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post #1 of 8 Old 03-14-2008, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Holeshot city!!

Well I got the Holeshots delivered 'bout 2 hours ago and they are on and have thier first ride on 'em. All I can say is WOW! The engine revs sooooo much easier and faster. The bike used to struggle to get over 120 MPH, now she ripped past 130 (indicated, dont have the GPS mount here yet) and I dont even have the TFI or the K&N installed yet. She definatly runs a bit lean (lean surge upon decel) but that is to be expected 'til the TB's are re-tuned by the TFI. Roll on wheelie's in first and second are a breeze too, this is how a liter class V-twin should run by gosh! The sound is very deep and throaty but not ear splitting like all of the Hardley Davidsons 'round here, click it up a gear or two and she just purr's right along. I swear that I can tell a difference in handling too from losing all of that weight but I'll need a few more miles to be sure.

Well back to the garage, Ive got stainless brake lines, EBC pads, TFI, K&N, ProTaper bars, new grips, a Scotts steering stabilizer and a 16 tooth CS sprocket to install so's I can go ride this weekend.

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-14-2008, 08:22 PM
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Be sure to have that steering damper installed, the next time you feel like going over 120 mph on a Strom.:shock: And yes...the Holeshots are a sweet set up for sure.

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Nice, I've got the Leo's and a Scott's and a 16 tooth and headshake is a bad thing. Get a Speedohealer it gives you an accurate speedometer reading. This is a good thing.

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Be sure to have that steering damper installed, the next time you feel like going over 120 mph on a Strom.
Funny that you say that, 'cause I was expecting an ill handling bike at those speeds when I first bought this bike but the opposite is true. It is very stable at speed, especially for an adventure style bike. Now obviously, this is not the reason that you buy a Strom and I have no intentions of repeating that run on a regular basis. I would have bought a 'busa or the like if that kind of riding is what tripped my trigger. I have also had my share of tank slappers over the years and realize that it does'nt take much to get one started, which is the reason for the above mentioned damper. Im too old (47 and to many MX injuries from the past) to hit the ground at all, let alone at speed.

Just about got all of the goodies mounted up, the Holeshot/TFI/K&N/16 tooth CS combo make this a completely different motorcycle. It no longer surges, strains or complains when I ask it to perform. Its still too early for a complete review but it looks like the money spent will be well worth the returns in engine performance, braking performance and overall comfort.

The ergo's and price that the Strom offers is what won me over in the first place, now I have a bike that is comfortable, journey capable AND has better performance when needed.

Back to garage, Randy.

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Forgive my ignorance but what's "TFI?" Something to do with the fuel injection, I assume?
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It's a FI tuning box similar to a PCIII. Holeshot sells them for the DL1000 with the proper settings to dial it in. It's a great, cheap upgrade. The pipes from Holeshot, however, are not cheap, but do kick ass. I couldn't be happier with the combo TFI 16t Holeshot K&N.

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What a ride today!

We left the house today with no paticular place in mind to go on our newly hot-rodded Strom. This bike is amazing now, so damn smooth and ballsy. We logged 250 miles in a big circle just visiting friends and family but never stayed very long 'cause we wanted to get back on the bike!

Our other bikes are going to get seriously neglected in the near future, if not longer.

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Thanks for the explanation MZBuckeye. As for rides, I'm currently a Connie pilot but I'm planning to play hooky Thursday and ride US-441 to Cherokee, NC and back (I live in Knoxville, TN)
Yes, I intend to get a two-pipe strom after I graduate nursing school, summer '09.
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