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Accessories you had to have

Postby flw » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:16 am



Of the add on's you have, which one or two do you consider a must for you?



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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:34 pm

Some of them seem superfluous at the time, but become necessities. I thought it would be cool to add satellite radio onto my bike, so that I could ride distances without having to continually search for radio stations. Now I can't imagine riding without it.

Sam for the GPS. I thought it would help navigate areas I'm not familiar in. It actually changed the way I ride. It helps see what's ahead over blind hills and around blind corners. A quick glance down shows you whether the road is straight beyond or not. Also, I can go someplace I don't know, ride around picking random roads that "look great" and take them without worry of getting lost. When it's time to go home, I just hit "home". I can't imagine riding without it now.

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby dingdong » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:01 am

The only thing I have added to both bikes is a voltmeter. A necessity in my opinion. Probably not what you're referring to though. On the 1500 I have added cup holders for rider and passenger, heated grips and wind wings. All of which I wouldn't do without. I would like to have a GPS and satellite radio also.
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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:24 am

ooh, wind wings. Right, forgot about those. They make a tremendous difference, both in hot and cold weather. Love them!

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby robb » Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:58 pm

A power outlet for GPS and phone. Gps is only good for 5 hours on battery and when using GPS on phone its less than an hour,

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby Morgul » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:02 pm

Speaking only from lack of experience -- I got my Wing in May -- I question the wisdom of putting a radio on a bike. How would you hear it through a full-face or 3/4 helmet? Even if you could hear it over the engine, road and traffic noise, wouldn't it be a distraction from closely monitoring the traffic around you?

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:11 pm

Morgul wrote:Speaking only from lack of experience -- I got my Wing in May -- I question the wisdom of putting a radio on a bike. How would you hear it through a full-face or 3/4 helmet? Even if you could hear it over the engine, road and traffic noise, wouldn't it be a distraction from closely monitoring the traffic around you?


I listen on the headset in my helmet - I don't use my speakers at all. And no, I don't find it a distraction at all.

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby thrasherg » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:29 am

I have the same setup as wingman and do not find it the slightest bit distracting.. I like having some music whilst I am cruising and sight seeing. If I switch into race mode, I do turn the stereo off, but seriously the wing was not built for high speed riding (I have other bikes for that), its a long distance cruiser and the Music just makes it more enjoyable..
I do tend to listen to music from my GPS rather than the radio to avoid the hassle of having to retune the radio..

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby Five » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:33 pm

thrasherg wrote:I have the same setup as wingman and do not find it the slightest bit distracting.. I like having some music whilst I am cruising and sight seeing. If I switch into race mode, I do turn the stereo off, but seriously the wing was not built for high speed riding (I have other bikes for that), its a long distance cruiser and the Music just makes it more enjoyable..
I do tend to listen to music from my GPS rather than the radio to avoid the hassle of having to retune the radio..

Gary

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:04 am

a better seat, highwayboards, driver backrest
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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby robb » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:12 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Some of them seem superfluous at the time, but become necessities. I thought it would be cool to add satellite radio onto my bike, so that I could ride distances without having to continually search for radio stations. Now I can't imagine riding without it.

Sam for the GPS. I thought it would help navigate areas I'm not familiar in. It actually changed the way I ride. It helps see what's ahead over blind hills and around blind corners. A quick glance down shows you whether the road is straight beyond or not. Also, I can go someplace I don't know, ride around picking random roads that "look great" and take them without worry of getting lost. When it's time to go home, I just hit "home". I can't imagine riding without it now.


We like those lost day rides where you get to lead for 5 turns then the next in line gets a 5 turn lead and so on. Lots of fun and new areas covered, but very easy to get in a bind. GPR is a blessing to get us back home.

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby BikerGuy » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:29 am

I've added......

