DRZ 400 preparation for the Trans America Trail

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

  1. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    I may be way out ahead of you, but look for me on the trail. I'm leaving OK and solo riding to OR June 8-22. I'll deal with the CO passes however I can.

    Black, heavily modded KLR w/ mermite panniers.
  2. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    One Less Harley...

    Yo Amigo just PM'ed you. Go and a lookie...:1drink.

    :ricky

    By the way, I am curious about the MCCT. You removed the self adjusting OEM MCCT and installed a manual one as most have recommended in "Thumbers". How can you tell when an adjustment is needed: by :earor by feel..chain sag, etc. Just curious! Thanks
  3. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Thanks for the TAT info there!!


    There is a how to on Thumper Talk, set bike to TDC, remove ACCT put MCCT in back off tension from chain, I turned till it just hit the chain, fire it up, back it off till rattles, snug until it JUST goes away, not any further. Tighten lock nut and that's it.

    My leave date will still be end of June.

    Exhaust valves readjusted as they were a little tight. I've got he heated grips, just need to install them. Not much cushion on them though, i.e. more road vibes to the hands. I hope the tradeoff of warm hands vs beat to death vibrations is worth it!!!
  4. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Hot grips installed tonite, pretty easy as the wiring was already there from my earlier fiasco....I can feel the heat on high and low, don't care for the hot resistor though plus the grips are hard. If too much I suppose I can wrap them with an old inter tube or something.

    Just volt meter, lock tight to counter shaft and readjust the rear sag.
  5. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Not trying to rain on any parades, but I still can't get into the hills in Eastern Oregon..(and we are lower than CO!) it's a LATE year.:huh Slabbed it to Boise today and it was nice there, but still cold when I returned...Travel safe, pack for cold wet and be ready for re-routes!:wink:
  6. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    One Less Harley....

    Oh, man..I must admit that I didn't read your postings from page by page until now...sorry...so saw that you gave your GS a break for a DRZ:D(good choice). I likewise did want to do the TAT last year with a few guys and my DRZ400s but a back problem made me cancel everything. Sold the DRZ to another prospective TAT'er from Alabama. Now my back is a-OK...and still wanna do the 2011 TAT.. thus the big brother Hack :D.

    2007 DRZ400s TAT ready in 2010...

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  7. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    MY EYES...MY EYES...

    Dang, you've got a red/yellow problem!!!! I had bought a rotopax 1.25 gal for water, but changed my mind and opted for a 1 gal MSR Dromerdary bladder. Compact, plus less weight, w/ the rotopax the plastic and mounts weigh a substantial amount. The bladder is a better choice.
    Pretty soon there will be post on what gear is being packed along. Gonna be interesting figuring out what is really needed!!!!
  8. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    Just jettison what isn't needed along the route.:lol3

    I plan on packing as lightly as possible.

    Mildly concerned about the weather / passes and whatnot. No big deal to bypass stuff, but it make sthe trip seem lass successful...
  9. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    The ole Miss may create problems, even in late June. yeah, I'm hoping not to bypass to much. Guess if I do that'll be a reason to do it again!!!!

    Worked on getting the little volt meter connected. Nice little thing, the only bad part is the wires are such a small gauge and might break easily. Purchased from Transcat for $36. Might not be completely water proof.For mounting the gauge I made a cardboard template and checked for fit on the bar risers, then cut and bent it from some stainless scrap. Wired it into a switched grey wire behind the headlight.

    This is the best mounting location dash real estate is becoming scarce. W/o the roll chart holder it would fit right between the handle bar bolts. Nice and sensitive to voltage change. The low beam take 0.5 volts. heated grips 0.3 on low and 0.4 on high.

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    plus fitted heated grips a couple of days ago. I just don't like how hard the grips are. Heat output seems good though.

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    A side note, as far as packing it will be good to ship the used maps home, plus any unneeded equipment. Still need to get a game plan on how much food to take along, kind of guessing 2-3 days worth, breakfast and dinner. Kind of figure lunch will be what ever pops up around noon, give or take 2 hours....
  10. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    My new volt meter, while very nice in the right circumstances and location, bit the dust after one crash........well that didn't last long!!

    So went with a single LED volt indicator light
  11. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    I've had one of those for about five years and it has been bulletproof, waterproof and crashproof. Simple and it just works.
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  12. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Put some good road miles on the DRZ going tot he Burksville European Rally. First real test of the original carb, since pulling off the FCR carb. The FCR while a great carb for power and awesome throttle response was more than I needed, especial my ridding "style."

    The FRC only gave 42 mpg, which is just terrible!!! This was being easy on the throttle.

    With the stock carb and dyna jet (clip 2nd from top), 160 MJ and 25 ( I think) PJ, the throttle response is quick enough for me. Checked mileage figures and got 55 (back roads and gravel) and 52mpg (back roads @ about 65mph). This puts the range safely at 200 miles/ tank and up to 220 miles.


    BTW- the 39 mm FCR is for sale, PM me if interested.
  13. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    One Less Harley said:
    What was that saying?...Loud Bikes Save Lives!:lol3
    I wish it was true!... I wear a dayglow yellow jacket on my V-Strom and have still had people pull out in front of me!:jerko (Here's Your Sign!!:fyyff)

    Sometimes LOUD is a Color, but I have found that it helps if you
    DRIVE like you're invisible too! :D
  14. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I like the LED volt meter idiot light, green is good, flashing green is too good i.e. over charging. If amber then probably running too much electrics so that means to turn some things off, solid red or flashing red means under 12 volts, or Houston we have a problem!!!

    I drilled out the back side of the threads for the accessory mount, to insert the Led into the clamp. A nice neat location.

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    Note this was later changed to a volt meter as the light had me guessing to the charging of the battery.
  15. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    One more upgrade to the bike, well two as the counter shaft sprocket still needs to have lock tight added.

    Not packing the tent poles and tent together will allow me to pack the tent in a compression bag for smaller pack size and possibly fit inside one of the saddle bags.

    The rear duffel bag will hold the First Gear Jacket and liner, net book, primus stove and cook gear. I was worried about putting the stove and net book in the side bags because of crashing. Hoping to get the sleeping bag in the saddle bags, but not sure of the available space.

    Clothing list-
    1-pair zip off pants
    1pr swim trunks
    3prs underwear
    3prs socks
    2prs light weight shirts, one long sleeve.
    1- long under wear top and bottom
    1pr- eel skin gloves
    rain hat
    First gear Kilimanjaro jacket less armor,w/ fleece liner
    Darien pants (hip armor only)
    661 pressure suit.
    Asterick Knee Braces (probably save my knee on one crash, offers good support, little awkward)
    Arai XD3
    Aero Stitch Combat Boots
    bandanna

    Tools-
    misc nuts and bolts, extra chain length
    tool kit- w/ test light, small hammer, sockets, wrenches, pliers, screw drivers, 2 punches, one chisel, adj wrench, 30mm socket, chain tool
    Gerber multi tool
    Enduro trail stand (bike prop for flats)
    Sven 15" saw
    wire and bailing wire
    rope
    epoxy
    tire repair kit,small hand pump, tire levers, two HD tubes,
    reusable stainless oil filter and gaskets, air filter oil, 8 OZ engine oil, chain lube, electrical tape, wire ties.
    extra coil, spark plug, foot shifter and foot brake lever.
    lighter.
    countershaft sprocket seal, spacer and o-ring


    Electrics-
    Netbook, Cannon digital camera, headlight(flashlight) ER6I ear phones, Spot, 2 scan disc (GPS coordinates), electric adapters for cell phone, AA battery charger and adapters to charge from bike, weather radio, Zumo 550.

    Sundry items,roll charts/ maps Advil, hydrocodone (just in case), ace bandage, band aids, surgical tape. Sunglasses, reading glasses, glasses, lots of ear plugs, mole skin for blisters.

    Camel Back, MSR Dromedary Bladder 2L.

    Cooking gear- still working on it
    Primus stove, and 1 butane can (liquid white gas better for cool temps)
    utensils, lighter.

    BA air mattress, Tent Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2, Old North Face down sleeping bag 30 degree( may try a smaller bag) camp rite stool.
  16. AugustFalcon

    AugustFalcon Long timer

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    I slip my tire irons inside a portion of an old cut off bicycle tube and fold the ends of the bicycle tube over to prevent the ends from wearing a hole in my bags or damaging other gear. Got the old bicycle tube free for asking from a bicycle shop.

    Tents can be wet if you pack up early in the a.m. so I usually try to keep it separate from the gear I want to keep dry.
  17. mrprez

    mrprez KJ4WMZ

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    I would bring along some bandannas, they are handy for quite a few things.
  18. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I use bike tubes quite ofen, or motorcycle tubes. I've been thinking of using a mesh bag for the wet tent and strapping it to the duffel, that way it can dry out.

    plus bandanas would be good for my neck, to keep the sun off.
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    mrprez KJ4WMZ

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  20. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I think you'll be happy with the Big Agnes. It's a little overkill for motorcycle camping but if you do any hiking you'll realize what that extra money was spent on--weight savings.

    I've found pillows have more to do with comfortable sleeping than almost anything else. If I can't get my head in a good position or I don't have a good knee pillow, I won't sleep well. Thermarest makes some pack pillows that are very good. Also, they make a stuff sack that has a fuzzy exterior. I love that thing. I keep all the clothes I'm not wearing in it and it makes a great pillow. Also, Tylenol PM can be a lifesaver when you're sore and can't sleep. It's fine to take it even if you've been drinking.

    On drying things: I have a nylon mesh stuff sack that I use for that. Put your tent or wet clothes in there, strap it on top with a bungee, and ride. Anything that's not made out of cotton will be dry in no-time.

    A general camping tip: be obsessive about NOT putting anything on the ground. It'll disappear and you won't remember it until you're in the next state. I keep the lids open on the Jesses and use them for catch-alls. You might want to figure out a system for organizing things like that.

    Leave room somewhere to quickly stash beer. I try to keep my tank bag close to empty at all times for quick food/booze storage.

    Don't go in the woods without toilet paper, hand sanitizer and water.

    You can't have enough lighters and small flashlights. Put a few in the tank bag, the tool bag, the jacket...