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post #1 of 4 Old 03-03-2006, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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New Strom OK, now. What's next?

I have just bought a new 05 DL100. My first test ride last week was disappointing to say the least after coughing then stalling at all stop signs. Today I decided to put some miles on the her and I am happy to report after about 20 on the clock it seemed to have worked out what ever the problem was as it did not stall, cough or any thing out of normal v-twin issues. I racked up 100 miles in 20 degree temps and overall am very happy with the bike, except some performance lulls.

I got off a V-Max to ride the Strom and I knew it would not be a comparable ride. It is however much closer than I thought. I have already lowered the forks 15mm because of what I have read in this forum, and am planning to lower the rear with links as I am not that tall.

My question is where do I go from here to get some more power. I have read about the power commander but I am a little confused on the mapping thing, like where do I get the maps and such. And being sort of ignorant about how do this sort of thing will it be beyond my ability. Should I try a differnt box?

What about the secondaries? I looked and I figure I can remove them but I wonder if there has been anyone whohas experienced any poor side effects?

I am probably getting too far ahead of myself as I still have all the luggage, heated grips, tank bag, and some other accessories sitting in the garage ready to be put on. Maybe if I get all the suggestions I could do them when I have the plastic apart.
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-07-2006, 01:33 AM
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Had the same trouble.

Although mine did not work it self out. I ended up buying a Power Commander for the bike. Love it. Smothed it right out and more power through the low-middle range. Very easy instalation and the map already on it is great. Ive got Staintunes pipes on it which was put on at the same time as the Power Comander so Im sure that helped with the power increase too. If you got the Suzuki heated grips there junk. Take them back while you can. There inadaquite to say the least. Hot Grips are the way to go as far as Ive seen but cant give you a first hand account of that. As for the secondaries, Im pretty happy with what Ive got now so why mess with it. MAYBE after warrenty is up. ENJOY.
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-08-2006, 12:23 AM
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new bike mods

Look at handling mods first, imo.

My 2003 model and 220 lbs. needed heavier fork springs. I replaced my springs too late....after I crashed. Racetech's website used to have a little calculator to determine if you would benefit from different springs.
It may be that newer stroms come from factory w heavier springs, I dunno.

Also, put in a heavier rear shock spring (Wilburs).

Fork brace from Murph's adds alot of stability at hard cornering.

Steel mesh brake lines seemed to provide a little better feel.

Since my usual riding is on pavement I put bt020 tires on the bike.

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-09-2006, 04:03 PM
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Plus, get it remapped and you'll be happier.

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