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post #1 of 55 Old 01-03-2015, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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New to the Strom, where to start ?

I should be picking up my new 2014 Strom in a few weeks. I got the base model and will farkles from there.

I plan to commute to work and do some back road riding. < my roots are in the dirt> I have several dirt oriented bikes for the serious off road stuff.

I know I need to add a GPS mount right away. Every bike has its week points. What order do I need to add stuff. I cant add everything at one time.

Thanks for any advice.

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post #2 of 55 Old 01-03-2015, 01:05 PM
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#1: Center Stand

If I was you, the first thing I would add is a center stand. I never had a bike without one and wouldn't want to start.

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Obviously depends on your use but I have been doing about one thing every couple months. Top case first, skid plate, cigarette charger, tank bag, windsheild in that order. Saw the biggest differene with windsheild but needed the other except for the skid plate which I though the oil filter just looked to exposed. Next will be hand guards, cruise control, and maybe but I don't really want them is side cases. Using a large dry bag currently strapped down when I do trips. Just my thoughts....
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There's not really much for weak spots.. just things that you might want to have.

When I got both my Stroms I immediately added the centerstand, the Hand guards and the top case. In both cases I got a Madstad Bracket to cure any issues I had with buffeting and added/transferred GPS right away. For me Throttle Rocker and throttle lock are necessities and I found I needed a better seat.

Fork Brace is nice. There is a ton of other crap you can add but most isn't needed.

I'd suggest you wait until you ride it a bit to see what is important to you before you blow a bunch of money on stuff you probably don't need.

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Depending on your power requirements, Eastern Beaver sells some usefull solutions. If you'll only need powe for the GPS then their accessory socket or heated grip adapters will together give you two ignition switched power sources.

The plastic Suzuki lowe cowling gives a little protection to the oil filter / cooler and also, IMO, tidies up the bike from an asthetic view. Not much use if you're expecting to do serious rough roads though.
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Does the Madstad Bracket make much difference ? I saw a place that sells them and a GPS mount plate that mounts behind the windshield. I have a Garmin Montana but im thinking it may not be the best for street riding. Searching around the net there seems to be tons of stuff for these bikes.
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If you have an Auto type GPS, Ram makes an Aqua Box that will protect your GPS from the wet. No point in buying a several hundred dollar GPS when what you have will work just fine.
Farkles are what makes you happy in no particular order but the Center Stand and maybe the Fork Brace are really nice features.
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+1 on center stand, fork brace and windshield. Also, Augustus deflectors are a big help, for sale here in the inventors forum, I believe.

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Does the Madstad Bracket make much difference ? I saw a place that sells them and a GPS mount plate that mounts behind the windshield. I have a Garmin Montana but im thinking it may not be the best for street riding. Searching around the net there seems to be tons of stuff for these bikes.
Madstad did gret things for me. Only downside for you is that it works with older strom windshields (ie 650's before 2012 and dl1000 from 2003 to 2013). I use the the stock windshield from an older dl650 and a large Givi. I don't feel the Need for anything else.

I hear the Montana is great if it's the one I'm thinking of.. Waterproof, tough, etc. for my old eyes the smaller screens don't work well but I was happy with a Garmin 60cx when my eyes were better.

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Forkbrace , center stand, windshield, gps mount, Eastern Beaver H4 dual headlight relay kit, and power adapter for the gps. That for me was just the beginning

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