Of all the Suzuki-made accessories, these are the best
buy. The “Accessory Bars,” as they are listed in the catalog, are very well-made, fit perfectly and are outstanding in
protection. They take most of the side impact in a tip-over,
saving many times their value in damaged parts. Once
again, this is a part that comes on the Adventure model.
But, if you missed out on that, consider the upgrade mandatory.
The single-most alarming part of the Suzuki is its vulnerability. The underside of the engine is low and unprotected.
Suzuki offers a plastic skid plate/cowling that offers only
faint protection. It’s good for keeping flying rocks and
debris from punching a hole in the engine or from damaging the oil filter. It’s good-looking, at least, but if you plan
on serious off-road distance, you might wait for something
made of aluminum. We know there are several companies
working on the product.
YOSHIMURA SIGNATURE R- 77
The exhaust system tops the list of all the V-Strom
parts that might get damaged by dirt. It’s huge and mostly
unprotected. Yoshimura was first in the pool with an after-
market exhaust, and it’s a beauty. The Signature Series
R- 77 is a carbon-fiber/stainless steel slip-on that is tucked
in very nicely. It offers a little performance hit and makes a
wicked sound. The Yosh pipe is such a nice upgrade that
you won’t want to wait for the stocker to get destroyed.
But even if you do, the wait won’t be long.
Price: $599 in carbon, $499 in aluminum
The standard V-Strom had no handguards, so we took
the opportunity to try something offbeat. The Acerbis
Vision handguards have LED lights built into the plastic shield. They come with aluminum wrap-around rails
that only connect to the outside of the grip, so mounting
should be much easier. There is an electric switch that can
be mounted anywhere there’s enough bar space. Installing
them took some creativity, as they didn’t like the stock
Suzuki handlebar. But we eventually got them on, and the
Suzuki has a handy power source below the instruments.
The lights themselves are excellent, and we ended up liking them very much, although they aren’t especially sturdy.
We’re still not done with our Suzuki. We would love to
install some spoke wheels and keep the cast ones for a
road trip. Oddly enough, we don’t feel the overwhelming need to do suspension work. We like the stock stuff.
The most crackpot idea we have so far is a mountain bike
rack. We couldn’t find one currently available, so we asked
the guys at DG Performance to build a prototype. So far, it
looks pretty good. Stay tuned. ❏
After installing knobbies, bags and guards, we kept going with our project Suzuki.
The Yoshimura Signature Series carbon
slip-on is hot art.
Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires make an
amazing difference in the dirt.