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V-Strom Auxiliary Panel

This page documents the auxiliary panel I made for my 650 V-Strom. My panel adds:
  1. 12V Powerlet port
  2. Battery voltage monitor
  3. USB charging port
  4. ABS disable switch
  5. Ambient thermometer

Selection process

In researching improvements I could make to my bike I stumbled across Rick's Auxiliary Shelf. Other mod'ers have made great choices for items to place on Rick's shelf and I decided I wanted to take it one notch higher and see how many useful things I could cram into his shelf.

I wanted at least two power ports. One to power heated gear, and another to charge a phone, etc. I selected a BMW style Powerlet socket because they claim to be watertight when something is plugged in - unlike a standard auto 12V outlet. I selected a USB port because it was small and most electronics (phones, cameras) now charge via a USB port.

I'm just one of those guys that wants an ambient thermometer. That's one of the big things in the 2012 V-Strom which is missing in earlier models. I came across a great digital thermometer. It's a bit large and isn't backlit, but the quality looks excellent.

I consider it a necessity to disable the ABS when going on dirt. I know I can pull the fuse, but if I have camping gear, etc. strapped to the seat, I don't want to go through the hassle of taking that all off to disable ABS - and a second time when I get back on asphalt. I went with a toggle switch from Eastern Beaver, but almost went with a small circular rocker switch.

Finally with all this new ability to draw current I wanted to make sure I wouldn't kill the battery. I no longer had space for a digital voltmeter, but felt a simple LED style voltage monitor was a better solution: smaller and requires less thinking on the part of the rider.

I went with powdercoat to avoid glare from the sun.

Part List

Richlandrick's Adventure-Tech LLCRick's Auxiliary Shelf$85
Eastern BeaverPowerlet Socket$17
Eastern BeaverToggle Switch (20A) On/Off SPST$10
BurnsMotoUSB Charging Port$32
MikeMeters.comThermometer (EM32-1900)$72
SDCHeads-Up Voltage Monitor™ Single Voltage Indicator$27
Total $243

The thermometer really drove the price up, but I couldn't find anything cheaper that didn't look like a meat thermometer stuck to my bike.


I couldn't have planned this without modeling my design in a computer - just too many things to cram in. I'd have made too many mistakes and would have had to pay for a second panel I'm sure - or maybe even given up. I used Google SketchUp which is a free modeling program with Windows & Mac support. It's not strictly a CAD program - but it gets the job done and the price is right.

Here's the top view of my model:

And the bottom view:

If you're interested here's the my aux panel SketchUp model. SketchUp is easy to learn and you can always start with this model and modify it for your component selection.
The Assembly
It all starts with Rick's Aux Shelf: