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The Strom

This page has been updated on 16th April 2012. I have a newer version of the Vstrom, a black 09 model with ABS, but that is in Australia.  I had sold the blue 2006 version as it had been dusted.

My bike I am using in the America’s is a 2007 model Suzuki DL650 Vstrom with quite a few modifications to make touring, both on and off road, more enjoyable and safer for me.

These modifications I took with me and bolted on in Salt Lake City, prior to starting my trip, thanks to Ken and Beverly who hosted me for the two weeks needed to ready the bike 🙂

The bike in Panama, on the deck of a 62ft yacht, the Golden Eagle with Aussie skipper Peter(Bruce) heading to Colombia, South America

This is the new Black ABS bike in Sarina at Shaynes place

And this is in front of The Barking Spider, Medellin, Colombia, with Hellen 🙂

A while back I attended the Inaugural Vstrom gathering at Cobar, in 2007 and this is the prize I won for the most farkled VStrom.  FARKLE = a combination of Function and Sparkle, those things added to a motorbike that improves their function or looks.

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28 Responses to “The Strom”

  1. Nice Site, wish I could make it up to Utah to meet you when you are visiting.
    I will be there the week before.
    If you make it towards Las Vegas let us know over on
    Safe Travels

    • travellingstrom said


      I will be in Utah from about the 1st April, so if you are up that way, maybe drop in and say G’day? I will be going to Vegas as there is another friend in that area, who is not motorbike affiliated, but it will be dependant on timing etc.


  2. Pamela said

    Hey Richard, it was a pleasure meeting you at the Shamrock Pub in Caliente Nevada….the best of luck and safety to on your adventure..

    • travellingstrom said

      G’day Pamela, it was great to meet you the other night, I ended up staying for quite a while after you left, with the other locals and enjoyed myself. The beer and rum tasted quite fine than kyou very much.


  3. Just heard about your travels through a friend on the Motorcycle Tourers Forum. From the oldest continuous Strommer, congrats on your endeavours so far, and hopefully we’ll meet one day.

    ITSecurity (Tony Higgins)
    Forum Moderator, Delphi V-Strom Forum
    2002 DL1000 (first retail delivery in Canada)

    • travellingstrom said

      G’day m8, thank you

      I will be up in Canada soon, so it may be sooner than you think.

      Cheers TS

  4. Michael Jordan said

    Richard – I’ve grabbed a screen shot of your Spot track to Prudhoe. Let me know where to send it.

    My recent adventures here:


  5. Gary said

    What a great adventure. I am about to change to a 650 from a Ducati ST3) with the intention of a 6 month ride from Singapore to Vietnam and possibly the Phillipines. I am following your ride with great interest.

  6. Gary said

    Have now picked up the new Strom and most pleased. First ride yesterday was as good as expected, today was great. Think now that the Ducati was a penis extension.

  7. WeeMcD said

    Very cool blog. I’ll be keeping close track of your trip with jaw dropped in complete jealousy. Enjoy the adventure.

  8. I Will have to come back again when my course load lets up – however I am taking your RSS feed so I can read your site offline. Thanks.

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  10. He very friendly man his bike so cool
    He stay with us two night. I hope to see him soon
    Loay mesah view GH Vangvieng / laos

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