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Hey there, I'm new here and I'm V-Curious.

My current bike is an M50. I took it out in May for a 3000 mile tour and learned a whole lot. I'd been setting it up for some light touring, but this was my first real long trip on it.

The biggest gripe I had on the ride was that to get off my butt, I had to stop. There's no way to stand up or really get weight off your backside while moving. So, the new-bike itch set in and I started looking and am seriously considering the DL-1000. For the kind of riding I like to do (a mix of interstate and US highways with some back roads mixed in) it seems like the bigger engine is the way to go. Being dirt road capable is nice, but it's not primarily how I ride, so it seems like more power is the way to go.

My question for you all--what kind of farkles do I need to look for to turn a DL-1000 into a touring machine? I'm thinking luggage, a new seat, and probably a windshield for starters, anything else I need to be looking at? Just trying to get some idea of what to look for in a used bike, or what I'll have to budget if I buy one pretty much stock.
 

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Hey there, I'm new here and I'm V-Curious.

My current bike is an M50. I took it out in May for a 3000 mile tour and learned a whole lot. I'd been setting it up for some light touring, but this was my first real long trip on it.

The biggest gripe I had on the ride was that to get off my butt, I had to stop. There's no way to stand up or really get weight off your backside while moving. So, the new-bike itch set in and I started looking and am seriously considering the DL-1000. For the kind of riding I like to do (a mix of interstate and US highways with some back roads mixed in) it seems like the bigger engine is the way to go. Being dirt road capable is nice, but it's not primarily how I ride, so it seems like more power is the way to go.

My question for you all--what kind of farkles do I need to look for to turn a DL-1000 into a touring machine? I'm thinking luggage, a new seat, and probably a windshield for starters, anything else I need to be looking at? Just trying to get some idea of what to look for in a used bike, or what I'll have to budget if I buy one pretty much stock.
Think you just answered your own question....or you may not need anything at all. The Strom totally stock will destroy "anything" you did to your M50 to make it touring capable.
 

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These are questions only you can answer. Ride one for awhile, I would not trade my stock wind screen(with Madstad bracket), and for me the seat is perfect, no discomfort even after hours on the bike.
 

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Of course this all depends on how much stuff you need to carry with you on your "tour". I get by fine with stock seat, windshield, etc, and a pair of Cortech saddlebags that throw over the seat. They dont burn on the stock heat shields. Anything else (sleeping bag, tent) will strap to the rack.
 

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I was in the same situation a while back except I had a C50. I had the same experience on a long trip with the C50 and started shopping. I narrowed it down to a DL1000 and a Honda ST1300. Finances dictated the Vstrom. The bike I purchased had everything I needed for long trips already installed so I'm set. I'll be heading out on a 2500 mile trip on Sunday which will be my first extended trip on the bike. So far on 2 to 3 hour rides it has been completely comfortable.
 

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For me the following items are what I needed for touring:
1 - Corbin seat. Stock seat is torture!
2 - Throttle lock.
3 - Givi windscreen.
4 - Luggage, I have Storm side cases, Givi trunk, and SW motech rack.
5 - Scott oiler. I have the vacumn powered one, the next one will likely be electric powered.
6 - Wolfman tank bag.
7 - Grip puppies.
8 - Lotsa money! (Still working on that one!)

I have owned two Stroms and have a combined 70K happy miles (on Stroms)! Good luck!

 

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I moved "up" from a Nomad, as you stated, luggage is a must, what type, and how big, that's up to you. Windshield, maybe, depends on how tall you are, and what speed you ride. The stock 1000 seat isn't all that bad, I got the tall touring gel seat simply because I wanted more leg room. Grip puppies are real nice and cheap, if you got large hands they are great. You can do a lot with these bikes, make them into whatever you want. Cheers-BB
 

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...I'm thinking luggage, a new seat, and probably a windshield for starters, anything else I need to be looking at?...
I think you've got it right! When looking for my Wee I wanted to find one with luggage which I was able to do. I'm happy with the windshield and the seat is just okay. I'm ready to get off the bike after about 1 hour or so. That's fine with me because I like stopping while riding.

So IMO luggage is the bare minimum you need. You need a place to put your stuff! After that it's all about what fits you best. You can reduce buffeting with windshield mods. You can increase riding time with seat mods. You can lengthen your riding season with mods that keep you warmer (handguards, electric vests, jackets, pants, etc.) You can add some sort of cruise control or throttle lock. And the list goes on and on . . . . . and on . . . . . and on.

If you can find a bike with a lot of this stuff on it, great. You'll save money rather than buying a bare bike and adding things. Anything you don't need can be taken off. So, happy hunting, hope you find a good deal!
 

