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So i just bought a 2008 dl650 and I am thrilled. I got it with givi side cases, a center stand, and hand guards. My question is what should I invest in next? The guy that had it before me used it as a commuter, but I plan on taking it to the arctic circle. I guess I looking for opinions on what farkles you all think I can't live without.
 

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Congratulations. Easy question - Madstad. -LS
 

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fork brace (Murphs or Super) plenty of threads on both
 

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This could be a long thread.....

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1) Sweet LED's to line your bike, and the underside (including the valve stems).
2) Flame thrower
3) Put spikes in the tires (even if theres no snow)-- makes a cool sound
4)Baseball card somewhere near the tire or chain to make it sound like a beast.

ok, on a serious note, I would get a nice seat for those long trips. I would recomend one, but everyone would jump on me and say that the one they use is better. Just get one that feels good on your butt.
 

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ANY tires but the stock ones. But seriously, take a long look at what's available in tires.

Oiler (Scott, Hawk, etc.) would also help.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions (I am making a wish list). Keep the ideas coming. I am also wondering about tires. My trip to Alaska will be mostly paved, but the last part will have a lot of dirt road. I want something that will be aggressive enough for dirt, but won't burn up to quick on the road. Any ideas?
 

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If you are running with luggage and plan to exceed 80mph or ride at decent speeds on unpaved roads, a Scotts steering stabilizer is number one on my list. If I had one on my '05, I'd probably still have it instead of some scars and metal hand bones.
 

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Tires & Heat

Artice Circle . . . nice. I don't have first-hand experience with the ride, but from what I understand, folks have better luck putting on more aggressive rubber once they're in Alaska. If you start out in the lower 48 with knobs, they'll be gone by the time you get up there. You could probably find a dealer in Anchorage or Fairbanks that could get you squared away quickly with new rubber if you made prior arrangements--that's the way the guys I know who've done that trip have handled it.

While I don't have experience on the new Tourances, the old ones have been a great mix of on and off road for my wee-strom. It's not uncommon to get between 8k and 10k miles out of a set, either.

Beyond that, my fave farkle besides the madstad is my heated vest. There are tons of options to choose from, but the ROI in terms of riding comfort in less than pleasant temps is worth the $$$.

Have a good ride.
 

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The best skidplate you can afford if you're heading North. You might want to consider a rad guard as well. Headlight protectors may also be an asset.


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Here's my list of installed farkles:

  • Front cylinder exhaust repositioned from under engine to R side of engine to gain 2” more ground clearance
  • SW-Motech Skid Plate supports modified to raise 2” higher for more ground clearance gained by front cylinder exhaust reposition
  • Nissin Front Brake Calipers from a Honda CBR600, with Galfer steel braided brake lines
  • Nissin Radial Master Cylinder
  • Cogent Dynamics Forks upgrade, springs and valves
  • Garmin XT GPS
  • H20 proof dash mounted hazard flasher switch
  • H20 proof dash mounted low beam cutout switch
  • H20 proof dash mounted ABS cutoff switch
  • SW-Motech Centerstand
  • SW-Motech Height Adjustable Wide Street/Off-Road Foot Pegs
  • SW-Motech 15L Evo City Tank Bag with Map Case, Theft Prevention Pin and Quick Lock
  • SW-Motech Side Stand Switch Guard
  • SW-Motech Folding Gear Shift Lever
  • Tusk Folding Rear Brake Footpad
  • Givi PLR Side Racks
  • Nemo Chain Oiler
  • Akropovic Exhaust. 9 lbs. less weight, 5 more HP
  • Speedometer corrector
  • Antigravity Lithium restart battery. 6 pounds lighter
  • 1.5” Bar Risers
  • K&N Air Filter
  • Kriega Outback 32L Saddlebags with OS-2 Straps, and 6 more Kriega 5, 6, and 12 liter modular bags. Four attached to main bags, two for crash guards
  • 30,000 hour Sementech Lo Beam White LED w/internal fan
  • ADVTech GPS Dash Mount
  • ADVTech Flood Lights with handlebar mounted on/off switch
  • ADVTech Fork Brace
  • ADVTech Front Fender Risers
  • Shoksox front fork seal covers
  • R&G Racing Rear Shock Cover
  • R&G Racing Crash Guards
  • R&G Racing Radiator Guard
  • R&G and Techspec Tank Pads
  • R&G Racing Filler Cap Trim
  • RotopaX One Gallon Locking Gas Container
  • ASV Adjustable Folding Clutch and Front Brake Levers
  • Barkbuster VPS hand guards
  • 16T Front Rubber Dampened Sprocket. (OEM 15T). Drops RPM by 250
  • Admore Flashing Brake, Progressive Turn and Deceleration Lighting
  • Skene brake, Progressive Turn and Deceleration Lighting
  • LED turn signals and flashers
  • Oxford Heated Grips with handlebar mounted control
  • Careud Tire Pressure Monitors with rechargeable display
  • Kaoko Throttle Lock
  • Atlas Throttle Lock
  • Fake Flashing LED Alarm Indicator Light
  • Five Motion Sensor Alarms in Bags and Bike
  • Headlight Protector
  • 2 Locking Tool Tubes
  • Puig Spool Sliders
  • Puig Front Fender Extender
  • Green Chile Adventure Gear Heat Exhaust Heat Shield
  • SW Motech side stand attachment
  • Front fender extender
  • Center stand anti-slip patch
  • Green Chile Adventure Gear Strap Holders
  • Green Chile Adventure Gear Velcro Straps
 
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You omitted the voltmeter.. to track the battery and charging system.
If you're referring to my list, the 2017+ Wee has the voltmeter built in.
 
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