes
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on January 27, 2013, 17:22:51
The ones I went for are up only. I have however tilted the bars back a couple of degrees just to bring them a few mil closer as well. I'm 6ft4 so bigger spacers and moving them toward me would be ideal but I'm just not sure what's possible without buying harness extenders and new hoses. I would ideally like the Rox adjustable ones but that would mean major reworking.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on January 27, 2013, 18:32:00
Also test rode my bar risers today, loads better, might rotate them back a little but no rush.
I'm only 5'6 and have lowered my wee, raising the bars has given me a nice upright riding position.

Easy job,would have been better with another pair of hands though.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Descolada on January 27, 2013, 19:54:01
Rode down to the local B&Q, washed and cleaned my wee and oiled the chain. Added a new layer of ACF50. I was just happy to be able to get out on the road again after the snow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 28, 2013, 16:31:50
After I fitted a new Master cylinder kit, I told the Mrs I 'needed' to check it out while I had time to sort it if not perfect...  well 4 hours later and 100miles I know the brakes work just fine.  :auto-dirtbike:   :auto-dirtbike:

Went for a spin around the mountains north of Swansea, a fair few still had a bit of snow on and I had fun negotiating my way through it.

Stopped once as I notice when I put the hand guard back, I hadn't done the bar end screw up and it was loose and sticking out the end about an inch.

Then return to Port Talbot, but I felt I hadn't fully 'tested' the brake and went on to Bridgend and through Merthyr Mawr and stopped at the Dipping Bridge and took a few snaps.

Got back home, put my hands in my jackets outer pockets and I had one dry one and one wet one as the rain had been coming at me sideways.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-01-28%2015.04.19.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-01-28%2015.04.53%20B%26W.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mr Nick on January 28, 2013, 22:33:47
Took it up to Cupar for the 4k service despite cold, wet & windy morning.

Very reasonable £105 with the half price labour rate over the winter: much more done than the basic book service including a fairly pointless wash given the state of the roads I had to go home on but it's the thought that counts...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on January 29, 2013, 15:32:27
Tightened the clutch cable at the handlebar end as I've been having trouble finding neutral.  Sorted it for now, but it needs the proper clutch end adjustment performed - serves me right for skipping it at the last service.  Probably end up having to do it in the rain now.....humbug.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 29, 2013, 22:38:30
Took her out for a run I had planned, got 3 miles from home and Red light and FI shown on the dash.
Still running fine so tootled back to base and turned her off, and back on, left her run and not a hint at an error code :angry-tappingfoot:
plugged in my specialist dealer mode tool (snapped paperclip) and nothing.

OK went out for my run as planned. and still nothing at all.  :shrug:

Is this a re-occurrence of my C-28 STVA fault I had this time last year? :GRR:  
Anyways, the secondary butterflies are sitting on a shelf in the garage so I won't exactly have performance issues like last year!

I'm going to leave it in Dealer Mode for a while and see what happens.
Would iffy plugs cause this? last time I looked they were fine but have been in there for the last 21k miles  :shy:

Oh and I finally got the rear tyre fitted to the Deauville... went to put it back up on center stand and dropped the f*cker... grease on my boots, not a mark on the bike but one very smashed wing mirror... guess where I'm going in the morning.  :banghead:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on January 30, 2013, 07:18:55
aww I hate that :( Glad there's not more damage :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on January 30, 2013, 13:10:48
Dropped it ><

Well, wasn't really a proper drop - had pulled up to see if I could fix an air bubble in the Scottoiler, and kicked the stand down, swung my leg over... only to find the stand wasn't really down at all... I find the stand on the Glee is really awkward and weedy compared to other bikes I've had, and this one has been chopped as the bike is lowered, so it's even weedier.

So the bike fell towards me and I grabbed it and lowered it down, then, in a rush of embarrassment-fuelled superstrength, I lifted it back up from horizontal and made sure the stand was down properly!! Surprised I could pick it up at all, it had a full tank of petrol plus a 52L topbox rammed full of heavy stuff.

No damage to the bike at all as it was more of a 'lower' than a 'drop', just folded the mirror back out and went off on my way again :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on January 30, 2013, 13:14:13
well, it had to be done. Good save though! I bet your legs/back will ache a bit later  :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on January 30, 2013, 13:20:30
Indeed, I already have a dodgy back, I was just so embarrassed at being a numpty in front of other people on bikes that I didn't stop to think about that :D
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Greggio on January 30, 2013, 14:15:23
I know what you mean snowstrom I've got a vee and if I just nudge the side stand a little before leaning the bike over it gives way and I'm stood struggling with the bike lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on January 30, 2013, 14:45:55
I've nearly done this twice and I'm 6'3", so think how embarrassed I would have been! :) Just managed to save it before the point of no return both times, but the 1st time I was so vigorous in pushing it back upright that I nearly threw it over on the other side! That was in a car park full of people too :)

Think it's probably just a rite of passage... I wouldn't worry too much!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on January 30, 2013, 14:55:59
My rule of thumb (after several such near misses) is to never touch the bike without dragging it back a bit.  Makes sure the stand is down.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 30, 2013, 14:58:03
I did it as I put mine away in my man-shed, conveniently I took the weight on my thighs whilst my not insignificant arse was wedged against my push bike which was wedged against the shed wall behind me. Inconveniently the pedal of said pushbike was slowly but surely gaining entry to my colon as the Strom pushed me lower and lower..  

It took a superhuman effort, fuelled by the fear of irreparable damage to my lower bowel, to lift the bike upright again.


The good thing was because nobody saw me there was no embarrassment  :shy:  :shy:

Well not till now     DOH !!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on January 30, 2013, 17:19:28
Quote from: "Tusker"
I did it as I put mine away in my man-shed, conveniently I took the weight on my thighs whilst my not insignificant arse was wedged against my push bike which was wedged against the shed wall behind me. Inconveniently the pedal of said pushbike was slowly but surely gaining entry to my colon as the Strom pushed me lower and lower..  

Is this from the new 50 Shades Of Grey book? I'm not sure I like it! ;-)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Andy M on January 30, 2013, 18:03:38
lol  lol  lol

Took the long way to work and found just the sort of flooded bit of B-road that brings a smile to face of frustrated off road rider. Wee of course performed flawlessly with the bow wave just lapping the engine cases. Then I realised I'd left my shoes at home and would be wearing sodden boots round the office all day  :bawl:

Andy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on January 30, 2013, 18:05:57
Did a 40 mile run to no where as the sun was out, dry roads, no rain, just a little windy. Bliss...... :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 31, 2013, 08:51:36
Looked at it in the garage... needs some tlc. and to find out what gave me the FI fault the other day. I'm thinking plugs as it stuttered later in the day and the plugs have been in there for 21k miles.

