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Starting this thread to document my MT-09 "build", also to help me keep track of a to-do list.. Basically adding some simple bolt on stuff to make it a solid commuter and sporty tourer. Will periodically update with pics as I get the parts installed along with a short write-up to share how I feel about it.

  • GPS (old phone) mount. Already purchased and installed. Went with the Ram X-grip and the u-bolt configuration. Rock solid so far.
  • Horn upgrade. Already purchased and installed. Currently just sitting where the stock horn was. Problem is that I went with a "snail" shell design and it is quite hideous. When I have more time I'll relocate it to an area that's less visually offensive. I went with the Wolo High Tone since it doesn't draw much more power compared to the stock one.
  • Tank grips for my knee. Ordered a set of DKL griptape. It's sitting at home, just waiting for time off from work to cut it to fit.
  • Tank pad. Ordered a clear Puig one, had the same one on my previous bike.
  • Tank bag. Ordered a set of SW-Motech Ion Two with the ring. Installed today, pics to come. Not 100% sold on it, probably won't use it on long distance tours (cross country), but will be handy for daily commuting.
  • Tail bag. Ordered the SW-Motech Speedpack. Initially worried that it's just a bit too long to sit on the passenger seat and leave me enough space. Received it yesterday and I've test fit it on the bike, happy to say that it's just about perfect front to back. Once it's loaded and secured I think it'll be a great backrest as well. This bag is HUGE.
  • Hand guards. Will be ordering the grips from a MT-09 Tracer soon.
  • Kaoko throttle "lock". Waiting for a model that's compatible with handguards.
  • Windscreen. I plan on starting with a shorter length windscreen and see how much that helps.
  • Grip heaters. Will buy whenever the Yamaha OEM one is available.
  • USB accessory plug. Will buy whenever the Yamaha OEM one is available.
  • Rear shock protector. Ordered from Pyramid, awaiting arrival.
  • Solo cowl, color matched for Storm Fluo. Ordered from Pyramid, awaiting arrival.
  • Front bars, might rotate forward to help with getting a bit more weight forward.
  • Rear brake, need to adjust down a bit. Currently during commutes my right foot can't rest in a neutral position with the rear brake in the standard spot. I'd like it down about ~5 mm or so.
  • Suspension setup. A pain to do solo, going to take it to a local suspension guru to get it dialed in. Plus his shop does service as well so I'll get the 600 mile break-in service done there at the same time. ~2 weeks to service time.
 

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Couldn't help myself and had to get a bit of cosmetics... Ordered a solo cowl from Pyramid Plastics in the UK, color matched to the Storm Fluo. Fitment of the top cowl is fine, and it actually looks good on its own without the side pieces. Once you put the side pieces on the panel gap becomes a bit more apparent but not a deal breaker. Just a quick picture for today because I'm still on my 12 hour shifts, will snap some detailed ones in the coming week.

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Note the giant conch shell I have in place of the stock horn. That needs to move location somewhere but in the meantime it's staying up because it gets people's attention quite well.

The SW Motech Ion Two tankbag is great and will be used for commuting but not longer tours. I like being able to rest my chest on my tank bag occasionally and the plastic mount bracket will definitely not take that kind of weight. The bag is mounted as far forward as is possible while still allowing full steering lock. Initially I thought it might interfere with my body position on the bike but in reality I have not noticed the bag while riding at all.

02/12/2022 edit:
SW Motech bag is faring well. Some further thoughts:
  • I dislike the lack of organization inside considering it's just one big compartment with no side pockets. There are a few little mesh pockets on the inside that are not very useful. Good enough to hold a slim wallet, and maybe charging cords. It doesn't stretch much and the mesh is non stretchy so whatever it holds isn't secured and at the same time it doesn't stretch to allow thicker small items to slot in (like an anker USB charger).
  • The base of the bag isn't flat, so crap gets lost in the little channel at the base.
  • The zipper... for **** sake I hate the zipper on this bag. It never snags too much but if the lid and the bag isn't perfectly aligned for any reason it creates this friction that just feels horrible. I question how long it will last.
  • The tank ring and bag locking mechanism is solid and shows no signs of letting up yet.
  • One annoying thing, if the bag is extended to the large size, and it's not filled perfectly symmetrically, it will appear very lopsided. So much so that the first time I did it I had to pull over to double check that the bag was slotted into the locking ring properly a few times.
  • Definitely a "like it don't love it" purchase so far.
 

