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post #1 of 11 Old 02-18-2014, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Need info on 2012+ DL650 OEM options

Hi, I am thinking of buying a new 2013 Glee. I am not mechanically inclined. I am in my late 50s, and am not planning on learning much other than basic maintenance, at this point in my life. I live in a high rise. I have no tools, and I am not planning on spending thousands of dollars on new tools. For these reasons, if I do buy the 650, I want to buy as many of the OEM options that I can at the time I purchase the bike. I am willing to pay a bit more for this convenience.

On the other hand, if the OEM options do not meet my needs, I will get aftermarket farkles, and worry about how to install them later (I am not completely helpless, and I am sure that I can find someone to help me if needed).

Note that I am not planning on doing any offroad (although I am sure I will happen on road construction on the odd occasion).

I have checked the Suzuki website, and done some preliminary research, and I know what is available. I will only list the OEM options that I am interested in. I am not as much interested in your opinions of aftermarket farkles at this time, since I only want to know what I should be buying along with the bike purchase. If I do buy the Wee2, I will write more threads asking about aftermarket products.



1) Engine Guard ($242.53 cdn) - I like the look of these guards better than many of the aftermarket guards I have seen. I am concerned that they may not protect as much of the plastic/turn-signals that some of the aftermarket guards do. Am I giving up significant protection with these compared to many aftermarket options ?


2) Low seat ($179.47) - I am average height, and have sat on the 2009 DL650 at a motorcycle show. At the suspension settings it was at, I was just slightly too short to flat foot on both feet, while sitting on the seat. The newer wee is 1/2 " higher. I still want to keep the distance between the seat and pegs as far as possible however (to reduce knee bend). I am not sure that I will need the lower seat, after I adjust the suspension, and put on riding boots. Do you think I need to bother with the low seat ? If you buy the low seat, do you get it in addition to the regular seat, or does the dealer remove, and keep the regular seat (if you get the low seat in addition to the regular seat, there is no point in me buying the low seat at bike purchase time, since I can make up my mind later, if the stock seat doesn't work for me) ?


3) Hand Guards ($96.87) - I don't know if this price is for both, or just one. Since I am not going to do any significant amount of off-road, the guards don't have to be terribly sturdy. I want something to reduce "wind-chill" on my hands because I am not planning on getting heated grips (I have plenty of other plans for electrical additions later, and don't want to over-tax the charging system). Do the OEM guards do as good a job as the aftermarket Guards in keeping the wind off your hands up to 75 mph (120 kph) ?


4) Tankpad ($36.51) - I was thinking of getting a whole-tank cover (Bagster), but I am not sure that it is necessary with the wee (it has plastic side covers protecting the tank). The Suzuki tankpad may be enough protection. Would a bagster (or similar full tank protection) be overkill ?


5) 120v power-socket ($76.59) -I probably will want two of these plus one of the low output type. I am not sure if there is only stock wiring for one, without adding new fuse boxes. I have read that some people are not enamoured on where the stock power-sockets are placed on the bike. Is this worth getting, or should I go aftermarket, and get someone who knows what they are doing to add electrical outlets, and a additional fuse box ?


6) GPS mount ($76.59) - Will this handle most gps's that are used on a motorcycle (I am interested in a larger screened unit that is designed for motorcycles and is waterproof) or should I wait until I decide which GPS I am going to get ?


7) Aluminum chain guard ($83.28) - I thought there would have been something guarding the chain, without having to buy an extra. Does this optional chain guard replace something that isn't as good, or is there nothing there at all on the stock bike ?


8) Center-stand ($267.87) - The OEM center-stand looks more robust to me than some of the aftermarket center-stands. If it works with aftermarket skid-plates, I would prefer this option. Do you see any problems matching the OEM center-stand with aftermarket skid-plates ?

Are there any other OEM farkles you did buy, or wish you had bought, that you think I should consider ?

There are other farkles that I may want (like hard bags, and a bash plate), but the OEM ones don't meet my needs. I will consider what aftermarket stuff I want to get , later, after I do more research (if I decide to buy the bike).



Thanks in advance for any help that you can provide.
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I just purchased a 2013 Adventure. Had the dealer install almost every OEM option on the website. Like you was just easier for me to do it at purchase. Got top box and all mount kits, heated grips, cowling, hand guards, back rest pad,tank pad, power port and all the other farkles suzuki sells. Aftermarket I installed a fork brace, SW Motech power port, bar risers, mirror extenders, Manta tank bag and gps mount. I also installed a set of aprillia mirrors. Most of the Suzuki OEM stuff is stamped SW Motech and the boxes are re branded Trax boxes Go figure.

Suzuki stuff is good, most likely the same stuff you would get aftermarket. My point was the convenience of a turn key bike. Didn't want to mess with it too much.

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Thanks for the info Dave.

I was kind of expecting some of the inmates to chide me for not doing it my-self.:blush5:
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Suzuki heated grips are crap. They have the highest failure rate to match the highest price. The other stuff is mostly just expensive but usable.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Make sure you get the OEM Center-stand. Best Center-stand on the market. Worth the extra price. The piece of mind offered from having your bike well secured on the stand is worth every cent.

Full report and plenty of pics of OEM Center-stand here- http://apairofstroms.wordpress.com/a...o-42100-06860/

There are many horror stories of bikes falling forward off stands that are not OEM.

My OEM Center-stand has no issue with aftermarket GIVI Trekker Alloy Skid Plate.

http://apairofstroms.wordpress.com/a...oy-bash-plate/

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I got the OEM centrestand, knuckle/hand guards and power socket set.

More here:

Suzuki Accessories | A Pair of Stroms

Quality is superb, and as for price, I guess some of us prefer to pay that bit extra to get the quality
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Good to know. Thanks.
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Suzuki heated grips are crap. They have the highest failure rate to match the highest price. The other stuff is mostly just expensive but usable.
Mine work fine, maybe they updated them.

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Some will work fine. Some will be wonky right out of the box. Some will develop cold spots. Some will die entirely in time. They have a high failure rate but it's not 100%.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Thanks for the responses.

I think the center-stand, tank-pad, 12v power-socket, and GPS mount would be useful to me.


As well, because you get cheaper insurance with some types of security alarm, I might get the dealer to an alarm at purchase time. Did any of you have this done by the dealer, and what type of alarm did you get ?

Thanks again.
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