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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Britmick, May 4, 2007.
hey, I've seen some of your stuff, very nice write ups. thanks for taking the time man !
As part of my drz, weight loss regimine, I purchased a shorai lipo battery. This thing weighs a tad over 1#. Combine it with a light weight exhaust and the drz strarts getting into the 280 range (of course all the standard deporking measures apply).
hell its light enough to carry as a spare battery, riding 20 min. every 2 months is enough to keep it topped off.
What is the weight difference and did you mount it elsewhere?
More than one way to skin a cat I suppose...... I'd also like a screen and the Britannia Composites Lynx includes two of the sort of lights we're talking about.
470cc, mmm, got anymore details on your bike?
nope mounted in the battery box, it comes with a bunch of foam to take up the extra space.
stock battery is about 10#.iirc so a difference of 8.6# (roughly)
As I don't ride a alot (read: any) at night, just how terrible is the stock headlight?
I always hear everyone bash it...is it really THAT bad?
its not as bad as a stock ktm headlight
and better than a drze headlight
and worlds better than an airhead bmw headlight(a candle )
The stock headlight on my DRZ is Far superior to any of the past 4 early to mid 80's bikes that i've owned. Every time I turn the high beam on I'm impressed, but never having used better lights I dont know what I'm missing...
Following any of the rallymoto threads, it seems like guys spend a lot of time/money making sure their lighting system is up for the job.
I just wonder how much we truly need to do to improve our lighting situation.
Looks like the answer is to remove the stock headlight and start over lol.
It is the same as bumping the horse power, except it costs less. While getting crazy(like drilling bits out as was done in bicycle racing in the sixties) is not a good idea, dropping weight generally does not hurt and nearly always helps. I converted to tubeless(SM wheels with beaded rims, not a good idea with the S front wheel, no bead on the rim), removing 25 ounces from the rear wheel and 20 ounces from the front. Small improvement in acceleration, big improvement in turn in and suspension response.
there is always room for improvement
i recommend a good led helmet light
in the dark, light = speed
The stock light on the DRZ is fine, i ride lots at night time, if its really dark out just put on the high beams, this is one area that i dont see a reason to upgrade at all.
The only thing i would like, is for the light to be either white or blue, instead of the yellow.
No doubt you don't want to small a battery but I do always carry this for emergencies:
Time you got your Airhead upgraded young man
I agree there not GREAT headlights BUT
A new reflector and halogen bulb and I can see the end of my lane-way (20 meters)
i am planning an upgrade for the airhead, that includes replacing the wiring harness and lights with some from japan
right now the drz400 is more important
Just buy a brighter bulb, hell piaa makes 65w H4 bulbs.
Sounds good but don't forget the Lucas Smoke with that harness
Here's one for you guys...anyone feel like sharing their GPS setup for their DRZ?
Would love to get some ideas.
Trying to spend less than $150 on a GPS which seems difficult.
Currently just use my android phone...
:huh. Ok, I'm stupid. What's with the smoke joke??
Electrical wiring usually quits working when the magic smoke comes out of it.