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So on the SW Motech Speedpack, it is absolutely MASSIVE. Max load on it is rated for ~44 lbs and it has a large main compartment as well as 2 "saddlebag" compartments. By itself it is pretty water resistant for riding through short showers but it does come with a "waterproof" liner inside. I don't understand why SW Motech does such a poor job of highlighting this bag's features. It's super trick... it has a bunch of different aluminum stays in the bag that helps keep a certain amount of rigidity. The upper stays (on the left and right side of the bag) are removable in case you need to cinch the bag further down to a smaller duffel shape. My initial impression was that this bag is way to big to be really usable, but after playing with it for a bit I'm loving the versatility.

I took it on a test run and loaded it with a bunch of groceries (~40 lbs worth). It didn't even come close to filling the bag completely. You'll need to be really careful to pack this bag meticulously on a tour because it would be super easy to overload it and really **** up your handling.

Pros of the bag:
  • Super versatile. Huge, but cinches down to a relatively small size. Saddlebag bits can be removed for a simple duffle with a rigid floor.
  • Water resistant. Comes with "waterproof" liners.
  • Really secure once strapped down. The rigid base helps, and the interior of the bag has straps connecting the front and rear mounting points. So when you strap it down it holds tension from within the bag. It's a great design.
  • Love the design.

Cons of the bag:
  • Really need to be careful how you pack the bag. Rigidity reduces the higher you pack it. On the ride home today I felt the upper part of the bag slowly inch forward whenever I brake. Bag volume is massive so careful packing and cinching down is a must!
  • "Waterproof" liners are very water resistant at best. However, the closure is a cinch top not a fold over like a drybag. There is no way to completely prevent water ingress into this bag, but if you pack it properly and fold the cinch closure away from the likely water entry points (zippered closure) it would be damn near waterproof.
  • Strap system works well but takes time to set up and take down. That being said it's 4 strap points and should take no longer than 2-3 minutes once you get used to the process. Rear strap needs to mount to a point that is basically behind the taillight, to provide the tension needed to keep it from sliding forward. This means that the massive stock fender is staying on, which isn't a deal breaker for me... Might be for most people though.

02/12/2022 Edit:
Took the bag on a test tour, and have some thoughts on it (and thoughts on my setup overall).
  • This trip is for a cold weather camping tour, expected temps around low 30s at night (dipped to 25F actually). So I packed my 30F sleeping bag and my 45F super thin sleeping bag as well which added to bulk.
  • The initial thought I had that the bag was too big? Not at all... I was almost running out of space with just camp equipment and clothes. I had packed mostly my UL backpacking gear (tent and sleep system), but added a hammock and my klymit folding chair. Might ditch the chair for upcoming April tour.
  • Strap system works well enough, but not if routed through the side bag portion (the way it's set up in the second picture on the post above). When strapped this way it does not provide enough tension to hold the bag from sliding forward. I ended up strapping directly to the buckle for a more secure load. In the future I'll bungee the D-rings together from back to front for added security.
  • The included drybags are stupid and I hate them. They're basically cinch bags that are kept in place with velcro. I'll probably still use them on long tours, but on weekenders where I know the weather will be nice I won't bother.
  • The plastic "plates" that hold the walls of the bag rigid while neat, might be unnecessary. It made packing more tedious because the bag resisted bending with the contents. On top of that they deformed slightly on the top part near the zipper, creating a little wave pattern and making it a bit more of a bitch to zip closed. But they are removable so that's good. I'll likely keep the ones inside the side bags, but will probably remove the ones from the main duffle.
So I still love the bag mostly, just getting to know it and its quirks.
 

