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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.
Right now I have mine zip tied to my rear rack and use my stock tool tube as well.
Interesting. I was kinda hoping to only have one tool tube, but maybe that's unrealistic if I want to carry a spare set of inner tubes.
I fit mine on a piece of aluminum angle. I later installed a 12 volt outlet in the aluminum above the tube.
The tool tube does fit in place of the stock tube and is functional, looky here. However, recently I've been thinking of something a bit bigger. I'd like to carry tools, tube(s), pump in one spot. Maybe a Pelican 1170. Mocked up a box the same size and it might fit in place of the stock tube but probably would need to be mounted more outboard. The R1??0GS guys mount them all over the place and I found a XR650 thread here with one mounted so the lid opened inward and set on the rear tire to make a nice platform. Haven't seen the 1170 used on DR650's, has anyone else?
If you got the smaller diameter, two tubes are going to just about fill it up.
Two tubes in the fender bag, the red bungee keeps the bag from sliding forward under heavy braking, two 16" tire irons in the tailbag, tool roll in the 12-3/4" x 4-1/2" tool tube. The tool roll barely fits.
The plastic bracket with one mounting hole has broken on some, so I don't trust it.
Details on the mounting:
More ideas in Krusty's Index:
I see you also have the side cover tab outside the normal location, inside the rear fender piece. Was that necessary for clearance?
there are a half dozen methods and probably a dozen threads on drriders as to how to effectively mount that exact tool tube. I used the $10 exhaust flange method myself.
Thanks; that's very useful info. I think a fender bag for the tubes is in the cards but I hope to put all my tools and tire irons in the tube. Wish me luck.
Apparently, a couple of years ago Suzuki started using allen head screws for the NSU. The new style screws don't really address the problem. It root of the NSU screw problem is that the screws tighten up against the plastic of the NSU body. The plastic eventually collapses a little bit leaving the screws with little or no tension on them. Suzuki should put some metal collars in the screw holes in the NSU body. Then the screws would stay tight. Of course that would require redesigning the NSU.
It has been suggested to me by an inmate that one can make a tool tube 19" long by 3" diameter out of ABS pipe. I'm going to try that out. It seems like max capacity and sturdy as well.
I used a piece of air duct (4"), the bottom to a coffee can epoxied in one end, and one of those pipe inspection port plugs for the other. Cost nothing (had the stuff around) and does the job. It's zip tied with the 3/8" wide ties to my frame and wolfman racks. Holds everything I would ever want to have, including tire irons, patches, air pump, expanded tool kit, basic first air kit, extra contacts, zip ties, gorrila tape, and more. I think it's about 15-18" long, IIRC.
6'3 185 lbs, plan on riding single track in my backyard with the nephews (going very slow). ADV rides which will consist of 40% gravel and dirt roads, 30% highway and 30% single/jeep trails. Planning numerous 2-3 day rides which means I will be packing my gear (~30lbs) doing the above type riding.
Owned a 2005 KLR and did a few weekend rides. My opinion was it was too big, heavy and lethargic.
Budget is ~$3500.
Shooting from the hip, DRZ400, DR650 or be patient and find a TE610?
I wonder what the unbiased participants in this thread will suggest...
The Keintech tool tube is light gauge steel. And 17 inches long! I have full size spoon/wrench combo levers, a pump, full allen set, screwdriver, adjustable crescent, some sockets and ratchet, locktite, safety wire, zipties, and my paperwork in a ziplock in mine.
... and I love the mt21 front. Sticks good wet or dry on pavement, clears mud well and since its not directional you can flip it to get edges again and more miles.
For a rear I love the Dunlop 606. If more mileage is needed, maybe an mt21 front and a heidanau (sp?) K60..
Here are a few other RTW reports featuring the DR650
Big Al Smith
Jedi Master S. America
Lars from Joberg (girl friend riding DR650)
Air Borne Andy
Girl Friend on DR/Husband on KLR
JediMaster N. America
I'm really just going on what various members here have said here on this thread over the last couple years. Not staggering numbers but there have been a few claiming they found previously used Phillips bolts were now Allen/Hex bolts ... but that they were also TIGHT. Who knew?
On my '06 ... (in about '07) they were just barely snug. I simply backed them out, added Loc Tite and tightened them as much as I dare. That was about 40,000 miles ago. Maybe I should check on them one of these days?
At 6'3" you may be inclined to either lower the pegs or get a "tall" seat ... or both? The DR650 feels quite a bit smaller ... and LIGHTER than a KLR.
(I've owned both). It's also a better trail bike and handles better ON and OFF road, IMHO. But a very well set up KLR can be much better than a stock one. Same with a good DR ... so much better than stock. Nothing but money.
It needs a better seat and upgraded suspension to be it's best. Still may not match the 610/630 or Terra in a race, but I guarantee the DR will get there without mechanical issues ... and for the next five years.
Also, MUCH better on highway at a steady 75 mph for 10 hours a day.
Good gravel/dirt road handler, slides OK in flat track mode. Fair trail bike.
Packs up better than the KLR .... no broken bolts or sub frames.
Way stronger than the 610 but not as much fun when Roosting.
Thanks for compiling those ... Saved for future reference . Love seeing the DR in action...