Product Review 950 Tourer
4/26/19 Update: the Tsukayu fairing is at least on the bike. WHAT A NIGHTMARE!!! The paint is beautiful so it will look great but there were some major hurdles.
1. There are no instructions. I found some online after a long search and an email to Value Accessories got me a PDF but it was all pictures of how the hardware came together and nothing about getting it on the bike.
2. The instruction I did get were lousy. All spacers, rubber or metal are just called spacers. Washers are just washers.
3. The long bolts for the long metal spacer ended up being too short once I added enough hardware or line up with the bracket. That took a trip to Lowe’s for bolts.
4. The brackets that bolt to the forks needed to be drilled out because they were too close and put the bolts in a bind.
5. Once it was back from paint, everything was too tight and none of the holes lined up. With rubber seals going around both pieces, several bolts have only 1 washer where 2 or 3 were originally supplied.
6. The locking mechanism does not work. They are machined poorly and do not slide. The cover for the slide mechanism hits the top of the bracket keeping the fairing from going all the way to the rubber bushing.
7. The bottom rubber bushings are too thick in circumference so the bottom slot will not go all the way down.
8. I have a bag of extra parts that I had to not use/skip because of fit or replace with store bought/shed found replacement parts.
I haven’t started wiring yet but that seems pretty cut and dry. I still need to find a way to secure it since the locks didn’t work.
The chin spoiler is painted and I have not started that project.
My apologies for not having pic and/or video but the blood,sweat,tears,frustration and aggravation had me to the point of just wanting the %@$#%@ thing done.
End of rant/ update.
Today I installed a V&H Twin slash slip on muffler and a Saddleman Profiler seat. It’s cold so it’s only a 10 mile ride review but this is my take so far....
Saddleman seat: Looks great, easy install. I sit a bit closer to the tank but my knees are still level with my feet on the boards (I’m 6’ with long legs and arms). Quickly noticeable is the back support from the well defined saddle. I was able to move around and it felt nice to lean back and feel the support where my rear end usually gets numb after 50 miles or so. Once I get a warm day I’ll put some miles on it and update this post. So far so good.
V&H muffler: Looks great, sound REALLY GOOD. if you like loud, this is the muffler for you. Upon 1st hearing it, yes IT IS LOUD. In the neighborhood, keep it in a higher gear and lower throttle and the neighbors shouldn’t complain. Out on the road is has a nice growl I can hear over the wind. I definitely like the sound. Performance: it backfires when you let off but not too bad. Just noticeable since I’d never heard the bike before(LOL). Installation: a small nightmare. The stock heatshields get in the way of it sliding on far enough so I had to loosen 3 heat shield clamps that were all positioned with the heads in the most impossible positions. The holes never really lined up properly and the supplied bolts don’t thread in all the way. I even went so far as to try to thread them with the muffler in my lap and they wouldn’t go in all the way. They are a different size than stock so you have to use them. I muscled it on there to get the job done but when it warms up I may take it off and try to do it better. I had read reviews where others had similar difficulties so I wasn’t suprised.
My two cents. Happy New Year and happy riding.
Last edited by Preacher15; 04-27-2019 at 12:22 AM.