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Must-have accessories V85
« on: September 19, 2020, 08:05:37 PM »
I picked up the new V85 TT this afternoon.  Any accessories I canít (shouldnít) live without?

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2020, 08:58:35 PM »
I picked up the new V85 TT this afternoon.  Any accessories I canít (shouldnít) live without?
I would go for a taller screen, even with it I still had to add a wind deflector, cheap on eBay.  I didnít like the looks at first but Iím used to it now and I love it on longer trips.  I also did engine guards and heated grips. Mine is the adventure which came with panniers and a top box, a must if you travel.  Enjoy!!
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2020, 09:02:12 PM »
I'm a fan of center stands as well.
And bigger screens- the stock V85 screen sucks for me.  The CalSci XL works very well, but it is a barn door (fwiw, the CalSci site recommends a medium for my relatively average size).   
I don't have crash bars.  I figure if I crash that bad, I'm dead or getting a new bike. 
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2020, 09:03:03 PM »
Center stand, engine bars -- OEM and SW-Motech are both good.  As Huzzo noted, you may or may not want to screw around with the windscreen.

Engine bars are a 30-60 min DIY install.  Most of that time is spent finding and pulling off the plastic caps that protect the bolt holes, lining up the bolts, and torquing the harder-to-get-at-wrench-on rear ones one flat at a time.

Center stand is also and easy DIY... if you can sort out a way to tension the  spring(s).  I used a lever which I tied to the spring assembly, with the conveniently-placed loop at the end of the stand serving as a fulcrum.  It took me 30 minutes of fiddling to get the length of the cords right, then it slipped right on, no problem.  Other people have tried blocking the wheels, hitching a come-along to the spring assembly and some convenient tree/garage frame/granite ouctcroppuing, and hoping... not always successfully...  that something terrible doesn't happen.  Or you could just ask the shop to do it.

Oops.. one more thing... some owners go tubeless, either with some 'gosh I hope this works' tubeless conversion or spending the money for Alpina wheels.

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2020, 09:03:03 PM »

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2020, 09:16:14 PM »
I did the Alpina wheels as I canít stand black rims and wanted tubeless, pricey, but half the price of others I looked at.  Lots of color choices.
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2020, 11:51:00 PM »
Heated grips are pretty nice unless you're living in a desert.  Even then, nights can be pretty cold, especially as one ages.

An aftermarket, washable/reuseable air filter can be an asset for long-distance travel away from dealerships, as can an accessory or better home-made tool storage tube for a minimalist, carefully curated handful of essentials.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2020, 11:57:43 PM by Knuckle Dragger »
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2020, 12:16:44 AM »
...as can an accessory or better home-made tool storage tube for a minimalist, carefully curated handful of essentials.
Good point!  I keep forgetting about that.  MyTech (I think) makes a spiffy little toolbox that fits inside the right hand pannier rack, and SW-Motech make a bolt-om tool roll for people who don't want to DIY.

Also, that trendy adventure-style raised front fender does a great job of failing to prevent mud from getting flung onto the front of the engine.  Ask me how I know this.  Pyramid plastics makes a behind-the-front-wheel hugger that might (or might not, the jury is still out on this) catch some of the mud.  Alternatively, the front fender for an For Aprilia Caponord 1200, (part number 2B003404, I think) bolts right on below the adventure-style fender.  You can even get a littkle extender fromj (you guessed it!) Pyramid Plastics to make it longer (yeah, that's what they all say  :laugh:).  Somehow I ended up with two of these.  Neither of which I've quite got around to installing.

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2020, 12:22:04 AM »
I did the Alpina wheels as I canít stand black rims and wanted tubeless, pricey, but half the price of others I looked at.  Lots of color choices.
May we see the wheels ?

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2020, 08:05:34 AM »
From what dealer did you get the Alpina wheels?

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2020, 08:58:21 AM »
May we see the wheels ?
Iíll try and include a pic when I can figure out how.
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2020, 09:04:00 AM »
From what dealer did you get the Alpina wheels?
I just did a google search and King Wheels in the U.K. Came up, although when they arrived from somewhere in the U.S., sorry, I didnít make note of who or where and the boxes are long gone.
They look to be the O.E.M. wheels, mine are anodized but you can have them painted or polished.
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2020, 12:05:50 PM »
From what dealer did you get the Alpina wheels?

