ABS Retrofit....can it be done reasonably? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Strom Modifications and Performance The brag page, good and bad.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 Old 06-11-2008, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
hotshoetom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Roanoke VA
Posts: 180
Send a message via Yahoo to hotshoetom
ABS Retrofit....can it be done reasonably?

Just wondered if anyone had tried retrofitting ABS brakes to their V or wee and if so, how the conversion went. Cost, hassles, etc. Since it seems you can hardly get one from SUzuki that might be one way to beat the system.

Any thoughts?

POS Chinese scooter - glad its gone
2005 Yamaha Majesty - liked the bike hated the dealer - its gone too
2007 Suzuki Burgman 650 - totaled April 2nd, 2008
2008 wee - 2900 miles in 5 weeks...weeeeee!


"Are we really crazy to get back on one of these things after falling off and expect a different result?"
hotshoetom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 06-11-2008, 10:09 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
It's not a viable option. The total of different parts alone for an '07 or later non ABS 650 would exceed the trade in cost of the bike if you could identify and get all the parts. Even the wheels have to be changed. A DL1000 or earlier 650 won't accept the ABS parts.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 06-11-2008, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
hotshoetom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Roanoke VA
Posts: 180
Send a message via Yahoo to hotshoetom
Many thanks for answering that question Greywolf...I guess my only other alternative is to get proficient doing panic stops without any artificial ingredients. :mrgreen:

The folks at the local community college are gonna dread to see me coming....

POS Chinese scooter - glad its gone
2005 Yamaha Majesty - liked the bike hated the dealer - its gone too
2007 Suzuki Burgman 650 - totaled April 2nd, 2008
2008 wee - 2900 miles in 5 weeks...weeeeee!


"Are we really crazy to get back on one of these things after falling off and expect a different result?"
hotshoetom is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 Old 06-11-2008, 10:45 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Xavier6162's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Corona Caifornia
Posts: 1,123
Xavier6162 is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 06-11-2008, 10:57 AM
$tromtrooper
 
tmcgee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Braintree, Massachusetts
Posts: 8,025
It's a $500 option on a new bike. I doubt you could come anywhere close to that by buying the parts outright.

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

This message and images are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. http://creativecommons.org
tmcgee is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 06-11-2008, 11:02 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xavier6162 View Post
Now I remember why I had a bad feeling about vstroma.com

Avoid that thing. You can get the same effect by getting air in the brake line. It's just plain dangerous and is nothing akin to a real ABS unit.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 06-11-2008, 11:29 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Xavier6162's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Corona Caifornia
Posts: 1,123
Xavier6162 is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 06-11-2008, 11:44 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
Like I said. It puts a small air space into the system and creates a mushy brake and that's all it does. Avoid the thing like the plague.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 06-12-2008, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
hotshoetom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Roanoke VA
Posts: 180
Send a message via Yahoo to hotshoetom
My guess is that there is enough 'give' in the rubber hoses with the stock brakes that that modification would not be an improvement from a control standpoint. After reading their so-called technical explanation of how it works...basically all it does is reduce peak brake line pressure or what I could call 'impulse' pressure. In a panic stop, at least until we learn better, we as humans tend to 'stab' at the brake, creating a sharp spike in hydraulic pressure. I think that thing might reduce that spike. Most of us know better than to grab a handful and with practice, maybe we even learn not to do that. Its funny how the mind learns things more quickly than our muscles.

POS Chinese scooter - glad its gone
2005 Yamaha Majesty - liked the bike hated the dealer - its gone too
2007 Suzuki Burgman 650 - totaled April 2nd, 2008
2008 wee - 2900 miles in 5 weeks...weeeeee!


"Are we really crazy to get back on one of these things after falling off and expect a different result?"
hotshoetom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome