I assume you are dealing with Coleman's Powersports? I haven't gotten anything from them other than a few accessories here and there. A friend picked up his GSXR from them and had a great experience.Great points, everyone! Thanks for not n00b bashing this gorgeous Tuesday! :thumbup:
Thanks to y'all (and some Googling), I think I know what I want now - just the bike with the lower fairing / under cowling. It does look good and should help (more than nothing) protect the oil filter / exhaust headers somewhat. For now, I'll likely be 100% on-road.
I *do* enjoy tinkering and modding, as I've done to my past cars/Jeeps/motorcycles, and I will likely take things nice and slow, one mod at a time. So here's what I think about those mods I asked about earlier:
- For the 12v Accessory Power Socket, I can always install one myself and put it in the exact location I want, perhaps running straight to the battery, but with a l.e.d. switch so I can see if it's on or off.
- For the handguards, I might wait until this upcoming Fall/Winter, or even if I need them sooner I could/should also consider Barkbusters? Also, easy to install the OEM ones myself if I change my mind later.
- Centerstand I'm gonna take the advice of holding off on the expensive OEM part, look at SWMoto ones, or at the very least get a rear stand (pitbull style) for simple in-my-garage maintenance.
- No factory warranty. Thanks for all the input about that! Y'all just saved me a few hundred bucks!
- For the soft tank bag, I'm also going to spend some time and look at my options of a GIVI T489 TankLock or MotoCentric 19.
I'm not going to have the dealer install the lower cowling, I saw a neat how-to and it looks like a good first challenge.
Is there anything else I'm missing re: working with the dealer? As it looks, I should be bringing home a new '12 V-Strom 650 ABS (white) this Saturday!
I have a cheaper rear stand that I bought about 4 years ago and it's worked great for me. I also got the Harbor Freight front wheel stand that is great for maintenance. You can sometimes find it cheaper or use a coupon for a better price. Motorcycle Stand / Wheel Chock
I would also recommend a fork brace, it will definitely help tighten up the feel of the front end. Check out Rick for some great accessories at good prices http://www.adventuretech.biz/ Dan Vessel is also another person that makes some really good accessories http://community-2.webtv.net/CHERDAN/MyVStromAccessories/ Both Rick and Dan are great people to deal with and get your toys out to you very quickly.
If you are looking for a smaller tank bag, I have the Ogio Mini Tanker which is magnetic and has not moved at very high rates of speed.
I'm like you and mine is staying pretty much 100% on the pavement. I wanted a very reliable and dependable bike for commuting that is also fun in the twisties.