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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by tdrrally, Jul 24, 2008.
a new pic of the ride
just finnished a ds ride with onaxr on his drz400 and his pal kevin on his wee strom 650
kevin is get n back into riding after a some time off
what a horse of bike
Good ride man, call me Friday and we will put in a long one and explore that area. Same meeting place same time.
onaxr and i headed up campbells creek today for some wholes some good times and down right sweet dual sport riding here are some pix of the DRZ250 and his drz400
Another good one man. Gonna be a good summer.
sweeeeet love that red and blue
maybe next time your buds ktm will be working so he can ride too
Okay, here's some info on my 2001 Suzuki DR-Z250 EK1, long gone now. This is a road-legal trail version. It was used as a commuter, road sports bike, casual trail bike, cross-country racer (novice level) and for short adventure rides.
Ventura pack rack with Gearsack bag
3mm protective film on the headlight
Acerbis Rally II handguards (I don't recommend them!)
Tag X5 CR Hi-bend Gunmetal handlebars (OEM stuff bends in the forest)
ProGrip PG0792 Gont Gel Black-Yellow handgrips
XR-style rear indicators on short flexible stalks
re-valved rear shock with RaceTech end cap (OEM not serviceable)
increased fork oil height
second set of wheels with rimlocks, heavy-duty tubes and bigger sprocket
Chain Gang sprockets
The OEM wheels had road tyres normally, the second set the NHS MX tyres. Adventure tyres went on whatever wheel set I felt like at the time. More often than not, the road tyres were used for gravel adventures (not mud), where they were nearly as effective as many of the 'cut slick' closely-spaced adventure tyres... both types are a long way short of NHS intermediates.
Nil mods were made to the engine/ intake/ exhaust. Some bikes come with inlet & exhaust restrictors, this bike was the full monty, around 22 rwhp. A Staintune exhaust would save a few kg and add a few hp.
To convert to off-road, the whole rear assembly unbolts from the sub-frame: a heavy steel bracket that holds the indicators, mud guard extension, licence plate & lamp, reflector. Unfortunately I never got around to making an easy-access electrical connector to disconnect the wiring; I had to remove the side panels and seat to get to the OEM connectors. Remove the mirrors, swap wheels & front sprocket, remove the chain guard and front sprocket cover (actually they almost never went on the bike), optionally remove the front indicators. They were well protected by the hand guards, but heavy and I did manage to crack one on a rock. The Ventura rack came off, but mostly I left the L-brackets mounted.
Replacing the heavy glass headlight and its big heavy steel supports with a nice after-market plastic enduro headlight would have saved a lot of weight, and improved the steering.
This bike was a very versatile and cheap workhorse. It did have a couple of niggly issues though: it blew tail light bulbs like there was no tomorrow; and had a lean stumble on rapid throttle openings from low rpm, no matter how much carb fiddling I did, I couldn't get rid of it completely, neither could a couple of dealerships.
Enough chatter, time for some pics!
Street trim with road tyres:
and from the rear:
In off-road configuration:
And lastly, one in the field, in the rain:
it is great to see other drz250s are out there
where did you get that rack?
my 2002 drz has the full yoshi while my 2007 is stock
the next big thing is the springs front and rear
please keep us up to date and and always more pix of far off places
The manufacturer's web site is in my post, if you can't find a local dealer. They're fairly good, with both the rack systems and the bags being modular. The bag I used was from a competing company, but I already had it and used it on a handful of previous bikes. However the racks (L brackets) don't like heavy loads, so would need some additional bracing before serious adventure use. They don't break, but they do bend.
I sold the bike a couple of years ago as I didn't commute any more, and I have a bigger adventure bike. This one was upgraded to a more focussed enduro weapon.
warewolf thanks for the intel they are not sold in the usa for the mighty drz250 but might order online
the ball is rolling
would any one out there have a picture of a djebel tank
just the tank
i need to see how it bolts or what ever under the seat ect.
any and all information would help
My poor DRZ250 was my first bike returning to the sport and its been neglected in the corner of the garage for a while. I need to do some work on it to bring it back to life.
I was thinking that if I fix it up I might as well try to get the seat height so my wife could ride it does anyone have a lowering link for the bike or a lower seat?
Koubalink Motorcycle Lowering Links > Suzuki
Fits all 2000-UP DR-Z 250. Lowers rear of machine 1.75 inches.
any pix of that beast?
do share and let us about the link it is on my list for my sm conversion
let me know if i can help
btw they make great dual sport bike too
Not any new pics but this was out at Hungry Valley SVRA (Gorman,CA)
with the wife I want to wean off quad riding :)
The family that bought my '01 bought some of these, which I fitted for them. Although lowering links totally destroy your suspension action (oh, yes they do!! ) they did the job for these people, all of whom are quite short. Needed quite a bit more preload wound on, the action was very plush (loose) and you could nearly bottom it out just by bouncing on it.
thank you for the pix
it is looking like the dr650 tank might be a way to go
do you know where i could buy a tank like that very coool
hmm well I am trying to set the bike up for my wife and she is pretty short. What suspension settings/setup on the stock suspension have you guys tried?
The bike has always been very plush for me but I didnt know enough to mess with it when I bought it and rode it as is.
best i can tell you is go to http://www.racetech.com/
what does she weigh the bike is set for a 180lb rider roughly
it might be worth just trying the link for unloaging the spring
keep us in the loop
I hardly rode the bike with the std suspension, it was serviced & revalved almost as soon as I bought it (second hand). The OEM shock was not leaking but only had about half the oil volume it should have - ex-factory. This is consistent with the fork oil levels often found in new bikes, too.
Read the Koubalink FAQ #7 for some explanation of -ve effects of lowering links, and also the RaceTech Lowering page. Then read this post for empirical data and more explanation of the problem.