Welcome aboard. Joe likes those great big mittens, but he lives in sunny Cal??? Just giving him trouble. He is a great resource for all the things you can do to a V. I attached pics of what I did, and with the guards, and the heated grips, I can ride with regular gloves down to low temps. On the guards, some people chided me for getting a style that only connects at one end, but they have a metal spine, and the big thing is to protect the bar and the levers. Also, I love mine since I got the blinker insert. Those are Grip Buddies that I have over my heated Oxford grips, and the heat comes thorough just fine.
2009 Versys (Mine's Green)