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Old 01-17-2011, 11:12 AM   #44026
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Happy Trails
I prefer these for a number of reasons. They fit very close ... actually wrap around side panel ... so you know they were custom made for the DR650.
They position your luggage further forward.
They don't use the long tubes used on the others, this means less flex, less chance to crack. They are wider and cover more area, which allows more options with different sized bags giving more options on positioning.

+1, I have the ones off of Ebay. They have saved the bikes plastic multiple times on off-road get offs. Make it real easy for using soft bags.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:47 AM   #44027
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those look like they might work well for that guy who was asking about the ortlieb quick release bags w/o the top straps. since HT sells both they would know.

also seems HT has there own new quick release system for these racks.
http://www.happy-trail.com/Mojave-So...Bags-Pair.aspx
these also do not have a top strap over the seat like the wolfman's do.
nice to have another soft waterproof system to choose from.


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Has anybody got these yet? They look pretty good for soft saddlebags.

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Old 01-17-2011, 12:12 PM   #44028
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I like these and the Wolfman, but I just can't get past the prices, which is saying something for this Farkleholic. May end up there, but I'm looking hard for alternatives.
it's pretty hard to get some decent luggage w/o spending $200+
even if you use cheapy soft sidebags (are they waterproof? bring trashbags) you still need to buy some side kinda of racks or you'll melt the bags and/or the side cover on the muffler.
even getting a cheap dry duffel for everything requires some kind of a rack to support it.

i took all those expenses into acct and went with the giant loop coyote for the flexabillity. i can move it around to anybike (even a rental) and when i'm not using it nothing is left on the bike. yes initially expensive but it's bomberproof and i'll be using it for years. it does not require a rear rack.
i got mine here.
http://www.sierraexpeditions.com/ind..._detail&p=2045

i think the end about the cheapeast you're gonna get is these
http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Access.../dp/B000RN4FK6
with this GL muffler protector:
http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product...gs-heat-shield
not bad and you're in for $80. you might add this dry duffel $36 and strap it across the rear of the seat & the rear fender http://www.goldmarkpromotions.com/it...3-9AF5DB12417C i think you can get away w/out use a rear rack.

camping gear goes in the dry duffel and clothes go in a trashbag and then sidebags and your touring on the dr for $116. even the klr would be proud how cheap you are but it works.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:25 PM   #44029
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anyone use the happy trails k9 fork brace on their dr?
had an eagle mike (like the k9) one on my klr and it helped alot but those klr forks are noodles. wondering what the effect is on the dr??? does it hit the fender on compression?

i've got intiminators and upgraded springs in there (i'm the guy that wrote the install post) so i'm happy with that, but what about stiffness increase? there are no USD forks but do the braces make a diff???

some talk about the brace making the dr more stable at speed/wind but i have an acerbis ktm front fender and i have none of those issues.

http://www.happy-trail.com/Products/...HTP_4-8-9.aspx

i like the k9 design as it adjust for slight fork width variances unlike the superbrace one that is fixed.
i would propoerly align the forks before i add the brace.
http://www.oemcycle.com/Item/product...Alignment_Tool
plus i would use the shorty style neoprene seal saves vrs the squished up oem slider guards.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:46 PM   #44030
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Question Dual Purpose Bikes Racks

Hey guys, I've been eyeing up these racks. They look well thought out and the price seems resonable. Has anyone tried them?
http://www.dualpurposebikes.com/suzuki.html
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:56 PM   #44031
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Hey guys, I've been eyeing up these racks. They look well thought out and the price seems resonable. Has anyone tried them?
http://www.dualpurposebikes.com/suzuki.html
Have had for about 9 months and it is very good. Having the removable outer section of the rack is a great feature. I also had a little lie down on a hard packed dirt road and it only got a small bend - so small I have not fixed it as it adds character .
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:03 PM   #44032
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I bought a used hard trunk off craigslist for $30 with the base plate. One of the Givi knock-offs. And I have my new rear luggage rack coming off ebay for around $60 with shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/DR650...item27b7fcacf5
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:13 PM   #44033
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not so.

the 1520 which is the size most use. here's dales again:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=146117
weigh 8.3 lbs each so 16.6 lbs or 4.4 lbs more than your quoted MS paniers weight.
http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail_specs.php?Case=1520

