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post #1 of 3 Old 03-10-2015, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking of switching

Currently ride a 99 RT.

Looking for something lighter and easier to handle at low/no speed.

Have read a lot of posts on this forum.

Looking to buy a used 12 and up or a new leftover if cheap enough.

Willing to spend $ on necessary upgrades.

Seems like these are the common areas and if you have specific suggestions on them please let me know.

Suspension: Springs and other front suspension mods/upgrades.

Bar backs/ peg lowering

Windshields

Seats

Sidecases/top box

Skid plate/engine guards

Aux lighting.

Sprocket changes

Any other things I should be thinking about.

6' 1" 225 Always ride solo. Camp a lot.

Rode to Nova Scotia from S. Il last year. Repeating that trip again this year as well as a trip to Billings for the MOA rally.
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-11-2015, 10:20 AM
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Put a center stand near the top of your list. Among other things, it makes lubing the chain easier.

I'd do some miles with the stock gearing before changing. I tried the 16T front and went back to the stock front sprocket. Once you get used to the engine revs, you realize how happily it cruises at 6k rpms.


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post #3 of 3 Old 03-11-2015, 10:28 AM
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Agree on riding the bike first and making up your own mind on whats needed... at least on things like the windshield, seat, gearing etc... Center stand though is something I agree is needed.

I love my '13. I got a used one that was fully loaded with basically everything one could want so I didn't have to do any of the farkling myself.

Good luck and welcome.
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