Originally Posted by jules083
Awesome man, thanks. You convinced me I think, I'm going to give up on a DR for now and focus on this. Either way I would have a winter project setting one of them up, might as well set-up the bike I already own.
Edit- I just finished reading this thread start to finish, my wish list right now is huge. The key focus for me at this point is to do as much as I can without adding too much weight, or detracting from the bike's ability. The only real weight adding stuff is going to be a small tool kit and mount, some electronics like a real speedometer, and bike protection stuff, like the skid plate and some radiator braces. I'm hoping to avoid adding a rear rack, I don't think it will be necessary with a Giant Loop. I've looked for ways to save weight elsewhere on the bike, there isn't much 'extra stuff' that can be taken off.
Hopefully my 4-wheeler sells to fund the project, if so then I'll have a build-up post this winter. I like to tear bikes down over the winter and do everything, so if it goes right I'll have a box of new parts to go on. My shop is coming along nicely, by winter I'll have a small area in the house set aside for bike work.
That's a good way to go. Be mindful of what you add because of weight.
IMO, musts are:
- Rad braces
- Acerbis tank
- GPS for speedo (if allowed in your state)
- Good headlight! (Think LED if you have the cash)
Leave the skid plate if you don't need it. The Ricochet is heavy! The stock one protects well, has less chance of mud build up, and is way, way lighter. It's coverage is pretty good. It also allows the side cover to be taken off which makes valve adjustments that much easier.
Think about sinking that money saved into a TM-40 carb. I know it's expensive but it does a few things:
1) Adds fuel mileage! It begins to pay itself off! I went from 36-38 to 50+. I now get way better mileage then my buddies stock carb that used to get better mileage then mine! The savings aren't huge, but a few bucks at every fuel stop is nice!
2) Reduces throttle pull so you can lighten up on the bars and that in turn helps with your vibration issues.
3) Adds power/snap.
I built mine up for similar reasons as you. I had the bike, replacement cost isn't that high, and it's less room in the garage, less wrenching, and less insurance/plate cost. Sure, some days I wish it did highways better, but when I get offroad I'm so glad I have it over people with Xchallenges, DR's, XR's, F650's, etc. The thing is a toy in the dirt. Theirs becomes the struggle for what? Easier luggage options (that suck offroad) and ability to cruise at 110? (70MPH). Not worth it when you can do twice the speed of them on gravel roads, and do trails that they don't even think possible on a dual sport. Not only that, they often don't like the struggle of riding offroad, where you can do the same stuff and have FUN!
I'll probably continue to ride mine for as long as I need, but keep an eye out for a good deal on stock, low mileage XRR. When that happens I'll buy it, swap suspension and all parts, then sell the higher mileage XRR for a minor loss. You get a low mileage frame and engine, and because these things aren't overly expensive you don't have to pay that much for it. Only wear item after that is bushings in the suspension which aren't that much.