Monday, June 30, 2008

The bike - 2005 Suzuki DL650 "VStrom"

When I returned from my last trip I was Sans motorcycle for the first time in a year and I didn’t like it one bit. Even though it was WAY too early to think about riding there was just no way my obsessive-compulsive personality would allow me to take my time to find a replacement. Lucky for me though, we now have the internet.
Through the modern marvel of Ebay and Kijiji I was able to find the perfect (for me anyhow) motorcycle. In Vancouver I found a 2005 Suzuki DL650 “VStrom.” It’s an Adventure Sport-Touring bike and is the perfect combination of street-bike as well as having excellent dirt road capability. It’s only a 650 but it has plenty of power for two-up adventure touring but is still small and light enough for Mexican back roads and for exploring off of the beaten track. And better yet, it was in almost new condition. It only had 9,000 klm when I bought it and it has a veritable cornucopia of adventure add-on’s already installed: touring windshield, engine guards, skid-plate, hand guards, centre stand, ignition advancer, stainless-steel exhaust, a full set of Givi panniers, Progressive Springs in front and a heavy duty spring in the rear. Since buying the bike I’ve installed a 12 volt power outlet and I’m now just waiting for bar risers from the US. When they arrive I’ll have them professionally installed in the shop and I’ll install driving lights and a 16-tooth counter sprocket at the same time. I’ve also added soft bag-liners for the Givi’s and I’m just waiting for tank pannier’s from the US for added storage on long trips.

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