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post #1 of 17 Old 06-05-2009, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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What does the Vee need for a touring setup?

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! Hopefully I will put 20K on mine this year.

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Farkles? Sargent Seat, Genmar risers, K&N filter, cramp buster, heated grips, PCIII, Givi Engine Guards, Givi Hard Bags 52 liter and two 45 liter, Givi shield with spacers for buffeting.

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