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Old 11-26-2012, 10:32 PM
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Default Wee/Vee mandatory upgrades & farkles

Think'n maybe going from my trusty DR to a DL, the bike will definately be purchased used, so... if guy was to decide to buy a used DL what would be some of the must have upgrades/mods/farkels he should be look'n for ??

Not reflective tape or a blink'n tail light but the upgrades/mods that replace/repair things that bike shouldve came with from the factory but they were to cheap to do correctly.

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Old 11-26-2012, 11:12 PM
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Think'n maybe going from my trusty DR to a DL,

IS THERE A $$$ REASON FOR ONE OR THE OTHER???

I HAVE 1 OF EACH...(WEE & DR350)

the bike will definately be purchased used,

ANY SKOOTER PURCHASE IS BEST MADE FOR A USED UNIT, LETTING SOMEONE ELSE TAKE THE DEPRECIATION HIT

so... if guy was to decide to buy a used DL what would be some of the must have upgrades/mods/farkels he should be look'n for ??

THEY COME FROM THE FACTORY WITHOUT GASOLINE, WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM YOU CAN ADD TO ONE(ALONG W/ OIL, ANTIFREEZE & GOOD SNEAKERS)

Not reflective tape or a blink'n tail light but the upgrades/mods that replace/repair things that bike shouldve came with from the factory but they were to cheap to do correctly.

ALL THE OTHER STUFF THAT I HAVE ON MINE(ENGINE GUARDS, SKID PAN, CUSTOM SEAT, OVERSIZED TAIL RACK, SIDE RACKS, CENTER STAND, ROX BAR RISERS, STEBEL HORN...) WERE ITEMS THAT EITHER MADE HER MORE COMFORTABLE OR SAFER, IMHO

Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-27-2012, 12:13 AM
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Seat that feels good to you
Windscreen that works for you
Fork brace
Fork springs that suit your loaded riding weight
Headlight relay to take the headlight current away from the start switch contacts

Upgraded fork damping
Upgraded shock

Nothing on the engine. People do stuff, but only ordinary maintenance is needed.
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The only thing I feel Suzuki should have included is a centerstand.

The rest of the stuff can be determined by the owner with the possible exception of the fork brace and headlight relay.

You may think the seat is a blessing from the motorcycle gods and the suspension is okay for a while.
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Seems like the only engineering fix is the headlight relay, as a result of the design flaw. I would guess the designer is the one that did the electronics for the early Buell Ulys. The rest is sort of an individual issue I suppose.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:28 AM
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A few more miles on the odometer is about it

every body will have different opinion on upgrades you need. Best thing to do is buy one and put a few miles on it and see what works for you because everybody will be different.

Unlike a Kawasaki KLR 650 which NEEDs the doohickey and a few other parts prone to breaking a V-Stroms NEED nothing to be a good dependable bike IMO.

Like was mentioned above the only thing that should have been on the bike from the factory that most people will want is the center stand. If you buy a used bike then more than likely it will already have one installed. From what I have seen most V-Stroms get a center stand within the first couple thousand miles of there life.
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Farkles and upgrades depend on your wallet and your need to keep up with every one else.
The Center stand is really handy though. Everything else kinda becomes ego candy.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:22 PM
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Thanks for the input gents, & Swoody...Dig'n the humor, killer answers man.

I kind of figured they advice would vary, as said its a personal kind fo thing, LESS FILLING !!!! TASTE GREAT !!!!, I thought ther mite be some issues that really needed to be attended to.

My DR, I love my DR (650), its a hard bike to beat, about as close (IMO) as the perfect do it all bike, & you dont have to cash in your 401K to fund it, I just wanted something a little more roadish, debate'n on go'n back to school & thought it would be a great commuter bike.

Actualy it sounds very simaler to the DR as far as upgrades, du huh, go figure.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:20 PM
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Default FARKLES ?

as i perused the suggestions, 1 item kept resurfacing

the headlight relay

as i now know, the electjuicity 4 the d...n headlights runs thru the starter button/switch

i also now know that d...n thing is a WEAK LINK!!!

there are 2 LITTLE TINY bumplettes, in there, that rub back n forth on 2 pair of little flat contacts EVERY TIME YOU START THE ENGINE

once released, the starter button carries the power for the headlights

last spring, just south of BAYOU LA BATRE, AL, my starter hesitated & i thought it was the battery, BUT I WAS MISTAKEN

since i didn't know what was really happening, i bought a new AGM battery @ the local AUTOZONE(really nice folks, w/ lotsa options in the m/c battery line)

i thought the problem was solved, until i lost my headlights, going thru downtown houston @ dusk, during the LONE STAR RALLY

when i got back to the motel i got on the STROMTROOPER FORUM & in short order found out what my problem really was

THE STARTER BUTTON/SWITCH

i now know there is a relay kit out there that routes the electjuicity around the problem button & there will soon be one of those kits installed on my WEE

i'm thinkin this doesn't fall under the FARKLE category

it falls under the safety/dependability category

& had i known about the importance of this FIX b4 i took off to KEY WEST, i would be $30 ahead of the game($95 battery - $65 kit = $30 still in my pocket)

btw: there is a simple fix for the problem & it doesn't co$t anything but about an hour of your time & it works, for a while...

have fun outfitting your new skoot

i know you will enjoy riding it

shiny side up

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:33 PM
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Safety/dependability are exactly the kind of answers I'm looking for, I hate being stranded because of a part that could've been repaired/replaced somewhere other than nowhere.

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