I've decided to move up from a Gen I to a Gen III over the winter. I expect to get a fairly stock 2016 and add stuff. Planned stuff - Russell Day Long, Shad rack and trunk, Garauld Stiffy, front and rear crash bars (probably T-Rex), FZ-1 mirrors, MCL peg lowerers, Techspec Snake Skins for the tank sides. Pretty much everything my Gen I has.
My Gen I has a fork brace. Advisable/overkill for Gen III? Fender extender? Radiator grill/protector?
Anything else you'd recommend I consider? I've been reasonably comfortable on my Gen I during 800 mile weekends with stock windshield, stock bar and peg positions and the RDL.
Here you go...
+ Add fender extender it helps keep all the stuff away from radiator and lower fairing. Radiator grill protector not needed IMHO.
+/- Techspec Snake skins for tank sides not needed if you have a really nice touring seat the best are Russell Day Long and then Laam IMHO as you sit back and not slip forward towards tank.
+ Garuald stiffy - Good to have.
+ Garuald highway pegs - Must have if you are doing more than 200 miles a day. Nice to stretch out a bit.
+ T-Rex bag guards are the best front ones are so so look into other options.
+ Check side bag locks mine were loose removed lock screws and tightened it with blue loctite. There is also a video by Bryan Glynn on it on YouTube.
+ Add dual horns as stock as only one and its meek and poor I almost got hit and I upgraded to dual trumpet horns. There is a video by Vicki P on YouTube as well but I did
my own buying wiring kit on amazon.
Cannot comment on fork brace as mine seems stable without it and I have done nice speeds on highways without any issues.
Cannot comment on FZ1 mirrors stock are ok not the best.
Maybe look into tires stock ones are just okay not great go with Michelin or Pirellis you might know better than me as you had Gen I.
Need a touring Yamaha windshield for Gen III
Need a LED light upgrade makes the motorcycle stand out more. Pain to get them in without removing fairing but I managed. Looks nice and worth it !
Need other standard RAM ball mounts and stuff for navigation, phone etc..
Other than that I think it is pretty good with cruise control and heated grips... if needed with Texas riding maybe in early mornings and nights.