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    Decision time, ladies and gentlemen...

    We've all done something to our bikes, however modest. Many of us have done more than one thing.

    Of all those things... which is the single best mod you've done? Think hard and post only ONE mod.

    For me, it's an insignificant little $8.99 piece of plastic called the Throttle Rocker. It works almost every minute I'm on my bike, it has improved my throttle control, reduced wrist fatigue and contributed to smoother, easier, better riding. Don't know who invented/designed that little sucker and I have no affiliation with the company. I just know if I could only do one thing non-maintenance related to my bike, that would be it.

    Now for a mod I'd like to see - I'd like a turn cancel button that would tell you by positive feedback that your indicators are off. We punch ours, but there is always the risk a right turn gets indicated. Wouldn't it be great if just by feel alone, and no activation, you could tell your signals were quiet. Instead we have to glance at the cluster & hope that no lights means no lights. For another thread, I guess.

    ONE MOD... which one????????
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    For me, the answer is easy. My mirror extenders !

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    For me it would definitely be the mirror extenders as well and also adding the BMW sport side cases that expand. Love em!

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    Tank bag.

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    Engine cage. Best insurance ever! (and face it, everyone will have a driveway drop at some point, isn't it nice when the cage saves the expensive bike plastics?)
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    MRA Vario-screen.
    Grey F800 ST. Built Apr. 2007. ABS. OBC. Center stand. Double-Bubble Screen. K&N air filter. PIAA bulbs, 2009 mirrors (plus extenders). Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires . HID lamp . BMW panniers. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by olive View Post
    Engine cage ... isn't it nice when the cage saves the expensive bike plastics?)
    Do you mean frame sliders?? If not, please explain!
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    Ohlins on the rear makes a comfortable and confident ride.

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    Foobert - Nope, I meant engine cage. It is available for the S (but I believe not the ST because of fairing design - ST riders out there might be able to correct me on this one?).

    There are a couple of varieties out there, but I picked up the BMW's variety. They are apparently available in either Silver or Black (I found this out after my dealer helpfully got me black).

    I have done one slow speed drop with the bike, and they did a great job of protecting things. They hold the bike up off the ground high enough that I didn't even break the side signal lights. The bike landed on the engine cage, folded in the mirror (one scrape on the back of the mirror), and a scrape on the GIVI case. It could have been a great deal worse. Very inexpensive insurance!

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    I can see the safety aspect but, gotta say, they are not pretty

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    For me, my frame sliders. I'm a fanatic about them, own every one possible for the bike. Front fork, two different engine sliders, final drive slider and exhaust can slider. Have payed for themselves twice.


    2nd place would be the GSXR mirrors with integrated turnsignals I put on
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    For me, it has to be the monster bar-ends that I had a local toolmaker turn up for me....they match the grip puppy diameter exactly, and are much heavier than the stock ones coming in at 660 grams (1 pound 7 ounces each!). It means that cruising at 70-90 mph is almost vibe-free!
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    No doubt about it - having the suspension done. The F800ST was a good ride before - but since I had the ELKA rear shock installed and front suspension rebuilt, it sticks to the curves like a fly to fly paper.

    And that is what I ride for, so the GPS, the frame sliders, the levers, etc. are all great, but the suspension is what makes the ride.
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    For me, it's the new battery...the bike runs WAY better with that thing in there!

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    ... and for me the Remus Powercone

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    Bar end mirrors - see avatar

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    Agree with olive, the BMW engine bars, and they are pretty :p

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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerF800s View Post
    Ohlins on the rear makes a comfortable and confident ride.
    May I ask how much you paid for the Íhlin rear suspension kit, and where did you get it for the F 800 ST? And did your dealer do a good and quick job installing t? Thanks.
    Grey F800 ST. Built Apr. 2007. ABS. OBC. Center stand. Double-Bubble Screen. K&N air filter. PIAA bulbs, 2009 mirrors (plus extenders). Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires . HID lamp . BMW panniers. 

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    Akrapovic slip-on, improved sound and aggressivness, gives the ride a whole new dimension of sporty attitude

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    Hammam,

    I had it put on when I purchased the bike, and I'm not sure about the cost. Ohlins just redid their website and are now offering front springs for the S/ST, I will have to look into that next summer or something. Here's the link to the rear, I didn't see a price, but you can expect probably about $500 or so. http://www.ohlins.com/Our-products/M...Sport/BM-706/. I also read that they offer a damper for the S/ST, but it isn't offered on the website....

    As far as installation goes, there has to be a Ohlin's certified tech. to do the install. They definitely know what they're doing because Ohlins takes such great pride in their product that they wouldn't let some one do a half-ass an install.

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    Best mod: HIPPO HANDS.

    Easy to take on and off, and they made a huge difference in my winter riding this year.

    http://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...ht=Hippo+hands
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    Almost as good as the hippo hands for really cold days and on those they help keep the hippo hands from pressing against the levers. Otherwise they minimize the wind and rain on the hands and don't seem to lead to hot knuckles on warm days.
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    Tough call.

    But top of my list would be the HID low-beam (awsome)
    Then the hyper-lite rear LEDS
    Grip puppies to help with the hand numbing vibes.
    Bar muffs for the snow are good
    Horn upgrade a must
    Battery by necessity
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat H View Post
    Tough call.

