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post #1 of 16 Old 09-11-2009, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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essential vs nice to have farkles

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Hi All:
I am a long time rider who is just getting on board with the Strom. I am picking up a new to me DL1000 next week and had a question. As owners, which farkles are considered essential and which are just nice to have. The one I am picking up has heated grips, a Givi rack and trunk, center stand and large aftermarket windshield.
I currently have a ST1300A and will be swinging over the headlight modulator, driving lights, sheepskin seat pad, voltmeter, and heat troller.
I already have a large REV Pack set bag.
Based on what I have been reading essential would be the madstad (sp?) bracket, fork brace, bar backs (maybe), DC outlet, +?
Nice to have would be scottoiler, tank side bags, grip puppies, +?
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-11-2009, 04:32 PM
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You should ride it a while, then see what jumps up as essential. You may find it find as is, you may feel you need everything on both lists.


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I have a Wee, but I would slam a fork brace on there asap! Best farkle for the money I have spent!!!!
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post #4 of 16 Old 09-11-2009, 04:51 PM
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I would argue that everything on your list falls into the "nice to have" category. Gas is just about the only "essential" thing the V-Strom doesn't come with from the factory but your dealer will probably throw in enough of that to at least get you out of their parking lot. I've put most of the common farkles out there on my bike. I wouldn't want to take them off but if I'm honest all of them are for comfort or convenience and not need. I rode the bike home from the dealership without any of them, so obviously nothing I've done since is essential.

Get the bike, ride it for a bit and then decide what you want.
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Crash bars/engine guards and a skid plate are two wise investments that can save you a lot of money later on. One tip over or one rock while you're off-road and it can get pretty expensive without protection. There are a lot of things that are nice to have, but these two are essential in my book.

A DC outlet is handy, especially if you plan to run a GPS unit.


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post #6 of 16 Old 09-11-2009, 05:09 PM
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A mud flap or a Fenda Extenda would go a long way to help protect the engine from stones. Anywhere from about 7 bucks for a JC Whitney flap to about 35 for the Extenda. You could make your own flap for less.

I went with the Extenda as it looks more visually integrated.

One pebble to the oil cooler could ruin a perfectly nice outing.
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Originally Posted by Wingspan View Post
//Gas is just about the only "essential" thing the V-Strom doesn't come with from the factory //

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You have all the essentials. For $5, you can put some spacers on the windshield to fix the buffeting. I have the grip puppies and they are a very nice farkle under $10. Before you get any more luggage, use a web strap on the rear seat (another $10 investment) to see if that offers enough storage with your trunk. I'm not convinced the Scottoiler is worth the money and splattered oil. I spray Dupon Teflon Multi Use ($5) on the chain about once a week and it seems to do the trick.

I'm a cheap bastard so if you are also concerned about cash you can fix fill all your needs without spending much money.

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post #9 of 16 Old 09-11-2009, 07:20 PM
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What critieria moves something between "essential" and "nice to have" for you?

For me, "essential" allows me to ride the bike in the first place: that's (in my case) a taller seat (tall touring saddle) and bar risers. Without them, I'd be in physical pain pretty early into a ride. Anything else is "nice to have," IMO.

The answer depends so much on YOU that I don't know if I'd trust an internet forum to have good input. Will you do a lot of gravel/ dirt roads, or lots of slab? Will you ride in all weather, all seasons? Will you do your own maintenance? Do you ride for leisure or are you looking to wring every last ounce of performance out of it? Are you vertically challenged/ altitudinally enhanced?
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