Final Service on the V-Strom!

Ray Davie – cycle tech extraordinaire

Just 14 days until Rally Around the World begins – can hardly believe the launch date is so near!!  Cool Springs Powersports in Franklin performed the final service on the bike to include tires, fluids and a final inspection of all systems.  Ray is a huge source of cycle knowlege with over 30 years of experience servcing & repairing Japanese bikes.  He’s an avid rider and was even the top dirt-track rider in Illinois.  I asked him if there was any one thing I should take on my trip, he reached for the PJ1 Black Label chain lube – a daily must at the end of a long day!  Tire pressure is also critical and he even recommended running 36 pounds in the front tire instead of 33 on the V-Strom…will continue to keep the rear tire at 41 pounds. He went over all the tricks to removing the fuel tank, replacing spark plugs, air cleaner and sevicing all the fluids while on the road…one great tip was placing a wrench between the chain and rear sprocket and rolling wheel forward to seat the axle tightly against the adjustment stops before final torquing assuring proper alignment.

Thanks you Cool Springs Powersports and Chris Holbrook for arranging the final service and expecially all the folks in the service department:  Roland, Kate and Ray!

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Denali Panniers & GIVI Top Case

Denali Panniers & GIVI Top Case

Installed a pair of Denali aluminum panniers from Happy Trail in powder-coated black and premounted hardware – included the mounting rack system.  Installing the panniers was simple with the easy-to-follow instructions.  Selected the Clif-cut design making the overall profile 3″ narrower putting the load closer to the bike. Also, added the GIVI E52 Maxia Monokey top case using a universal mounting bracket and adding the luggage rack and extra led braking lights for added visibility.  The entire top case is easily removed from the bike – a great spot to lock away your helmet and other valuables during those stops!

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Selecting A Bike for the Trek…

So what kind of motorcycle does it take to make an around-the-world trek?  Having ridden motorcycles for over 35 years starting with a Harley Davidson 350 Sprint in Fairbanks, AK long ago and riding and owning many types and models since, I ended up with a 2001 Harley Davidson Road King as my road bike of choice for the roads in and around Nashville. 

2001 Harley Davidson Road King

As Rally Around the World approached I knew deep down the trip would require a more versatile and functional cycle to make the 15,000 mile trek.  After much contemplation, research and finally just a plain gut-check, I selected the Suzuki V-Strom DL650. 

Suzuki V-Strom DL650

In 2002, Suzuki introduced the V-Strom 1000 in a new motorcycle category, the Sport Enduro Tourer. Its running performance and packaging earned worldwide acclaim. In 2003, Suzuki released the V-Strom 650 targeting a wider range of users. This versatile model covers not only daily use such as commuting, but also touring as well…I just knew I was on the right track.

Since getting the bike, I have been adding a number of accessories or “farkles” coming from “function” and “sparkle”.  Started with Rox pivoting risers for handlebar comfort and endurance on the road, Denali panniers from Happy-Trails, GIVI top case and engine guards, Adventure Moto Stuff skid plate and Mad Stad adjustable, windshield mounts to reduce buffeting.  Still have a number of other accessories to add including a GPS and communication system…the jury is still out on the stock seat!!…lastly, all that will be needed is a rider!!

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