I wanted to share what I have done to my 2014 DL1000 (not an Adventure) since I bought it the last week of August 2015.
I have made many changes and added a lot to it to make it MY bike so letís get started!
This is the bike as it sits with all the goodies - Nice looking. All the other parts/pictures will be in random order
I added a SW Motech engine guard - aluminum - I know some say its a bit flimsy but itís better than nothing and Iím not off road much anymore. I also added a Suzuki Center stand which works well but it does take some umph to get it in place when the bike is packed. But - Its doable.
Tank Bag - I chose the Suzuki large tank bag due to the weekend trips I take. It is a camp on bag which removes by pulling a small rope. The bag pops off and can be set aside to refuel. This is the bag I wanted because it said V-Strom on it butÖÖ the dealer checked with Suzuki and was tole that was just a preproduction bag in the photo and it now has Suzuki on it.
I modified the bag quite a bit by adding power and the controls for the heated gear I have. I cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag and ran a battery tender connection in and the power cord for my heated gear. As you can see, the white and black connectors come out of the front of the bag for easy connections to my coat and pants. Inside the small zippered compartment is the heat controller - very easy access when riding.
In addition, I added a few things inside the bag. First is a USB/Cig lighter. I soldered on a battery tender lead and plug it in when I ride. If you do this, meter the leads! I got the first attempt wrong and blew the port out! Anyhow, that gives me power for my GPS and all my USB devices such as my phone, Uclear etc. I have an LED light in there as well for night time. I also have a small cable and lock that I can slip through my helmet and tank bag and lock it. Normally I can toss the helmet in a pannier but this works well for when they are full. Oh and I have a garage door opener in there too.
While we are at it in that area of the bike - I added Koso heated grips with the switch built in to the left hand grip. I really didn't like the controller that you had to mount on your handlebars that the Oxford grips have.
They are about $40.00 more but you have to try things to see if they are better and they are! I will keep Koso grips on all my bikes in the future. They heat very well and I have ridden in mid weight gloves in 35 degrees and they have kept me warm.
Oh and if you are wondering about my heated pants and coat liner, they are Firstgear heated liner, Firstgear Heated pant liner. Both are available at Revzilla for about $160 each. The heat controller I have is Gerbing 12v dual (jacket and pants liner) controller. All said and done itís all worth every penny! One other thing to consider is that the heated liner is heated up to the collar which creaps into your helmet!
Firstgear Heated Pant Liner - RevZilla
Firstgear Heated Jacket Liner - RevZilla
See my next post for more changes!