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The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Blog

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Blog
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure Blog
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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Background

Welcome to the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS blog!

The V-Strom 1000 ABS is a webBikeWorld Project Bike for 2014.

I eagerly anticipated the V-Strom after seeing a European version introduced at the 2013 AIMExpo dealer show (report) in Orlando, Florida in 2013.

I reported on the bike in this 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS preview and I took delivery of an "Adventure" version in May of 2014.

As I mentioned in the Suzuki GW250 Blog (another webBikeWorld Project Bike), despite the preponderance of the Suzuki brand recently as Project Bikes (e.g., the Suzuki DR650SE Blog), it's pure coincidence, nothing more. I never knew I was a Suzuki guy!

I published a Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS First Impressions report after only 100 miles or so; perhaps too early for a "first impression" but I wanted to get something out there and I had some, well, first impressions about the bike.

If you've read that report, you may think that I think that it's a horrible motorcycle. Not true; it's just that it doesn't "blow me away" like most new motorcycles do.

I plan on keeping it for the duration and -- who knows? -- maybe I'll come to like it. One really never knows...

In the meantime, this Blog page will have links to articles and tips, so check back often.

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Suzuki Tank Bag Notes (below)  
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Kaoko Throttle Control

(July 21, 2014): Installed the Kaoko throttle lock (aka cruise control) on the V-Strom; it's easy to do but not quite as successful in operation as it is on the BMW scooter, due to the V-Strom's harsh engine response. Read more in the Kaoko Throttle Lock review.

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Chain Adjustment

(July 12, 2014): Lots of information on the V-Strom chain adjustment in the article How to Adjust a Motorcycle Chain.

SHAD SH36 Side Case and 3P Mounting System

(July 9, 2014): You can save nearly $1,000.00 by mounting the brand-new SHAD SH36 bags instead of the Suzuki bag system. And the SHAD panniers are lighter and hold more stuff, including a full-face helmet! Info, pricing, photos and lots more in the SHAD SH36 Side Case Review.

Replacing the V-Strom Headlight Bulb With a Nokya Hyper Yellow H7

(June 30, 2014): We have discussed yellow headlight bulbs for motorcycles in the past. I thought it might work for the V-Strom also, so I replaced the stock headlight bulb with a Nokya Hyper Yellow H7. It's easy to do; this article shows how.

V-Strom Helmet Choices

(June 21, 2014): A few owners asked about windscreen issues when riding with different helmet types (e.g., dual-sport, open-face, full-face, etc.) on the new V-Strom.

I actually find the stock Adventure windscreen (which I believe is slightly taller than the windscreen on the standard version) to be pretty good. I'm 5'10" tall (178 cm) and the middle setting on the windscreen is just about perfect for me.

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Windscreen

I tried raising the screen one notch and lowering it one notch (involves a too-fussy removal of 4 screws) and both caused more wind blast.

I have also tried the middle setting wearing a dual-sport helmet, the Japanese version of the Shoei Hornet (review).

Based on some owner emails I had received, I fully expected tons o' turbulence.

But I have actually found that a dual-sport helmet is pretty quiet; quieter, in fact, than wearing my Arai RX-Q (review), which has those noise generating scoops on top.

The Arai RX-Q catches the air directly in the faster Venturi effect air stream that forms over the top of the V-Strom's windscreen.

The dual-sport peak on the Hornet apparently allows the air to slide over the top of the helmet, reducing the noise levels. I do have to tilt my head just very slightly for this effect; if I wore the Hornet more often, I'd raise the windscreen one notch.

One helmet that works pretty well with the V-Strom and also with the BMW C 650 GT scooter (Blog) is the HJC CL-16 (review). It has a smaller top vent that admittedly doesn't flow as much air, but remains relatively quiet in the fast air flowing over both windscreens.

In general, any helmet with large top scoops will probably have more noise, as the air coming over the top of the windscreen forms a fast and turbulent flow that hits the upper half of the helmet.

The other issue I've found is that the windscreen actually works so well at a point half-way down the helmet and below that I don't get enough ventilation in the lower part of the helmet. So you should look for a helmet that has a small first defogging position that will hold the face shield. The CL-16 has a weak detent for this but it's a bit too weak and the face shield occasionally shuts in a crosswind.

This is where an open-face helmet comes into play; something like the AGV Blade (review) is one of my favorites on both the scooter and the V-Strom, as is the new Nexx SWITX SX10 (review). If you want a sort-of dual-sport look, try the AFX (review).

Bottom line: The new V-Strom's windscreen works pretty well in my opinion and better than I expected. I may try a third-party 'screen when/if one becomes available, just for kicks.

Paint Protection

(June 8, 2014): About the only exposed paint on the V-Strom is right where your knees hug the fuel tank. I noticed some spider web scratches appearing within a few hundred miles, so I whipped out a pencil and paper and made a template to cut some 3M Scotchcal paint protection film and laid it on both sides of the tank.

We have several motorcycle paint protection film reviews on webBikeWorld that include installation instructions, so I didn't think this needed another go.

It's very easy to install on the flat-sided V-Strom fuel tank and the hardest part it getting your template correct...and making sure you're cutting the stuff correctly for left and right sides -- a mirror image. Here's a pic of the final result:

Paint Protection

Tank Bag Review and Installation

(June 3, 2014): The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS tank bag is a quality piece of luggage. It takes a few extra parts and the initial installation can be tricky, so read this report with lots of photos and information.

Center Stand Installation

(May 18, 2014): The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS center stand kit is expensive but it's a perfect fit on the bike and it's also surprisingly easy to install...with a few tips! See the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS center stand kit review and installation article for all the details, along with a video!

Tank Bag Notes

(May 17, 2014): I ordered the Suzuki tank bag and the center stand when I bought the bike. They both arrived this week and I'll have detailed reviews describing the installation of both.

But in the meantime, here's a tip on something I discovered: the Suzuki tank bag mounts on a ring adapter that fits on the fuel filler. So you need to buy the adapter kit also -- they don't tell you that when you order the tank bag.

It's a nice design and avoids having to use straps or magnets, but it makes the entire kit even more expensive. The official Suzuki tank bag is a beautiful piece (part number 990D0-04600) but it costs $249.95. Add the ring mount (part 990D0-04100, $52.95) and ring mount adapter (990D0-04610, $56.95) that you'll need -- another $98.59 total for both.

This makes the tank bag with mounting hardware $348.54, which seems pretty steep to me. I'm not sure what an equivalent bag system for, say, a BMW R1200 GS costs, but I'll check into the ring mount bags from our affiliate, Twisted Throttle, to see if there's a cheaper equivalent.

I ordered the ring mounting kit and it should be here in a few days. In the meantime, here are a few quick photos of the Suzuki tank bag and parts that come with it.

By the way, you also have to drill the bottom of the tank bag to fit the mounting bracket on the bag side! You'd think for that kind of money, Suzuki would have it all assembled (and come to your house to install it!).

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Tank Bag
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS tank bag. You can just see the GW250 tank bag in the background.
Bottom of Tank Bag
The bottom of the tank bag has a recess for the receiver mount. You have to drill holes in it to mount the receiver.
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Tank Bag Mounting Plate
Here are the two receiver parts. Note the 4 metal threaded posts, these go into the holes you'll drill in the tank bag.
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Tank Bag Mounting Plate Bottom
Business end of the receiver plate that mounts on the underside of the bag. It snaps to the ring on the fuel tank filler.

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