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Hey ladies and gents,

I'm a new rider, in Toronto, ON.
I just did my riding course and got my M2 license and I'm picking up a 2017 Rebel 500 this week (if all goes as planned).

I've been browsing the forum for a while now and I'm just looking for input on first mods. My thoughts are:
  • Headlight cowl
  • LED headlight upgrade (rode at night for the first time and the OEM headlight is pathetic)
  • Lower chin fairing / engine cover
  • Shorty slip on? Possibly fabricate my own slip on.
  • Grips?
  • Would love to do something with the signals (front and rear).

Any input / suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks.
 

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Little update... I've gone a little stir crazy over the holidays and not being able to ride in our lovely Canadian winter season...

I ordered a bunch of parts:
  • Headlight cowl (may require some modification to fit).
  • LED headlight
  • Grips
  • Bar end mirrors
  • Fork boots (probably will wrap the upper part with vinyl)
  • Handle bar risers
  • Adjustable levers (MZS roller style)
  • Front under lever LED turn signals
  • Rear "bullet" style LED signals / brake lights
  • "Custom LED" lighting relay
  • Side mount plate holder

I can't wait to install everything when they arrive... I will, of course, post pictures.
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Well, here's a bit of an update...
Parts have started arriving and I've started tinkering.

New grips, levers and bar end mirrors installed.
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I also relocated the plate. I plan to deal with the brick situation... Note: I've also removed the "Rebel" sticker
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Aaaaand, there's this... I ordered a headlight cowl / semi fairing which is meant for a HD Sportster, but I plan to fabricate a bracket to make it work.
See below:
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Here's the sh*t...as is my luck, the right side mirror fell apart after install, glass f***ing fell off and broke. I've contacted the retailer and the new mirrors are apparently on the way.
My LED headlight arrived, filled with metal shavings (I've since got a new one and shipped the damaged one back).
Pics:
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Looking forward to continuing the installs and I cannot wait until spring!
 

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When installing fork boots, anyone try removing the fender and slowly working them over the forks with a pick or screwdriver?
Do I have to remove the forks and / or butcher the boots?

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I cut the boots apart with sharp scissors along the seam left by the rubber casting, cannot tell it was ever cut after supergluing it back.


When installing fork boots, anyone try removing the fender and slowly working them over the forks with a pick or screwdriver?
Do I have to remove the forks and / or butcher the boots?

Thanks.
 
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