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

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I use the top box every time I ride. It's so handy being able to lock up my helmet and jacket inside of the top box everytime I stop somewhere. Or, if I need to pick up something while I am out, tons of room in the top box to throw whatever in and go. I used to hate the look of top boxes, but after having and using one now, I don't even care what they look like anymore. Lol
I think the top box is probably my favorite. Always a spot for my helmet and lunchbox (which can be swapped with my jacket once at work). I use the side cases for this time of year to stow away insulated pants and extra sweatshirt for the morning commute -in the upper 30s-low 40s right now.
 

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I guess the extra front lights. But I have added so many farkles it is hard to say.
Sargent seat, heated grips, handlebar risers, skid plate, radiator guard, rear rack and box, engine guards.
 

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Being height-challenged, lowering links were the first add-on I installed. Center stand and heated grips tied for second.
And I do like my MadStad...
Regarding heated gear: I run heated socks, gloves, pants- and jacket-liners without a problem. Voltmeter shows discharge, but still above 12v at cruising speed. In traffic I turn off one item or the other to lessen the demand on the electrical system.
I recommend "Warm n Safe" out of Oregon. Good products, great service. ADVrider used to show a discount: take a look in the vendors thread.
 

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My bike had a centre stand when I bought it, so I'm surprised to learn it wasn't standard issue. Very handy. I think the best mod I've done is adding bark busters. Just to help with the wind chill.
Using the AirHawk seat is also helpful.
 

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Chain oiler gets my vote. Any chain oiler is better than none especially as the OE chain on the NC is a bit lame. My bike was fitted with an eSytem Scottoiler when I got it. Turns a cheap chain into a shaft for reliability in my experience.
 

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Chain oiler gets my vote. Any chain oiler is better than none especially as the OE chain on the NC is a bit lame. My bike was fitted with an eSytem Scottoiler when I got it. Turns a cheap chain into a shaft for reliability in my experience.
I must be missing something in regards to chain oilers. I pop the bike up on the center stand, clean my chain every 500 miles or so, spray it with some lube and call it done. Doesn't seem like that big of a deal? Or that a chain oiler would really add that much to my life. What am I missing?
 

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I must be missing something in regards to chain oilers. I pop the bike up on the center stand, clean my chain every 500 miles or so, spray it with some lube and call it done. Doesn't seem like that big of a deal? Or that a chain oiler would really add that much to my life. What am I missing?
With Tutoro Oiler on my NC put 35,000 miles on a DiD chain. If your method achieves that then no value to oiler.
 

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I must be missing something in regards to chain oilers. I pop the bike up on the center stand, clean my chain every 500 miles or so, spray it with some lube and call it done. Doesn't seem like that big of a deal? Or that a chain oiler would really add that much to my life. What am I missing?
So how much is your time worth?

Let's assume you put 4000 miles/year on your bike. That is 8 chain cleanings at 500/miles per cleaning. Let's assume that it takes you 15 minutes to clean your chain (probably takes longer if you include washing your hands, etc, but we can assume 15 minutes total), So that means you are spending 2 hours just on chain cleaning.

A Nemo2 oiler from Gidibi can be installed in 20 minutes, costs $33 and will outlive a Honda motorcycle. It takes 90 seconds to fill. 1 fill will last approximately 3000 miles. So after the initial 20 minutes to install it, you will spend approximately 2 minutes per year on chain maintenance.
 

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I do have a question about chain oilers, and I’m being serious. After the oiler applies the oil to the chain, where does the oil go from there? Does the oil fling off through the air, never to be seen again, or does the oil coat the rear wheel, swingarm, chain guard, and countershaft housing? The one bike I looked at closely that was using an oiler had an absolutely filthy rear wheel, but I couldn’t determine for sure if that was solely due to the use of an automatic chain oiler.
 

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I do have a question about chain oilers, and I’m being serious. After the oiler applies the oil to the chain, where does the oil go from there? Does the oil fling off through the air, never to be seen again, or does the oil coat the rear wheel, swingarm, chain guard, and countershaft housing? The one bike I looked at closely that was using an oiler had an absolutely filthy rear wheel, but I couldn’t determine for sure if that was solely due to the use of an automatic chain oiler.
I use a Nemo oiler, and it doesn’t seem to fling the oil at all. I have been using straight synthetic gear lube, but am switching to half gear lube/half ATF per DDuelin’s suggestion. I mounted the oiler back on the inside of my Givi bag racks to keep it off the handlebars, and routed the tubing accordingly. Seems to work pretty well, have not had any stretch in a few thousand miles riding.
I still clean the chain occasionally, but it’s rarely that dirty, same with the rear wheel and chainguard. Overall pleased with it for the 35$ or so it cost on Amazon. First chain drive bike I’ve owned in 40 years, and I wanted to make it as pain-free as possible.
 

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Oilers probably more useful to me as I live in Ireland where it rains pretty much all the time. If you live in a nice warm climate then not so much.
Ah ha...maybe that is the key. I live in a warmer climate, avoid riding in the rain, for the most part, and do not venture off the blacktop. My chain is almost never dirty and lubing only takes a few minutes. I came from a shaft drive Honda and was hesitant about getting a chain drive bike, but so, far, no regrets. Thanks for the insight!
 
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