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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Eddywoodgo, Nov 19, 2012.
I'd have to recommend a seat upgrade for sure....
Get a good seat. The stock one will split you in 2 by the time you get too far. Seat concepts have some good packages available or ?? Moorehouse apparently does a good job on them too.
Looks like I just got beat to this suggestion.
But they told me it was clay
Yep. John Moorhouse for sure.... He did my DR. Turned it from a 1hour bike into an all day bike. Think I paid about $300 bucks or so and was a little surprised as to how much but DDDDDAAAAAAMMMMMM!!!!!!! Best thing I ever did to it.
Or just for a bit of a laugh take the seat on and see who gives up first ... in my case it was the seat and as an added bonus my arse is now bullet proof
Maybe gear down with a bigger rear say 44T and keep the front stock helps with chain life.
I bought a 2010 DR from Vince in Feb 2011. He prepped everything for me - tank, front & rear susp, Staintune, bars, heated grips, pivot pegs, bash plate, frame guards, peg lowering, Acerbis barkbusters and some other odds and ends. I did a few other things myself like screen, braided front brake line, case armour (well worth it). I did about 22,500 kms in 2011 in two big trips 80% dirt and it didn't miss a beat. 20 km/litre all day every day.
That's my 2c worth. I couldn't go past the DR when it's prepped properly.
Oh yeah - if you won't want to go the expense of a new set, an Airhawk is an awesome substitute. Saved my arse that's for sure.
I had mine geared down but hoping to change it back this weekend. I found it could do with more speed on the highways. Depends what kind of riding you are doing mostly though. After the Nullabor I was sick of it.
+1 for Airhawk. Was using the pillion style one but swapped over to the cruiser style -heaps better. I reckon the extra width makes the difference.
I am chasing around seats now. I am looking at a sargent seat. My traveling buddy is only 159cm tall so we'll get her a lowered seat.
I see Vince Strang has lots of bits you are kindly suggesting. I reckon I will be shopping there quite a bit.
Tried the tough it method with the seat. Had from Perth to Port Augusta to contemplate my stupidity. :eek1
Spent the last couple of days in various poses. Standing, bum on roll bag, bum on water bladder, bum in air.
I don't remember which model air hawk it is...but they recommended it for mine. Also made sure it got from Whyalla to Port Augusta for me, on a long weekend too.
Now I can ride all day, no probs.
I reckon the seat is a mindset thing when I had the Dr I have done 1200 km day and then backed up with N 800 km day if you don't think about it it won't be a problem (insert caveat - I'd hate the thought of doing that again with a standard seat)
Definitely an 'arse set' thing for me :eek1 Previous comment about being split in two is right on the money
FWIW everyone with DRs in my immediate network has settled on 15/43. Low enough to make 1st usable without too much clutch abuse off road and still OK for cruising at 120. Some carry a 14 t css and swap it as needed.
Airhawk: make sure it is the 'Small Cruiser' size, I know they recommend this but also the pillion pad.
folks I have spoke to with the smaller pillion pad; tell me it is a tad small and you have to be dead centre of it to get the benefit, which means relocating/location it after each time you stand.
'Small Cruiser size' was recommended to me, and it is perfect
Gearing: 15/44 for me; which I find brilliant in the twisties, hills and sand (or slow going), I cruise at around 100kph, but find it will do 110kph but thats about it. (Going a 14 on the C/S runs the risk of cutting into the swing arm chain guides; and a 16t C/S may gring the sprocket cover/crank case; so I'd stick with a standard 15t on the front)
Tyres: we all like to think we are going to travel by dirt 99% of the time; but reality, there is always tar to traverse.
As a good 50/50 tyre for the rear; I'd recommend a Mitas E07, on the front a Pirelli MT21. (I get great wear out of both the tyres)
Bike protection: is a must... bashplate, barkbusters, solid pannier frames, alloy handlebars.
I could go on and on.... but everyone has there own thoughts on this.
you can spend a motza on the Dr, but once you reach that point, maybe something else may have been more suitable.:eek1
yeah ...small cruiser ..just replaced the old one a few weeks ago...and I dont even have an arse......or a DR...farkin shitboxes