Drz400 Thread

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

  1. Streeter

    Streeter Has Coping Skills

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    White is OK, but you can't ride it after Labor Day.
  2. RMOTO

    RMOTO Doing secret stuff

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    Cheers for that, interesting how the subtle difference in bar bends makes such a difference to the install
  3. Viper210

    Viper210 Adventurer

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    Thanks!
  4. ifixfords

    ifixfords Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I am kind of partial to Suzuki yellow, because you know... they are the fast ones.;)

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  5. Jon B.

    Jon B. Been here awhile

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    For $95 (plain aluminum) you can buy the Unabiker guards. There are two solid rods behind the radiators to prevent a side crushing force. There's a rear angle-brace to the gas tank mount preventing it from bending backward. And, the front surface guard is integrated into the guard. You get both of your above parts for less money. You can even get color-anodized versions. (I didn't)

    They're pretty dang stout. I need a set for the '05 and I'll buy the Unabiker guards again - from the ThumperTalk store.

    Jon
  6. kentnothstine

    kentnothstine Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I wasn't sure if they had the angle brace or not. I couldn't tell from the pictures I was seeing. I would agree the Unibiker crushing side force protection is way better

    Thanks again
    Kent
  7. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the feedback. I went riding on some rough single track today and the rider following me said my back wheel is using up all of its travel. I haven't felt it bottom out yet, but I can't be far off it. Better get those springs ....
  8. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    If anyone needs it, I have the stock seat foam and cover just removed from my bike in preparation to installing the Seat Concepts foam and cover. Foam is in great condition, cover is also. No rips or rash. Yours free for a PM and postage.
  9. Naq

    Naq Kitsune

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    I love my probends and spend a lot of time breaking rocks and hiding behind them plowing through the brush. :D

    Running the protaper Windham bars, I opted for the triple mounts instead of the bar mounts.
  10. the big c word

    the big c word the badass noob

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    I have unibiker guards and they work very well, they are very rigid, and have a nice support along the bottom in the back. They are not the easiest to install , but i have a clark3.9 gal tank too. fitment is really good. i have let go of my bike on some really off-camber sidehills, loss of momentum. nothing happened to my radiators at all.
  11. the big c word

    the big c word the badass noob

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    Any body going to the cal poly penguins ride tomorrow?
  12. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    This has been well covered before, but I had the pleasure of riding my newly rebuilt seat today. I recently ordered the Seat Concepts tall foam in the "fat boy" density. I didn't need the extra height as a general thing, but I have a knee injury that makes riding with a compressed right knee painful. I can nearly flat-foot the bike with the added 1 1/4", and sitting doesn't hurt.

    Seat Concepts provides a nice, well-done kit. I borrowed an electric stapler from a friend. I'm sure that I would have had an easier time with an air stapler, but things worked out. If you are using anything less than professional grade stapler, simply make sure that the seat pan is supported against something rigid and the stapler is firmly against the pan. I had quite a few staples that didn't seat the first time, but it's simple to yank them and try again.

    I learned (a little late) that the process goes much easier if you heat the pan with a heat gun or hair dryer as you go along.

    There is a major difference in comfort, and the off-road ability of the seat isn't compromised. It's still not a big, wide cruiser saddle, but it is a major improvement.
  13. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    Excellent feedback. I'm interested to see the appearance of the tall version, any chance of posting a photo? :D


    [BQUOTE=Canuman;18567484]This has been well covered before, but I had the pleasure of riding my newly rebuilt seat today. I recently ordered the Seat Concepts tall foam in the "fat boy" density. I didn't need the extra height as a general thing, but I have a knee injury that makes riding with a compressed right knee painful. I can nearly flat-foot the bike with the added 1 1/4", and sitting doesn't hurt.

    Seat Concepts provides a nice, well-done kit. I borrowed an electric stapler from a friend. I'm sure that I would have had an easier time with an air stapler, but things worked out. If you are using anything less than professional grade stapler, simply make sure that the seat pan is supported against something rigid and the stapler is firmly against the pan. I had quite a few staples that didn't seat the first time, but it's simple to yank them and try again.

    I learned (a little late) that the process goes much easier if you heat the pan with a heat gun or hair dryer as you go along.

    There is a major difference in comfort, and the off-road ability of the seat isn't compromised. It's still not a big, wide cruiser saddle, but it is a major improvement.[/QUOTE]
  14. 59DEN

    59DEN Long timer

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    :lol3 This is payback Rob for previous digs at me :D, What does it say above "no big jumps" :lol3, now what about a camel.



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  15. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    You mean like this?

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  16. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    Perfect! Thanks for that
  17. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    Ha ha! I think a certain Lexpo may be your partner in crime here.
    Good work :lol3
  18. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I met with inmate Jackpiner57 on Friday. He's been working on a set of luggage racks for my "E" model, and has completed the welding and fabrication. I'm impressed with his design skills and craftsmanship. The racks are now awaiting paint, and will go for their field trials soon.

    Unlike other solutions out there, these racks will mount a variety of luggage. He designed this set to mount my Wolfman expedition dry bags, but the mounting points will work with a variety of other throw-over systems. The top rack includes a mounting point for the Rotopax fuel can mount.

    Perhaps their best feature is that they use stock mounting points. Beyond enlarging one hole in the left plastics, no modification to the bike is necessary. This means far less hassle than searching up an "S" subframe, modifying the airbox, and the lot.

    Since the system works with the stock "E" subframe, it will be lighter in weight than the "S" subframe and racks.

    An added advantage is with the addition of two strap clamps, the rack will keep the rear fender from flopping around, thus ending tail-light breakage.

    Pics to follow as soon as the racks leave the paint shop.
  19. sevenpointsixtwo

    sevenpointsixtwo Resident Hooligan

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    What rear rack do you have on there right now? I've been looking for a decent one for the E model, and that looks pretty burly.
  20. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    That's a Nomadic rack, which is available through Seat Concepts here: http://www.seatconcepts.com/products#ecwid:category=1910095&mode=product&product=8231410

    It's not bad for day trips, is light weight, and mounts easily. It is fairly small for anything larger than rain gear and a water bottle. I find it difficult to strap anything to it securely. Although they claim a 9" x 11" platform area, it's actually 9" x 7" useful. I don't want to shit on my brothers, it's a nicely finished piece and a good value.

    The TATrack platform is quite a lot larger (16.5" wide x 14.25 deep,) offers a Rotopax mount, and will protect the rear turn signals. I wish I had it yesterday in the woods. I had to order new turn signals last night. . . It does not add appreciably to the width of the bike. It just clears the muffler and the battery case when mounted.

    Overall weight on the TATrack is going to be greater, but I don't think the difference will be huge.

    Tom is jigged up and ready to produce these. His vendor thread here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=667912

    And for those whom it makes a difference to, Tom is an experienced welder/fabricator working here in the US to feed his family. The powder coating on his racks is done by a local firm. This is a hand-made, USA product.