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Long time Gold Winger here, just purchased a 2012 Versys 1000 with 13,000 kms on it. I am NOT trying to duplicate my Wing, but there are some add-ons I'm interested in. Asking those of you who know the Versys 1000 for some suggestions.

* Best throttle control? (I've read about Omni-cruise and Kaoko)
* Best centre stand? (I've read about SW-motech)
* Best TPMS? (I've used Doran with great success)
* Best gear indicator? (I've used Healtech with great success)
* Best heated hand grips? (I've read about Oxford)

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* Best centre stand? (I've read about SW-motech)
SW-Motech, anything they make is top quality

* Best TPMS? (I've used Doran with great success)
I use ($3) 90 degree valve stems for easy access around front brake rotor and rear chain. With this I use a $30 12v portable air pump with an electronic gauge that plugs into outlet on bike to fill and check tires once a week. IMO checking tire pressure on a bike is so easy I see no reason for a remote electronic tire pressure system that costs money.

* Best heated hand grips? (I've read about Oxford)
Hard to beat Oxford for price performance. Note they make different styles, you want adv. style to best fit bike. Kawasaki brand have gotten mixed reviews in bike magazines.

I would also consider a phone holder setup like the RAM Mount so you can use GPS, etc. Note RAM has many different styles of handle bar and other bike mounts. Probably 7 or 8 in total. Check them all out before deciding on what works best for you.

Tank bag, particularly a tank ring bag mount bag like those made by Givi and SW Motech is very handy to carry frequently accessed stuff like a spare visor, or pick up a coffee and hold it securely on the way into work. I use Givi 3D 603 but there are a few other models that will fit your bike. Check out Twisted Throttle fitment page although they only carry SW-Motech and not Givi.

Tip over protection in form of engine bars or sliders can save money and grief.
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Thanks twowheels. Appreciate your input. I didn't mention the GPS because I have my Garmin Zumo 660 that I've been using for years. I'll install a mount on the Versys and simply move the Zumo from one bike to the other.

Which Oxford Heated grip did you choose? Adventure or Touring?

And where did you place the control unit?

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Final Add-ons

With the help of fellow forum members, I was able to choose and install various add-ons for my new-to-me 2012 V1000:

-Barkbuster handguards with LED turn signals
-Koso heated grips (shown with Grip Puppies)
-Front fender extension
-SW-Motech centre stand
-SW-Motech Vibration-Damped Quick Release GPS Holder
-GIVI brake lights
-Gear indicator (0 means neutral)

The bike already engine guards and a radiator guard. Still to add are tank bag, highway pegs, CB (maybe) and back rest (maybe).

Thanks everybody for your input.
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Those are some very nice mods. Looks GREAT !!!

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Those are some very nice mods. Looks GREAT !!!

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* Best TPMS? (I've used Doran with great success)
I use ($3) 90 degree valve stems for easy access around front brake rotor and rear chain. With this I use a $30 12v portable air pump with an electronic gauge that plugs into outlet on bike to fill and check tires once a week. IMO checking tire pressure on a bike is so easy I see no reason for a remote electronic tire pressure system that costs money.
TPMS is for a whole lot more than just seeing what the air pressure is in your tires. I had a rear tire puncture on my Concours coming home from a trip. Fully loaded and riding in the rain. TPMS saved me from probably going down in those conditions because it alerted me that the tire was losing pressure. I was able to pull over and get the bike on the center stand before it went completely flat.

Even if I were able to safely pull over with the flat tire, there is no way I could have gotten the bike onto the center stand with the flat.

I have used Doran, but the sealed sensor that you can't replace the battery makes them cost prohibitive in the long run.

Now you can get FOBO TPMS monitors that work with an APP on your smart phone. https://my-fobo.com/ It offers peace of mind and an extra level of safety. If you have ever experienced a flat while riding you will want TPMS on you bike.

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