27th November 2018, 08:58
My first mod on my street bikes is always Grip Puppies. They are a soft squeezable grip that simply slips over the standard rubber grip and leaves you with a soft, tactile grip that is more comfortable. I also like the resulting thicker grip area.
27th November 2018, 17:17
The basic plan is to develop a broad base platform... so I can do a little of everything. I am getting the bags, top trunk for possible overnight or a couple of nights camping out. Received a bad neck injury a couple of years ago and cannot tolerate long days in the saddle any longer. Sold my Goldwing and matching trailer because of the injury. I still like to "get away" every once in a while. The NC will allow me more flexibility to choose some roads I normally wouldn't take with the wing. It will also allow me to make some of the events I used to attend that are closer to my area. I opted for slightly larger bags because they will not be "on" the bike unless I using them for a purpose. Larger, because when I need them, I would like for them to be up for the challenge. My "challenge" is ... packing light. Not quite there yet. The top trunk may find itself on the bike most of the time for local riding/errands or whatever.
Originally Posted by melensdad
My wife and I used to tour on the wing... been just about everywhere in the U.S. with it. The wife and my oldest daughter have taken many 2 week trips on it. It's seen all 48 of the lower states in the last six years. So... that type of riding is more than likely over for me. Local jaunts in the North Georgia mountains and nearby South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida. May, if conditions are right make it a little further.
2nd December 2018, 14:43
I have a 750X DCT. As I only ride on asphalt/tarmac, the first upgrade I made were better grippy tyres (Pirelli Angel GT), followed by the suspension (Hyperpro front & rear). These upgrades (approx. 600 Euros) make a huge difference in control and safety.
I made more changes but those are focussed on comfort for myself, protection for the bike and general visibility.
11th December 2018, 05:10
A little update... So Far I have installed 1) Madstad 18" Windshield, 2) Center Stand, 3) Aux Flashing Brake light, 4) Handle Bar Risers, 5) Givi Hand Protectors.
There was a little snafu with the Givi Trekker Outback cases. I ordered a pair of 48 ltr. side cases from Twisted Throttle at a sale price of $444. I was shipped a repackaged single case... Well, they were immediately contacted and made aware of the issue. I sent the case back and they are supposed to ship me what I originally ordered. Still waiting on word about the new cases being shipped. Hoping they make it right even though it is going to cost them some money since they have to buy from the manufacture... at somewhat a higher price. Their mistake, not mine. As soon as I get word they have been shipped, I will order the mounting racks (Christmas gift from the wife).
Have any of you installed a rear fender? After taking it out on some dirt roads, I noticed lots of debris on the rear shock, chain, and swing arm... How much does the rear fender help? Apparently there are two... one fits just behind the frame... the other fits under the tail piece. Are both needed or is one better than the other?
11th December 2018, 05:52
I hope Twisted Throttle comes through for you. I had a little problem with them in the past.
Originally Posted by Vinny
As far as the fender question goes:
A simple rubber flap hung behind the shock is simple and keeps that area clean and still open for cleaning and inspection. Some members have added a flap or fender extender below the license plate. I know there have been pics and threads posted on such mods. Some are more elegant or finished off than others - use the imagination. The flap seems to be a better solution than the huggers offered in the aftermarket if only because of the comments here over the years. I've done the flap on both my NCs.
cheap shock protection
11th December 2018, 07:01
1- Larger windscreen
2- Make Seat more comfy.
3- Energy Socket (12v or usb)
4- Radiator guard
5- Engine Guard
12th December 2018, 07:18
This place in Italy is 1/3 cheaper for Givi stuff, and other things they sell, than any distributor in the US: Motorcycle Clothing & Helmets | Shop Motorbike Gear Online Shipping is around $30 - $35 and that's for a shipment that includes side bags, top box, racks and mounting plate.
My experience with radiators and the need for guards, depends on the type of riding you do and the size and placement of the radiator. After 22k miles of road riding, there aren't any dings in the Honda's radiator. Yamaha FJ-09 got dings and a guard after only a couple of thousand miles. GS BMW got BMW accessory guards because the guards are cheap and the radiators are expensive.
17th December 2018, 16:35
Today the Givi 48 liter side cases arrived! I'm happy! The task in front of me now is ordering the racks for the side cases and the top rack for the 42 liter top box that I will eventually order.
What's not to clear is the tail "plate" that the 42 liter Trekker Outback case mates with. On one of the Givi sites it mentions several plates and they look so different, it has done nothing to answer questions about my application.
If there is an NC rider out there with the Trekker Outback top case, please let me know which top plate it mates with so I can get my order in. (Most dealers are closed on Monday... called several to seek an answer and came up empty).
17th December 2018, 21:10
I found the kiting out the Givi luggage a bit confusing. Their Canada site has a configurator that is a little cheesy but functional. GIVI.CA It helped me and I confirmed with the store I bought the kit from. You may need to remove the "s" from https: to get it to work.
Originally Posted by Vinny
Last edited by potter0o; 17th December 2018 at 21:14.
18th December 2018, 02:07
Center Stand and Heated Grips were done by the dealer before I collected it but the first thing I did was to fit a Fuze Block in the bottom of the Frunk, where the handbook lives