As of this writing, April 12th, there are still about 20 days worth of videos left to post and now that we’re in riding season, the actual riding content of the channel is getting unseated and pushed back due to the build series.
The goal of this bike’s build is to have a bike that is not hampered by the emissions restrictions so removing the O2 sensor, replacing intake and exhaust are necessary.
In addition, I wanted a bike that could haul plenty of gear for a 1 month TAT trip next year so sub-frame reinforcements, luggage and bags were needed.
I wanted electronic creature comforts so a power module, heated grips, USB ports, LED lighting and a Garmin / iPhone mount were added.
I needed the bike to take on my weight and my luggage weight so spring rates were modified and steering damper added.
Then comfort and ergonomics to account for my large frame and size 13 feet so seat, pegs, shifter, levers, risers were added.
Finally, protection in the form of skid plates, hand guards, various other guards that should have value outweighing the literal added weight.