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Top Five Mods

I have had my 2001 since February and run into some pretty minor since then.

Over the next month I am going to start going over the bike with the aim of addressing some of the niggling issues I have encountered so far (not the band aide solutions I have done so far) and getting some general maintenance out of the way.

To date all i have really done is the flapper mod.

The bike already has a 520 conversion done and has an old PC II fitted.

Let me hear what your top five mods would be, nothing too awesome like $2K exhaust systems etc.. but say for around a $1000 per mod or less. No body work etc..

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1. ohlins shock with kyle/mori link

2. brembo master cylinder

3. some sort of exhaust, maybe ladybird slip ons

4. slipper clutch

5. ohlins guts in the forks

6. due to having money to spare from the inexpensive master cylinder, scotts damper

7. set the bike up by lifting the rear substantially and lowering the front, dial in the suspension and enjoy the ride
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Can't buy much at $1,000 at a time. Save the money and buy better - slower but:
(1). Good rear shock (& link if possible or even fit an SP2 link if you can't get an after market one, it's pretty similar).
(2). Carbon wheels.
(3). Fork rework to match rear suspension.
(4). Exhaust & Power commander.
(5). RCS Brembo master cylinder & braided lines.
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lets start with the "cheap" ones
1.HRC 1/6th throttle tube
2.Stainless brake lines
3.PAIR/FLAPPER mods
4.Power commander
5.really good brake pads
6.520 chain 15/41 sprockets

more "expensive" mods
1. Suspension
2.trick Wheels
3.Comfy seat/stompgrips/good riser clipons (preference)
4.Brembo master cylinder
5.a proper exhaust
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1. I would say the biggest single and noticable change i have made so far are wheels and brakes.
I lost around 9 lbs off the front wheel alone. It made an already good handling bike much better.
2. While i do not have suspension yet it is coming and have ridden a rc51 with the ohlins rear it does make a big difference.
3. Exhaust get a little power and adds a lot of character.
4. One of the things i really wish my rc51 had is a slipper clutch my other bike has one and it is one of the only things i always think man i wish the rc51 had one.
5. Steering dampener and 15/41 chain and sprocket combo.
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1) chain and sprockets for sure, they're a maintenance item anyway so do that when it's time. Some will swear by aluminum sprockets but the weight savings is negligible IMO
2) flapper is done, but I'd do the soft rev limiter
3) PC and custom map (essential IMO)
4) Have your stock suspension (for now) dialed in by a pro, you'll be amazed at the difference
5) start saving your $$....trick stuff (Ohlins and light weight carbon wheels, dampener etc) costs money and in the long run it will be worth it.
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Also something to keep in mind on parts purchase order and the reason i went in the order that i did.
Some of these parts are now getting hard to find and companies are no longer making them.
Especially for some of the good exhaust. Wheels can pretty much always be adapted with a little work and money and there are still plenty of good options.
Engines parts are becoming increasingly rare every day and valuable.

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I still feel stupid that I rode my 2000 for years before I spent $800 by sending my forks to Dan Kyle. I had a Penske on the back, and I did a good job of dialing in the OEM forks, but I had no idea how great the bike would feel when I reinstalled the Kyle-worked forks. Hands down the best possible mod. If you give them your exact rider weight (full gear, etc), when they come back to you, you simply bolt them in. Preload, comp, rebound....all spot on based on what you tell them about weight and riding style.

But my first mod, long ago, was a Corbin. The OEM saddle is pure torture. The Corbin is heavy, but I can ride 500 miles to the Dragon from Florida without being in total agony for 450 of them.

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I still feel stupid that I rode my 2000 for years before I spent $800 by sending my forks to Dan Kyle. I had a Penske on the back, and I did a good job of dialing in the OEM forks, but I had no idea how great the bike would feel when I reinstalled the Kyle-worked forks. Hands down the best possible mod. If you give them your exact rider weight (full gear, etc), when they come back to you, you simply bolt them in. Preload, comp, rebound....all spot on based on what you tell them about weight and riding style.

But my first mod, long ago, was a Corbin. The OEM saddle is pure torture. The Corbin is heavy, but I can ride 500 miles to the Dragon from Florida without being in total agony for 450 of them.
I also have the Corbin seat but have always thought it was kind of hard? Maybe i just don't remember the stock one. or i am getting old?

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