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Old 03-10-2010, 10:04 PM   #46
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I came across this site awhile ago and thought I'd share it for ideas and guidance.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tech/suzuki/dr650prep

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Old 03-18-2010, 03:05 PM   #47
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Where did you get those fancy highway pegs? Or did you make them?

The bike is looking good. Hopefully we'll see you out there.
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:43 AM   #48
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Great thread - found it looking for more info on Trans-Am Trail. I am planning a trip on the TAT this summer too.

I'm starting with a trip from the Bay Area to LA - with knobbies strapped on top of my gear on the back.

Planning to overnight near Esalen (I will soak in that hot spring one day, dammit!), then loading the motorcycle into a 16' box truck along with some of my mom's furniture & stuff. Going from Ohio to Tennessee to connect with a cousin, ditch the street tires for the knobbies and take the TAT West to California (or maybe all the way to OR).

I suspect you and I have different ergo needs - I would be looking for a seat that would give me another inch or two higher in the saddle, and already put on the 1.75" lowered footpegs from ProCycle.

That seat looks MIGHTY comfortable - how has it been performing for you?

Also just ordered the 4.9 g IMS and am trying to decide on gearing - need to replace both sprockets & chains and am seeing folks saying that both 14 and 16 are good... one of the first things I did was change the stock front ring at my mechanic's recommendation (but not the back) and that did a lot to improve power!

I already have luggage racks - got some fantastic side and a back rack from this guy on E-bay, and use some cordura mountain bike panniers on the sides, just putting my waterproof stuff sack and tent on the back (like in my pictures from the Oregon trip last August).

I can see I am not going to get a lot of work done today - and the irony is - I have a 10 day Kauai backpacking trip coming up on Wednesday next week and here I am already planning ANOTHER trip!
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:07 PM   #49
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you can soak at eselan late night w/o staying there.
i assume that's what you're doing.
http://www.esalen.org/place/hot_springs.html
my bro (dugen on adv) also lives in oakland and he's done that.
we both soak alot & see said it was the coolest experience w/ the ocean right there.
he also goes up to harbin alot.
http://www.harbin.org/

as for gearing stock is 15/42. i really like 14/42 as it works great everywhere.
if your all rings go with 15/45 which is the same as 14/42 (1 in fron = 3 in rear aprox)

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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=569034

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Great thread - found it looking for more info on Trans-Am Trail. I am planning a trip on the TAT this summer too.

I'm starting with a trip from the Bay Area to LA - with knobbies strapped on top of my gear on the back.

Planning to overnight near Esalen (I will soak in that hot spring one day, dammit!), then loading the motorcycle into a 16' box truck along with some of my mom's furniture & stuff. Going from Ohio to Tennessee to connect with a cousin, ditch the street tires for the knobbies and take the TAT West to California (or maybe all the way to OR).

I suspect you and I have different ergo needs - I would be looking for a seat that would give me another inch or two higher in the saddle, and already put on the 1.75" lowered footpegs from ProCycle.

That seat looks MIGHTY comfortable - how has it been performing for you?

Also just ordered the 4.9 g IMS and am trying to decide on gearing - need to replace both sprockets & chains and am seeing folks saying that both 14 and 16 are good... one of the first things I did was change the stock front ring at my mechanic's recommendation (but not the back) and that did a lot to improve power!

I already have luggage racks - got some fantastic side and a back rack from this guy on E-bay, and use some cordura mountain bike panniers on the sides, just putting my waterproof stuff sack and tent on the back (like in my pictures from the Oregon trip last August).

I can see I am not going to get a lot of work done today - and the irony is - I have a 10 day Kauai backpacking trip coming up on Wednesday next week and here I am already planning ANOTHER trip!
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:13 PM   #50
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you can soak at eselan late night w/o staying there.
i assume that's what you're doing.
http://www.esalen.org/place/hot_springs.html
When I say "overnight" - I don't mean actually at Esalen since that would require registering for a workshop - they aren't a hotel. I'd have to find a place to camp and make a reservation for the 1-3am soaking hours (and pay $20 for the privilege). OR - book a massage - so you're either out $$ or have to work around a very difficult schedule and I'm not a 1-3 am kind of gal (seriously - set up a tent somehwere - drive to the hot springs - then drive back to the tent... ??).


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my bro (dugen on adv) also lives in oakland and he's done that.
we both soak alot & see said it was the coolest experience w/ the ocean right there.
he also goes up to harbin alot.
http://www.harbin.org/
Yeah, I only go to Harbin as a last resort - too many skanky middle aged dudes (or who wish they were middle aged) and weird New Age stuff - it's nice but Orr is better. And, of course, undeveloped hot springs that are free are *even* better... I pretty much have the hot springs stuff dialed in - it's the motorcycle stuff that interests me most.


