DRZ 400 preparation for the Trans America Trail

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by One Less Harley, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    Sourjon, Not to hijack here (it is TAT related!) but what do you think our chances are of getting over the passes this year in late June or the first of July? I'm guessing slim to none, but one can always hope....

    Ken
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  2. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    No hijack as that's when I plan on being on the road!!
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  3. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Chipping away at the list on post #18, made the windshield as mentioned by some friends of mine from the WR250 X forum, not sure how well it will work for the DRZ and a rider that's 6'2". Parts were cheap, face shield from HF ($4.00) and Velcro which cost more than the shield. It's more of a chest wind deflector than a windshield. I'm anxious the try it, but still waiting on the rear swing arm bearing which I royally screwed up.


    BTW- does anyone know if it's possible to wire resistance grip heaters w/ different Hi/low LED light indicators???? I don't have a clue. No relay with the wiring. The LED messes with the current draw(?)
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  4. Lav1200

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    The wheel bearings I have tried from All Balls (multiple times) were crap too. I'll be sticking with known Euro or Japanese brands for bearings (FAG, SKF, NTN, etc...).

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of this report.
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  5. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    I would guess it's a little early but I haven't seen snow pack reports this year. Dan could tell you.

    John
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  6. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I finally figured out what I was doing wrong with wiring the grip heaters, the LED was wired in line to the grips. The LED was affecting the current draw of the grips. At least that's my best interpretation. At first I though a realy would have to be used, one for each heat setting. This seamed avoidable, so finally after thinking of what the LED was doing and how to over come that problem, this is what was done. Yeah, no big deal to someone that knows electronics. My knowledge is very basic, I was proud when figuring out how to wire a relay!!!

    The power to the switch will be fused and only come on with the key to the motorcycle, just not shown in the diagram.

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    Here's the Harbor Freight windscreen w/ Velcro for attaching. It looks flimsy to me, but others speak highly about it. Not intended to be a full windshield but more of a wind break for the chest. I'll report back when the bike gets back together.

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  7. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    How have I missed this thread!?

    Free campsites are everywhere, man. They're called powerlines. Try to get at least an hour out of a major city, get off the interstate onto a side road, and look for powerlines, radio towers, or even big sections of woods. Always get about 100 feet back in the woods, keep your lights/engine off and keep quiet. Youll hear them coming long before anybody can get on top of you.

    I've crossed the continent several times doing that. Heck, I slept in the woods across the street from YOUR local police station in Bowling Green once. Even had a fire. I've gotten less and less picky about where I sleep on road trips. I did it for a whole semester so I wouldn't have to pay rent last year.

    No, I'm not homeless....Ive got a tent!
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  8. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Close the bridge behind the Police station??? Yeah I followed your thread and new exactly where you were camping and where you lost your ridding leach.

    I'm so friken' paranoid about getting stumbled upon or tapped on the head w/ a shotgun. I've thought about approaching a farm house and asking if I could pitch a tent in their field, just promise to leave no trace. A solo motorcyclist might have better luck than two, just a thought though.

    I'm excited about the trip, hope to get by really cheap may end up being gone a month. Three weeks out and a week to get back possibly the long way home. Who knows I might be dying to get back home, then again hopefully not!!!
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  9. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Richard, word of advice...if you do ask permission, ask if you can pitch a tent for the nite. Never say "camp"...don't ask me why, but people dont like that word. Pitch a tent means "sleep"....camp means "party"!:dunno

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  10. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Yeah, get your point, even when reading it, it sounds better. Pitching a tent sounds so temporary!! camping sounds line one of those BIG GS'ers with everything but the kitchen sink!!

    I'm having fun prepping the DRZ!!! Need to figure out how to get paid doing it!!! Heck I'd work pit crew for the Dakar for free, but I'm not that good or .......
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  11. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    richard i'm in memphis if ya need a place to crash, wrench, shower etc on your way tru.


    gotta truck to if that undepentable jap shit breaks down



    or the old man on it




    :hide

    might even join ya for a mile or 2 if your near here on a wkend
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  12. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    What a mile or two or till I crash which ever comes later??? BTW I ain't old yet, you ass!!!
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  13. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Since my thread got moved to trip planning i don't feel bad about posting the prep work anymore. I hope to get it moved back to ride reports when the trip starts. That way it will all be grouped together.

