Las Vegas to Rio on DRZ 400s

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by tiernan, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    WhooHoo!

    Looking forward to it.
  2. DavidXT

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    Excellent ride report.

    What was the average miles you were getting out of the 4 gallon tank? Did you change the gearing too or just keep it stock?

    Ive got a drz400e and thinking of picking up an sm for my road bike when i sell my buell


    David
  3. tiernan

    tiernan Adventurer

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    We both had stock gearing for the trip, but I've since switched to a 38t rear and really enjoy it in first gear wheelies and highway speeds. I think I'll go to a 39t though (my 38t is aluminum, and I rarely go over 75).

    We normally tried to fill up every hundred miles to play it safe, but I remember estimating we got about 40mpg on average. I removed the spacer on the petcock when I installed the IMS tank, so I would hit reserve prematurely, and Matt had the aftermarket carb and exhaust, so his mileage wasn't quite as good as mine (though it was surprisingly close).

    The day we almost ran out of gas on the Isla Ibera in Argentina I think we had gone 140 miles, half of which were spent in the sand, during which time Mateo was falling relentlessly.

    I'll bet if you have the 4gal tank, are not carrying all the crap we had, had a 38t rear sprocket, and stayed on road, you'd get around 60mpg.
  4. tiernan

    tiernan Adventurer

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  5. tiernan

    tiernan Adventurer

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  6. mountainman01

    mountainman01 Tarded

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    Sick trip! you are diehards, this is the gnarliest ride I've ever heard of on an SM. Maybe someone did the dalton, but your the man!
  7. tiernan

    tiernan Adventurer

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  8. tiernan

    tiernan Adventurer

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  9. cloudshaver

    cloudshaver marcusorass

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    I loved that little town and stayed there for over a month. Is Juanita's still open? nothing like a cold Pilson or imperial beer in the hot after noon.
  10. dirt_diggler

    dirt_diggler Adventurer

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    Are those the same tires for the entire trip. Not sure if I missed that or what? Are they 160/60 and 120s? I've been eying them for a while but reports are they wear quickly.

    BTW- LOVED reading this! Looking forward to some film footage post production.

    Thanks
  11. tiernan

    tiernan Adventurer

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    Here's the trailer, enjoy!

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    This is our first ride, and our first film, and it's been a rough road all the way- two years in the making. Thanks for everyone's support! As you'll see in the film, the online community was necessary for us to get through our trip, and it will also be necessary for our film to have any success. Right now we've applied to a dozen film festivals; I'll keep you posted if we get in to any :)

    Tiernan
    ridereportmovie.com
  12. davidadv1

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    you got some video editing skills :freaky
    ill wait for the movie!!:D
    what machine do you use? and software?
  13. flyde

    flyde Been here awhile

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    YES, YES and YES! Good to see!
  14. tiernan

    tiernan Adventurer

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    Thanks!
    This was cut using Final Cut Pro 7 on a Mac Pro Quad Core. The slick part was the G-Technologies, G-Speed ES 8TB eSATA RAID hard drives we had :D
  15. tiernan

    tiernan Adventurer

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  16. tiernan

    tiernan Adventurer

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    :clap We won the award for Best Documentary Feature! :clap
  17. Solarbronco

    Solarbronco Been here awhile

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    Congrats! After reading this whole ride report I am left with one question.

    When do we get to see it? As ADVr's, we would like to!

    Again, congrats. And, I am thinking of loaning my DRZ to my son when he graduates college to let him do the same with his friend.
  18. tiernan

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    We don't have an easy way for everyone to watch it just yet... I'll post when we go to any more film festivals. At some point we may just post online for all too see, at which point I'll definitely post here as well.

    DRZ is a great choice! Fairly cheap, fairly easy to work on, tons of aftermarket options, tons of mechanical info on thumpertalk.com.

    I would do the trip again myself...
  19. tiernan

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    In the beginning, our friends expressed doubt...

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