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post #1 of 130 Old 04-30-2010, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Show me your sport-touring V-Strom set-up...

I bought my '09 Wee to set up as a sport-touring mount because of it's long range and ergonomic riding position. I've seen plenty of Stroms set up here with an adventure-touring bias but not a lot of pure sport touring rigs.

For me sport-touring bikes need the following:
->200 mile range
-hard bags, tail & side
-all-day riding position
-cruise or throttle lock
-good wind control
-accessory plug for heated gear
-heated grips and/or seat
-center stand

what they don't need:
-a heavy engine guard or skid plate. I like the look but is it worth 20 lbs on a lightweight bike that doesn't have an excess of power? I'd like a plastic engine guard just to keep the road grime off the front of the engine block.
-knobby or off-road tires. Street biased tires like pilot roads preferred.


So here's a thread to show off and discuss the sport-touring side of the Strom. Post away

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It looks like we like the same things. Here's my bike in pure touring and pure sports modes plus an updated pic with tall shield but no luggage. 2007 Suzuki DL650 w/ABS plus Fenda Extenda, sport and touring MP shields, clear signal lenses, hand guards, Audiovox CC-100 cruise control, NEP CC4 throttle lock, clock/temp/voltmeter guage, Scotts steering stabilizer, 2 Heat-Trollers, Sargent seat, SV Racing sliders, Adventure Motostuff turn signal conversion kit, HotGrips with Grip Puppies, SW-Motech sidecase racks w/tool tube - center stand - engine guards, Givi E36 side cases and E45 topcase, fork gaiters, dual headlight relays plus single headlight cutoff switch and PC8 fuse block, Stebel horn, Superbrace, EBC HH front brake pads, Emgo mirrors, garage door opener, 2 cigar lighter type sockets, earbuds with two jacks wired to bike for Garmin Zumo 550, Elka shock, Pat Walsh dash with stiffener, 2 Ram ball mounts, LED turn signals including front running lights and LED tail lights plus below cowling running lights, Traxxion fork cartridges, speed bleeders, FutureVision HID headlights, MOSFET regulator and tapered roller steering head bearings. Michelin Pilot Road tires are on presently.


Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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This is how I load mine up for a camping trip. Tent, bag and pad all live on the passenger seat.

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Touring mods include:

Givi 3 case setup
Suzuki Gel seat / Sheepskin
Madstad adjustable bracket / Givi windscreen
Reflective all around
Motech bars and centerstand
Tourmaster synergy heated vest

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Those are some nice set-ups...

as far as sport-touring tires go what are the options in Strom sizes? Do you notice a big improvement in handling by swapping the dual sport tires for street rubber?

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I had Pilot Roads on my strom in that pic above. Now I have the Distanzias. There is a noticeable difference, but I can't say its enough to slow me down. The Pilot Roads were really predictable and had great traction and feel. The Distanzias have less of all 3, but they have good traction still. So, in the end, it doesn't bother me enough to prevent me from railing it.

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I like the Pilot Roads well enough to have ordered extras as they are no longer going to be available in the USA in sizes to fit our bikes. Their combination of stickiness, stability and longevity is superior to other types I've tried.

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Those are some nice set-ups...

as far as sport-touring tires go what are the options in Strom sizes? Do you notice a big improvement in handling by swapping the dual sport tires for street rubber?
Not to make this a tire thread, but i found the stock trail-wings to be a pretty good tire, on par with bt-020s in terms of handling. After my last set on my DL1000 i went with the battlewings, which seemed to turn in better.
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Farkles and touring set up



2007 V-Strom 650, non-ABS
Currently have 28,000+ miles
Farkles from front to rear:
  • Givi windshield and Madstad bracket
  • FendaExtenda
  • 12-volt socket (front-left fairing)
  • NEP-CC4 Throttle lock
  • Suzuki hand-guards
  • Retro-reflective stickers on hand guards and various other parts
  • Garmin Zumo 450 GPS
  • Wolfman Explorer Lite tank bag with waterproof cover (in back pocket)
  • Sargent saddle
  • HJC SyMax II helmet
  • Suzuki center stand
  • Givi E41 side cases (I also have E21's for smaller trips and daily commuting)
  • DID 'gold' chain
  • Waterproof duffel bag
  • Givi V46 top case
  • Metzeler Tourance tires (I avg. 9,000 miles per set; I love these tires)

I run Castrol non-synthetic ACT-EVO X-tra oil and OEM Suzuki oil filters, changing both every 3,000 miles. I use Teflon multi-lube from DuPont on the chain, any time it rains or every 500 miles or so, whichever occurs first.

I tend to run between 250-350 miles per day with this set up on multi-day rides, usually between 5-12 days per trip total. I only seem to get sore (shoulders, ass, wrists) when riding long straight stretches. I never get any kind of physical discomfort when riding the twisties.

I wear an Aerostich Darien jacket, Fieldshear Mercury pants, and Sidi Canyon boots. I only wear Draggin kevlar jeans when it's above 80 degrees out, but everything else remains the same ATGATT get up.

The E41 side cases aren't entirely waterproof, despite marketing claims to the contrary, but they hold a lot. The E21 side cases (not pictured) are waterproof, as well as the V46 top case.
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