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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:09 pm 
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Splashed out yesterday and treated the stable to another bike. Something more suited to 2-up & touring.
..and a love her... :)

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Here she is with the pannier & top box attached
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2007 Suzuki V-strom 650.
I was expecting to be underwhelmed compared to the Hornet 600's power but I'm not, she's plenty quick enough..., and cruising at 70-90 is pretty comfortable. I'm doing the same speeds on my local A roads as do on the Hornet currently so she feels just as fast. There isn't that power surge though so the Hornet will still be 'nipping out for scratch' bike. :angel

Just really need a bigger garage now...


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:35 pm 
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A very handy bike - you can do the weekly supermarket shop with that luggage! :D

The sv twin is also a great engine :D

Bling it up with a couple of projector spotlights on those engine bars :)


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:49 pm 
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I must admit, I have been looking at those mini spot lights but I mainly associated those with the bloated BMW GS1200's so I'm on the fence at the moment.
Also my insurance company had fit about the list of accessories already on the bike, including brand new Suzuki bash plate that was never installed.
After that she's gonna need an 'Oil Jerker' and a DIY GPS mounting bar above the clocks (complete with ignition switched PSU).
Then she'll be touring ready.


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:45 pm 
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knee_jerk wrote:
I must admit, I have been looking at those mini spot lights but I mainly associated those with the bloated BMW GS1200's so I'm on the fence at the moment.
Also my insurance company had fit about the list of accessories already on the bike, including brand new Suzuki bash plate that was never installed.
After that she's gonna need an 'Oil Jerker' and a DIY GPS mounting bar above the clocks (complete with ignition switched PSU).
Then she'll be touring ready.

Oil jerker? Like a loobman/tutoro oiler? or something else?


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:19 pm 
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anz243k wrote:
Oil jerker? Like a loobman/tutoro oiler? or something else?


It's a little something I knocked up, kind of an update of the loobman , anyway it got branded the "Oil Jerker" by bigup. :)

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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:21 pm 
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knee_jerk wrote:
I must admit, I have been looking at those mini spot lights but I mainly associated those with the bloated BMW GS1200's so I'm on the fence at the moment.


Yeah - I wouldn't want to be mistaken for a GS rider either lol :eek :D


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:25 pm 
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Lovely bike Kneejerk, I looked at these as well as Triumph Sprints, Tigers and VFR's before settling for (grabbing) a mint, very low milage, last edition of the pre Vtec's (2001) Viffer. :love

While the V Strom won't win any beauty contests, it's definately fit for purpose, spacious and with an excellent motor that'l tirelessly munch the miles with you and whoever comes along for the ride sat comfortably bolt up right behind that useful screen. You get a lot of bike for your money with thems Sv's.

Didn't fancy a Africa Twin then? :D

P.s. Still waiting for the primers from china to fit my 'Oil Jerker' got all the other bits! Could of purchased them from a uk supplier for a couple of quid more, wish I had now!

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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:35 pm 
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Biggabit wrote:
While the V Strom won't win any beauty contests,
Didn't fancy a Africa Twin then? :D


I think the V-Strom is a real Marmite bike, I don't like Marmite BTW but do like the looks of the V-Strom - beauty is in the eyes of the beer holder.
I have 2 buddies with similar style bikes, one has a new'sh Tiger 800XC, the other has an older Transalp, both think the V-Strom is butt ugly! :rollin

I liked the old Africa twin but didn't want a bike that old..., I like the new Africa Twin but I'm not a millionaire. I'd also rather have the BMW S1000XR, or maybe just MT-09 Tracer..., but I liked this bike and it was at a very good price, with low mileage, full service history & loads of pricey extras so I just couldn't say no, and I'm glad I didn't as she rides lovely. Might even be a long term keeper. :)

Other good news, our tumble dryer has just failed so that can leave the garage ASAP to free-up valuable parking space... I'll worry about where to site it's replacement in Autumn.. :lol

I was just thinking about your Oil Jerker too, it's hit & miss with China shipping sometimes, in fact UK shipping is getting pretty bad for me, taking up to 2 weeks for some Royal Mail stuff. :(


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 Post Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:29 am 
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Nice looking bike.
My mate had one from new for three years commuting 50 miles each way, and loved it


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 Post Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:20 pm 
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 Post Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:28 pm 
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Is it fast Fiat?


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 Post Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:58 pm 
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How long before Steve feels the need to modify it? :)


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:15 am 
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Just been chatting to my mate with the Transalp and it turns out he doesn't hate them after-all, he has been looking at them (amongst many other bikes) and is gutted he didn't see this bike come up on our local forum as he probably would have bought it - always nice to beat your mate to a bargain. :angel


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:01 pm 
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Ha ha - well done for beating mate to bargain.

The SV650 engine is an absolute gem - one of the best bike engines ever made IMHO: Not as exciting as a IL4 - but a fantastically flexible and powerful for a little v-twin.


