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post #21 of 87 Old 04-02-2011, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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There are not a lot of members on this great forum dedicated to the Suzuki V strom who can imagine purchasing a brand new bike and without even turning the key you can make such wholesale changes to the bike,your budget must be a bottomless pit ,looking forward to the end result.
I wish the budget was a bottomless pit I suppose i have ridden bikes long enough to know what mods will work for me. I am hoping that all the accessories will total less than $2,000. Working on that amount, the bike will represent great value for money.

All the prep is for a trip around Aus later this year. I have a unique opportunity where i can take 2 months holidays. I want the bike to be a comfortable durable machine.

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Steve,

A couple of things to consider.

You can't put the front plastics back on. Moving the bars forward will mean the bars hit the screen on full lock. BTW. In four years on this forum this is the first time I have ever heard of somebody moving the bars forward.

While you have the air box off put some door screen fly wire over the inlet. The air box attracts insects like a magnet and the fly wire over the inlet will greatly reduce your filter cleaning time.

Take the air filter element out and carefully check the seal underneath where it sits on the air box. Suzuki have a habit of not installing them correctly and leaving gaps. While you have it off some Vaseline or similar in the edge of the seal is a good move as well.

Apply some silastic are similar to the rubber covers over the swing arm pivot unless you want to pay Jeffries $22 regularly to replace the missing one.

Stainless front brake lines make a big difference (improvement) to the brake feel.

I assume that you will be using the factory socket for the heated grips. It will be way easier to find with the plastics off and Eastern Beaver make a nice cable with connector to plug into it.
Hi K1W1,

I have no intention of putting the plastics back on. Final postioning of the controls will happen when the bike is back together. I want to have a good compromise between sitting and standing control of the bike. The supplied spacers were all that HDB made, if they don't work it will be easy and cheap to swap them out.

Thanks for the tip on the screen for the inlet, i'll have a look at that. I assume you mean the flyscreen is on the outside of the airbox? I have not taken it off, just disconnected it from the throttle bodies.

I'll check the filter as well for the price they charge, you would assume it would be perfect.

I am not using the factory wiring, i have bought a PC-8 fuseblock from eastern beaver. I will run the grips off one of the switched outlets.

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post #22 of 87 Old 04-02-2011, 07:54 AM
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F**k.

I'm just plain jealous

Enjoy the bike Steve..

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Thanks for the tip on the screen for the inlet, i'll have a look at that. I assume you mean the flyscreen is on the outside of the airbox? I have not taken it off, just disconnected it from the throttle bodies.
Yes the actual inlet in the front that faces down. Just wrap some flywire over it and hold it in place with a cable tie.


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I am not using the factory wiring, i have bought a PC-8 fuseblock from eastern beaver. I will run the grips off one of the switched outlets.
Then you will have a spare switched connection behind the radiator for another low power device.
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Steve,

u must have very long arms to put the handlebar forward - i have short arms and long body and have move them long way up and back.

when i disassemble my wiring recently because my old aux fuse box is giving me grief. I route most of my power cables through the right side (where u intent of put RR) as going through left just adds more wiring to the stock suzuki mess already. If the RR is in that location it will make the routing more difficult. Of course i have a lot of wires - All 8 connections from PC8 were used: HID, Cruise Control, Emergency Strobe system, Heated Grip, Power Socket, Pro-oiler, GPS and charging connection -so it may not be an issue for u.

Are you putting the PC8 in the under-tray area or in front of the undertray but behind the battery?

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F**k.

I'm just plain jealous

Enjoy the bike Steve..

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Thanks Steve, hey i could be making the bike worse with all these changes Hopefully not...

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Yes the actual inlet in the front that faces down. Just wrap some flywire over it and hold it in place with a cable tie.

Then you will have a spare switched connection behind the radiator for another low power device.
Thanks Richard

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Steve,

u must have very long arms to put the handlebar forward - i have short arms and long body and have move them long way up and back.

when i disassemble my wiring recently because my old aux fuse box is giving me grief. I route most of my power cables through the right side (where u intent of put RR) as going through left just adds more wiring to the stock suzuki mess already. If the RR is in that location it will make the routing more difficult. Of course i have a lot of wires - All 8 connections from PC8 were used: HID, Cruise Control, Emergency Strobe system, Heated Grip, Power Socket, Pro-oiler, GPS and charging connection -so it may not be an issue for u.

Are you putting the PC8 in the under-tray area or in front of the undertray but behind the battery?
Hi Ace,

I have not thought about where to place the PC8 yet. Once the RR is installed, i'll have a look then. I need to decide whether to install my Autocom or not. I borrowed a friends Bluetooth $100 headset 2 weeks ago and i was very impressed with how well it worked bike to bike. There seems to be a ton of room on the bike to run cables so i don't think i will run into to many problems.

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Steve,certainly no malice intended in my post I don't go that road your mods are looking good and hope you keep posting the work in progress.I too am in a position to take extended leave,is 8 weeks enough for you to do a lap?you surely will need rest days and keep the ride days to maybe 700k.
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Steve,certainly no malice intended in my post I don't go that road your mods are looking good and hope you keep posting the work in progress.I too am in a position to take extended leave,is 8 weeks enough for you to do a lap?you surely will need rest days and keep the ride days to maybe 700k.
No worries windy, i didn't read any malice in your comments

I think 8 weeks will be more than enough. I will run pretty quickly up to the NSW/QLD border then see where the road takes me. The Gibb River Road and the Kimberley will be one of my main priorities on the trip, i'm hoping to spend about 2 weeks roaming around there.

Timing is my biggest decision at the moment. I was thinking of leaving early September, but i may bring it forward a couple of weeks.

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rpo38[Steve],this thread is getting down the page,more pics and tell tale of the makeover please,I'm so interested in the font end mods,ie lights etc.
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is 8 weeks enough for you to do a lap?
Mike Hyde did a lap including Tasmania in 35 days on a DL1000.
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rpo38[Steve],this thread is getting down the page,more pics and tell tale of the makeover please,I'm so interested in the font end mods,ie lights etc.
Hi Windy,

No progress to speak of, i'm waiting for more bits to arrive.

I decided on the Altrider bars, they have just arrived from adventuremoto, i had to buy a short set of levers to clear the HDB guards, so i grabbed a set of the ride it levers advertised here. My bashplate from Yanni should be here anyday. I have ordered a Buell headlight, i should get the call today that it has arrived. Wiring kit from Eastern Beaver is being made, i decided to take Jim's advice and i will relace the connector on the loom with a metripack. Switches and weatherproof covers are on the way from HDB...

I am trying to decide on what luggage racks to buy to attach my 1440 Pelicans to. Currently it is a close race between the SW-Motech and H&B, the moose expedition rack is also a consideration.

I'll post pics when i get more done.

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Mike Hyde did a lap including Tasmania in 35 days on a DL1000.
Great read that book, Mike has a great sense of humour and a fabulous writing style.

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