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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by leonphelps, May 16, 2007.
Alot of pages here. Anyone have a lowered dr they take off road? If so how does it do?
Look what I jsut picked up this last weekend.
Too bad only one of the frames has a VIN plate, and I want that one. Sorry. Thsi whole missing VIN plate thing seems to very common.
Some other weird things. This looks like some kind of vac operated fuel pump.
Also came with an old school Acerbis tank. Vac petcock.
Speaking of Suzuki VIN's... any idea what a 'D' 4th character indicates? 'S' is Off-Road, and 'N' is for Single-Cylinder Sport Street Bike. I've run across a couple DR350 frames with 'D' for the 4th VIN digit, and I can't find a decoder for that.
Edit - It seems the 'S' (Off-Road) 4th-digit does not indicate that the bike isn't street-legal. Off-Road is merely the style of bike, as compared with 'Multi-Cylinder Sport Street' which is 'G'.
I haven't seen this written anywhere, but 'D' seems to indicate 'Dirt' (not street-legal). The dirt-only DR frames I've looked at carried the 'D' 4th VIN digit, and had the bolt-on tank and no passenger footpeg mounts, which are indicative of dirt-only DR's.
I believe that is the California model charcoal canister.
That would make sense. Seems very stock. Yet I do not have one on mine since I got mine from Nevada. The fact that it was connected to the carb is what threw me.
Man theres so much "unneccessary" crap on that bike. All I have on my subframe is fender, side panels, exhaust and airbox
Put my spare head on Ebay guys, im sure some of you have seen it already (have 13 watchers) cleaning out my stash of stuff that i have rationed in the garage. Trying to pay down the PayPal account. lol if anyone has wants or needs for misc parts and pieces, let me know?
I wouldn't worry too much about the missing VIN plate, they stamp the frame for a reason. If the DR frames have passenger peg mounts, they are street legal frames from the factory. Another visual clue would be the gas tank mounts, street legal uses the rubber bumpers and the dirt model has the bolt mounts.
I have seen plenty of street legal dual sport bikes in California that people for some reason or another decided to make into off-road only dirtbikes (green sticker). It can be difficult to get them converted back to street legal, but not impossible.
Not sure how many of you have been following my build thread
The NM DR350 dirt bike
but I decided to build my own panniers to hold some ammo cans. I know this has been plenty of times before, but for those of you who don't want to spend more than $30, this is the way to go.
I wanted something along the lines of this:
And this is what I ended up with:
The cans I used are a little larger than your standard .50 cal cans
I was going to add some extra braces for the ammo can brackets, but I started thinking about it. When the bike gets laid over, I'd rather have the cans collapse or the bracket deform before the subframe get damaged.
The other good thing about my design is that I can easily switch out to smaller/larger cans if need be.
The whole assembly is getting painted as I post this.
That setup looks awesome. Very inspiring. How much weight does it add?
Good question. I'll weigh it when I get done painting.
Ok here is the weigh in:
Rack, cans, and paint come out to 7.6 lbs.
Not bad considering that the rack is solid steel, not tubing.
Not bad at all . Making one like this for myself has a high priority now. I turned a ATV side bag into a tank bag but I'm getting tired of having to ride with a backpack too.
It looks like a good setup, but do you really want something that unforgiving and pointy when you low side? I just twist fractured my right leg while my toe was stuck a rut going down last week. It may have prevented the bike going down close enough to the ground to prevent my heel from swinging around until crunch crunch, but more likely looks like it would have dug into my back only complicating the situation. Nearly everything on the bike would just crush you and is generally blunt, but those cans would puncture you
Considering that this setup cost me less than $30 (metal, cans, welding supplies), and a similar pannier setup would be about $400, and I'm more than likely going to lay this over a few times, I'm going to take the risk. Yes it does make the bike more prone for biting me when I biff it, but so would a regular set of hard panniers.
You're right that the ammo cans have pointier edges than some pannier setups, but I doubt they could cause any arterial bleeding. Maybe a decent puncture wound that a pressure dressing would patch up.
Hey I certainly understand and wish you the best of luck.
Wolfman Enduro bags weigh less than a pound and are just over $100, less if used. Sitting here with my leg in a boot for the past week I guess I'm hesitant to add something potentially hazardous because of lack of funds, one bad spill and it could be 100 fold.
Starting next year this bike will be my primary commuter (100mi/day, 30mi ranch roads) and I will be commuting day and night. Cattle is going to be my main concern, hence the big honkin headlight, and its open range most of the way.