That's what I did. Fair warning. Installing the two springs on the center stand will make you whisper sweet nothings at your bike. Consider buying one of those brake spring tools that allow the mechanic to install the springs between two brake shoes.OEM center stand on the way...Babbitts Suzuki Parts House. $257 shipped.
Great info...check out the Saddlemen seats for the vstrom. They're nice and wide and a little taller than the stocker which will help your longer legs. I've been using this seat for years and really like the support, and ability to move around (I'm using their Adventure Track, but would recommend the all-vinyl one since the suede on the adventure track will hold water if you don't waterproof spray it).
SW-MOTECH Center Stand - trouble free for 10 years now. It's incredibly well built, easy to lift the bike, and never ever drags when in the twists - way better looking than the Suzuki version.
Madstad bracket with the stock shield will get you 95% of the way there.......I like mine because in the hot, it allows you to almost make the shield near horizontal for maximum airflow, yet still adjust it later for maximum wind blocking for other times.
Fresh from Madstand today:Great info...
Have been looking at the Saddleman seat. Will check out the Madstand bracket.
Add the mirror extenders, or go Tuono.The fork brace and peg lowering kit from Adventure Tech are on the way.
I'm reading about the Mccruise cruise control system...
Any comments about this device?
This reminded me of one of the stories in one of the James Herriot veterinarian books. Use of a lightweight rope/cord to aid in birthing sheep. A loop is made in the rope and that's used to pull/shift an unborn lamb's hoof into position so the lamb can be delivered. Interesting....This technique will allow you to get those springs installed in about 5 seconds once you get the rope/cord routed. It's a genius idea.
Taking a hard look at the givi Airflow windshield. Also looking at the California Scientific. I got the peg lowering kit installed a couple of days ago. Good improvement for my long legs.
Thanks for the great advice...
Interesting that you brought this up...The MTM stuff looks only a little more heavily constructed than Rubbermaid storage bins. At a minimum go with the Seahorse cases or go to your local Harbor Freight and check out the Apache cases.
In todays market if you can get a set of decent panniers and racks for around $500 that's inexpensive. If you want an eye opener check out Jesse or Touratech pannier systems racks and top cases.