Been busy... Over the past three months I’ve put a Baja Designs lighting kit on, made a crude subframe extension to hold up the rear lighting, heaver fork springs, new Kenda K270 D.O.T. 50/50 tires with super heavy duty tubes and balanced, Kouba lowering link, right peg fix, new front and rear brake pads, Baja Designs exhaust baffle, dual-sport mirrors and a shiny new registration plate. I still have to install; Edelbrock carb, AceWell 3900 Speedometer/ tachometer/ temperature gauge, oil sight tube and a 12 kg rear spring and I’m ready for the safety inspection. For riding gear I picked up a nice FirstGear Trekker jacket, which I upgraded to Core-Comp CE Armor, Answer Mode M/X boots , Scott goggles and two nice pair of elk skin gloves. I also ordered the Joe Rocket Ballistic 5.0 Pants, Joe Rocket Phoenix 2.0 Mesh Pants and a Power Trip Voodoo Mesh Jacket. I figure that will cover me for cold weather and hot weather riding. Here are a couple of hair brained things I’m gonna try to keep the costs down... Don’t laugh TOO much! 3-Piece Saddle Bag SetCheap Luggage Sweet Cheeks Seat Cover. I had been agonizing over a seat for the XR. For long Dualsport rides, I need a wide seat with a lot of support. For aggressive dirt riding, I need the stock width seat. I was going to spring for a custom seat, but what if I didn’t’ like it? $400 down the drain... This solution is only $24. I think I will have to tune the seat to get the maximum comfort from it. If the 2 liter bottles don’t work, I’ll try super dense foam and work my way down till it does the job. I put about 50 miles on it. The Kenda K270s seem ok so far. Had to drop the air pressure to 10psi before they would bite in the dirt and 15 psi seems good for the street. I was pretty nervous riding the street, but each time I took it out it got better. Started to remember why I loved riding. I was playing around with some stuff and got it running great. The Baja Baffle really makes a huge difference in sound without too much of a power loss that I can see. The bike is really impressive on and off road. I still need to get a wind eflector to bring it to the dual sport level I’m looking for. Can’t wait to get it all sorted out so I can quit wrenching and start some serious riding.