Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Central Coast, NSW, Australia
Stock Wee Strom...what parts to buy?
So as I said in my intro post, I've just purchased a 2005 Wee Strom, with 360000kms, and with all stock gear, and I'm looking to get some gear for trips in the future.
On my (very long and boring) ride to Canberra last June, my fingers froze. How effective are Barkbusters or other similar products at wind deflection? What are your recommendations?
The bike came with a (and apologies if this isn't the right terminology), a GIVI plate/board for a top box, and Monokey sideracks, but not the actual cases. Are they universal? Or do I need to buy those brands? I've had a bit of a look on the web, and am rather confused by the huge range of options. What would you recommend for a week away for one in terms of 'literage' of the cases? How about a weekend away for 2?
From what I've been reading, the buffeting that I'm coming across seems pretty common to most Strom owners. My previous bike didn't have a windscreen, so I'm used to feeling the full brunt of windforce, but this buffeting is something altogether different. I've tried the (stock) windshield at each of the three height settings, and although the middle option is the better, it's still pretty bad, and I don't think I'd want to do a trip with it. I've been reading a lot about the Maddstad system, what are your thoughts on how successful it is? If it helps, I'm about 190cm tall.
Crash bars....recommendations? I don't plan to drop the bike, but you just never know.
Training courses. I've done a couple of advanced driver/driver safety etc style courses over the years, what is about in NSW (my preference is either the Central Coast or Newcastle, but I'll go to Sydney if need be) that is reputable for improving rider awareness/skills/control etc?
Pillion...part of the reason for buying the Wee Strom, other then it felt like putting a glove on when I sat on it, was so that the wife and I, in time, could do weekend trips on it rather then drive, just to change things up. I've never had, or been, a pillion before, and my wife has never ridden a bike at all. What tips, or advice do you guys have? My thoughts were to just do a couple of local trips..to the shops, to football etc just to get used to it, before venturing out on a trip away.
I have to say though, that so far I love the WeeStrom. Very comfortable, it feels like wearing a glove, and it's so nice to know that if I need the power, that it's there.
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