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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the advice. It'd be nice if they'd just start putting the 1700 in all of the bikes for 2012...problem solved.

That probably not being the doesn't sound like there is any harm in installing the aftermarket items while the bike is new. I guess I'll focus on finding the color I want, with ABS, and then talk to the dealer about what they can do in the way of a deal for installing the BB kit. If they can't do much, I'll just wait. Like most of you have said, it's a nice to have, but not a necessity...especially for how I ride (not super aggressive). I just know that if I don't get it, I'll probably always lust after it.

I'd like to get the pipes right away, because it's easier for me to lump that in when I buy the bike...for some reason it feels more expensive buying them after the fact. I never got around to getting pipes for my Bonnie for that reason. After have a stock Bonnie for a while, I am eager for a bike that makes at least a little bit of noise...

Really kicking myself for not jumping on a used bird a few months ago. I wasn't quite ready yet, and it was 8 hours away, but it was the color I wanted with the pipes I wanted, and a few other nice upgrades...and he wanted less than $10k. I believe it had under 5k miles as well. Someone on the forum ended up picking it up, I don't remember who, but he made a wise choice. Kinda hoping something like that comes up again, but if not, I'll go new in the Spring.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 11:44 AM
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You can do what I did if you can stand the wait....wait till the 12k service and have it done then. That service is very expensive mainly due to valve adjustment. This way you don't need that since the new top will include valve adjustment. So do any other stuff lie coolant change or whatever yourself, and the cost of the service is basically replaced with the cost of the kit and labor, which brings the kit cost down to about $1000 or less depending on your dealer's labor cost.

And yes, get the pipes right off. They will make the bike's power much more tolerable w/o the BB kit. I have the short tors and for me i felt they too the power to a point that i felt comfortable with the power. Before that i felt i was always wanting more chronically. As to what pipes, i am a big purveyor of the short tors for a number of reasons...they're by far the cheapest, (1/2 as much as hogslayers) they really bump up the power as nicely as any pipe likely will, somehow they actually reduced the bike's vibration, (i think due to the length and the resulting pulse length) they look great, they allow access to the rear axl and for easier wheel cleaning. I also don't like real loud pipes, but i do like a bit more than stock, just enough to hear it. The short tors do just that, so if thats what you like they are going to be quieter than the hogslayers or any other pipe that removed the cat. Anyways, some of that is subjective so it's your call, but I find them absolutely perfect.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 05:39 AM
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To big or not to big....,

I think Willie Shakespeare said something like that. My advice is to buy as much as you can afford when you buy the bike.Nothing worse than waiting for bits to arrive and then get fitted.

BBkit, shorty tors, less restrictive air filter from the start.Bling can come later but I have found that if it is done when you pick up the bike you know how it should and should not feel.

I agree with Dazco about the shortys. Value for money you can't beat them
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