Last week I had a chance to test out my new upgrades. Took a ride to the Carrizo Plain in central California to test them out.
Cogent Moab shock: It works. Out of the box, it delivers noticably better compliance and control compared to stock. I am a newbie to off-road situations. I am still VERY timid. Still, with the Moab I felt totally in control as I headed down the dirt portion of Soda Lake Road in top gear at over 50 mph. It is amazing. I am just starting to play with the rebound setting. (Currently running Progressive Suspension front springs)
EBC oversized rotor with Galfer steel line: It also works. In all honesty, it is probably a better upgrade than the shock. I think it improves braking more than the shock improves handling. However, the stock front brake borders on dangerous. The brake upgrade just makes it brake like a real motorcycle. So, it seems less significant. The only problem is that I didn't quite break it in right. It is great slowing quickly down from speed, but on the very last bit of breaking (1 - 0 mph) it honks like a goose. Oh well.
Corbin dished saddle: It is more comfortable than stock, but not by that much. On the highway you can settle back into the broad section of the saddle, but the ergonomics are odd, and if you break hard from that position, you should wear a cup. Still, it decreases seat height by at least one inch. This is important for a short guy like me. If inseam is not an issue, I would avoid this saddle.
ATO fuses: This was an impulse buy. They didn't fail...luckily. I have no idea what to do if they do fail. I haven't the vaguest idea how they work. Anyone who can enlighten me, please do so (ATO fuse kit, Arrowhead Motorsports).
Final note: If you ever have a chance to go to the Carrizo Plain, give it a try. It doesn't have much in the way of challenging off-road riding. A loop incorporating Elkhorn Road and Soda Lake Road can be managed by beginners. Still, it is a unique, beautiful and largely unspoiled piece of California. Oh yeah, and bring food for the roadrunner at the Goodwin Education Center.