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Vera - 2011 VStrom 650 ABS

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    Today I took delivery of a my newest addition to the House of Zook - a silver VStrom 650.

    She has only done 2447km and has factory handguards and semi-rigid panniers fitted. As she is not LAMS legal and I am still on my Ps, there is going to be a constant battle of wills as I try to be good and not ride her.

    Here are some photos of her settling in to her new home (I apologise for the less then great picture quality but my real camera was lost on Mac Pass on Xmas eve)

    Update 11/1/12 - i have changed the photos to some better ones taken today
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    As you know, I have a passion for modding and farkling and therefore Vera's to-do list is pretty extensive already -

    • Radiator cover
    • Bash plate for oil filter and oil cooler
    • Top box
    • Heated grips
    • Driving lights
    • GPS/headset
    • 12v accesory socket
    • Crashbars
    • Switches for house alarm and garage door
    • Hard mount point for jumper cables
    • Distribution block wiring
    • Handlebars with cross brace (maybe, depending on where/how I install the GPS)
    • Wider foot pegs
    • Seat adjustments
    • Bigger windscreen (maybe)
    • New gauge faces (incorporating an adjustment to fix the under reporting speedo)
    • Front Fender extender
    • Chain oiler (maybe)
    • Centre stand

    Some of these modifications are thigns that I have already done on Scarlett but there is a lot there that will be new and exciting for me. Hopefully this will keep me out of trouble until May!
     
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    And for those that are wondering about her name, well I named her after Vera Lynn, a famous singer during the second world war. She was most remembered for her song "We'll Meet Again" which has the lines -

    We'll meet again,
    Don't know where, don't know when.
    But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.

    Seems fitting as there are lots of travel plans in her (and my) future :)
     
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    And she gets the red carpet too judging by her pic, she looks sweet.
     
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    I hope you can resist the temptation!

    I have some oxford heated grips if you are interested.
     
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    Wow. How exciting!!!! So cool.

    So on the mods:

    - Definitely to a centre stand. You absolutely need that to make chain relubing easy as she's going to go offroad
    - Heated grips are awesome
    - GPS & headset is awesome. I love my GPS, don't really love my headset
    - I wish I had a 12v accessory socket, and it's the next farkle for the BMW
    - Mounting the GPS on the cross-brace will likely still be too close to your face. I have a vague plan to remount mine above the gauges
    - Wider foot pegs is a cool idea - I slip off mine occasionally. Being able to ditch the rubber is good
    - Top boxes are ugly, but handy. Tank bags are super-useful & only a little ugly, so get one of those too.

    Can you help name my guzzi? You have a great naming talent :) I can't keep calling it the Goose.
     
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    Good point on the tank bag. So used to riding a cruiser where a tank bag would never work as it covers the speedo. As for naming the Guzzi, nothing wrong with calling it the Goose! Sometimes names take a while to come to you. I was lucky cause I had been thinking about my upgrade for a while now (PS If I had ended up with a DR650, there is a very good chance she would have been called Dora).
     
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    Looks awesome Madmonk!! :up

    Really good pickup and glad to see that you're enjoying the new bike already!

    Look forward to seeing it ridden on the road! :D
     
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    Congrats! Nice buy.

    Donna, your bike is now known as Goose to everyone. You've sealed its fate in that respect!
     
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    Not on your nelly
    No can do
     
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    grats Madmonk!!
     
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    very nice Madmonk! YOu have more willpower then me though I think...
    I'm deliberately not looking at the For Sale threads as I don't think I have the strength to buy something and NOT ride it for several months :)

    oh yeah and +1 for tank bag. Whilst they are ugly, on my recent couple trip to Tassie the tank bag was the most useful bit of luggage I had! Even just for maps / and treating it like a glove box for camera, wallet, mints, smokes, ferry tickets, and stuff... I constantly used it! (Even if it has marked my tank / paintwork)
     
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    Easy solution: take the front suspension out of it and don't put it back in. It's what I did with MIZ's SV650s :).
     
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    I hope you enjoy many many epic kilometers on Vera. It was also delightful to see Scarlett again, although she's "put on weight" since I last saw her!

    As for Donna's naming of the Guzzy, only Donna can name the Guzzi! I would suggest the name of some sort of Italian womaniser, because if the V7 was a person, it'd seduce your wife. Silvio, perhaps? ;).
     
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    It just cannot be called Goose.
    Ever.
     
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    It will eventually get a name. And it will not be Goose :) A friend said to me 'enjoy your goose' and the silly thing stuck in my head. But it's not a name...
     
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    what about gander?
     
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    Take a gander at Goose.

    (Sorry Lurch...)
     
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    if it's good for the goose, then its good for the gander.


    .... lol kinda off topic though.. back to Madmonks Vstrom!
     
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    Love it Julian... How exciting for you, love the name as well... so how long before you can ride her? :D
     
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    Not until 11 May :( Whilst I liked Supa's idea of removing the front forks, this is a little bit too drastic. As a deterrent I have decided not to arrange insurance for her until May. As I would never ever take any type of vehicle out on the road without full insurance, this should do the trick.
     
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