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« on: November 01, 2015, 09:46:05 am »

After a bit of a break from the ST scene, I found a 2011 with 13k on it at a dealership. My original plan was not to buy a replacement for the VStrom but my wife said she wouldn't mind an occasional ride. Cheap enough at $5200 with the luggage incl., so why not. I like the undervalued and under-appreciated bikes and this one hits it out of the park.

Here she be...
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Mods?
  • Windscreen - I took a chance and ordered a Puig touring windscreen even though I'm fairly happy with the stock one.  It seems like windscreen upgrades are always hit or miss and I get clean air with the stock. Most of the windscreen wisdom I could find on the internet came from people that wanted very little wind on them and I'm not sure I want to go that route.
  • The handlebar angle is terrible. Need to fix that. Maybe some bar backs too.
  • The seat - The wife is not happy. I knew the seat was a big complaint from the beginning so that's ok. I like the Holeshot/Corbin but I don't like the idea of having grind off parts of a new seat to fix the problem caused by the Suzuki rack. Again, I cant seem to find any info from people who have done it or pictures of the result. Not sure if a Sargent seat has the same issues either.  
  • Buy a GIVI topbox that I can mount a bit farther.  

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2015, 10:09:06 am »

Looking at your picture and the passenger seat, why don't you take off the passenger seat and take it to a local upholstery shop and have them add padding and make it level? Might make the wifey happy for chump change?!

Only because I am a power junkie, for well under one large you can make that a real monster. Happy riding on your "new" bike.
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2015, 07:35:28 pm »


Looking at your picture and the passenger seat, why don't you take off the passenger seat and take it to a local upholstery shop and have them add padding and make it level? Might make the wifey happy for chump change?!


That's not a bad idea. I've done a few dual sport seats in my day and there isn't anything too complicated about that two piece seat.
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2015, 07:55:13 pm »

Love that bike. Wish the USA had the naked one.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2015, 08:17:39 am »


Love that bike. Wish the USA had the naked one.


They brought the 1250S back and brought the naked GSX-S750 to the States. Maybe they'll surprise you yet (don't hold your breath  Lol)
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2015, 04:31:58 pm »

The stock seat is the only thing that I didn't like about mine. Replaced it with a Sargent.
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2015, 11:11:11 pm »


The stock seat is the only thing that I didn't like about mine. Replaced it with a Sargent.


I can get buy with less seat but the wife is much more difficult to please. A Sargent seat is on my short list and I'm hoping that's as far as I need to go to make her happy.
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2015, 09:41:40 pm »

Wow, lovely bike!
Love Bandit's, had five of them in my life, from 600's to one GSX1250FA just like yours.
And please, don't say the GSX isnt a Bandit, because they are.
Congrats for your bike.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2015, 01:59:54 pm »

I am certain you will have a hoot with that bike. I have had mine since Dec 2010. I have logged just shy of 70K km on it since, and have really enjoyed riding it. Fun bike.
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