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Buttoned it up and went for a ride

I've had the plastics and windscreen on and off the past couple of weeks as I've been doing mods the the 2009 I got recently.

Highway pegs
Driver pegs - Concours 14
VisionX LED driving lights
Ram Mounted GPS, Radar Box, Spot Messenger
Switch, diodes, relay for lights
Switch for Radar Box
12V outlet
Aprilia Mirror
Givi Mounts and Bags
Enough reflective tape to be a dork to the black-it-out crowd
Parabellum Screen
Gerbings power cord
Battery charger cord
Cramp Buster and GoCruise on right grip
Baldwin Seat

I finally buttoned it up and went for a ride after putting the little one to bed since the temps were in the 50's instead of 30's.

I brought two 10mm open end wrenches with me to adjust the driving lights until they were pointed where I liked them. I rode a number of two lane roads and a highway. It was a nice night to be out. I really like the convenience of having the driving lights come on with the highbeam switch when having oncoming traffic. I didn't have any helmet buffeting. I adjusted the standard headlight higher after getting home.

I'm thinking of doing a SaddleSore 1000 from Baltimore to the Cincinnati Zoo some time in the next month or so. I did one on my last Versys from Baltimore to Gatlinburg, TN.

Edit (Mar 08): I raised the front of my seat at lunch today. We'll see how it rides. Updated pics.
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Bike looks ready to tour the world. And yes, you do have a lot of reflective tape on there!

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Yup, looks ready to roll. I'd like to see it sometime. I'm trying to decide what to do about luggage.

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Yup, looks ready to roll. I'd like to see it sometime. I'm trying to decide what to do about luggage.
I have the Givi racks and E45 Jr (plain) bags from Twisted Throttle.

Where are you located?

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Looks like your read to head south till the road ends
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I have the Givi racks and E45 Jr (plain) bags from Twisted Throttle.

Where are you located?
Between Annapolis and Crownsville.

I'm interested in seeing how the racks mount, how much space there is between the back of the racks and the bike and so forth. If I can get a look at different options, I can figure out what will work best for me. I expect to get together with MikeV one of these days to have a look at his setup.

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...I'm interested in seeing how the racks mount, how much space there is between the back of the racks and the bike and so forth. ..
I added a new picture today to this thread with a rear view.

My last Versys had the sw motech racks. Since I didn't need the quick disconnect hardware, I went Givi.

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Thanks.

It looks as though the Givi racks tuck in closer than the SW Motech ones. They're substantially less expensive.

I need to see how they mount to determine whether I'd have any difficulty with my Alu Rack.

I have a set of V35s on my F800 and I think I could make those racks work on the V, but I'd prefer to use cases that I wouldn't be concerned about, such as Pelicans.

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...I need to see how they mount to determine whether I'd have any difficulty with my Alu Rack...
The Givi side racks bolt to the Givi top rack (or you have to buy another part.) They went together so easily (after the turn-signal move), it might be easier for you to go all Givi and sell your Alu Rack.

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Holler when you want to try and meet up. I can free up my schedule pretty fast. I'm hoping the lower back pain I am feeling today is sore muscles and not my normal issues I get when I pull it. I stupidly decided to play basketball at lunch because I was feeling almost 85% in the back and figured I could take the punishment... Yep that was dumb.


Oh well ice, anti-inflammatories and stretching should straighten me out over the next couple of days.

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I'm sort of a middle point if you want to meet here Sat PM. Otherwise, I'll keep my $.02

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I have a meeting down in Va on Saturday, so that won't work for me. Sunday afternoon would work, though.

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Looks like I may be going into work on sunday. Got called tonight about something and I'm trying to coordinate some things. If I don't get my way in an hour I'm going to have to go into work.

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Bummer. It's going to be much too nice to work tomorrow.

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