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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-23-2019, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Hey there everyone,

I'm the FNG to the forum. I'm a 47 year old dude who learned to ride by taking a basic cycle safety course about two months ago. I couldn't relieve the itch to continue to ride so I went out in search of the perfect bike for me. As soon as I sat on the 2018 Versys 650 LT, I was hooked. She's a beautiful black with the red trim. I'm a Star Wars geek. I was going to name it Maul after Darth Maul but a friend suggested Chewbika and that name stuck. I was able to get one fresh out of the box for a ridiculous price and already have 400 miles on it during it's break-in period. I can't wait to get over 500 miles so I can feel more comfortable going over 4,000 rpm. I can't compare this bikes to any other but I know what I like. I like how it handles, how it holds my 6'2" body, and how forgiving it is when I hit the corners. I have no idea how many are going to read this post but I'm hoping to get some feedback on accessorizing. What should I accessorize first? I already have heated grips (about to get installed). Tank bag? Rear bag? Tank pad? GPS mount? What about modifications? Are there any tweaks I can do to improve any performance? Teach me Jedi Masters of the Versys forum!! You're my only hope!
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don't worry about keeping it under 4k. time to work it a little harder. just ride it like you want ride it.

the LT comes pretty much ready to rock as is. all I did was add a fender extender up front to reduce spray & lower the pegs. crash bars or not is up to you. I put them on because I run gravel a lot. I also upgraded my shock.

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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here is a list of mods and farkles I did to my 2015:

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Those are some pretty awesome mods. I like what you did with the pad mount and the highway pegs.
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...What should I accessorize first?....
As it WILL end up on the ground SOMETIME - get a set of 'crash-bars' BEFORE that happens. I also favor having off-road type footpegs, because IF you get water on your OEM runner-covered footpegs, your foot CAN slip off which could cause you some difficulties.



These are DR650 pegs from Ebay (Chinese?) for under $20.

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There’s plenty of accessories have fun with what you choose to put on. Go to Revzilla or another site type in You Year & Bike . All it takes is $$$$$$$$$$
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I have those foot pegs in my eBay shopping cart. Looking at crash bars soon but I want to find the right radiator grill cover, too.
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$$$$ is always the catch. My problem is that I also brew beer. I'm a victim of two pricey hobbies.
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Those are some pretty awesome mods. I like what you did with the pad mount and the highway pegs.
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Welcome. I second (third I guess) the crashbars. I know my V650 has appreciated the ones I got (I've dropped mine a few times already). It happens and don't let that bother you.
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If you are going to do accessories like heated grips and other electrical related things, I'd suggest a voltmeter on the dash somewhere as well.
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I'm planning on adding heated grips. I like the idea of the voltmeter though since I may be adding a USB port, too.
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I'm planning on adding heated grips. I like the idea of the voltmeter though since I may be adding a USB port, too.
I have done TWO different voltmeters on my '08. They work, but are major PITAS (difficult to view in sunlight - on the left, and right of the speedo)



but I have a "BackOFF - Head's Up" monitor on my '15 which is GREAT! Here's a link:

Head's Up? Voltage Monitor - Signal Dynamics

VERY easy to view in sunlight (or anytime!), and only requires drilling a 1/4" hole in the dash. Here's what mine looks like:




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I'm planning on adding heated grips....
On the advice of another long-time member I added KOSO APOLLO heated grips to BOTH my Vs.

https://kosonorthamerica.com/shop/at...ed-grips-snow/

They work great, and I even use them on just 'cool' mornings...!



Since the below pics were done, I rotated the right grip till the wire exits BELOW the clutch lever.
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I already bought Oxford Heaterz Adventure Grips. I'm taking my bike in for it's first oil change next Tuesday and will get them installed at the same time. Probably going to add the phone mount and USB at the same time. I'm also adding some Pirelli MT60R tires so I can hit some trails. I heard some good things about those tires. Next purchase will be the windscreen. Holy cow this is getting pricey!! I love riding it so much though!
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There's so many options...

I'm also 6'2" and I added a set of bar risers which brought the handlebars back a bit which made for a more comfortable ride. Also, and this one seems to be very rider dependent but I found the seat to be very uncomfortable after about an hour so that was a high priority for me.

To second what someone else said, a 'Back off' type rear brake light flasher is a good suggestion. I got mine for $5 and it works great.
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