1. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Single Track Noob

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    She complete! Yesterday was my first day back on a bike since my accident in July. I was off the bike for 9 months, 25 days, 20 hours, 22 minutes to be exact.

    For those of you have don't remember (or care), an asshat cager made a left turn into my radiator while my wife and I were on a 2 lane back road. I was doing approx 43mph at the time of impact. I was riding an 07 650 ABS and my wife was on one as well. My bike was toast, her's was a superficial total. We bought both back as salvage. I de-farkled and parted out most of my old bike, and her bike became the foundation for the ADVstrom.

    Before (my seat, tool tube, and center stand already installed)
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    Bent forks
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    Tweaked radiator
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    Busted Fender
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    The true cost of repairing the damage was under $800, but I took the chance to start with a "blank canvas" and build the bike I wanted.

    Part's from my old bike
    Rich's Custom Seat
    Zumo
    Tool Tube
    Givi side racks
    Pivot Pegs
    Buel Signals
    Zuk Centerstand
    Hyper Lites
    Motech Mirror extenders
    Hula Girl
    Naked Chrome Lady

    The new parts list
    Custom Fork Tubes 1" longer than stock
    Race Tech emulators
    Elka Shock adjusted for 1" rise
    Murph's Brace
    Touratech Skid Plate/Oil cooler relocation
    Dirt Bike Fender
    MadStad
    LED Running Lights
    Starcom Advance
    Dual Star Grips
    Gerbings Dual Temp Controller
    BarkBuster Storm Hand Guards
    Moose fat bar risers 50mm
    Protaper Contour ATV High bars
    JCW top box

    Mods to come soon later date
    SV1000 front calipers
    Braided front lower lines

    After
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    Dirt bike fender and LED running lights
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    I'm not sure what I think of the fender. It's made for a 21" wheel and I don't really like how it sticks out in front. I may try heating and bending it or even cutting it sorter.

    LED running light in action
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    Made mounts from 3/16" ABS sheet and mounted to the stock fender mounts. They are wired to the heated grip socket

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    Fender Mount made from 3/16" ABS sheet

    Pennytech adjustable folding shift lever and hockey puck side stand foot
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    Extended centerstand
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    Had a local welding shop add 1 1/4" to the length of the center stand legs to compensate for the 1" extra ground clearance. They did a great job for $40

    The Girls
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    I can't ride without my girls. The hula girl lost and arm in the accident.

    I put on about 150 miles yesterday and it felt great to be on a bike again. With all of the suspension mods the bike handles much tighter and feels more "planted" than my old bike did, but since it's been so long and so much has happen since I last ride can comment on details.

    I know I did something unthinkable to most. I took a top heavy bike and raised it 1". I can no longer flat foot it, partly because I've lost a little flexibility in my hip. Part of it is because my seat's little too wide at the front. Luckily it doesn't feel too top heavy with a full tank of gas. I'm sure the first time I get in on a fire road and need to get a foot down I'll notice a difference.

    Total cost of bike including salvage buy back $4500

    Thanks
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  2. rallydrz

    rallydrz Worst Case Scenario

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    Just a thought but if you're looking for a better profile on that fender maybe try a KTM style fender with a little tighter bend up front.
    Here is a 525EXC one on my DRZ...
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  3. Remarksman

    Remarksman Been here awhile

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    Congratulations, it sounds like quite a project. Some interesting ideas and solutions there. I'm glad you posted it.
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  4. jgunsett

    jgunsett Goin' Coastal

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    Sorry for the hi-jack, but what type of fairing is that on the DRZ?????
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  5. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    welcome back among the riding:1drink
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  6. wsdbikes

    wsdbikes New Max is Mad

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    :clap :thumb
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  7. crocapo

    crocapo Adventurer

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    bljak,bljak:topes :puke2 :puke2
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  8. Hamilton Felix

    Hamilton Felix Part Time Good Guy

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    Damn, that looks good. You're a tall guy, Brian, so the extra ground clearance and height will work well for you. But I agree with the suspension improvements when making top heavy bike taller.

    Not sure what I'll do to mine next (not much until I get off the Divorce Budget). But I want to try a fork brace.

    That hockey puck works out well with the increased height. I'm just using a piece of 1/8 aluminum diamond plate to give me a larger foot on the side stand.

    Hope to see you soon.
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  9. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Seeing bent forks like that makes me queasy.
    One of my friends almost died in an accident and his forks were bent like that but a couple of more inches back.:eek1
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  10. hahmule

    hahmule Balding Gloriously

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    Great Stuff! Please expand on the longer fork tubes, where you got them, lead time, quality, price etc. I know I'm not the only one who would be eagerly awaiting your reply! Gracias. :bow
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  11. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Single Track Noob

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    I got the tubes from Forks by Frank in Chicago http://www.frankmain.qpg.com/ They were about $375 for the pair. The tubes are much beefier than the OEM ones the stock spring barely fit inside. Lead time was about 2 weeks. The guts consist of Sonic 1.1kg springs, racetech emulators and 20wt oil. The best part about the taller forks is that you don't have to cut down the stock preload spaces since he emulator is also 1" tall. :lol3

    I've mounted the dirt bike fender to a Murph's fork brace. After having it in hand I think it's the best design over the other 2 available. The Murphs is the only one that can be adjusted for variances in the distance between the fork legs.
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  12. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    How's the damping on these front forks?

    :ear
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  13. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Single Track Noob

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    So far so good. The comp is a little harsh on small square bumps, but other than that it's good. I've got 4k miles on the rebuild so seals and such are just now breaking in.

    The emulator setting is 4 turns of preload, but I'm no a small dood 330# + gear.
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  14. hahmule

    hahmule Balding Gloriously

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  15. irishdec

    irishdec Been here awhile

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    Godd on ya
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  16. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    Welcome back to the road for you and your noble steed. :evil

    As to the front fender :yikes Try a supermoto fender. That's what I did and it looks much cleaner and covers just fine. I also attached mine to the Murph's brace.:thumb
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  17. John in Seattle

    John in Seattle KLRista

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