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post #1 of 6 Old 06-22-2014, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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What's your ideal Strom setup?

I'm sure it varies as much as Strom owners, but I find it interesting to see what others see as their 'essential farkles'. I am amazed to see how some people just ride them standard. Customising is half the fun!
I had the pleasure of setting up a 2008 Wee this year for a 4500km trip to Tasmania and Victoria (with Charley Boorman through Compass Expeditions- highly recommended!!) and I set mine up to what I felt was perfect for me...but is that perfect for others as well? This is what I did... (taken form the ad I just put on Bikesales to sell it).. I can vouch for all the bits I added...yes, even the engine chip!

If this post belongs in an existing thread, please feel free to move it. I'm a long time member but not a regular user...

- Brand new (less than 1000ks) Pirelli road tyres
- Full Screaming Demon exhaust system with three baffle options- from polite to antisocial.
- Hi-flow air filter
- Puig Crash bars
- Custom made Aluminium bash plate
- Forward mounted retractable highway pegs- very comfortable for long hauls!
- Stainless steel Radiator and oil cooler guards
- Rear 1 inch lowering links (Plus standard links)
- Fender extender
- Lockable top box
- Storm Barkbusters with custom highly reflective detailing
- Additional very visible LED blinkers front and rear
- Nitro X engine chip- switchable for power or economy (550km per tank)
- Stebel Nautilus air horn (135db- VERY effective and safe)
- Custom 'Fake LH muffler' storage tube- holds a full set of wets or a large tool kit.
- Puncture repair kit
- Custom remote chain oiler (from a lever on the LH handlebar- see pics)
- Custom reflective detailing (matching blue by day / lights up like Xmas at night) on side panels, hand guards, wheel rims, mudguards and top box.
- Headlight protectors
- Taller, wider, slightly tinted windscreen (plus std screen)
- Garmin Zumo 550 motorcycle GPS (waterproof, with bluetooth to helmet) on custom bracket
- Custom camera / Go-pro mount
- Up-and-back bar risers- very comfortable riding position (plus Standard bar clamps)
- Twin USB charging socket
- Comfy sponge handgrips
- Carbon look tank protector
- New fairing decals (2009 style)
- Oxford colour-matched soft luggage (tank and panniers) with blue reflective inserts. NOTE- if price is to be haggled, I will sell the luggage separately.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-22-2014, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by morjus View Post
Customising is half the fun!
No it's not.

Half the fun is riding it.

The other half is riding it when you could have been wrenching on it.

One of the most appleaing things about these bikes is the relative low maintenance demands it places upon the owner/operator.

I fully understood this after I replaced the one I farkeled myself with a pre-farkled bike.

I don't get the appeal of busting your knuckles on a beautiful day that our Creator designed for the express purpose of motorcycling.

I think chrome was invented for these people.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-23-2014, 05:00 AM
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shed time

shed time = mental health time.

when all is working to plan I love shed time. When i have to remove the tank, airbox and fairing just to access two plugs to extend the handlebar switch wires, i am thinking that engineers who design bikes should be made to pull them apart. Then maybe they would make disassembly easier.

I found fitting a scott steering damper a PIA job on the 2012 model.
Then 3.5 inch Rox risers to clear the damper unit. Then the throttle and clutch cable needed to be re-routed behind the forks. The the front brake hose needed
to be re-routed behind the forks too. (I have ordered a longer hose).

By this time i was thinking SN's view had merit . Just ride it!!

I test rode it for 800 Km. and then my frustrating efforts seemed worth it. Much better!!!

Other jobs that I found " challenging"
1) B&B sump guard ( poor instructions, but eventually I worked it out)
2) ABS off switch ( thanks Grey Wolf for guidance) the solution really was staring me in the face.
3) just getting the fairing off took a little thought and careful disassembly.

Suzuki should make it quicker to pull apart IMO.( more like a dirt bike)
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-23-2014, 09:45 AM
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My K3 Strom has evolved over the years into such a good bike that I don't think I will ever sell it. Mods I've done that make it perfect for me:

Rebuilt, resprung rear shock
Rebuilt, resprung front forks
Akropovic slip ons
Yosh boxed FI
Moose steel handlebars with crossbar
Givi tall wind screen
Werks clutch mod
Tokico front brake calipers
Braided hydraulic stainless hoses
EBC HH brake pads
16T front and 43T rear sprockets
Speedo Healer
Front fork brace
Michelin Pilot Road 3 tires

This bike is so darn good now its scary! And while I know there are more powerful machines out there I have trouble believing I need more power. But that is just me.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-23-2014, 12:37 PM
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I'm on board with about half the stuff that morjus lists. I aim for good ergonomics for for comfort and feel the best possible at the end of a long day for the bike control benefits. For improved handling, including the handling improvement from an upgraded suspension. Anything that improves conspicuity so 51% of drivers see us instead of the usual 50% is good.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-17-2014, 09:39 AM
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I ride a 2011 Wee. I bought it new right after I got my license. All of my farkles have, or at least had, a purpose behind them.

SW Motech crashbars - This is my first bike, so I figured I might drop it at some point. I've been fortunate enough not to drop it. Yet. They also make it possible to mount the engine guard and highway pegs.

Engine guard - I bought this at the same time that I bought the crashbars. I did it because the oil filter hanging out in the open just looked scary. I don't take it off road (occasional dirt road, rarely) so I'm thinking it would have been fine without it. I'm planning to take it off at some point because it makes changing the oil filter a real PITA.

Highway pegs - No name brand, I think I got them from eBay a few years back. They mount to my crashbars and make long trips a bit more comfortable. Not optimum, but they allow a change of leg posiiton.

Madstad adjustable bracket and Givi tall windscreen - I use my bike mostly for medium length highway rides (1-2 hours) and the reduction in buffeting is really nice after a while. Even in summer when I have the windscreen all the way down and tilted rearward, it's a smoother ride than stock.

Radar shelf - For mounting a radar detector. I'm not really a speed demon, but where I ride, it's easy to let the speed creep up on an open road while you're looking at the scenery and there isn't much traffic.

Fork brace - I bought this the same week I bought the bike. I don't know if it helps or not. I made this purchase mostly because of others' recommendations here.

Gear indicator - I honestly got tired of counting. I love having a gear indicator.

I want to replace my seat with something a bit more comfortable. Probably a Russel Day Long. I may also put a center stand on to make lubricating the chain easier and I have often thought about adding additional lighting to the front.

Wheels Up - like a turtle on its back...

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