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Accessories - OEM or After market?

New to the V world after recently picking up a new 2011 (unsold at the dealer). Have a list of farkles and wondering what people prefer: OEM or after market? Pros / cons?

Items off the top of my head I'm thinking about:

- heated grips
- driving lights
- rack for givi top case
- hand guards
- upgraded windshield
- crash bars or sliders

Any advice appreciated!
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I read on a forum the Kawasaki heated grips are ****e, no personal experience.
Didn't know you could get OEM driving lights for the V.
No experience with OEM handguards however I will vouch big time for BarkBusters, on my dirt bike and on the V 1st rate.
I bought the Kawasaki branded MRA Vario screen and am pretty happy with it, however screens are a very personal thing.
I boought SW Motech crash bars and so far am very happy, I haven't tested them and hope never to do so.
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I mixed OEM and aftermarket. The positives about OEM are the fit and plug and play. The negatives are the cost. I negotiated 20% off any accessory I ordered through my dealer.

I wanted to build the EU versys tourer so I bought OEM where appropriate to get that look.

Twisted Throttle is a good source for aftermarket parts for the Versys.

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I bought the Kawasaki branded MRA Vario screen and am pretty happy with it, however screens are a very personal thing.

Screen? My V has a screen? That's why my ride is hot in summer, my screen is missing!
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New to the V world after recently picking up a new 2011 (unsold at the dealer). Have a list of farkles and wondering what people prefer: OEM or after market? Pros / cons?

Items off the top of my head I'm thinking about:

- heated grips
- driving lights
- rack for givi top case
- hand guards
- upgraded windshield
- crash bars or sliders

Any advice appreciated!
What i Went With

- heated grips ... AME Heated Grips
- driving lights ... Givi S310 Trekkers
- rack for givi top case ... Givi
- hand guards ... Acerbis Dual Roads
- upgraded windshield ... Givi
- crash bars or sliders ... Hepco Becker Crash Bars

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I have nothing on my bike "Kawasaki" other than the bike itself. (Actually that is the same for my truck.)

I usually find that the price markup for OEM is to much $ over a comparable aftermarket item. However, the OEM usually goes with the lines of the vehicle better, or is easier to install.

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The only OEM product i bought for my bike was an 16t Front Sprocket.

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I certainly would not recommend anyone limit themselves to OEM accessories. Every accessory I have is non-OEM:
Dual-Star heated grips
Fuzeblocks accessory fuse block
SW Motech crash bars
ADV Monster 30 driving lights
Givi V35/E55 bags with Givi mounts
Spencer seat mod
Speedy lowering link and mirror extenders
Stebel Nautilus Compact air horn
Givi touring shield
Powerbronze flip shield
Madstad windshield mount with my own RAM ball mount solution
Powerlet power port
Thermometer (meant for a fish tank...works great, $6)
Others, no doubt

Twisted Throttle is a great source for accessories made for specific bike models. Go to the site and use the "what fits my bike" feature to see what fits.


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