Guys and Clark, I'm going to the Sequoia ride on June 10 and 11. I want to add a few things and want to know whether conditions warrant it: Skid Plate? Radiator guards? Hand guards? 13 tooth counter shaft sprocket? Stock muffer with vortip? (I have the fmf IV-2). Shortened wheelbase via removal of two links? Drop fork tubes 10mm? I imagine that I won't need any top end to cruise roads. I did ride the San Luis Obispo April ride and felt a lower gear would have helped in the real tight stuff. Do you agree? How do the "difficult" Sequoia portions compare with the "difficult" portions of San Luis Obispo? I also notice that we could be climbing to 9,000 feet. Any recommendations on jackets or is it warm enough in June? Thanks for your answers and I hope we can chat at lunch or dinner.