Concern over fuel pump O-ring results in recall of three different models.
V-Strom 650XT comes with wire wheels, revised bodywork.
A German, an Italian and a Japanese battle it out in the mean streets of Nova Scotia.
Suzuki starting to promo new machine, but still keeping their cards close to the vest.
BMW releases new tourer, Suzuki shows concept V-Strom 1000.
Older, more crusty CMGers may recall the last time we had a 650 V-Strom as a long termer. It was in the year of our Lord 2005 (two years after its introduction) and after testing the bike out in the previous year we were smitten by its general all-round usability.
Get the dealer to check your brake light switch.
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.
With the temperature hovering in the mid-thirties, I slide the V-Strom to a halt on the delicious gravel road, somewhere deep in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. I’d just crossed one of the many small winding rivers in the area and decided that it was just too hot to keep riding, especially when a cool fresh river beckoned for a refreshing dip.