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post #1 of 27 Old 10-03-2018, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Bike Modifications for Traveling Long Distance

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After spending 5 month on my new VStrom 650 (close to 15,000 km) I am ready to share my experience and ask questions from more experience comrades...

Modifications I have done to the bike so far:
1 - Central stand (I got original Suzuki from the dealer).
2 - Installed Engine Guards - GIVI.. It was not as easy as some yutubers suggested. After braking 2 bolts I have finally realized that threads must be retreaded... I have also replaced cheap GIVI bolts with nice SS bolts from local supplier. I have also added rubber between tube and frame to minimize vibration (zero vibration at any RPM as a result).
Replaced original windshield with GIVI Air Flow - very pleased. Specially adjustability feature. I still get air in to my shoulders but my head feels very calm...
4 - Installed central case - GIVI V56 Maxia
5 - Upgraded the seat as my ass was getting under fire after 4 hrs of riding.. I needed full day and no pain experience. Took original seat to the local Ottawa shoe repair store. They have added memory foam and now I feel like I am sitting on top of air - no ass fatigue...
6 - Purchased 70L Duffel Bag from Nelson Rigg. I went camping many times and got under heavy rain - 100% keeps everything in it dry...
7 - Installed heated grips - KOSO 305-10700F - love them
8 - Side stand metal plate by GIVI - gives me 100% stability when parking bike on soft ground. 100% must in my opinion. It touches the central stand a bit but no issues...
9 - Nelson Rigg gas tank bag - I picked the one on magnets...

Plans to get soon before I hit the road for 3 weeks ride:
10 - GIVI Radiator cover
11 - GIVI skid plate to protect oil filter (unless someone can recommend a better one?)
12 - Givi Pair Of Side Cases Trekker Outback 48lt Aluminium + GIVI rear ruck.

Questions/Thoughts
I literally don't like how front fork is too soft on normal riding. I talked to the local shop and they recommended changing springs and installing extra component in to each "pipe" to improve oil flow. Has anyone done it?
Question about electrical staff.. Is it mandatory to install extra relays/switches (as mentioned in other treads) to prevent from lights malfunction etc. I might be using power for accessories so I might need lights switch to minimize total output when needed...

I would appreciate any other advice!
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I literally don't like how front fork is too soft on normal riding. I talked to the local shop and they recommended changing springs and installing extra component in to each "pipe" to improve oil flow. Has anyone done it?
Question about electrical staff.. Is it mandatory to install extra relays/switches (as mentioned in other treads) to prevent from lights malfunction etc. I might be using power for accessories so I might need lights switch to minimize total output when needed...

I would appreciate any other advice!
-I took my front forks off during the winter and sent them to Daugherty Motorsports and had him re-spring and re-valve them. Depending on your weight and riding characteristics(aggressive/passive) you will want to consider having him also re-valve and re-build the rear shock(I did). His prices are very reasonable and his work after 15 thousand miles is still doing it's job. This was a huge increase in ride quality and performance for me and something I wish I had done when I bought the bike.
http://daughertymotorsports.com/vstromsection.html

-Yes, Suzuki has never addressed the problem of the overloaded switch in the starter circuit, so do the Eastern Beaver harness to prevent a likely future failure. You can opt to turn off one or both headlamps with his harnesses. You can also save some watts by switching over to LED headlight bulbs.
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when you had your seat modified, did they remove any existing foam in order to add the memory foam? Was the original cover re-used?
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when you had your seat modified, did they remove any existing foam in order to add the memory foam? Was the original cover re-used?
They removed what was there and installed a memory foam. Original cover was reused. It was done by a professional shoe repair guy so you will not be able to tell the difference that seat was modified. Until you ride it..

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Thanks for the advise Motor7!!! Now I have to find a good bike electrician that done Vstroms before... My dealer told me they don't know how to do it...
I will also do a rear shock as you advised to kill 2 chickens with one shot..
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I literally don't like how front fork is too soft on normal riding.
Didn't think you were speaking figuratively, but here's a cheap and easy fix.

Remove the internal fork spacers and replace with PVC pipe that's cut a quarter inch longer. This adds preload to the spring and will make it ride firmer. The front end will sit a little higher as a result, but just slide the fork tubes up in the triple tree to bring the front end back down.
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Didn't think you were speaking figuratively, but here's a cheap and easy fix.

Remove the internal fork spacers and replace with PVC pipe that's cut a quarter inch longer. This adds preload to the spring and will make it ride firmer. The front end will sit a little higher as a result, but just slide the fork tubes up in the triple tree to bring the front end back down.
This is true with a progressive spring, not the linear springs in a Vstrom.

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This is true with a progressive spring, not the linear springs in a Vstrom.
You can add preload to stiffen either type spring. Not sure why progressive vs. straight rate matters here. And, the OEM springs in my '17 are progressive. They're wound more tightly at one end.
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"Preload" isn't really a good description of adding a spacer or adjusting spring height on a shock. Unless the suspension is topped out, adjusting the spring height will simply move the sag amount. Won't change the spring rate in any way. We call it preload, but actually it is simply a height adjustment. This can change the amount of load the spring carries as it will/can move further before the suspension bottoms. But on the road you shouldn't be able to feel any difference in stiffness. This would only be felt as the suspension nears bottoming out.
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