Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Massachusetts
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Welcome. I've never owned a cruiser but the ones I have ridden did nothing for me. The Versys is a great machine.
Before you start spending your farkle fund, ride your bike. See what it does the way it came to you and add things that improve your ride experience. That said, I have a couple suggestions.
If you're commuting, that may mean early morning or late afternoon rides (assuming you work the day shift). That can mean cool temperatures. Installing some heated grips would be worth considering. DualStar or Symtechs are inexpensive and effective. You can't leave heated grips at home, like you can do with heated gear you wear. (I have heated gloves and a heated jacket liner, too, but I'd start with grips.)
Also for the commuter, consider adding some driving lights to make you more visible. If you're commuting, you're riding when lots of people have their minds on their day at work or on life at home rather than on driving where it belongs. Be conspicuous.
My bike came with a Madstad adjustable windshield bracket, to which I added a RAM ball mount so my GPS sits directly above the instrument binnacle. It also came with Givi V35 panniers on Givi brackets. All great farkles.
The farkles I've done since improve comfort for long distance. I've had my seat upgraded by Spencer. I've added SWMotech crash bars, KTM hand guards, a Powerlet plug on the dash, a Givi tail bracket for my E52 top case, and (recently, still awaiting test ride) a Givi touring windshield.
I changed out the OEM front brake pads for EBC, which work way better IMO.
Search the knowledge base on this forum for other ideas and post up with your questions.
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