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Sick of leaving chrome strips on all the corners between here and Sydney!

The VN900 has been a fantastic bike, but I've been getting a little bored.

Bored with the roads available to me, bored with the lack of clearance a cruiser by necessity provides.

So after looking around a couple of months, and doing a lot of research, I decided on the bike for the next couple of years.

I would need 5 or 6 bikes for all I want to do, road riding, corner scratching, canyon carving, dirt roads, touring, camping, and not being able to afford them all, I decided to get a bike that will perform adequately under just about any situation.

Ladies and Gentlemen I present you with my choice..........



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2009 DL650A Suzuki V-strom.

Already farkled to the hilt, but I'm sure I'll think of a few more mods.

Accessories.....

Tall Givi Screen (replaces short OEM screen)
Barkbusters Handguards
Radguards on Radiator and Oil Cooler
Headlight protectors.
SW Motech Engine guard
SW Motech Skid plate.
SW Motech Rear Brake Master Cylinder cover.
Givi 36ltr Top Box and adapter plate.
Givi 41ltr Panniers and Racks.

It's not a Kawasaki obviously and it's not a cruiser, but at this point in time, and after the first 900 odd k's, I remain convinced that this is the bike I need.

I'll still be keeping an eye on you blokes, and will post a couple of "Adventure" ride reports now and then for ya's if ya want.

Seeya's on the road.

Christo.
 

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I'll still be keeping an eye on you blokes, and will post a couple of "Adventure" ride reports now and then for ya's if ya want.

Seeya's on the road.

Christo.
Congrats!! And we never get tired of ride reports, especially this time of year for us up here in the other half. It's getting cold, gray and gloomy nearly every day now.
 

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Thanks Bubba, I haven't found a thing I can complain about on it yet.
 

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Congrats!! And we never get tired of ride reports, especially this time of year for us up here in the other half. It's getting cold, gray and gloomy nearly every day now.
No worries Russ, I'm a shift worker and get odd sorta days off, so It shouldn't be too long before I'll get to do a couple of "weekenders" mid week. I'll get something to ya's shortly.

I also have planned a 14 day trip to New South Wales and Victoria (about 5.5 thousand K's) in March, so at the very least there will be a rr and pics.
 

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No worries Russ, I'm a shift worker and get odd sorta days off, so It shouldn't be too long before I'll get to do a couple of "weekenders" mid week. I'll get something to ya's shortly.

I also have planned a 14 day trip to New South Wales and Victoria (about 5.5 thousand K's) in March, so at the very least there will be a rr and pics.
I know what you mean by "shift worker", I'm a nighttimer myself. 2009 was a very good year for me for traveling. I was lucky enough to put 14xxx miles (what's that, like 22.5k? I never get it right.) which included 3 overnighters with one weeklong trip of 2202 miles. What a great year!! So now I'll check in with you every day to see yours :-D. No pressure or anything, just severe depression from the weather and anticipation of the next great ride :biggrin: .
 

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I know what you mean by "shift worker", I'm a nighttimer myself. 2009 was a very good year for me for traveling. I was lucky enough to put 14xxx miles (what's that, like 22.5k? I never get it right.) which included 3 overnighters with one weeklong trip of 2202 miles. What a great year!! So now I'll check in with you every day to see yours :-D. No pressure or anything, just severe depression from the weather and anticipation of the next great ride :biggrin: .
LOL!
 

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Just to kick things off, here's a couple of pics from our Australian Forum Christmas party/ride...........











 

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Very nice! Looks like a good time was had by all. Christmas in shorts and riding- hmmmmmmmm, I gotta try that sometime. If only I were wealthy! Thanks for the pics!! Keep 'em comin', I'm feeling better already!
 

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Wee Strom

Fantastic looking bike and very well appointed. Wanting to add a lighter second bike to the stable I have done a lot of reading on the 650 VStrom and it is generally much preferred over the 1000 cc version with many positive ratings and comments. Your pictures have me anxious to attend the Motorcycle show coming to Michigan in a few weeks. The riding group looks like it could keep any party lively. Your signature line is one of the best. :troll:
 

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My brother has the same bike man, all the same accessories as well. One of the nicest bikes i've ridden, and that little 650 motor is quite surprising!
 

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I know what you mean by "shift worker", I'm a nighttimer myself. 2009 was a very good year for me for traveling. I was lucky enough to put 14xxx miles (what's that, like 22.5k? I never get it right.) which included 3 overnighters with one weeklong trip of 2202 miles. What a great year!! So now I'll check in with you every day to see yours :-D. No pressure or anything, just severe depression from the weather and anticipation of the next great ride :biggrin: .
With all that weather protection on the ST you brag about I'd have sworn you'd ride year round. ;)

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Nice bike there! My Suzuki Bandit isn't decked out like the V-Strom is but I really do like the bike...how it handles...it's ride...and power.

Congrats on the new ride!
 
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