DRZ400 Safari & Across Australia build
Sometimes you get an idea in your head that just won't let go.
For years my dumb idea was to compete in the Australian Safari (by the time I actually got to do it in 2009, it was renamed the Australasian Safari)
Anyway, at the completion of the 2009 Safari my wife said to me..."Ok. You've done FINKE, the 24 Hour Reliability Trial, and the Australasian Safari..... What's next?"
I had to think about it for a while, but the decision has been made. COAST TO COAST, UNSUPPORTED.
In this forum I will outline what I've done to the DRZ since I brought it home like this:
At this point I would like to refer to a few links that I regularly pondered in the later parts of this build.
INDEX.......... NEW ADDITION: September 2012:
Page 1: · Introduction. · First mods: Remove junk. 17lt Safari tank · Proposed trip. · Brief fairing discussion<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
Page 2: · Logistics of trip. · Motor mods.
Page 3: · Canning discussion · Fuel ratings · 24 Hour Reliability Trial<o:p></o:p>
Page 4: · Fairing · Fuel consumption · Suspension · Back in the early days. Bike protection. Header/muffler<o:p></o:p>
Page 5: · Jim, Doc, Kipo · Incoming Question: How many K’s out of a DRZ?<o:p></o:p>
Page 6 · Interesting weekend. RR with Wild0 · Back in the early days again. Triple clamps, bars, light.<o:p></o:p>
Page 7 · Finke discussion · How many riders? · InertiaDRZ400 offer · Header pics<o:p></o:p>
Page 8 · Nav tower/fairing build · Fairing build for 17lt tank · Highway pegs<o:p></o:p>
Page 9 · Gearing · Seat Concepts · Fuel capacity · Luggage set-up · HID woes · Fairing production?? · 28lt tank fairing cut-down<o:p></o:p>
Page 10 · Tyre discussion (brief) · Plans to get fairing mold made · Tentative ride dates<o:p></o:p>
Page 11 · 24 Hour Reliability Trial 2012 discussion · Handguards/ Moose Weathershields · SPOT Connect arrival · MITAS E-09 Dakar tyres ordered · ‘Spare Safari bike’ back in the shed to help with fairing mods<o:p></o:p>
Page 12 · January 2012: · Bike dropped off for fairing modifications · SPOT Connect · Mitas E-09 Dakar tyres · MAPS/Choices -Steep Point to Alice Springs<o:p></o:p>
Page 13 · West to East/ East to West discussion · Timing of the ride? · Still waiting on the fairing.<o:p></o:p>
Page 14 · A spanner in the works (planning_) · Some slight progress on the fairing · New shock set up for ADV weight. · Loaded bike Shakedown ride. · Ride report- To Mildura on a wet night.<o:p></o:p>
Page 15 · Mildura run RR with photos. · Safari tank questions · RIDE POSTPONED · Fairing- slow progress · Seat Concepts update<o:p></o:p>
Page 16 · Salt lakes riding · Fairing · Wild-0, mud lovin fool & Gadget678- Sunset Desert Ride<o:p></o:p>
Page 17 · Seat Concepts · Interesting- Taking the Nav tower off. (5 bolts, 4 wires) · Mention of 59Den’s loaded up DRZ · Compression down? Noisy big end?<o:p></o:p>
Page 18 · Discussions with 59Den · PULL IT’S HEART OUT · General rebuild info.<o:p></o:p>
Page 19 · Running again · Trying to co-ordinate a ride<o:p></o:p>
Page 20 · Farmers 6 Hour Enduro · Working on the new panniers
Page 21· Android phone- copy & paste images · Working on the new panniers
<o:p>Page 22 · Pannier discussions- Why hard? Hijack- bike colors. Fairing deadline given.</o:p>
<o:p>Page 23 · Color discussion continues. Suspension & seat suggestions. Progress-fairing mold has been made.</o:p>
<o:p>Page 24 · Fairing mold ready· Lights · Mtbbker- Could've cheated
Page 25 · 1st Casting of fairing · Lights discussion- DOT relevance ·
Page 26 · Lights still · Polisport fitted to fairing ·
Page 27 · Fairing in position· Mounting possibilities · Dash
Page 28 · Fairing brackets· Change in fairing design.<o:p>· Pannier rack. </o:p>
<o:p></o:p><o:p>Page 29 · Racks, Panniers, Fairing & the Kitchen sink.</o:p>
<o:p>P</o:p><o:p>age30 · Rack changes · Fairing:- 2 steps forward, one step back (or is it two back, one forward?)</o:p>
Will be watching with interest:wink:
also following thread. :wink:
Hands up who doesn't already know me.:clap (Or at least my bike)
Anyway: My postings are likely to skip from 'what it is' to what it was' to 'what it shall be'... so if there's anything specific you want to know, just shout out.
My DRZ started life as a 2005 model DRZ400E. I bought it in Nov 2007 with under 800km on it.
My intention for this bike had alway to be compete in the Australasian Safari, and being a fan of Tony Kirby's writings in Sidetrack Magazine, I had a fair idea of where to start.
The bike already had Barkbuster ego's and a B&B Bashplate... bonus!
First: Get rid of the junk.
The rear guard extender, excess plastics (near chain guard) and stock mirrors were the first to go. Over a reasonably short period, the stock headlight (all 3kg), speedo & helmet holder went too.
I was in credit with Robin Box (Safari Tanks) as he sold my TTR250 tank for me... So the Translucent 17lt Safari tank was on within the first week.
I hated the standard black muffler, but couldn't afford the replacement for a while, so I just painted it silver.
Aren't they shiny when they're new???
subscribed! Love your work Gadget
Now with pictures you can actually see.........:rofl
Im rather interested in this build. Hope you keep this tread active :)
At this point, my plan is to ride COAST TO COAST about this time next year. So there'll be a lot to sort out between now and then.
For those that don't know:
Byron Bay is the Eastern most point of Australia... 5300km away (roughly) is Steep Point, The Western most point of Australia. So that's mainly what I want to do. On top of that run however, I have to get to the starting point, then get home again..... I figure I'll just ride those too. So my trip will look something like this! (When I get a better map I'll post it- but don't expect anything soon!)
But it's interesting that the southernmost point is listed as Wilsons Prom, not in Tassie.
Gadget, that is one very sweet ride:clap! love that fairing, is that a Gadget custom design?
My problem with getting the fairing done was the unique nature of the build. I looked at the Mecca systems (like below) & CPW fairings, but anything I got would have to be heavily modified, so I started from scratch.
(Anything look familiar here topo?)
My plan now is to take it all to a local plastic welder/fairing repairer/painter/cook to replicate it without the imperfections. ... and have one to match up with the 17lt Safari tank, and one to match the 28lt safari tank.:evil
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