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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by CottonTop, Apr 9, 2013.
Well, look at his avatar. He's on a Goldwing. That bike has more stock accessories than my Cage.
Was very happy with Givi on my Vfr and Strom- well made with nice fit and finish.
NOT happy with these. Welds and paint quality that look more like cheap lawn furniture than something for a m/c. The crossbar has pressed in studs instead of nuts and bolts :huh. No torque settings in instructions- you have to look around the web to find them.
Didn't feel so bad about taking new bars and welding tabs for the Piaa lights . When I get the time, they will get bead blasted, and powder coated after cleaning up the welds ( theirs not mine).
Spend the $. Get the Alt Rider.
Cajun, you are the second person to recommend the Altrider skid plate. Now on my list... Thanks.
100% agreed - no way on the planet I could ride this bike long haul 500+ miles with the stock windscreen. I would go insane...
I scrapped the OEM plate for an Altrider plate, engine guards and rack. Good quality stuff.
Still bent the bash plate up, just didn't have to worry about the sump mount of the OEM.
There are many to decide on but my top three "urgent" items would be:
1. AF-1 Re-flash
2. Skid plate to protect the oil filter - I went with SW Motech but there are several good ones.
3. Tires - ended up with K60's
Also, not urgent but someone suggested the Yamaha blinkers. If you don't like the originals these are an excellent replacement. Fits to bike with no hassles. Just make sure to buy a relay as well.
And pluric makes 3 - done! Altrider Skid Plate it is...
Wow, the AF-1 Re-flash makes that big a difference? $500 bucks time you pay shipping and ins., must be worth it.
It was worth it and I know that I waited too long to get it done. It really smoothed the bikes power through the full range. Made "T" mode more usable especially. For me it has been the best mod so far.
Oh Lord! There's your first problem. Hiya Roy
Have you tried the clutch switch mod yet? It can be done and removed in a flash, and is nearly free. Many have reported it's a better return on investment than the ECU reflash.
For my S10, I also added heated grips, skid plate, bags, crash bars, lights and an air horn.
If I had to pick only 3 of the above.. I'd pick grips, bags, and the horn first.
I might choose differently if I rode more often on rugged terrain than in cold weather.
So far I'm really liking the bike. Going back and forth to it from my R1200GSA causes a lot of confusing emotions, but I love 'em both!
I would do it again in a heartbeat. Seems like the one common complaint on the Tenere
is the fueling. The reflash completely solves that. The clutch mod frees up the lower
three gear restriction and helps on the off idle hiccup. It's the KLR approach to the real
problem of an EPA pleasing fuel map.
The reflash solves all fueling issues.
Finished my heated grip install last night... did my Yamaha LED turn signals while I was there... 9pm-2am taking my time, but it all worked no issue. The Yamaha heated grip kit is very well thought out, in my honest opinion.
The stock T mode seems very anemic; like I coked the bike twice on take off... I never coked my Strom once in 5 years. In S the issue is gone. I wonder what Yamaha's intended use of T was??? Anyway the AF-1 Mod is on my list now.
I followed that crazy son of a gun around north GA one spring on a 3 day trip. White lines, yellow lines, signs of any type do not apply to my man RoyQ. If you are going to ride with Roy make sure you have a clean change of underwear with you - you may need them... Hi Roy
The first upgrade item arrived today. GIVI 22" touring screen. Props to Competition Accessories for the quick service. Ordered on 4-9-13, arrived today, and free shipping. Now to get it installed.
The new GIVI screen is on - test ride in the morning.
And a holdover from the Strom. My Alaska Leather sheepskin; don't leave home without it.
Clutch switch mod / fuse, #1
Everything else is personal preference.
1) Madstad windscreen adjustment bracket with Powerbronze shield. Also have the winglets
2) Corbin seat: best mod by far
3) Yamaha Heated Grips
Luggage of some sort. There are a lot of choices.
1. Complete Arrow exhaust
2. Power Commander V with Dyno tune
3. Windshield replacement and adjustable bracket
And lots of money for gas and tires