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post #1 of 8 Old 11-24-2013, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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2012 VStrom Upgrade Articles

FYI.. A couple of articles from RideApart.com showing some upgrades. Nothing crazy but it is nice to see the Wee get some coverage on an ever increasingly popular motorcycle website.

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Article 2:
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-24-2013, 05:21 PM
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Nice articles however I disagree with this quote; "The OEM centerstand also compromises left-hand cornering clearance. Screw that". I have the OEM centerstand and have yet for it to drag and I've been way over. I've never heard of the MRA X-screen.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-24-2013, 06:31 PM
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The OEM centerstand definitely limits left hand cornering compared to the SW-Motech. It comes with an extended footpeg feeler for the feeler to hit before the center stand tang. On the other hand, the SW-Motech has less vertical ground clearance.

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-24-2013, 07:07 PM
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I like the articles, pretty good writing!

I love the humble centerstand with the fiery passion of a thousand suns. Why? Because as someone who actually rides their bike more than 12 miles each year, I need to be able to lube my chain and check slack without having to pull a paddock stand out of my ass.

Even though I only agree on the hand guards and MAYBE the foot pegs. Doesn't the DRZ or DR650 make those dual foot pegs where you can remove the center rubber and have a good MX foot peg?

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-24-2013, 09:08 PM
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+1 on nice article. Thanks for the link.

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-25-2013, 09:12 AM
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An interesting article, but a few gripes about it:

Article 1 proclaims how awesome the stock brakes are. Article 2 ends with the promise to upgrade the brakes in article 3. Okay....?

I also have a hard time believing anyone (based on forum postings) would be satisfied with the stick bars and seat, and certainly not proclaim their awesomeness as the article did.

Omitting luggage seems a poor idea, after all, the idea was to build up a "better" adventure model... who goes on a trip without luggage of some sort?

Still, nice to see the Strom get some attention.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-25-2013, 10:00 AM
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-26-2013, 03:47 AM
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I was going to say BikeApart articles looks like a display catalog for SW Motech and TwistedThrottle.

sorry for being cynical. I must be getting grumpy @mid life


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