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950T package vs buying accessories individually

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  1. Numper5
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    My question is: Are the components of the Touring package that much better than buying "more cost effective" components, ie "hard saddlebags off of ebay for 160.00 bucks"... I understand the windshield is shorter than most would prefer, but I'm leaning towards more of a sport boulevard windshield which fits my tastes better. And I don't use a sissy bar.

    Please chime in about the quality of the saddlebags/Windshield combo included in the package. I would probably still purchase some type of hard saddlebags elsewhere.

    I'm probably going to get the 950 or 950T in the next day or so. Raven Black I think.

    Thanks,

    Stephen

  2. VTvinChic
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    Carefully read the eBay description. What you saw were probably just the mounts. The Yamaha hard bags run about $900 and the mounts over $100 - that alone is reason to go with the tourer out the door. I even took my backrest off even though it was included, so for the price of the tourer, I got the bags I wanted and essentially the windshield and backrest free.

  3. ylvrikhd
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    I agree with V-Chic completely. The hard bags that come with the T model are very nice and are worth the difference in price if you want bags on the bike all the time. They are very water resistant too. I've ridden in the rain and stuff in the bags stayed dry.

    That said, if you really are going to change the windshield and don't want the back rest, and only want bags occasionally then throw over bags might be the answer to keep the boulevard look. Just make sure you know the complete cost of the bags and whatever mounts they require.

  4. Numper5
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    Carefully read the eBay description. What you saw were probably just the mounts. The Yamaha hard bags run about $900 and the mounts over $100 - that alone is reason to go with the tourer out the door. I even took my backrest off even though it was included, so for the price of the tourer, I got the bags I wanted and essentially the windshield and backrest free.
    VTvinChic,
    I did see Yamaha OEM hard bags on EBAY for around 900. You've answered my question. If the quality of the OEM bags is as good as you've inferred, it's well worth the money to get the T model and change out the windshield if I don't like it. Thanks!

  5. Numper5
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    I agree with V-Chic completely. The hard bags that come with the T model are very nice and are worth the difference in price if you want bags on the bike all the time. They are very water resistant too. I've ridden in the rain and stuff in the bags stayed dry. That said, if you really are going to change the windshield and don't want the back rest, and only want bags occasionally then throw over bags might be the answer to keep the boulevard look. Just make sure you know the complete cost of the bags and whatever mounts they require.
    I've looked at the throwover bags and decided I like the look (and sturdiness) of hard bags. Of the hard bags I've found (and some are cheap on EBAY) I do think the OEM are the best looking... and the fact that their locks are keyed the same makes the deal better.

    To be honest I'm not crazy about how ANY saddlebags look and with my limited experience on bikes I have a smaller windshield on the bike I have now. I have to admit the saddlebags are just too useful not to have, and even a small windshield makes a hugh difference in highway riding. I'll probably grow to love both as they're designed to go together. The backrest is coming off. Thanks for the advice.

  6. ylvrikhd
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    I know a lot of folks hate backrests but it doesn't get in my way at all getting on the bike and with the added luggage rack behind you have something to strap extra luggage to. Here is one I want bikersfriend.com/ that goes in front of the back rest and has a back rest built in for the rider when your not carring a passenger. The XL holds bunches of stuff and the back support is great too. You might not need saddle bags using this and you don't have to have a sissy bar to use it.

  7. Numper5
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    ylvrikhd,
    That's a cool setup, no doubt. I hope my father-in-law doesn't see that one.

  8. Shebhertezz
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    I love the saddlebags b/c they lock and they hold tons of stuff. I'd recommend getting the saddlebag guards (the trim rails are only for show) b/c that's what the bike will rest on in a drop - the entire bike if you don't have engine guards. I didn't leave the shop without engine guards. The 950 ones are nice and have saved my bike a few times! If I had to do it again tho, I'd get the Linbar. I think they look really sharp. lindbycustom.com/.

    BTW when I priced the 950 and 950T it was much more expensive to add the tourer components. My dealer installed the passing lamps and engine and saddlebag guards without charging labour.

    Enjoy your new BFF!

  9. HRNemeziz
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    I went the other route. Got the oem hard bags, quick release windshield, quick release backrest. I spent about 1k more but wanted taller, quick release stuff. Around town I like to go without the windshield. I never use the backrest unless I plan to take someone with me or go on vacation. It would be a pain to take those off the standard tourer as much as I do it. Also taking windshield off makes it much easier to clean the whole triple tree area. I also wanted candy red. I have not regretted spending the extra money. Now if I could just make those bags quick release!

  10. 1wzdar320
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    By all means go ahead and get the 950T. I have a Raven Black 950T now and love it. I am 5'7" and the short wind screen is just about right for me. BTW I am from Petal and also lived in Hattiesburg for many years. I hope Shipley's is still in business on Hardy St. It's been about two years since we have been back to visit family & friends.

