Since we still had both the SV and DL when we hit Shannonville for a track day a few days later, we thought it might be interesting to tape up the lights and put them out there to see what they can do. After all, the SV’s supposed to be the tuned-up motor and in a more sporty chassis than the V-Strom, so what better place?
I wake up at 7 a.m. I’m in a motel room with a freshly showered Mr. Seck doing the wakey-wakey chant. Then comes the realization that I’m about to embark on a 12-hour endurance ride around the back-end of northern Ontario in search of obscure clues in obscure places for some kind of obscure pleasure. Welcome to the Blackfly Rally – 12 or 24 hours of non-stop riding to test man and machine with no plausible reason other than to ride … a lot.
In part 1 of our long-term V-Strom update, we went over the fitting of a whole host of SW Motech parts (kindly supplied by Twisted Throttle), before Mr. Seck took it out on its inaugural dirt ride at one of Rally Connex’s dual-sport events. Everything seemed to hold up well, but then he was babying it … somewhat.
After our initial test (and brief off-road excursion) of the V-Strom last year, we were left with the impression that with the fitting of some aftermarket mods, the 650 V-Strom could be effectively coaxed into the world of dirt.
It’s about 9pm and I’m sitting in a bar in Buckingham, Quebec with a pint of the best tasting ice-cold beer that I’ve had in a long time.