Going to strip her clothes off latter and give her a full examination.  :fix:

Took the Deauville to my dad's house discussed 'it's future' and it's going to the dealers as no one seems interested in buying it and I can find it in my heart to sell the Strom.  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on January 31, 2013, 15:40:01
The clutch adjustment dance.  Will have to do it again tomorrow as the bite point is too far away, better than  before though.  I now have neutral again - yay!  Printed out and laminated page 37 of the manual to make this easier to do in future...before noticing that the manual has errors where it muddles up the nut numbers.

Greased up the speed sensor.  Had to do it on the centre stand, but managed it without taking off the front wheel.  Managed to get the bike on a bit of a hill, loosened off the front axle and pulled it through but not all the way out or enough to drop the wheel out, packed a big syringe full of moly paste and squirted it in the gap something silly.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on January 31, 2013, 15:59:11
I've put my clear indicators on,, they look good and modernise the bike..  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on January 31, 2013, 18:41:25
Fitted to Cargo Endurance panniers I bought off EBay, no photos till weekend as its dark out there
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on January 31, 2013, 18:59:22
Tried to start her before starting maintenance/repair work. And she would fire but then die. if I held the throttle open she would continue to run but erratic.

Stripped all the fairing sides off, looked at spark plugs, gap had opened up quite a bit in 21k miles. They have seen better days. wire brushed then a bit and popped them back in until my new Iridium ones turn up, gave all the connector blocks and the STVA mech a good spray with GT85. Cleaned out the mayo from the breather pipe section of the airbox. - yuk!  :-x

Put her back together and she fired up fine.

Went back into house to make lunch and the bloody post man turns up with my new plugs  :violence-uzi:

Milz called by and as I had the new plugs went back out to the garage and showed him the order to strip off the fairing and get at the plugs then put it all back together. With the new plugs she's running better but after a 30mile run, she wasn't idling right, RPM was around 900-1100 and would cut out if left to idle.
Bunged in some RedEx and a gallon of juice from the jerry can and she's running allot better.

I think the plugs were on there way out of spec and I got a crap load of fuel that made it allot worse. Thinking about it she has been a bit f a bugger to start on occasion in the cold morning = Plugs.
I think tomorrow is another day for a 'test' ride and evaluation.
If it's not the fuel I haven't ruled of the TPS being out of wack.  :shrug:

Tomorrow will tell...  :auto-dirtbike:

Oh Yeah...

While I had easy acsess and time to mess around. I dropped the forks through the yokes 10mm.
Quite noticeable difference, I though every one was talking crap like... The 2 big white stripes down the middle of my 997cc Ka will make it do 1,000,000mph. but I was wrong.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on January 31, 2013, 21:51:17
A steeper rake will speed up the steering at the cost of straight line stability.. There's always a trade off..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Abercol on February 01, 2013, 10:11:50
The extra weight transfer to the front will aid straight line stability....

At least that's what I found when I dropped mine.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on February 01, 2013, 10:33:39
You also get less aerodynamic lift at speed with a slightly dropped front end :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 01, 2013, 10:45:40
yeah I notice it tracked better in all this gusty wind we have been having recently.

the front has felt a little heavier than before when traveling and motorway speeds, and as for turn in... more stable and a more confident feel.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on February 01, 2013, 14:21:42
Re-did the clutch adjustment - got it down to ten minutes now.  It'll need doing again at the spring service and the aftermarket clutch cable I have in there is nearly at its limit.  I do hammer the clutch with all my filtering.  Seems I get 15k out of a cable where others get 50k+....

Removed the EB headlight relay as water had fooked the relays.  http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=16557

Wired my Optimate pigtail into a non-switched circuit on the fusebox as I spotted the positive lead was about to  break at the battery connection.  Then red-did it to get the leads the right way around....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on February 01, 2013, 17:10:28
Picked her up after the 14K Valve Check and full service.

The valve check itself was just an hours labour, with no problems and no shims needed. So that was a result as far as I was concerned as I was never going to try that myself.

They also suggested that my air filter has never been changed from new, so a quick "Thank You" to George Whites for not bothering ever since they sold me the bike.

Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter and Plugs all changed for the service and only an hours labour for that too.

Job done by Steve Lynham Motorcycles in Swindon, I will put a review in the "Dealer/Supplier Feedback" section later tonight.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 01, 2013, 17:20:41
Shouted a swore at it ALLOT!  :violence-uzi:

was on a nice ride round the Gower and on the return leg the bike started playing up again, leading to a total refusal of the front cylinder to fire.
an hour of swearing and hopping down the road and I got it home.

3 hours later and bits of bike again covering the garage I have deduced through a comprehensive diagnostic procedure that the wiring to the front injector is buggered.
plugging in the rear injector connector to the front injector and she fires on the front and not the back.

tomorow I'll be removing the section of loom and finding the fault... it's a good job I took electronics in school.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on February 01, 2013, 18:19:25
Photos as promised

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/73151794/2013-02-01%2013.18.10.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/73151794/2013-02-01%2013.19.51.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/73151794/2013-02-01%2013.19.37.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on February 01, 2013, 18:29:57
maybe I'm being numb,, but why do folks block out thier reg number ??
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on February 01, 2013, 19:19:51
To stop the risk of cloning by ne'er do wells  :shrug:

Also, you might be surprised how easy it is to get hold of the owners details these days. Since the DVLA started selling licenced access to our (we paid for it!) database to anyone with half an excuse.  :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jeff999 on February 01, 2013, 19:20:35
Speed cams don't get them! :sarc:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on February 01, 2013, 19:21:35
Quote from: "Ptarmigan"
To stop the risk of cloning by ne'er do wells  :shrug:

Also, you might be surprised how easy it is to get hold of the owners details these days. Since the DVLA started selling licenced access to our (we paid for it!) database to anyone with half an excuse.  :angry-tappingfoot:


but everyone can see it every time you venture out....can't get me yed round it  :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ptarmigan on February 01, 2013, 19:27:13
not if you cover it up... :neen:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: dwc on February 01, 2013, 21:16:29
Busy Day Today,

I informed my wife that Friday was to be bike day, earlier attempts at such, have  resulted in cancellations due to trips to the doctors or hospital on numerous occasions.