  11. chitter4
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    As far a the windshild goes, we put a Memphis Shades 22" on my wifes and it offers really good protection and is a lot cheaper than yamaha

  12. Shebhertezz
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    I went the other route. Got the oem hard bags, quick release windshield, quick release backrest. I spent about 1k more but wanted taller, quick release stuff.
    Now that you mention it and after my first riding season, if I had to do it again and had the extra $$$, I'd go the same route as you. I never plan to ride 2 up so wish I had the QR backrest. I think the bike looks sharper without out. To replace my OEM backrest with the QR is pricey. I'd also need to get rid of the pilion seat and then add a fender rack. It adds up...

  13. VTvinChic
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    If you did it the other way, Shep (standard with addons), then you wouldn't get either the "free" windshield or the sexy silver color! Lol!

  14. Numper5
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    By all means go ahead and get the 950T. I have a Raven Black 950T now and love it. I am 5'7" and the short wind screen is just about right for me. BTW I am from Petal and also lived in Hattiesburg for many years. I hope Shipley's is still in business on Hardy St. It's been about two years since we have been back to visit family & friends.
    I did get the 950T, also in Raven Black, and am really excited about it. It is big enough that I can grow into. I was thinking the windshield (I don't really like big windshields) would be too big, but you and I are the same height and I really like it. The hard bags really complete the package and I know I'll use them. I hope to get the guards maybe in a month or two. I don't plan on "blinging it out" too much, but I'm sure I'll slowly add some stuff.

    One thing I will have to get used to is a lack of a "neck cover" just under the triple tree. The frame and some wiring is exposed and I'll deal with it. From a quick look all the other models in the Star lineup have the covers except the 950/950T. The guys at the dealership checked and it's not offered as an option.

    Shipley's is still on Hardy street and still blows (in my opinion) Krispy Creme out of the water. I live just south of Camp Shelby, my wife and I have been here about 3 years after a short stint in Laurel. We've kindof fallen in love with the area.

    Stephen

  15. chitter4
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    I would have gone with the T, but my wife insisted on the blue one, I though ok they will have a blue T for 2010 but that didn’t work out. I did get a great deal on it by buying it in the fall though.

  16. Cabri103
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    I would have gone with the T, but my wife insisted on the blue one, I though ok they will have a blue T for 2010 but that didn’t work out. I did get a great deal on it by buying it in the fall though.

    My wife bought the 950 for me as an anniversary present. When the wife is buying the bike for you, you let her pick out the color! I wanted the 950t but it did not come in the Tommy Blue color that the wife wanted so I built it up into a touring bike. A bit more expensive that way but now we have the bike that we both wanted.

    Phil

  17. 1wzdar320
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    I hope you enjoy your 950T as much as I do mine. I would like to bring mine down the next time we go home to visit. When you get a chance, take the 950 and tour the Natchez Trace. That would be a great first trip on the bike.

    One caution : as you get used to the bike you WILL scrape the floorboards. Don't let it alarm you too much. You will eventually get used to it happening. I have been on the Blueridge Parkway some with mine and........ SCRAPE!

    Have fun & be safe.

  18. pluetewil
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    I am looking at getting a 950 this spring also. I was under the impression it came with the quick release backrest and windshield. If it doesnt come with the quick release accessories how hard and how long does it take to remove the bags and backrest and windshield. Also i was told that the tourers rear pegs are a little farther forward than the regular 950's are. Is there any truth to this?

  19. Shebhertezz
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    The Tourer's windshield and backrest are not QR. I wish they were! I looked at getting them QR and is pretty pricey considering I already payed for them in the tourer package. If that's what you want then get the custom bike and add the QR pieces.

    I recall that VTvinChic and some other's did the the change tho. This thread should give you an idea and get you started: http://www.ymhmotoboard.com/topic/tourer-to-quick-release-sissy-bar. You can do more searches with the Advanced Search feature.

    As for the passenger pegs, when I was a passenger on my husband's 1300, I preferred the floorboards as they are more comfortable and gave me "move-around" room for my feet and legs.

  20. Numper5
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    I hope you enjoy your 950T as much as I do mine. I would like to bring mine down the next time we go home to visit. When you get a chance, take the 950 and tour the Natchez Trace. That would be a great first trip on the bike. One caution : as you get used to the bike you WILL scrape the floorboards. Don't let it alarm you too much. You will eventually get used to it happening. I have been on the Blueridge Parkway some with mine and........ SCRAPE! Have fun & be safe.
    Thanks, my father-in-law and I will probably ride the trace this weekend and go to Ratliff's Ferry for a burger. If you haven't been by there yet, it's a nice place to stop and hang out.

    Stephen

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