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Riding season came early to Alaska this year, and I'm buying a new 2018 Versys 650 LT this week - picking it up after the shop installs heated grips and a DC power plug. Any recommendations for other "must-have" accessories? Any good tips for getting the most out of this bike?
 

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Although they are really pricey, I like my SWMotech off-road foot pegs. If you have the LT, you should already have the factory hand guards in place. IMO those do about as much as the heated grips (I have Oxfords) to keep the hands warm. I've also just installed Givi engine guards. Hopefully will never really need them. The contact points when you drop it are the hand guards and the bottom corners of the factory luggage - don't ask how I know. Oh, and the turn signals - they are actually the first contact point. So remove the bolts holding them in. The rubber grommet at the base will do the job well enough by itself. Drop the bike and they will pop out, just carefully work the grommet back into place. For bonus points I've fiberglassed the inside of the body panels that they are mounted in.

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Although they are really pricey, I like my SWMotech off-road foot pegs. If you have the LT, you should already have the factory hand guards in place. IMO those do about as much as the heated grips (I have Oxfords) to keep the hands warm. I've also just installed Givi engine guards. Hopefully will never really need them. The contact points when you drop it are the hand guards and the bottom corners of the factory luggage - don't ask how I know. Oh, and the turn signals - they are actually the first contact point. So remove the bolts holding them in. The rubber grommet at the base will do the job well enough by itself. Drop the bike and they will pop out, just carefully work the grommet back into place. For bonus points I've fiberglassed the inside of the body panels that they are mounted in.

Enjoy!

-dm
Yep, hand guards are already on the bike, as well as a beefy SW Motech engine guard. Looks like I need to get luggage guards, and maybe the SW footpegs; and that sounds like a good tip about the turn signal bolts. Thanks for the info!
 

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Tires. Get different tires! I'm installing today the second set of Pirelli Scorpion Trail II on my 2015 V650. They are much better at everything than the factory tires. There is a whole range of tire options out there, from knobbies to highway to dual sport. Factory tires suck pretty bad at everything imho.

I replaced the front turn signals with micro size LED signals. They don't hit the ground. R&G Racing sells some nice ones and the mounting adapter you'll need.

The seat bothers some due to the forward lean. You can shim the nose of the seat up with something homemade or buy a cheap plastic gizmo someone here is making on a 3D printer, or you can get an aftermarket seat.

There are a lot of adjustments you can make to the ergonomics with handlebar risers to move the bars up and/or back, lower the foot pegs, lower the suspension overall, etc. A lot of people go to a larger windshield.
 

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Welcome aboard!

Tires. Get different tires! I'm installing today the second set of Pirelli Scorpion Trail II on my 2015 V650. They are much better at everything than the factory tires. There is a whole range of tire options out there, from knobbies to highway to dual sport. Factory tires suck pretty bad at everything imho.

I replaced the front turn signals with micro size LED signals. They don't hit the ground. R&G Racing sells some nice ones and the mounting adapter you'll need.

The seat bothers some due to the forward lean. You can shim the nose of the seat up with something homemade or buy a cheap plastic gizmo someone here is making on a 3D printer, or you can get an aftermarket seat.

There are a lot of adjustments you can make to the ergonomics with handlebar risers to move the bars up and/or back, lower the foot pegs, lower the suspension overall, etc. A lot of people go to a larger windshield.
I should have mentioned mine also has the Trex bar risers and Puigi windscreen. Since it had both when I got it, I can't comment on how much better than OEM they are. I also have a mount for a Givi top case, as well as a little voltmeter/temp gauge/USB port that plugs into the aux power outlet. It's very handy. I suspect the temp gauge would be good in Alaska.

Mine has Shinko 705/805 dualsport tires. I have no idea how they compare to OEM.

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ya, fix the seat & the turn signals. get a fender extender. think about tires... especially if gravel is in your future. mostly enjoy a great machine
 
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