I set out this morning with a light heart and a spring in my step, why does this feeling soon evaporate? The first mission was achieved swiftly. Kit up and into the garage and remove the front wheel and take it and the new FullBore tyre  to my tame tyre fitter along the road. Thirty minutes later, a chat and a cup of tea and I was back in the garage and the wheel back in place.

Things started to slide from here, I attempted to change the brake pads. The bloody retaining pins have seized, despite liberal applications of copperslip. No amount of tapping with a punch and hammer could induce the fiendish Japanese metal to move. Down tools unhook the calipers and a short walk up the hill to PDQ, and left them there to be shown the error of their ways!

While I had the bike up on the stand I changed the oil and turned my attention to the rear brake. It was removed without issue and cleaned and lubricated, however second problem of the day was about to occur.
On returning the 8mm bolt to its home and in the process of tightening the whole plot gave way. The bolt had sheared. I managed to keep a clear head and focused on the task in hand. Pictures of rear wheel removal and drilling broken bolts from the caliper carrier filled my crazed brain. Luck would have it that the stub of bolt was not stuck fast, a little judicious jiggling and twisting and the offending article was removed. A quick change was required and a drive to the industrial estate and Apex Fasteners. After being served by a very knowledgeable lady I left with two allen bolts , extra high tensile, and returned home.

The bolts were great  the rear brake bled and functioning as it should. I then greased the chain and washed the two wheeled Land Rover after applying Muck Off, very good stuff.

My wife asked me what the hell was going on on several occasions and opined that would it not be easier to have somebody else do the work? Such pearls of wisdom should be kept to ones self lest the reply offends!!

Now wheres that beer?

Regards DWC
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on February 02, 2013, 09:30:40
Quote from: "mr_diver"
Shouted a swore at it ALLOT!  :violence-uzi:

was on a nice ride round the Gower and on the return leg the bike started playing up again, leading to a total refusal of the front cylinder to fire.
an hour of swearing and hopping down the road and I got it home.

3 hours later and bits of bike again covering the garage I have deduced through a comprehensive diagnostic procedure that the wiring to the front injector is buggered.
plugging in the rear injector connector to the front injector and she fires on the front and not the back.

tomorow I'll be removing the section of loom and finding the fault... it's a good job I took electronics in school.
I think Juvecu had the same problem , might be worth a PM !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 02, 2013, 09:47:29
I've been studying the wiring diagram. looks like there's a connector in the loom that spurs off to the injectors and STVA. just need to find it and inspect the wires. hope fully its a bit of corrosion in the connector.
this problem has been apparent for a while.  :shy:

found his run down on the problem

http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=13837&p=124290&hilit=+injector#p124290
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: skinny5216 on February 02, 2013, 13:59:59
Couple of weeks ago I fitted one of them handle bar mount phone thingy Sat Nav thingy holders, been for a little spin out and a brew and found out what a pile of shite it is. :GRR: can't get the fecker to stay still  :angry-tappingfoot:  lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Redsoul on February 02, 2013, 16:05:32
Took the wee out for a spin this afternoon to test the  fork-brace that I have recently fitted and wow what a difference it makes to handling.Also wound up the rear shock all the way and between the two it transformed the bike.
Also decided to try to find this front end "knock" that keeps being reported but after riding down several really bad roads,slamming front brakes on, I can happily report that I cannot find it.
Havent tested the bike with wife and luggage on yet but at the moment I am happy with the way suspension behaves and will not be upgrading.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Descolada on February 02, 2013, 16:28:27
Continued the degreasing and cleaning of my wee. Removed the front sprocket cover and gave a damned good clean, moved on to the chain clean and lube, checked the tyre pressures and brake caliper movement/pad wear.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 02, 2013, 17:33:07
Fixed the wiring for the injectors.

exactly as Greywolf said in:
http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=13837&p=124290&hilit=+injector#p124290

had to undo lots of connectors from the front, the ecu & battery and loads of the cable ties, the pull the loom up above the frame. carefully cutting the tape and opening the wire wraps till I traces back the wires to just opposite the back of the rear cylinder and found the crimp joint. the cables just snapped of. I poked the crimp with a screwdriver and it just crumbled to bits.
I cut clean ends for all 4 wires and used a better connector to re fit. wrapped up the loom again and assembled enough of the bike to fire her up.
she still only fired on the rear cylinder... then I discovered I hadn't refitted the cables to the front coil. lol
she fired up fine then

all back together and a 30 mile run and all is well.  :lala:

this is what was left of the bike when I had found the offending break in the wiring. (the throttle bodies are also not attached.)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-02-02%2013.29.49.jpg)

the damn cheap arse crimp connecter
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-02-02%2013.29.28.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on February 02, 2013, 18:00:11
Next time mines in bits I will check mine and solder the wires ....what's in that spray bottle on your garage floor Diver , it looks like piss  lol is it good for degreasing ?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on February 02, 2013, 18:18:37
My bike is now sorted for a bit.
Fitted thick rubber washers between all pinch points for the Suzuki accessory bars to try and lessen the 4.8k vibration. It was quite funny watching solid rubber act like toothpaste when I torqued all the bolts back up. I think there is enough rubber left where I wanted it to be even with penny washers fitted to lessen the dispersal of escaping rubber  :haha: .
Finally finished wiring in the Bikevis V2 running lights. More custom harness and removed the side panels to allow me to cabletie to the original bike umbilical. Jobs a good one. 1 pair of daytime running lights and home made brackets for 40 quid all in. Including vat and shipping. The joys of cost effective tweaking :)
I'll post later to let you know if the vibration reduction worked.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 02, 2013, 19:32:00
Quote from: "Locksmith"
What's in that spray bottle on your garage floor Diver , it looks like piss lol is it good for degreasing ?

no it's a load of washing up liquid and water in a spray bottle. I use it to clean the screen/mirrors and my hands.
the other spray is white spirit for cleaning the chain and de-greasing bits.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on February 02, 2013, 22:15:54
Rode to Worcester and back with a friend from the Oxford Motorbike Group - he saw the pics of my shiny Glee and wanted to get his Bandit allyearbikered too :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on February 02, 2013, 22:48:40
Planned to ride up to Chipping Norton to scrub the new tyres in a bit, but got diverted and went round all the little villages instead. Nice to see it all dry outside for once.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Quephy on February 02, 2013, 22:54:48
I moved the screen up by one "notch" which seems to have helped with buffeting.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 04, 2013, 10:00:49
yet again I've been out in the garage getting covered in grease.

last night when I got home from my parents house I discovered the rear brake pads were shot.
had a set in the garage so got prepared to do the quarterly caliper strip and clean...
no need the caliper was in good condition and the pads slid out no problems.

