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Any tips? Is it wise to change the sprockets to get better fw mileage or is it not worth it? i have a stock 08 650s. thanks for the input
 

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* Seat modified by GreatDaytoRide.com ($100 including shipping both ways)
* Buell 1" lower footpegs #N0006.1AD ($28 including tax from dealership)
* Gel grips - I use ProGrip rally grips ($10)
* Throttle Boss/Cramp Buster - I have the one available from NewEnough.com ($15)
 

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12v power outlet

rearset riser plates also work flipped over to some capacity, if you cant find buell rearsets
 

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radiator guard made out of rain gutter cover.
 

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A double bubble windscreen if the buffeting is bothering you. Something nice I've found too which is more of a tip than a specific part, is a comfortable tank bag. I use a Recon 19 and I always put something padded in the top of it. When your back or arms get tired you can tuck and rest your chest and chin on the bag.
 

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12 volt power outlet? where does that go? how do i do that?

some people put it up front, i put mine in the trunk. its good for charging cell phones, ipods, running small air compressor. go to an auto parts store, buy a 12v outlet, and a inline fuse, and wire it up to the battery (or the main fuse block)
 

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Vista Cruise Universal Throttle Lock Bought one for $35. Installed it in 30 minutes. Can be overridden, easier to operate than the more expensive Throttle Meister. Better than a CrampBuster because you can actually let go of the handlebar to flex your wrist.

As for sprockets.. You have an '08, you should already be getting 50-60mpg from the factory. Pro-07 SVs usually get anywhere from 35-45mpg.

More expensive mod would be an aftermarket seat, such as a Sargent, Corbin, Suzuki Gel Seat. You could also have the seat redone by a private shop, and/or DIY with memory foam from a pillow and a turkey knife.
 

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A double bubble windscreen if the buffeting is bothering you. Something nice I've found too which is more of a tip than a specific part, is a comfortable tank bag. I use a Recon 19 and I always put something padded in the top of it. When your back or arms get tired you can tuck and rest your chest and chin on the bag.
I have a Nelson Rigg CL-350 and do the same thing. It wonderful.

Do I think you need to change your sprockets? No I don't but if thats what you want to do its a perfectly viable option.
 

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+1 for the Crampbuster. Cheapest and easiest touring mod you can do. I leave mine on all the time. For something so simple it works great.

Gel seat - I like my OEM gel seat some dont. I am told its about 1" higher but at 6'4" it really doesnt matter :)

A 12v outlet is on my list of to-dos before the 09 rally. It will be handy.
 

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get a double bubble windscreen youll love it, get one of those cramp busters, seat mod- bring to a local guy, cheaper and better, i like my rearset risers, heated grips, klr handguards. i put a 520 qa kit on and i like the stock gearing better for touring, i average 300-500 mile days on my setup
 

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when touring, it means your likely to be in the saddle for hours at a time

Essential Mods

1. get the bike set up ergonimicly for you, (custom seat, handlebar risers/pullbacks, rearsets/forward controls, mirrors in a visible location, what ever is necessary for YOUR comfort)

2. heated grips, keep your hands warm on those cool summer nights or mornings,

3. not a mod, but how you dress, street cloths are not designed for riding all day, just as important as safety, good gear keeps you comfortable, consider your underwear too

4. also not a mod, keep your bike well maintianed, don't do major modifications 2 minutes before you go on a trip, make sure tires, chain & sprockets, brakes, etc. have milage in reserve for the length of your trip
 

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do not wear cotton underwear unless there high quility, get some sort of sport underwear or jockey mesh.... your assests will deff appriciate it.
 

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I think the most important things are comfort and space.

For comfort I agree with seat improvement and crampbuster or some other sort of wrist relaxing device.

For space some cheap saddlebags can run under $100. Also you can easily bungee a duffel bag to the back seat... which is what I did before I got a trunk.
 

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do not wear cotton underwear unless there high quality, get some sort of sport underwear or jockey mesh.... your assests will deff appriciate it.
I wear thermals that I usually use for deer hunting under my full leathers when the weather dictates. I find once you get cold, that's it.
 

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Question(s) for those running Buell pegs:

* Did you have trouble getting used to the wider foot position?

* Did you re-route your exhaust or wrap/install some insulation to prevent the heel of your boot from melting on the pipe?
 

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I don't want to stop all of the time to clean my visor and I want good vision at all times so I used some high quality hook and loop and a small spray bottle to make a visor cleaner. I keep my rag on the dash. I have had this on every bike I've ever owned and it works great for about $3-4. Just slow down a little on an open streight stretch, spray down the visor and wipe it off. Here is what mine looks like stuck on the dash.


I am really thinking about doing the Spencers seat mod too. I have a 6 day ride planned for this summer and every day will be in the 400+ mile range. My butt might feel a lot better.
 

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I highly recommend Spencer's mod for the SV seat. I put my seat on yesterday, then went out for a ride to test out my cold weather gear. I was out for about an hour on every kind of road I could find. I was so concerned with paying attention to how well my gear worked I forgot I was on a new seat. I realized as I shifted my body going into a turn that my butt hadn't started hurting yet and I wasn't feeling any of the pressure points that I normally do. Now it was only an hour long ride, but it felt like I was sitting on my couch the whole time instead of the brick I was used to.
 

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I highly recommend Spencer's mod for the SV seat. .
seat mods aren't for everybody, personally I prefer a firm saddle, if I made any seat mod, it would be an even higher density foam, hence my previous recomendation .... set the bike up for your ergonomics and comfort

with LDComfort underwear, I've ridden as many as 26 hours straight (1250miles) only stopping for fuel, with no sore butt on the stock SV seat
 
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