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post #11 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 07:21 PM
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I suggest you just enjoy riding it for a bit and see what you need/want.

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Ride for a while and see what bothers or worries you.
I'm with Big B and Greywolf; ride it and it will tell what you need to add.

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ride it and it will tell what you need to add.
By the time the bike tells you that engine guards are a good idea, you're too late.

As far as I'm concerned, a top box of some sort (large enough for at least your helmet) and a centerstand (if you want to do your own maintenance) are no-brainer accessoires as well. And if you're still in a bargaining position with the dealer, you may want to try and negotiate that they install a set of heated grips as part of the sale.

I have installed all these myself and I found the heated grips the most work. Partly because the #$%^&* connector is so well hidden behind the radiator (need to drop the radiator for access), and partly because it's hard to get the glue exactly right. If I could have bargained someone into doing that work for me, for free, then I would have done it. The other accessoires are simply exterior bolt-on so even with two left hands you should be able to do those yourself.

As far as the other suggestions are concerned: Yes, it's perfectly OK to wait.
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I think most would agree that a skid plate and engine guards (crash bars) should be first purchases for any bike that doesn't already have them, and indeed not the things you want to wait on since they're for protection and not riding joy. I immediately bought my Hepco & Becker crash bars after laying my bike down in the driveway, fortunately with no lasting damage. Then a center stand. Just about every other add-on is about enhancing your joy (wind deflector, seat, hand guards, girl/boyfriend, ...).
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If I was to get a new Vstrom 650, I was wondering what you would suggest for accessories. I am looking at the following:

- Engine/crash guard.
- heated grips
- new windshield? Not sure on that one
- Saddle bags/box and on back. Which brand would you suggest?
-Aux. lights for fog and night riding.
- center stand

Anything else you would suggest. Plus, what accessory would you try and work in in the final sale.

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hard to suggest without knowing what your riding priorities are, solo adventure? 2up touring ? commuting? fair weather/adverse weather rider ?

I would say get the bike, ride it, and decide what YOU want for YOUR needs, go on groupe rides with other V-strommers to get a look at their accessories and decide what helps your personal rides

for me personally, my first accessory was heated grips, my second was an auxiliary fusebox & necessary relay for a switched power source for other accessories that require electricity

you may want to consider different sprocket gearing, or ergonomic accessories like brar risers or a peg lowering kit

and fwiw, I have 90k on my Vee with no skid pan, no crash bars and no plans on ever installing them, what is an adventure bike anymore susceptible to needing those items if you use it like any other sport tourer
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If I was to get a new Vstrom 650, I was wondering what you would suggest for accessories. I am looking at the following:

- Engine/crash guard.
- heated grips
- new windshield? Not sure on that one
- Saddle bags/box and on back. Which brand would you suggest?
-Aux. lights for fog and night riding.
- center stand

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Crash guard not necessary IMO, unless you expect to drop it (like going into gnarlier off-road situations). Same for belly pan/skid plate. I rode my '02 for 10 years and never needed them. Even went down on pavement at 40 km/h once and the fairing suffered no real damage (tiny point at front touched down) - but that was because my Givi hard bags and racks took the brunt and kept the side of the bike off the road.

Heated grips if you've had them before and know you like them. Depending on what you're after, heated gloves and/or hand covers might be a better bet.

Leave the windshield until you know what you like or dislike about the stock one.

Hard luggage, if you know what you want and that you will use them? Go for it. I put Givi racks and side bags on my '02 pretty much right away. Top box came later. If doing it again I'd probably put the trunk on first for day to day use.

Extra lights? Do you really do a lot of night riding? I don't like riding at night as a general rule, so I've never seen the need. Stock headlights are quite good.

Centre stand? Sure, you can't go wrong there. I've only tried the one that Suzuki sells.
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I have all of the above. I went with Givi. I really like the air flow windshield. I also put 1 inch risers on mine.
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I categorize accessories into convenience, comfort and function/safety. All are fairly personal choices, like picking the bike you ultimately buy to begin with.

If I consider the bike reasonably functional and safe as manufactured, I am going to add convenience farkles first (tank bag right off), comfort second, and function (e.g., crash bars, etc.) last. But that's just me. Others have their own priorities. Another way to look at it is a V-Strom needs all the things you think any bike might do well to have, like a centerstand. Much will be based on your previous habits and how you will use this bike. I'd consider, ride, and reconsider.
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OP hasn't been back since posting, so far we're talking amongst ourselves. Lol

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Yeah , but he got to the 5 posts mark. Yayyyyyy , a post whore. He's probably bolting something on his new Tenere right now.
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Givi AirFlow acreen was absolutely the #1 item without a doubt for me. That stock screen just sucks. Center stand was #2 for ease of maintenance. Then pannier set (sides and top box) to carry stuff, then crash bars, then BarkBusters. In between I put in an aux. fuse box and wired for GPS and heated gear. Some guys put a new seat near the top of the list but it does ok by me cuz I'm skinny. Congrats on the new ride and enjoy the hell out of it!
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