I found King Wheels to be the least expensive option by a couple hundred dollars even after international shipping.

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2020, 03:55:11 PM »
In my humble opinion the singular must have is a Y-pipe. The amount of heat generated by the Cat is unbearable.
The only issue that arises is that of conscience and whether or not you can except the slightly higher emissions.

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2020, 04:25:08 PM »
the cal-sci screen may be an ugly barn door, but it works very well.  total still air.
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2020, 06:35:36 PM »
Anyone changed the stock seat?  My butt was a little sore after 100 miles today.  Otherwise, Iím really impressed.

I donít see the Alpina wheels in my future, though.

https://www.af1racing.com/Alpina-Tubeless-Spoked-Wheel-Set-for-V85s

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2020, 07:48:30 PM »
They should come with a lifetime set of tires.....

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2020, 07:54:19 PM »
Anyone changed the stock seat?  My butt was a little sore after 100 miles today.  Otherwise, Iím really impressed.

I donít see the Alpina wheels in my future, though.

https://www.af1racing.com/Alpina-Tubeless-Spoked-Wheel-Set-for-V85s

I got the tall Guzzi comfort saddle, it is gel filled and very nice, 1" taller than stock, they also make a same as stock and 1" lower version

I am 6-0" and the stock Travel version windshield is great, I think it is the tall Guzzi shield.  Very nice.

As others have said, center stand and crash bars, dealer installed for free (labor) when I bought it.

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2020, 09:01:25 PM »
Anyone changed the stock seat?  My butt was a little sore after 100 miles today.  Otherwise, Iím really impressed.

I donít see the Alpina wheels in my future, though.

https://www.af1racing.com/Alpina-Tubeless-Spoked-Wheel-Set-for-V85s
I paid about $1600.00us delivered.
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2020, 08:57:15 AM »
Anyone changed the stock seat?  My butt was a little sore after 100 miles today.  Otherwise, Iím really impressed.


A sheepskin might be cheaper.
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2020, 09:03:58 AM »









Exhaust shields are off for painting.
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2020, 10:13:47 AM »
I removed the little butt stop in the middle of the seat.  This allows another inch of fore-aft movement and solved my issues with the saddle.
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2020, 02:05:23 PM »









Exhaust shields are off for painting.
Beautiful..
Worth every cent, a tasteful addition... :thumb:

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2020, 09:35:29 PM »
Just taking another look at those wheels.
They could not possibly look better. That is EXACTLY how they should have come from Mandello... :bow:  :thumb:

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2020, 10:14:17 AM »
I might be able to swing the Alpinas if I could sell the stock wheels.  Did you sell your stockers, and if you did, what did you get for them?

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2020, 06:37:15 AM »
I might be able to swing the Alpinas if I could sell the stock wheels.  Did you sell your stockers, and if you did, what did you get for them?
I still have the Stockerís with tires on them as I wanted to put on street tires.  Iíll try and sell in the future when work isnít so busy, but I donít think theyíll be much demand for them.
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2020, 11:25:30 AM »
Is there any performance reason to spend a couple thousand on new wheels?
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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2020, 11:37:44 AM »
Is there any performance reason to spend a couple thousand on new wheels?

I prefer to have tubeless wheels for the places I go in the event of a flat. In the past I have used the 3M tape to make my spoked wheels tubeless but never really trusted it, it also threw my wheels way out of balance and I needed a lot of extra weight to get them balanced even close to correctly.

All of my flats have been on the rear wheel, so I only ordered a rear Alpina. I can always order a front in the future if I choose, but I doubt I'll do it.

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #28 on: September 24, 2020, 04:55:03 AM »
Is there any performance reason to spend a couple thousand on new wheels?

The big benefit comes in the form of weight savings. Some of us may be surprised how much those tubes weigh and that is unsprung weight mind you. I just happened to have a set of tubes on the shelf in the garage so I pulled them out and threw them on the kitchen scale.
The front tube came in at 1 lbs 14 oz and the and the rear measure 2 lbs 2.5 oz.
I am planning on going tubeless here in the near future just for the weight savings.

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Re: Must-have accessories V85
« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2020, 09:27:16 PM »
Is there any performance reason to spend a couple thousand on new wheels?
Nope.
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