Through an interesting set of circumstances, my buddy and I both ended up buying 2012 Vees, from the same dealer, at the same time (fortunately we were able to negotiate quite a discount ). I've had my bike on the road for 8 days and all ready have close to 700 miles on it. My first "farkle" was a Bestem 929 T-Box that the guys over on the stromtrooper rave about. Well, needless to say, I was pretty disappointed. I expected to have to drill holes in the "universal" bracket and buy new hardware (shorter bolts). Even with the new hardware, the bolts were too long so I had to space the luggage rack with washers. Finally I get the bracket mounted, put the luggage rack back on the bike, and button everything up. I stick the top case on the bike and think "Meh, doesn't look too bad". Go to take the top case off, and... it's stuck! I worked on it for an hour and a half and couldn't get it off. In the process, the latch that holds the top closed broke, as well: So now I have a top box that won't latch stuck on my bike. I bungee-netted it closed so I could get to work the next day. A mechanic I work with and I were able to get the top box off then (breaking the mechanism that latches to the bike in the process). Needless to say, it's waiting for the UPS guy to ship it back as we speak. Fortunately, I bought it through Amazon, so returns shouldn't be a problem. Now onto the good stuff... last night I installed my Givi crash bars and Enduro Guardian skid plate. Here's my garage. I live in a two family and share the garage with my upstairs neighbor. Can you tell which side is mine? The crash bar install went fine. Removing the hex-head bolts on the sides were a bit of a bear (came dangerously close to stripping one). Those suckers were in there! I wasn't super impressed with the welds on the Givi bars, but I didn't have any alignment problems or anything. They seem sturdy enough, and for $137 shipped, were my cheapest option by far. After getting crash bars installed I took a quick break to whip up some dinner. Not Safe for Vegetarians: Then it was on to the skid plate. The rear of the skid plate is supported by a beefy bracket that mounts up at the kickstand bolts on the left side and the exhaust mount on the right side. The front bolts to the crash bars. Holy cow, getting those kickstand bolts out of the Vee are a PAIN! I used the correct sized socket, a wobbly, 3 8" extentions, and a 3/8 drive ratchet with the handle of my high-lift jack over it as a breaker bar (you can see the jack handle on the floor in the garage shot above). Still it was a struggle! On top of it, I don't have a center stand or wheel chock, and the garage door blocked the eves, so I ended up having my girlfriend hold the bike while I installed the bracket. After getting the bracket on and securing the front of the skid plate to the crash bars, I go to rotate it up and bolt it to the bracket at the rear and I can't get the bolt through the skid plate and into the bracket on the right side . I called Yann (the guy who makes the skid plates... he's nice enough to list his cell phone number on the instruction sheet!) in a panic and he said to check the side to side alignment of the skid plate. Oh yeah. Slide the skid plate over a bit and it bolted right up. Really impressed with the quality of Yann's product. I used to be a jeep guy, and built up a "stealth" TJ (only around an inch of lift and 31s, but locked front and rear and a ton of underbody protection) and I have no doubt that this skid plate will hold up to any kind of trouble I can manage to get the Vee into. Not bad for a couple of hours in the garage! Some poser shots to come this weekend. I'll be headed up to Maine for a little weekend trip. Next on the list, SW Motech side carriers and Micatech panniers and top box. Taking a ride up to Hillsboro, NH to pick them up on Tuesday!