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1. Russell Seat - made long days enjoyable, something I didn't htink was possible, worth every cent
2. Hard Luggage
3. Mirror Extenders (Richland Rick)
4. Fork Brace (Richland Rick)
5. Gerbing G3 Heated gloves, much more effective than grips

Those are the top 5 for what i've done so far. Now ready to do some work on suspension and protection.
 

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GenMar 1" up 1" back risers
Madstadt bracket
PWD crash bar system
SuperBrace
SV Racing frame and swingarm sliders

All the important stuff for safety and comfort.
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My top 5 that I've already installed, more or less in order of importance:
1) Rear luggage (SW-Motech side carriers and Pelican 1430 bags, but I'm eyeing some soft bags sold by Aerostich that clip onto side carriers).
2) SW-Motech crash bars. They've paid for themselves several times over, now. 'Nuff said :fineprint:
3) Shinko 705 tires. Cheaper than the alternatives, and I prefer the feel to the other tires I've used (OEM Trailwings and Conti Trail Attacks).
4) Skidplate. It's paid for itself, too :yikes:
5) Heated grips. It gets cold in Alaska, even in the summer :)

Top 5 that I still want:
1) New footpegs. I broke the RH one. It still works, but isn't comfortable for long, and vibrates excessively. I have a longish, upcoming trip so this is a really, really high priority.
2) Aftermarket exhaust. Lighter is better.
3) Shorai battery. Ditto.
4) Valve emulators.
5) Higher-end springs.

I really don't get the centerstand and Madstad bracket. The centerstand adds a lot of weight, so I just put jackstands under the swingarm spools (upgrade #6, lol) for maintenance. As for the Madstad or aftermarket windscreen...sure, there's turbulence on the stock setup, but really, it isn't *THAT* bad. It's a lot better than my wife's CB750 or my XS750 (both unfaired). <shrug> To each their own, and maybe I'd change my mind if I ever tried one :)
 

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1) Leather fringe for the handle bars
2) LED lights for under the tank
3) 300mm rear fatty tire
4) Ape hanger handle bars....with hand guards
5) Sissy bar with chrome skull on top
I like this guy!!!!:thumbup:

On this same note.......

1) An understanding wife (I actually have this)
2) Better riding skill (Improving all the time)
3) A sunny day I (Always nice, but less than this works as well too)
4) Lots of curves (ya gotta love 'em)
5) Unlimited funds (Yeah, that'll happen, but not in my lifetime)
 

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Guess my top 5 would be:

1. Madstad bracket - I had buffeting that caused blurred vision and a headache.
2. Peg lowering kit - Got a 34" inseam and my old knees needed it.
3. Givi luggage - For those weekend trips.
4. Factory center stand - Makes chain and tire maintenance so much easier.
5. Sargent seat - Again for the weekend trips.

Got more farkles but these are the ones I needed.
 

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I've only done 5!

They are:
1) Wheel Spacer Exchange-Absolutely worth the $.
2) 16/43 Sprocket Combo
3) Richland Rick's Fork Brace
4) Givi/MadStad Winshield Combo
5) Heated Grips
 

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1 - Corbin seat.
2 - Givi Air-Flow windshield.
3 - Pelican case top box.
4 - 12-volt USB charger (wired to battery with fuse)
5 - Tossup between the skid-plate and the crash bars.

The first 4 really transformed the bike into a much better long-distance-capable bike for me.
 

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SgtBob... at first I thought you had posted a picture of me... we have the same bike, the same jacket, similar helmets and similar builds... kind of Freaky!
 

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Givi-36 sides 42 top
Cheap Cruze control
Madstad & tall shield combo
Lower 1 1/2"
Stock Seat Its a no brainer LOL!!! My seat is more confortable
than my ST1300 seat
AND many more
 

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Things I enjoy and appreciate nearly every day.

Oxford heated grips
G2 throttle tube
Admore light kit
Elka shock
Traxxion ak20

Mostly fixed, but lots I could swap into the Oxford slot.
 

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As a new owner of an 06 Vee, here's the farkles that have helped the
most so far:

1. Gas (previous owner let the bike sit for a month and it ran like crap until
I could get fresh gas in the tank)

2. This forum -- I have learned a lot already and learn more everyday.

3. A good mechanic -- tweaked a few things (like excess slack in throttle
cables, loosened too tight chain, adjusted too soft front forks) and gave me back a bike that really impresses now!

4. Dead Animal Butt Pad -- that's what my mechanic calls my sheepskin covered foam/gel pad. What a life-saver as that stock seat really is as
horrific as others have mentioned.

