DRZ400 Safari & Across Australia build

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Gadget678, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Gadget678

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    As anticipated, the idea that was put forward for the fairing mount won't work. So the plan now is to make a bracket that will pick up on the radiator bolts- with crumple zones built in (for when I fall off. Not if, but when).

    Dash:
    The speedo needs to come up higher, and levelled out a bit -It's just too hard to see from the standing position.I also need better access to the cables.

    Light:
    Now that I've got the bloody thing working again, I need to tilt it forward about 45mm to get the light shining where I need it. I've been thinking of a few different ways of doing this, but what will probably work best will be a tapered spacer...... but I'll probably get that made, not like it, then go down a completely different track.

    Fairing shape:
    I was on the bike yesterday with the motor running and was just about to take it out on the road, but had a fire call to go to instead (should've left the pager inside).... The bottom line- I still don't know how it feels on the road. Around the bike track @ home it feels good. Looks good from the seat. Doesn't get in the way at all. I'm going to trim the sides up a bit & see how it looks then.
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    I've picked up my fibreglass stuff so that I can make modifications when it suits me.

    So with having the gear back, I changed my mind on how to do the light adjustment.... At least doing it this way, I should be able to fit just about any light to it and have the beams head in the right direction.

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    Now all I have to do is get a bit of shape back into the sides.:D
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    After a mad week at work, I finally got some shed time in..

    These brackets are made out of very light aluminium, so they're useless for anything other than creating a template. Hopefulley I'll get hold of some decent aluminium next week.

    While the radiator protectors are removed at the moment (first time since they were put on), they will be re-fitted once adapted to accomodate the brackets. A combination of the radiator guards and strategic drill holes in the mounts should keep the radiators well protected from impacts to the fairing.

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    There you go.... mounted through the B&B radiator guards. The tank can be removed while leaving the fairing in place (so far).

    I'm going to road test it tomorrow.... with only the new mounts holding the fairing and lights in place. I know I need to make the fairing stronger to be mounted this way, but I want to see how it goes.

    I've already started to shape the next fairing,:evil
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    I made it to work without anything breaking. :D

    The wind deflection was actually really good with no buffeting.... Up to the legal limits of course.
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    Flappy disc time...

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    Ok. I've established that the fairing works well enough for me. But as much as I try, I can't get over the round edges... so I'm looking for some input as to what to do with the sides:

    Wide & facing down a bit........................................................ Or narrower & squarer.

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    OR any other ideas?????/
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    Its looking good mark, maybe though instead of flaring out could you cut it in below where the dash is and them haver it flare back out over the tank?

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    Ie something like this

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    Thanks for the suggestions Phil..... I'll have another look at it. As far as modifying the mold goes, it will be easier to pull it in from below the dash, then come back out to the tank as it is now (your suggestion); than to make the flares that I was looking at.


    Can the pics get any bigger Phil? And how do you post pics using the android phones???


    As a side point; The lights seem to be alligned ok with the mod I made.......... but nowhere near what I'm used to using.:cry
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    mud lovin fool Been here awhile

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    wow yeh that is big isn't it :norton it looked fine on the phone though? I used tapatalk, found the pic, copied the url, then in my reply there is an icon for "insert image link" clicked that pasted in the url and roberts your mothers brother...
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    I've been out in the shed looking at making the fairing changes. What I thought would be the easiest way of doing it (ie: not my way) isn't going to work. There is a fairly short gap between the front of the fairing and the tank, which will rule this out for me as the 'fold' would end up very close to the forks, plus it would stuff up the space for my dash (if it was 10cm longer...)
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    Bugger, oh well maybe in v2 :D

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    V2??? I think I'm already up to about V6 (with another 15 or so circulating in my head)

    I started modifying the mold today. I've decided to put a lip around the recessed area on the front for the possible addition of a perspex screen..... Gunna be a mongrel to fibreglass though.
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    I have plans for the gaps.:evil...... But I think I can pull about 40mm off each side with the next version (can't we Will???)

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    Hey mark looks really good :thumbup::thumbup: have you had a chance to take it for a run yet? How does it all feel when loaded....how much weight do you reckon you will be caring when fully loaded?

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    Only a quick run, but it's very hard to gauge without putting the heavy shock in. This system will probably add 15-20kg to ny total weight. Will is going to try to make a lighter version of the frame for me.
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    Are you going to get smarty to re-tune your suspension once it is flu loaded? is will going to make one out of aluminium?

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    Yep, back to Smarty.
    Aluminium would definitely be lighter, but I like the idea of being able to weld steel racks... If I break one (probably will).
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    Looking good Mark, one thing to keep in mind if you are thinking of a lighter frame is that you might not be able access a mig welder and it could be stick only, light tube = fun.
    The DRZ has a very strong frame, my personal experience is that a lot of riders do not moderate their pace enough to suit the load carried or track conditions and things break.
    How are your plans for your trip going?