This seemed to give the best off-road
ride, though it might be a little too
wallowy for the hard charger. Overall,
every single tester loved this handlebar! The A’ME bolt-on full-waffle grips
gave good feel, subtle flex through
the ridges and strong traction. Again,
a favorite. Enduro Engineering’s hand
deflectors are also favorites, not only
for their ease of installation but also
for their durability and the protection
they provide for a West Coast off-roader.
On the suspension front, we wanted
to firm things up since the stock
open-bath system is very cushy but
divey and soft for faster terrain. The
rear PDS system definitely needs a
stiffer spring for our tonnage, along
with some shim adjustments to get it
to stay tall under speed loads. Dick’s
Racing retrofitted both suspension
ends and, possibly because we’ve
been working with Dick for several
decades, nailed it on the first try.
It was stiffer, still plush (enough),
Dunlop’s brake pucks were used,
and they offered strength with less
The Dunlop trials tire is a radial
design and incredible in many conditions. You have to run a big thick tube
since the tire’s carcass is not real
tough. The STI Ultra heavy-duty unit
does the job.
Motion Pro rim locks and rim tape are
The Rad wheels looked killer, and
they proved strong and durable.
TM Design’s chainguide always finds its way
onto our off-roaders. The Supersprox sprocket
and Renthal O-ring chain make for a strong
and reliable driveline.
Fasst Flexx bars and their
new Enduro bend add cush
to hostile terrain. Enduro
Engineering’s hand deflectors
are good West Coast guards.
and most definitely not wallowy and
plunge-happy. All good here.
Rad Manufacturing set us up with
a set of their Signature Series wheels.
Gold USA machined billet hubs, pow-der-coated stainless steel spokes and
Excel Takasago rims bristled with a
high cool factor. Once we bolted on a
Moose Racing front and rear rotor, fit
some DP brake pads (better feel than
stock), a Supersprox 52-tooth rear
sprocket and a Renthal O-ring chain,
we gained a spare set of wheels and
our race setup was strong and effective. These wheels held up well. Up
front, we fit a Dunlop AT 81 tire, liking
its grip factor in intermediate terrain,
and installed a Dunlop trials tire out
back. Again, dry conditions morphing
from hard to rock to loose made this
rear grabber a total cheater. Out back,
we did fit on an Enduro Engineering
disc guard after wadding one rotor.
The EE unit is machined out of billet
Some of our final steps were setup