Good points.....my research was on a different sized case.


some don't like side loaders but once you use a inner linner bag and quickly drop into a side case you'll never go back to the bottomless pit top case design. with a inner linner you pack you gear in the comfort of your tent, house, hotel room and quickly drop it in the side bag and shut the lid. you can always access side cases cases even if you have large top bags on top. try that with a top loader.

http://www.pelican1520case.com/

Yeah, I do fine with side loading cases as long as I have a decent inner liner. My BMWs always had side loaders. It's true- they're much easier to use than a top loading pannier when you have a duffel across the back.

Dammit, I'm gonna have another set of bags just sitting in my garage if I don't stop talkin' to you, Eakins.


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Old 01-17-2011, 03:14 PM   #44034
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:16 PM   #44035
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Hey guys, I've been eyeing up these racks. They look well thought out and the price seems resonable. Has anyone tried them?
http://www.dualpurposebikes.com/suzuki.html
i like that modulor design.

there is another one like that for the dr & drz but it is unreal $$$.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:17 PM   #44036
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I bought a used hard trunk off craigslist for $30 with the base plate. One of the Givi knock-offs. And I have my new rear luggage rack coming off ebay for around $60 with shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/DR650...item27b7fcacf5
i saw that but wonder how strong it is. all i see are 2 forward side mounts and the center one. it looks like w/ any weight the rear will sag bending the center mount. no bueno.
let us know!

when i think of a rear rack, i'm looking for serious weight caryying capacity as the subframe can handle it. i'm talking about a dry duffel with tent, pad, sleeping bag and more.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:50 PM   #44037
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I've had the JC Whitney tail box on my first DR and took it off for two reasons, one was it had to be packed full or everything rattled and beat the crap what ever was packed in there. The final straw was when going down a steep and rough down hill I was standing on the pegs with my weight shifted rearwards and the tail trunk smacked me on the tail bone.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:53 PM   #44038
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Shifting trouble

I cannot for the life of me get my clutch lever adjusted to allow me to use one finger to shift the bike. It seems I can't pull it far enough to disengage the plates and change gears. I have shortened my levers to allow two fingers (which works), but when standing I really like having all three of my fingers and thumb for grip and my index finger for control.

I think my KTM clutch has me spoiled. Anyone try the EZ clutch or an alternative. Am I just being a puss?
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:34 PM   #44039
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I have suspension questions...need input.

I'm look'n at the(Pro Cycle) fork solution kit with .50 springs and the shock solutions kit for the rear but need school'n first.

can this set up deal with a 300 pound rider plus IMS tank, and side bags ? I dont like beat'n on my bike but wont hesitate if I need to clear a ditch or a gnarly hill climb, but mostly a conservative rider, it'll also be used as a daily commuter.

Can these suspension mods deal with my needs ? if not what do you suggest ?
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:37 PM   #44040
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it's pretty hard to get some decent luggage w/o spending $200+
even if you use cheapy soft sidebags (are they waterproof? bring trashbags) you still need to buy some side kinda of racks or you'll melt the bags and/or the side cover on the muffler.
even getting a cheap dry duffel for everything requires some kind of a rack to support it.

i took all those expenses into acct and went with the giant loop coyote for the flexabillity. i can move it around to anybike (even a rental) and when i'm not using it nothing is left on the bike. yes initially expensive but it's bomberproof and i'll be using it for years. it does not require a rear rack.
i got mine here.
http://www.sierraexpeditions.com/ind..._detail&p=2045

i think the end about the cheapeast you're gonna get is these
http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Access.../dp/B000RN4FK6
with this GL muffler protector:
http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product...gs-heat-shield
not bad and you're in for $80. you might add this dry duffel $36 and strap it across the rear of the seat & the rear fender http://www.goldmarkpromotions.com/it...3-9AF5DB12417C i think you can get away w/out use a rear rack.

camping gear goes in the dry duffel and clothes go in a trashbag and then sidebags and your touring on the dr for $116. even the klr would be proud how cheap you are but it works.
I was refering specifically to the price of the Wolfman and Fandango tank bags. They are what are priced outside personal value index.
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