5. Friends who ride no matter what the reason (or season).

Farkles in the mail include Rich's fork brace (see, I'm paying attention!);
mirror extenders and footpeg lowering brackets.
 

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1. Sergeant seat
2. Handlebar risers
3. Frame sliders from S V Racing ( will save your gas tank from getting crunched if you should tip your bike over, I learned that the hard way!)
4. Grip puppies
5. Top case, I have a Kappa Moto, but any brand is darned handy!
 

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1 Russell seat
2 madstad bracket
3 handle bar risers
4 peg lowering bracket
5 hard side luggage
 

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For me it was:

1. Barkbusters, mine didn't come with anything useful. I went with the Storms.
2. Madstad or better windshield or both.. I'm working on it.
3. Seat of some sort, I have the Suzuki Gel
4. Luggage
5. GPS
 

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I just counted all my farkles and I was surprised to come up with 22! And I am only 2/3rds of the way there. Here are what made the biggest difference to me:

1) FIT due to being tall: lowering pegs, taller seat, ATV handlebars with risers
2) BUFFETING: Mirror extenders and Givi Tall touring windscreen (just as good as Madstad in my experience
3) FUNCTIONALITY: Hard Cases and Top box. Use them every day. I used Seahorse boxes
4) COMFORT: Heated grips and Handlebar Mitts (cuz I ride year round in the NW)
5) COOL Factor: Home made bike rack. Cuz I LOVE bikes!
 

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Top 5 farkles...

1. Hinkle clutch (mine was shot)
2. Wolfman tank bag
3. Eastern Beaver 3 circuit solution
4. Spiegler LSL AO1 handlebars with 1" bar riser kit.
5. Garmin NUVI (need to update but handy)
 

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I am thinking of getting a 2013 650 this week as I found a couple dealers willing to drop the $1100 off the bike instead of getting the free adventure side cases. I heard the side cases were not that good and better choices can be had for near the same money.

I was going to get a decked out Triumph 1200 explorer for $14000 but seen the cheaper Vstrom and actually liked it. It felt really fun after selling the goldwing and the change in weight will be better for where I ride. The down side is I compare it to the wing which had me spoiled for convenience and protection from the elements.

I have read this entire thread and can get any or all the farkels I want with the funds from the wing. As a new guy to the Vstrom I know there are differences between the older stroms and the 2012 and after stroms.

Here are the big questions I have:
What are the big improvements over the older bikes?
Do you still need the fork brace and why?
Is the seat better or need the new seat?

So far I have on the list to get is:
1) Madatad windsheild combo ( when I test rode the bike, my eyes watered so bad I had to go back to the dealer and borrow a full face helmet and felt like I went 2 rounds with Mike Tyson!)
2) Center stand for matinence ( loved the one on the wing and this will be my first chain drive in decades)
3) engine guards for protection and HWY pegs
4) skid plate ( to protect oil filter and header)
5) cruise control ( hand relief and long rides)
6) handguards
7) rear case for my stuff
8) better grips possibly heated
9) fork brace if it still needs it with the new model
10) mirror extenders (to see around my big arse)
11) Rox Risers
12) better horn
13) better tires

I will have to look up prices on all this stuff and is there anything else I will need or should I just get the tiger?

Thank you for your time and help!
 

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Here are the big questions I have:
What are the big improvements over the older bikes?
Do you still need the fork brace and why?
Is the seat better or need the new seat?
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I will have to look up prices on all this stuff and is there anything else I will need or should I just get the tiger?

Thank you for your time and help!
Coming from a Wing you're looking at a very different solution with the 650 L3.
The additions you need depend on your size and height, and the riding you are in to (surface, distance, speed etc).
I just got back from a trip of nearly 10,000 kms (wrap-up of the E-W ride - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums) -- and some of your issues are mentioned there.
With the speed and at times, the terrible and gusting side winds, I was extremely thankful that I had the fork brace fitted. It was bad enought with that fitted - and without it I'm sure I would have been cactus)
The stock seat is good for 300 to 400 km days if you're only out for two or three days. I had an AirHawk R airseat pad on that trip, and for the day after day and at times 700+ km to 900+ km days I was still feeling good.
You've mentioned bar risers - good; and hand guards - but better to fit BarkBusters or equivilant and the plastic handguards that fit to them.
I have a Kaoko throttle lock on my L2 -- and it was really needed on that trip. If you go the whole hog and get a cruise control - even better.

However, are you going to miss all the trick bits on the mere 650? If you don't mind slightly more weight in a bike, and have the extra finances - the now trimmed down (apparently) soon to be released 1000cc VStrom might be the trick thing you're looking for.
 
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