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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-27-2016, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings,

Long time motorcyclist returning after a brief hiatus. I am an engineer - so I like bikes that that don't drag parts in corners - and I don't like to dress like a pirate in public - so no Harley for me.

My last three bikes were a Triumph Thunderbird 900, a KLR 650, and a Honda 599. Each had good and bad points. Power has never been a huge consideration for me - there is a speed limit after all.

In my search, I considered the Versys 650 and 1000, the NC700x, V-strom 650, Triumph and BMW 800s, the Super Tenere, Triumph Street Twin, FJ-09, BMW R1200GS and R1200R, and the Guzzi V-7 and V-9 (which are gorgeous in person - may need one of these at some point).

Found a great deal on a 2016 Versys 650 LT in the fastest color (matte orange), OTD for less than $8,000. So I bought it. Live in Massachusetts, so it will be a long winter waiting until I can get out on the road.

I ordered the 47L topcase and the tank bag. Any advice offered on essential accessories (centerstand, heated grips, etc.) is very welcomed.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-27-2016, 06:06 PM
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Thanks - This site has a ton of info...a great resource.

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Previous bikes:
06 Honda 599, 08 KLR 650, 95 Triumph T-Bird (885cc Triple), 02 Buell Blast, 89 Honda GB500, 75 Honda CB400F
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Welcome...........I re-shaped seat, grip buddies, cramp buster, bar risers, larger windscreen, cell phone holder, throttle lock, and a 12v power plug. Plus the 47L top case. Still to do is the gear indicator and wheel reflective strips (going to do away with the Huffy type side reflectors).
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Duffy,

I priced the OE gear indicator - it was pretty$$ for what you get. Dealer suggested aftermarket would be a much better deal. Which aftermarket windscreen do you run? Do you get alot of buffeting?

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06 Honda 599, 08 KLR 650, 95 Triumph T-Bird (885cc Triple), 02 Buell Blast, 89 Honda GB500, 75 Honda CB400F
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I went with the tall V-Stream on my V-1000 they also fit the V-650 works great ......http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...50-1000-a.html

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Stay away from the MaKaw heated grips, I hear they are very unbalanced for heating. I just installed the Heat Demons with a PWM for temp control. Good stuff.

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And most of Canada too, eh?
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Recently added the Koso Apollo Heated Grips. They are fantastic and easy to install...http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ted-grips.html
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I'd suggest you get a better horn. I use the WOLO Bad Boy (comes c/w a relay) from H-F for about $30, mounted under the left fairing.

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Great suggestions! These will help me to get through winter.
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I would skip the center stand and just get a cheaper spool lift stand and some spools for the swing arm (8mm and cheap on eBay). No point in pulling 20lb of center stand around with you all the time and it is easier to work on a bike up on a pit/spool stand.

Engine bars/crash bars are a really nice accessory to have if you ever think you might drop your bike on it's side. They'll pay for themselves if you do. They will also save the bike in a crash.

I would second the Koso heated grips, there is a review of them on WebBikeWorld. Oxford makes decent heated grips for little dollars but it has an ugly controller whereas the Kosos have an integrated controller.

See the Twisted Throttle website to see custom fit farkles listed by bike model.

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My best advise:
1-Get better (grippier) tires
2- Easy with the farkling. Keep it under 500 pounds empty. It gets top heavy-unstable very easy, and passing traffic (with such a small engine) will become more and more of a compromise.
3- I added T-Rex Racing engine guards. Very happy with looks and protection. Not happy with the added weight.

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