V-Strom – SW Motech Auxiliary lights

I’m a big fan of being seen one the road – it might just keep me alive!

With that in mind, I’ve fitted some SW  Motech auxiliary light to my V-Strom’s engine bars.

The lights come with their own wiring, including fuse, relay and handlebar switch. Fitting them was pretty easy – just connect the red adn black wires to the battery, then wiggle the wires up through the side fo the bike towards the headstock. The included wiring diagram shows pretty clearly which wires go towards the switch and which go to the lights themselves.

Then just fit the lights and the switch and connect it all up – easy!

What I’ve not yet done is worked out how the wire them up so that they switch off when the bike is switched off. And sure I just need to piggy back a wire somewhere – I’ll work it out and post my findings!

Bright light!

Bright light!

You can see the optional light mountings that you need to mount the lights to your engine bars

You can see the optional light mountings that you need to mount the lights to your engine bars

Add some cable tidy to finish the job!

Add some cable tidy to finish the job!

V-Strom – MRA screen

Ok, so the stock screen is crap – everyone acknowledges that.

I didn’t like the look of the Givi one and because my bike’s a K3 it doesn’t have the adjustable screen mountings, so my choices were limited.

I’ve opted for the MRA Touring screen. It’s tinted, has an adjustable aerofoil and just about does the job.

Fitting took all of 5 minutes – literally undo the stock screen’s 2 fixing bolts, slip it out, slip the new one in, re-tighten bolts. Piece of cake…

Looks good, does the job!

Looks good, does the job!

Does it work? Yes, mainly. On windy days I still get a bit battered but it’s 100% better than the stock screen on pre-K4 models.

V-Strom – Fehling Engine Bars

OK, so the next mod is the engine bars. I’m under no illusion that they’d actually save my bike from major damage should I ever had an accident, but they look good, might save the plastics in a minor spill and I can mount my auxiliary lights to them.

Took literally 20 mins to fit – just remember to fit the spacers provided the right way around to same you having a dumb moment and then having to take the bars off and start over again (not that I’d ever be that stupid!)

To save anyone else the wasted time, longer spacer in the top bolt, thinner fat spacer for the bottom bolt!

Fehling engine bars

Fehling engine bars

V-Strom – Handlebar Risers

To make the bike perfectly comfortable for me I’ve opted for the SW Motech ‘up and back’ risers. They look pretty nice and make the seating position perfect. Might need to free up the brake hoses a bit as they are stretched a little on full lock

V-Strom handlebar risers

V-Strom handlebar risers