I just bought a 14 vstrom 1000 2 weeks ago. I absolutely love this bike. I bought it with 27 miles and already have 600. My question is what are the upgrades that I must do to have a much better riding experience? Thank you!
This has been asked before. So many personal things to enumerate. Center stand, crash bars, bash plate, luggage, top box, GPS, windscreens, tank bag, Etc.
What do you have lust for and how fat is your wallet?
Torque battery terminals
Battery anti-corrosion spray
ACF 50 anti-corrosion spray for all electrical connections
Spare key tie wrapped
Hyper-lite 3 way CA brake lights and signals
Oxford heated grips connected to Eastern Beaver heated grip connector
Digital led voltmeter
Eastern Beaver H4 Head light relay kit
$10 Aux LED flood lights (extra heatsink paste + sealant)
Coleman seat pad
Ergonomics. Set the bike up to fit you. I have SW-Motech up & back handlebar risers and Adventuretech peg lowering kit. Givi AF3105 Airflow windscreen. Aprilia Tuono mirrors. Rich's Custom seat. Luggage that meets my needs.
Set the suspension for you. About 40 mm sag front & rear. (If you don't know how to do that, ask here.) Set the front fork compression and rebound damping to your liking. Set the rear rebound damping as you like it. Re-set these as the suspension breaks in and frees up.
Find tire inflation pressures that you like. The book calls for cold pressures of 36F & 42R. I like 36 & 39.
The single most important thing to get if you'll be riding any kind of distance is a good seat. I put a Corbin on my 1000 but an Adcox on my 650. Wish I got the Adcox on both and could have with the price I paid for a heated Corbin alone.
As was mentioned, the ride will reveal the necessities. After my first high miler I had a knife driven in between my shoulder blades. 2" zox risers solved this issue. Easy install and n9 extensions needed, although some riders might not like how tight my front brake liNE can be on a full turn, which never actually happens.
Installed suzuki crash bars, which I love and mounted 2 speed demon 1900 lumina led lights. Only 18 watts aside so no relay required. Drivers see me Comming day or night. This install has stopped many a cager from pulling out in front of me. I actually see them start to go, then stop and think twice. Tall windscreen is a must for me as well. I like gnarly gravel climbs so I installed an abs overdue relay and switch. Centersrand is a must for me as is a skid plate since the oilfilter us so vulnerable. Hand guards, throttle rocker and throttle lock are nice, but not essential.
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