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I am going to get a New 1800 ordered here in the next couple of weeks and was wondering what riders on this board consider neccesities for a new bike. I have been riding a 81' GL and a 75' R90/6 both of wich I have out grown. (Physically Too big). This seems like fun bunch here on the board and also very knowledgeable.

Thanks in advance. :)
 

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From the dealer...

...I'd be sure and get the ABS. Quite a few bucks, but the ABS is a great addition and you must get it up front. Unless you are getting a particularly great discount from the dealer on aftermarket parts, I'd do some shopping around to get the best prices -- other than here and there, HAL right here at DirectLine has some of the best prices around, especially if you take advantage of one of his sales. Accessories that were particularly important for me:
--Honda rear spoiler and brake lights
--Tulsa Belly Pan (a must to protect the coolant overflow tank)
--Chrome lower cowl
--Chrome trim for side covers
--KUR 4056 cruiser pegs
--KUR ISO grips, rider pegs, and brake pedal
--MBL risers
--12V outlet in trunk
--light in trunk
--Baker Air Wings
--Baker Hand Wings
--Baker leg wings (not as important as the above)
--RAM mounts for Garmin SPIII and Escort8500 radar detector
--Kennedy dualset for GPS and radar detector
--Butler drinking cup
--Front fender extension (I ride a little dirt road to the house so very necessary)
--CB radio if you ride with others that have a CB
--MP3 or other aftermarket player that can plug into the AUX plug and which will fit into the left pocket
--Some good rain gear and riding gear
--Good helmet

This should be a good start.
 

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Anything made by Electrical Connection....lol. Actually, ride the bike for awhile and see what your personal needs are since they will vary from others. There are lots of great folks here willing to provide info in regards to products once you figure things out. Not to mention the product reviews on the HDL site.
 

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must haves? as you will see by the replies that depends who you ask. I don't have many accesories because prefer to keep the bike looking stock, have Honda CB $700+,handgrip warmers $30,live on a gravel road so have front fender extension $20. Many claim they would not ride without additional backrest, had one on a previous wing, never again,used it a couple times then hung it on the garage wall till that wing was sold.
 

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New bike? Necessary stuff?

ABS. Rest can be added later, as your desires change.

My preferences, start with
Spoiler.....with brake and tail light hookup, for rear visability.
Headsets.....so I can converse with my wife.
Transformer boards........got to make it comfortable for her.
Highway pegs and backrest......now comfortable for me.
Trunk rack........thats where the raincoats go between showers.
Front fender extension.....protects the lower cowel from rock hits.
CB Radio........great to have if you like to ride with packs.

I have most of the other add-ons, but we just finished the list of what
I consider the important ones. Driving lights..nice. Heated grips..
also nice. CD magazine..rather have a satalite radio. Trailer hitch..
OK, and if not pulling a trailer, great place for a cooler. Tulsa belly-
pan....make cleaning easier, some bottom protection. Worth it.
If WOW factor is important.... rotor covers, frame covers, chrome
this and that, etc. Same for all the wind deflectors. After market seat
maybe, but I found the factory seat great.

A couple of things I think are neat, both by Chrisco, are the convex
rear view mirrors (eliminates the blind spot at the 5 and 7 oclock
position, and the cargo keepers that keep the stuff from falling out
of the saddlebags. (from HDL but I can't find them in the catalog)

And, of course, you can't be seen with a dollar map when a nine
hundred dollar GPS is available. Or be caught without the cell? Oh, NO.
What, no garage door opener?

I assumed you already had good riding clothes and helmets. Now
just put 'em on and go grab some wind in the face. Thats the most
important part.

Hope you have at least 50% of the fun with yours as I have had
with mine.

Ride like thee is no tomorrow. One day you will be right.
 

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Redbear said:
I am going to get a New 1800 ordered here in the next couple of weeks and was wondering what riders on this board consider neccesities for a new bike. I have been riding a 81' GL and a 75' R90/6 both of wich I have out grown. (Physically Too big). This seems like fun bunch here on the board and also very knowledgeable.

Thanks in advance. :)
Too big? Here is what I've done. [Very long with pictures.]
http://64.191.30.178/forums/viewtopic.p ... highlight=
 

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Everyone has different wants, taste, and needs. The following is what I ordered first when I bought the bike:

Hondaline CB radio, extra tall windshield, spoiler with brake light, driving lights, Utopia backrest, Bushtec trailer hitch. These items were first and foremost.

Later I added some chrome goodies, then passenger armrest, even later lighted bag and trunk moldings, more chrome goodies, and finally drivers floorboards with heal/toe shifter. Somewhere in there came the Baker Airwings and Tulsa mirror wings. Oh yes, then more chrome goodies.

You just have to consider what falls within your taste, then what's most important to you and go from there.

Good luck and have fun. Accessorizing your new bike to your liking is part of the fun of owning it.
 

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Have to disagree with everyone so far, ORDER THE SERVICE MANUAL FIRST. I know how dissapointing it is to stand at the bike with a new item, and no clue how to start. Virtually ripped out my left pocket because I had no clue how to simply push the center pins of the plastic rivits. IR HARRY has stated just about most of it. Chrisco cargo holders I think should be high on the list. Frog rain suit, handlebar extenders if needed, XM radio and Sony mini recorder disk player. Just installed a temperture control relay to show temp every minute automatically, this is not a real gotta have item. Question is do you ride for fast and short runs, or long comfortable cruising. This seperates a lot of extras people put on. No matter what you choose, at least another year or two of thrills just adding the goodies.
 
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