Suzuki DL650 V-Strom
1.5mm alloy panniers with 32 litre storage capacity and 6 litre water capacity each. Less than 1/2 the price of Touratech equivalent and twice the strength!
Agricultural but strong... We don't expect these to brake!
Ex army mortar tubes, £5 each. Because cornflakes taste nicer if they dont taste of fuel.
Oil-cooler Relocation, Sump Guard & Engine Bars
Oil cooler relocated with pipes made by local farm store and homemade brackets to move it out the way of gravel etc. Was a toss up between this and Touratech's kit but at £90 we thought they were selling shares in the company as well!
OEM Sump guard, shortened and strengthened. Mav is making his own from the OEM template.
Givi engine bars seem to give the best tank protection of bars we have looked at, however they will need to be strengthened slightly as they may have been accidently made from cheese.
Where the Magic Happens
Engine on the bench is another story
Both secondhand, both cheap. Chris using a Spinex Stunt, not the best fit but will do. George has the Oxford Humpback, better fit and cheaper at £20 including postage - hahaha
icom Radio, Renthal Bars & Givi Screen
2-way radio mounted on molested battery, wired into bike battery via Maplin bargin bin voltage regulator. Do you copy?...Over.
Renthal 615s, extra height and width. £50 but well worth it for the rough stuff. George's bike also came with heated grips, Iceman is using Oxford jobbies which seem to work well for the price, but have been refusing to turn on recently - bring on Alaska.
Givi touring screen, keeps the wind and bugs off better than OEM. Chris is still to buy a new one after dropping his bike in the shed!
Fenda-ExtendaGenuine part £20... Oil drum and a pair of scissors, priceless - (well free actually).
Peg rubbers swapped for homebrew alloy plates. Better grip with wet & muddy boots at a price that cannot be beaten - free!
Centre stand is not standard?! Luckily George's bike came with one, Chris had to fork out another £127 for his.
note the poor effort on the peg feeler!
Autocom Logic. Horrendously expensive so had best be up to the job.
Extra fuse box installed to run 12v socket, intercom and 2-way radio.
Chain maintanence taken care of, and quite right to at £60 for oiler and another £20 to oil both sides of the chain!
A luxury we can't afford!