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      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 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.

      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.
       
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      To the OP.....

      Looks "OK" to me as long as you take it easy. I would be concerned about emergency stops and bad roads but it'll get you there if you are careful. I'd suggest eye hooks and tie downs for the rear of the bike like someone else said.

      My experience......

      Trailer loading requires 10-15% of the total weight for a single axle trailer should to be on the tongue and 60% of the total weight should be in front of the axle. The lower the weight the better.

      For bikes, tie downs are required because the wheelbase changes at different suspension loadings allowing the bike to walk off the tie downs.

      In example....
      Compressing the rear suspension lengthens the wheelbase, compressing the front suspension shortens the wheelbase. Tie downs that compress the suspension enough to prevent the bike from moving up and down will prevent the wheels from moving in and out of the chocks.

      The $60 Harbor Freight wheel chock locks the front wheel in place and has a tie down bar to compress the front suspension. I use that and a loading ramp turned upside down for a rail and the bike went nowhere when I trailored hundreds of miles home from the dealer where I bought it.
       
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      You can sign up to receive emails from HF. You wouldn't miss the next big sale. Use a "burner" email addy.

      I also have the HF lift. It is priceless. It is even more priceless with the HF ride-in chock 1800 Lb. Capacity Motorcycle Stand/Wheel Chock . I use a 2-1/2 ton floor jack virtually identical to this 2 ton Compact Trolley Jack under the oilpan with a piece of 2x4 or 2x6 on it to lift the front wheel. Putting the jack under the center stand and strapping down the front (always strapped from the grips when on the lift, anyway) lifts the back wheel. I have even put the Trophy on the lift starpped it to the garage rafters and lowered the lift for extra wheel access. Then put the lift back up so the weight was on the center stand while the rafter strap balanced it.
       
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      Couldn't live without mine now. Do yourself a big favour and get this with it 1800 Lb. Capacity Motorcycle Stand/Wheel Chock . Much safer. One of my bikes is always parked on the lift - just ride on and into the chock. Then step off.
       
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