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Interesting Thread! But unless my eyes glazed-over when reading your extensive list in post #1, I am surprised that a replacement seat does not feature. It could be that the 2021's seat is an improvement on the torture device on earlier MT's - care to comment? Good luck with this re-build!
 
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I think I just have a plush ass because I don't have a big problem with the seat. Max miles I've done in a day so far is about 100 so I'll report back once I do a longer ride.

I will say that my previous big mileage bike was a Daytona 675 and I had no problem with the ultra firm and cardboard like seat back then. In comparison the MT-09's seat is super plush, which I hear might also not be a great thing for big miles. One way to find out.
 

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Haha my brother in law is visiting from the UK with his two sons. I'm taking them camping this weekend. The will be a bit of rain, but not nearly as cold as the UK rains I'm told.
 

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Hahah yep. Definitely not a daily setup. Will get pulled out for hill country camping trips or the occasional tour.
Was in Hill Country this spring, two days only :(, and it rained both of them. We did ride both days but it really affected how good the riding could have been. Long-assed drive to and from!
 

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Interesting Thread! But unless my eyes glazed-over when reading your extensive list in post #1, I am surprised that a replacement seat does not feature. It could be that the 2021's seat is an improvement on the torture device on earlier MT's - care to comment? Good luck with this re-build!
I don't know...I have 19k miles on my stock seat, several 350+ mile days. Rarely do I think of the seat. Maybe I'm just a hard ass. :ROFLMAO:
 

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No 'maybe' about it...;)
 
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I think I just have a plush ass because I don't have a big problem with the seat. Max miles I've done in a day so far is about 100 so I'll report back once I do a longer ride.

I will say that my previous big mileage bike was a Daytona 675 and I had no problem with the ultra firm and cardboard like seat back then. In comparison the MT-09's seat is super plush, which I hear might also not be a great thing for big miles. One way to find out.
where did you get the Speed Pack? Can’t seem to find it aside from overseas.

given I also seem to have bought the wrong bike for my use case (Should’ve gotten the Tracer 9 GT), this thread is of great interest to me;

currently have a DPM clone windscreen installed, works great up to 75 mph, past that you’re going to have to tuck. Waiting on the Puig touring windscreen! You’re definitely going to need some form of wind protection, and I don’t see any on your bike.

I strongly recommend an atlas throttle lock if you do not have an SP. it’s miles better than the typical throttle locks and stupid simple to use; you can adjust the speed while engaged while giving your right hand a break, a very useful feature given it’s tough to do on conventional cheap throttle locks. Buy the bottom mount kit if interested and use the thickest friction pad it comes with.

I also have a Shad 40L cargo top luggage box on my bike (which members of this forum seem to dislike), but it’s ultra convenient to dump stuff in and go, like my helmet and gloves for local errands. You can remove the box if not being used, but it never comes off my bike. I found the 40L top box to be more than sufficient for a days worth of gear and am very satisfied with it.

They sell USB adapters for the 21 09 on AliExpress for $18. Works just fine, kept my phone topped off all day while riding. I can take a picture of where I mounted mine if you are interested. You simply pop the plastic headlight housing off and there is an unused connector on the left side clipped in where this plugs into.
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Ive pulled 250 mile days sustaining 90 mph on this setup with a buddy of mine on a Tiger 850 Sport with no issue. I do get jealous of my buddy riding in his little bubble while I’m in a full tuck though! My ass was barking a bit after 110-120 non stop miles on the saddle, but I usually need to fill up around that time anyway :)

I don’t think handguards are that necessary provided you have the right gloves. I have Knox Handroid Pod gloves which should offer a TON of protection against a stray pebble or rock hitting your hands.

My next (and final mods for a while) will be shorty levers and CRG LS bar end mirrors.