    But top of my list would be the HID low-beam (awsome)
    Then the hyper-lite rear LEDS
    Grip puppies to help with the hand numbing vibes.
    Bar muffs for the snow are good
    Horn upgrade a must
    Battery by necessity
    Next on the list is a new rear can and then front springs then rear shock.
    My horn upgrade was a must too.

    (Isn't that more than one though Pat? You'll get told off now )
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    I posted earlier that my favorite mod was the mirror extenders for my 07 ST. I neglected to mention that after getting rear ended and having a mirror broken the dealer replaced both mirrors (Thank you State Farm) with 09 mirrors. BMW made a significant improvement to them by moving the adjustment bolt at the pivot point to the bottom and no matter how much you move the mirror in or out, it never gets loose.
    I have to pull my mirrors all the way in every time I enter the garage to squeeze the bike between the wall and a boat. After several times moving the mirrors back and forth they would always get very loose and need tightening. The 09s never get loose! Much better design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim21680 View Post
    For me, it's the new battery...the bike runs WAY better with that thing in there!
    jim21680,
    did your OEM battery die, or was this some type of upgrade? if so, how does that help the ride?

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    MRA Vario windscreen, without a doubt. I can now easily turn my head at 70mph+ without feeling like my head is going to get ripped off. Much smoother ride and less bugs on my Arai's face shield as well. I will write a more in-depth review once I log some more miles with it, but so far, so good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TouringMad View Post
    MRA Vario windscreen, without a doubt. I can now easily turn my head at 70mph+ without feeling like my head is going to get ripped off. Much smoother ride and less bugs on my Arai's face shield as well. I will write a more in-depth review once I log some more miles with it, but so far, so good!
    Hey Craig, I've got an Arai Vector and I'm looking for a better windscreen. How's the noise with the MRA? Less than stock?
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    Japgen, that was just some of my stupid sarcasm....the OEM battery did die. Then, the next one BMW gave me died 9 months later. So, the single most important thing I have ever bought for my bike is an "aftermarket" battery...which is just a normal battery that doesn't say Exide on it The bike actually runs now!

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    What Bar end mirrors are those? I've been wanting a pair.

    <edit> Nevermind, found it... Should've searched better first </edit>
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    Remus Ti Power Cone. Changed the engine characteristics and it sounds awesome.
    Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them.
     

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    Hyperpro front fork springs and oil "kit" - takes the drama out of the bike by eliminating the excessive fork dive when braking.

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    HID kit. I can freakin' see where I'm going now.

    Best

    mod

    ever....

     

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    My first mod was the mirror extenders, then the engine and final drive sliders, next came the auxilliary power supply on the handlebars (bracket doubled up in the RAM mount bracket), and then the low beam HID, and the rear LED brake flashers. Next to come is the HID high beam.

    I'm tempted to say the cheapest mod is my favorite -- the rear LED, because I see a dramatic change in the way cars stay back at the traffic lights -- and I know this has made me much more visible from the rear. The HID lights up the world, and I'm sure I'm more visible at intersectons.

    But my favorite "mod", if I can use the term loosely, is my new Arai Vector helmet. It fits so well and is so comfortable, that it has changed the way I ride. I feel more confident, the helmet feels like it is part of my head -- turning my head back over my shoulder to spot traffic is easier -- the wind blast does not rock my head, all in all it just makes me feel like I am more in control.

    So that's it.

    After I install the HID high beams this week (they arrive today) ..., my next change will be the front springs. I'm sure I'll like that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foobert View Post
    Which size Air Hawk do you have? I've got a 6000 mile ride coming up in a month and I'm thinking this would be a wise investment.
    I'm not sure, A buddy sold it to me years ago and it just goes on every bike since. Last year on the way to the TOR I had to move it out of the way as I tootled along east of Green River Ut. After a little bit I repositioned it back under my butt for the last leg to Paonia. Makes a 800+ mile day bearable.
    It is indeed a wise investment. I forgot it on the way to Deming last november and rode in a car from Blythe to Deming instead of suffering the torture of the stock seat. Stocker seems to be good for only 300 miles and I'se done. But hells fire, I'm getting old...Damn the bad luck!

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    Well since i can only pick one. Not much of a mod but sheepskin on the seat is best. Have YET to complain about any discomfort (my IronButt is on June 22nd) on this or any other bike i put it on.
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    Suburban machinery peg lowering kit for the 800S. The bike is now rideable for me. Before the upgrade, it was not.
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    I agree with virtually all of you -mirror extenders, without a doubt.

    I say this from Olympia In Greece. I have ridden the bike down thru France and Italy, and without the extenders this trip would be damn near impossible. This is especially true in Italy, where drivers drive fast, but without a shred of road sense. I have lost count of the times where I saw the overtaking drivers charging past and then cutting my nose off as they pull back into my lane. Only the mirrors gave me enough warning to roll off the throttle to create a gap.

    In Greece the style of driving is different -fast, but not furious. It's ok.

    I am bound to mention, of course, mirror extenders could be also called a fix for a classic BMW cockup. Who'd a thought it? Issuing a bike without working mirrors? Hmm.

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    Cartridge emulators in the F800/ST forks. Easily adjustable forks would be nice.

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    Just finished installing the high beam HID. After doing the low beam last week, this job was a breeze. Too late for a road test, but I started up the bike in the garage and ....wow...bright lights, city lights! Can't wait to see how they vaporize the enemy on the roads....
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