cleaned the slider pin/bolts, re-greased and popped it all back together, and I was expecting a fight.
as I had time I cleaned the manky chain as some of the side plates were starting to rust.

now time to go out and bed in the new pads  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on February 04, 2013, 15:38:35
Recieved my glee's sw motech crashbars and found theyre scratched to buggery  :angry-tappingfoot:

not a happy boy today .. phone calls and pictures ahead.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 05, 2013, 20:01:05
took a ride out to go to all the local dealers and try an shop in the Deauville...
Ended up in the one, discussing the possibility of putting both bikes in for something else, seeing as the end is in sight with the Mrs degree and she may finally have some money coming in.
Options were:
660 Tenere
Super 10
either of the crossdressers
A very nice orange Tiger 800xc
Transalp 700
or the obvious Glee... (why are all the bikes in the dealers white atm? 3 dealers 9 white Glees!)
I was/am very tempted by the Glee, but I've just spent 2 years getting Suzi how I want her. She's a member of the family...
Rode her to my wedding, loads of pics of the bike with all the family. Jen says she married me and the bike.
Went on Honeymoon on the bike to a cottage in Cornwall.
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/19th%20Aug%202011%20Waterffront%20Museum%20742%20copy.jpg)

Seeing as I can put 6k in 2 bikes down, I'll have sod all else to pay for a Glee with the options I want I'm seriously thinking about an upgrade...  :shy:

Think I'm going to wash Suzi in the morning (Shock horror) and see how I'm feeling about her...  :bawl:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: skinny5216 on February 05, 2013, 20:32:23
While looking at my bike for the problem Fatbelly has had with his wiring loom, I just happen to snap the threaded bar that the Givi top plate fastens to, snapped three out of the four  lol touch like a gorilla, oh well won't be going anywhere in this weather so some minor modification to the Givi plate and fixings can be done :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stromboy on February 05, 2013, 20:35:48
I did some remedial work on my wiring loom having read Fatbelly's sorry story and seeing the pictures he posted of the toasted wires. I have summarised what I did in his thread.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Redsoul on February 07, 2013, 11:00:21
Quote from: "mr_diver"
took a ride out to go to all the local dealers and try an shop in the Deauville...
Ended up in the one, discussing the possibility of putting both bikes in for something else, seeing as the end is in sight with the Mrs degree and she may finally have some money coming in.
Options were:
660 Tenere
Super 10
either of the crossdressers
A very nice orange Tiger 800xc
Transalp 700
or the obvious Glee... (why are all the bikes in the dealers white atm? 3 dealers 9 white Glees!)
I was/am very tempted by the Glee, but I've just spent 2 years getting Suzi how I want her. She's a member of the family...
Rode her to my wedding, loads of pics of the bike with all the family. Jen says she married me and the bike.
Went on Honeymoon on the bike to a cottage in Cornwall.
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/19th%20Aug%202011%20Waterffront%20Museum%20742%20copy.jpg)

Seeing as I can put 6k in 2 bikes down, I'll have sod all else to pay for a Glee with the options I want I'm seriously thinking about an upgrade...  :shy:

Think I'm going to wash Suzi in the morning (Shock horror) and see how I'm feeling about her...  :bawl:

Love that pic of bike at wedding lol.....we went went on honeymoon on the bike too though got a boat over to bilbao and rode through the pyrenees and then up through France back to the Uk.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on February 08, 2013, 12:09:31
Stuck my new Oxford Rainex cover on the  bike.   Bit tight, didn't realise that S/M/L sizes are different across the entire Oxford range....

 :wtf:

Good enough, but the Aquatex was a better fit - even if the sunlight does kill it after a year.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on February 08, 2013, 13:17:31
Took delivery of a 2011 model , thanks olf :thumb: ..
Just on the phone getting the insurance changed over , I've been on hold for ages now  :shrug: , they must be having a vote as to how much to scam me for  :angry-tappingfoot:

Think I'll start swapping all the goodies from old to new Wee this afternoon  :lala:

Well yes I've been scammed , £62.50 to change over from 2005 Wee to a 2011 Wee . The total cost of my insurance for a KTM 950 and Wee was £200 .
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on February 08, 2013, 14:59:45
Dropped it again, ahahaha

Parked up at a garage for fuel, the forecourt was quite steeply sloped but I was almost empty so I risked it. The bike just about stayed upright while I got off, the slope was higher under the stand, falling away to the right of the bike as you sit on it.

Paid and went to get back on the bike but as I swung over and sat on the saddle, the bike tipped and fell over to the right. I was laughing so hard I couldn't pick it up, a lovely man who was just leaving parked up and came and picked it up for me, then held it while I got on it.

No major damage, a scuffed bar end and engine bar, and the handguard on that side has cracked where the bolt holds it together. The brake lever feels further away too.

D'oh!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on February 08, 2013, 15:07:46
D'oh! Never mind, those crash bars are great, aren't they :)  You might be shocked how expensive those plastic hand guards are though :GRR:

Almost dropped mine a few times this morning... took the back way into work to avoid the traffic, but the road was just sheet ice. The wee goes sideways nicely :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on February 08, 2013, 15:23:17
Completed first 5 day commute .....bring on spring !
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on February 08, 2013, 15:35:45
Quote from: "Locksmith"
...Well yes I've been scammed , £62.50 to change over from 2005 Wee to a 2011 Wee . The total cost of my insurance for a KTM 950 and Wee was £200 ...

Wish I could get scammed like that.... £270 for a K5 alone..... :angry-tappingfoot:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on February 08, 2013, 15:47:50
Two in two months SnowStrom, your bike is trying to tell you something. You've been lucky getting no real damage. Just before I bought mine I read a review that said it can fall off the sidestand too easily, I seem to have taken that to heart and always give it a bit of a nudge before I really let go of it.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on February 08, 2013, 16:04:06
a sore colon is a good reminder to kick the stand twice    :shy:  :shy:  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on February 08, 2013, 16:17:11
Quote from: "Tusker"
a sore colon is a good reminder to kick the stand twice    :shy:  :shy:  :grin:

Given that one's colon is 8 inches inside one's anus.....I suspect the bike feels the same way.... :-x
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on February 08, 2013, 16:20:26
Quote from: "Strommer"
Quote from: "Tusker"
a sore colon is a good reminder to kick the stand twice    :shy:  :shy:  :grin:

Given that one's colon is 8 inches inside one's anus.....I suspect the bike feels the same way.... :-x


I did tell you all that the pushbike pedal was invasive   :shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Strommer on February 08, 2013, 18:09:51
Quote from: "Tusker"
Quote from: "Strommer"
Quote from: "Tusker"
a sore colon is a good reminder to kick the stand twice    :shy:  :shy:  :grin:

Given that one's colon is 8 inches inside one's anus.....I suspect the bike feels the same way.... :-x

I did tell you all that the pushbike pedal was invasive   :shock:

Was it a big red Chopper?   :shy:
(http://i830.photobucket.com/albums/zz226/toxster/imagesqtbnANd9GcRhDpZf6dLsRtMAS-szc_zps2ac6c220.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on February 08, 2013, 18:11:29
noooooooo ,, its was aGiant hybrid  :shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on February 08, 2013, 19:43:49
Quote from: "SnowStrom"
Dropped it again, ahahaha

Parked up at a garage for fuel, the forecourt was quite steeply sloped but I was almost empty so I risked it. The bike just about stayed upright while I got off, the slope was higher under the stand, falling away to the right of the bike as you sit on it.

