7 upgrades for all dual sport bikes
People love to customize their motorcycles, especially cruisers and bisports. While cruiser mods are generally meant for aesthetics, dual sport riders are looking to improve the performance, durability, and comfort of our on-road / off-road beasts. EveRide has found a formula for improvements that works so well for him that he has applied it to all of his motorcycles. This all works regardless of the make or model of the bike, and they will work for you, too.
Headquarters Concepts Headquarters
To put it bluntly, the original seats suck. This is especially true for mixed sports. After all, you’re supposed to stand on the ground, so why bother with a comfortable seat? Because of the journey to and from the dirt, that’s why. EveRide swears by Seat Concepts aftermarket seats, and I understand why. My own Kawasaki KLR 650 came with it and I’m comfortable all day, no matter what type of surface I’m riding.
One caveat, however. After trying out my seat, a friend recently bought one directly from Seat Concepts. Due to COVID-related production delays, he had to wait two months before actually receiving it. Online retailers have them in stock ready to ship, so you may want to purchase through them.
Green Chili flexible shelves
Traditional rigid racks are good sturdy places to attach things, but they’re also prone to bending and breaking in a crash. This is where Green Chile’s flexible media come in. Three different versions are available to meet your needs. They’re as strong as a solid rack, but aren’t vulnerable to damage like they are. Plus, they’ll fit on any bike, including those without a subframe, and are easily removable if you just don’t want to take them on a particular ride.
Pro 714 handle
This is another upgrade that I was fortunate enough to receive pre-installed on my KLR. They fit well in my hands and dampen vibrations well, an important consideration on any single cylinder motorcycle. They are also quite affordable. I will install a new set on the new handlebars of my KLR whether I need it or not, and I will keep the old ones as spare parts if I can get them back.
Dual grip adventure mirror
When it is common to drop your bike, as it can be an off-roader, your mirrors are always at risk of breaking. Using a RAM mounting system, you can easily move the Double Take Adventure Mirrors out of harm’s way when you hit the ground. So you know they’ll always be there for the ride home. Yes, $ 62.95 may seem like a lot to spend on a mirror, but consider how much you will spend on replacing cheap mirrors that will shatter and how much they will vibrate while you have them.
Tusk Enduro lighting kit
Another often broken item is lighting. That’s why real mountain bikes don’t. This is necessary for street bikes, however, and this kit is designed to meet those requirements while staying out of the way as much as possible. It includes all the wiring you need to add lights to a bike that doesn’t have one, but it will also replace your exposed turn signals with nearly flush-mounted units that are less in danger of breakage.
Primary drive chains and sprockets
They aren’t as glamorous as a rigged suspension, but you have issues if your chain and sprockets wear out sooner than you expect. This is what happened to Amanda Zito during her cross country run. EveRide has had a great experience with Primary Drive components. In fact, he deliberately neglected to lubricate the chain on one of his bikes to see how long they would last. This bike has been totaled, but the chain and sprockets are still in great condition.
Tusk D-Sport tires
While not all of his bikes are fitted with these tires yet, he is in the process of switching exclusively to Tusk D-Sports. They have an aggressive gnarled tread that works well in dirt, but they’re also street legal and have a relatively hard compound that will last. Best of all, they’re pretty affordable. It will cost me a little over $ 100 to outfit my KLR’s aftermarket wheel set with a pair of these for serious land adventures.