I have decided to assemble some of the items I’ve purchased and use with my wonderful Sur Ron to potentially help others using this resource. Searching and finding items can sometimes be the most difficult part of improving what you own. I’m sure there are many who have an idea of what they view as ‘better’ for them which is fine! If that’s the case, more power to you,  just share that information with others.

Chain Breaker Having changed sprocket sizes, having the pedal kit means that sometimes I want to add or remove links to my chain. So I purchased these items to do so.

Motion Pro 08-0001 Chain Breaker

Nylon Snap Rivets

You know those effing little ‘things’ under your seat? The ones that hold the under fender onto your seat’s subframe? Eight of those pissy little things! Yeah those effing things. Ever lose one? Ever figure out what the eff they are called?! Well go down to your local Ace Hardware, the one that has all of those cool little drawers with loads of specialty things. That’s what they are!

I bought a whole handful of them because they go to the very same place where some of my missing socks go…..!

These effing things! Ugh! Someone told me they tapped the holes using an M6 tap and then use screws. I’ll try that next.

No this tool is not cheap. But the number of times my cussing scale has been over 7/10 because I bought the wrong size bolt or nut in the wrong thread pitch….well it’s worth the fifty bucks to me. Anyway I could never do without this handy tool again. MUCH better than the ones at the hardward stores too.

The ability to find out that the strange spline nut that holds the swingarm bolt onto the bike is a M10 1.0 pitch at my home was worth the fifty bucks alone!
The set comes with metric and SAE

Nut and Bolt Thread Checker (Complete SAE/Inch and Metric Set)

Crank Arm remover

One of the items I purchased is a crank arm puller for my pedal kit. Very inexpensive, small, light and well made. I highly recommend this kit if you wish to pull your crank from the pedal spindle. Well worth the ten bucks.

Oumers Bike Crank Extractor/Arm Remover and Bottom Bracket Remover

Chain

RK Racing Chain M420-110 (420 Series) 110-Links Standard Non O-Ring Chain with Connecting Link

Master Links NON O Ring

420 Chain Scooter Moped Connecting non O ring Master Link Pack of 3

SRT Gold 420 O-Ring Chain 132L

O Ring 420 Master Links

For some strange reason these are not easy to find. I ALWAYS carry one on my bike in the event I break a chain. So if you have one of the Gold O ring chains this is the master link you need.

RK 420SO 420S0 O-Ring Master Connecting Link (Clip) 420 Chain 420SOZ

Chain Cleaning Brush

For YEARS I have used my tried and true Grunge brush to clean my chain. We’re talking decades. But I recently discovered a brush that works much better for me. Sure it took some getting use to placing it onto my chain, but man I’ll never go back now.

Tirox 360 degree Brush for Chain

Brake Line Olives and connectors For when you shorten your brake lines, you will need these:

JooFn MTB Mountain Bike Bicycle Olive and Connecting Insert for Shimano BH90 Hydraulic Disc Brake Hose (BH59)

Brake Pads

Resin Organic Semi-metal Brake Pads for Shimano BR

Carry Tool

Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool (19-Function)

Swingarm Spline nut tool

If you’re trying to remove your swingarm this is the tool you will need. (Of course you can just use a punch or screwdriver I prefer to use the right too for the right job.)

The spline socket that removes the swingarm nut. The tool can be purchased here.
The spline nut that comes as OEM for the swingarm.

My Emergency Tool Kit holder

I lash the bike multi tool using this pouch to the right side of the seat support.

OneTigris Tactical MOLLE Folding Horizontal Vertical Belt Tool Pouch

Front Fender

Mudhugger Long Front Fender

Rear Mud Flap I fabricated a small bracket to hold this flap. It’s easy to do.

02-11 HONDA CRF450R: CYCRA MUD FLAP – BLACK

Pedals

I had an unfortunate incident happen when I allowed someone to ride my bike. He apparently did two 100 yard wheelies. When he returned my bike the left crank arm was bent so that it would not clear the kickstand. Oh and the pedal was fucked up. So I researched these and found them to be incredible for grip and strength. Oh and if you’re concerned about nylon as the primary material I advise you to never purchase a Glock handgun…..enough said.

Race Face Chester Platform Pedals

Crank Arms

I replaced my Luna pedal kit crank arms with these.

MONTY KAIZEN SQUARE TAPER

Tires

Shinko 244 Dual Sport Tires – I ride a combination of gravel, trails, pavement and loose dirt and shallow sand. These work great for me.

Tubliss

I have installed Tubliss, an alternative to tubes.

Security

Motorcycle Lock – Universal Aluminum CNC Motorcycle Handle Throttle Grip

Motorcycle Grip Lock Holster for BigPantha I use this to hold the lock above. I have attached it to the front of my bike just above my First Aid kit. Makes it very convenient to remove from the pouch for a quick cup of coffee or stopping at the grocery store.

