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Kenzie_Hanson Kenzie_Hanson
12/12/2019 2:57 AM

What are the first things you upgrade on a new bike?

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Spergen Spergen
12/12/2019 3:09 AM

Oils and suspension service after break in, following that just the usual matenance/service parts it requires. Until I can qualify for a national or GP, new bikes are way, way better than my dismal speed can push them. If you want to spend cash on your bike my advice would be 1 on 1 tuition from a pro. That will make your bike faster than ANY aftermarket part.

Ok I ride enduro so rad braces and moose's but assume you mean for Moto

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motox11 motox11
12/12/2019 3:28 AM

In terms of what's necessary, that's pretty subjective. What would be good for you to upgrade would be fine for me stock and vice versa. What I typically do is suspension and put on my handlebars and grips to make it feel at home to me. Then from there tweaking in the bike with gearing and/or mapping changes to better suit how I ride. I used to change the front brake rotor often to an oversized, but all of the bikes nowadays come with at minimum a 260mm rotor so that's less of a priority with today's new bikes.

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davis224 davis224
12/12/2019 3:34 AM

The only thing I would call close to necessary is just a different chain than the crap stock one.

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MxKing809 MxKing809
12/12/2019 3:40 AM

Valving, clutch, ecu

Washed up moto and enduro weekend warrior.

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Indy mxer Indy mxer
12/12/2019 3:56 AM

For me it's always the suspension. Since I weigh 151 the springs are always too stiff for me. So I send mine off to FC before I even ride it. Then I do an FMF slip on. Kawi's are annoyingly loud with the stock muffler and it bugs the hell out of me. lol

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Drop-Bear Drop-Bear
12/12/2019 4:05 AM

Handle bars and controls

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kb228 kb228
12/12/2019 4:08 AM

Get the controls where you want them and ride it for 10 hours. If its not blatantly obvious what needs changed you dont need anything.

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zippytech zippytech
12/12/2019 4:11 AM

Upgrade the grease is the number one thing you should do.

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kkawboy14 kkawboy14
12/12/2019 4:37 AM

How much do you weight and how tall you are, Would be relevant to what your needs are!

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mikec265 mikec265
12/12/2019 5:07 AM

An upgraded rider with lighter parts would go great on any new bike.

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526 526
12/12/2019 5:09 AM


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motomike137 motomike137
12/12/2019 5:30 AM

Not much in reality. In truth other than proper maintenance you could easily just ride the thing bone stock. Hell it might be fun to do and learn to adjust on everything as is for a while until you absolutely need to change something.

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Cole_Ughetti Cole_Ughetti
12/12/2019 5:56 AM


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Rupert X Rupert X
12/12/2019 6:04 AM
zippytech wrote:

Upgrade the grease is the ...more

So true. Swing arm and linkage bearings often dry when new.

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MotoSeat MotoSeat
12/12/2019 6:13 AM

A fresh new MotoSeat. That you can get right now on a 25% discount for our Christmas special.

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danman danman
12/12/2019 6:15 AM

For me, it's the little things because I'm not that fast, but enjoy riding.

Seat cover! I like the gripper seats so my ass stays planted where I want it.
graphics. - I like my bikes to be different, but simple
Controls - handlebars, levers, grips, and even footpegs
If you're going to race/ride a lot,
I'd definitely look into revalving the suspension.
Ecu, exhaust, and engine work would be next.

Maintenance wise. re-grease everything.

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Tuzzo123 Tuzzo123
12/12/2019 6:21 AM

Skid plate if it doesn't come with one! I've seen people's brand new engine cases broken by an errant rock. Cheap insurance

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Asselstine Asselstine
12/12/2019 6:39 AM

Necessary? None.

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nascarnate326 nascarnate326
12/12/2019 6:43 AM

Hour Meter, suspension, and exhaust (spark arrestor).

Ive been sticking with stock bars and pegs lately. No issues.

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zippytech zippytech
12/12/2019 7:11 AM
Rupert X wrote:

So true. Swing arm and ...more

Nothing like some laps around the pony

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kb228 kb228
12/12/2019 7:27 AM
MotoSeat wrote:

A fresh new MotoSeat. That ...more

Kindof a cheesy way of plugging your product, but moto seat covers are freakin nice.

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Moto520 Moto520
12/12/2019 7:32 AM

It's very bike-dependent. Honda's, for example, have crappy chains that i replace immediately. Yamaha/ KTM...stock chains are good. Pick a bike and we will go over what it needs!

1) Handlebars
2) set ergos up (ie taller seat for me)
3) aluminum throttle tube with roller bearing. I like the feel over plastic and my throttle needs to move freely
4) grips
5) stiffer clutch springs
6) chain (certain brands have shitty stock chains)
7) suspension spring rate to your weight
8) graphics/ numbers
9) skid plate with full coverage
10) radiator braces

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12/12/2019 8:10 AM

Diet and exercise.
Set sag, play with clickers and fork oil level.

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Andy7 Andy7
12/12/2019 8:51 AM

Radiator braces, skid plate, grips, oiled air filter, fluids level check and greasing every bearing.

Heavy Hitter

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captmoto captmoto
12/12/2019 9:02 AM

Grease everything, re-oil the air filter, check bar mounts before I ride, and suspension, at least springs since I weigh 251+. I tinker as I get some hours. I put ASV levers because Husky brake levers are fragile and cost $37.
I have since added, in order,
Full suspension by Race Tech
2 stroke air cage and air holes
Bills Pipes full system
Tokyo Mods map (bust)
Twisted Designs re-map (excellent)

The older I get, the faster I was.

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mattyhamz2 mattyhamz2
12/12/2019 9:20 AM

Grease everything!!
Re-oil Air Filter
Adjust levers to your preferred settings
Ride it for 10 or so hours to learn what you like and dislike about the suspension
Send suspension to preferred tuner to be setup for you
Ride Ride Ride!!!!
If necessary a pipe with a s/a just in case you need one.

2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @hamdaddyof2 & @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

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Phillip_Lamb Phillip_Lamb
12/12/2019 9:32 AM

depends on if you feel it needs anything after breaking it in.

but typically

Bars, levers, grips, muffler, graphics and suspension valving are my go to's

"If you feel in control, you're not going fast enough" ~Mario Andretti

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fcr fcr
12/12/2019 9:39 AM

Fit it to yourself first, suspension after you have ridden it for awhile to see what needs to change. Then it is personal preference. I asked this question many years ago on one of the first message boards(can't remember the name). I was raked over the coals, I wanted basically what I just said. I had been away from Mx for many years and figured I would get a straight answer. Ha... I was a Rube!


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MxProdigy17 MxProdigy17
12/12/2019 9:52 AM

WC Radiator Braces
WC Clutch Perch
WC Start Device

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