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Before I go spending mucho time futzing about with cardboard templates, sheet metal breaks and such, does anyone know of an accessory dash shelf that's already available for the V Strom? I have a Buck Sport Touring shelf on my Concours and it's a great place for mounting GPS, radar detector, thermometer, XM radio, etc. I realize the DL has less available space behind the windshield but it'd still be helpful. TIA
 
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I ordered one today from radarbusters.com (60.00). They come in six colors or chrome. order number 10991. Hopefully I will keep my license with my radar/jammer upgrade.
 

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Thanks guys. I should've mentioned in my previous post that I have a 650. I want something like what the Pat Walsh site sells and I've been in email contact with them. I've been told that they are considering making a shelf for the 650's. For $25, I can wait for this product instead of having to buy Band-Aids in bulk like the last time I tried sheet metal fabrication. :roll:
 
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A guy named Ray Fagan in Alabama has fabricated a nice shelf got the 650 [might also work on the 1000] whcih bolts right up with existing hardware.

You can contact him through the Yahoo 650 list.

I think it's about $60 but well made and nicely finished.
 
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Personally having done it on other bikes I wouldn't even try speakers.

They never work well about about 50 mph. In helmet speakers are much clearer.

Under the seat might be a good place for a radio if you had a remote control.
 

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Just an update. I received an email from Pat Walsh last week informing me that he should have the shelf for the 650 ready to ship soon. I told him I'd take two when they are ready, (we just found another wrecked DL650 for my most frequent riding buddy - we've got a little over a year to get it ready for the Dalton Hwy. trip). If anyone else is interested, I will post a follow-up once I receive them.
 

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I received the shelves last week, just before I left for the IBA Meet in Omaha. I got back Monday and have had a chance to look the parts over this week. They appear to be the same as the ones for the earlier 1000's but I can't tell for sure. They are well made and a great deal for the money. Pat even shipped them to me with an invoice and simply asked that I send a personal check after receipt. I'm happy with the deal I got but I am wondering about something a bit larger. I got a chance to see one of Ray Fagan's shelves on a silver 650 in the parking lot at the IBA thingy. It has a bit larger platform. I noticed that he is selling them on eBay for $42 plus shipping. I may go ahead and buy one of those as well just to see which one works best for me. Absolutely nothing wrong with the Walsh Designs shelf, just doing some experimenting. If all you need is a place to mount a radar detector, (that's exactly what the Walsh item is designed for - I'm asking more of it than was intended), you can't go wrong with Pat's shelf. I don't know how he sells them at such a reasonable price.
 

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Have had the Pat Walsh shelf for a couple of weeks. Looks good. Nicely finished. Easy to install. Works well. I have my Garmin V GPS and my Escort 985 radar detector monted on it. Great visibility. No noticable vibration. Excellent investment.
 

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wiring?

The Pat Walsh dash shelf looks great for my Valentine One radar detector, but how should I go about wiring the power for it? thanks!
 

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Wow, you've resurrected an old thread. For my shelf power, I cheated and used power that is intended for grip heat. The bike is pre-wired for grips, but the plug is fairly hidden under the fuel tank in a bundle that runs over the radiator toward the fairing. I don't have a link handy, but I got the info from the web somewhere, maybe even this forum.

Following whatever guide it was, I purchased a stock suzuki replacement horn wire which happens to have the correct mate for that particular (grip heat) plug. I then soldered enough wire to it to reach my shelf and used an automotive cigarette lighter socket mounted just under the shelf. I'm going to move the socket soon because it partially blocks my view of the instruments if I have something bulky plugged in.

I was once an avionics/electronics/electrical technician. That doesn't make me any more knowledgeable, but it makes me less concerned when wires melt and fuses blow. That said, I don't know what the practical current limitation of the grip circuit is (I never bothered to look). The wiring is thin, so I'd say not much. I only use it for my GPS or cell phone and am comfortable with the idea of using a radar detector as well.
 
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