My love for the DL650a V-strom is immense it is an excellent bike and a decent choice for a first adventure bike. Perfectly at home on the road and good enough to handle dirt back roads and fire roads at a medium pace. On the road, the turn in and throttle response are predictable as you would expect from a 650.

I’ve been riding 600s for a while but going down to a 650 was a good move for me. I was smoother and faster in the turns as a result, my best riding was done on the v-strom. It is fun to see how upset some people get when they see a 650 pass them with ease in the twisties while they are trying their hardest on a liter bike. I lived on the v-strom for 3 weeks during my north-eastern tour (expect some videos about that) 8-12 hour days and some camping through Maine. The trip of a life time more so for the ill-fated v-strom

The day I brought it home. Fresh from the crate. It was 30°F when I picked it up but i

The day I brought it home. Fresh from the crate. It was 30°F when I picked it up but i

I ride all year which is hard to do in the snow capital of America

I ride all year which is hard to do in the snow capital of America

Partially built up. but eady for adventure

Partially built up. but eady for adventure

In the abandoned Rochester subway system for a photo shoot. Fully built ready to go. (South Avenue Rochester, NY 43.153384, -77.607810

In the abandoned Rochester subway system for a photo shoot. Fully built ready to go. (South Avenue Rochester, NY 43.153384, -77.607810

(David Gray Hill Road Geneseo, NY 14454 42.720129, -77.725375)

(David Gray Hill Road Geneseo, NY 14454 42.720129, -77.725375)

Not pictured: how gnarly the road got in the next few miles and my bike getting ready to break. (Fork Hill Rd North Bend, PA 41.4511317°, -077.6775267°)

Not pictured: how gnarly the road got in the next few miles and my bike getting ready to break. (Fork Hill Rd North Bend, PA 41.4511317°, -077.6775267°)

THE DEATH OF THE V-STROM. (Fork Hill Rd North Bend, PA 41.4511317°, -077.6775267°)

THE DEATH OF THE V-STROM. (Fork Hill Rd North Bend, PA 41.4511317°, -077.6775267°)

OK, ok, so the V-Strom isn't really dead. Suzuki of America is replacing the frame under warranty. Zero hassle. I wont get it back until spring though. I really love this bike, and after spending months customizing it to my exact needs how could I not love it. I purchased the bike for almost $4,000 less than MSRP (brand new left over still in crate) and dumped all of that extra cash into accessories and parts.

Check back for updates on the V-strom and a video series on the East Coast Trip

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