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Old 07-22-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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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:


Via This:



To This:




At this point I would like to refer to a few links that I regularly pondered in the later parts of this build.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=456858

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=586609&highlight=australasian+safari+2010


INDEX.......... NEW ADDITION: September 2012:

Page 1: Introduction. First mods: Remove junk. 17lt Safari tank Proposed trip. Brief fairing discussion
Page 2: Logistics of trip. Motor mods.
Page 3: Canning discussion Fuel ratings 24 Hour Reliability Trial
Page 4: Fairing Fuel consumption Suspension Back in the early days. Bike protection. Header/muffler
Page 5: Jim, Doc, Kipo Incoming Question: How many K’s out of a DRZ?
Page 6 Interesting weekend. RR with Wild0 Back in the early days again. Triple clamps, bars, light.
Page 7 Finke discussion How many riders? InertiaDRZ400 offer Header pics
Page 8 Nav tower/fairing build Fairing build for 17lt tank Highway pegs
Page 9 Gearing Seat Concepts Fuel capacity Luggage set-up HID woes Fairing production?? 28lt tank fairing cut-down

Page 10 Tyre discussion (brief) Plans to get fairing mold made Tentative ride dates
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
Page 12 January 2012: Bike dropped off for fairing modifications SPOT Connect Mitas E-09 Dakar tyres MAPS/Choices -Steep Point to Alice Springs

Page 13 West to East/ East to West discussion Timing of the ride? Still waiting on the fairing.
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.
Page 15 Mildura run RR with photos. Safari tank questions RIDE POSTPONED Fairing- slow progress Seat Concepts update
Page 16 Salt lakes riding Fairing Wild-0, mud lovin fool & Gadget678- Sunset Desert Ride
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?
Page 18 Discussions with 59Den PULL IT’S HEART OUT General rebuild info.
Page 19 Running again Trying to co-ordinate a ride
Page 20 Farmers 6 Hour Enduro Working on the new panniers
Page 21 Android phone- copy & paste images Working on the new panniers
Page 22 Pannier discussions- Why hard? Hijack- bike colors. Fairing deadline given.
Page 23 Color discussion continues. Suspension & seat suggestions. Progress-fairing mold has been made.
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. Pannier rack.
Page 29 Racks, Panniers, Fairing & the Kitchen sink.
Page30 Rack changes Fairing:- 2 steps forward, one step back (or is it two back, one forward?)
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:32 PM   #2
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:44 PM   #3
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:13 PM   #4
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:24 PM   #5
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also following thread.

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Old 07-22-2011, 09:03 PM   #6
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:22 PM   #7
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Hands up who doesn't already know me. (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???
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:34 PM   #8
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:22 PM   #9
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Now with pictures you can actually see.........
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:27 PM   #10
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Im rather interested in this build. Hope you keep this tread active :)
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:04 AM   #11
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Im rather interested in this build. Hope you keep this tread active :)
I'm planning on it. It will probably take a while to go through what I've done to the bike already, but a lot of that happened in a fairly short time frame, so I'm likely to leave some stuff out. If you see anything on the bike that isn't standard (let's face it- that's a lot) that you want to know about just post your question.

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!)

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Old 07-23-2011, 12:37 AM   #12
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I'm planning on it. It will probably take a while to go through what I've done to the bike already, but a lot of that happened in a fairly short time frame, so I'm likely to leave some stuff out. If you see anything on the bike that isn't standard (let's face it- that's a lot) that you want to know about just post your question.

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!)

Hi, is tassie is still part of Australia ?
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:47 AM   #13
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Hi, is tassie is still part of Australia ?
By that map it is!!!
But it's interesting that the southernmost point is listed as Wilsons Prom, not in Tassie.
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:48 AM   #14
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Gadget, that is one very sweet ride! love that fairing, is that a Gadget custom design?
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Gadget, that is one very sweet ride! love that fairing, is that a Gadget custom design?
Yep. It's rough as guts if you get close though. BUT... when i fell off & ran into things on it's maiden ride, it didn't break. So I'm satisfied. I'll post some build pics at some stage- there are already a few on the DRZ thread.

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.
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