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Protecting the Rear Master Cylinder Reservoir and Exhaust Valve on the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

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It’s questionable whether or not you need a brake reservoir protector and exhaust valve guard on the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS.

But one thing’s for sure: they look cool!

And, since they’re made by SW-Motech, the parts are super quality and come with easily understandable instructions.

Actually, the complex exhaust valve on the V-Strom could use some protection, because it wouldn’t take much to rip the thing off its mount, even on a mildly off-road trail.

There’s not much to say about these parts: they appear to be either laser or water jet cut and bent to size on a precision CNC press.

They’re made from brushed aluminum and the brake reservoir cover comes with a single stainless steel Allen screw to replace the stock screw that holds the plastic reservoir on the bike.

The exhaust valve probably does need protecting and the SW-Motech guard bolts on using the existing stock screws. Installation is easy as pie and takes probably all of about 2 minutes.

Not much more to say, so here are a few pics:

SW-Motech Brake Cylinder Protectors
Here’s a studio shot of the SW-Motech rear brake master cylinder reservoir protector for the V-Strom.
SW-Motech Exhaust Valve Guard
And here’s the SW-Motech Suzuki exhaust valve guard.
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Exhaust Valve
This is a photo showing the complex and unprotected exhaust valve on the V-Strom.
SW-Motech Suzuki Exhaust Valve Protector
And here it is, protected with the SW-Motech guard.
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Rear Brake Master Cylinder Reservoir
Here’s the unprotected rear brake cylinder reservoir.
SW-Motech Suzuki Rear Brake Cylinder Protector Close-up
Now protected with the SW-Motech guard.
SW-Motech Protectors on Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
The V-Strom, now with both protected. The protector plate for the brake cylinder in the center is standard equipment.


They look great and hopefully will do the job. Are they really necessary? Debatable… But what the heck — dual-sport bikes are all about farkling, right?

The SW-Motech Rear Brake Reservoir Guard for the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS costs $35.99. The SW-Motech Exhaust Valve Guard for the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS costs $29.99. Buy ’em using these links and help support webBikeWorld!

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