D'oh!

Commiserations, Snowstrom, it's all too easily done, are the indicators OK, I wonder if the glee's are more protected than the wee's? :shrug:

Last summer in Inverness, fully loaded with panniers etc, put bike on sidestand to fuel up, pulling it over a bit on that side for 'safety', I went to pay for my petrol and when I came out and glanced over, the bike was plumb vertical ! One touch would have had it over...I half rushed, half tip-toed in all my kit in what must have looked like a ludicrous dance across the forecourt before any fly could land on it and tip it over! Just in time!
I had loaded (amateurishly :shy: ) the right hand pannier heavier than the left, and what with the bike being lowered, sidestand extender on etc, and the suspension settling this had lifted/tilted the beggar right back up. Close! :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on February 08, 2013, 19:46:27
Quote from: "Tusker"
Quote from: "Strommer"
Quote from: "Tusker"
a sore colon is a good reminder to kick the stand twice    :shy:  :shy:  :grin:

Given that one's colon is 8 inches inside one's anus.....I suspect the bike feels the same way.... :-x


I did tell you all that the pushbike pedal was invasive   :shock:


 lol

At least you haven't spat any toe-clips out yet, Tusker!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on February 08, 2013, 19:53:18
Falling in a petrol station .. Embarrassing , but I have a pal who forgot the side stand completely ... Filled up sat on bike to shake tank side to side to fill fully , started to get off and trapped himself under  bike against pump ... Now that's really embarrassing! ...needed it lifting to get the pain to stop!


Ride on ...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on February 08, 2013, 20:37:38
Gassoon: the indicators are absolutely fine, literally the only damage is the handguard (which can be cabletied together, sod getting a new one) and the scuffing on the bar end and engine bars. No damage at all to the rear, not even a scratch.

I really don't like this sidestand. I have the bike lowered, so they cut a bit off the sidestand to follow. But it never feels secure, and if the ground isn't perfectly level, I can't even get off because the bike is way too upright :(

I love my Glee but this is worrying me, especially when the weather improves and I'm off digging in places that have a field for a car park :(
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on February 08, 2013, 20:42:09
To be fair, I personally think the sidestand is pretty rubbish even without the bike being lowered... so I can imagine it can't be much fun with even less sidestand. As I've said before, I've come close to dropping it due to the sidestand not being down properly more than once.

Have you got a centrestand? Maybe you'll just have to put it on the centrestand when you're parked on a gradient... a bit of a hassle, but perhaps worth it for peace of mind?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on February 08, 2013, 20:44:24
No, I didn't get a centrestand because I honestly didn't think I'd be able to get the bike up on it. This is the biggest and heaviest bike I've ever had! Also, wouldn't lowering the bike cause centrestand issues as well?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on February 08, 2013, 20:47:33
Hmm... I guess that's a good question. I don't know... anyone who has lowered the bike have any experience of how hard it is to get the bike onto the centrestand?

I'm going to get the SW-Motech centrestand in the next couple of months, so I can let you know how easy that one is with the bike at standard height. But as I'm probably 2-3 times your size that's possibly not terribly useful to you :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on February 08, 2013, 20:49:45
Haha :D

I guess if all else fails I can put the bike back to standard, but I'm only 5'9 and could only manage tippy toes on one foot (not both) when I rode their demo bike. Paddling the bike backwards was a complete no no. But, I'd rather have to fanny around wheeling it backwards than wonder if it's going to fall over again :(
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on February 08, 2013, 21:33:12
Lowering the bike changes the geometry so the pivot of the centre-stand is closer to the ground making it harder to lift the bike onto it (especially with luggage - in fact, fully laden I couldn't do it! But I'm a tad shorter than you, and my rotator cuff's a wreck!).

It's possible to use a small wedge of wood under the rear wheel, roll the bike onto that (I don't fancy farting around with that mesell, like!) or again, get the stand chopped a little.

I just about adapted to being picky about how I park on the sidestand, choosing my angles a bit more carefully, the camber of the road etc, and put the bike in 1st gear to ensure it won't roll off the stand. Also, getting off on the left side of the bike, and mounting from it's right side (so you can't kick it over with Your boot!) is a good habit.

Probably when they shortened your stand, they were conservative in how much to take off, a bit more would solve it for good (and get a new bigger foot welded on for that muddy spring-training grass at the same time!)

Others go the route of grinding metal off the sidestand stop to let it lean further, or bending the stand in a vice etc - I personally wouldn't fancy those ways, for fear of weakening it too much...

If I hadn't (mostly!) adapted my habits to sort it, I would definitely go for lopping a bit off! :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on February 08, 2013, 21:37:14
+1 for leaving it in gear ...  :handgestures-thumbup:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on February 08, 2013, 21:41:04
even though my bike is notlowered, well not to my knowledge,, I still fancy lopping a bit off and having a bigger foot attached..... I'm 5' 10" and get on and off by standing on the footrest so I'd like to be confident that its planted,,

btw,, when I dropped mine in the shed it was beacause the foot went through the floor!!!  I've not really had a problem otherwise,, it just doesn't fill me with confidence
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Andy M on February 09, 2013, 15:14:24
Had to sell my Dragon Rally ticket due to family stuff tomorrow. Thought it'd be a shame to waste the campsite I had booked for last night though:

https://picasaweb.google.com/104442976739427547289/NotTheDragon#5842969168148590258

So now the cleaning and drying begins  :bawl:

Andy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chalky on February 10, 2013, 01:22:53
had an anakee 2 front tyre fitted, and bought and fitted a renthal cross brace to the bars.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jeff999 on February 10, 2013, 09:09:09
Where did you get the crossbar from? Been looking on fleabay but some of the prices differ quite a lot.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 10, 2013, 12:07:09
While cleaning the new 125 Marauder mine was feeling very left out as it's seen the Doh get washed 3 time last week and the new bike cleaned and polished.
So I caved and cleaned her.....  :shy:

First time since before ST5 in September. the drive was black afterwards.

