is a svelte 10. 7 ounces! It offers over
3 pounds of weight savings up high,
plus more cranking power and a
Call me biased; it’s okay, because
I absolutely love Seat Concepts’
comfort seats. These seats have
extended my ride time without making
my caboose look like I’m related to a
baboon. This is the sixth bike that I’ve
bolted one of these puppies onto. I
love these seats.
Another product that I’ve used for
years is a Scotts steering stabilizer.
Whenever I sell a bike, the Scotts
comes off and gets mounted onto
the new one. I’ve been using mine for
so many years that each time I ride
a bike without one, it feels twitchy.
Since my trusty friend has seen about
six years of service, I figured it needed
freshening up. I sent it back to Scotts
for some much-needed attention.
My Scotts stabilizer has been one of
those things that silently does its job,
so I sadly neglected servicing it. It’s
amazing what a difference fresh oil
and seals made to its performance.
It’s so much smoother as it travels
through its swing stroke.
The final upgrade I made was the
mirror. I’ve been using a Doubletake
Enduro mirror with a long RAM arm
for a view to the rear. I decided to
try their Trail mirror, which tie-wraps
to the bars just inboard of the lever
perches. As much as I like the fold-
down-style Enduro mirror, I don’t like
looking at my shoulder or having to
stop to fold the mirror down when
I hit the dirt. The Trail mirror looks
under your arms for an unobstructed
view and is shielded from trail slaps
because it’s on the back of the bars.
The small size and convex design
mean everything you see is tiny, but
the view is more than adequate for the
little bit of highway use my bike gets.
Since this is a street-legal bike,
I like to keep DOT-legal rubber on
the rims. The rear received a Motoz
Mountain Hybrid. It has a trials-tire
tread block combined with a full-knob
block height. For an all-around tire,
the Mountain Hybrid is excellent. I
put a street-legal knobby on the front
because steering control in the off-
road world is a top priority. I never
realized how tired the suspension
had gotten over the years. Precision
Concepts Suspension took my tired-
feeling suspension and brought it
back to life. It performs just like it did
when I first fell in love with this bike.
New grips have a way of making
my hands happy, and the A’ME heat-
ers had them giggling. Cycra full-wrap
handguards will protect my fingers and
keep the ends of the grips from look-
ing like they were attacked by a pack
of hungry puppies. A new set of elas-
tomers brought back the controlled
flex in the handlebar. What can I say
about the Seat Concepts seat other
than, “Thank you, my derrière appreci-
ates it!” Also, the new plastic makes
my eyes happy and brings back a
sense of pride in my trusty scoot. o
The Antigravity battery replaced the
stock Yuasa that simply died. A lithium
ion unit, it has superb cranking muscle
and weighs a whopping 3 pounds less
than the stocker.