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Offline ihavethemonkey

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Aftermarket recommendations
« on: Apr 18, 2019, 10:06 PM »
Hello all,

I'm looking at getting the following aftermarket accessories for my new V650SE:

1) windscreen (I'm 6"3 and a year round commuter)
2) centre stand (so surprised kawwy doesnt offer one)
3) horn (stock one is pathetic)
4) sat nav mount (for tomtom rider 410, i have USB sockets as a power option but not sure how they stay dry...)

are there any products to steer clear of or any that are top notch?

anything else to consider? (i have panniers, hand guards, oxford heated grips, tank protector) spots? I haven't ridden at night yet.

all advice appreciated, thankyou.

Andy


Offline jonnster71

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Re: Aftermarket recommendations
« Reply #1 on: Apr 19, 2019, 06:03 AM »
Cannot speak for all those accessories, but here's my two penneth;

Horn - replaced mine with a 12v Halford car horn. OK, bit deeper but still not very loud. Others have better solutions than this (use search function for more info)

Tom Tom mounts - I had a handle bar mounted bracket and it failed within 12 months, put it on a standard cradle and that failed too, so now have it on my third cradle but this is one holding up fine as I think they changed the spec on the second replacement. Personally I think the handlebar location is not ideal with all the vibration and proximity to my tank bag. I've been thinking about getting an over-clock mount for better protection but haven't gotten around to it yet.

other accessories to ponder;

Rear hugger - protect that regulator/rectifier. Avoid the pyramid unit as they crack easily and generally last 5 years before replacement needed. I bought a short Givi unit without the chain guard section and it's working out fine, I think the plastics on the Givi unit are thicker and less vulnerable to UV degradation.

Hand guards and grip warmers - definitely recommended. Makes year round riding feasible and helps protect the bike a bit if (when) you have a silly drop in a car park because your foot goes into a pot hole (don't ask me how I know).

Suspension set-up - if you're like me and not an expert racer pay a suspension specialist £40 to set it up for you. Takes less than 30 mins and will be the best money you ever spent on your bike. I use SP Racing near Chippenham (highly recommended) but look for your local bike racing team and enquire with them.

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Re: Aftermarket recommendations
« Reply #2 on: Apr 19, 2019, 07:37 AM »
Ah ha! Open season on giving one’s ‘two peneth ‘.
Extenda fenda for the front mudguard, keeps some of the crap off the radiator and exhaust pipes.
Engine guards. Might stop you getting a broken ankle when you have a silly fall. Don’t ask me how I know.
Somehow tune the jerky throttle response out of it. I went the booster plug route, not a total success. Maybe 70% better.
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Re: Aftermarket recommendations
« Reply #3 on: Apr 19, 2019, 07:59 AM »
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Re: Aftermarket recommendations
« Reply #4 on: Apr 19, 2019, 09:32 AM »
*Originally Posted by Clunkyboy [+]
Nice man cave

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Re: Aftermarket recommendations
« Reply #5 on: Apr 19, 2019, 09:52 AM »
Andy.  First off, I wouldn't change anything, without confirming that it doesn't work for you.

I have decided to give the oe screen a chance, and so far have no complaints.

One thing that I have changed is the horn. I fitted a Denali sound bomb mini. It fits straight on with no modifications needed, and is a lot louder.

I also fitted a Evotech radiator guard, again no mods needed, just fits straight on.

As others have suggested, a fender extender does a good job. I have a Power bronze one fitted on mine, and If not mistaken they are a partner of this forum, and do offer a discount :question:

I have Oxford heated grips fitted to mine, and they are exellent.

Finally, I can confirm that the Pyramid plastics hugger is not up to the job in it's present form. My first one broke after about 2 thousand miles. The replacement, which they sent under warranty, and Pyramid insisted was a modified item, is in fact exactly the same as the one that broke. My dealer who fitted the replacement, added a tie wrap, which is hidden behind the footrest hanger, on the chain side. This mod has stopped a lot of the chatter which was present before. So far the new hugger is fine. Fingers crossed that it holds up.  Good luck with your mods.  :152:
« Last Edit: Apr 19, 2019, 09:54 AM by 100milesaway »
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Re: Aftermarket recommendations
« Reply #6 on: Apr 19, 2019, 09:57 AM »
Re good parts for your Mk3 bike

1) windscreen (I'm 6"3 and a year round commuter) - Try the Givi Airflow, It looks ugly a sin but gives the best wind and weather protection

2) centre stand (so surprised kawwy doesnt offer one) - SW Motech do one for the Mk3

3) horn (stock one is pathetic) - Denali Soundbomb Split - 120dB and scares the bejesus out of cadgers

4) sat nav mount (for tomtom rider 410, i have USB sockets as a power option but not sure how they stay dry...) - www.iconicparts.uk are just in the finalising the design of an above the clocks Sat Nav Holder that accepts TT & Garmin units

Hope this helps

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« Last Edit: Apr 19, 2019, 10:00 AM by TowerMan »
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Re: Aftermarket recommendations
« Reply #7 on: Apr 19, 2019, 10:52 AM »
*Originally Posted by jonnster71 [+]
Tom Tom mounts - I had a handle bar mounted bracket and it failed within 12 months, put it on a standard cradle and that failed too, so now have it on my third cradle but this is one holding up fine as I think they changed the spec on the second replacement. Personally I think the handlebar location is not ideal with all the vibration and proximity to my tank bag. I've been thinking about getting an over-clock mount for better protection but haven't gotten around to it yet.

I don't have a sat nav (just got my phone on a quadlock mount).  But I can suggest one thing to beware of with a mount in the middle of the bars - make sure that at full lock the corners of the satnav don't ding the tank. I saw one bike recently that had a pair of dents because of this.

I can second jonnster's recommendation for heated grips, I've now got a pair and last month on a 170 mile ride home late one evening with the temperature only a few degrees above zero my hands were lovely and warm.