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post #1 of 29 Old 07-07-2006, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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===>THE STROM(ette).... list of farkles/mods/gear

Well, here's the list I came up with for my Strom, a 2005 DL1k. I'm sure I've left things out but will edit the posting when those items come to mind. I think there's plenty of pics in the "Stromette's Travel's" section but I'll add close-ups below when I get to a Wi-Fi connection. I'm also going to add a quick review of certain products (both the good and the better ones) below. I'm purely a "function over form" rider so everything is based on performance/comfort and not on looks.

*Tires: Metzeler Tourance
*Auxillary lights: Moto Lights 35w (I run the fork strap mounted setup over the brake caliper mount because I don't want to remove the lights every time I change the tire): http://www.motolight.com/
*Headlight bulbs: PIAA Extreme White Plus (PIAA part number 15224)
*Spiegler SS Front (custom +2")/Rear Brake & Clutch lines: http://www.spieglerusa.com/ and ordered thru Murph's Kit's: http://www.murphskits.com/vstrom.htm
*Windscreen: MPCycle Design... both Touring & Shorty. Pics floating around here may show several versions of the MP Touring screen. Currently running Paul's lastest version of the Touring screen which is a thicker 1/4" lexan, tinted, and rounded bottom: http://mpcycledesign.com/
*Diamond Star Headlight Modulator w/ "Head's Up Traffic Alert": http://www.signaldynamics.com/produc...dStar/dshm.asp
*Suzuki Accessories Tank Bra
*Holeshot Performance's Napolean Long Stem Mirrors: http://www.holeshot.com/dl1000/
*SW Motech Crash Bars
*Iridium spark plugs
*K&N Air Filter
*K&N Oil Filter (uses same socket as drain plug--great when traveling since no need to pack oil filter wrench)
*Amsoil 10w-40 Motorcycle Oil
*Stebel Nautilus Compact Dual-Tone 12v/139dB Air Horn (fabricated mount)
*Powerlet auxillary electrical outlets
*Alaska Leather Butt-Pad (used w/stock seat): http://www.alaskaleather.com/sheepskinbuttpads.html
*NEP Cruise Control
*Throttle Rocker
*Blue Seas ATO/ATC 6 Circuit Power Block: http://www.tinyurl.com/q63dp
*Hyper-Lites Dual Function Running/Brake lights: http://www.hyperlites.com/unikits.html
*Custom fenderectomy (I did this unsupervised :lol
*Pit Bull rear spools: http://www.tinyurl.com/ppeho
*Adventure MotoStuff V-Strom Adjustable Topcase Mounting System (base plate for Givi topcase): ***4/26/07 EDIT: I no longer recommend this metal rack as it CRACKED after only 30k road miles and I definitely do not recommend the company that produces it (AMotoStuff.com) for ANY item--horrible customer service. Full report: HERE
*Givi V46 topcase
*Givi E107 topcase rack
*Grip Puppies: http://www.tinyurl.com/zua78
*JT Sprocket (steel) - front sprocket
*Sprocket Specialists (steel) rear sprocket (+2 teeth, 43)
*DID Premium X-Ring Series Chain 525ZVM2 (I always use master rivet)
*Chain lube: BelRay Super Clean
*Suzuki centerstand
*Fenda Extenda
*Nelson Rigg SB-900 soft saddlebags
*GenMar Bar Risers (1" up, 1 3/8" back): http://www.tinyurl.com/md6ze
*Bags Connection "Engage" tankbag w/GPS mount & map holder + SWMotech's Locking Gas Cap Mount. (This is the one item on my bike that I reeeeally don't recommend. It also happens to come from a vendor I try to avoid as well... twistedthrotle.com). EDIT: I've since changed to Nelson Rigg CL-350 and am VERY happy.
*Magellan SporTrak Color GPS w/RAM mount
*Garmin StreetPilot 2610 GPS
*Valentine One (V1) Radar w/Remote/Concealed display: http://www.valentine1.com/

I have a plethora of different gear depending on when/where I'm riding but this particular trip I'm carrying the following: (whenever possible I purchase all my gear from NewEnough: http://www.newenough.com/index2.htm)
Joe Rocket Ballastic 5.0 pants
Joe Rocket Meteor 5.0 jacket
Joe Rocket Phoenix jacket w/rain liner
Frogg Toggs
Spidi "Sport Vent" gauntlet gloves
Joe Rocket "Hard Drive" boots (never know when a track day opportunity arises!)
Caberg Justissimo modular helmet: http://helmetharbor.com/index.htm (ask for Jeff)
Gerbing Electric heated jacket and G3 gloves
Joe Rocket Sahara evaporative cooling vest
Camelback hydration packs - 70oz & 100oz.
Under Armor is worn, well, under all the armor from head to toe


