Recently I've put some stuff on my bike. I have plans for this bike in the future but I can only get stuff as money allows, so this will be a long-term build until I get the bike to where I want it to be. I currently have: Procycle/Saddlemen DIY Gel seat foam+cover kit MXRob Keihin FCR-MX 39 Carburetor Acerbis barkbusters TCI Products headlight guard Ricochet products bash plate Cut air box and carb jetted to suit And waiting to go on the bike is a set of Procycle engine case guards. The procycle/saddlemen seat: I really don't like this seat, after a few thousand kays it's still not comfy. Being gel foam it holds in the heat from the sun pretty badly, and the "extra cushy comfort" that's supposed to be there from the gel option just isn't. My butt gets less sore than stock but still gets sore, and after a less amount of time than the stock seat. The Keihin FCR-MX 39 Carburetor, adapted to fit the DR650 by MXRob in the States: I like this carb. It is a 39mm mechanically operated flatslide carb with an accelerator pump, multiple venting points and an enclosed throttle cam VS the stock Mikuni BST40 40mm vacuum operated slide cam with limited venting points, exposed cam and no pump. It has a whistling noise when the throttle opened that sort of sounds like a little turbo. It pulls harder and much smoother from the bottom, there is more power and torque everywhere in the rev range especially up top, way better throttle response, and you don't get as bad low-rpm surging than the stock POS BST40 and you don't get any of the surging from air pressure changes that you get from the BST40. The TCI Products headlight guard: Pretty cool product. Doesn't cover all of the top of the headlight but the cowling is kind of in the way there, plus it's the strongest part of the headlight (outer edge) and rocks big enough to smash the head light wouldn't be able to get in there anyway. Light out put is not noticeably affected, of course it does throw dark spots over the beam where you can see the pattern of the guard but you can still see where you're going in the dark just as well with it as you can without it. Acerbis barkbusters: Don't really like the look of these. However, they do make the bike feel tougher and better, plus they seem solid enough. I really want a pair of cycra probend hand guards http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CYCRA-MX-HANDSHIELDS-PROBEND-ALLOY-BAR-PACK-BLACK-7500-12-/180748162695 . I think I will get these, reuse the mounting hardware I got with my Acerbis guards, and keep the Acerbis ones as spares. Ricochet products bash plate: This was the first bash plate I've ever installed and it was a real bastard of a job. Hard to get the brackets to line up with the holes in the bash plate, the brackets would fall out of place all the time, and it was just a real fiddly bastard of a job. The bolts don't look straight because the brackets don't sit straight, I'm not sure if I could get the brackets to sit straight but even if I could, it would be a shit to do and I really cannot be arsed. I had to get help from my housemate's friend to do it, and even then we had a real shit of a time getting it on. However, it looks alright, seems solid enough, you can still get to the oil pressure bolt and the sump plug, and it hasn't make the bottom end much more noisy. Much more importantly, it will stop me from getting a big gaping hole in my sump if I go to rocky terrain offroad! Cut airbox: Obviously helps the engine breathe, gotta give it more fuel to balance this out of course, this results in more power and better throttle response. Also makes the bike sound louder and better because you can hear the induction roar! Mods to come: GSXR1000 X40F1X exhaust, will head down to Megacycle when I've got cash and see if they can fix me up with some cutting, welding, and getting a custom flange and mid pipe made. I'm also going to look into making a custom lightweight guard so that the muffler doesn't get dinged up too badly when riding off road. Suspension: I don't see upgrading the stock suspension with heavier springs, better fork dampener rod oil, intiminators/cartridge emulators or whatever as being worth while. I want a pair of cartridge forks with compression, rebound and preload adjustability that will slot into the stock DR650 triples, at a decent price. I'm looking at getting a pair of 43mm DR350 forks from some wreckers interstate. However these only have compression and preload adjustment (no rebound adjustment), or perhaps only rebound and preload adjustment. Also I can't check the forks out since they're interstate, and they might be from the street model which are heavier. There is a list of 43mm forks and I may look at what will suit my fussy tastes better. At the back there is a kit on procycle's website which gives you rebound adjustability and better performance all round: http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html#shock_guts Not bad for $500 for brand new components. I may get an Ohlins or WP shock from a KTM and have it rebuilt and resprung to suit my and the bike's weight, but this would be the more expensive option. Better handle bars: 1 1/8 inch (stock 7/8 inch) I want stronger bars which are higher and further forward than stock. In dark red. Might be a bit of a tall order, I might end up ordering the kit from procycle and seeing if they can do me a custom bend and color for a little extra $ or I'll look at bars online. Keeping in line with the ergonomic side of things, I also want the pegs to be lower so that I'm more comfortable sitting on the bike, my legs are just too long for it the way it is. Ideally I'll raise the suspension some to compensate for the lesser amount of ground clearance so I still have plenty of clearance for off road riding. Replace