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Just look at my signature, add what I have and you will have a Super Adventure Touring machine. I have done 2,400 miles in one month.



 

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For me the following items are what I needed for touring:
1 - Corbin seat. Stock seat is torture!
2 - Throttle lock.
3 - Givi windscreen.
4 - Luggage, I have Storm side cases, Givi trunk, and SW motech rack.
5 - Scott oiler. I have the vacumn powered one, the next one will likely be electric powered.
6 - Wolfman tank bag.
7 - Grip puppies.
8 - Lotsa money! (Still working on that one!)

I have owned two Stroms and have a combined 70K happy miles (on Stroms)! Good luck!

70k on a Strom? You da man! :D Hopefully I will put 20K on mine this year.
 

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I know you asked about a Vee...I ride a Wee, but each one of us has different needs. For me, I like to take the occasional long trip so I added a Givi luggage set up, a tank bag, V-Strean wind shield on a Madstat bracket, Throttle Rocker (poor man's cruise control), Sonic Springs with heavier fork oil and a Superbrace. To power accessories, I added a Powerlet for my heated gear, a 12 volt socket to charge cell phone and to operate my Slime Air Compressor...just in case I flat, and a voltmeter to monitor the electrical system.



The Alaska Leather Sheepskin is for the long haul. Lots of 3M black reflective tape, P-3 tail/brake lights help to be seen from the back and the Kissan headlight modulator helps me to be more visibile to oncoming traffic.

As for the long trip...This September I am doing Route 66, Chicago to LA, 6000 miles round trip...Man I can't wait!
 

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I had a long trip with almost no mods, 875 miles in a single day, accomplished without planning--I just rode until I was tired, and found myself really close to my destination, so I motored on in. It was a long day, but a huge compliment to the touring ability of a stock Vee.

I am going to build a custom 'flatdeck' for a luggage rack, for more carrying capacity, and my bike will be a very effective tourer.

My bike shows a preference for sutained 80-85mph--no problem.

Then there is the ability to travel on rough dirt/rocky roads. Prior to my Vee ownership I used to turn back when the road turned to gravel. Now I just continue without a problem thanks to the nature of this wonderful bike.
 

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what does the strom need.... nothing

what would "I" recommend, not in any particular order of importance

1. Heated Grips
2. Madstad windscreen mount
3 Scottoiler
4. hard luggage ( I have Caribou)
5. gps
6. com system
7. auxillary power supply for electrical accessories (relay controlled)
8. radar detector
9. ergonomic mods for your comfort (mirror wideners/seat mods/ride height mods/handlebar mods
10. pigtail to battery for electric clothing/battery tender/12v power adaptor


in other words, the same things you would want on any bike for touring, not just a strom



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70k on a Strom? You da man! :D Hopefully I will put 20K on mine this year.
And counting...it's a great bike isn't it?

From your handle I'm assumomg your either from, or now living in Alabama..? I'm heading there after the Strom Gathering in June.
 

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Then there is the ability to travel on rough dirt/rocky roads. Prior to my Vee ownership I used to turn back when the road turned to gravel. Now I just continue without a problem thanks to the nature of this wonderful bike.
Heh, this is the part I'm most curious about. I don't turn around on my M50 cruiser--it's been down gravel roads, dirt roads, sandy roads, fields...

I actually impressed a friend of mine by making it down about a 1/4 of sand road with a passenger on the back. :)

I think I'm pretty much sold on the Vee as my next bike. I spent some time at the dealer last weekend sitting on one and making vroom-vroom noises. Everything I keep reading sounds like it fixes a lot of my complaints about my cruiser. I'll just have to get used to tippy-toeing around on a bike, or put in a lowering kit.
 

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I'll just have to get used to tippy-toeing around on a bike, or put in a lowering kit.
Depending on the difference you need to go from Tippy-Toe to Flatfoot, if you are looking at the DL1000, try to find a DL650 seat, you will gain an inch. If your dealer has both on the floor, switch them out to see. Boots might help too.

I have an '02 DL1000 with a DL650 seat and have no problems flat-footing. I solved the "sore saddle butt" problem for $8 at Wal-Mart with a Beaded Seat. One evening while watching a Red Sox game, I cut the seat down to fit on the Strom. I just did a three day tour of Northern New England and no sore butt.

If you find the handlebars to be a problem, first wait at least 500 to 1000 miles before doing anything. I'm 12k miles into this bike and am at the point that I feel I need to put some risers on and/or a new bar with less pull back. I'm shooting for 500 mile+ days with little fatigue.
 
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