Round the world on a DR-z400

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by peteFoulkes, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    FAG are world class bearings !! :clap:clap Highly recommended if available
    in DRZ sizes. Koyo also good, among many others.
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  2. JoeyBones

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    Impressed. Jealous. Subscribed.
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  3. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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  4. Mullet Bullet

    Mullet Bullet Been here awhile

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    subscribed, i plan to do this trip some day myself on my DRZ400. good luck and be safe. i look forward to more updates.
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  5. Dark Helmet

    Dark Helmet Been here awhile

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    OK y'all, subscribed.

    I have been working on my low miles DRZ 400 with aspirations for the Trans America Trail. It will be a piece of cake compared to your trip. Don't let any of us put doubts in your minds. You did your research, did the work and have given a lot of thought to this. Just ride!!

    Have a great, safe, and life changing experience!
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  6. vintagecycle

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    For those about to rock, we salute you! Nice rig, I'd love to try that seat out on my DRZ!
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  7. vintagecycle

    vintagecycle Adventurer

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    Eyeing up that Trans-AM trail myself.....
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  8. bymbie

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  9. Zachsv

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    Just got the Maps in for the TAT...shit just got real haha:freaky

    You're trip looks awesome, GREAT luck with everything and I hope the DRZ holds up!
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  10. david hall

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    Best of luck mate, I own a DRZ400s 150 miles is all I can manage:D
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  11. peteFoulkes

    peteFoulkes Been here awhile

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    A huge thanks for all your positive comments guys. Can't wait for all these pre-trip decisions to be completed and finally be on the road.
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  12. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Please forgive me, but I'm having some Mondo Enduro flashbacks!:D Hope you fellas have a stress free time up until D-day. Good luck....we're behind you.!
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  13. peteFoulkes

    peteFoulkes Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all your input. We appreciate any advice to get so please do keep it coming.
    In response to my first post, many people mentioned the Bill Mayor seat we will be using to cover the 25,000 miles over the next 9 months. We've been really really lucky over the last few months as a number of motorcycle related companies have been kind enough to help us out. When Rocky and Rob over at Bill Mayor Saddles found out about the Cancer Research cause we are raising for they jumped at the opportunity to help us out completely free of charge. We can't thank them enough for their help.

    It just so happened that they were about to launch a brand new adventure range of saddles and were kind enough to invest their time and money to build a saddle suitable enough to sit on for 9 months from the original DRZ stock option. Within weeks of sending the stock seat over to the States, Rocky's wizardry was complete and the saddles were back in our garage ready for fitting. You can see their products on their site here: http://www.billmayersaddles.com/

    The quality of their work was evident from the second we took the new seats out of the box. Check out some pictures of the mods in action:

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    Rocky usually likes to have the rider present so he can size them up and work out the best design specific for them but given the distance between us he had to make do with some photos we supplied him with.

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    The finished product....

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    Today we took the bikes out for their first decent run since rebuilding them. As we hadn't really covered many miles on the bikes before stripping them down, we didn't really have a bench mark to compare them to but in general, they were feeling good. We rode from Southampton to Brighton and back which is around 140 miles in total with only a quick stop for a pint in between and the seats felt awesome. We could easily have covered more ground. The seats, in fact, didn't even come up in conversation until we got home and mutually agreed that they felt great which proves that any discomfort didn't even cross out mind.
    A massive thanks goes out to both Rocky and Rob for their input. I hate to think what 25,000 miles on a stock seat could do to my ass. Hopefully we can stop in and buy them a beer to say a thank you in person.
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  14. Rocket_Rookie

    Rocket_Rookie Learning the ropes!

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    WOW....

    That seat sure looks comfortable, beautifully made and a real piece of craftsmanship. Compliments to BMS!
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  15. Rwelch360

    Rwelch360 Been here awhile

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    good luck on your trip! have fun. like many on here I am eyeing up the trans-am trail.
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  16. horseman474

    horseman474 Outback Albatross

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    I'm in..
    never seen a blue DRZ before.... All yellow over here, down under.

    Happy travels
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  17. UK Jimbo

    UK Jimbo Been here awhile

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    Blue ones are the fastest ones :)
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  18. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    ^ The white ones are even faster!:D
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  19. dasvis

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    Once you go black, you will never go back.....
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  20. Dirtbauer

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    Which gas tank are you going with? Sounds like a great trip. I like my 2002 drz 400.
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