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post #1 of 18 Old 10-13-2013, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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New owner, parts questions.

Hello

I just traded from a Harley sportster to a 2012 dl650 adventure. I love the bike so far. Right off the bat though I realize I need a skid plate to cover the oil filter, and some sort of top box or backrest for my wife.

I see Suzuki sells both items but they're awfully pricey. Is that the best route or are there more cost effective aftermarket options?

Also, I'm reading here that I cannot add short risers like Rox without extending control cables. Is that correct?

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-13-2013, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Boo. I found a handful of "sissy bar" type passenger back rests but apparently the 2012 650 has a different mounting plate so nothing seems to fit what I have.

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Many options for luggage, take a look at this site or the ADv site for lots of photos of different combinations, also do a search.

From what I've read with the ABS model you can get away with risers that are less than an inch, but with anything more, you will have to replace the front brake line to the master cylinder at the handlebars. That isn't a real problem but does cost some money.

I've been thinking of adding a riser to my 2013 DL650 but since I put a peg lowering hit on the bike, the handlebar height seems to be fairly decent so I may not add the riser, but this winter I'm going to pick up the shortest height I can find, as I want to change out the stock seat and that will also affect the handlebar height. With respect to risers, I've been doing some research on what works and doesn't work.
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I added the Tusk Handlebar riser kit from

Tusk Handlebar Riser Kit | ATV | Rocky Mountain ATV/MC

these guys, 30 MM, after a quick shot with some flat black rattle can. I have the orange non ADV 2012 and they worked fine, after rearranging clutch cable a bit. Maybe go 15 MM if you're concerned about cable length, cheap to try.
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Yeah I should put the skid plate on. It's been off for a year. Besides protecting the oil filter, the Yann skidplate made my bike recognizable to the vehicle sensors at traffic lights.
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Congratulations!

Me realizing that my wife's comfort is directly proportional to the distance she'll sit on the bike combined with the back rest selection out there caused me to get a corbin seat with a back rest. She loves it and can sit there all day.

I've done some 6+ hour rides and don't feel the seat one bit.

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Yeah I should put the skid plate on. It's been off for a year. Besides protecting the oil filter, the Yann skidplate made my bike recognizable to the vehicle sensors at traffic lights.
I never thought of that....
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Look at the Coocases at Twisted Throttle. They make an attachable backrest for the topcase. You can buy a top rack plate that will match the Coocase base. I just ordered a Coocase. I read that all you need to do to attch it to the OEM top rack is drill holes. I am going to try that first. Can't see spending $100 to replace my Adventure top rack.

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Or buy a duffle bag, put a piece of plywood under it, and attach to the rack with bolts & wingnuts. It comes off easily, and if you fill with sweatshirts or other soft stuff, it makes a very comfortable backrest. This solution is my wife's favorite.
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I use Duratool plastic equipment cases from MCM Electronics as luggage. If I recall correctly, the side cases were $34.00 each, and the top case was $24.00. They aren't up to Pelican standards, but they are very strong, and they are waterproof. You have to make some sort of mount for them; Twisted Throttle sells a mounting system for Pelican cases, but the mount would cost more than the cases. I just made my own.

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