Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Other countries uses comma as a decimal point where we in the U. S. use a period.
The M = mertic
12 (or whatever ) = the diameter of the shank in millimeters
If there is another number such as 1.5 or something, that is the thread pitch, the millimeters per thread.
What is not mentioned is the number on the head of the bolt, 8.8 or something that gives the strength class of the bolt.
There are torque tables available on the Internet for fasteners of various materials, strength classes, surface finishes, and lubed or not. The V-Strom repair manual has the torque specs, and as more '12 owners buy the manuals, there will be more with the specif answers for you.
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