Drz400 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Britmick, May 4, 2007.

  1. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Wait, some people don't run theirs pinned all the time? :lol3
  2. Lucky62

    Lucky62 Dreamer Extraordinaire

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    This is a copy/paste from my email so read from bottom to top. Wish I was in Kansas....or had a DRZ stored there, I would let them borrow it for a free carb!

    Good Morning Frank,Thank you for your interest in the SmartCarb. We do not currently have any customers using a SmartCarb on a DRZ400. We had scheduled a local gentleman to use his bike to test fitment and calibration. So far it appears he has backed out. We are continuing to look for a test subject and assume that it will be a fairly short study as we have quite a bit of experience testing 4 strokes. If you or someone you know closer to Kansas City has a bike we could test we would give them the carb when done.

    Sorry I don't have more information for you at this time, however please let me know if I can answer any further questions.

    Kind Regards,

    Corey




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    Have you had a customer use one of your carbs on a DRZ400? I’m very interested and would like to know more about which one was used and how they got the throttle cable(s) attached.
    Any info would be greatly appreciated. I’m not a racer, just use the bike back and forth to work and fire road jaunts on the weekends. Wanting to replace my Mikuni 29FB that is on the bike now. Thanks
  3. RadicalTireSkid

    RadicalTireSkid BURNOUT WHEELIE!!!!!

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    I ride somewhat hard (45-70mph) on flat texas dirt roads. I get about 50 mpg. I think I'm a tad lean but the bike runs fine enough. I think your at about the right range.

    For baseline, I would get about 220 miles out of an old/expanded clarke 4 gallon tank (expanded makes it like 4.3 gallons).
  4. RadicalTireSkid

    RadicalTireSkid BURNOUT WHEELIE!!!!!

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    hmmm. 8hr drive... may be worth it for me. See if anyone else picks this up or I may be inclined to send a message.
  5. OC

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    Late reply. Finally home. Gave the bike a quick clean before putting it away then slept all afternoon.

    It gets like that here too. The parks service closes some of the areas we passed through during summer because people don't have the sense to stay away. Nanny state at it's best, but I understand where they're coming from. Black fellas have had tens of thousands of years to learn the lesson and won't do it in a fit of insanity so why should we.
    (Not so) common sense dictates we pull up at lunch for a few hours to avoid the heat in the middle of the day. A lot of ground can be covered in 7 hours before lunch when the sand is still relatively moist, cool and easier to ride.
    Ploughing sand is not the way we ride, give it just enough to climb up on top and keep it there.

    The Geocentre is one of the routes least travelled - it's an old exploration / survey track that usually only sees a handful of groups per year.
    There's not much out there. https://goo.gl/maps/dPCEDvkY6F42

    I learned a long time ago that no more than the absolute basics is needed. Water, shelter, a little food, hygiene, first aid, and the ability to keep the bike moving, plus the contingencies and an immediate 'out' if it goes all pear shaped. Everything is pared down to the absolute minimum... Camping gear is a lightweight bivy, mat, bag, nylon tarp, and single pot cooker. Clothing is socks and jocks, shorts, tee and flops, plus a set of thermals. I wear Keprotech jeans which pull over my boots and scrub up well enough to be seen in public - one of my objections (besides being hot and heavy) to often gawdy motorcycle clothing btw. Its a similar deal with my kevlar shirts so after a quick wash (they dry fast) I don't really need much in the way of clothing. My jacket spent much of the trip lashed across the back of my seat. Food supplies were a couple of kilos of dehydrated meals and trail mix.
    Even with bulk water I still had about 44L of usable saddlebag space for the basics and it was more than enough with a 20L tool/calamity pack on the rear rack. Tools and spares are 'just enough', not the whole workshop. Tank bag for immediate to hand items and a small hydration pack rounds out the storage.

    The water bricks measure roughly 7x45x19cm and are designed to drop into the ends of 50x45x19 (LxHxW) saddlebags with a semi rigid liner. Nothing like a Rotopax really which is good for mounting on a rear rack or behind the LH saddlebag frame.
    I didn't make the bricks btw and the saddlebags are not my usual or preferred setup for this bike either, but I didn't have the water capacity I needed (for the contingency - plenty if it was just me) so reverted to the old setup.

