I’ve been riding for more than thirty years and have owned several motorcycles and ridden over 100,000 miles. Until now, I have never thought seriously about customizing a bike.
It's not that I had bad feelings towards it, rather the need never arose. One guy I used to work with had a Harley-Davidson complete with chrome throughout and even some LED lights showing off his engine, sparkling as he rode down the highway.
I watched a TV documentary on Myrtle Beach’s Black Motorcycle Week. Some of those bikes had paint jobs worth more than my Versys. While I could admire the creativity, I could never see myself customizing my bike like those.
I bought my Versys in December and one shortcoming I noticed right away in the short days was poor lighting. Leaving a highway on a cloverleaf, it was too easy to out-drive my headlight coverage. More than a year later, I bought some lights at Amazon that I thought would correct that deficiency. They arrived in a few days and I sent them back a few days later. The beam was too narrow to meet my needs. Also, I realized I would have to figure out some way to attach and operate the lights and the only things in the box were the lights. I wanted to look where I was going and wanted to look good too. I was customizing and not even aware of it at that time.
The Versys is small. There were a lot of lights for sale that would look great on a Harley or a BMW. I read of people who found their charging systems were unable to keep up with the demands of their added lights. After a lot of internet searching the most likely light for me was a Denali light I saw in a Twisted Throttle catalog.
The TT folks had a booth at the International Motorcycle Show and the Denali lights looked as good in person as the catalog photo. And they had a show discount coupon too. I was sold.
The lights arrived in a few days. They were pretty easy to install but I wish the drawings were better. The wiring was easy to attach too. There were some options in the wiring they described adequately but could have added some opinions as to why one option or another might be preferred. After a couple of tries, I got the wiring the way I wanted. The lights really do look good. They fit just like if Kawasaki had installed them originally.
Now I have a custom motorcycle too. And I am thinking of ordering a rack to keep my saddlebags hanging right next.