Whats the best accessory that you have added to your NC? What do you use the most?

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It was 55 degrees here and windy this morning. I was really wishing I had heated grips lol. I have hand guards, big windshield, lots of other goodies but I am told the heated grips are the best thing I don't have for winter riding. Is this true? What do ya'll think?
 
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Madstad windshield is more important (TO ME) than heated grips.

I've got a good pair of Dianese winter gloves that actually keep my hands warm in cool weather (rarely ride below 45-degrees)
I have a madstad huge windshield, and I have good winter gloves but I find that regardless of the gloves or layers thereof, the tips of my fingers get really painful after 30-40 minutes give or take 5 minutes based on what type of winter glove. This is only in 45ish or less degree weather. Do you ever ride longer than that without heated elements? Does it feel like frostbite setting in if you do?
 

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I have no heated gear, and I am considering adding it.

I've ridden well over an hour in that temp range and my hands stay warm (or at least warm enough) and typically my legs get cold, my hands stay reasonably comfortable. FWIW, I do not have bark busters either.

Not sure what model of Dianese glove I have but they work really well in cool/cold temps.
 

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I bought heated grips last year and have yet to install them though now that i have lt's of time on my hands i'll probably install them soon just to have them on and ready to use. However, i must say the most important item i have purchased for the bike has definitely been my RDL seat! I know there are many other great aftermarket seat companies out there, Russell just happened to be the one i went with. Expensive yes, but it has been well worth it.
 

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When I buy a new bike or new to me bike I install a few things if it doesn't have them. One is a way to bring 12 volt power to the handlebars for comm/nav devices, second is heated grips, third is usually an aftermarket seat but I usually wait a while on the seat.

I typically start using heat around 55 degrees. 55 degrees F at 60 mph the wind chill temp dips into the 30s. Even though I live in north Florida they are an important feature for me. Why? I ride year round and there are a couple of months out of the year were we can have 20's or 30's in the morning and 45-55 F degree highs at mid day. I don't like wearing bulky insulated gloves so grip heaters allow wearing light weight leather gloves on these "winter" mornings. I also travel a fair bit and any weekend may be in a place within a day's ride with much cooler temperatures than back home. Along the same lines I like heated gloves for their relatively light supple construction yet they make 12 hour ride in 40 degree rain comfy. But if the choice does not include both grips and gloves, grips come first. Heated grips need not be expensive. Symtech or Heat Demon grip kits typically retail for less than $70. Carefully remove the original grips, install the heat elements to the bars, and reinstall the grips over the heating elements. One my NCs I installed the switch just inside the frunk so there was no "$70 aftermarket switch" in view. Different kits have different switches with some surface mounting in round holes (frunk mount) and other on the handlebar or a switch pod.

Depending on the temperature or locale, on longer rides I still take along a pair of silk liners that extend the temp range of light leather gloves and/or a pair of bulky insulated gloves because you only have to have the heat fail once several hours from home to regret not having them.
 
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55 degrees is ideal riding weather for me. Yes I do have heated grips on all my motorcycles. As for the answer to the thread title question, the best accessory is the center stand, but that should be standard equipment anyway.
 

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Best accessory is probably the center stand for me, too, and like Greg said it should be STANDARD EQUIPMENT. Luggage is a very close second.

I really like heated grips, too. My dad, who is well into his 70s now, seems to do fine here in the winter with lightly insulated gloves. I, on the other hand, need heated grips.

YMMV
 

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Well I have a somewhat different take than most on accessories as I am trying to add as few as possible. I like the look of my NC750XS just as it is. The only add ons I have is the larger OEM windscreen, RAM gps mount, an airhawk seat cushion and a set of grip puppies. I travel as light as possible as I don’t like anything to impede my ride. I have looked at many accessories but I always seem to find a reason why it is not a necessity.
 

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Well I have a somewhat different take than most on accessories as I am trying to add as few as possible. I like the look of my NC750XS just as it is. The only add ons I have is the larger OEM windscreen, RAM gps mount, an airhawk seat cushion and a set of grip puppies. I travel as light as possible as I don’t like anything to impede my ride. I have looked at many accessories but I always seem to find a reason why it is not a necessity.
Although I am considering carbon fibre rear hugger and front fender extension
 

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Well I have a somewhat different take than most on accessories as I am trying to add as few as possible. I like the look of my NC750XS just as it is. The only add ons I have is the larger OEM windscreen, RAM gps mount, an airhawk seat cushion and a set of grip puppies. I travel as light as possible as I don’t like anything to impede my ride. I have looked at many accessories but I always seem to find a reason why it is not a necessity.
I think that makes a lot of sense.

