moon, so he switched from the 15-45 gearing to 14-50. An RK O-ring chain
was fit in the process. The power was nice—choked but efficient. KP bolted on
an FMF Q Hex muffler that targets good power at a reasonable decibel level.
The machine (with the freer-flowing FMF unit) tended to pop and would “lean”
flame-out, not a good thing when you don’t have a clutch and rely on the ability
to short-shift and lug. He reset the TPS with Best Dual Sport Bikes’ TPS tester,
and immediately the power became meatier, with no lean pop on decel and
flame-outs virtually disappeared.
Kenny opted to go the “tucked-in tight route” with the turn signals and rear
license-plate holder, choosing SAR Racing’s dual-sport products. The license-plate holder is smaller and tucked in much higher than the stocker, which dangles and catches the rear tire on a full bottom-out. The rear turn signals usually
last one or two rides before they get torn off, and the SAR units bolt directly to
the fender. They are small and resist getting belted into the cheap seats.
Because KP and Ty Davis are tight, it figures that his machine is adorned
with Zip-Ty Racing products. Kenny is a big believer in Zip-Ty products simply
because he is the ultimate tester, riding every spare second, slamming-dancing
our planet looking for gnarly stuff. Here’s a quick hit of the products that KP
Samco hoses: A world leader in performance silicone hoses, supplying
Formula 1, NASCAR and World Super Bike teams. $123.95
EarthX batteries: EarthX lithium batteries’ cranking power will not drop off,
and it will crank your engine longer. Inside every one of their batteries is a
microprocessor Battery Management System (BMS) that monitors the charge
level of each cell and balances the change when needed, protecting the cells
from overcharge or discharge. $169
Double Take mirrors: The ball joints will give way in a crash and thus protect you, your bike, the lever perches and the mirrors. $25
Zip-Ty Racing footpeg extensions: Allows you to ride in comfort with
adventure boots and allows for better traction on flat roads by having more
leverage on the footpeg. $85.95
Zip-Ty Racing front-axle pull handle: Durable, composite pull handle.
Makes removing the front axle a quick deal. $21.95
Zip-Ty Racing XF2 waterless racing coolant: Zip-Ty Racing’s XF2 coolant
is red in color and nearly doubles the heat transfer of other waterless coolants.
Zip-Ty Racing license-plate mount: A sturdy new stainless mount that is
Golden Fat Tyre: With the wide footprint, this tire works in sand and hardpack. Its lightweight, flexible, wide carcass with reinforced shoulder knobs
guarantees large contact surface and good shock absorption against minor
impacts on uneven terrain. FIM-approved front racing tire. DOT approved. $119
Zip-Ty Racing chain-adjusting block chain: An adjuster block with indicator notches, these just make it easy to adjust the chain and ease of wheel
changes and adjustments. $98.95
A’ME clamp-on full-waffle grips: The A’ME MX clamp-on full-waffle grips
feature a wider grip, glue-less design that lasts twice as long and will not twist
on the handlebar or throttle. “No safety wire necessary.” $24.95
Seat Concepts: The reason why Ty uses Seat Concepts’ MX/Dual-Sport/
Adventure seat kits is because they look nice, work well and incorporate a
wider seating area for the adventure rider. Each seat model is designed to
increase comfort without compromising rideability. $159.99
Zip-Ty Racing wheel spacers: The Zip-Ty Racing wheel spacers stay put
WORKING THE SYSTEM
This is a KTM Power Parts plastic skid
plate that KP ventilated with holes. He
uses Zip-Ty’s skid plate brackets that
are magnetized and stay put when you
install the plate.
A left-side Zip-Ty peg extender widens
the platform and is good for extended
SAR Racing’s license-plate inner fender
is nice. The blinkers are far more tucked
in and will take a hit. The FMF Q is quiet
and really helps the exhaust flow.