Tires will make all the difference on typical logging roads. Road tires are clearly the best over 80 mph, but make you feel like you are riding on marbles when you are on the hard packed dirt roads with loose rock scattered here and there. Deflating the road tires helps some off road, not much imho.
The common logic is buy an 80/20 (on/off road) tire if you are spending 80% of your time on road. I found the 80/20 solution excellent on road, but 1% useful off road as mentioned above.
The 50/50 tire (like a Mitas E-07) gave me the ability to drag a peg on dry roads, and great usability on logging roads. (80%?) and long wear. Its limitations are less stability above 85mph (think passing semis) and -presumably- less adhesion in the wet. Iíve ridden mine in everything in NW drizzle to heavy down pours and havenít had problems with the E-07s, but Iíve never tried to drag a peg in the wet, or ride as sporty as you are probably accustomed to. There are entire threads on ď50/50Ē or ďoff roadĒ tires on this site.
Youíll want to protect the header, and oil filter and cooler from stones. Skid plates vary from frame mounted bash plates for hard core off roading to light duty rock guards. I went the latter route with a light but durable rock guard.
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