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post #1 of 21 Old 06-05-2019, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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New '19 DL650-XT coming Friday!

Finally pulled the trigger. Will send pics once I get it home. Dealer is offering 15% off on all accessories for a few days after I buy the bike. Please give me your experience/input on the following as I have a timeframe before the discount expires:

Oil cheaper online? If so I'll buy on the WEB
Center stand OEM looks good but dealer made me aware of the portable/rolling kind which is cheaper and won't add weight. They carry it as well. I don't mine a kickstand and only need something to lube chain etc.
* I'm assuming my Craftsman bike lift will lift bike once I get skid plate on?
OEM Crash bars - looks good enough & easy to put on. Will they work w/most skid plates?
OEM Foot pegs heard good reviews and they are adjustable
OEM Side cases look good but are smaller and more expensive than Givi V35/37 even w/discount.
* Skid plate - looking at Happy Trails. I think it fits inside lower cowling and protects well. I'm not using the bike for enduro, just occasional dirt trails/mtn roads etc.
* Top Case - thinking of Givi 47 which will double as back rest for my wife. Many have said don't waste money on back rest pad?

Ok, that's it. Please share any info as promptly as you can. Looking forward to what is likely my last bike!

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Uh-oh, can of worms here.
Hola and congrats on the new bike. All of your concerns have much written about them Some are in the stickys, some in the hall of wisdom. The google box at the top of the page will lead you to all of the answers offered over the years.
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-05-2019, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Uh-oh, can of worms here.
Hola and congrats on the new bike. All of your concerns have much written about them Some are in the stickys, some in the hall of wisdom. The google box at the top of the page will lead you to all of the answers offered over the years.
Thanks - I have snooped around quite a bit. Guess I was just looking for any new words of wisdom. Will continue my research..
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i can appreciate that. There is a huge amount of info to sort through.
Occasionally a new bits of preference and wisdom pop up.
i find a lot of info reading the new post entries daily. Stuff i would have never thought of by myself comes up.
You can get a handle on some of the members here too. Personalities and level of expertise become evident.
Seems to make the forum more alive for me. Not just a dry source on the internet.
Some forums are as dry as a popcorn fart!
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Congrats! Lots of options and opinions on farkles, so I'll save mine

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I'd suggest not worrying about the dealer discount for a few days and taking your time to see what you like and what you need. How tall are you? I'm only 5 10', but the two things that seem like there was no downside were peg lowering and bar risers with a bit of setback. Both very reasonably priced. I couldn't handle not having a centre stand on this type of bike.

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Center stand is a must, agreed.

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Joe, I also would really weigh your options on the luggage. I have factory panniers bought for cheaper than the dealer offered online.
They are not great in terms of capacity or ability to load them. I will make due by packing everything in separate bags. I like the fact that they are the most tucked in and integrate well with the bike aesthetically. Also when detached, there is no rack left behind.
If starting fresh, I'd consider soft panniers and still might down the road.

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Thanks everyone. After looking online last night I don't think I'll get anything from the dealer, maybe just oil/filter. Too many choices out there for bars/skid plates etc. I have found some online dealers that have a decent discount so will consider them. Pretty sure at a minimum we'll get the Givi V47 top case both for storage and wife's backrest. I'll remove it when it's just me riding around locally that's why I was wanting hard panniers for their security vs soft bags, I just don't like how they flair out the rear end. The OEM panniers seem well made and protrude the least but of course cost more than the larger but wider Givi V35/37s.

The T-Rex crash bars look pretty well made and at a decent price. I haven't made a decision yet on skid plate but the Happy Trails one while large will cover the lower cowling. Lots of good choices for the center stand including the OEM version. Does anyone have a favorite online Suzuki dealer they've used for accessories?

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I would consider a centerstand. Not a portable one. It's just so darned convenient to have an attached centerstand. One of those things where when you need it, it's GREAT to have it. EXAMPLES: Get a nail in a tire, just put it on a center stand so you can freely rotate the tire to where it is. When you ride through a heavy rain (or a shallow river) on a long or multiday trip, you can centerstand it and wipe dry and oil your chain in five minutes for a little extra protection. Check the oil level easily. Stuff like that.

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