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At last, I was finally able to buy myself a superbike. I have always ridden naked street bikes (mostly Suzuki and Yamaha), so this is a big leap for me :)

I ordered the acid green with ABS+DTC and shift-assist. Wanted some suggestions from you guys...

1. Which textile/gore-tex jacket would look good on an acid green (nothing too dark...like all black). Can't seem to find one that has good air-flow and protection and goes well with acid green. Does BMW has anything?

2. What are some of the must-have accessories for this bike? I am currently not looking at performance options, but some really functional things like:
a. Sliders (frame, front axle and rear)
b. Belly pan or something else to cover the ugly cat.
c. RAM mount for GPS
d. Maybe paint protection film for the front portion

3. Riders from MA, any recommendations on insurance companies? Most national insurance companies do not offer motorcycle insurance in MA, which includes State Farm, Geico, etc
 

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Welcome. I took delivery of my acid green S1000 in March and have done 3000 miles so far - what an amazing bike. I would recommend the BMW mini tank bag which is excellent for keeping wallets and phones. It also has a pocket for a GPS. I also bought the BMW rear stand which is excellent though expensive. Lots of other goodies available. Enjoy.
 

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At last, I was finally able to buy myself a superbike. I have always ridden naked street bikes (mostly Suzuki and Yamaha), so this is a big leap for me :)

I ordered the acid green with ABS+DTC and shift-assist. Wanted some suggestions from you guys...

1. Which textile/gore-tex jacket would look good on an acid green (nothing too dark...like all black). Can't seem to find one that has good air-flow and protection and goes well with acid green. Does BMW has anything?

2. What are some of the must-have accessories for this bike? I am currently not looking at performance options, but some really functional things like:
a. Sliders (frame, front axle and rear)
b. Belly pan or something else to cover the ugly cat.
c. RAM mount for GPS
d. Maybe paint protection film for the front portion

3. Riders from MA, any recommendations on insurance companies? Most national insurance companies do not offer motorcycle insurance in MA, which includes State Farm, Geico, etc
Welcome Im from MA,my insurance is safety Insurance I got a great deal from them,Let me know if you want too ride some weekends,Good luck with the bike you will love it,I know I do and I have only rode Ducati's and still race them,And I love the S1000RR
 

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I would recommend the BMW mini tank bag which is excellent for keeping wallets and phones. . Enjoy.


can you post a pic of it?maybe a part number for it as well?

please?
 

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Welcome Im from MA,my insurance is safety Insurance I got a great deal from them,Let me know if you want too ride some weekends,Good luck with the bike you will love it,I know I do and I have only rode Ducati's and still race them,And I love the S1000RR
Sure...would love to!

Does anyone has any recommendations on which GPS to use? Only Garmin seems to make motorcycle GPS and the cheapest one costs a fortune compared to car GPS!
 

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1. For a jacket for the Acid Green, look at the BMW AirShell. You can get their back armour added to it for about $45 more. Sierra BMW Online catalog has it and most items for the S too. It comes with a Gore-Tex liner with a bit of insulation too. I found the liner's snap loops are a bit finicky and the snaps pulled loose as the liner's material is stretchy. The dealer shipped it off and it came back in a couple of weeks with a non-stretchy cloth for the snap loops and new snaps installed. Much better now than original.

Picture of the AirShell:


2. The BMW tank bag above works well and you can take it off quickly too. The one in the photo shows an iPhone (?) in the recessed pocket on top. I put a Garmin 55t in that place and I can use the touch-screen through it too. I've never been a big fan of RAM Mounts as anything on it is too easy to steal. The bag has it all in it and I can get all of it off quicker than a RAM too. I would like the radar detector on a RAM mount or Tecknik and out of the bag for Laser though. Dunno on that.

My tank bag is wired with a corded BMW plug that goes down to a Powerlet socket mounted on the left side of the tank. The socket is direct wired to the battery so I can use a Battery Tender on it too.

The tank bag also holds my Escort Redline detector (a necessity with this bike!), an Autocom Pro AVI, a Centrec fuse box, some 12 volt to 5 volt USB power adapter for the Garmin Oregon 550t, a coax connector to a Warm-and-Safe low wattage heated jacket liner, a Sony X Series MP3 player, and a couple of VIO camera recorders too. Bunch of crap in it that I would otherwise spend all day hooking up. With the bag, I just plug it in and the stuff all turn on (the Garmin too). I just plug in my in-ear phones, all devices connect via the Autocom into the phones, and I'm good to go.

If you opt for the Garmin Oregon GPS models, you need to do some tricks to make it more visible in daylight: Turn off "Shading" for maps, and download a white background JPG. Plugging it into a powered supply keeps the backlight on too. I like it as it does so much like BirdsEye maps (looks like Google Earth street view), topo and street maps, runs 16 hours on AA batteries, some 5 megapixel GPS camera, MapSource routing if you get the DVD mapping version. Fitness training with their heart monitor or cycle monitor, hand-held GPS mode, waterproof, etc. No voice audio though.

3. The Acid Green looks best with the BMW dark-tinted tall screen. The sales girl promoted it saying it helps the S looks, and I and the mechanic agree. The LCD gauges show up very well under it and gets the glare off them. On my GT, the LCD gauges are hard to read at times with sun glare on them. The S with the dark shield is more like a tunnel down to them.

4. Get the Drop Sensor added too. Just in case. Dealer will have to hook it up to their computer to activate it though. If you bought the device and the bike from them, they may do it free.

5. The BMW tail bag is nice and I can get 3-5 days of clothes in it. Plan on getting some clear film to protect that front strap from gouging the fender's paint though. Their bag will move forward off the rear seat indentation and that nylon quick-disconnect can do some damage to the rear fender. I'd fab-up some fleece tube to go over the entire length of that strap and cover the buckle as well. Damhik either! :mad: I'm finding "BMW Acid Green touch-up paint" is a b!tch as no one shows it in their color systems. I'm shooting now for some "2011 Ford Fiesta Lime Squeeze" color and hoping that will work to cover the buckle damage.

6. ThrottleMiester H-D bar ends or a CrampBuster may help with the vibes off the right bar a bit. I'm still looking for a solution to nummy-hands after 20-30 minutes.

7. I've had good luck just keeping a good and hard wax on my bikes rather than a front film. Zanio Brother's wax has a wax catalyst you add to their mixing bottle to harden and speed up the waxing process. A drop or two of their stuff goes a long ways. Buy their kit with the clay bar and follow their instructions. Gives it a show-car shine and smells pretty good too.

8. Can't help you with insurance as the quotes are all over the place: $400 to $2800. Shop that one out.


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try looking for "Phoenix Yellow", a color for the BMW M3...it's the same paint apparently.
 
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