V-Strom build log.

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Joe Watson, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Joe Watson

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    I originally saw the V-Strom on e-bay and wanted to bid. I wanted to see the bike and test ride it before I bid but the auction was ending before I could get down to see it. It didn&#8217;t sell on e-bay so I went and checked it out and took it for a ride. All seemed ok, gearbox was a bit chunky and steering seemed out of alignment, but it was the high Ks that really turned me off (nearly 100,000ks). I left, saying that I was not going to buy the bike. After talking to a few different people with all of them saying that these bikes will do many many more Ks than it had on it, also it having a full service record etc, I decided to have another gander. I went down again with my wife to check it out again and have a really good look over it. Just the few minor cosmetic issues that I would be able to sort out pretty cheap. I offered him a very low amount, including a safety cert and all spare parts etc to which he accepted. I was bloody stoked! I then paid for it and took all the paperwork to get it registered so I could get my number plate and ride it home legally. Rego was stupidly expensive so I looked into single seat rego. I will have to go chat to the engineers to see if it is possible on the V-Strom. I picked up the bike and rode it home on a Friday the 7<sup>th</sup> of August.

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    Found the gear shifter was a home made jobbie with a hole drilled and a bolt with a rubber tube on it. The problem was, the nut on the other side was about to fall off. So smeared it with loctite and all is well.

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    Did the exhaust mod, went a little wild with the grinder getting the weld on the allen bolts off. Cut the internal pipe off and left a few cms, gave the fresh cut steel a paint with flat black, but it all back together and yeah, sounds great now!


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    I began the day (read: night) by removing the old &#8220;Bashplate&#8221;. It came with the bike and is fantastic for road use and light offroad. But for the intention of use I have for the bike, this one is not going to cut the mustard. So off it comes, ready for an oil and filter change.

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    Out with the Motul oil and new HiFlo filter. Added the amount of oil per the manual, warmed up the bike, double checked level and added a tiny bit more to top it right up.



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    Now that the oil and filter was done, I could move on to fitting my new B&B bashplate. Got it all out, very impressive bit of kit too! All separately bagged and labled with great instructions&#8230;&#8230;..but it was missing the spacers I needed! So it would be back to the bike shop on Monday to get the spacers sent up!
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    So I began removing the standard handle bars and all that goes with them, ready for my new bars and Scotts steering dampener. I finished up the night by having all of the fairings and tank removed, ready for some real progress in the morning.

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    Up bright and early ready to hit the ground running. I started by fitting the new indicator I had got, because the replacement one the past owner had put on there was a monstrosity. The new one went in fine and really freshens up the bike.

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    I then started fitting the steering dampener post underneath the tank mount. The instructions that come with the Scotts dampener and very detailed and give you lots of great info. I took my time on fitting the post, making sure it was perfectly aligned as I had seen on many other DLs fitted with the Scotts, that their posts were not fitted right and were way off centre. Not that it would make much difference, but it just looks terrible.

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    Once the post was fitted up. I then set about making a power outlet for my GPS. It took a while to find an appropriate wire, but eventually I found one running in the headlight loom. I spliced in and wired it up. I drilled a hole in the &#8220;dash&#8221; and fitted the actual plug. After testing, I then screwed it all down, soldered it all up and insulated it all. I was then able to refit all of the tanks and fairings ready to move on.
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    Moving on to fitting the bars. I started by modding the switch blocks to get rid of the &#8220;nub&#8221; that is used on the standard bars. Then I fit up all the standard gear and levers etc. I really took my time aligning the bars and putting them in a comfy position, but I think they will need a bit more adjusting after a test ride. Once this was all on. I was able to fit the actual stabiliser, making sure I greased up the post as per instructions. I then realised that the padding for the cross bar on the new pro taper bars would not fit with the dampener. So out with the sharp knife and scissors and I modded it perfectly so you could see it and access it easily without obstruction, whilst still keeping the cross bar padding.



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    I then attempted to fit my new barkbusters&#8230;&#8230;.nope, no go. Because of the brake master cylinder and the way the brake line runs. I told the bloody bike shop guy I needed the BHG14s, oh well, deal with that on Monday when I go in to rouse on them about the bashplate spacers!

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    I then set about making up a mount for my Garmin GPS. I was just going to handlebar mount them, because I do sometimes like to fiddle whilst riding. But I love the look of it being up in the &#8220;cockpit&#8221; which is much closer to the field of vision. I made a small crossbar for the standard Ram mount to fix to. It is bolted through the top two bolt holes for the windscreen. The finished product turned out ok, but it is sitting way to high and too far forward and that is the best the Ram mount will do. So I think I will fabricate a mount from scratch to put it exactly where I want it.
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    While I had the windscreen off, I added about 10mm of spacing behind the actual windscreen bracket and then about 5mm of spacing behind the screen itself, pushing it a lot further back. I also put it back on in the highest possible position. After a road test, I think it may be sitting back on an angle too much.

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    I also removed the pillion pegs too. They are ugly and I have never ridden with anyone on any of my bikes and never intend to. I will also be using its mounting points as the mounting points for my pannier racks, so they had to go.
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    After going to the bike shop and rousing on them about the spacers, I picked up a set of small adjusting posts for the mounting setup on the barkbusters. It took a lot of mucking around to get them to fit and a lot of adjusting of different things on the bars, but finally I got the barkbusters all fitted up and looking shmick!