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as for gearing stock is 15/42. i really like 14/42 as it works great everywhere.
if your all rings go with 15/45 which is the same as 14/42 (1 in fron = 3 in rear aprox)

fat chance went deeper.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=569034
Great link - thanks - I think I'm at 14/42 right now - and probably will end up with 14/45 or 15/45... have just spent the entire day looking at other people's DR650 modifications in these TAT threads instead of working so I am just going to subscribe to a bunch of threads, close down the windows and get my 2 hours of work done. :)
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Old 04-16-2010, 04:32 AM   #51
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Very interested in how the Sargent Low saddle is working for you. I just received one as a surprise this morning from my wife and kids (it's my birthday). Wondering if I'd rather have the regular. I'm 5'10" and can tiptoe the bike on both sides, but that's never been a problem. I'm a bit worried that the low is going to compress my knees too much after long miles on the bike. Probably not, but curious how you like it....

BTW, I have that exact bike, and am also building it up a bit for a ride on the eastern portion of the TAT this year, so I'll be studying this build when I get a chance.

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Old 04-16-2010, 06:01 AM   #52
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:21 AM   #53
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Old 06-13-2010, 07:31 AM   #54
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Ok... The ride/adventure starts in a week. I have some last minute packing to do as well as some more mapping and way points to enter. I can honestly say I am getting a little nervous for the Nevada onto Oregon section but hey... We are only here once and I welcome the challenge and really looking forward to testing myself and my abilities. I will be leaving out from Worcester, Mass stopping in/near Harrisburg, Pa onto Roanoke, Va from there I will be riding as much as the Blue Ridge Parkway as I can onto the start of the TAT in Jellico, TN. I will post more and let you know how the bike is holding up. Thanks for everyones interest! Wish me luck...
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:19 AM   #55
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Have you removed your upper chain roller? I thought I saw it in one of your pics. It can get torn out of the frame if left in. See thumpertalk for more info on it.

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...ghlight=roller
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:50 AM   #56
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Very interested in how the Sargent Low saddle is working for you. I just received one as a surprise this morning from my wife and kids (it's my birthday). Wondering if I'd rather have the regular. I'm 5'10" and can tiptoe the bike on both sides, but that's never been a problem. I'm a bit worried that the low is going to compress my knees too much after long miles on the bike. Probably not, but curious how you like it....

BTW, I have that exact bike, and am also building it up a bit for a ride on the eastern portion of the TAT this year, so I'll be studying this build when I get a chance.

Thanks!
i'm 5'9" w/ 29" inseam and i have the regular sergant. no way would i want the short version (which is the same height as corbin comes 1" lower than stock) the dr is a low bike and so i think the short version would be for really short people.
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Have you removed your upper chain roller? I thought I saw it in one of your pics. It can get torn out of the frame if left in. See thumpertalk for more info on it.

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...ghlight=roller
& then put a dab of silicone in the hole or better yet a stop screw.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:55 AM   #58
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though pricey, the massage & soak method is a great way to experience the springs during the day.

i agree that soaking that late is tough, especially on a riding on a bike.
my friend has a spot he pulls off 1 and near eselan & sleeps in his subby.
he stays up late then soaks then crashes out.


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When I say "overnight" - I don't mean actually at Esalen since that would require registering for a workshop - they aren't a hotel. I'd have to find a place to camp and make a reservation for the 1-3am soaking hours (and pay $20 for the privilege). OR - book a massage - so you're either out $$ or have to work around a very difficult schedule and I'm not a 1-3 am kind of gal (seriously - set up a tent somehwere - drive to the hot springs - then drive back to the tent... ??).



Yeah, I only go to Harbin as a last resort - too many skanky middle aged dudes (or who wish they were middle aged) and weird New Age stuff - it's nice but Orr is better. And, of course, undeveloped hot springs that are free are *even* better... I pretty much have the hot springs stuff dialed in - it's the motorcycle stuff that interests me most.




Great link - thanks - I think I'm at 14/42 right now - and probably will end up with 14/45 or 15/45... have just spent the entire day looking at other people's DR650 modifications in these TAT threads instead of working so I am just going to subscribe to a bunch of threads, close down the windows and get my 2 hours of work done. :)
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Well... I made it as far as Columbia Tenn. from Worcester Mass. then had a crash and the trip had to end. Nothing that bad but I dislocated my thumb and had a fracture as well. I will be haveing surgery and installing a pin. I do not know why the Tenn. people like to put gravel on the roads. It is like riding on marbles. I will heal and will be back! Bike is good, slow low side... the front just washed out and down I went
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Well... I made it as far as Columbia Tenn. from Worcester Mass. then had a crash and the trip had to end. ...
Damn. Sorry to hear that.

The TAT will be there next year and your bike and you will be ready to go again minus the crash.

When my son and I started it last year some gravel on the tarmac got him once in Tn, too. He was fortunate --- only a small hole in his riding gear.

Heal fast.
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