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Best Dual Sport Mods Under $50

Motorcycles October 15, 2016

Recently, Hermit DaVlog went over his top 5 inexpensive dual sport modifications … all under $50. So what mods can you do to your enduro or dual sport bike for that price? Actually, these are all good for dirt biking bikes as well. Here’s Hermit’s:

1. Gears: At least for Hermit, gears do as much for his bike as anything else, like fuel management and exhaust. He means cheap steel cogs, because new bikes don’t always come geared for the type of riding you want to do. However, if you replace your sprockets you need to replace your chain, too, according to experts. Otherwise you have a mix of new and old parts which can cause problems. However, if the bike’s new, you don’t need to do the chain even if you get new sprockets.

2. Mirrors: The kind that you can bend into almost any position and they stay there. These are useful for when you need to tuck one or both mirrors out of the way, for riding or for transporting a bike.

3. Tail bag: A small bag on the tail of the bike can reduce the need for a rider to carry a backpack. You can buy them special, but you can also just get any bag that more or less fits, and strap it to the bars around the tail with zipstraps or even metal ties (even twist-ties will work although they are not durable).

4. Burrito bag: This is a mod made from a cylindrical metal container, and it’s to keep water, gas, or a burrito-bagburrito. It’s an owner’s manual canister for a tractor, available at tractor supply stores, and clamped on with a car exhaust clamp bolted onto the frame. Hermit’s tutorial on how to make your own DIY style for around $16 US.

5. Key chain elastic wrist wrap: These wraps are so you can wrap them around your wrist, even if you’re wearing gloves, and you don’t have to put your key in a pocket to keep from losing it. They’re bright and the bigger they are the more easily they’ll be seen if you happen to drop one.

See more from Hermit.

Here are some other under $50 mods suggested by dual sporters:

  1. Steven Greene – Gearing and a quickturn throttle tube are hard to beat
  2. Robert Pabst – Side case savers, grips, levers, sprockets, headlight, reflective wheel tape, bar risers
  3. Dustin Douglas – Open the intake and jetting, this alone makes the EPA bikes run much better.
  4. Susy Ketner – A center stand like this bike has!
  5. Jay Strock – Bigger tail bag
  6. Jesse Felker – RAM mounting your phone to the handlebars
  7. Michael Kearney – Flush mount turn signals on the rear

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Motopeds Survival Bike is the Ultimate in Pedal-Power Adventuring

Motorcycles May 19, 2016

Want to go 400 plus miles (650 km) without stopping? That’s the proposition put forward by Motoped with this Survival edition moto. I’m not sure exactly how they figure that, but the give a few more details about it:

“A primary fuel tank plus the added fuel from two optional red side-mounted fuel tanks will take you 250 to 300 miles without a fill-up. That’s a good thing when you’re traveling through the desert on a horse with no name. . .”

These are 49cc bikes, but you can apparently also mount slightly larger bike engines to them. Top speed is 25mph, so they would be mostly city block cruisers, I’m guessing, but on the other hand they are light: 132 pounds. I wonder how they would be on sand, dirt, or climbing mountains?

Of course, the other feature of these is the ability to pedal them, something you can’t do with motorbikes.

FEATURES

Patented Jackshaft Pedal Drive System

Forged Aluminum Crank Arms

DNM Adjustable Front and Rear Suspension (6″ active travel)

4130 Chromoly Single Tube Frame

Double Heat Treated 6061 Aluminum Swing Arm

22″ by 6″ Aluminum Rear Rack (30 lbs. max load)

Hayes 9″ Hydraulic Front and Rear Disc Brakes

Durable 24″ and 26″ wheels with a wider, thicker, dual wall design

Rotopax 1 Gallon Storage Tanks (2)

Custom Motoped Performace Rear Hub

SPECS

Engine Displacement – 49cc / 125cc

Max Horsepower – 49cc – 2.0 HP @ 7500 RPM / 125cc – 7.78 @ 7500 RPM

Max Torque – 49cc – 1.70 ft-lbs @ 5500 RPM / 125cc – 6 ft-lbs @ 5000 RPM

Starter Type – 49cc – Electric / 125cc – Electric & Kickstart

Front Suspension – 3-way Adjustable DNM Forks (6″ travel or optional 8″ travel)

Rear Suspension – 2-Way Adjustable DNM Shock

Brakes – Hayes Prime DH Hydraulic 4 Piston Calipers with 224mm (9″) Rotors

Rim Size – Alex Rims 26″ Front and 24″ Rear

Tire Size – Front: 26 x 2.6 Rear: 24 x 3

Wheelbase – 52″

Seat Height – 32″ (Standard – 6″ travel) 34″ (Optional – 8″ travel)

Max Speed – 24 MPH

Unit Weight – 132 lbs.

They cost $3,599.00 – $3,799.00 (base price, I think), but are currently sold out, according to Motoped.

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