    Weight is carried low and forward and distribution is aided by forward water ballast (emergency supply outside the normal water budget), burning rear fuel first (the tanks are plumbed), suspension work and 60mm extended swingarms. My bikes are reasonably balanced and the tail doesn't wag the dog as often happens with heavily loaded bikes. They are a bit porky when fully loaded, nothing like some of the pigs ridden out there though and they lose 15-20kg/day so it does get easier.
  6. jujubean

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    Got any pics?

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  7. trc.rhubarb

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    Wow, that's one heck of a setup!
    If you have any photos of your bike loaded, I'd love to see it.

    Those dunes are great too... it looked like wood when zoomed out.

    Thanks for sharing the info.
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  8. Crazybear

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    Has anyone mounted siskiyou panniers on a drz? How did it work?
  9. NorskieRider

    NorskieRider Been here awhile

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    No, don't ride it pinned often; 40-45 mph most of the time. I do like to accelerate quickly, but not so much that it lofts the front wheel. It does ride great though; no flat spots and pulls strong.

    Which KLX400 do you have (CV vs. FCR) and is it stock?

    I'm mostly annoyed that I'm on reserve after 70 miles.

    My Ninja 1000 gets about 32 mpg, less at 80 mph with a headwind, to the extent that I can burn through 5 gallons in 120 miles. Stupid range anxiety.
  10. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    New bike is what brought me to this thread.
    Sounds a tad rich to me. I get around the 50 mark while not nursing it. (3x3, K&N filter, stock exhaust, 155 mj)
  11. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    I run my drz with mikuni, e model air box, fmf powerbomb and q4 and jd jets pinned 80% of the time. It's what makes it fun
    I have 14/44 gears and get a fairly consistent 50mpg
    I ride my GS about the same way and get 35mpg
    Not exactly linear from 400-1200cc... the Harley is about 1800cc and also gets about 35mpg and is heavily modified.

    So, I think it also depends on you, what you weigh, what you carry, what tires and pressures you run, elevation, etc.
    There is one stretch of hwy I have to ride that has massive winds for 18-20 miles... I can lose a gallon right there.
  12. Sunflash

    Sunflash Been here awhile

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    I ran them on my CB. Don't. There are several issues but the largest of which is the owner of Giant Loop being a monumental ass. Take a look at the Mosko Moto kit, the gear is better, less expensive, and the owners aren't POS.

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  13. OC

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    I understand the over priced bit (compared to the competition) and I don't like the fact that he pissed in the ears of mods on an international forum to have a competitor shut down. Don't think much of bags like the great basin either - it's the tail wagging the dog problem if they're overloaded... but you're going to have to be more specific than you have been.
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  14. Crazybear

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    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. If you were so kind to share what were the actual issues with the equipment I would find that helpful. Thanks.
  15. Sunflash

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    Of course. The bags odd shape initially was one of its selling points for me, but after using them for 8 months on the road I really began to hate how hard they were to load properly when you pull the inner bags out to take into a house, hotel, or tent. The material was so thin they the inner bags never held a shape that was easy to pack into the outer bags. That meant closing up the roll top of the inner bag and walking it to the bike, opening it up so I could fit it into the outer bag, and then shifting everything around to get the bags to roll back closed. This was a time suck and rather annoying.

    Second they are rated as being 35 liters a side, but more than about 22-25 liters and they would go so misshapen that they didn't fit or close well. The things that filled these bags to a swollen capacity for in my 35 liter roll bag for canoe trips with ease.

    I had a whopping two lowsides and three accidental tip overs the whole trip and still managed to tear free the closing mechanism on one of the bag front pockets.

    The Velcro hold back system isn't idea in anyway shape or form and I was constantly having to fiddle with it. A decent tension strap would have been cheap and simple. I ended up having one made.

    And after meeting Harold and the Mosko crew in the same day it was real apparent who it was a passion for and who it was just what they did for money. Plus anyone who hinges support for veterans mental health on in only their bag is carried is a douche canoe in my book.

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  16. Sunflash

    Sunflash Been here awhile

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    Sorry OC, you tend to set the standard for through posts. Had been running off to an ocenology lab when I responded so was short on time.

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  17. Crazybear

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    Thank you very much. This is helpful.
  18. OC

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    No worries. Legit product concerns although the last line about veterans mental health doesn't make a lot of sense to me and has me curious.
  19. Sunflash

    Sunflash Been here awhile

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    Ya, sorry to have posted while short on time. I am still so unhappy with my GL experience that I get fired up a bit.

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