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    New to Street Bikes - must have accessories?

    Hi All,

    Just bought a 2016 Ninja 650 for commuting to work (nice weather to start). I grew up on dirt bikes, and this is my first street bike. After a bit of searching I've got these in my shopping cart so far. All opinions welcome!

    Tank pad - protects the tank from jacket zipper or just a fad?

    Kickstand pad - lost cost, probably keep one on me in case the ground is soft.

    Cover - bike will be in the garage overnight, worth keeping the sun/elements off during the day while parked at work?

    Battery tender - has kept my ATV battery alive for 7 years, no brainer for me.

    I have full riding gear and a safety class at the end of the month. Have anything else to add?

    Thank you, David
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    All good. Some type of tip over protection can save those plastics. Street bikes are not as resilient as dirt bikes.
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    A helmet, jacket and gloves for starters.

    Like he mentioned, frame sliders would be my first accessory. Next get a tank pad and progrip rim tape. Get some new grips. Look up CustomLed tail light. Boom-done. Besides the gear you just got a whole new bike for $250.
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    Obviously, personal safety gear first...

    I love my tankbag. I dont even leave the driveway without it.
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    Fender eliminator for sure if it's not already done. It can change the whole appearance of the bike just doing that one little mod.

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    I like the look of the fender eliminator, but is it legal? I have no desire to give the police a reason to stop me.

    I like to do all my own maintenance, so I'm adding a service manual to the short list. Looks like they can be had for free from the right website.

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    Some good advice here. I'll echo the comments about safety gear first and foremost (helmet, gloves, jacket at a minimum). After that I wish I'd heeded the advice regarding frame sliders. I'm currently on my 6th motorcycle (2d 650) and every single one of them I've tipped over at some point.


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    I'd say add some additional conspicuity lighting (brake light flasher, headlight modulator, extra front / rear running lights. Something to make the bike stand out a bit more as something other than it currently does. The triangle of light in the front is a super idea. You also can do this from the inexpensive to the $$$ depending on how you choose. All this being said perhaps your goal is to blend in, but in my books I'd rather stick out and be seen as much as I can. (There will always be those who will never see you - like those that pull out in front of transport trucks)
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    Just joined as I've picked up a brand new 2016 Ninja 650 ABS as well - also for commuting. Just hit 100 miles yesterday. Previously had a Shadow 750. This bike should make the commute much easier. lol

    I have a tank pad, and cover as well. So far, that's it. Frame sliders, and fender delete are in my near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveD912 View Post
    I like the look of the fender eliminator, but is it legal? I have no desire to give the police a reason to stop me.

    I like to do all my own maintenance, so I'm adding a service manual to the short list. Looks like they can be had for free from the right website.
    If you buy one that's actually made for the bike yes they are totally legal. The good ones usually include a license plate light and necessary mounts to re-install your turn signals. I have never been pulled over or even garnered any attention for not having a rear fender. All cops care about is having the plates visible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chdrummerdude View Post
    If you buy one that's actually made for the bike yes they are totally legal. The good ones usually include a license plate light and necessary mounts to re-install your turn signals. I have never been pulled over or even garnered any attention for not having a rear fender. All cops care about is having the plates visible.
    Cops also care about the red side reflectors that are some times mounted on an additional plate that is tied to the license plate. (In California that is). Must have amber in front and red in rear.


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    Most states seem to have some law for lighted license plate at night. Also most have some laws regarding reflector. I have heard of police noticing no reflector, even ticketing for it.

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    The most important accessory, IMHO, is the safety equipment mentioned before and money for gas. Oh, and a good set of boots. I have a friend who went for a ride "just down the street", and wouldn't you know it, he got clobbered by a hit and run. I won't ride without my safety gear. I'd rather be hot than missing my skin because some other driver was in a hurry. I also have the Yoshi rear fender eliminator kit. If you can walk and chew gum, you're more than able. And it really, really does change the look of the machine.

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