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post #1 of 20 Old 09-22-2014, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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EXP 650 or do-it-yourself farkles - and with what?

Trying to wade through all the posts to find answers has become confusing.
So here is yet another new thread on an old topic(s):

Now that the decision has been made (going to get a 2012+ 650), Iím trying to figure out whether to go equipped (Expedition model), or base model and equip myself. Price should be similar either way.

I donít need the very best, but donít want to find myself regretting prior thriftiness.
What Iím tentatively looking at are:

* Givi Engine Guard (TN3101)

* Givi Monokey Side Case Rack
+ Monokey Trekker Cases
(one 33L, one 46L - as long as can store a full helmet, no need for a top case)
- less wide would be gr8, but don't want to fuss too much having to "MacGyver" components together

* Altrider Skid Plate (donít need anything super heavy duty)

* fork brace


Any criticisms or alternatives suggestions on any or all of these, are more than welcome.

Thanks, in advance!

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Altrider crash bars to match the skid plate?

Add a fork brace and any other parts that suit your riding. Also check this source for Givi and other luggage pricing.

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Altrider crash bars to match the skid plate?

Add a fork brace and any other parts that suit your riding. Also check this source for Givi and other luggage pricing.
Thanks.
Forgot the fork brace.
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Hand guards are useful. OEM plastic ones work for me, deflecting rain and cool air. Barkbusters are highly rated esp if you are likely to drop the bike.

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Hand guards are useful. OEM plastic ones work for me, deflecting rain and cool air. Barkbusters are highly rated esp if you are likely to drop the bike.
I hadn't considered hand guards.
On the other hand, I'm a new rider, so ...

- How "useful" are they if (always when riding) wearing gloves ?

- On a very hot day, is the air deflection provided by the guards an unwelcome feature?


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I'd say the hand guards are very useful, no matter the weather. I don't have them, and my hands have been dinged pretty hard by the super sized grasshoppers we have in this part of the world. Good thing I had on gloves. Just glad it wasn't gravel instead of grasshoppers.

For cooler weather, keeping the blast of wind off your hands could definitely extend your riding season without the need for heated grips.
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I wear vented gloves normally in the summer...they were fine in Florida last fall with very high temps with the hand guards. Handguards don't block all the airflow just most of it and much of the rain.
If you are going aftermarket, consider Barkbusters or equivalent....search the forum for opinions and recommendations.. The metal frame will protect levers and turn signals after a drop. As a new rider, these together with crash bars should be a first consideration.
Yes bees, grasshoppers, small rocks etc can really sting even through gloves.

Also don't skimp on your protective gear. Get good quality boots, gloves, helmet and jacket esp.

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Also don't skimp on your protective gear. Get good quality boots, gloves, helmet and jacket esp.
Always.

Are you planning any real off roading or just an occasional gravel road?

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I recently bought an EXP from the local dealership and it was only $1000 Canadain over the price of a base model. Pricing out the boxes at Twisted Throttle was enough to convince me it was a great deal.

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... don't skimp on your protective gear. Get good quality boots, gloves, helmet and jacket esp.
No question.
Had 'em before I took the course.


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Are you planning any real off roading or just an occasional gravel road?
The latter ... for now.
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