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Old Feb 2nd, 2012, 7:29 am   #1 (permalink)
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Best performance Mods

Hi Guys, wanting some info on the best mods you guys would look into, why and in what order. I have a 2003 1000DS full faired in Red.

Cosmetically I have some ideas, looking at sharkskins street painted Tricolour
some apex standard clipons
some new mirrors but haven't found which ones yet
some front signals & a rear fender eliminator.

Performance wise I have no idea yet, this is where I'm thinking ya'll can help me heaps! what would you have on your realistic list if you had my bike?
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Old Feb 2nd, 2012, 9:44 am   #2 (permalink)
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#1: lightweight wheels (mag, BST carbon).
#2: lightweight wheels...
With lighter wheels the bike will accelerate and decelerate quicker, the suspension will work better, and it will turn easier. No other single modification will do all this.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2012, 12:00 pm   #3 (permalink)
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#1: lightweight wheels (mag, BST carbon).
#2: lightweight wheels...
With lighter wheels the bike will accelerate and decelerate quicker, the suspension will work better, and it will turn easier. No other single modification will do all this.
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Lightweight wheels is the first thing we do to our own project bikes.
Unlike major engine or suspensions mods, it is easily reversible.
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I love the idea of CF wheels. I do not love the idea of paying $3K or more for them.
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The one performance mod I have done is a change of sprockets. Transformed the bike. A '05 SS1000DS btw.
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#1: lightweight wheels (mag, BST carbon).
#2: lightweight wheels...
With lighter wheels the bike will accelerate and decelerate quicker, the suspension will work better, and it will turn easier. No other single modification will do all this.
any recommendations on wheels that won't break my pocket?
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Old Feb 2nd, 2012, 4:54 pm   #7 (permalink)
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I'm using the forged aluminum on several of my bikes:
OZ Motorbike Piega Forged Aluminum Wheel Set: Ducati



These weigh about the same or less as the old 5 spoke marchesini magnesium wheels but are considerably stronger and do not have oxidation issues.
OZ motorbike is run by the old crew of marchesini engineers and production team.

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Old Feb 2nd, 2012, 5:05 pm   #8 (permalink)
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#1 Shorter final drive gearing. A 14-T front sprocket at least.

#2 Open the airbox completely. Just cut the top right off it, leaving only enough to hold the filter down.

#3 Get the suspension set up properly for your weight, re-springing if necessary.

So far, I have spent only $50 - $250 of your money, and the bike is way better.

#4 Exhaust, obviously. Big gain just from slipons without fueling adjustments. The sound will also be much improved, not that you will notice from the pilot's seat if you did #2.

That's it. The bike is now all kinds of awesome. Congratulations on the purchase - I wish like hell I had bought one of those before they stopped making them.

Edit: Hey, I just noticed you are in Auckland. I am currently in Palmerston North, here until the end of March. I keep seeing red supersports all over the place. Apparently kiwis have good taste in bikes!
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Something not mentioned yet is to get yourself into better condition. get rid of that 20lb spare tire around your waist, spend some time on the bicycle and you will enjoy your days in the saddle alot more without spending a $.
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Best to spend your money on track days. Hands down. Waaaay more fun than adding bling!
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