Wee Mod Questions
Okay, so I'm about to dump the M50 and get a wee, but I have some questions about mods.
Windshields: From what I gather, getting the adjustable bracket (Madstad?) is purchase #1. I'm looking for pretty decent weather protection, so I was thinking about a windstrom. Has anyone 5'11" with a 32" inseam compared the windstrom with the givi screen? I'm curious which gives better coverage. Also, does the laminar lip really do anything?
Bash Guards: I like the one with the skid plate/crash bar combo (pat walsh designs?). Anyway, Is there a way to get frame sliders and one of these crash guards? I've never dropped a bike, but since I hear the wee is "top heavy" I'm more nervous about it and want to protect against damage from the dreaded driveway tipover.
Hand Guards: I understand the OEM guards are only weather protection, and the Acerbis are a PITA to install. Is there something out there that a guy with mechanical skill at 1 or 2 on a scale of 10 can install that also offers protection to the levers?
Center Stand: I'm thinking OEM with dealer install, assuming I can negotiate this. I've seen no issues with the OEM stand on the site, but one of the vendor sites said it was cheap. Anyone have problems with it?
Bags: I don't like the look of the OEM bags. I'm thinking of Givi's. I don't really want a top-case, but it would be nice to fit my riding gear in the bags so I can remove the helmet/boots and the stich to go for a walk or a hike and have it locked up on the bike. Based on that volume need, am I looking at the 41s? I really like the look of the AL boxes and the carabou bags, but I'm thinking that flat face to the wind would be bad on mileage and create a hard-edge for the rare occasion that I ride 2-up. Any suggestions here?
Other mods: I saw something about a steering stabilizer. What does this do, and why would someone put it on their bike? Also, how bad is the spray if there is no extenda-fenda? Seat: This is quite personal I know, but does anyone think their stock seat is fine for all day rides?
Use: Every year I will take 1 week and go off on a trip by myself. This year I'm thinking about the black hills in SD (but not in August) or to Glacier Nat'l Park. These trips usually take me 2 days to go about 800-1200 miles from home, and then I ride around for 3-4 days seeing the sights, and ride home for 2 days. Aside from that, its mostly 5-10 mile trips around town, commuting to work, getting odds and ends etc.
Any advice or suggestions people have would be appreciated.
Last edited by Basso; 03-25-2008 at 12:21 PM.