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where did you get the Speed Pack? Can’t seem to find it aside from overseas.

given I also seem to have bought the wrong bike for my use case (Should’ve gotten the Tracer 9 GT), this thread is of great interest to me;

currently have a DPM clone windscreen installed, works great up to 75 mph, past that you’re going to have to tuck. Waiting on the Puig touring windscreen! You’re definitely going to need some form of wind protection, and I don’t see any on your bike.

I strongly recommend an atlas throttle lock if you do not have an SP. it’s miles better than the typical throttle locks and stupid simple to use; you can adjust the speed while engaged while giving your right hand a break, a very useful feature given it’s tough to do on conventional cheap throttle locks. Buy the bottom mount kit if interested and use the thickest friction pad it comes with.

I also have a Shad 40L cargo top luggage box on my bike (which members of this forum seem to dislike), but it’s ultra convenient to dump stuff in and go, like my helmet and gloves for local errands. You can remove the box if not being used, but it never comes off my bike. I found the 40L top box to be more than sufficient for a days worth of gear and am very satisfied with it.

They sell USB adapters for the 21 09 on AliExpress for $18. Works just fine, kept my phone topped off all day while riding. I can take a picture of where I mounted mine if you are interested. You simply pop the plastic headlight housing off and there is an unused connector on the left side clipped in where this plugs into.
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Ive pulled 250 mile days sustaining 90 mph on this setup with a buddy of mine on a Tiger 850 Sport with no issue. I do get jealous of my buddy riding in his little bubble while I’m in a full tuck though! My ass was barking a bit after 110-120 non stop miles on the saddle, but I usually need to fill up around that time anyway :)

I don’t think handguards are that necessary provided you have the right gloves. I have Knox Handroid Pod gloves which should offer a TON of protection against a stray pebble or rock hitting your hands.

My next (and final mods for a while) will be shorty levers and CRG LS bar end mirrors.
I picked up the Speedpack at Twisted Throttle during the black Friday sale. Looks like it's being discontinued in the US?

On the throttle lock, I've seen the Atlas and I don't know. Is it all plastic? Leaning towards the Kaoko just because I like the build quality.

Definitely getting a windscreen but I think I'll avoid the massive touring one. I like the Puig short screen and will likely get that or something similar. I also dig the Yamaha one but not sure how much it really deflects. All in all, with the slight change in geometry (front end dropped 15mm when I got the suspension tuned) my body is positioned a bit better to counter the wind as well. Becoming less of an issue the more I ride it.

Personally not a fan of the top box but you really can't beat the convenience. I'm still a bit vain I guess haha.

Will definitely order one of those USB adapters at some point. For now my battery pack fills that void.
 

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I picked up the Speedpack at Twisted Throttle during the black Friday sale. Looks like it's being discontinued in the US?

On the throttle lock, I've seen the Atlas and I don't know. Is it all plastic? Leaning towards the Kaoko just because I like the build quality.

Definitely getting a windscreen but I think I'll avoid the massive touring one. I like the Puig short screen and will likely get that or something similar. I also dig the Yamaha one but not sure how much it really deflects. All in all, with the slight change in geometry (front end dropped 15mm when I got the suspension tuned) my body is positioned a bit better to counter the wind as well. Becoming less of an issue the more I ride it.

Personally not a fan of the top box but you really can't beat the convenience. I'm still a bit vain I guess haha.

Will definitely order one of those USB adapters at some point. For now my battery pack fills that void.
the atlas is an all aluminum piece; It also won’t interfere with bar end mirrors like the kaoko potentially would.

Im actually planning on doubling down on the wind protection and working on a custom solution which should resolve this issue for me once and for all. The custom bracket should also be able to support a small fly screen (Similar to what Madstad offers).

Yes, I shouldve bought a Tracer 9 :)
 

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On the throttle lock, I've seen the Atlas and I don't know. Is it all plastic? Leaning towards the Kaoko just because I like the build quality.
I highly recommend the MC Cruise, electronic cruise control. I use mine everyday and it’s a serious luxury for the price. All those throttle locks I’ve played with are terrible.

edit - wait, or look into an oem cruise control from an SP?

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