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post #1 of 14 Old 10-16-2006, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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"Bulletproofing" a strom

Searched a bit, and haven't found anything that really fits. I was wondering if anyone took all the necessary steps to effectively 'bulletproof' a strom for some real adventure. Not actually bullets obviously, but I am talking crash bars (which I've heard don't even really protect all that much in a wreck), frame sliders, those big mama jamma acerbis lever guards, bedliner paint job, etc.

I've had so-called 'pretty' bikes in the past, and wanted to see about the feasibility of being able to bomb around, push the limits on the back trails, and not have to worry about snapping a lever or replacing turn signals every time it tips over. I know, I know, "buy a dirt bike if you want to do that", "take a track day" etc etc....I just don't want to worry about scratching it up.

Does anyone feel the same way??
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-16-2006, 10:51 PM
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Stuff happens no matter how well you may be prepared. Just drive defensively (always aware, alert and stone sober), and think of your riding experience much the same as aviation; never flying when you don't have to and not flying into a situational experience that could be avoided.

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Well...if you are gonna do offroad, or push the bike to "your's" and the bike's limits...YOU ARE GONNA DROP IT!! :shock: Any protection that you give it, is gonna be better than none. I would get the Pat Walsh crash bar/engine guard combo, Acerbis hand guards, flush mount turn signals, and different foot pegs. If you want hard cases, go with Pelican, Jesse or some kind of ammo box configuration. I am sure that I missed a few other good ones though. :wink:

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post #4 of 14 Old 10-17-2006, 02:27 AM
 
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Bedliner paint job. Now that's an interesting thought. I saw a new pick-up truck with a Rhino paint job. Pretty sharp in a military sort of way.
Don't forget the headlight protector.
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-17-2006, 11:06 AM
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Hepco Becker crash bars, Adventuremoto skid plate, Touratech Zega panniers. All will help bullet proof your strom.
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Crash bars could come in handy sometimes. Too bad I don't have them.



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post #7 of 14 Old 10-17-2006, 05:59 PM
 
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Hepco Becker crash bars, Adventuremoto skid plate, Touratech Zega panniers. All will help bullet proof your strom.
I couldn't agree more. After researching this to death, and personally seeing each type of crashbar, it looks like the combination I like best is the H&B crashbars and the Adventure MotoStuff skidplate. Not a cheap combination, but IMO the best built that would provide the best protection.
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-17-2006, 06:41 PM
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Yeah, I did the HB bars and they work.

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Have a spare set of Cowling Plastic pieces hanging in your garage. 8)
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Pat Walsh designs set up all around.
Zega Cases.
Wait, that's my bike!


Set up so that when it does fall over, non-issue.



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