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Old 04-09-2012, 02:10 PM   #31
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You guys are taking on a huge piece of work here, you did your homework, prepped your bikes the best way you saw fit at the time, now GO RIDE! Enjoy and know that we will be living vicariously through you while on this voyage!
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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Old 04-09-2012, 02:15 PM   #32
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Seriously excited for this one!!!!

Please forgive me, but I'm having some Mondo Enduro flashbacks! Hope you fellas have a stress free time up until D-day. Good luck....we're behind you.!
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:36 PM   #33
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Bill Mayor Seats

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:

Here is the original




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.









The finished product....





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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Old 04-10-2012, 10:36 AM   #34
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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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Old 04-10-2012, 11:31 AM   #35
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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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Old 04-10-2012, 04:49 PM   #36
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I'm in..
never seen a blue DRZ before.... All yellow over here, down under.

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Old 04-10-2012, 05:44 PM   #37
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never seen a blue DRZ before.... All yellow over here, down under.

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Old 04-10-2012, 06:33 PM   #38
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^ The white ones are even faster!
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:45 PM   #39
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:53 PM   #40
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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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Old 04-10-2012, 07:10 PM   #41
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I'm in on this one. I think it's great you've chosen the mighty DRZ for your bikes. I have a long distance set up KLX 400 (440) and love it for the long trips. Light, flickable and proven. I have an 950 SE, but will NEVER get rid of my trusty 400 for all the things it offers. I'd add some rad guards to your list of things if you haven't yet, and even though you have the CRC plates, take a few minutes and shave down the right foot brake. On the inside of the pedal, sitting ever so close to the case, there is a sharp edge that can easily puncture your case if the bike falls on that side.

I want to say conrats on your once on a life time trip, and I'll be keenly watching this thread along the way. Have fun!!
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:52 PM   #42
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Plus one on the Rad Guards and Case guards. Before I had my CRC case covers I punched a hole in the soft Magnesium case on my DRZ400E, pictured below. I don't think the S model has Mag cases, probably Alu. Better for a travel bike.

I sold my '01 DRZ400E in 2004, after 3 years of ownership. I don't believe the "E" model was ever sold in the UK, but not sure. Very different bike and way better off road than the S. But lack of strong sub frame, small headlight and low Alt. output make it not an ideal RTW travel bike.

I also twisted a radiator on my bike ... so Rad guards a good idea. I fell going 20 MPH of soft dirt ... Rad did not leak but was twisted, plastic cracked. Myler's in Utah fixed it like new for $30. Rad guards could save the day.

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Old 04-12-2012, 11:02 AM   #43
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Tank Selection- Safari 28 litre on the DRZ

The white ones are faster? I'm gutted nobody told me this before now! :-)
We already have the case guards fitted so fingers crossed we don't hit any further issues in that department.

Next up is the details on the tank. If I understand correctly, riding on a stock DRz is said to get you no further than between 90 and 140 miles before hitting reserve. Without an after market oversized tank there is no way we would be able to cover the big distances we will need to in the remote regions such as Mongolia or Siberia. We had experience of having to carry additional fuel on the back of the bikes during a warm up trip in India last year and it wasn't something that we wanted to have to worry about on this trip.
After hours of research we both concluded that the Safari 28 litre option was definitely the right choice to be making. Safari Tanks are primarily designed with racing in mind and now have a huge presence in the Dakar for privateer and factory teams but more and more people are using them for trips such as ours. In addition to that, they look pretty awesome.

Being an Australian company, we tracked down the UK distributor Core Racing to ask for some advice. Little did we know when we first made contact with Alec from the Core Racing team that he would have such a huge involvement in this trip. Alec's exposure to endurance racing and motocross was quickly evident when we started to expose his ever increasing list of hints, tips and must-do's. The sheer amount of decisions to be made when planning a trip of this nature can be daunting at times but having knowledgeable contacts such as Alec who are so willing to help relieves the pressure in a big way.







Designed for the DRZ, the sleek design has already caught the attention of a number of people when we have parked the bikes up on the streets of Southampton. It wasn't until we fitted these tanks that the bikes really started to look and feel like the overland adventure machines we wanted them to.
In addition to the peace of mind the additional fuel brings when in remote regions, adding the extra weight to the front of the DRz seems to have improved the bikes high speed stability. Other than skimming a little off the top of the rad guards, fitting the tanks with both a Yoshi pipe and Unabiker radiator guards did not cause any additional issues.

We're slowly getting there...

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Old 04-12-2012, 11:31 AM   #44
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Please forgive me, but I'm having some Mondo Enduro flashbacks! Hope you fellas have a stress free time up until D-day. Good luck....we're behind you.!
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:45 AM   #45
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Bike looks neat with that tank on...

28 litre tank is quite large, I am sure you guys will be just fine.

May I ask what is your height and weight? And do your feet touch the ground flat on both sides?

I sat on a DRZ once. I am quite a tall guy and compared to my XR I didn't quite like the lower riding position of the Suzuki...
Just my opinion, nothing against the bike.
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