Favorite modification

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by runnin4melife, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    This may sound like a silly question but I am curious what everyone's favorite (singular) modification they have done to their bike. Such as upgraded suspension, bar risers, new seat etc... I don't want a laundry list from everyone just that one item they favor the most out of all others. :evil
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  2. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Some type of bar riser. Without those the bike is un-rideable. Especially off-road. You can slow down if the suspension sucks, you can take more breaks if the seat bites but you can't ride like a hunch back for very long. Add the RocStompa pegs and you are well on your way to happiness. Since this isn't a list I won't mention the XPC seat, Scott's damper, heavy springs, MOD skid plate, fat foot and rear rack, Adventure Spec crash bars.....and the main thing that has really made the bike faster is the incredible weight loss due to my wallet being paper thin....
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  3. Gumbeaux

    Gumbeaux The Chameleon

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    Ohlins NIX kit in the front...
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  4. Jays-f800gs

    Jays-f800gs Been here awhile

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  5. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    seat
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  6. 4TooMany

    4TooMany Been here awhile

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    SW Motech crash bars. They'll more than pay for themselves.
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  7. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    TKC 80s, they were the first thing that I put on the bike (already had a boat load put on it from the dealer), with out these the bike is pretty much useless for what I like to do with it.
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  8. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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  9. machinebuilder

    machinebuilder Long timer

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    I've got to say suspension.

    While several other farkles are really nice to have (bar risers, pivotpegs, crash bars) none of them has transformed the bike like putting suspension on,
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  10. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    Machine Builder, what suspension mods?
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  11. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    1. Seat
    2. Front Suspension
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  12. mreich77

    mreich77 GUNIVY

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    Jesse Luggage/Airhawk Medium cruiser/K60's
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  13. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    :nod
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  14. pkbinder

    pkbinder Kissing Moose

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    My Corbin seat
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  15. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    I've actually put lower bars on my Tiger because the stockers had me sitting bolt upright which bothered my back. I prefer a slight forward cant to take some of the jarring off my spine.
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  16. machinebuilder

    machinebuilder Long timer

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    I put the Traxxion Dynamics AK20 forks and a Wilburs Shock.

    The forks made MUCH more difference:D:D and increased my comfortable speeds on and off road:evil, a FR road where I was not comfortable at 30MPH, I now think DAMN I better slow down at 50MPH. And then I realized the stock shock sucks too.

    When you start researching suspensions you'll find that while the stock spring rates are soft the bigger problem is the valving sucks, the forks will hydrolock or bottom out and that is what causes the harshness.

    After I put the forks on, before I got the shock I thought the shock felt like it was going to launch me, I then turned the rebound adjuster in but it still didn't feel great.

    With both in I think I need to adjust the fork damping slightly still, but it feels so good most of the time I make very small adjustments and then ride alot to see if I did the right thing.
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  17. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    Sounds great, I have Ohlins all the way around, I am just kind of curious what people have been using. I am the terminal stage of my farkling and figured anyone that just got a new bike may be interested what the masses, have and love.
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  18. seasider

    seasider Just a rider

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    Runnin4melife.......are the Ohlins fork cartriges worth the $ ? Can you do the install yourself once they are built and sent to you? Questions I have been looking for answers for. Ready to go that route ite if I can learn a bit from those with experience.

    But in keeping with the thread I do believe my favorite mod to date is the AltRider bash plate.
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  19. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    Low fender removal and high fender install. Without this mod, the bike is dangerous in the sticky mud we get around here.
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  20. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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    So far it's been my desierto3 windscreen... Looks good and helped a ton with commuting...

    I'm sure my next will be the addition of k60's over the stock street tires... I was slipping non stop through the mud last weekend....

    Next I'm sure it will be traxxion fork kit
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