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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Must have accessories

I just bought a 2002 Yamaha Roadstar 1600. Me and my wife love this bike. It is our first V-Twin belt drive bike. I was wondering if there are any must have accessories such as an oil cooler or what most people have found makes it a more enjoyable ride.Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 06:27 PM
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A lot of people love windshields. Saddle bags, or at least a belly bag to keep a few items in. A headset, nice to have a little background music...maybe even pass a little info back and forth while on a trip. Then just let your imagination run wild....engine guard/highway bars, risers/handlebars to make it fit you, different seats....and Welcome to the group.
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engine guard / crash bar

<= Ursa had one when I bought her - was doing a very slow U turn under stressful conditions and blew it - bike was on its side before I realized what was happening (I was not looking where I wanted the bike to go)

no damage to Ursa or to my leg, which was under the 670 lb machine

you can horse around a smaller bike, but these big machines can get away from you really easy

2nd would be, if you are going to ride any distance solo, get a drivers backrest - totally changes the feel and sense of security on a motorcycle. If you are riding 2 up get one for the passenger.

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Seats. If they're anything like the VStar seat (ass torture devices) change them as soon as possible.

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Kuryakyn Grips
4" Risers
Switchblade Quick Release Windshield
Ugly but somewhat functional saddlebags
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All good suggestions, a throttle assist would be a great addition on longer rides.


2001 Vstar 1100 Classic (sold), Cobra Slash Cut full exhaust, Dropped 1 inch with lowering links, ORK, 4.5 inch handlebar risers, Ultimate passenger seat, Passenger pegs moved forward 4 inches, Handlebar clock, KN air filter, Viking saddlebags, Additional rear lighting
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engine guard / crash bar

<= Ursa had one when I bought her - was doing a very slow U turn under stressful conditions and blew it - bike was on its side before I realized what was happening (I was not looking where I wanted the bike to go)

no damage to Ursa or to my leg, which was under the 670 lb machine

you can horse around a smaller bike, but these big machines can get away from you really easy

2nd would be, if you are going to ride any distance solo, get a drivers backrest - totally changes the feel and sense of security on a motorcycle. If you are riding 2 up get one for the passenger.
Did the same thing with my 1800VTX. Didn't go down to the bags. Held her up somehow. Was over far enough for the injection to shut it off. My wife said what should i do i said get off. She did and i still have the hernia. Now those young kids can understand why i downsized to the 1100 classic.

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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-06-2019, 09:32 PM
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A LED headlight with a modulator is a great safety addition along with a BAD BOY horn. I love to scare the crap out of distracted drivers when they start creeping cross the line. Bud the modulator reduces the fun since it warns them of your presence way in advance. I notice the use of my horn was significantly reduced once I installed the modulator.
Also, a windshield is a must. It will keep road debris from your face and allow your grip to relax because not having to fight the wind pushing you back.
I have a few parts left from my 3 Roadstars, including a very nice OEM windshield among other things.
Check out my CL ad and let me know if you are interested.
https://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/mpo...875936648.html

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All good suggestions, a throttle assist would be a great addition on longer rides.
I like the Break Away throttle lock over the throttle holder. That way you can completely remove your hand from the bar for the occasional shakeout.

https://www.amazon.com/BrakeAway-Mot...ateway&sr=8-12
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Probably the least expensive, and maybe best built, thing Kuryakyn sells is their "Universal Throttle Boss" under $15; comes in two sizes. Wrap 50% on the grip, 50% on the bar end and it's both a rest and a "cruise-control" - you must be comfortable learning to roll back the throttle...I have had two in 15 years...I replaced the first one only because "some body" must'a needed mine, real bad....I am certain it's still working for them...

A hard wired, fused, battery tender connector, especially if you have anything extra that drws power, like a radio clock...

I bent a key once, unlocking the seat. I now carry an extra in the ziplock with my reg. and ins. card. I also created a pull tab at the seat lock with a zip-tie and a short piece of bailing wire... now I don't need to use my key to unlock the seat on my Road*, I just reach under the seat. I pulled the tank and inspected that cable; lubed it; worked it...finally realized the farm-boy fix was easier, cheaper, and works better than stock. Just wear your gloves or be sure you don't touch the back of the rear cylinder head... :-(
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My favorite mods in order (on a 2008 Roadliner):

1. Ultimate Seat w/ backrest
2. Memphis Shades windshield AND fork deflectors (neither helps much without the other)
3. Cobra crash bars and Kury highway pegs
4. Kury grips w/ throttle assist
5. Cobra sissy bar and luggage rack
6. Saddlemen sissy bar bag
7. Beadrider seat cover
8. Memphis shades windshield bag
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