Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
I don't really recommend it for a beginner (in my first year I was still narrowing avoiding death by target fixation so I can't imagine a locked throttle will make that any better), but a throttle lock is a godsend. It's not really a mod per se, but it's super useful. Something like the Go Cruise 2 is sufficient. Works well without breaking the bank. That's only really useful if you spend a lot of time on the highway or at least constant speeds with few hazards and good visibility.
I agree that a windscreen upgrade will help with the ride, but it comes at the cost of looks/style. At my age, I don't care, but before you upgrade make sure it's what you want. I haven't upgraded yet, but I'd like to. Unless you get a super tall windscreen it won't help much so make sure you research the reason for upgrading. It's predominantly to reduce the wind turbulence and noise for the rider.
I also second the center stand. I haven't gotten one yet because money is tight, but I do recommend one. I wish I had one now.
Skip on the exhaust in my opinion. None of them actually sound great, and the stock can is already too loud when the revs are up. And they won't improve performance. At best, it'll stay the same, and at worst it'll slightly hinder performance.
I recommend you avoid cosmetic mods that hinder your safety. Integrated turn signals look flashy, but are more difficult for traffic to see. The name of the game is safety. Be seen and drive defensively. That said, if your bike is dark (e.g., black) or your gear isn't bright you might want to consider some extra reflective tape or something to help with being seen, or wear a hi-viz vest over your gear. Which I suggest you wear all the time: All The Gear All The Time.
The seat is definitely rough. I have an airhawk cushion, but I don't find that it helps much, and it's awkward to put on and adjust regularly. It's a lot easier to leave it behind and live with a sore bottom unless you're going on a longer ride (>2 hours). I'm too cheap to indulge the aftermarket seat replacement options.
The gas cap is silly, but honestly it doesn't come up very often. The bike gets good mileage. For the 2 minutes you have the cap off it's easy enough to just set it down on the base next to the pump. I haven't tried any aftermarket caps, but I recall some of them have issues so do your research before you buy.
I mean the best with what I say. It doesn't always sound that way.
2013 Honda CBR500R (Millennium Red) (Completely stock)
FirstGear Kilimanjaro High-Visibility, Joe Rocket Ballistic Boots, Scorpion Exo R2000, Alpinestars Raider Drystar Pants or Scorpion Covert Jeans, Icon Hypersport Pro Short Gloves
Castrol Chainlube, Pro Honda GN4, Pro Honda Dot 4, 87 octane AKI
Kriega R-35, Air Hawk Dual Sport, Go Cruise 2, Grip Puppies
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