Even polished the bloody thing, I think I'm coming down with something!

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/2013-02-09%2015.18.18.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/2013-02-10%2012.35.38.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on February 10, 2013, 16:29:52
Decided to ride back to Banbury from Redditch without the Sat Nav. It's only the M40, what could go wrong? Well, I ended up on the M5 to Tewkesbury, then A44/A46 with an unplanned but scenic detour into Broadway.

Now if only it hadn't been pissing it down, that might have been more fun :(

Fear my sense of direction!!1!!oneoneoneshiftone
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jeff999 on February 10, 2013, 17:06:58
Do you think you'll find the Peak District or for that matter Wales. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on February 10, 2013, 17:13:22
Why do you think I want to meet up with other Strommers for the journey? :D
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chalky on February 10, 2013, 17:41:50
Quote from: "Jeff999"
Where did you get the crossbar from? Been looking on fleabay but some of the prices differ quite a lot.
Hello jeff, got it from the local bike shop, castle motorcycles, paid 19 quid.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on February 10, 2013, 20:24:06
Been fettling with my new Wee , put my now sold Wee back to standard and all the goodies swapped to the new Wee . I'll post a few pics when its all finished ..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Quephy on February 10, 2013, 20:34:24
Went round to the garage with the wee, took off the rear indicator lens and found moisture, cleaned this off and used the magic spray round the bulb holder. fixed the irritating intermittent fault. packed up the tools as it was getting dark. Go to the bottom of the road turn left, indicator does not work again....get home with just enough time before fits completely dark to have another quick look. To no avail....looks like I'll be tacking of the front panels soon for a complete clean and spray of the connectors.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Quephy on February 12, 2013, 22:39:36
Rode from Burton upon Trent to Bournemouth airport, three and half hours. It was cold around Oxford, but luckily no snow, unlike Monday on the way up. Certainly the bike took it all in her stride, in sixth gear and 5000 to 6000 revs was cruising. Needs a good clean as soon as I get time.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: ProfG on February 13, 2013, 08:34:23
Had a look at it under the covers and looked at the roads. Wet wet wet so decided it was best left under the covers for today.  :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on February 13, 2013, 13:35:47
In a bid to stop the tips of my fingers getting cold I attempted with some gaffa tape and old milk bottles to add a base to my hand guards.

They look shit but seemed to work in a test run last night.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/13/5epujamy.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/13/amudu9u5.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/13/vygaqa8u.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/13/8enu9adu.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 13, 2013, 13:40:00
I love it when a plan comes together.

I know what I'm doing saturday now!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fat Rat on February 13, 2013, 15:44:49
So we now need some Blue Peter Badges?

 :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on February 13, 2013, 16:39:06
Yes, good job there ubique :clap: In the winter nobody cares what it looks like!

btw Do you recommend semi or full cream?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on February 13, 2013, 17:07:57
I believe they could have been red topped skimmed from tescos (but other brands are available)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on February 13, 2013, 17:12:52
for 20 notes you can do the job properly,,,, :shrug:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Gassoon on February 13, 2013, 17:40:28
Fully-skimmed?? In this weather?

You really surprise me

 :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on February 13, 2013, 18:13:08
tusker £20 from where ?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on February 13, 2013, 18:17:32
Quote from: "PHIL FAT"
tusker £20 from where ?


much info all over dis site

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16452&p=145177&hilit=guards#p145177 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16452&p=145177&hilit=guards#p145177)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on February 13, 2013, 18:36:23
I'm cheap!

 And my bike is getting parked up for 6 months in a little over 3 weeks so saved cash where I could. Will no doubt invest in something proper for next winter.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on February 13, 2013, 19:57:12
Today I got caught out in horrible sleet whilst nipping about town running errands.

Jeans and desert boots not recommended for sleet, that's for sure!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on February 13, 2013, 20:18:55
Quote from: "Ubique"
I'm cheap!

 And my bike is getting parked up for 6 months in a little over 3 weeks so saved cash where I could. Will no doubt invest in something proper for next winter.


You going somewhere hot and sandy
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on February 13, 2013, 22:35:43
Quote from: "IanP"
You going somewhere hot and sandy


Too hot and too sandy, yes!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on February 14, 2013, 17:46:29
finally completed Bullit light install
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y234/Reksut/DSC02373_zps901c76f3.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: IanP on February 14, 2013, 19:13:01
Quote from: "Ubique"
Quote from: "IanP"
You going somewhere hot and sandy


Too hot and too sandy, yes!

Keep your head and arse down  :thumb:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on February 15, 2013, 18:19:51
went out today for a little tootle into north Wales then across to chester and back to new brighton for a well needed cup of coffee  weather was great but a bit cold will open the bottle of port later to warm up
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on February 15, 2013, 18:53:58
Tues I rode from Banbury to Stoke, my first experience of the old M6... at rush hour. Worse than London traffic and filtering was a pain because the lanes are so narrow. Weds rode back from Stoke to Lydney, Gloucester, luckily the snow that had been coming down all day didn't settle. Was absolutely frozen when I got in despite heated gloves on full and heated grips on 75%.

Today I came back from Lydney on a scenic bimble round the Cotswolds, first day in forever that I didn't have either the grips or gloves going. Gorgeous sunny day, ordered a replacement right handguard from Kings in Kidlington to correct the consequences of my petrol station based buffoonery...
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: macvisual on February 15, 2013, 21:22:30
Had a spare half hour today, wheeled V-Strom DL1000 outta garage this afternoon and went a we ten minute ride as its been parked up for months.

