Now for the really fun mod, the Doohicky! With my friends help it was way easy and done with in under an hour.
Then for a few days of riding every back road we could find!
Then with poking and encouraging I was able to conquer the trail that took me out in July. What a difference makes between just hitting the dirt for the first time ever and taking time to learn and understand how to ride in the dirt, makes. Just a few miles in and my fear was gone and before I knew it I blew by where I hit the ground and made it to the water falls. Then we hit the super tight single track to the peak and I got to experience everything from sand to boulders and every size rock in between! What a blast!
I can finally ride without cringing and fearing. Now don't get me wrong, I still very much respect the bike and understand I will be learning how to ride better for the rest of my life. I am super stoked I finally understand the basics and can get around corners and find water falls off down dusty dirt trails. Next, I need to work on keeping up, I am way too slow to do any group rides still. My friends were just kind enough to teach and wait for me.
The last farkel I did was my grips. I totally slacked on taking pics but it was the longest mod taking some 2hrs! The left grip was easy and done in 5 min but the throttle was insane! When they say they don't want you to mess with it they mean it! We ended up grinding the rubber off slowly with a bench grinder. Worked perfectly and the Pro Grip*737s I got went on easy. I LOVE them! The vibes are cut way down and the size fits my hand much more comfortably! I can ride without my hand falling asleep and have much better control over my throttle.
Thank you all for being so helpful! I can't wait to tackle the .22 cent mod next!