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post #1 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Cool What accessories would you suggest right off the bat?

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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post #2 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 02:20 PM
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center stand (for maintenance)
top box WITH LIGHTS (for cargo-helmet)

Current Bike: 2007 ABS Wee, rebuilt forks with Cogent DDC, Elka rear shock, tapered roller steering stem bearings, fork brace, Admore top box lights, LED side-only turn indicator lights, Powerlet outlet, frame sliders, Givi windscreen, Givi top box.

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post #3 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 02:20 PM
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I suggest you just enjoy riding it for a bit and see what you need/want.

Oh.....you don't even own one yet.

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post #4 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 03:04 PM
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Hi Don, I'd go for what's on your list minus the heated grips (I don't need them here). All depends on where and how you ride, that's why accessories are accessories.
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post #5 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 03:08 PM
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I would say a Throttle lock (cruise control) if you are doing long trips. It really takes the pressure off the wrist. I use a simple GO CRUISE throttle control (just google that and you'll find suppliers for it).

If you ride with the same buddies, A SENA 20S bluetooth system or similar is awesome.

A Ram Mount for your phone or GPS is also quite handy.

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post #6 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 03:59 PM
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Don, here's what I put on immediately, and glad I did.

Crash bars/engine guards (sw motech)
Skid plate (sw motech)
Barkbuster handguards

I've dropped the bike on both sides in low speed crashes (because let's face it, I suck at driving this thing at this point). They have protected the pretty (and expensive) bits from major damage. Worth the money.

I've also since added auxiliary lights from adventuretech, fork brace, 12v powerlet, battery tender, givi racks and wolfmann saddlebags.

Of those, the first I'd do are the aux lights - HUGE difference in visibility (both seeing and being seen).
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post #7 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 04:09 PM
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Ride for a while and see what bothers or worries you.
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post #8 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 04:31 PM
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look in the for sale section here and get a good used one. Less costly loss if you drop it, will already probably have the most common improvements. Then do what most suggested, use it and you'll find what else you steed really needs. Then watch for the items to come up for sale here (or fleabay) and complete the package.

You see that I am a cheapskate .. ;-)
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post #9 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 05:04 PM
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You never said what kind of riding it will be used for. Makes a big difference in what you need.
My first 2 were 1. Center stand 2. Crash bars. Then added as the need arose.

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post #10 of 33 Old 01-26-2017, 05:29 PM
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VStrom 1000 here but I don't think that matters.

Crash bars/engine guards (sw motech)
Skid plate (sw motech)
Top Pack
Slip on Exhaust (MIVV)
Windscreen (Mid size light tint VStream)

Not yet but wanted in this order:
Gel seat cover
Drivers back rest
Cruise control
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