Roll on spring!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mjc506 on February 15, 2013, 23:24:18
Plugged in my repaired loom, and it runs! :lala: ...on one cylinder :GRR: no matter, that's probably just a plug I've missed somewhere. But that's tomorrow's job (along with refitting all the plastics, cleaning brakes, burning rubber :) )
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Jacko on February 16, 2013, 08:56:49
Quote from: "mr_diver"
took a ride out to go to all the local dealers and try an shop in the Deauville...
Ended up in the one, discussing the possibility of putting both bikes in for something else, seeing as the end is in sight with the Mrs degree and she may finally have some money coming in.
Options were:
660 Tenere
Super 10
either of the crossdressers
A very nice orange Tiger 800xc
Transalp 700
or the obvious Glee... (why are all the bikes in the dealers white atm? 3 dealers 9 white Glees!)
I was/am very tempted by the Glee, but I've just spent 2 years getting Suzi how I want her. She's a member of the family...
Rode her to my wedding, loads of pics of the bike with all the family. Jen says she married me and the bike.
Went on Honeymoon on the bike to a cottage in Cornwall.
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/19th%20Aug%202011%20Waterffront%20Museum%20742%20copy.jpg)

Seeing as I can put 6k in 2 bikes down, I'll have sod all else to pay for a Glee with the options I want I'm seriously thinking about an upgrade...  :shy:

Think I'm going to wash Suzi in the morning (Shock horror) and see how I'm feeling about her...  :bawl:

Don't get the Transalp..
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 16, 2013, 09:23:39
Transalp was a real option for me... I know the engine and the running gear is as simple as the strom.

I did wash her and the mrs put her foot down. I could sell the deauville but not the strom...

so I got this + a sum of money back from selling the Deauville...

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60092801/Online%20Pics/Spring%202013/2013-02-06%2016.17.45.jpg)

the mrs has a bike now  :bawl:   :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on February 16, 2013, 18:49:52
Cleaned her up ready for a trip tomorrow. Will take a ride out to Bicester just to finish scrubbing in the new tyres and maybe I can ride a bit more enthusiastically on the way home again.

Found the lock is getting a bit sticky, so lubed it with chain lube as per this recommendation (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=3272/url).  Seems a bit better but I guess it will seep in more overnight, so hopefully lots better tomorrow.

Also found my centre stand isn't fully retracting and needs a bit of encouragement. I have already spent too long on the floor cleaning today, so that's a job for another day.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: medic5 on February 16, 2013, 19:14:47
Rode from Elmbridge to Witney, Oxford. Did some shopping rode back the long way..... 275 miles. Was real quite like a Sunday morning.......
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: MartinW on February 17, 2013, 16:45:38
65 miles to finish scrubbing in the tyres. First real trip in the dry for some time.

The keylock is now running smooth after yesterday's lubing, so pleased with that.

Also cleaned all the centre stand bearings and put some oil on to make the sure the stand now retracts properly. It seemed a bit stubborn to free up at first, so I thought I was going to have to take it off and scrub it in a bucket.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Locky on February 17, 2013, 17:38:38
Sorted a few minor problems with my new Wee after a long test ride . Adjusted gear shifter and brake pedal . Fitted thinner rubber bung (centre stand stopper) to GPR exhaust as it was touching down !
Heres a pic of the new to me Wee . Think I'm starting to like the silver wheels ..
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/64012197/20130217_133415.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on February 17, 2013, 17:52:35
went for a little tootle into north Wales first stop Colwyn Bay then into Llandudno over to Conwy up over the Sychnant pass back across to the Tal-Y-Cafn down through Llanrwst to Betws-Y-Coed then started to make my way home across the Denbigh moors through Mold and home 4 3/4 hours what a great day to be out on Betsy and in sunshine all day
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: SnowStrom on February 17, 2013, 19:43:30
Went for a bimble round the Cotswolds, followed by a good scrub (the bike, that is). The little black tube that deposits oil on the chain from my Scottoiler had fallen off in our car park, so I put that back on. I cleaned the chain and then painted (yes, with a paintbrush) Scottoil all over the shiny clean links.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: wal750 on February 17, 2013, 20:10:53
Silver wheels look good Locksmith. Great looking bike too  :clap:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on February 17, 2013, 20:11:30
@ Locksmith - A very tidy looking strom there indeed

@ Phil Fat - Having driven in the car the majority of the roads you were on today I can appreciate your joy of riding them!

I merely looked at mine under the cover- today was an Mtb day for me, still two wheels!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: whythedevilnot on February 17, 2013, 20:15:28
Finished overhauling the brakes. Had to get my mechanic to use the power bleeder on the front though. Thinking steel lines may be a future mod.

Now loading it up for a dirty mid week weekend with my wife who still knows nothing about it.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: jabmotorsport on February 17, 2013, 20:16:38
Quote from: "SnowStrom"
followed by a good scrub (the bike, that is)

 lol   lol  .. That made me chuckle, glad you included the bike bit.

Went for a blast with chalky and mitch and greg .. brilliant roads from squires to ripon to aysgarth falls and then up to richmond and back.  ... And it was SUNNY!!!!!!    :shock:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chalky on February 17, 2013, 20:42:33
Went for a blast with chalky and mitch and greg .. brilliant roads from squires to ripon to aysgarth falls and then up to richmond and back.  ... And it was SUNNY!!!!!!    :shock:[/quote]

but very cold on the way home, really enjoyed the day though!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Greggio on February 17, 2013, 21:24:52
Gutted I missed half the ride due to a 12oz ribeye dinner but I quite enjoyed the ride although the ride home was a little windy but I did blast it down the A1 at 70 mph :shy:  made it home for 13:55 only took 35 mins to get from ripon centre to castleford :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Fatbelly on February 17, 2013, 22:20:03
First time in ages I've had a full day out on the bike. Brilliant day with nice weather!  I rode from Moscow to Houston and many other places, too.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Shadow636 on February 20, 2013, 21:43:31
Headlight covers fitted along with Givi engine bars next is the Renthal rear sprocket and black sprocket nuts, also adjusted the screen this morning.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Keith Cross on February 20, 2013, 23:25:39
Fitted my R&G engine cover tonight, then looked a the damage to the Aprilia after I dropped it on Saturday :)  £1046 worth of parts :(

Keith C
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on February 21, 2013, 20:58:54
The Sunday ride with Josh,Chalky and Greggio was excellent. A small 200 miler in total. Can say for certain the bike is how I want it. Lowered pegs,bar risers and now no vibration at 70mph in top. Bike will do some big miles this year.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: rockingdave on February 22, 2013, 11:03:34
fitted mra screen now to try it out up M5 at speed and see if it works cutting down wind blow. :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Ubique on February 22, 2013, 16:15:19
Rode into town wearing jeans and my summer jacket with just a hoody on underneath.

BIG MISTAKE - just because the sun was out and it was warm on my drive didn't mean it was warm on the bike. Brrrrrrrr!
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: adst on February 22, 2013, 18:06:51
Quote from: "Mitch"
The Sunday ride with Josh,Chalky and Greggio was excellent. A small 200 miler in total. Can say for certain the bike is how I want it. Lowered pegs,bar risers and now no vibration at 70mph in top. Bike will do some big miles this year.

