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. 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.
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Here are some other under $50 mods suggested by dual sporters:
- Steven Greene – Gearing and a quickturn throttle tube are hard to beat
- Robert Pabst – Side case savers, grips, levers, sprockets, headlight, reflective wheel tape, bar risers
- Dustin Douglas – Open the intake and jetting, this alone makes the EPA bikes run much better.
- Susy Ketner – A center stand like this bike has!
- Jay Strock – Bigger tail bag
- Jesse Felker – RAM mounting your phone to the handlebars
- Michael Kearney – Flush mount turn signals on the rear