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post #1 of 11 Old 05-21-2016, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Must have upgrades

I just bought a 14 vstrom 1000 2 weeks ago. I absolutely love this bike. I bought it with 27 miles and already have 600. My question is what are the upgrades that I must do to have a much better riding experience? Thank you!
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-21-2016, 11:22 PM
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This has been asked before. So many personal things to enumerate. Center stand, crash bars, bash plate, luggage, top box, GPS, windscreens, tank bag, Etc.
What do you have lust for and how fat is your wallet?
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-22-2016, 01:39 AM
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Really, need to specify what kind of riding you're up to. Bashing through a canyon with curves or a picnic run involving sweepers, or maybe a high speed 400 mile Interstate run. Different used.

Regardless, set up the suspension and tire pressure for you, easiest upgrade.

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post #4 of 11 Old 05-22-2016, 02:32 AM
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Torque battery terminals
Battery anti-corrosion spray
ACF 50 anti-corrosion spray for all electrical connections
Spare key tie wrapped
Hyper-lite 3 way CA brake lights and signals
Oxford heated grips connected to Eastern Beaver heated grip connector
Digital led voltmeter
Air Compressor
Eastern Beaver H4 Head light relay kit
$10 Aux LED flood lights (extra heatsink paste + sealant)
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-23-2016, 12:49 AM
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Ergonomics. Set the bike up to fit you. I have SW-Motech up & back handlebar risers and Adventuretech peg lowering kit. Givi AF3105 Airflow windscreen. Aprilia Tuono mirrors. Rich's Custom seat. Luggage that meets my needs.

Set the suspension for you. About 40 mm sag front & rear. (If you don't know how to do that, ask here.) Set the front fork compression and rebound damping to your liking. Set the rear rebound damping as you like it. Re-set these as the suspension breaks in and frees up.

Find tire inflation pressures that you like. The book calls for cold pressures of 36F & 42R. I like 36 & 39.

I got the Adventuretech LED lights and added an extra electrical outlet.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-29-2016, 07:45 AM
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The single most important thing to get if you'll be riding any kind of distance is a good seat. I put a Corbin on my 1000 but an Adcox on my 650. Wish I got the Adcox on both and could have with the price I paid for a heated Corbin alone.

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-29-2016, 09:03 AM
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Kaoko throttle lock,
I ordered a corbin saddle for my new dl1000, it hasn't arrived yet.
why do you regret the corbin?

It's better to want something you don't have than to have something you don't want.
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-29-2016, 01:26 PM
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Just ride it. It will tell you what you need to add or change.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-29-2016, 08:42 PM
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NOTHING is must have, just ride it for a while first and decide for "yourself".

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-17-2016, 12:41 AM
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Givi Airflow windscreen is the add-on I most appreciate. No more head buffeting (unless there's a strong side wind).

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