DRZ400 chases a Husky FE501 across America: The TAT backwards

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ClutchDumpinDan, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    How much do you weigh??
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    Enjoyed all 40 min of it- laughed my ass off/
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    dickosaurus Geezer Coalition

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    Absolutely wonderful ride report, thanks for sharing it with us.
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    Rider1807 Love To Ride

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    What seat did you have. Stock or something better. That seat is the only thing I don't like about my Z. Thanks
  5. ClutchDumpinDan

    ClutchDumpinDan Go do

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    Seat Concepts. Worth every penny they want for it. I’ve had two, first one had softer foam and got a little “sinky/squishy” feel by the end of a long day.

    I traded a buddy for his seat that had firmer foam, world of difference. I’d recommend asking for the firmer foam if you order one. I like a pretty firm seat though. It’s the width that makes the difference.

    My 990 has a Seat Concepts as does my Dads 230L, all very comfortable.
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  6. ClutchDumpinDan

    ClutchDumpinDan Go do

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    Quick update on the above mentioned duffle. I told @wolfmanluggage I beat up his luggage and put a few holes in it. Mailed it to them per there request. They repaired the damage and reinforced the wear area so it doesn't happen again. AND hooked me up with a brand spanking new duffle! :eekers

    I have there "hoops bags" as well. I run them as tool bags on the crash bars of my 990. One of them got seriously crashed on the other day (don't let @Joey Stalin ride your bike if you like it :lol3) and I figured it was done for but sent them that too. It came back with all new mounting straps sewn on and will live to ride again!

    Insane level of customer service. Props to Woofie and crew :beer
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  7. MXJEEPDOG

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    That's worth the price of admission right there ! NICE !!! :muutt
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  8. Solaros1

    Solaros1 Long timer

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    Really enjoyed the ride report guys - and I just ordered some Bob Ross T-shirts from Walmart for my two sisters who are both artists.
  9. duggram

    duggram Been here awhile

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    Dave,

    I have a 2017 FE501 and would like to set it up for long trips like you did yours. You're the most experienced 501 distance rider I know of, so your advice would certainly be appreciated. I've tried to get a rear rack for it but they aren't available for this year/model Husky. Which bags did you use? Seems an important point considering no rack.

    Besides the PHDS handlebar mounts (which I've ordered) what other changes did you make to the bike?

    Thanks for taking the time to do this as I'm sure this will help a lot more riders than just me.
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  10. Downhill502

    Downhill502 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that but the 501 makes long days pretty easy. I ran the Wolfman Enduro Dry Saddlebags (new 17 version) and a new old stock Wolfman Enduro Dry Duffle. The mounting of my soft luggage definitely weighed on my mind in preparation for this trip. The original plan was to mock up some type of rear rack system but I was able to fab up some brackets to tie into the lower subframe mounts. This kept the tie down points for the saddlebags duffle as rearward/low as possible. I was a bit concerned about adding more structure to the rear fender but with this setup and the duffle strapped tight into the saddlebags everything held together very well. If I were to do this again I would still go with this setup as opposed to a rear rack. I would not want to mix a solid metal rack with a composite subframe.
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    Now as far as modifications to the bike you had already mentioned the phds bar mounts that were amazing at taking some of the vibration that the 501 creates. I added a Scott's steering stabilizer and this turned out to be one of the best mods I did to the bike. When you are racking up long miles at a high rate of speed it was a life saver.

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    Installed the Seat Concepts standard height seat but if I were to do it again even though I am short I would have went for the tall version just for the added foam. Stock suspension with the fork preload set to 0 And the rear cranked to get me around 115mm of rear sag. Ran quite a bit of low and high speed compression to help with the weight, 4out lsc and 1 turn out hsc. My total luggage weight was 61.8lbs. For the majority of the trip until we were east of Kansas I ran stock 14t x 45t gearing and then switch to a 42t sprocket. I switch between two twin air air filters and carried three filter socks that I could easily clean and real. The only fueling mod I did was I bumped up my tps to .60v from .53v.

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  11. duggram

    duggram Been here awhile

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    Thank you for taking the time to reply. I like your strap bracket. I've been burning my straps on that pipe no matter where I put the strap. I have the Seat Concepts too and noticed that it's not quite as nice as the one I had on my WR450, but it still works for something like the White Rim in Moab (150 miles out and back from town). For really long trips I'm thinking of a jell strap on pad. For that stabilizer I see your point. I have them on other bikes and they are easy to adjust for conditions and I have been meaning to get those filters socks. All good advice. Thank you.
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  12. Critic

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    I did not ck to see what you were comparing to the 250; but the 501/500 KTM (around 250 lbs.) is lighter than most other brands 250-650 by a large amount, like 40 - 80 lbs. less!

    Update: the 350 KTM/Husky is lighter yet. I believe Husky offers a licensed 250
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    Hi Mark,
    I was just going through some of photos and videos that I took of our September ride out of 3 Step, when I came across this ride report. That was a long, 211 mile one day ride, but it was worth it! Lots of challenging sections for sure. Hope to see you back at 3 Step this coming year. DSCN4406 (2).JPG

    Ride safe,

    Taz9
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    awesome thread! thanks for making me laugh aloud!
    3 of us are leaving from va next August east to west, i appreciate the cost summery that's very helpful!
    and the tire tips! were all ridding drz400's
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    Awesome trip,Thanx for letting me share your adventure. My Son and I are talking about doing something like this, your report and suggestions have lit me up !
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  17. Staxrider

    Staxrider dirt dauber

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    Appreciate the time you took to post this trip. Rode TAT west to east 10 years ago and then the route included alot of Nevada, now I see it routes you further north.
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  18. v4play

    v4play Throttlephile

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    Very very good ride report! Really enjoyed it and looking forward to your next!!
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  19. Noprogram

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    The Surprisingly Mysterious Life of Famed Artist Bob Ross.....

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  20. ClutchDumpinDan

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    The ride report that keeps on giving. :lol3

    I didn’t know what I didn’t know about Sir Ross. Quite interesting!
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