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Old 11-18-2012, 01:22 PM   #16471
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Took out the drz today to test out the 16T from sprocket, seems like 1-4th gears are all great, but 5th gear takes forever to get up to speed, it pulls great from 55-80mph, but above that it keeps climbing really slow, to where the stock 15t would just pull much quiker all the way to the 90's+, maybe this gearing combo 16/44 is a bit too tall.

I started out stock, 15/44, and went to a 15/47 and it was too high reving for the road so I just put on 15/41 and really like it. Now I feel I can get to the off road stuff and enjoy both evenly. I have a 16 front on the bench but wanted to work out the back first. I now see no real need to go to the 16 unless I'm turning my DRZ into a highway rider, then "whats the point".
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:17 PM   #16472
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I started out stock, 15/44, and went to a 15/47 and it was too high reving for the road so I just put on 15/41 and really like it. Now I feel I can get to the off road stuff and enjoy both evenly. I have a 16 front on the bench but wanted to work out the back first. I now see no real need to go to the 16 unless I'm turning my DRZ into a highway rider, then "whats the point".
15/44 here on a fully built 434cc engine. I would prefer a 41 rear though when I get the time or funds.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #16473
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14/50 here, and I keep it under 50 mph. sucks on the road, but I go up and down alot of really steep and nasty hill climbs and can pretty much idle down anything without touching the brakes.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:33 AM   #16474
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Different strokes for different folks.

I would never go back to 15x41 on my DRZ SM. It's my daily commuter were I average 55-75 mph with the 16t CS, in 5th gear the rpm's are right were I want them. Got plenty of grunt right up 85 actual (GPS) mph, one day when I get the nerve I'll see where it tops off at, I'm thinking 100 mph is doable. This bike moves out when I shift into 5th @ 55mph actual.

With that being said when it comes time to split the case a set of ACT new gears WILL be installed, I do hate gears 1-4

My bike has all the 3x3 mods jetting, airbox etc. and full FMF header and exhaust,

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:08 AM   #16475
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Radiator armour for s models?

I've been advised to fit some armour to my 03 'S' model radiator, but can't find a manufacturer.
Today I contacted a company called CRD who say that they only make armour for the 'E' models, and that mine would be impossible to guard owing to the fan and the different shape to that of the E.
So what do you guys do with your S's leave them or is there somewhere that does make them?
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:22 AM   #16476
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With the SM wheels, I felt even 15/39 was too short, with the engine feeling so buzzy. With the 1/2" taller dirt wheels, I feel the gearing is too tall now. It seems so sluggish, but that may be because the dirt wheels have more momentum.

Anyone go back and forth between dirt and SM wheels? What do you think?
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:34 AM   #16477
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With the SM wheels, I felt even 15/39 was too short, with the engine feeling so buzzy. With the 1/2" taller dirt wheels, I feel the gearing is too tall now. It seems so sluggish, but that may be because the dirt wheels have more momentum.

Anyone go back and forth between dirt and SM wheels? What do you think?
21/18" = 14/47 or 15/47, jusssst right. 14 means it wheelies a little too easy in 3rd, but tight singletrack is great
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:51 AM   #16478
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With the SM wheels, I felt even 15/39 was too short, with the engine feeling so buzzy. With the 1/2" taller dirt wheels, I feel the gearing is too tall now. It seems so sluggish, but that may be because the dirt wheels have more momentum.

Anyone go back and forth between dirt and SM wheels? What do you think?
I usually run 16/39 on my SM wheels, with a 150/60-17 Shinko Podium rear, and 15/44 or 15/47 on my S wheels, with a 130/80-18 D606. I might try 15/39 on the SMs now that my commute is only about 17 miles one-way with no slab. No complaints either way, and I routinely get 67-71 mpg.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:34 PM   #16479
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I have had the itch to 'upgrade' recently and put my KLX400S up for sale. Well, it's been two months plus, and very few lookers surfaced. I sold off the supermoto wheelset and Corbin saddle (stock saddle isn't bothering me one bit), and the bike is priced well under $2000. I was thinking about moving over to a WR250R, but now I'm beginning to rethink it. Do I really need to sell my bike (for the $1600 I'm trying to get), and spend another $2000 to get a WRR? If my bike really is only worth $1600, then hell, I'll just keep it, gear it down and run it till the wheels fall off. Take the dollar savings and buy a street bike.

Anyone else noticed a seemingly soft market for DRZs? They appear to be a great value, now. If I could DIY a wide-ratio gearset, the DRZ would be pretty damn close to just right.
I'm at the same point with my DRZ. It's probably worth about the same with 20,000 miles and it's hardly a clean bike. I don't plan on selling mine. Just probably keep it around. I always miss my old bikes.
A friend has the WR and doesn't like to cruise any fast then 65mph. If you keep the DRZ at that speed it hardly needs to be geared higher then stock.
A SV650 would be a nice street bike. They don't jump or go through creed beds very well.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:47 PM   #16480
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Here is an article using a DRZ400 to compare: Hard Luggage versus Soft Luggage

It is not an exhaustive comparison that tests all types and brands of hard/soft luggage however it has some interesting general pros and cons



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Old 11-19-2012, 08:49 PM   #16481
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ADVGD did you make the soft luggage system on the KTM that is on the website you linked, do you still have the DRZ?

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:55 PM   #16482
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ADVGD did you make the soft luggage system on the KTM that is on the website you linked, do you still have the DRZ?

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The KTM with soft luggage is owned by a different chap, the article on his soft luggage racks can be found here: Soft luggage racks

The DRZ400 is the bike I currently ride, using the hard luggage
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:12 AM   #16483
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I'm at the same point with my DRZ. It's probably worth about the same with 20,000 miles and it's hardly a clean bike. I don't plan on selling mine. Just probably keep it around. I always miss my old bikes.
A friend has the WR and doesn't like to cruise any fast then 65mph. If you keep the DRZ at that speed it hardly needs to be geared higher then stock.
A SV650 would be a nice street bike. They don't jump or go through creed beds very well.
yeppers!

mine looks like hell, and has been been dragged through it.

to get a bike with compatible fun to dollars spent ratio, thwtd hard to do
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:51 AM   #16484
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SPAM! DRZE tank, subframe, fender...

Don't know if anyone is looking or not - but I'm selling some take-off parts.

I _think_ it's okay to post links to for/sale items, if not let me know.

For Sale Linkage

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Old 11-20-2012, 05:57 AM   #16485
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i need to replace my headlight on mr 2003 drz400s....

any recommendations on the most compatible aftermarket setup? BTW...don't want to go the HID route due to cost.
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