    Today the left grip was wired, ended up using a dremel tool to drill two holes in the headlight switch housing that way the wire won't be hanging down and will be less likely to snag on something. Added a little silicone at the holes too.

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    Here's the top clamp, the black push button switch is for the low beam shut off. The red is where the heated grip switch will be. I can only find a four way switch and the way it works won't let me wire for high low and off. May have to use a three way micro toggle. Really wanted a three way push button switch!!! The LED's are the high (red) and low (yellow) indicators.

    The extra long allen bolts on the right are for the roll chart/ Spot bracket which is getting a coat of powder coat.


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    Can't finish installation as the Easter beaver fuse box hasn't arrived yet, along with another switch, stainless brake line plus the one swing arm bearing. Can't do the right grip till the rear wheel goes back on as the back of the bike is being help up by the trail stand and the front brake is pulled back so the bike won't fall over.
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  14. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    That Highway Dirt Bikes clamp is awesome. I love their stuff. It can be expensive though. $44 for my starter/kill switch.
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  15. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Changes to grip wiring and switches on top clamp, instead of two lights for HI and Low, there will be only one as there are only four holes in the top clamp, which will be, off switch for low beam, toggle for heated grips, plug for heated jacket, and an indicator for the heated grips.



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  16. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Fixing the bee's nest today, removed the stock 20amp fuse and cut down the battery box so the relay for the fuse panel could fit there.The fuses are- main fuse for the bike, fuse for accessory plug (battery tender or air pump), heated jacket, heated grips and GPS. It's neater than sending a bunch of wires to the battery with fuses.

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    Had to make a bracket to get the fuse panel here. The only place I could find. There's just not many places on a DRZ to put this thing. Bad thing is the fuse box isn't water proof. It won't get to much water back there.

    All buttoned up!!

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    Top Bracket, with low beam shut off switch, Jacket plug, heated grip switch ( red toggle), and grip indicator light.

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  17. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    keep it coming. The prep work is half the fun and thanks for sharing with your excitement.

    Also good choice on going smaller with the drz over the GS. I road about half of the OR and NV TAT sections last fall with my riding buddy and couldn't imagine riding this on a bigger bike.

    I've read a lot of TAT ride reports and noticed some are bypassing the "fun" technical sections. In my mind this isn't riding the TAT as Sam intended. He really did put together an amazing route, and lesser variations do not provide the same level of experience. I have mucho respect for Sam and his route building skills after tasting many of the more technical sections last fall.
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  18. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    sourjon (THANKS) sent me the Hancock/Tomici pass coordinates witch were removed. I'll have to make a judgement call on whether to attempt it or not, based on my confidence in ridding skills at that point. Ridding solo so don't want to take any unnecessary risk.
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  19. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Was going to try and make the toggle switch water proof with shrink tubing but it didn't have enough threads to grab onto. Oh well just put a little grease underneath the tubing and hope for the best. Tubing isn't shrunk yet, it is in the next pict.

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    Mounting the Spot and roll chart holder, made it out of some scrap AL angle and a long threaded coupler for the roll chart holder, an allen bolt with a custom made bracket for the Spot. Also found a small plug for the jacket liner outlet.

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    Here's everything all mounted up

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  20. dsbiker

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    You might check Radio Shack if you want more indication options I haven't checked lately but they used to have some really neat three wire led's that would solve your problem. Ground and 1 hot = red, Ground and other hot = Green , Ground with both other wires hot = orange. I did some cool stuff using them in a control box for hydraulics on my sons truck several years ago. Radio shack also has/had some very small 12v (10 amp) relays suitable to be wired direct or soldered into small hobby board. (Edit) I just checked Radio Shack site and could no longer find the three color LED I used sorry if I misled anyone but a little serching might still turn something like what I used if you are interested.
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