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post #11 of 18 Old 11-14-2012, 05:31 AM
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Welcome Darth,

I agree with much of what K1W1 said.

Wind buffeting is a myth on a Strom...... I have 6 different helmets [no I don't wear them all, but I do wear 3 of them for different reasons at times].

Of the 6, one gets buffeted, two get mild buffeting under certain wind conditions and the other three get no buffeting at all- so it is the helmet, not the screen that is the issue.

My new Nolan N104 has no buffeting at all, I have found that on my old KLE500 with the small screen the visor automatically pops shut at 100kph- on the Strom it doesn't get air pressure on it so it stays open even at speed.

Luggage- soft panniers and tank bag for most of your gear along with a top box to lock important items in [not all helmets fit in, get a cable lock to secure them to the bike if you need to leave them with it- my Givi V46 top box will hold our two adult full face helmets though].

Make sure your riding skills are honed before taking a pillion.

Crash bars.

Ride and enjoy.

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post #12 of 18 Old 11-14-2012, 08:43 AM
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Welcome to the world of spending all your hard earned $ on your strom!
I've had my 2008 vstrom for 3 months or so and I'm addicted to bolt on goodies.

It started life as a standard 650 abs and within days the additions started.
In the short time I've had it I've added
SW-motech crash bars.
SW- motech centre stand.
SW-motech engine sump guard.
SW-motech adventure lower foot pegs.
SW-motech gps mount.
SW-motech iPhone mount.
2 led front driving lamps.
Adventure tech lowering plates for the foot pegs and controls.
Adventure tech mirror extenders.
Throttle lock/ cruise control.
Had the seat padding redone ( higher)
SW-motech luggage racks.
Full set of TraX aluminium luggage.
Two 12v aux sockets, for iPhone and tomtom rider gps.
LED rear tail lamp.
Genuine Suzuki hand guards,this stop the wind/cold and keep the fingers nice and toasty.
All these parts fitted perfectly with no dramas at all and I recommend them to anyone.
as far as my wife thinks I've spent a couple of hundred $
I dread to think what I've really spent.

So like I said welcome and happy spending.

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post #13 of 18 Old 11-14-2012, 03:37 PM
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So Ocker

If buffeting on a Strom is a myth, and its all in the helmet, how come I keep my helmet, change my screen - buffeting totally eliminated?
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post #14 of 18 Old 11-14-2012, 09:03 PM
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Buffeting is caused by a combination of body size and shape, riding position, helmet and bike aerodynamics. Unfortunately most people simply blame the bike and don't look at the other factors. Often as Ocker says a change of helmet will solve a problem. Sometimes a change of handlebars or handle bar position or fitting mirror extenders work, sometimes its a screen change and sometimes it's all of the above or sell the bike because it just does not work for you..
There is no right or wrong answer and what works for one does not always work for another.
Despite all the negative buffeting comments about Stroms I have never experienced any at all but obviously other people have and I'm sure there are a lot of people who think they have but really don't know what buffeting is and just follow the herd mentality and pay for fixes that are not required.
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post #15 of 18 Old 11-14-2012, 09:50 PM
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If all else fails . . . take the expensive option : by leaving the screen off.
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post #16 of 18 Old 11-16-2012, 05:00 AM
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I have a 2006 650 and the first accessories I put on were the following:

Hepco & Becker crash bars (Adventure Moto Products - Brisbane)
Hepco & Becker centre stand
Headlight protector (Australian Motorcycle Headlight Protectors - Qld?)

At first I had a Venture rack on the back, this worked well as when you put it over the seat, it leaves you room for a tent on the rear. Now I have a small Givi top box. The Ventura bag holds more, but not waterproof. As others have said, if you're into "off-road" then go with soft side panniers. I'm making my own aluminium sheet paniers as I usually only commute to and from work.

I would also suggest you get a radiator guard ASAP.

If you're going "off road" then an exhaust bash plate is a must.

I have the Suzuki hand guards, they work ok for wind, but I live in Brisbane, so I don't see the point for heated grips for me.

Hope all this helps,


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post #17 of 18 Old 12-11-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips again guys. I tried to shield-less option, and did a trip to Tamworth and back without it, and while it was fine in as far as there was no buffeting, the wind noise gave me quite the headache. I've got my Madstadd brackets and shield now and have installed the bracket on the bottom setting, and will be trying different height and rake options til I find the best option for me.

I was in Tamworth to see my parents, and my father and I had a look over the bike checking oil, water etc. It had used no oil or water at all between Gosford and Tamworth which is good, but when we went to check the chain, we found that it has stretched in some spots. So when it's a good tension in some spots, it is still very loose in some others. So I need a new chain. Roughly how much should I expect to pay for one? - Come for the Star Wars, stay for the community.
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-11-2012, 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Darthbrendo View Post
So when it's a good tension in some spots, it is still very loose in some others. So I need a new chain. Roughly how much should I expect to pay for one?
36-40K km is probably fairly typical for OEM chain life
Check this thread for chain prices from SV Racing.
You might want to have a good look at the sprockets as well. Warn or hooked sprockets will kill a new chain quickly so you may decide to replace them at the same time.
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