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:24 pm 
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The DL650 tends to get better reviews than the 1000. Never had one, but certainly would. Not surebabout the strange shape of the panniers though. Why domthey make them is such awkward shapes? I have 36 litre ARD Cases in good old fashioned box shape and a Tesco hessian 'bag for life' is exactly, and i mean exactly the right size to drop in and easily removed when youmget to your destination.
I Test rode the new AT, and expected it to be my perfect bike as I use a 600 Transalp as an everyday ride and love it. I found the AT rather mundane which surprised me. Judging by the comments on the AT facebook page the build quality isnt great either. There are lots of issues with corrosion and switchgear.
I think you made a great choice.


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:04 pm 
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MarkShelley wrote:
Not sure about the strange shape of the panniers though. Why do they make them is such awkward shapes?


I think the shape is either an attempt at stylising them... or just making them more aerodynamic, either-way I was more interested in there being pannier frames on the bike as I have soft panniers I can strap to the frames if needed. The top box will come in handy though.

Tonight I finally finished installing the skid plate, it was a bitch of a job due to restricted access, and the Suzuki skid plate comes with a front fixing kit specifically for the Suzuki crash bars... however mine are Givi. :Bang So out came the sheet of stainless sheet I keep for special occasions and I made up some strong P clips to attached it at the front.
Went on OK in the end.

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I also glued in some thin alloy sheet inside the pan to close off the front holes and stop the engine from getting plastered with stones, grit & water from the front wheel.
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Just the oiler & Sat Nav to go now. :)


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:37 pm 
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knee_jerk wrote:
Is it fast Fiat?


Its a fucin blast lol, 500 sport

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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:38 pm 
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How long before Steve feels the need to modify it? :)


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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:00 pm 
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I also glued in some thin alloy sheet inside the pan to close off the front holes and stop the engine from getting plastered with stones, grit & water from the front wheel.


Glued?

Did I hear you right that 'bodgers material' has been used as opposed to nuts and bolts or least pop bloody rivets??!

You should feel ashamed of yourself dear boy :Bad

No hidden corks in use I hope laddie...?

:rollin :rollin :rollin

Wouldn't mind seeing your KJ Oil Jerker installation if you post a thread over on the V-strom forum maybe a link sometime? Oh and some pics of your bike on tour would be great!

Got a full set of rear luggage, 3 large boxes and frame + a pair of bolt on indicators (not quite sure how they work but have instructions) with the Viffer, 3 boxes for the rear and a colour coded bagster bag for the tank! Not seen it all on the bike yet so might have a play this weekend and take some pics just for laughs. :D

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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:20 pm 
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Biggabit wrote:
Glued?


Yup! :)

When I did a similar thing on my DRZ I drilled & riveted..., but only because large stones bounce off it. The main reason I 'glued' this one is that it's a bloody expensive skid pan so I wanted to avoid as many additional holes as possible just in case I need to set it free on ebay in the future.

I'd normally get hold of some proper auto bonding stuff like sikaflex but I have just picked up a couple of tubes of Screwfix's finest "I CANT BELIEVE IT'S NOT NAILS" and it said it was suitable for metal so I thought I'd give it a try - so far so good...

It took ages today to clean off the old chain spray from the chain, sprockets & guards. Then much chin scratching to find a place for the primer bulb, but I found a lovely place and made up a bracket to suit - pictures to follow.


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:11 pm 
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That's a good idea blocking the holes up. :clap


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 Post Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:36 am 
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Biggabit wrote:
Wouldn't mind seeing your KJ Oil Jerker installation


Here it is...

Standard reservour
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The bracket took some thought but came up with this shape
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It fits under the ABS box bracket but also rests against it for support when pressed
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Painted black to blend in
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There it is
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Quite a drop for the oil to fall to meet the chain but if any lower the chain can get it when the suspension grounds out. If it misses in use I'll just extend it in towards the sprocket more, and lower it.
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 Post Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:21 pm 
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Nice one :clap

Like the bracket with the little cut out 'tab' ready to accept an unmodified primer bulb :D

Oh... also noticed the chosen site enabling left hand operation, mind you how could one not use the Hornet's clutch bracket... it's made to measure!!

Really pleased with mine it works faultlessly, I just wish I'd fitted it three years ago!!!

Thanks again Kj :clap

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 Post Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:52 pm 
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Biggabit wrote:
mind you how could one not use the Hornet's clutch bracket... it's made to measure!!


Cheers :)

Yes..., no point making a bracket when Honda supplied one.
Can still pump on the move, just have to do it down hill. :angel


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is a great little car, but have passed it on to my son :D
pick this one up on friday :evil

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 Post Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:56 pm 
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Its very very hard to NOT do the same to your car as you do to your motorcycle, so i just had to buy this for the abarth lol
More noise and power!!!! it was a no brainer, one day i might grow up

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Do your neighbours want one of my letters I put on the chavs cars around here Steve ?


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 Post Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:42 pm 
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here i am now almost a full paid up member of the "Boy racers"
got the "double shotgun" Monza fitted :angel

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 Post Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:24 pm 
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Prefer this Fiat Steve ,

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 Post Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:13 pm 
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...and just like that she's for sale.

I mainly ride her when 2up now, and so that punchy little 650 V-twin just isn't punchy enough anymore, especially when compared to my other punchy V-twin.

So all being well it'll be a quick sale and I can start shopping for her replacement. :Lick


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