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post #1 of 45 Old 07-14-2012, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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If you had $1,000 to spend on bike?!

i am going to twisted throttle on monday morning, looking for ideas/suggestions... also curious what you guys would do yourselves with 1g bike related that is :biggrinjester:

i have $1,000 to spend on the new 2012 650. already have engine guard on.

i was thinking of the following; givi top case, 12v accessory, led driving/fog lights, rear lighting, center stand, grip warmers---->?

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post #2 of 45 Old 07-14-2012, 10:23 AM
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Gas, bike payments! Gee, I'm no fun. Seriously, I wouldn't know what to tell you. I do know I probably would not go there myself with $1,000 in cash intending to spend it all. I would farkle my bike a little at a time, thinking more a bit about what I need and want. You might even find stuff used that way. Sorry I m not of much help.

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post #3 of 45 Old 07-14-2012, 10:46 AM
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Shopping spree!

A centerstand is helpful especially if you plan to do your own maintenance. Since you're in New England, the grips and outlet would be nice, and sort of a no-brainer given your budget.

How much travel do you do and would a top case suffice? $1k is enough for a full luggage outfit with side cases - if one would be useful to you. Do you have a tank bag already? Good riding boots? Hand guards?

IMHO supplementary lighting is great, but the 2012 wee already has some of the best lights and visibility in the business, and unless you do all your riding at night I personally would choose some of the other things first.

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Crash bars or skid plate? (engine guard is vague)

Hand guards

Center stand

Pannier bags (i like my givi e36's)

Tool tube

Accessory bar (just a bar that goes across handle bar for mounting stuff)

Those denali's look impressive lemme know what u think if you get them.

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post #5 of 45 Old 07-14-2012, 11:29 AM
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Just because you can spend money doesn't mean you have to. What do you find yourself wishing you had when riding? If you don't at least have a "wouldn't it be nice if" thought, why buy? Since you have some desires, prioritize them. We are all different from you and want different things. What do you want?

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Ride that thing some more before you blow the grand on stuff. Things that I thought I needed when I first got the bike became non-issues as I rode more.
The only things I would say get now are a skid plate and Barkbusters. These and the engine guards will pay for themselves on the first drop.
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post #7 of 45 Old 07-14-2012, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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i knew i would get some good ideas from you guys!

snowkarver i actually use my bike (previous bikes - just got this one) a lot, have 1,200 miles in 14 days so far. i was thinking centerstand for oil changes/maintenance like you mentioned, i don't have a tank bag or "good" riding boots -both great ideas!

hotpockets the accessory bar would be good for gps/ram camera etc, i will look into that. they have a tool tube i think wasn't too familiar with it have basic toolkit with bike added a couple other tools 11mm, tape, etc..i don't have a true skid plate i have the oem plastic under cowling/guard which i wish i knew it was plastic (p.o.s.-good for looks) and swmotech crash bars.

i think i am sold on extra lighting front and back though damn texting and driving is brutal here!

grey wolf point taken! agree, good idea to start out and see what i want to add. i "need" a top box at minimum so i will start with that but if i "need" more i can at side cases, good ideas!

thx and i will be sure to post pics or video of the bike when it comes out of twisted throttle all twisted up!

maybe even a quick video of the store itself since i live so close to the outlet.


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higear, i may not spend the entire grand but good point as well, i should protect the bars and the oem handguards dont have the aluminum protection which the barkbusters do. they don't have the skid plates in stock i have to wait for that, but excellent idea

also think i may get a kaoko throttle lock, i drive 50miles each way to work, my hands are getting numb, maybe end weights too?


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the 2 things I had installed on my bike when I bought it were

heated grips

I wouldn't have a bike without heated grips or a chain drive bike without a scottoiler

after that, I's use it for gas money

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Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
Just because you can spend money doesn't mean you have to.
That sounds as silly coming from you as it would from me.

Ask me how many cameras I take on a trip... :mrgreen:

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