Moments of absolute relief and comfort from a mod/service?

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2/14/2019 9:02 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/14/2019 9:04 PM

Have you ever used an aftermarket part or a company's service that the first time you rode your bike, you broke down into absolute bliss from the great decision you just made?

I recall two moments with my Yamaha:

When I decided to switch from RC High bars to a Windham with +10mm spacers.

The second was when I got my revalved internals back from Enzo racing over a year ago.

Just how much pain it took out of my back and how great everything felt. It was literally a mind blowing experience, like having a whole new bike.

I guess to summarize, the best thing you've ever done to your bike to make it a better ride, or that made the bike react positively in a completely new way?

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2/14/2019 9:17 PM

Happy ending

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2/14/2019 10:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/14/2019 10:18 PM

Having the suspension done on my 13 YZ450 by my friend/top local suspension guy. If felt really good until I came up short on a long table top- then it felt amazing. Every bike I've ridden ever since then (19 KX450, 19 YZ450, 18 KTM350, 18.5 KTM450FE, etc) feels merely okay or pretty good in comparison as far as the suspension is concerned.

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2/15/2019 12:08 AM

Cone valve forks on my KTM

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2/15/2019 12:40 AM

Stage 1 Hot Cam inlet only in my 03 WR250F. Moved the power down and just so much more usable in the bush. Better than the open exhaust

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2/15/2019 12:57 AM

I’m probably in the minority here but I’ve never experienced any real set up change bangers. Biggest different was probably going from Dunlop’s to michelin star crossed 5 intermediates.

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2/15/2019 1:45 AM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Cone valve forks on my KTM

Yup

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2/15/2019 2:20 AM

Having FC make my air forks work on my 16 KXF 450. Went from horrible to really good.

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2/15/2019 2:28 AM

9oz FWW on a Yam 250 2t.......never feared a flat hard packed corner again (get alot of these in UK amateur racing), hooked up so much better.

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2/15/2019 3:55 AM

Changing carb slide/needle on my 250sx made the engine so much more linear feeling. not at all on/off feeling powerband anymore

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2/15/2019 3:56 AM

The first time i had parts at a local shop vapor blasted. Pictures online look incredible but having the part in your hand is really cool.

Close second was getting my bike sprung for my weight and my ecu remapped from tokyo mods.

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2/15/2019 4:21 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/15/2019 4:21 AM

A full exhaust on my two strokes, every time.

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2/15/2019 4:23 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/15/2019 4:24 AM

I grew up riding CR250's, and the stock suspension was always inadequate. I think the fifth CR250 I owned I finally decided to spend some money and send it off to Factory Connection. Holy smokes. I couldn't believe how well it soaked up the bumps. Unfortunately I only got to ride it about 3 times before it got stolen.

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2/15/2019 4:26 AM

I had JM Racing re-valve and spring my suspension after riding with the stock stuff for about a year and it was amazing! I couldn't believe how much better it handled, but it shouldn't be a surprise as I am not your typical 180lbs rider. (tipping the scales at 240) I've always wanted to try a different offset on the bars but never really knew what to try first and hate to spend the money on something and end up not liking it. I'm just a tight a#$ I guess.

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2/15/2019 5:19 AM

Fork revalve. Went from not being able to ride the bike across a bumpy farm field due to arm pump onset, to riding a track for a day. (To be fair, the bike had been revalved for someone else, and they must not have liked fork movement)

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2/15/2019 6:16 AM

I was about to throw my '90 YZ125 in a dumpster until I discovered the Race Tech linkage shifter. Glorious.

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2/15/2019 6:32 AM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Cone valve forks on my KTM

This.

Also proper jetting on my 250 riding back to back at the track from stock to correct.

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2/15/2019 6:37 AM

Getting the suspension revalved, set up, and sprung for my weight on my 2016 YZ250F.

Had a serious harshness over small chop that made me super uncomfortable. After getting the forks and shock back it was buttery smooth.

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Race Bike: 2018 KTM 350SXF

Other Bikes: 1985 CR80R, 1990 CR250R, 1998 PW80, Specialized Fuse Comp 29.

Sold: 2016 YZ250F, 2012 CRF250R

2/15/2019 6:43 AM

lukemoto wrote:

Changing carb slide/needle on my 250sx made the engine so much more linear feeling. not at all on/off feeling powerband anymore

what needle you switch to?

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2/15/2019 6:56 AM

JD blue needle third clip

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2/15/2019 7:19 AM

'96 YZ 250 full Noleen motor work. Sent them the whole engine, porting, head mod, power valve, clutch, transmission, cases, crankshaft balance, tbe works, ran thei pipe and silencer combo. Unbeleivable.

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THERE IS NO SECOND MOTO IN LIFE!

2/15/2019 7:54 AM

temporarily_locked wrote:

I’m probably in the minority here but I’ve never experienced any real set up change bangers. Biggest different was probably going from Dunlop’s to michelin star crossed 5 intermediates.

Rekluse Exp 3 is the only time I’ve experienced a remarkable change in how I rode. Not even 2k worth of suspension work made me feel a lot better. Different, sure, but not night and day better. Likely because stock suspension is pretty darn good with the right springs..

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2/15/2019 8:01 AM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Cone valve forks on my KTM

+1. I've only got a single ride on them so far, but even as a C rider I noticed the difference immediately.

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If it can't be fixed with a hammer, it's an electrical problem.

2/15/2019 9:44 AM

Enzo revalve as well. Surprised how damn good it was on the first attempt and for the price (~$500). Kicked myself in the ass for waiting so long.

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2/15/2019 10:16 AM



Putting 2019 YZ450 lower fork tubes with lugs and spacers on my 2016 YZ450.
Completely different motorcycle.
I actually love the bike now.
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2/15/2019 10:18 AM

Had a 74’ Honda MT125 “Elsinore” that I wished was a CR125. I purchased a ‘Cycle Products West’ shock move up kit and used CR Showas. I have had a dozen dirt bikes since those days and endlessly modified each. Nothing I have done has come close to matching the improvement to my ol MT125. ....Yea I’m old.

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2/15/2019 10:33 AM

A Vortex ignition that Chad from XPR setup for me was amazing...Jamie from Twisted as well. A properly tuned one is pretty shocking to use.

Oh and ARC clutch levers so my short fingers can reach them. It’s amazing how much easier it is to control the bike when you’re not over-reaching for a brake and or clutch lever.

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2/15/2019 10:52 AM

Factory Connection suspension on my mx bikes has always been night and day better than stock. Installing a Lectron carb on my CR250 woods bike was also a revelation.

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2/15/2019 10:56 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/15/2019 10:57 AM

I would say suspension but that's an unfair comparison IMO. The stock suspension wasn't designed to work for someone my size (225) so of course that was a big difference.

Other than that, I would say the Rekluse Core EXP and the Kawasaki hand held tuner. Tuning the ECU made a HUGE difference.

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2/15/2019 11:00 AM

observeroffacts wrote:

Rekluse Exp 3 is the only time I’ve experienced a remarkable change in how I rode. Not even 2k worth of suspension work made me feel a lot better. Different, sure, but not night and day better. Likely because stock suspension is pretty darn good with the right springs..

Exactly the same experience for me. Rekluse was the biggest change, even more than going from stock suspension to Ohlins on my KTM.

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