if anyone has a set of box's for sale (or preferably just the right hand side) of the Zuki or Trax sidecases let me know!
LOL the decision to turn around was a good one... Looked pretty loose. Try going back with no cases and some 50/50 tires or something. I bet you will sail right through.
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2006 Toyota Tacoma Ute.
1994 LandRover D1
2008 KTM 990 ADV-sold
1972 Toyota LC FJ-40-sold
1992 SWB RR Classic-sold
2006 BMW GS1200-sold
i run Heidenau K60 scouts, they are a 5050, the trail gets really steep with rock steps, not a good thing with a low clearance bike! go back on a dirtbike sometime! ha
i think this is in my near future...
That get off didn't look bad enough to damage the cases. I guess they're not as beefy as they look from the outside. That trail looked pretty nice though! Thanks for the video.
95 FZJ 80
07 BMW XChallenge
05 V-Strom 1000
they are that easy to damage when they are cheap suzuki TRAX knockoffs, paper thin, dent easy, and as i found out crush easy. i'm going to try and fix them when i get home from sea, im cheap and would rather spend the $450 to replace it on other things... like put it towards a proper dirt bike so i don't have to do this to my strom
Figured i would Cross post this from the Vstrom forum i frequent. some might find it intresting if they are intrested in an adventure touring bike;
Ill start off by saying I could have put a lot more km's than 5k this year, despite the time I’m only home for half the year and that I ensure it through the winter.
I love this bike! it would be nice if I had a bit more power, the 1000 peaks my interest but I’m not willing to go there for the added weight. I Ride this thing HARD, I want to see how it did and I know feel I have a very good idea on its limitations and reliability, if you don’t believe me go to YouTube and look me up, cmcmillan22.
I bought it brand new in Sept 2011 with the Suzuki Adventure package; in hindsight I would rather have got the base model one and upgrade it myself. most of the gear is a knockoff from SW Motech and imho is cheaply done, the box's are made of very thin STEEL that’s been powder coated black, it dents remarkable easily and had one of them totally crush on a fall that I felt wasn’t even that bad. I am replacing them with the Pelican Kit.
the Luggage rack is good quality except that it has no brace on the back of it, I have bent it twice to date. I will be modifying that when my new luggage comes in this month.
I have hammered out the skid plate on numerous occasions, it dents very easily but is easily fixed. I will be upgrading to the Touratec skid plate with oil cooler relocation kit this year if all goes to plans. I have bent the piss out of the bar that holds the back of the skid plate, mind you I would rather the plate and mounts get beat up than end up with a busted crank case.
I have 0 complaints about the crash bars, they do there job very well and take a beating.
the bike has more than enough power to keep up with bigger bikes in the twisties totally loaded up with camping gear. and feels great on gravel roads.
I am in the market for a new seat, after about 3 hours in the saddle I start hating life. how is the zuki Gel seat? they seem like a good deal and can be had for about $180 on Amazon.
as far as technical specs go I have had 0 breakdowns, 0 breakages, no funny noises, SES lights or even minor glitches on the bike. been averaging somewhere around 55-65MPG for normal riding, I think the worst mileage I got was about 40 and that was a day of mud, sand, and a whole lot of 1st and 2nd. I went up one tooth on the front sprocket to make it a little more reasonable at slow speeds and am considering going up another tooth when I do the chain and gears next.
Just thought I would share my experience as a new strom owner, I bought this bike before I had my license, so its my first street bike and I couldn’t be happier.
Hopefully doing Baja and Mexico 2013, and Central America noth in 2014 on this bike if i have anything to say about it!
Red XJ's FTW
2000 Jeep XJ Classic. 2005 Jeep WK LTD 5.7L. 1992 M101 CDN2 1/4 ton project trailer, CVT Mt Hood RTT. 2009 Coachman 108ST Tent Trailer.
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Good god only 2 more watches on this boat then its adventure time! 3 big trips planned comeing up! well 4 sorta but ones not overlanding.
This coming weekend hopping on the bike for a 4 day trip out to Bamfield for Fishing
The weekend after Spectyr is coming over and we are heading to Nitinat!
two weekends after that, the BCBATR! its an annual ADVrider ride spanning 3 days and close to 700km of backroads;
Also my wife has a week off work prior to the BCBATR so we will be going somewhere in the X5, we where thinking a winery tour in the interior... i think i am going to have a few trip reports to write up!
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