Which make lowered pegs did you go for ? , seem to remember your bar Risers were sw motech 20 mm ?

So now it's all set to vroom ?
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: mr_diver on February 22, 2013, 18:21:29
finally (after 2 years) got round to fitting a relay to the power point on the handlebars.
but I found some electrical connectors in the tool box and rigged up a power distribution point under the seat.  :lala:

I've now got room for more elastic-trickery gadgets that can be switched by the ignition now!

I took the relay activation feed from the + & - wires for the rear lights just before the connector you can uncouple to remove the rear lights cluster/mudguard
Brown = Positive (loom to rear lights, then positive becomes grey???)
Black with white stripe = Negative.

fitted a relay to the heated grips I put on the Marauder last week- thank god she bought a Suzuki I don't think I could sit there for another few hours figuring out another manufacturers wiring diagram!  :angry-screaming:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: stibbs on February 22, 2013, 18:29:09
I rode into Ipswich, picked up a few bits & bobs then came home and hosed her off.
'twas bloody freezing.... My little ice warning light works, 1c apparently  :)))
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on February 22, 2013, 19:40:51
Lowering pegs for Glee are from here :- http://www.adventuretech.biz/DL650-2012-and-newer.html (http://www.adventuretech.biz/DL650-2012-and-newer.html)
Excellent quality, fitting instructions came off a link on this site. Drops pegs by about 30mm just enough to relax some of the bend in my knees.

Bar risers came from here :- http://www.motorcycle-road-and-race.co. ... 47&sort=2a (http://www.motorcycle-road-and-race.co.uk/catalog/sw-motech-products-m-36.html?filter_id=447&sort=2a)
Fantastic price, carriage paid and next day delivery.

Hope this helps
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on February 22, 2013, 20:04:34
Quote from: "Mitch"
Lowering pegs for Glee are from here :- http://www.adventuretech.biz/DL650-2012-and-newer.html (http://www.adventuretech.biz/DL650-2012-and-newer.html)
Excellent quality, fitting instructions came off a link on this site. Drops pegs by about 30mm just enough to relax some of the bend in my knees.

Bar risers came from here :- http://www.motorcycle-road-and-race.co. ... 47&sort=2a (http://www.motorcycle-road-and-race.co.uk/catalog/sw-motech-products-m-36.html?filter_id=447&sort=2a)
Fantastic price, carriage paid and next day delivery.

Hope this helps

Is it easy to install lowering pegs and bar risers? I'm 6'3", so think these could possibly be a good addition for me... but I'm also absolutely terrible at fitting things myself, so I may give it a miss if they're not easy to fit? I guess the pegs are easy enough though, just unscrew the existing pegs, screw the kit on and screw the pegs onto the kit? Though I suppose I would have to adjust the gear and brake pedals too?

But what is involved in fitting bar risers?

Also, do you find the lower pegs affect your lean angles much?

Thanks! :)
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Mitch on February 22, 2013, 22:39:45
Peg lowering details here, takes a good hour at a steady pace.
viewtopic.php?f=58&t=11155&p=93153&hilit=peg+lowering#p93153 (http://www.v-strom.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=11155&p=93153&hilit=peg+lowering#p93153)

Bar risers took about 20 minutes. Easier with 2 pairs of hands.
Remove chrome caps carefully with by prising off with a Stanley knife blade or similar, mark top dead centre or gap in clamp point of bars next to original clamp with a marker pen, remove original bolts, lift off top clamps, place these parts to one side as they are no longer needed. lift bars up off lower bar holder, place lower half of new riser onto where bars have just been lifted from, place bars on top of this new riser holder, put new top clamp over the top, put some thread lock onto new longer bolts which come with kit, inset bolts and before you torque to approx 23nm ( I think) use the marker pen mark to adjust bars to angle they were originally at. Once tightened up push on new cap covers and you're done.
In a nut shell its that simple. Just make sure no cables are being pulled too tight or chafing and bars turn freely.
Just be cautious which height risers to use. The glee will take a 20mm rise but I don't know how it would fair with anything more than that.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: loggamatt on February 22, 2013, 23:02:51
Thanks! Neither of those fitting procedures look impossible... think I'll have a go at doing this next time I go home to Cornwall, then my Dad can be roped into being the 2nd pair of hands :)

I can see that it would be worth taking your time over the bar risers though and making sure that everything is well marked up so you can get the positions right.

Thanks again for the help!  :ty:
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: gixerpaul on February 23, 2013, 08:50:04
Not alot !
I have hyperpro progressive springs front and back, braided hoses front and back ,new tyre, chain and sprockets all sitting there waiting to be fitted but to chilly to do it, only have a small shed which is crammed up with a couple of other bikes.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: cb4017 on February 23, 2013, 15:23:00
I installed Richland Rick's peg lowering plates.    :fix:    Fantastic!  I have a 34" inseam and a bum knee so this was a must have modification for me.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: PHIL FAT on February 23, 2013, 18:14:12
Hello cb4017 do you have the link and the price thanks phil
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: chalky on February 23, 2013, 20:40:40
Had a really productive day with the strom, fitted the following:-
madstad bracket (with the vario)
aprillia mirrors (think I'm going to need extenders though)
beowolf oil cooler guard
enduro guardian rad guard
givi crash bars
givi pannier racks

just got to fit the centre stand and enduro guardian bash plate, then I'll have more tat than poundland!
well after I've got heated grips, givi trekkers, spot lamps.....
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: cb4017 on February 24, 2013, 03:59:06
Quote from: "PHIL FAT"
Hello cb4017 do you have the link and the price thanks phil

Sure, Here you go:  http://www.adventuretech.biz/footpeg-an ... g-kit.html (http://www.adventuretech.biz/footpeg-and-control-lowering-kit.html)

I paid $55 USD plus shipping.  They go on very easy.  Worst part was getting the brake push rod and brake light adjusted.
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Nolly on February 24, 2013, 12:55:12
Nothing because I don't have one, but I have fitted an MRA Vario touring screen to my Tiger. It does seem quite a bit narrower than the stock screen which looks like a bloody sail.
Have a good day y'all
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
Post by: Tusker on February 24, 2013, 14:25:02
Quote from: "melnian"
Nothing because I don't have one, but I have fitted an MRA Vario touring screen to my Tiger. It does seem quite a bit narrower than the stock screen which looks like a bloody sail.
Have a good day y'all

tut tut tut  this just will not do,,,, start a thread for you and Fat Rat,,,"what have you done to your Tiger today"


Stop cluttering proper threads up  lol  lol  lol
Title: Re: What have you done with your V-S