WHEELS: Once upon a time
you had to change tires every time
you went dual-sport riding. Dirt
tires wear out quickly on pavement, and street rubber is scary in
the dirt. Nowadays we have affordable wheels to solve that problem.
The stockers were set aside for the
street, and a set of Warp 9 wheels
were given Dunlop DOT knob-bies and an oversize rotor (Warp 9
includes the rotor and sprocket in
each wheelset). The rear rim that
Warp 9 laced up was wider than
stock, giving the bike a wider contact patch. That company also has
a number of nice billet aluminum
upgrades, like folding levers and a
Warp 9 wheelset: $779.95
Folding levers: $77.95
Wrap 9 makes good wheels at
a good price. Having two sets
with different tires is a good
plan of action.
Organized dual-sport rides
require roll-charts and, interestingly, GPS.
The stock blinkers are big
and fragile. EOS makes compact LED versions.
The DR comes from a time when
blinkers were larger than today’s
headlights. Modern stuff can be
had easily. Extreme Dual Sport has
LED blinkers that are mounted on
springs so they’re almost unbreakable. Like all LED blinkers, they
require a different flasher. For the
headlight, Baja Designs Squadron
LED unit was installed, which
resulted in a massive upgrade in
light output. The stock speedometer was replaced with a Trail Tech
Voyager GPS. And one of the coolest finds of all was the Highway
Dirt Bikes handguards, which have
mirrors that fold out when needed.
The coolest part is that you can
actually use the mirrors to see
behind you. What a novel concept.
For organized dual-sport rides, a
billet roll-chart holder from Billet
Innovations was used with a bolt-on dashboard.
EDS blinkers: $59.95
EDS flasher: $39.99
Baja Designs headlight: $329.95
Trail Tech Voyager: $279.95
Highway Dirt Bikes handguards/
Billet Innovations roll-chart
Billet Innovations dash: $65