When you first posted this excellent thread I read with great interest, and subsequently have checked back at your mods list several times as I've researched DS bikes on my own behalf. 6 months later I'd be very interested in the OP's further impressions of this mount.
OK, you're on.
Still liking this mount a lot, have done a few multi day trips and a track day on it, put on 7K+ since June.
Changes since the first post:
- I should have listened to Brian at Ricor when he told me to initially stay with the stock front springs when I added the intiminators. The heavier springs were too stiff off road, and the intiminators really transform the stock springs very well on road. Fully loaded and looking for ways to abuse the front end into bottoming out I can get it to do so, but it does it so progressively and gently that it's a non issue... especially since I really had to try to make it happen. I have a barely used set of SR .50's I'll sell if anyone is interested.
- Had to upgrade the battery. The stock POS lost some capacity which created some issues with the HID ballasts at start up. For the same $ as a new Yuasa with reasonable specs, I went w/ the Shorai which has a lot more power, is a fraction of the weight, and will last quite a bit longer... no brainer in my book.
- Bought lower pegs with a larger platform to dial in the ergo's for the standing position. Huge improvement - gets me closer to the bars without adding risers which would have made the KX Hi bars too high for me in the seated position, and it lowers the COG when standing which improves peg weighting inputs significantly.
I'm having so much fun with this ride on road that I bought a second set of rims (17"s) w/ PR2's for street play. For on/off road adventures I put on the Pirelli Rallycross DOT knobs... awesome off road, much better than expected on road, and cheap... what's not to like? Everything is holding up well, even the HT pans which barely give away any indication of the two crashes on the WABDR in August :-) The seat has broken in pretty well, 400-450 mile days sitting on road are not a problem. If I were to do it again, I would have the grippy material used on the sides to aid stabilization in the standing position.
Things left to do:
I did some pretty awful shit to my clutch off road this year, not much left of it. I will replace with heavier duty plates before the next extended ride... was pleasantly surprised it made it thought the motor officer training I did a few weekends ago.
Front brakes on road at open road speeds still suck for emergency stopping. I'm going to start by changing to more aggressive pads and a steel braided line and hope that gets me to a comfortable level w/out changing to a larger disk (and discarding my front disc guard).
I may do the airbox/jet/exhaust at some point, the flat spot in the throttle response can be annoying when I want to let out my squid, but then I weight that against the lost fuel economy for extended off road adventures and pause a bit... we'll see.
Happy new year Y'all :-)
PS... some pics from the BDR ride https://picasaweb.google.com/103375463338190092207/WABDR?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCNGCj4_c9rerMA&feat=directlink