Air Horns
Big Driving Lights
Floor Boards for me
Better Floor Boards for the passenger with the pivoting step or whatever you want to call it...
A cigarette lighter for charging the cell phone and other things
A GPS
A taller windshield

Ummmmmmmm... some chrome of course.... what else? :D

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby cmac95945 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:52 pm

Besides the typical safety chrome (mine is GOLD) a must product for safety IS... I used to make the ride from Northern Cal. to the coast. Most of the year the infamous SantaAnna winds would blow from north to south, I'd be bustin a crosswind and stopping often to change my shorts. It was at this time, Tula Enterprise started selling the bellypan. I know it was'nt touted as a help for my situation, but I was so impressed with the change that it made specifically that I wrote an opinion page that surprisingly was published. If I was ever to change machines, I will have another. Crosswinds can be dangerous, gusting while you ride, this wind actually gets caught undeneath at the lowest part of the bike creating a sail effect. The bellypan lets the air pass under without being caught up underneath. I said then it made at least a 50% change in fear factor. ....Craig

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby BikerGuy » Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:17 pm

I went for a ride 2 weeks ago. The wind was gusting. I was holding on so tight, my knuckles turned white and my hands went numb on the major interstate highway! I'm going to take your advice and hope that a belly pan solves that problem!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby cmac95945 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:25 pm

Remember, as I have recently been reminded, that my opinion is my own. Some may disagree with my opinion, but I would not post my opinion on this forum without personel experience dating from WAY BACK WHEN. So I will clarify my statement so no one will blame me for throwing their hard erned money into a bottomless pit. The bellypan certainly didn't cure the crosswind condition, but CERTAINLY, it made a change that gave me a conciderable confidence boost. I challenge anyone to refute that. Sorry to ramble. ...Craig :|

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby BikerGuy » Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:42 pm

Rambling is good. Without rambling, there would be no communication nor sharing of personal knowledge gained from personal experiences! I am ordering a belly pan this week if I cannot find one locally for the same price of $39.99 online!

Thanks!

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby Wadcutter » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:04 pm

Headlight modulator.

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby BikerGuy » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:38 pm

Personally, I don't like headlight modulators. I keep my headlights on high beams, and I also keep my cornering lights on as well as my high intensity driving lights. If they can't see 6 lights coming down the road, then they shouldn't be on the road! But for the very very few the don't see me coming, there's always my pair of dual air horns mounted on either side of the fairing and I guarantee, that wakes them up fassssssst!!

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby Wadcutter » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:37 pm

Modulators work. In my nearly 40 years in law enforcement investigating accidents I can't begin to count the number of accidents I've handled where a driver said they didn't see the other vehicle, be it motorcycles, cars, trucks, or even trains. Mostly that's the excuse when a motorcylist is involved. They just didn't see them. That includes MC with lights hung all over the front, loud pipes, and flashy colors. People drive zoned-out. However, NHTSA has done studies which show the modulators "wake up" the zoned out drivers.

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:47 pm

I agree. In the year and a half that I've had my headlight modulators, I've had SO MANY people tell me, "hey, your headlight's flashing!" They definitely notice it.

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby BikerGuy » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:49 pm

No argument from me... It's just my personal preference. I don't like them! I've been riding about 40 years without any problems.... :D

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby dingdong » Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:23 am

jmerklin wrote:I went for a ride 2 weeks ago. The wind was gusting. I was holding on so tight, my knuckles turned white and my hands went numb on the major interstate highway! I'm going to take your advice and hope that a belly pan solves that problem!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!


jmerklin: The white knuckles are part of the problem when riding in the wind. Don't fight it, learn to relax. The bike will swerve a bit and return to normal if you just let it. Belly pan won't eliminate the problem.
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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby BikerGuy » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:24 am

I know the pan won't eliminate the problem. But will it ease it up by 50% or better?

It's scary as hell more for my passenger than for me.

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:34 pm

I can remember fighting it as well, many years ago. It's just like learning to fly an airplane in turbulence: If you fight and try to control the airplane through every little bump, you will exhaust yourself, put stress on the airplane, and still not really affect the bumps that much. If you just let the airplane (motorcycle) do its thing as it wants to, and only make gentle corrections for larger diversions, you'll soon find that you aren't going to crash, and you'll end up much less tired and more relaxed in the end.

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Re: Accessories you had to have

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:29 pm

A ThrottleRocker & 12V plug.


"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "


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