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Old 02-10-2013, 04:47 PM   #17356
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Love my DRZ, great upgrade from the KLX250 I had before it...
Got out and rode some local single track today with a few friends...



You know it's a good day when you bring it home dirty with no broken parts

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Old 02-10-2013, 05:20 PM   #17357
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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.
Guess I am not thinking full side racks and hard bags just small soft ones and a big tank, full or only partly filled according to need.
I ride single track quite often with a strapped tight Coyote bag on Precision racks, never had an issue with that set up.
Having dumped the bike up to only a hand guard showing with it this way, an oil change lube every thing and fresh gas then never had anything but some inconvenience with the usual clean up.

I suppose folks who don't mind kit up high do more road work or dual sport stuff (which I know can be pretty difficult riding).
I just seems spending money that way is counter intuitive but then as I said I was interested to know other opinions and my ideas are only my thoughts and choices
I am always willing to learn a better way if its easier than what I am currently doing.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:27 PM   #17358
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You are correct. We all know it.
Apparently not all agree with that though so I am keeping my eyes and ears open to see the majority on this.

I do appreciate different rinding styles and needs come into play here so I should have stated its my preference for off road and single track.
I trailer my bike and ride day trips not camping trips on it thats a reason for my lighter weight set up too.
Would not stop me packing stuff on the rear if I was to go camping though but would ride a more sedate style then
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:47 PM   #17359
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Can someone recommend a good place to buy OEM replacement plastic body panels for my 2009 DRZ400S? I've found a few that sell after market, but wanted to compare the price to original. Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #17360
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Can someone recommend a good place to buy OEM replacement plastic body panels for my 2009 DRZ400S? I've found a few that sell after market, but wanted to compare the price to original. Thanks.
You want brand new? If you camp over at Thumpertalk you can usually find what you are looking for(used). Also Ebay has some.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #17361
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Yes, was thinking new. Already have used and thought I would give the girl a face lift. Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:06 PM   #17362
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:07 PM   #17363
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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.
You are correct. We all know it. Physics are one thing, spacial interferences another.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:28 PM   #17364
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Oil change

Just changed my oil/filter for the first time and forgot to check the second oil filter o ring

Looks like I get to pull the filter out again to double check. Hopefully I don't have to drain all the oil again
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:45 PM   #17365
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Just changed my oil/filter for the first time and forgot to check the second oil filter o ring

Looks like I get to pull the filter out again to double check. Hopefully I don't have to drain all the oil again
Just lay it on it's side.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:48 PM   #17366
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Love my DRZ, great upgrade from the KLX250 I had before it...
Got out and rode some local single track today with a few friends...



You know it's a good day when you bring it home dirty with no broken parts

YEP, im right there with you, had a XT250 before this, and am loving this bike, i hit the trails every weekend, a few pics from today's ride.

20+ miles into the hills







50+ miles into the hills






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Old 02-10-2013, 10:20 PM   #17367
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Dead drz

So.........I put a charger on my drz and forgot about it for over 24hours. When I took it off the charger and turned the key, the bike is dead. No lights, no anything. Also, I noticed the charger was set for a 12v 12a charge rate, which I know is way too much especially for that long. So I checked battery voltage and it is reading 13.4 . I checked fuse and it looks good. I checked voltage at plug between rectifier/regulator and battery and it is reading 13.4. I checked voltage at plug coming out of R/R and there is nothing. I am guessing the R/R is maybe bad? Any help would be appreciated before I order the RR.
Oh, and yes I already know I don't know what I'm doing and that I am an idiot
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:51 AM   #17368
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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.
I'm 6 8" and normally drive a GSA 1200 so it'll be a bit of a change.
Still, it'll be easy to pick up when I drop it and i won't be caught speeding but and this is a big BUT will it work for me?
I obviously have long legs and I am thinking about a Renazco or Bill Mayer seat so they can probably give me an inch or two, seat height that is .
But the rest......
please chime in
Andy
The problem is that I can't check it out no DRZ where I live and also I live in Sweden an have to come over there first and I' like to go south asap, not waiting for a title for a couple of weeks.
I've got one spotted with a souped up engine and a luggage carrier and more carbon fiber than metal.
I've got both ( check my signature) I'm 6'3" and find the height to be good.
Remember when you get into some uneven terrain you want a little extra leg to put your foot down.
Thumper Talk is another great forum for DRZ info.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:10 AM   #17369
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Just lay it on it's side.
Not a bad idea.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:04 AM   #17370
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So.........I put a charger on my drz and forgot about it for over 24hours. When I took it off the charger and turned the key, the bike is dead. No lights, no anything. Also, I noticed the charger was set for a 12v 12a charge rate, which I know is way too much especially for that long. So I checked battery voltage and it is reading 13.4 . I checked fuse and it looks good. I checked voltage at plug between rectifier/regulator and battery and it is reading 13.4. I checked voltage at plug coming out of R/R and there is nothing. I am guessing the R/R is maybe bad? Any help would be appreciated before I order the RR.
Oh, and yes I already know I don't know what I'm doing and that I am an idiot

Was the battery dead prior to charging it?

Don't forget about all the safety switches/interlocks... kickstand switch, clutch switch, neutral switch, start/stop switch. And the one of relays may stuck... the blinker relay behind the headlight is multifunction, your start button goes thru it.

lights should still go on before startup, the R/R shouldn't effect it at that point
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