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I just bought a V-Strom 650 and am looking to get it all set up for touring. I've got a laundry list of mods I want to do, but am quite new to riding so I don't quite know the best way to approach them.

I've already got the bike set up with luggage - Givi top case (large enough for 2 helmets) and Pelican 1550's on the sides.

1) Crash Bars - I'm looking for the larger style crash bars, that actually come up and around the faring. The OEM Suzuki ones just seem small, and the Givi TN532 don't really look that great. I remember seeing a couple of V-Stroms with crash bars that were slightly larger than the Givi's with a second vertical bar through the middle. Kind of like the SW-Motech Rally Style crash bars, but perhaps larger?

2) Center Stand - Definitely going to need one of these, but I heard there were ones that might drop if the bike hits a big bump. I would really appreciate advice on which ones work and which ones to avoid.

3) Wind Screen - I'm a reasonably tall guy (6'1"), and the wind with the stock windscreen buffets my head around like it's in a paint-mixer. I'm open to ideas, but the Madstad mount looks pretty effective, even using the stock wind screen.
http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/sc.7/category.750/.f

4) Diagnostic Tool - I heard there is a diagnostic tool that I can plug in under seat, that shorts two circuits so that trouble codes are displayed on top line of dashboard screen. Sounds like a must-have for long distance touring.

I can't wait to hear your advice.

Thanks!
 

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:flip Welcome to BCSB :flip Everyone loves seeing and hearing about VStroms on this forum.

1. For crash bars a google image search should indicate what bars you saw: http://images.google.com/search?tbm=isch&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=1015&q=Vstrom+Crash+bars&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=g-sx1&aql=&oq=

2. Center stand concerns around the spring now holding the stand up could come from stromtroopers: http://www.google.ca/search?q=center+stand+issue+site:stromtroopers.com&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#sclient=psy&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=N0t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&source=hp&q=center+stand+spring+site:+stromtrooper.com&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=979c06cd3d3a36aa&biw=1920&bih=1015

3. Motech is the only solution I've seen that allows tilting and height adjustment. Any aftermarket screen may give more protection but it's a gamble where it redirects the air

4. looks like there's lots of options for diagnostic tools. No idea what's better: http://www.google.ca/search?q=vstrom+"diagnostic+tool"+site:stromtrooper.com&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

OBD Tool, SDS Tool, suzuki tool. Post up an intro under the general or new-rider forum. Good to see you made it online.
 

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One of the best items to put on a Strom is a nice, thick bike cover.

Welcome aboard and remember, gasoline not diesel.
 

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I did some more searching, and now I'm sure that the crash bars I was looking for were the Hepco & Becker ones. Oh man, are they expensive though. Twice the price of the OEM ones. I might have to think about this for a while.

Update:
Just found a post on Stromtroopers comparing all possible crash bars:
http://www.stromtrooper.com/general-v-strom-discussion/53719-i-use-protection-2.html

Looks like he prefers the AltRider crash bars, but those are even MORE expensive than the HB. Yeesh.
OEM Suzuki ~$130
Givi ~$150
Hepco & Becker Crashbars $260
AltRider $290
 

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I just bought a V-Strom 650 and am looking to get it all set up for touring. I've got a laundry list of mods I want to do, but am quite new to riding so I don't quite know the best way to approach them.

I've already got the bike set up with luggage - Givi top case (large enough for 2 helmets) and Pelican 1550's on the sides.

1) Crash Bars - I'm looking for the larger style crash bars, that actually come up and around the faring. The OEM Suzuki ones just seem small, and the Givi TN532 don't really look that great. I remember seeing a couple of V-Stroms with crash bars that were slightly larger than the Givi's with a second vertical bar through the middle. Kind of like the SW-Motech Rally Style crash bars, but perhaps larger?

2) Center Stand - Definitely going to need one of these, but I heard there were ones that might drop if the bike hits a big bump. I would really appreciate advice on which ones work and which ones to avoid.

3) Wind Screen - I'm a reasonably tall guy (6'1"), and the wind with the stock windscreen buffets my head around like it's in a paint-mixer. I'm open to ideas, but the Madstad mount looks pretty effective, even using the stock wind screen.
http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/sc.7/category.750/.f

4) Diagnostic Tool - I heard there is a diagnostic tool that I can plug in under seat, that shorts two circuits so that trouble codes are displayed on top line of dashboard screen. Sounds like a must-have for long distance touring.

I can't wait to hear your advice.

Thanks!
Welcome to the ugly bike club.... first item, crash bars... I have the GIVI, mine have been fully tested & they work great. would not want to leave home without them... as for diagnostic tools for long distance touring.... I am sorry I thought you bought a Suzuki, not a BMW..... the bike just works, period, day in day out....
 

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Some good Q&A threads relating to V-Stroms posted up in the "Beasts" section of AdvRider HERE.
 
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