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Old 04-18-2013, 07:28 AM   #18391
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Hey Lat, what's that screen you have there?
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Where did you get your wind screen?Not only does it look nice,It seems quite functional.
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I was so pleasantly surprised by this wind screen! I guess it has everythang to do with the space between the headlight/number plate and the plastic design - by AeroFlow. No negative pressure. I have had much larger bikes (Valkyrie) with shields that really pushed the front end around in the wind. Not the case with the TCI product. And we have had some major wind in North Texas lately!

A couple of heads up. Just as the TCI copy reads - the Implex is clear, not smoke. A good thang, imo. If you have risers, you will need to modify their bracket. I plan on getting my rise out of higher bars. Oh, and once you place your order, the (well packaged) box just shows up w/o the typical tracking email. ~Jeff
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:03 AM   #18392
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will a stock drz e chain work for 14-44 gearing.

The 112 will work fine but watch the front of the swingarm as a 14 will really make the chain run heavily on the top plastic slider. If you let it go too far it will get into aluminum. You are better off to go to a 47 rear to avoid this. Basically the same gearing. If you go 15-47 you need a 114 roller chain however.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:32 AM   #18393
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my first DRZ

Well i pulled the trigger. Was looking at a KLX250, but i wanted a bit more power, without the weight of my old KLR650. Dealer here had a brand new 2011 S - left in stock, and the 0% 60mo from Suzuki still applies to it, so i put down my deposit over the phone today.

whew.

So what do i need to know? I know every bike needs a few little things out of the box to protect it.

Handguards (recommendations?)
Case guards (needed? recommendations?)
Radiator guards (needed? recommendations?)
Skid plate?
Anything else?

I got this bike to be my fire road/occasional single track bike.

Also, i have never bought brand new before. Recommendations on break in, first oil change, etc?

Thank all! Real excited, i hear they are great bikes!
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:42 AM   #18394
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:00 AM   #18395
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So what do i need to know? I know every bike needs a few little things out of the box to protect it.

Handguards (recommendations?)
Case guards (needed? recommendations?)
Radiator guards (needed? recommendations?)
Skid plate?
Anything else?
Hanguards: Needed. HDB makes some really nice ones. Mine came with Acerbis. They work, but like to rotate...HDB look much more stout.

Case guards: Needed. Thumpertalk store.

Skid plate: yes. Not sure the brand matters much.

Radiator Guard: I don't have one. Maybe I'm flirting with disaster, but my bike is over 17,000mi mine's on it's original radiators...and it hasn't been ridden easy.

Other: A bigger gas tank is nice if you plan on venturing out much. Looking for gas every 100mi gets old. I put a Clarke on mine and have been happy thus far. I hit reserve ~170mi for 'easier' riding.

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Old 04-18-2013, 09:14 AM   #18396
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Any armor needed for the plastics (like engine guards)? or are they narrow enough where the bars keep the off the ground when the bike takes a nap?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:28 AM   #18397
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the bars will typically stop the plastic from getting really torn up, plastic is cheap anyhow.

I have Devol rad guards, i dont know if they are still in production but have seen their share of abuse.

HDB guards are the best, i have had most of the other brands and frankly there is no comparison.

Get a skidplate that bolts onto the stock mounts instead of using u-bolts.

Case guards are a must, the side cases are fragile and spendy.

I like a rear rack so you can pick the bike up when it has fallen. There are also a myriad of other guards should you feel the need, but basic hand guards, skidplate, case guards, and rad guards should be plenty for 99% of the riding situations
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:59 AM   #18398
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Well, I got my DRZ dirty for the first time. Went with a friend of mine, the back route up to Sasco Mine Ruins. We were going to make the loop, but I wasn't sure I was ready to do a water crossing thru the Santa Cruz.

Here are a couple pics:







It was awesome. So much fun, we did a little bit of easy dirt road, some tracks around the mine, and some narrow, twisty, rutted up two track to get back. I loved all of it. It was about 100 miles. The wide open dirt road where we were cruising along at 60mph was a lot of fun, and so was the twisty two track, not sure which was my favorite.

I'm now route planning to try to find a way up there that's more dirt!
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:39 AM   #18399
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:46 AM   #18400
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:50 AM   #18401
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:11 AM   #18402
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:16 AM   #18403
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Well i pulled the trigger. Was looking at a KLX250, but i wanted a bit more power, without the weight of my old KLR650. Dealer here had a brand new 2011 S - left in stock, and the 0% 60mo from Suzuki still applies to it, so i put down my deposit over the phone today.

whew.

So what do i need to know? I know every bike needs a few little things out of the box to protect it.

Handguards (recommendations?)
Case guards (needed? recommendations?)
Radiator guards (needed? recommendations?)
Skid plate?
Anything else?

I got this bike to be my fire road/occasional single track bike.

Also, i have never bought brand new before. Recommendations on break in, first oil change, etc?

Thank all! Real excited, i hear they are great bikes!
Congrats, nice looking bike

Check out the TT forum drz FAQ section, there are loctite fixes that need to be doen, i just did mine a couple of months ago, and was surprised how loose some of the stator bolts were.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:22 AM   #18404
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Well i pulled the trigger. Was looking at a KLX250, but i wanted a bit more power, without the weight of my old KLR650. Dealer here had a brand new 2011 S - left in stock, and the 0% 60mo from Suzuki still applies to it, so i put down my deposit over the phone today.

whew.

So what do i need to know? I know every bike needs a few little things out of the box to protect it.

Handguards (recommendations?)
Case guards (needed? recommendations?)
Radiator guards (needed? recommendations?)
Skid plate?
Anything else?

I got this bike to be my fire road/occasional single track bike.

Also, i have never bought brand new before. Recommendations on break in, first oil change, etc?

Thank all! Real excited, i hear they are great bikes!
I knew about the case guards, and my recently acquired DRZ didn't have them. I found a set from CFC on ebay pretty cheap, I think they were about $30.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:37 AM   #18405
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I knew about the case guards, and my recently acquired DRZ didn't have them. I found a set from CFC on ebay pretty cheap, I think they were about $30.
The skid plat from Tonns Fabrication www.tonnsfabrication.com , mounts with a nice design. A bit more but may go that way.
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