What is the single best modification you have made to your bike?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by GravelRoad, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. IrishJohn

    IrishJohn Adventurer

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    Extra mirrors. Put on a set of bar end mirrors for long distance view, have the stock mirrors for mid-range and adhered a couple of 'bullseye' mirrors from Walmart to those for 180 degrees view left and right. Might be overkill for me - but the guy I saw getting rear ended by a speeding cage years ago on the highway was certainly killed...
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  2. SpeedyK

    SpeedyK Lone Rider

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    Nippondenso Alternator on my 73 Eldorado. Charges at idle! I know that's normal now, but on a loopframe Guzzi...and that fostered other good additions like more auxiliary lights. Plus it felt good to design and make my own mount, however humble it may look.
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  3. lord_oblivion

    lord_oblivion Been here awhile

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    Pics of alternator, please?
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  4. SpeedyK

    SpeedyK Lone Rider

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  5. lord_oblivion

    lord_oblivion Been here awhile

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    Thanx !
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  6. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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    Please explain, I think I saw a picture of this somewhere what does this do for you? Better ride?
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  7. rudi

    rudi Adventurer

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    Advancing the exhaust cam 1 tooth. 08 klr
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  8. AVGuy

    AVGuy n00b

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    For convenience - garage door remote. For safety - a bunch of extra LED lights.
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  9. mogravelgetter

    mogravelgetter n00b

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    just added off road peg's myself havent used them much yet but i think i'am going to like them. a little off subject but i was looking for some advice on high alitude riding and came across your thred from a couple of years ago just wandering if you had any problems with a stock carb. i am from missouri myself and going to co soon not sure if i should rejet or not? any info would help thanks
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  10. Effervescent

    Effervescent Sexiest ADVrider '14

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    Ditching the aluminum Adv topcase for a 52 litre Givi. MO' BETTER!

    -Eff
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  11. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    yes way better handling on the dakar. better on road grip and stability at any speed and offroad stability especially at slow speeds. sand,mud and rocks are no problem now.
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  12. EKIN

    EKIN Just Do It

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    KLR - Pro Taper Bars - Owning a dual sport which makes you confident sitting or standing while riding is priceless.

    GS1200 - No doubt my Sargent seat. The factory seat simply said, "SUCKS".
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  13. Steiney

    Steiney Adventurer

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    On the GSA:

    1) Clearwater Kristas in place of stock fogs

    2) Alaska Leather sheepskin seat pad

    3) GPS (mainly for tunes) connected to Sena via Bluetooth

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
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  14. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

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    Larger rear sprocket and/or smaller front. All bikes are geared too high from factory.

    And Baja Design Squadron LED lights.
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  15. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    I like to add a large rear rack to my DS bikes. My DS is a DR650 and the BBQ rack was the best farkle ever, still have the original turn signals! A good rack wide enough for big bags is essential for me.

    On a sport touring bike its always the seat that's the most important to me. That and the luggage. New bikes usually get a rear rack or top case and a good seat first thing. Then comes the comfort mods after I ride it for a while.

    But, the rack is a must have IMO, I dislike backpacks...
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  16. Okie Preacher

    Okie Preacher Been here awhile

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    Ditched the ESA stockers and went with a set of Ohlin TTX's set for my weight and riding style. Changes everything.
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  17. PeterVSS

    PeterVSS Adventurer

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    All these things are great. The teutonic torture sitting device the BMW installs, for me, makes the bike almost unpleasant to ride the Russel Day Long seat fixed that really quick. IronButt rides are a pleasure now.
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  18. jeckyll

    jeckyll Kneedragger

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    I believe in the old holistic approach. I.E. stuff has to match. So no _single_ mod is independent of others.

    But, since my 08 KLR was an oil burner, the 685 kit is at the top of the list.

    Though realistically, doing the front and rear suspension (Progressive front, Eagle Mike linkage fit for a 250 lb rider rear) is a close second.

    :freaky
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  19. Mike Ryder

    Mike Ryder Kriegerkuh

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    Not my idea. credit Norm of Summerland.

    A decapitated street hockey ball holding my damp visor wiper rag.
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  20. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    No question what mod..good karma is absolutely essential...




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