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post #1 of 12 Old 09-14-2010, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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New to the Strom.

I have just bought an 07 DL1000. I am having it shipped up from Florida and should have it in about a week.
I have been reading quite a bit on this site and I am impressed with the help and advice that everybody on here seems willing to offer.
My question is this:
I am 6'6" tall and this is the first V Strom I have owned. Should I get a taller windshield? If so, is an adjustable one or a fixed one a better choice?
I am also curious about peg lowering. Is there something available specifically for the 1000?

Thanks in advance.

Can't wait till my bike gets here!
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-14-2010, 10:22 PM
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Start out with a Madstad-

AWM-05 Adjustable Windshield Mount for DL650/DL1000

Richland Rick makes a peg lowering kit for the 1000

Rick's "FOOTPEG AND CONTROL" Lowering Kit

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post #3 of 12 Old 09-15-2010, 12:25 AM
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Just ride the heck out of it. You will discover the things that make you happy, and that's part of the fun. It might be a windscreen, but it could be the saddle or the gearing or the suspension.

It is a fun bike and part of the fun is making it yours. If you are a mileage doofus, you will find lots of company on the forums. And if you are a camper, or rat racer, or LD maniac, there will be plenty of advice.

For now, you have chosen well. Nothing better than a DL1000K7

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post #4 of 12 Old 09-15-2010, 01:07 AM
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Try it without the windshield, too.

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post #5 of 12 Old 09-15-2010, 09:02 AM
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i agree on try it out first. i'm 6'0 so you got a good bit of height on me, but mine came with a stock bracket and a pretty short vario windscreen by MRA, it has a little adjustable lip on the top, and works awesome for me. I was expecting to buy a 26'' screen and a madstad mount before i actually rode the bike.

I don't know if i am just more tolerant of "dirty" air because i've owned alot more bikes without shields than with, or if it's just the "right" setup, but either way, i like it!
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-15-2010, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by SWybrow View Post
I am 6'6" tall and this is the first V Strom I have owned.
After getting some seat time on your new DL1K, you might consider sending the seat to Rick Mayer for a custom build. He's having a sale on Strom seat builds during the month of September: $150.00 off list. I just mailed him a check. No affiliation, BTW.

Rick Mayer Cycle custom motorcycle seats

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post #8 of 12 Old 09-15-2010, 10:00 AM
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I am 6'6" tall and this is the first V Strom I have owned. Should I get a taller windshield?
Suzuki V-Strom DL650 / DL1000 Windshields
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Rich's Custom Seats is offering a November deal, has much better customer service than Mayer, and likely a better seat.

+1 on Richland Rick's stuff...his fork brace is tops, also.

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post #9 of 12 Old 09-15-2010, 10:51 AM
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The Suzuki Tall Touring saddle is 15 mm (call it 1/2") thicker than the stock seat.

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post #10 of 12 Old 09-15-2010, 12:30 PM
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Good choice of bike. I'm sure you will love it, just like we all do. As others are saying, don't rush to customise your bike until you have some saddle time on her. You may find you don't want to do too much, or you may want to change loads.

I'm 6'.2" and I've had my DL1000K8 Grand Touring for two years. I haven't changed squat but added engine bars. I've just got her setup for me. The Grand Touring already has full luggage, centre stand, heated grips, and I've added the engine bars and Ultraseal to the tyres. It's perfect for me with the stock screen in the mid position too. goes like hell and never had any problems. Enjoy.

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