Suzuki DL 650 VStrom (2009)

April 30, 2012 -

May 4, 2012- Manhattan Exchange Bar - Schenectady

 

  How I got this bike.

  This bike was acquired through yet another trade in April 2012.   I had listed the 2003 Kawasaki ZZR1200 for sale or trade on Craigslist.  I was able to work out some other trade deals; two for ZRX1200's.  One, a 2001 from Rochester with 30k miles, I turned down in favor of one from Newburgh with less miles and a 2005 model year.  But that deal fell through.  Then there was a third offer of a trade for a 2002 VStrom 1000 with 35k miles in Plattsburgh for a bike with full luggage and extras and seeming to be in fine condition.

  I had arranged to meet mid-way, in Chestertown, when an email offer for this DL650 bike came along.  We made the new deal the same day, meeting in a Saugerties parking lot on a damp evening for the trade.  I had a great ride back 60 miles on the Thruway, not caring if it rained because I liked the bike immediately. We met again the next night to trade license plates back and I got the stock seat, original windshield and exhaust system.

  Only 5100 miles, some extras, and in excellent condition.

  First impressions: Light, comfortable, excellent upper body wind protection.  Reduced wind noise or turbulence with the adjustable windscreen.  Hand protectors work well.  Very tractable power and excellent feel of the motor.  Increased lower leg wind.  Extremely pleasant bike to ride, though it's taller than the ZZR1200 or any street bike I have ever owned.
 

Americade - June  2012

  This bike has become my go-to bike.  I bought a mounting plate ($81) to put the Givi bag on the rear rack and can now swap bags with the Honda Blackbird.  Ended the season with 7,000 miles.

 
    2013                
    This was, again, my bike of choice this season.  I started riding it the last week of March.  New Dunlop tire installed April 26, 2013 with an inspection at 7,250 miles.  Oil changed at 8,487 mi.  Old school throttle lock installed for $34. Speedo shows 9,643 miles by the end of Nov.
   I used this bike for some adventure and off-road jaunts.  My friend Mike recorded the trips on his GPS.  The track files can be viewed in Google Earth to show our route and additional information; speed, elevation, road grade and stopped times.

Tennantville Road - Nov. 1, 2013 North of Sacadaga Reservoir

  2014

  This has been the first bike on the road in the spring, and the last one to be ridden in the fall.   Odometer reads 9,650 late April for the first ride (4/22).  Ride to Mennetto's in Clifton Park for Indian motorcycles demo rides on April 25th.

  Oil changed at 11,481 before ride to Manchester Vt. New tire put on the front.

  End of season miles 12,800. Battery out Nov. 14.  Givi Tank guards installed Dec. 26th, 2014.  Simple and sturdy and just like what's on the Vstrom 1000.

Sander's Preserve - Glenville 2012

   2016

   Always the first bike to get on the road for the season.  Oil changed at 14,175 mi.  (June 13, 2016).  Ridden several times to Partridge Run area in southwest Albany county.  Ridden on both paved and dirt roads to explore  portions of the Long Path that go through it.

Partridge Run Kiosk

Greenville Cemetery

    2017

  Runs perfectly from the first day the battery is put in.  At Partridge Run, I find places to ride to, hike the Long Path and then cool off in a lake afterwards.

  Oil and filter changed (KN138) Oct. 23 at 16,732 miles.

 

Partridge Run - Tubbs Pond Sept. 2017

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