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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-24-2016, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Planned upgrades for my 16' 650

Hi guys, I just picked up a spanking new 2016 versys 650 and here is a list of add ons I've ordered for it.
  1. PUIG frame sliders (installed)
  2. Ebay radiator guard (on order)
  3. Swing arm spools (on order)
  4. Ebay levers (on order)
  5. SHAD luggage set with top box (on order)
  6. BackOFF XP Brake light modulator (to order)
  7. Aftermarket gear indicator to fit in the original spot (to order)
  8. Extra LED brake lights/turn signal lights

Do you guys think I should get anything else immediately? I really haven't started riding it yet, as the bike hasn't been registered, so I haven't gone over board with the ordering yet... lol I figured the windscreen and brake pads could wait till I did some actual riding on it. Thanks in advance, would love to get your input.
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Ride it around awhile and you will know whats needed to make it right for you. I would suggest looking here when the time comes.....https://motowerk.com/collections/kawasaki-versys-v650lt

If you wind up needing a taller windscreen......V-Stream Windscreen for Versys 650/1000
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...Do you guys think I should get anything else immediately?....
A better horn! I use the WOLO Bad Boy (similar to the Stebel Nautilus) from Harbor-Freight, but others are happy w/ the Denali Sound Bomb. Here's where I mounted mine on my '15 650LT, under the left fairing.



In the next pic, the arrow points to where I put the relay (included w/ the WOLO).



VERY loud, and not noticeable visually once the fairing's back on.

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I agree with the horn, but otherwise use the money you'd spend on other goodies and use it for gas and go ride that thing.
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Aftermarket seat.....especially if you plan on riding 2 up.
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Thanks for the replies guys, I'll probably leave the seat and windscreen for later on. Will definitely look into the horn upgrade, but it might not be legal in my part of the woods...
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Thanks for the replies guys, I'll probably leave the seat and windscreen for later on. Will definitely look into the horn upgrade, but it might not be legal in my part of the woods...
They are usually legal because all the horns listed are single note, so don't play tunes, pretend to be a first responder, etc.

I have the Stebel and can't hear the difference to the Sound Bomb.

Where are you?

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They are usually legal because all the horns listed are single note, so don't play tunes, pretend to be a first responder, etc.

I have the Stebel and can't hear the difference to the Sound Bomb.

Where are you?
India, there is generally a limit to how loud your horn is supposed to be, will look into it before I make a decision.
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Fast Eddie what kind of tires do you have in the pic? They look awesome! I ride mainly commuting and for fun, but plan on doing a large ride (Couple thousand miles) all pavement 100% of the time. Would you recommend those tires? Good grip in sport riding?

Thanks!!! Chris
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windscreen!!!! (Givi AirFlow)
it makes all the difference in comfort for longer rides.
better lights, horn (a must also), lift the front of the seat.

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Fast Eddie what kind of tires do you have in the pic? They look awesome! I ride mainly commuting and for fun, but plan on doing a large ride (Couple thousand miles) all pavement 100% of the time. Would you recommend those tires? Good grip in sport riding?

Thanks!!! Chris
Those are Shinko E705 tires, in sizes - 120/70 x 17 on the front, and 150/70 x 17 on the rear. I run 36 psi F, 42 psi R, and NEVER "air-down" as that can lead to breaking a wheel hitting anything big. Yes - I recommend them, and there are NO chicken-strips on mine.

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Added some items to original list.
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Hi guys, I just picked up a spanking new 2016 versys 650 and here is a list of add ons I've ordered for it.
  1. BackOFF XP Brake light modulator (to order)
I have just installed the Backoff Hold and received really good feedback from another rider.

It is the same as the XP, but with the additional hold feature.

You tap into the speed sensor (I used a PosiTap) and it keeps the light on, even if you aren't holding the brake lever. The brake light goes off when you accelerate again.

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


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Hi guys, I just picked up a spanking new 2016 versys 650 and here is a list of add ons I've ordered for it.
  1. PUIG frame sliders (installed)
  2. Ebay radiator guard (on order)
  3. Swing arm spools (on order)
  4. Ebay levers (on order)
  5. SHAD luggage set with top box (on order)
  6. BackOFF XP Brake light modulator (to order)
  7. Aftermarket gear indicator to fit in the original spot (to order)
  8. Extra LED brake lights/turn signal lights

Do you guys think I should get anything else immediately? I really haven't started riding it yet, as the bike hasn't been registered, so I haven't gone over board with the ordering yet... lol I figured the windscreen and brake pads could wait till I did some actual riding on it. Thanks in advance, would love to get your input.
The only thing I see missing from your listing is a good tank bag. I find they are most valuable on a day trip when you don't want to carry around hard bags, they are great for commuting and just keeping frequently accessed stuff like phone and water handly.

Although not the only option available IMO these are these are two of the best for the Versys and have Givi's tank ring attachment system and fit the Versys 650 perfectly - they don't interfere with the bars or instrumentation and fit the lines of the bike. The smaller Givi 3D603, which is also sold as the OEM bag for the Ducati Multistrada, and the larger Givi XS320, which is also sold as the OEM bag for the Versys and Honda Africa Twin. The 3D603 which I have, is commuter sized and waterproof without a cover, the larger XS320 holds more stuff and is expandable.
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Crash bars
Center stand
Led high and low beam
USB charger
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