DualSport Riding Gear Guide
by Davie Reitze
Finding the best aftermarket motorcycle parts for your dualsport is a little trickier than it is for most other types of motorsport. It’s not that there aren’t good options or options to suit any riding style. On the contrary, there are options galore, to the point where some riders find themselves overwhelmed when it comes to figuring out what they should get for gear. Luckily, there are some basics that are easy to grasp, and only riders with a serious competition schedule will need to worry about the performance upgrades that let you change the bike’s character according to the terrain it will conquer.
Get the Gear You Need for Safety
The best dualsport riding gear for your daily commute when using it on-road is not going to be the best gear you need for track performance, but you can find a few key items that will work well on and off-road, including:
- All-terrain tires
- DOT approved lights and signals that are competition legal
- Jackets and padded clothing
It’s probably a good idea to have different helmets for race day and for your commute, because not only to the style lines look a lot different, the redundant helmet makes sure you don’t have to stop riding until a replacement arrives if you have an accident, because you can lean on the other helmet a little until you get a new one.
Adjust Your Ride or Swap Parts?
There are some parts you just want to be able to change out according to the needs of the day, like tires. Good road tires and excellent off-road tires provide you with a way to rotate so you don’t wear out your competition tires running them all the time, which can give you an advantage over riders who take the basic approach and opt for an all-terrain tire. It’s more expensive, but you replace sets less often. Unless you’re getting a big change in your bike’s behavior, though, you can probably adjust performance parts instead of swapping them out to change:
- Gear ratio
- Ride height
Do your research and remember, making the adjustments incrementally will help you decide whether you can rely on your OEM motorcycle fairings and other original parts or if you’ll need a performance upgrade to really unlock your dualsport’s potential.
Add-ons and Accessories for the Road
If you are taking your dualsport out as a road bike, then you’ll need some accessories to make sure it helps you out during every step in your daily commute. Consider a few easy to add and remove extras if you’re using it to go to school, work, or to do the grocery shopping for your house.
- Cargo racks
- Upgraded seats and grips
- High performance lights and signals
Sometimes, it’s worth the inconvenience of pulling an accessory on event day to make sure you’re well-supported in your everyday routine. That’s why so many dualsport riders eventually take control over their own modifications and repairs. It’s just not convenient to have to call up a professional for every little adjustment, after all. The best part is when you do your own adjustments and repairs, you learn more about your dualsport’s behavior than you could ever know from just riding.
About the Author
Davie Reitze is an online professional who likes to write about the things he loves and have interest in. Being an avid motorcycle enthusiast, he likes to share his opinion, knowledge, and experience with motorcycles in his writing. Other than that, he loves to travel a lot and write about the destinations of his travels.