2012 wee 650 ADV farkles for first long trip?!

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by MariusD, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. JoshS

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    Hey Marius, I'm in the same boat as you. I have a 2013 wee on order (which seems to be taking WAY too long to get here, but maybe it's just because MI is starting to have some tolerable-temperatured days) and I've got an 8500 mile trip planned for the summer. I haven't ordered many farkles yet, as I figured I'm going to do a few day trips before the big trip in July just to see what my wants vs. needs are.

    After listening to all the complaints over the stock windshield on the stromtrooper forum, though, I did get a madstad bracket and california scientific medium windshield. Not sure what they cost together since they were a Christmas present, but I want to guess maybe $300? Also for Christmas I got an Airhawk. I'd never used one before, but compared to the price of a Russell or Sargent seat I figured I'd give it a try.

    The other farkles I have planned are the following:
    -peg lowering kit from Richland Rick
    -fork brace from RR
    -tank bag that mounts on the gas cap (not sure which one yet, leaning towards Givi t480)
    -Omni-cruise - if you haven't already ordered a throttle lock, there is a guy on advrider making one from billet aluminum that looks really sweet. It's a little more expensive ($60 I think) than the cheapo plastic ones, but it's made in the USA and supports one of us
    -bestem 929 topcase
    -eastern beaver wire harness to wire the extra brake and running lights in the topcase up to the bike
    -some kind of center stand (not sure which)
    -motosliders frame and swingarm sliders (I know I'm going to drop this bike in an embarrassing way, and these are much cheaper than engine guards and since I plan to do little or no offroading I thought these would be sufficient)

    My wife says that's it.
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  2. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    http://www.jcwhitney.com/garage-pro...69.jcwx?skuId=346517&filterid=d58683y1989u0j1

    There's a guy in the XRL thread that posted this sale. He has one of these on his bike and has been very pleased with it. A friend gave me the medium sized version of this top case and I have been pleased with it. So much so I ordered this large version.

    $44.95(+ tax) delivered is a great price!
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  3. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    Got the throttle lock already, but I appreciate the suggestion.

    Your list looks very similar to mine. I think the airhawk is pretty great from the little time I have spent on it. The only irritating thing is you have to spend some time playing with it before you dial it in right. When you think there's no air in it, it's probably the right amount, lol! Good luck, I hope you get your bike soon!

    Wow... that looks like a really good deal. How does this bolt up to the rear bike rack? For $50.... it might be worth rolling the dice on it for some extra storange, although I have learned that you typically get what ou pay for, so naturally I'm a bit leary of cheap stuff. The biggest downside would be if it's a noisy box with rattles or poor aerodynamics casuing irritating wind noise. That's something to research.
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  4. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    So I ordered the hwy pegs from this guy. he said I should get them in time! Almost $100 shipped... hope it;s worth it, but I think it will be given the length of the trip.
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    I set up mine based on changes to my previous 2007 Wee. Madstad windscreen and mount, better seat - Russell this time, Rostra electronic cruise control, RR fork brace and lowered footpegs, heated gear dual controller and SW-Motech GPS over the instrument bracket lead the list.

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  6. MariusD

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    Well, I think I have addressed just about everything that could cause discomfort.

    So two issues remain:

    - Phone charger - need some quic solution.
    - Either get top case or my carry bag gets wrapped in a trash bag and gets tied down to the rear rack/passenger seat.
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  7. Jnich77

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    Go to the boating section of wal-mart, get a 12v cigarette lighter, wire it to the battery, problem solved for 15.00 including wire. I have had mine for about 6 years, and it has never given me a problem.
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    I have those same bags, I took off the red pin stripe and replaced it with orange (my bike is orange) reflective tape off Ebay. Makes it look much better when it matches, and adds a little of bling at night ;-)
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  9. MariusD

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    Really? Are you kidding me, it's that easy? That would be awesome! In that case going to make a trip to walmart tomorrow right after work and try to find it. Thanks!



    Greywolf: Your wee looks amazingly comfy... makes me want that seat you got,, it just looks so inviting, like a comfy couch. I'm sure it's a world of difference. I'll try the airhawk for this trip, then i'll decide if it's really necessary to go with something better.
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  10. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    The more I think about it the more I'm tempted to pick up one of the top cases you guys recommend.

    So it's Garage pro ($45) VS bestem 929($90)

    Is the bestem really much better? I do like the led light it has for some extra caution and it is a little sexier... hmmm...

    If i order tonight I can probably still get it in time for the trip, I'll just have to probably install it the night before i leave, which sucks, but oh well...

    So what y'all think?
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  11. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    Cool, thanks for the pic. Was it a PITA to mount? how long did it take u? One of my concerns is that i can't spend a whole day trying to figure it out. :ear

    As a side note: I see so many poeple running handguards... makes me think I "need" them too.
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  12. tommyhof

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    Do not skip the hand guards, they are good/GREAT wind protection, you will be happy with the ear plugs just simple ones (foam type) from Walmart or wherever, the ride is so much better and you still hear fine.
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  13. MariusD

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    Agree. Definitely getting earplugs!

    So handguards really are helpful you say.... I thought that might be the case... Dang, I have done no homework on them at all, and don't really have time today. If someone can give me an idea on what might be some quality ones to look into, that'd be awesome.
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  14. JoshS

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    I'm not sure how much better the Bestem is. TBH I never saw the JC Whitney one before, but I do like the extra visibility from the lights. I've also seen other posts on advrider and stromtrooper.com that give pretty good reviews to the Bestem and how easy it is to install. That doesn't mean the other one isn't good, though. I'm leery of things that seem to be too cheap, but also not going to spring for a high dollar Givi or equivalent.
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    I tried my stock windshield on the low position. It's better. Still noisy, but better. The lower and upper positions move the shield away from the fairing so some air can get under there. I think that probably makes more difference than the height. I have a givi ordered tho. If you don't get yours in time that's something you could try.

    And definitely wear earplugs. Not only will it save your hearing (I have significant hearing loss and tinnitus and wouldn't wish it on anybody) you won't get so exhausted from the constant rush of wind noise day after day. -al
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  16. Canuman

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    The Bestem is a good case for road use. It doesn't work off-road unless you favor searching ditches to find where the pig shook off, but this can also be said for the much more expensive GIVI cases. The Bestem is a virtual copy of the GIVI, and the mount is interchangeable for some models.

    It's not too much a PITA to mount. The mount plate is usable across a wide range of applications, and may, at most require a little light drilling.
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  17. MariusD

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    Thanks everyone. Can't make up my mind on what to do about the top case yet... grrrr... I guess I don't need it bad enough.

    After a bunch of research on handguards last night I ordered the barkbuster strorm ones from twisted throttle, with the matching bar end wights. They have some new part number now 46.6, instead of the old 31, so I'm hoping they fit the strom better than the tight fit that 31 part number had. So should be pretty nice, even thought there's a good chance I won't get them in time.
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  18. MariusD

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    Dang....Barkbusters are on a 4 week back-order.

    I ordered a few other things that will be very useful.

    Bestem 929 topcase -leds and slightly sexier looks swayed me
    Motech 12v bracket mount
    Motech 12v socket with fuse
    Motech footpegs (dang expensive @ 150 bucks, better be worth it)
    Grip puppes

    ...and I'm calling it good!
    That's all she wrote, cuz that's all the paper she had...

    lol...
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  19. FlyFishJeff

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    You might consider a radiator guard and skidplate to prevent road debris from bringing your trip to an early end. The skidplate will protect the exposed oil filter.

    I have the R&G radiator guard and Yann's skidplate and highway pegs. I'm extremely impressed with Yann's stuff - highly recommended.

    Also, a front fender extender is nice for keeping rainy-day slop off of your engine.

    You probably wouldn't have guessed that I've had a blast farkling my 2012 DL650. :lol3
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  20. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    You know I did notice how dirty the bottom half of the bike gets in a rainy day. So it's good to know they make these fender extenders. I'm spent for now anyway, but i'm sure I'll be looking into some additional things at a later date. Thanks for the yann suggestion, had never heard of them before.

    Now that i ordered all this stuff, its funny to think back to when I was ONLY going to get bar risers, foot lowering kit and airhawk r and was going to call it good. About $600 later... I'm still finding stuff I absolutely "need" to get. Oh man... :1drink
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