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    This afternoon I removed counter sprocket cover and chain guard to clean, degreased all areas affected by the copius amounts of chain lube built up over god knows how long. I was packed so thick in places I had to take to it with a screwdriver to knock the big chunks away. I then got to it with a high pressure gun with Kerosene in it. It came up good, but will need another really good going over next time I service the bike. I finished off by giving the chain a really good clean and lubing it up.


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    This afternoon I removed my old wolfman tank bag from the postie and fitted it up to the Strom. I could not live without my tank bag! I fitted the side straps down to the mounting for the push in fixing point of the black under tank cover. Front strap goes under and around the top fuel tank bracket. Fits really well and you only need to undo two buckles to get to the fuel filler.


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    Today I made up another power socket for the bike. This one runs directly off the battery via a fuse on the positive line. This one is to run the compressor I keep under the seat. It was a very quick and simple job and works great.

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    Today I also started on making a new GPS mount. I started from scratch on this one. I wanted it to sit as low and as close to the screen as possible. So I set out designing something to suit that would use the same bolt holes for the screen. I completed the basic design which was a single angle, cut and bent to fit, with long spacers to the holes for the screen to bring it forward enough not to hit the screen but still be on a reasonable angle for viewing. I left it unpainted and untrimmed to test it. After riding the bike a small distance it was obvious that, like the last mounting system, it had a massive amount of movement. I made up braces to go from the bottom mounting point to the top mounting point of the actual GPS mount which strengthened it right up and now has no movement. I trimmed it all down and painted it up. Looks fantastic, is solid as a rock and is in a perfect position now! Total cost&#8230;..free, had all the materials, so just time.


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    I HATE FITTING UP BIKE TYRES!!! Over the last two afternoons I have been fitting up my new Mitas E-09 Dakar tyres. I tried something new this time whilst changing the tyres which I haven&#8217;t done before, soapy water, bloody brilliant. When getting the front wheel off, I had a bastard of a job getting one of the allen bolts off the front mudguard as the past owner had rounded the bloody thing off! So it was out with the vice grips, a lot of time and a lot of colourful words being used, but I finally got them off. I replaced both sides with 10mm bolts to save it from happening again. I also wanted to balance the wheels after the new tyres were fitted. So on the way home from work I dropped in to some random tyre place to get some wheel weights. They bloody stung me $5 for two strips! Any other place would have given them away! Anyway, I used my &#8220;wheel balancer&#8221; to do the job and it works great. Two axle stands lined up nicely and levelled well. An ice cube on either side of the wheel with the axle resting on top. There is little, to no resistance so it is easy to find the heavy side and add the wights and once there is no evident heavy spots, you have a balanced wheel.


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  10. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    I think that one thing we all want to know is how much you payed for the bike. Thanks.
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  11. Kawidad

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    Cool thread, but you didn't say, unless I missed it, what you're trying to do with it. :thumb
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  12. bikefree

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    I'd be interested in taking the old bash plate off your hands if you are selling.
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  13. NJ Moto

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    I'm enjoying this thread too. Nice work Joe Watson.:thumb

    In the morning I'm going to look at a Vee.:evil
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  14. metropolis2k

    metropolis2k Been here awhile

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    Great thread, thanks for posting all that so far! Looking forward to seeing how it ends up. :clap
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    Thanks for the feedback everyone.

    nedodjija: I got it a reasonable price because of the high Ks.

    Kawidad: I am trying the make it the coolest looking Strom out there......nah, I am just trying to set it up to do the kind of riding that I am used to.

    bikefree: I think postage overseas would be a killer! You may be better off looking for something locally.
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    Finished fitting the bash plate today because the spacers finally arrived. All fitted up fine, no problems with the installation. Looks fantastic but I would prefer it to come up higher at the front, but I guess it is only designed to protect the lower stuff, not keep the higher stuff clean.
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    Started on the pannier racks also. Lined up the panniers to check for mounting positioning and played with a few positions. I want to keep the in line or forward of the rear axle for proper weight distribution. After a lot of mucking around and finding a good position and figuring out how to fabricate the racks I set about modifying my old DR650 racks. They are the right shape for the R-Jays panniers I have and are not all that far off the general mounting points of the DL so it should not be too much work.


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    I should be finishing them off tomorrow night, so I will take some more pics and finish up the details of the racks then.
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  17. Groomspa

    Groomspa Cheerful traveller

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    Love what you have done so far. The bash plate looks soooo much better than my Motec one. Looking forward to seeing more and going for a ride of course.
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  18. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    Nice skid plate, I think there is someone that makes a shift lever that eliminates all that linkage.
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  19. sckoby

    sckoby Been here awhile

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    All looks fancy, I am still trying to get my head around the fact that you bought a Vee Strom, But hey, what ever floats you boat I guess.
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  20. Joe Watson

    Joe Watson Long timer

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    Thanks Graeme, it is getting there, still got a little way to go yet.


    Doug, I am still getting my head around getting a Strom as well mate don't you worry! But still, it is going to do all that I want it to do and comfortably, so all will be well.
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