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post #1 of 26 Old 10-01-2010, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Seems like this is a general topic that relates to both the Wee and the Vee...

Which bolt-on component replacements make a V-Strom as bulletproof as it can be? I'm not talking about a Black Lab strip-down to eliminate "breakables", though I admire those too. Which aftermarket choices would you make for
  • Handguards (I have OEM on my Vee and one is just now broken/useless)
    Mirrors (I'm presently using a $35 pair from BikeBandit, or similar)
    Turn signals (I'm doing the Warhammer flush mount in front, OEM rear)
    Windshields (I have Suzuki OEM on a Madstad)
    Brake and clutch levers (OEM, with clutch lever shortened by breakage)
    Engine case guards (I have SW Motech, scarred but working)
    Skid plate (I have the plastic OEM splash guard)
    Panniers (I have Happy Trails Denali model, once bashed at a cost of $190)
    Other

I'm pretty tired of things that break and leave my bike mostly useless until repaired or replaced.

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post #2 of 26 Old 10-01-2010, 09:41 PM
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I vote for engine case guards. However, they are not replacement parts, as your opening post requests.
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When I was a teen, my Dad frequently made the comment I could tear up a steel ball with a rubber hammer - this was regarding about anything I put my hands on, but mostly wheeled transport.

I was really dismayed that there was nothing in existence I could not destroy with (my) normal use. At some point between then and now, I became aquainted with the real world, and aware that there was no such animal.
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Aah!..much recognised words of wisdom Ozart. Came pretty much to that conclusion myself too.

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Dancer...after all the time you've spent around here you still have to ask? Damn man, you should have a few opinions/ideas by now.

I know the first step, if broken bits are that troublesome, is to stop dropping it.

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Dancer...after all the time you've spent around here you still have to ask? Damn man, you should have a few opinions/ideas by now.

I know the first step, if broken bits are that troublesome, is to stop dropping it.
Funny thing is ... I've never really dropped it. It's been down, and that counts toward breakage every time, but I've never really dropped it. Everytime it's been down (twice), it's been a sidestand issue -- unstable footing or planting of the sidestand foot; or the time my son clipped the sidestand out from under the bike by passing too close with the ATV.

I guess maybe my problem is that I hate plastic. The left handguard broke yesterday because I hit it with my elbow while standing beside it in the carport!

So I'm looking for BRAND NAMES that fit the V-Strom and that have the best reputation for standing up to abuse. BarkBusters for handguards? I'm satisfied with my handlebars which are no-visible-brand ATV-style, and my SW-Motech engine guards, but everything else is too soft! I want Mil-spec+!

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...The left handguard broke yesterday because I hit it with my elbow while standing beside it in the carport!
It must have been cracked before hand. I had to drop my bike 4 times before I broke anything.

I do have the GIVI bars. They're scratched up but they do the job.

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