There are a few threads like this, but in my year+ of research, I haven't been able to find a place that had all of the information I was looking for in a concise manner. Anyway, I figure I'd post some tips and ideas here to help out anyone looking to build an adventure bike our of their BRP. Some things I did to the bike that are great, some not so great, and some things I learned along the way. I wont be long-winded, but I'll try to include all pertinent information. If you have any further questions, just ask. Things I'll cover: - DIY Oil sight tube - Subframe reinforcement - Luggage situation - Fueling - Lighting - A few other things to increase reliability, functionality, or occasionally the looks Note: this will be updated over the next couple of days with more sections. The bike (almost) as it sits now: The Subframe: The XR650R has a notoriously weak subframe. The upper mount often cracks under stress due to poor welds and uneven forces from the bottom legs. I brought mine to a machine shop and got it reinforced around the top mounts for $75. A little dremeling and it mated right up. DIY Oil Sight Tube: Be able to check your oil on the fly. Remove the radiator to make it easy on yourself. Get your parts from Aircraft Spruce for $20: Fittings- 2X part #06-01139. Hose: Part #06-01133. Drill with an 11/32" bit, tap with a 1/8 NPT tap. Teflon tape the fittings. There's a great 3 part tutorial on youtube. Change your thermostat while you're at it because its 100% failed in the open position. Thermostat- MotoRad 7203-180, make sure you drill the bypass hole to match the stock stat and drop it in.