I met with Dale Mezirow of Trick Dual Sport yesterday to install a couple of his Dual Sports Kits on my ’03 WR450F and CRF230. Well it didn’t start off very well for me since I’d been up half the night with an ear and throat infection (damn Santa Ana winds) and I had to pop some cold medicine before I took off (bbzzzzz). I got up to Dales house in beautiful Acton, CA around 10:00 and figured we could throw a couple kits on before I headed up to Palmdale for a meeting. Well about 5.5 hours later I’d loaded the bikes back up and was head back to Orange County sans any meeting. Mind you this wasn’t because we were particularly slow, although I couldn’t figure out which end of the wrench to grab in the morning (bbzzzz), it was that Dale was such a fun guy to be around that we talked and worked and talked on the phone and worked some more and just had a good time. We also had a couple pleasant interruptions during the day. The first being a delivery man (semi) with a KTM 450 in the back. Dale had made arrangements for the bike to be sent from Texas to do a little prep on it before he delivered it to his buddy KeithCo. Dale and I had planned on man-handling it off the truck until the driver explained that the shipment was 750 lbs. We wondered how many KTM’s had been sent. Well it was just one but it had been crated up real nice by the previous owner. We busted up the crate, dropped the bike off the back and just to make sure Keith wasn’t getting a ‘pig in the poke’ we raced it up and down the road a few times (heee). Next interruption was just as pleasant when Dale’s wife showed up and we decided to go have a bite at the local Mexican eatery. Dale and Moya regaled with stories of a few previous rides, the kind of stuff I’m really looking forward too. Back to the bikes… I’ve been planning on D/Sing the WR for awhile and have asked a few questions, done a few searches and the majority has said ‘quite screwing around just go see Dale at Trick’. Well now I see why, it’s not because he’s such a nice guy but because he knows what the hell he’s doing and he’s thinking of ways to make it better. Dale and I travel in similar circles so when I learned of his background I knew he wasn’t a tinkerer but someone that truly understands the concept of designing and developing a superior product. He walked me through the whys and wherefores of his kit as we (mostly him) did the install and I was impressed with the detail and function of something we assume is very simple. Now D/Sing a bike isn’t rocket science but sometimes it takes a rocket scientist to do it right. I took a bunch of pictures and hope to do a write up in the near future. BTW.. thanks for letting me ride your bike Keith.