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Hey everyone. I picked up a '17 650 on Tuesday to help with my commute. This is my first bike and I'm pumped. I grew up riding dirt and occasionally stealing my dad's street to ride to school. That was a long time ago but now I have my own.

I'm excited to get back on a bike. I'm in the East Bay (CA) and looking forward to riding. Could use some info on accessories and mods. Looking for led fog lights, tail box and center stand. I would appreciate anyones input.
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Hepco & Becker make a nice center stand, but it'll cost ya -- about $300. I'd like to have one, too, but I just can't see spending that much money. On the other hand, it sure would make a lot of the maintenance a lot easier! Congrats on your new Versys!

***I just checked their website, and apparently they are out of stock; perhaps you can find one somewhere else...***
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For driving lights I use Denali D2. They are small, dual intensity, and only use about 5W. They come with different lens for fog but I have not tried that feature. The biggest downside is they are about $350. I got mine half off used. Here is a post from my install: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...-brackets.html

There are a lot out there just need to do some research to find what meets your needs.

For top racks, there are lots of options and combinations to choose from. Givi and SW Motech are some popular choices.

Good luck out there and watch out for those crazies.

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I'm looking at a top case myself, and the Shad cases seem like a pretty good and reasonably priced option. They make OEM stuff for BMW and others, so quality is good, they're just not widely available in the US yet.
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Hey everyone. I picked up a '17 650 on Tuesday to help with my commute. This is my first bike and I'm pumped. I grew up riding dirt and occasionally stealing my dad's street to ride to school. That was a long time ago but now I have my own.

I'm excited to get back on a bike. I'm in the East Bay (CA) and looking forward to riding. Could use some info on accessories and mods. Looking for led fog lights, tail box and center stand. I would appreciate anyones input.
- I have non branded LED lights purchased from AliExpress. They work well, as well as the more expensive branded ones. Look for narrow beam, high light output (~4000lm/per light). You will probably want to also purchase a custom Versys specific mount from Kawasaki, SW-Motech, Denalli or other manufacturer. See LED threads on this site for more info. WIre to your high beam circuit and forget extra switches.
- I've owned two Versys and never felt the need for a kickstand, you will however need spools and a rear pit stand. Spools are cheap on ebay and you'll need the 8mm, 10mm on older V's, with your bike. I would ride your Versys for a while before purchasing a kickstand. You may find that you don't really need one. It is easier to work on bike with pit stand than kick stand and it is much cheaper and does not add weight to bike. You will however need either a pit stand or kick stand to work on bike. The advantage of a pit stand is you can use it with a front triple tree stand to remove front wheel or work on forks, something you will need to do. You cannot use a front stand without a rear stand. In the rare situation you find yourself on the road and need to lube your chain without a pit stand, just roll the bike forward a little at a time, to move the chain, while on the side stand.
- Engine bars are a great accessory to protect your bike
- Givi come in two quality levels Mono Lock and Mono Key. They function and stand up the same but one is flexible plastic and one is hard ABS plastic with a nicer looking finish - that is really the only difference. The base plates are different for each too. Shad are similar to the cheaper line from Givi.

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Hey everyone. I picked up a '17 650 on Tuesday to help with my commute.
Congrats!

Me too. Purchased my 650 for commuting. It's fantastic.

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And I'd recommend Shad for your top case.

SHAD Motorcases for Motorcycles, Scooters, Maxi-Scooters, ATV's

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2017 Versys 650 LT -- Titanium [ Sold: Feb. 2019 ]
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- I have non branded LED lights purchased from AliExpress. They work well, as well as the more expensive branded ones. Look for narrow beam, high light output (~4000lm/per light). You will probably want to also purchase a custom Versys specific mount from Kawasaki, SW-Motech, Denalli or other manufacturer. See LED threads on this site for more info. WIre to your high beam circuit and forget extra switches.
- I've owned two Versys and never felt the need for a kickstand, you will however need spools and a rear pit stand. Spools are cheap on ebay and you'll need the 8mm, 10mm on older V's, with your bike. I would ride your Versys for a while before purchasing a kickstand. You may find that you don't really need one. It is easier to work on bike with pit stand than kick stand and it is much cheaper and does not add weight to bike. You will however need either a pit stand or kick stand to work on bike. The advantage of a pit stand is you can use it with a front triple tree stand to remove front wheel or work on forks, something you will need to do. You cannot use a front stand without a rear stand. In the rare situation you find yourself on the road and need to lube your chain without a pit stand, just roll the bike forward a little at a time, to move the chain, while on the side stand.
- Engine bars are a great accessory to protect your bike
- Givi come in two quality levels Mono Lock and Mono Key. They function and stand up the same but one is flexible plastic and one is hard ABS plastic with a nicer looking finish - that is really the only difference. The base plates are different for each too. Shad are similar to the cheaper line from Givi.
Great info. Great suggestions. Thank you.
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For driving lights I use Denali D2.
That's what I've been looking at. Thinking of picking up the OEM light mount and grabbing the Denali lights. The OEM light kit (lights and mount) is north of $500. And the lights don't look that nice. Thanks for the info.
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Congrats!

Me too. Purchased my 650 for commuting. It's fantastic.

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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2016...548034546.html ($75/pr and what I installed)
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2X30...803477473.html (an even brighter option)


$75 to $150/pr for unbranded LED lights, quality and performance is similar to much more expensive branded products from Denali. Note I used a Versys specific mount instead of the included mounts with lights. Light output is significant enough to make high beam headlight a faint glow in comparison and they give me much more illumination than I have in my car with two headlights. In comparison each of these produce 3600 lumens of light (for a total of 7200 lumens at 60w total for 2 lights (2.5 amps per light @ 12v)) while a standard incandescent high beam bulb (9004 type bulb used in most cars (uses 65 watts per bulb)) puts out 1200 lumens. These are wired to the high beam head light on the Versys so they switch on and off with the standard high beam switch.

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