A few pics of my 2011 VS. I picked up last month from a dealer Macon, GA. Drove 5 hours to purchase for 30% off list. Was still in the crate, zero miles, only 270 miles now. Probably won't be lucky again for 10 years.
Ok, comments on my mods.
1) Yoshimura Carbon Exhaust
Perfect sound with the DB insert, way too load otherwise. By the way, this is not a ‘slip on’ meaning for many other bikes the catalytic is retained when adding new exhaust, not with the VS. You will need to add more fuel in all RPM ranges with a Juice Box or Power Commander. Also, and is not in the instructions, if you use the DB, you need to remove the bolt hole ‘tang’ before inserting the DB plug.
2) Two Bro’s Juice Box
You will learn much about your bike installing this mod. Watch YouTube videos. You will make mistakes if you do not.
3) A/C Adapter
Great for powering GPS or Cell.
4) Nelson-Rigg Touring Saddle Bags
Tried Givi’s and just ridiculous to position correctly. Returned same day. The Nelson’s fit perfect and for half the $.
5) Kawasaki Tail Bag
Looks cool and holds a 6 pack.
6) Fork Sliders
Like the look.
7) Frame Sliders
Like the look. Watching them closely though as become the new motor mount bolts.
8) Rear Axle Spools
A must for working on the bike. So much easier with a front and rear lift.
9) Yoshimura Bar Ends
Light weight and still no ‘buzz’.
10) Vario Touring Screen
Worth every penney. Only wind is at top of shoulders/face. I am 6”.
11) Galfer Stainless Brake Lines
Not sure I can recommend these over stock lines. Installed all three and a few weeks later, all were sweating, the front right actually dripping. I re-torqued but the right front is still an issue. Look great though.
12) Yoshimura Fender Eliminator
A much cleaner look.
13) Super Sprox 44t
Except for the rims, this is my favorite mod. The bike is so much easier to ride, minimizes the off/on abrupt throttle response, first gear is actually useable, and only 4k RPM at 55-60. Cannot recommend more.
14) Puig Carbon Hugger
Keeps the electrics and shock much cleaner after a ride.
15) Carbon Front Fender Extender
Keeps headers and engine cleaner and protects radiator.
16) Sig Sauer 9mm P938 under Seat
Will sleep better when camping.
17) Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
18) Woody’s (RADS) Aluminum Hubs
Needed for #19.
19) Excel 17” Rear | 19” Front
Completely changes the look and demeanor of the bike. Personally, this is how Kawasaki should offer the bike stock. However, the riding style is altered. The ‘turn in’ is at first somewhat slower but for me, is perfect. Before, I found I was always sliding on the seat towards the tank and now the bike feels so much taller even though is only an inch higher from the ground. Of course is not a true dual sport bike but handles superbly on fire roads and to remote camp spots along the river.
However, not an expensive mod at $1800 without tires.
20) Front Fender Riser (Homemade- Polished Aluminum Stock)