My bike doesn't have a light bar, crash bars/engine guards or radiator guard, which many seem to see as needed. To me they add weight and don't really add much function.

Like you I have grip puppies and I have a RAM mount. But I swapped my whole seat for a Corbin. I opted for a larger windscreen, but opted for a bigger Madstad screen which is pretty ideal for touring.

My mods are for reasonably comfortable touring so I have a different focus than you. Dale's Rack replaces the rear seat, its a nice accessory that I really didn't need but I do like. NEMO chain oiler, cheap, lightweight, idiot proof. Atlas throttle lock, just for convenience. Extra LED lights on the front/rear for visibility, they also add some functionality as aux stop/tail/turn lights. I have side/top cases too. For daily use they have proven themselves to be useful, which is something I never expected.

But I strongly believe people should do what they want to do. Ride their own ride. Do their own thing. What I did works for me. It might not work for others.
 

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I think that makes a lot of sense.

My bike doesn't have a light bar, crash bars/engine guards or radiator guard, which many seem to see as needed. To me they add weight and don't really add much function.

Like you I have grip puppies and I have a RAM mount. But I swapped my whole seat for a Corbin. I opted for a larger windscreen, but opted for a bigger Madstad screen which is pretty ideal for touring.

My mods are for reasonably comfortable touring so I have a different focus than you. Dale's Rack replaces the rear seat, its a nice accessory that I really didn't need but I do like. NEMO chain oiler, cheap, lightweight, idiot proof. Atlas throttle lock, just for convenience. Extra LED lights on the front/rear for visibility, they also add some functionality as aux stop/tail/turn lights. I have side/top cases too. For daily use they have proven themselves to be useful, which is something I never expected.

But I strongly believe people should do what they want to do. Ride their own ride. Do their own thing. What I did works for me. It might not work for others.
Oh a Corbin seat might be something I could use as the airhawk cushion I have only gives a small amount of relief. Also a chain Oiler would be another consideration for me lol some great ideas. How do you find the Corbin seat on long rides? My list of accessories is growing again lol
 

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I like the Corbin a lot, it's much better than stock but could be better. If I was shopping again I'd seriously look at the LAAM seat too. Russell's Day Long is probably more comfortable but is also a bulky seat, perhaps very heavily leaning toward touring.

My NEMO2 chain oiler is brilliant in its simplicity and I absolutely love it for that. No vacuum. No electrical connection. It's just a simple pressure chamber that works. I never clean my chains. Take a look at the TUTURO chain oiler too.
 

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I have OEM heated grips, the only accessory I got at delivery. After training and proper gear, it's the best investment I've made in the bike.

I do have handguards now, but the difference is not what I had hoped for.
 

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Heated grips (Oxfords) were one of the first things I added on my 2015. I ride year round, and with heated grips and good winter gloves I can ride comfortably in the 30's and 40's. I don't have any heated gear, but use the same layering approach I use when I ski, and that works great. Barkbusters were another great addition for colder weather - combined with the heated grips, my fingers stay warm and that helps keep the rest of me warm. Larger windscreen is also great (I have a CalSci) - but, like seats, there's a lot of personal choice tied up in that.
 

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Heated grips is noted a lot here and while I live in AZ it does get cold occasionally. But, I did not add heated grips, instead I bought a good set of heated gloves. They are supposed to plug into a heated jacket system but you can get an adapter so one can just plug in the gloves. I am very happy with them, last winter was great. The winter before I was using a pair of battery powered gloves but the fingers didn't get warm enough. If the fingers aren't warm then what's the point? That's the reason I didn't think I would be happy with heated grips.

As for the best accessory? Center stand by far. It makes maintenance easier and allows me to park on less stable surfaces. I would have to leave it in the street when I took it to my parents house because I can't find a hard enough patch of dirt to leave it on the side stand.
 
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