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Old 10-31-2013, 03:39 PM   #20851
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DR650SEddy,
Looks like a blast. Do you have the route posted anywhere?
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:31 PM   #20852
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DR650SEddy,
Looks like a blast. Do you have the route posted anywhere?
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Day 2 we started from Needles hwy out of Laughlin.
https://www.google.com/maps?q=35.052...num=1&t=m&z=15
And continued over here.
https://www.google.com/maps?saddr=Un...p=7&sz=15&z=11
Day 3 we only did ~43 miles off-rd before my crankshaft said ouch...
https://www.google.com/maps?saddr=Un...p=3&sz=18&z=12

I did small R.R here:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...=920792&page=6

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Great pics! Good luck with the fix.
New crankshaft, new piston (bearings gaskets, etc...). I should have upgrade the other parts when I went big bore. Lucky me it happened at the last day, last section of that route. So I didn't miss much.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:07 AM   #20853
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Great pics! Good luck with the fix.
Great scenery! Which bike has problems: 650 or 400? good luck anyway!
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:47 AM   #20854
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How many of you guys have windshields on your DRZ's? What brand do you like, and why? I've been riding in the morning, and it's barely 38 degrees. Any input would be appreciated.

Cee-Baily's and I love it.
I may have spelled it wrong,but google will find it.
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:02 AM   #20855
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Great scenery! Which bike has problems: 650 or 400? good luck anyway!
400 but it's a 440cc now.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:19 PM   #20856
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Hey dr650seddy, What is hanging on the right side of your swingarm?
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:50 PM   #20857
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Hey dr650seddy, What is hanging on the right side of your swingarm?
A rope, and 24mm wrench already attached to the rear axle nut for quick tire removal (Dakar technics).
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:03 AM   #20858
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DR650EDDY,

Fantastic ride and pictures! My wife is trying to talk me into moving out west (Oregon) and this kind of stuff is definitely helping her!
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:57 AM   #20859
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DR650SEDDY, That stretch from I-40 south toward Parker thru the mountains on the CA side of the Colorado River looks to be a treat, and it's only ~45 miles from Kingman. Is that a stretch which can be run alone or would you suggest a partner? Looks like pretty decent road.
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:36 PM   #20860
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DR650SEDDY, That stretch from I-40 south toward Parker thru the mountains on the CA side of the Colorado River looks to be a treat, and it's only ~45 miles from Kingman. Is that a stretch which can be run alone or would you suggest a partner? Looks like pretty decent road.
I am not big fan of riding alone no matter how good u are a lot of thing can go wrong. It's not bad section with switchbacks galore and the sceneries are amazing. The only thing that u must look out for is as u climb uphill or downhill there's a lot sharp rocks mixt with power like dirt that keep u on ur toes. What I did is keep on the gas as u climb up (some of them are step a little) and downhill I kept control with engine brake (no wonder my crankshaft gave up). I'll do it again for sure. Beautiful sceneries around Parker Dam as well.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:15 PM   #20861
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I am not big fan of riding alone no matter how good u are a lot of thing can go wrong. It's not bad section with switchbacks galore and the sceneries are amazing. The only thing that u must look out for is as u climb uphill or downhill there's a lot sharp rocks mixt with power like dirt that keep u on ur toes. What I did is keep on the gas as u climb up (some of them are step a little) and downhill I kept control with engine brake (no wonder my crankshaft gave up). I'll do it again for sure. Beautiful sceneries around Parker Dam as well.
I just went across Parker Dam on the pavement last weekend. I'll try some of that dirt on the way back to Salton Sea next weekend. Thanks for the info.

I've ridden alone for many thousands of miles, mostly pavement but some dirt where my road bike didn't belong. Proably not the smartest moves on my part but I've always come out the other end okay.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:17 PM   #20862
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Technical question (and should'a thought of this before buying the bike):

Is there a simple way to add a thermostat to a DRZ 400 E? I plan to ride this bike many miles in all season. Seems to run awfully cool at highway speeds, even when ambient is up to 90. What's it gonna be like in the 30s/40s?
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:37 PM   #20863
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you could cover the radiators
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:59 PM   #20864
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you could cover the radiators
I've thought of that, TD. I'll watch it closely over the next couple rides. It's generally down in the 40s now in the AM, and cooler up on the mountain.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:31 PM   #20865
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I've thought of that, TD. I'll watch it closel over the next couple rides. It's generally down in the 40s now in the AM, and cooler up on the mountain.
i miss that living in your part of the country

one day not soon enough i plan to return

blocking the rads with a bit of cardboard or sheet plastic would be cheap to do
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