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So, is it worth getting K&N air and oil filters installed?
Should I just do the work myself?

And a few bonus questions...
Dealer didn't have a skid plate/cooler guard thingy in their catalog. What is it I am looking for? Where can I get it? Can I install it myself easily enough?

I'm competent with a car so I should be able to manage most of the mechanical stuff. Just don't want to be drilling frames, etc...

Thanks, in advance. You guys seem to have all the answers!
 

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about the only thing that needs done for the first service 600 mile. is change oil and filter, check for loose bolts and give it a good looking over.
not sure K&N is any better than anything else
yes I would do it myself. that way you know what and how it was done
look in the vendor section here. you will find what you are looking for. there are a few vendors here that make great stuff. I got my new bike about a week ago and have spent almost all week getting it all installed. I have to say that the vendors here sell very nice items. as for what I have done so far everything has fit and worked great. I am very happy. you can see the items I have done so far here
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So, no way to add the skid plate without crash bars?

And, is the Chilton manual a good investment?
 

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yes
the skid plate attaches to the crash bars
I would rather have the oem manual in place of the Chilton
 

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Ok, thanks!
Since I will never be off roaring is there really any need for the Skid plate? What about the radiator and oil cooler covers?
Or should I go center stand first?
 

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Ok, thanks!
Since I will never be off roaring is there really any need for the Skid plate? What about the radiator and oil cooler covers?
Or should I go center stand first?
If you don't go off road the sump guard isn't needed.

I thought the radiator guard was a waste of time until I met a rider who'd had a roofing nail flick into his radiator ;)

However, heavy fly screen mesh and silicone will do a good job of that if you have any mechanical aptitude at all.

The oil cooler is already well protected.

I found the centre stand really useful when touring, mainly because it meant I could park the bike in places it wouldn't have fitted neatly without the stand. It does also make most maintenance easier but I lived without one for 3 years - so not essential unless you need the smaller parking profile.

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I am not sure you would need the skid plate if you are going to stay on the road. (but) if you want highway pegs then you have to build from the crash bars to the skid plate to the highway pegs
at least that is what I did and it turned out great (for me)
I have a bum knee and so the peg lowering kit and highway pegs have made all the difference in the world for me
the oil cooler is already protected pretty well but the radiator is sticking out there like a sore thumb. and to replace it is big $$$ and to be broke down on the road is not a fun time. you could build a radiator guard pretty cheap and or there are lots of them out there to choose from for not a lot of $$$
 

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The advantage to the K&N air filter is it's a lifetime filter, easily serviced at home. If you can't service it yourself it'll be fairly expensive for the dealer to do it. So....if you arn't going to put it on yourself, probably better off with the stock filter.

Has to be washed (then dried) when it's dirty then reoiled, lots of time waiting, time is money in the dealer.

Bill H.
 
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