Wsdcam 113dB Wireless Anti-Theft Vibration Motorcycle Bicycle Alarm Waterproof Security Cycling Bike Alarm with Remote

Like most things it’s just a deterrent. I have mine placed under my battery cover. That way it’s loud and when the battery needs to be replaced it’s easy to get to. Range is decent, but most important It’s loud!

The 560G I use this lock to attach to something immovable when a bit more security is needed. I have insurance on my Sur Ron which includes theft, but I still try to make it difficult for someone to steal my beloved bike. Keep in mind that with enough time and tools ANYTHING CAN BE STOLEN OR BREACHED. Just ask the Secret Service about John F. Kennedy…..enough said.

Master Lock Street Cuff Locks, 9-Hardened Steel Links, 22 in. Long

I watched a video which compromised the lock. Took the person a while to compromise it so I bought one. I really like the fact that the length is enough for me to lock it to a pole around either my swing arm or the forks.

Luggage I like to carry stuff from time to time and I don’t like wearing backpacks. Just don’t like the feeling and don’t want something I’m carrying that can injure me in the event of a crash. So this is what I’ve found works best for me.

Wolfman Luggage S0303 – Enduro Tank Bag V-1.7

Nelson-Rigg CL-2014-ST Black Medium Journey Mini Motorcycle Tank Bag Strap Mount

Expandable when needed and a nifty rain cover is included. I use this when my packing needs exceed my Wolfman tank bag.

ZigZag Handlebar Bag made by a company called GiantLoopMoto.com.

Rear View Mirror When riding on the street one of the things I HAVE TO HAVE is a mirror to know what is going on behind me, especially at stop signs or signals. One of my friends was killed at a stop light when a motorist slammed into him because she was applying makeup.

Hafny Bar End Bike Mirror, Stainless Steel Lens, Safe Rearview Mirror

CRG Blindsight Bar End Mirror – I use this mirror for the right side of my bike. Very stealthy.

Answer ProTAPER 810 Handlebar 3″ Rise 31.8 Black

I like the additional 3″ of added height to my bars. Great for when I’m standing.

I use my Android cell phone for speed and angle so I wanted something that would not only hold it securely, but keep it out of harm’s way in the event of a crash. I opted for the Quad Lock mounting system.

Quad Lock Out Front Bike Mount

I use this light because I love it! It has variable output from 80 to 3200 lumens along with a flashing 700 lumen mode. And it has an on/off switch. Made by a former Luna employee too!

Fisher Fab House Ultra 3200 LED E-Bike Light

Bottle Bosses

This was perhaps the most difficult thing to configure for me. Bottle bosses placed on the Sur Ron Frame. I finally found mounts that do not rotate. They are tightened by a screw which makes it very easy to cinch them down tight. I also used some 3M grip tape under them.

Elite 0123301 VIP Cage Clamps Water Bottle Cage, 25mm-70mm, Black

I use a Topeak Modula Java Bottle Cage because it’s adjustable for differing bottle widths.

I like the Contigo AUTOSEAL Fit Trainer Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 20 oz, Stainless Steel. Insulated, but most important the cover for the part where you place your mouth for a drink. Mud, dirt, muck all get kicked up even though I have a front fender. The last thing I want is to suck on dirt when I’m thirsty.

Protective Wear I wear this stuff when I am in OHV parks or doing serious off-road riding.

Protective Upper Body jacket

Fox Racing Titan Sport Protective MTB Jacket I am CERTAIN that had it not been for my spine protectors I would be disabled due to racetrack crashes. Yes the speeds were different, but there weren’t sharp objects or rocks like I experience on trails either….food for thought.

Lower body protection – ever taken a powerful impact to your knee? It’s no fun.

Fox Racing Titan Pro Knee/Shin Guard – One size fits most/Black

My street/dual sport helmet

Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS Off-Road Motorcycle Helmet (Marauder Matte/Gloss Blackout)

My dirt helmet

Bell Super 3R MIPS Bike Helmet

I’ve worn Aerostich gear in 20 years of motorcycle street riding. I’ve crashed and slid with their gear and totally trust that I am protected. So I purchased their new AD1 pants to wear when I’m riding on the street or on paved/gravel paths. I already own their Darien jacket which is what I also wear in those instances.

Aerostich AD1 Motorcycle Pants

Fox Head Men’s Bomber Glove

Lighter weight then the Fox gloves. I wear these for lighter weight but they offer less protection than the Fox’s.

G-Form Pro Trail Gloves

As far as boots I have so many pairs from my motorcycle racing days. My preferred brands are Daytona, AlpineStar and Sidi. Anything that protects your very vulnerable ankle bones is something you should wear.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Mark. Could you set your site up so when we click on your off site links it opens in a new window rather than taking us away from your site? Thanks for getting these moved over here, bet it took a lot of effort.

    • OK Bin I was just in that section adding some stuff so since you are WAY OLDER than me I took pity on you and did just that! BUT the other comment you left asking if I can cut up your food for you I had to delete. It just wasn’t relevant to the bike…sorry! LOL!!!!!


Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *