DRZ 400 preparation for the Trans America Trail

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

  1. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Mounted the TCK 80 to the front. Got the rear one off, but the rim lock had a small nick in it and I'm afraid it might create some problems, so it needs to be replaced.

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    I tried the small bike frame pump on the front tire and it works just fine, so the electric tire pump can go. This will save a lot of weight and space. This is the little pump mounted on the rear rack.

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    Here's a shot of the tools to be carried-

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    1) gloves,2) tire levers and axle nut tool,3) tire pump, 4) rope, 5) front wheel bearings, 6) oil filter and o-rings, 7) nuts/bolts/fuses, 8) two chain links, 9) spoke wrench & front axle nut tool, 10) patch kit, 11) wire ties, 12) electrical tape,

    13) tool roll, misc, allen wrenches, combination wrenches, sockets, pliers, air gauge, test light, crescent wrench, screw driver bits, carb jets

    14) Sven 15" saw and sheath, 15) wire, 16) 1/4" T wrench w/ bailing wire wraped, 17) chain tool, 18) hammer and epoxy, 19) jumper cables, 20) throttle and clutch cable, 21) coil, 22) front brake pads, 23) spark plug, 14T counter shaft sprocket, 24) 30mm counter shaft socket, and extension/adapters, 25) foot levers



    Not pictured are the front and rear inner tubes, small cans of chain lube and air filter oil, and 1st aid kit, chain link press.
  2. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Wow...you come prepared. I am impressed. When need arises I hope to run into you:D.
  3. toolhorder

    toolhorder Been here awhile

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    Mine looks sparse in comparison......glad you're behind me! :evil

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    I'm packed and ready to go.....except....

    Time is starting to get short. My confidence in Topo 9 and all the work I've put into mapping is in question as I have YET to get anything to work on the PN-60 despite my best efforts. Still plugging away........and looking at rollchart holders in case I just bail on the whole GPS idea altogether.
  4. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Toolhorder- where's your tent and sleeping pad??? So that's ALL packed up ready to go???

    Food, and water bladder will take up some more space and weight.

    I think I've got mine down to the wolfman saddle bags and a medium size rear duffel, plus the small rollie tank bag for camera and wallet.


    You switching out tires before you hit the trail???? Or just putting them on in CO??


    If the maps give you too much trouble then maybe I'll catch up to you...LOL.
  5. toolhorder

    toolhorder Been here awhile

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    Without doing a complete breakdown, yep....that's everything except for the rider. 5 days of food, 4 liters of water, tent, bag, pad, pillow, clothes, tools, parts, laptop, coffee, inverter for charging.....it's all there and there's room to spare. There's a small cooler on top of the top case that you can't see. It'll live on the seat behind me when I lose the tires.

    I'm hightailing it south to West Helena Arkansas from Galena, Illinois with the tires stapped down. From there I'll either change out for the knobbies or just head West and switch them out when my Kendas don't perform anymore.

    I intended to start my own thread on trip prep, but I've been pre-occupied. Hi-jack over.
  6. AugustFalcon

    AugustFalcon Long timer

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  7. toolhorder

    toolhorder Been here awhile

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    Thanks AugustFalcon.
    My posting was just approved by a moderator earlier this afternoon. Waiting to see if there's anyone there willing to shed some light into my pit of woe. I've also got a few well placed PM's floating out there. In the meantime I'm working on my own trip prep posting so....

    HIJACK OFF....sorry OLH.
  8. AugustFalcon

    AugustFalcon Long timer

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    Nicely thought out tool kit. Only thing I'd add would be a set of rear pads - that's what wears most on my bike.

    I took a little manual pump like your with me... takes a while to inflate a rear but it gets the job done -- had 2 rear flats before I finally changed the tube.
  9. Callahan

    Callahan Long timer

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    good idea
  10. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    my rear pads are close to new, so I'm thinking(??) they'll be fine, the front pads are 3/4 gone.

    I figured the only there were only two advantageous to the electric pump, it would pump up quicker, and surely drain the little DRZ battery down very fast. The little bike pump is adequate.
  11. AugustFalcon

    AugustFalcon Long timer

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    I'd change them now and maybe just carry the used ones and cut down on the potential maintenance on the trail.
  12. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    You'd think the weight savings of the manual vs. 12V pump would be worth it... Ask yourself again when you have multiple pinch flats in a row while doing a trailsaide flat repair. With a manualpump, you can pump for five minutes or more before ever knowing that you have a pinch flat.

    For me, a 12V pump is worth it's weight in gold. I have used it way too many times to not carry one- not only for myself, but riding buddies/strangers as well.
  13. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Dirtydog, oh no, now you've done it, set me up for an I told you so moment. I have HD tubes, which will lessen the chance of flats, plus I'd have to run the engine to keep the battery from dying. I'm gonna carry the little hand pump. Hopefully I won't regret it.
  14. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    I hope your trip is without hiccup- and mine as well.

    Counting the hours now... Departing wed morning.
  15. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Dirtydog, clear the trees for us too!!! Are you doing a RR???

    Looks like I'll have some company, two guys from Texas, played in ZZ Top I think...:rofl
  16. Motor 1

    Motor 1 Been here awhile

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    Sorry about the late response. We took a day off in Tulsa and a day & 1/2 in Moab. We went just about 4,800 miles. We rode on average 200 miles per day.

    Cheap motels & 5 nights camping. Was a blast!:D

    Sorry OLH hope I'm not hi-jacking ur thread.
  17. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    Not taking anything to clear trees except my trials riding skills. :nah :lol3
    Hope it won't haunt me. That's one slick saw you have though. Thought about making/getting one.

    RR started HERE. Countdown to departure.
  18. Blaise W

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    We hope to hook up with OneLessHarley in Jellico if things work out. Both of us are on WR250R's and I thought I would attach a pic of the trial loading today. My duffel weighs 16 lbs and while I haven't weighed the rack bags, I'm sure they are under 30 lbs combined. Regardless, I'll need to reset the sag as my bike lift will no longer slide under the skid plate!


    I'm running Wolfman luggage all the way. Instruments are the obligatory roll chart holder, Trail Tech Voyager to keep accurate track of mileage, and Garmin 60csx GPS. Suspension has been reworked front and back by Race Tech and based on the Moab trip recently I'm very happy with it. Much plusher but can't make it bottom out, yet. Folding mirrors, and one inch bar risers up front. I put the stock Trailwing rear on for the pavement ride from Houston to Jellico, and on thru Tennessee and probably Mississippi, or until it wears out. Before it gets rough there will be new rubber front and back; probably MT 21 front and MT16 rear (or D606). The tail light is the Edge LED unit with programmer, and I made up a rear mud flap from horse trailer matting. It works great, is light and flexible in case of a fall. No mud on the back of the bike with this item. I also put in the Tubliss system front and rear. It's done fine now for two Big Bend National Park rides, one in the Rockies, and one in Moab. Spare tubes are along just in case. The duffel has all of my camping gear for a quick tent pitch drill if needed. There are just a few more things to add, like maps, toilet articles, and my Klim Traverse pants in case it gets nasty. Otherwise, all is on board and ready to head out next week!

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  19. twowheels03

    twowheels03 Adventurer

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    That's a nice set up, trade you for one of our heavy XT's !!
  20. toolhorder

    toolhorder Been here awhile

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    How are your planning for the passes in Colorado? Do you have workarounds planned or or you just going to punt?