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post #1 of 15 Old 11-14-2013, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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pre-purchase Q on 2013 650 Adventure

Probably going to pick one up tomorrow or Saturday!

Wondering if there are any 'add-ons' or other things I should have the dealer throw in?

I'm new here and coming from a Sportster, so I'm not super familiar with all the accessories for the V-Strom. Was glad to find a forum just for the V-Strom! I've read a lot of great reviews, so I tried one the other day and fell in love with it... looking forward to being able to take longer, more comfortable trips!

I'd appreciate any information you guys would be willing to supply.

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post #2 of 15 Old 11-14-2013, 09:04 PM
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The only add on that I think is universally agreed upon is a center stand. It makes chain, tire, and wheel maintenance a lot easier. I'd sure try to get them to add an OEM unit and installation into the deal.

Beyond that, it's pretty much different strokes / different folks and you might be better served riding the bike for a while and making your own assessments of what you want based on your location, riding style, and so on.
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-14-2013, 09:05 PM
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a centerstand.

in the 5000 miles and 6 months ive had mine, a centerstand is the only think ive ordered.

it makes lubing the chain so much nicer.

i ordered mine from happy-trail, as it was half of the dealer one. i had a happy trail one on my 05. no complaints.
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post #4 of 15 Old 11-14-2013, 09:08 PM
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I agree with the two above. Get the center stand. Everything else is up to your riding style and the direction you want to go with the bike.
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post #5 of 15 Old 11-14-2013, 09:31 PM
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I also agree with the center stand as a necessity but I think a lower cowling/skid plate would be a close second.
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post #6 of 15 Old 11-14-2013, 10:25 PM
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I agree with the centerstand. I have put 7000 miles on mine this summer after I sold my flhtc. I have not put one on yet and chain maint is a pain without it. On my Christmas list. I like the oem handguards, mirror extenders were a must for me or I just looked at my shoulders. The oem topcase bolts right on the rear luggage rack of the adventure model, I am a packrat. The skidplate from adventuremotostuff is awesome and bolts right to the crashbars and also stops the 4700 rpm buzz. The happy trails highway pegs bolt right to the skid plate and are nice for stretching out and also help when dropping the bike....I know. Also the forkbrace makes an insane difference in handling!

So you can see I still have others to add so what is most important is up to you.....the list can keep going and going and going...sort of like buying chrome for the Harley except you do not have to clean it....You are also going to appreciate oil changes and bike washing. One drain plug and one fill point and one type of oil.

You will love the bike!
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post #7 of 15 Old 11-14-2013, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Excellent-- thanks so much, everyone! Just the kind of info I needed.

And LOL xhogrider on the "you do not have to clean it" !!
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post #8 of 15 Old 11-15-2013, 01:56 AM
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I went big with farkels, but the main Suzuki thing for me was the 4 year unlimited miles service protection plan for about $650. Adds on to the 1 year warranty to give 5 years coverage.

I've only had the bike a month and a half, but 3,500 miles so far and really enjoying the ride. I'm sure you'll love it too.

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post #9 of 15 Old 11-15-2013, 07:42 AM
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I felt more at ease with the engine guard installed--right after I had it installed, I dragged bottom a little crossing a ditch, and was glad to have the protection. I don't have a center stand, but lubing the chain is easy enough with the bike on a stand in my garage. Motorcycle Stand Options - Pit Bull, The Motorcycle Stand to Own. I guess on-the-road lube and repairs would be facilitated with the center stand, though.
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post #10 of 15 Old 11-15-2013, 09:04 AM
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You can actually take a short 2x4 or 2x6 and go to the side opposite the side stand near the end of the swing arm pretty much under the axel. You can lift the back tire up a couple of inches and prop it up with the 2x6.

This won't suffice for removing the wheel but you'll be able to lube the chain and tighten it without a center stand.

I also find the skid plate to be the most useful item but I like to ride on the dirt and fire roads we have all over our state.

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