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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-21-2017, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Old road rat here. I've been riding, wrenching and retching since the 70s and have a soft spot for old Yamahas, BMWs and MotoGuzzis. Glad this forum is here... looks like a lot of good info and people.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-21-2017, 01:42 PM
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Thanks for the greetings. I just bought an XVS650 Custom. I've been touring on my DRZ400 for the last couple of years and it's an awesome machine... no problems doing 700 mile days but it just lacks the sound and feel of a good twin that makes the ride so much more enjoyable. And I honestly have to say that mechanically the XVS650 makes more sense to me and feels more like something I rode in my youth. It's fairly light and handles well enough in twisties despite being a low cruiser, has a moderately tuned air-cooled motor that performs well yet returns descent fuel milege, has threaded valve adjusters, has a low maintenance shaft drive and most of all, has character. Basically it's a type of bike that appeals to riders who are also mechanics who love bonding with their bike via basic maintenance rituals. A few pics of my bike are in my StarBikeForum album.

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650 custom is a very good bike, my wife rides one and I love its look.

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@nurtaeff - how do you like the Avon Cobra on your Stryker? I love the classic Avon AM series so I opted on the Cobra for my XRS650 which I should have mounted by tomorrow.
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@nurtaeff - how do you like the Avon Cobra on your Stryker? I love the classic Avon AM series so I opted on the Cobra for my XRS650 which I should have mounted by tomorrow.


I like it. I think 240 is the right size for Stryker. Some people on Stryker forum complains about its grip in the rain, but I've never had issues with it when it rains. Also I start cornering more aggressively since it has more round profile because of the narrower rim. And I got a really good deal on it from Jake Wilson. I was choosing between Michelin Commander and Avon and decided on Avon based on reviews.


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Welcome to the forum from East Tennessee. The 650 is a great bike, ride safely!


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