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I am putting money down on a 2011 V. Just wanting to know what is the most popular farkle? It seems alot of folks are into adding stuff to their V,not sure it is for comfort,safety, looks or just to personalize their ride.I would like to add Givi side cases to carry my stuff,crash bar to protect my ride and sliders.Not crazy about getting a top case! I would like hear from others to why they have added items to their ride.
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First farkle for my 2008 Versys was a hugger. Not so much for the looks, but to protect the exposed electronic bits from exposure to water and mud cast off the rear tire. Not sure if that is as big an issue on the new Versys or not.

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of all the farkles so far my 2 favorites are speedys foot peg lowering blocks for comfort, and speedys flatfoot for piece of mind on the side stand.
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H&B Crash Bars; Speedy's lowering kit and Flatfoot (I have a 29" inseam, so this was a must have); Gel Seat (again, because I have a 29" inseam). Then GPS, fork lights, headlight modulator, small clock, voltmeter.
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speedys foot peg lowering blocks for comfort and a set of bags (you pick the flavor)...
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Lowering kit and seat...

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Put in a 9 or 10 hour day riding last week...wouldn't have been able to do it had i not had extra stuffing in the seat...it only took an hour or so on the bike the first day of ownership to feel tailbone pain....for me its the seat!

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Grandpa Ron, I have raced and toured on bicycles for at least 35 years now. I see lots of forum users swapping seats for a Corbin or Baldwin or simply overstuffing themselves. But after riding a narrow bicycle seat I see the Versys seat as a big comfy couch compared to my racing saddle. I can hardly wait to sit on a V seat after all these years.
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ROCKETMAN...When buying a new bicycle for either me or my son the first thing to go is that puny little, hard racing saddle! how dare thay put those things on mountain and off-road type bicycles. Give me the big fat fluffy springy seat any day. You don't have to get a bell or a horn as people can hear the squeaking springs at 100 yds. or more! May as well be comfy as possible when excercising!

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My first farkles were a givi windscreen and tail bag. Next will come some handguards. But for next year i will order a better seat!!!!

I use my V mainly for a commuter to college and back ( 1 hour trip). by the time im ready to get off the seat im at school. Im looking for wind protection right now. nothing is worce than shivering my way threw the first class
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Farkle free...and lovin it!
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Crash bars, Stebel horn, heated grips.

That is what I installed immediately. More stuff followed.
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Farkle free...and lovin it!
+1 on that!

Naked is they way I choose....although I did add a power port under the fairing and an LED for a plate light.

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I am putting money down on a 2011 V. Just wanting to know what is the most popular farkle? It seems alot of folks are into adding stuff to their V,not sure it is for comfort,safety, looks or just to personalize their ride.I would like to add Givi side cases to carry my stuff,crash bar to protect my ride and sliders.Not crazy about getting a top case! I would like hear from others to why they have added items to their ride.
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GIVI side case,H & B crash bar, go with this first and the other , wait till you contact the virus call-Farkling with no antidote.



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1/ Kawasaki top box for the pure convenience of not having to lug your helmet
everywhere and still being able to spit traffic without fuss (also a good backrest for
the wife)
2/ SW Motec crash bars and Bark Busters for some fall down and ride away security.
3/ Just recently added Oxford Heated Grips they are a 5 star investment and i wish
i'd got em sooner (4am starts with cold fingers kinda sucks.)
4/ Finally a woolen seat cover with a camping mat underneath for some butt comfort.

still to come Givi or Cal-sys screen / Rox risers / Alum bars / Sebel Horn / Multistrada 1200 (much later)
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Have not put a lot on but love my barkbusters to keep the cold off my delicate hands
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Powermadd handguards, tank and tail bag, Emgo mirrors, and Stebel horn. Topcase to follow.

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Actually should mention my main up grade was the givi rack system, the bike shop sold it to me for half price from a traded in V and brought two new side bins and put my old top box on from my previous bike.
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There are many and here's some:

Present V modifications (defers from stock OEM)

Front/ Rear running light and 2010 clear indicators
Tire Dynabeads http://www.innovativebalancing.com/motorcycle.htm (Now using RIDE-ON, http://www.ride-onshop.com/Motorcycl...ycles_Kit.html)
Own DIY radiator screen
Stebel nautilus compact horn - http://www.stebel.it/stebel/index2009.htm
Z1000 mirrors, have changed to no name cheaper ones (just as good)
H7 Phillip X-treme Power bulb 55W. Many have Osram 65W bulb.
AMHP headlight protector - http://www.amhp.com.au/
Denso IU27A spark plugs - http://www.globaldenso.com/en/produc...er/lineup.html
Mushroom Frame sliders ( Now Hepco and Becker engine guard)
Puig wind shield - http://www.puig.tv/ ( Now with Givi D405ST windshield - http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productlist/652/)
Speedy mirror extenders, flatfoot and lowering peg blocks - [url]http://motowerk.com/KawasakiVersys.aspx[/url
Own Right blind sector mirror
Own Stock seat mod
Hepco and Becker Junior 40 liters panniers - http://www.hepco-becker.de/_eng/frameset.php
Scottoiler - http://www.scottoiler.com/SuitableKits/Kawasaki
Own Oil Filter computer magnets
LCD Voltmeter
DNA Air filter - http://www.dnafilters.com/filterdeta...p?filterid=582
DIY 55W yellow/amber fog light
Rear brake light flashing modulator
Tire solid billet valve - http://www.motorcycleanchor.com/tire_valves/index.htm
HEL Stainless steel braided brake lines and EBC pads
Rear tire hugger
DID 520 chain and sprocket with 15/44 ratio

Some other mods observed in our forum:

SW Motech tank bag - http://www.mo-tech.de/tankrucksackql/
Motowerk handlebar riser
Rimoza brake and clutch levers
Aftermarket rear shocks like ohlins, Elk, Wilbers
Lightech keyless gas cover
Aftermarket exhaust like Yoshimura, TwoBros, Arkapovic. I like M4 but haven't seen one for the V.
Topcase like Givi, Shad, Coocase and HB.
GPS like Garmin, Tom Tom.

There are many more mods you could do but make them workout for you. Otherwise, I just wasting.

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I don't have many but gotta say it again....Love the V-Stream windscreen. It suits me perfectly.
And my AXIO tailbag....DITTO!

That being said...The best farckle I've done to "me" is in fact our beloved Versys.
(I'm talking 'things' here of course. The bike comes in a few notches short of 'asking my sweetie to be my wife......She's the bestest farckle EVER!!!!!)


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