A little further back we have the cockpit. This is where most of the mods lie and some may think Iím a bit overboard, but trust me everything has been tour tested and has a purpose.
First I ditched the stock 650r handlebars because I didnít like their ergonomics. I replaced em with a pair of stock FZ1 handlebars off a first Gen. FZ1. I just really like the feel of these bars. Plus theyíre black so they match the bike better than the silver stock ones. The shape also gives you a better push on the handlebars for easier cornering. Really, any 7/8Ē bars would work, just watch to make sure you still have clearance at your gas tank. However, I may eventually give the stock bars another chance as Iím constantly searching for the best position.
Attached to these I have a set of Gen Mar Universal Bar Risers
that bring the bars up 1Ē and back as well. This allows me to sit more upright for long highway stints, but I can still lean forward if Iím feeling more aggressive. These actually cause the bars to hit my tank, unlike the just 1Ē up risers. Which means if I drop my bike, thereís a good chance Iíll dent the tank. But again, itís salvaged, no huge deal. Itís all really about taking a stock bike and using aftermarket bits to make it fit as wide of range of riders as possible.
Now starting from the left I have a set of Oxford heated grip wraps
. These are wired directly to my battery terminal and is turned on and off by the switch mounted in the center of my handlebars. These have been great as I have been doing more year round riding. I also hate those thick winter gloves, cause you canít feel as much and they work your hands more. With these, Iíd throw a set of Hippo Hands
over my controls, turn on my heated grips and be able to wear my summer gloves comfortably underneath.
A few downsides to work past. First, Hippo Hands arenít good for the highway as they tend to collapse onto your levers at higher speeds. Secondly, always remember to turn off the heated grips, as they are attached to the battery, theyíll kill it if left on. And finally, attach a temp control to your heated grips. These heat up really fast and get REALLY hot, so Iím constantly turning em on and off while riding.
Next I have my Ram Mount
, used mainly to hold a GPS. This item is great in that not only can you practically mount it anywhere, but you can also practically mount anything to it. Itís easy to install and pops of with a couple of turns of the dial. But donít worry, once on, it doesnít shift while riding.
The GPS has long replaced the paper maps, though I still use em to plan routes and still carry a few along, just in case. This particular Garmin model also has a few extra great features. XM satellite radio, great for trips as you can listen to the same station even crossing state lines and it has an optional weather radar feature so you can see ahead of time if you need to put on your rain gear. Itís waterproof, so no little zip lock baggies needed and the XM antennae mounts right onto my front brake fluid reservoir via a hefty Velcro pad. This is the Garmin 376C which also has built in battery back up. I also like the Garmin Streetpilot 2730 as it has a built in MP3 player along with XM and has a built in FM Modulator, so you can listen without wires to it through your Scala Rider
I took this shot sitting on the bike so you could see that you still have an unobstructed view of your instrument panel.
In the center we have my heated grip on/off switch and my weather resistant 12v socket Powerlet
. This was easy to ad as it grips onto your handlebars and super handy for plugging in that GPS.Can also be used to charge cell phones, ipods or anything else that has a 12v socket type plug. I have it wired so the other end will plug into my battery tender plug, which stays connected to my battery. This way I can plug it in or unplug it when not needed. As a note, I had to reverse the wiring (positive/negative) on the socket plug to be able to plug into the battery tender junction properly. Always check before splicing that you have volts flowing in the proper direction. Iím sure you can find these pre-wired online, but whereís the fun in that? Also this is the standard size socket and not the ďspecialĒ BMW sized one. I have considered drilling the left inner fairing and mounting it there, but thought Iíd see how I like it here first.
Onto the right side. Here we have my Vista Cruise Throttle Lock
. Consider this aftermarket cruise control for motorcycles. While itís not exact, you will slow down going uphill and speed up going down hill, itís definitely useful. We all can rest our left hand from time to time, but with this, you can set it and actually give your right hand a rest for a change. Super useful when having to put away those boring highway miles. Iíve even seen one guy who tied a strap to both his handlebars and could sit back and steer using his ďreinsĒ. Definitely NOT recommended. But interestingly funny.
All the way to the end of the throttle is my Throttle Rocker
., similar to the Cramp Buster This is now a must have for all my bikes. I took a bit to get it adjusted just right, but once in place, you use the palm of you hand to work your throttle. This pretty much eliminates hand cramps and fatigue caused by gripping the throttle mile after mile. It just wraps around your stock grip, this particular model tightens via Velcro, and you can still reach the brake lever no problem My Fiancťí even puts one on his left grip so he can rest both hands.
And the wiring for all my goodies is on the right side. The highest one is the plug to my 12v outlet. The one below it is the Battery tender plug (so they can easily plug together) and the little one goes to my heated vest.