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Hey there.

I forget who asked but someone wanted pix of where I stuck the Powerlet sockets on my Strom up by the fuel tank and on the left side panel. Oh yeah and the fuse box (like lots of others have too). I finally figured out how to post 'em so here you go. If you have any questions, just holler.

Gadgetman, out.



 

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Looks good! I wouldn't have thought to place an outlet by the fuel tank. I'm guessing you already tested it, but it looks like that might get in the way if you had something plugged in to it and you needed to crank the handlebars to the right.
 

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And I noticed a helmet lock. Nice placement, did you weld that extra piece on for the h-lock ?
 

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The helmet lock is 100% OEM. My 2004 Strom had one there too, but I removed it and mounted a Powerlet socket in that space on a pre-made Powerlet alloy bracket. I like this solution better as the socket is better protected from the weather and it's closer to your hand when you're plugging in from the saddle.

You're right on about the full right turn. It wouldn't work with a regular long/straight Powelet plug. However with the PS04 right angle plug it works fine. I use that location to power my tankbag which has a "firewall" kit installed. See:

http://www.whitehorsepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=4422

I made up a short cable with the right angle Powerlet on the bike end and the SAE tankbag connector on the other end. Slap the tankbag on, and plug it in. Now there's power in the bag to charge a phone, iPod, whatever. More commonly I have a Heat Troller in the bag to regulate the heat to my vest. There's a little rubber pass-through in the tank bag for headphone wires, so I stuck the control knob right there, so it's on the outside of the bag. Sometimes I think I suffer from gadgetitis. Actually I am sure of it.

Gadgetman, out.
 

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MWValley,

I'm glad that you and others suffer from "gadgetitus" because it is helpful to those of us that are having trouble deciding on specific items for our Stroms. We see what others have, how they have installed them, and their general impressions and it helps out.

I am in the middle of a couple little things right now as well and one is with a Powerlet setup. I also just got my GIVI sideracks yesterday and I'm already wondering if I made the right decision. Might have been better to spend the extra $$ and get the Mototech quick release racks. The GIVI racks, to no surprise, don't fit like they should and are going to require me to do some tweaking. Not a huge issue just kind of ticks me off that the fit isn't better. Such is life.

Thanks again for the pics and info. I just signed up at Photobucket so hopefully I can figure out how to get some pics on here!


~Mike
 

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MWValley,

Your bike looks good; just like mine. I received mine last Monday. I have already bought the SW Moteck brackets and some pelican cases. My next project will be to put some power outlets on. Thanks for the good ideas.
 

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stlrmike and bluemax,

Thanks for the kind words. Yup, it sure is addicting this adding stuff to your motorbike all the time. I've been doing it about 30 years now and it just keeps being more fun all the time. I am starting to get fairly good at it.

Blumax, congrats on your new Strom. I hear people raving about the grey one quite a bit and it IS handsome but somehow it seems a little bland to me. That burgundy has some punch to it. Sort of a refined, gentlemanly color like a good British Racing Green. Anyhow good luck with the bike. It's a fine piece of machinery no matter the paint color. If you run Pelican cases be certain you have a permit from the game warden to transport poultry products. (Sorry it was the cheap pun I couldn't resist.)

I have Kappa racks from the 2004 factory luggage system. They fit perfectly but I too wondered if it would have been better to get the quick-release Motechs as I rarely run the sidecases. The bike would look better without racks if the cases are not mounted. I have a really practical buddy however, who pointed out to me that the sideracks without cases on them look very much like quality crashbars for the ass-end of the bike. He IS right, they are pretty rugged. If it were to go over it would have to help protect to some degree. Gives it that safari look I suppose.

Good luck with your farkling (farkeling?). If you need any Powerlet parts, check us out at www.whitehorsegear.com

Good riding to all!
 
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