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p.s. If any links are dead let me know.
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Here's the fenderectomy I did:





Stebel location:


The Blue Seas Power Block:





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STROMETTE,

Nice write up and thanks for sharing all your farkles with us. 8)

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hey i run amsoil full synth 10-40, have for years. hard to find it locally tho, you a value dealer/user or whatever?
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hey i run amsoil full synth 10-40, have for years. hard to find it locally tho, you a value dealer/user or whatever?
I'm not a dealer but I can get you the name/contact info of both a shipper and local pickup (in Phoenix). I do the latter but a good buddy of mine uses a dealer that ships and has nothing but good thing to say (quick, cost, etc). Assuming you don't want to p/u in Phoenix I'll shoot you a PM when I find out the info for his dealer.

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Stromette,

I was in Phoenix last weekend. I was wondering where you were while I was there.

Thanks for posting your farkle list. I haven't been all the way through it yet, but I have already found one must-have product that I didn't even know existed. If it's not too much trouble, do you think you could post front, rear, left, and right photos of your LitreStrom for the benefit of the farkle fanatics amongst us?

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Wow you have a lot of farkles! I bet they all cost as much as the bike. But I'm wondering what this farkle is:

*Pit Bull rear spools

Something to do with the swingarm, maybe replacement bushings? But why replace them?

And this one: Custom fenderectomy (I did this unsupervised )
What did you do to the fender, any pics? I did a custom fendaextenda-ectomy, cutting off about 2 inches off the bottom.

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Stromette,

I was in Phoenix last weekend. I was wondering where you were while I was there.

Thanks for posting your farkle list. I haven't been all the way through it yet, but I have already found one must-have product that I didn't even know existed. If it's not too much trouble, do you think you could post front, rear, left, and right photos of your LitreStrom for the benefit of the farkle fanatics amongst us?

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Hey Tim,

Sorry I missed you when you were in the "Valley of the Sun." If you return be sure to let me know.

Glad the list is beneficial to you. I recall thinking as I was making the list "I sure hope this helps someone as this is a lot of work!" :P

I have every intention of posting close-up pics of the bike and certain mods/farkles but being on the road I'm having trouble finding reliable Wi-Fi for some reason and trying to load pics w/dial-up kinda sucks. I'll post the pics as soon as I can. In the "Stromette's Travels" link there are quite a few pics of my bike but I'll get updated ones posted when I can. If you have a specific request for a pic just post it here and I'll add it.

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But I'm wondering what this farkle is:

*Pit Bull rear spools

Something to do with the swingarm, maybe replacement bushings? But why replace them?

And this one: Custom fenderectomy (I did this unsupervised )
What did you do to the fender, any pics? I did a custom fendaextenda-ectomy, cutting off about 2 inches off the bottom.
Rear spools allow you to use a rear stand aka "race stand" on the bike. Aside from elevating the rear tire off the ground and stabilizing the bike it allows you to move the bike about in a garage or shop if needed since rear stands have wheels.

Re the fenderectomy... I'll post close-ups but there's quite a few pics in the "Stromette's Travels" link below that show this. The fenderectomy actually came about b/c I was tired of fighting the rear stand under the big honkin' fender. The license plate light is raised as high as possible so I can still get the key in to unlock the seat. I also turned the license plate bracket upside down, took off the bicycle reflectors and added the hyperlites. I'm a big fan of triangulation lighting for increased safety and wanted this with the hyper-lites. (The specific V-Strom kit is only a single light that mounts atop the license plate light. The hyperlites I have are just the "Universal" Dual Function model). The wires for the hyperlites are run thru the holes where the reflectors use to be. Close up pics forthcoming. Oh and I said "I did this unsupervised" because my mechanical skills revival that of your favorite vegetable. Usually if I'm doing something aside from swaping parts my head master mechanic extraordinare "Jim" is very close by and certainly if it involves permanent fabricating. Somehow I was inspired that day and took the project on myself. I don't think the inspiration has happened since. :P

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Do you realize what you just put in writing for the whole world to read ? Something about a specific request for a pic and you will post it here. Hmmm, I had almost forgotten/given up but now you have volunteered a pic. lol.

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Do you realize what you just put in writing for the whole world to read ? Something about a specific request for a pic and you will post it here. Hmmm, I had almost forgotten/given up but now you have volunteered a pic. lol.
How far is this Squamish place from Montreal? Waterwarrior, I might just show up on your doorstep and toting a signed portrait to boot! :P

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