handguards: See above Replace seat foam: See above I want another set of wheels to keep a pair of street rubbers on and keep dual sport tyres mounted on my stock wheels, so that when I get the inclination, I can just swap the wheels over in 15 minutes and go dirt riding. For dirt riding I also want to put a compact compressor somewhere in the bike so that I can let air out for off road riding and easily pump them back up when I return to the road to go home. I also want a clarke plastic gas tank for a little extra range, dropability (steel tanks dent and scrape easy) for when I do shorter street rides and off road rides, an IMS tank for a good compromise between range and weight for the longer street rides and longer offroad rides, and a safari tank if I get into long-range enduro and rally events (something I really want to take up). Aqualine, the manufacturer of Safari tanks, are also developing a fairing to mate up with their big arse DR650 tank, if I get into those events I mentioned I will also get that. Dashboard: I'm really fussy with this. I want something with a tacho that has a rev range appropriate to my motorcycle (ideally 8,000RPM since rev limiter is around 7700) and an accurate digital speedo. The Trailtech Vapor is a popular unit but frankly I don't like the tacho display and I've heard there can be slight lag between the tacho display and true engine revs and that the tacho is slightly inaccurate. Not good enough. There's this http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Acewell-...-Needle-/260659542596?clk_rvr_id=286567031826 but it only comes in two variants, 6,000rpm tacho (not high enough) or 12,000rpm tacho (too high). I asked the seller if he can get me an 8,000 rpm tacho but they only do those two units, shame really cause it's a nice unit. There is this unit made for Harleys which is really nice, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005EZIG8Y/?tag=netrider-20 and I'm sure I could adapt it to fit the DR650. Only thing is that I don't know how responsive/accurate the tacho will be, since they're likely to make it suit the charm of the Harley Davidson. We may see. Then there is this thing http://www.visteon.com/products/automotive/motorcycle_cluster.html which I can't find being sold anywhere but they do have a list of US distributors. It would also be ideal but the price needs to be right. I may do some engine mods to get more power if I end up doing enduro or rally racing, namely the Procycle 780 big bore kit and the Procycle 190 cam. They also have a big valve head but it's expensive to do the work to the head to install the bigger valves. If you want a head that has already had the work done and the valves installed you are looking at $1199, and they need your head for an exchange!! And their prices are very reasonable! But if I ever get into some serious money (doubtful), this kit would be the icing on the cake. All this stuff can be found at Procycle's website http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html . For the super slab: I want a throttle rocker because my hand gets sore from holding the throttle open on long trips. Also want gel grips for more comfort and reduced vibration. A back rest would be really nice, I may just get a back protector. Lastly... I want a windshield. Something small enough that I can still go off road riding safely with, but something effective enough that I'll be comfortable on long stretches of highway, not having to hold myself up against the wind. I want to get into welding so for the real long trips and rallies, I am going to build myself a set of racks (not sure whether I want to go one piece or three piece yet, which is stronger?), an aluminium top box, and I'll get a set of soft bags to put on the panniers. Lighting: I'm either going to go for the buell bug eye headlight mod which gives you really nice lighting, or I am going to upgrade my stock headlight with a H4 relay, plasma yellow bulb (for the looks more than anything) and a pair of LED driving lights to fill in the dark spots and help around corners. I like the latter option better because I like the look of the stock headlight, plus I've already got a headlight guard for it. Maybe even an LED light up top wired to the high beam circuit so that I can see what the hell is coming up on that dark hill, and get people's attention better when I'm TECing on a group ride. Also, when the back tail light bulb blows, I'll be replacing it with an LED bulb with the same connector as the stock filament. Might go LED flashers too and install an LED flasher relay, since I don't like hacking to make things work (gotta put diodes in for the load based flasher to work with LEDs). For those long trips when I'm loaded up, I also want to reinforce the subframe by welding some fins in to distribute the load and prevent frame cracking. You might be thinking... dude, what the hell? Why spend all this money on your DR650 when you could just buy a KTM Adventure? Well, you do have a valid point. But you see, I reckon you could buy a used DR650 and install all this stuff for the price of a new KTM Adventure bike if you did it all yourself (which I aim on doing). Plus, I want something reliable rock solid reliable with relatively inexpensive parts, something I can maintain myself without spending too much money, something I can fix on the side of the road with a hammer and a rock, and I want something unique. KTM Adventure bikes are none of these things. And I can't afford to just go out and buy a KTM Adventure bike, not eve used. I can only slowly build my relatively cheap bike up to what I want it to be. Also, doing it this way is way more fun and rewarding, and I've got something I can show people and say - "Hey, look at this. I did all of this work myself."