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Old 02-10-2013, 05:10 AM   #17341
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You didn't mention what kind of riding you want to do with the DRZ, so the "will it work for you?" question is a bit hard to answer just yet. Seat Concepts makes a tall seat, I'd get that for the money, plus some bar risers and you'll probably be good to go.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:20 AM   #17342
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Why wont you be caught speeding?

The stock 400 will pull 90mph easy all day long.

The drz is a tall bike, get some bar risers and some lowered pegs and youll be very comfortable.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:31 AM   #17343
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I'm 6'6 and ha e a seat concepts tall seat, bar risers and mid bent bars. Feels good sitting down, standing up I still wish the bars were higher, but I will need custom cables for that.

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:06 AM   #17344
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Yep should work fine, assuming you are not a 350+ pounder, then id get a stronger bike,

taller seat
handlebar risers
atv style handlebars

you can even get these

http://www.lustracing.co.uk/suspensi...k-up-kits.html
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:10 AM   #17345
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I' thinking of buying a DR 400 and want some opinions about this as I aim to drive all the way south to TDF.
Andy,

The winds in TDF can be very strong (such as 80 MPH), so a heavier bike would be more stable for this specific trip.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:57 AM   #17346
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Tdf

Thanks for tips so far I plan on going to Mexico for the first leg and back home to the thread mill and next trip Panama.
I weigh about 220 pounds or so and generally have very little luggage, camping is right out .
Who has the lowering pegs, or can I stick some highway pegs on it?
The PO has tuned the engine and it has, according to him, 50 hp on the wheel.
Can I treat to one more cog to keep the revs down?
I'm planning on Giant Loop or Wolfman luggage.
Maybe a tankbag for maps and a camera.
How do I hardwire it for a gps?
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:03 AM   #17347
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Talking Type of riding

Basically I'll stay of the highways and do some exploring, it'll be one of those manana trips:
If I don't arrive today, I'll arrive some other day,t but then again sometimes you want to hustle.
There won't be a time factor Arizona to Mexico and then around the country for about 6 weeks.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:25 AM   #17348
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Thanks for tips so far I plan on going to Mexico for the first leg and back home to the thread mill and next trip Panama.
I weigh about 220 pounds or so and generally have very little luggage, camping is right out .
Who has the lowering pegs, or can I stick some highway pegs on it?
The PO has tuned the engine and it has, according to him, 50 hp on the wheel.
Can I treat to one more cog to keep the revs down?
I'm planning on Giant Loop or Wolfman luggage.
Maybe a tankbag for maps and a camera.
How do I hardwire it for a gps?
Andy

50 HP at the wheel is not a tune, its a full big bore build...If your cams, piston, cylinder, exhaust isnt all upgraded along with a carb then your not in the 50hp vicinity.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:26 AM   #17349
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Talking Sisnero

It has a Sisnero engine with loads of hp.
I have not got the faintest what that means....
A bit of power is never bad to have.
What dual sport tyres would be good for dual sport trip.
I'll be running mostly as I wrote before.
Are the tyre sizes common or do I have to bring my own?
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:29 AM   #17350
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Got my 1.75 Gallon Rotopax today, mounted up to my rear rack.








Looks good Wlfman! Those are the first pics I've seen with the 1.75 gal on one of my DRZ-S old style racks. The Ogio bag fits nicely on that setup too. How many liters does the bag hold, or what model is it?
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:08 AM   #17351
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How do I hardwire it for a gps?
Andy
Get a 3-circuit solution (3CS) from Eastern Beaver, with 2 switched circuits and 1 hot circuit. Then wire the GPS to the hot circuit, and you can use the 2 switched circuits for heated grips, Vapor, aux lights, whatever.

You'll want a larger tank, as well. For reference, I just measured the capacity of my Clarke 3.9gal tank, and it holds 4.125gal.

For type of riding and tires, it sounds like you'll be doing more on-road than off? I'd look at Shinko 705s or similar. Quiet and smooth enough on the road, decent enough for dirt/gravel roads, and long tread life.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:36 AM   #17352
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Looks good Wlfman! Those are the first pics I've seen with the 1.75 gal on one of my DRZ-S old style racks. The Ogio bag fits nicely on that setup too. How many liters does the bag hold, or what model is it?
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:23 AM   #17353
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Having watched the last few posts on Rotopacks, rear carriers and bags plus earlier discussion on reducing tank to stock !

Also having watched riders picking bikes up (me included) its logical and functional to keep weight low down.
IMHO
The bike rides better in all conditions so let the fun begin

Who says what on this

Yes I know this may reduce my winter boredom
You are correct. We all know it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:47 AM   #17354
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You are correct. We all know it.

Disagree. Keeping the weight low, in the instance of side racks/panniers versus top racks, lowers the CG, but it also increases the functional width of the bike. This may not only limit your ability to ride certain types of single track, but it brings whatever stuff you're carrying closer to the level at which large rocks, logs and deep water like to live.

If "the bike rides better in all conditions" were a true statement, there wouldn't BE any other way.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:09 PM   #17355
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You will have to change some jetting to run a Sisnero DRZ motor down there if you have that kind of comperssion.


This is a 434cc dyno chart with 13.7 compression at the rear wheel...


They are tricky to tune if you want to run with 50 hp on the ground with a built up DRZ motor.

My 2011 DRZ 400cc-S model with the Mikuni BSR36 single carb with the DJ carb kit #JDS005 25 pilot blue needle 2nd clip 160 main jet and Kientech fuel screw. Then I backed it up with a MDR tuned muffler SSM model. 11.3:1 compression

I'm on a stage 1 kit that gives me about 35 hp at the rear wheel with a 44/15 gears= 2.93:1 at 80 mpr in 5th at 8250 rpm........... 4th gear dyno hp is 35hp
A 41/15 gear set gives me a 2.73:1 at 80mpr in 5th at 8000 rpm.......... rear wheel 4th gear dyno 34.8 hp
A 39/15 gear set at 2.60:1 =80mpr in 5th at 7610 rpm......... rear wheel 4th gear dyno 34.1 hp
This gives you some room to run the poor quality fuel that you will come across, providing the compression is not up in the 12.1 or 12.3. Bad fuel and high compression is not a good mix once you leave the USA border.
11.3 to 11.7:1 compression will give you lots of safety to prevent motor knock witht the fuel down there. I class the DRZ as a zigger motor, so RPM's are a must for hills and passing. Don't get me wrong, if they are tuned up well, they can come out of the bottom hole with enough power to jump and fly, but they really shine when it is signing like a chain saw running hard and fast. Ha Ha.

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