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Old 12-15-2011, 12:05 PM   #57976
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Thank you for the info.

I found the d606 in Medellin, Colombia. They have everything here! MT21s, MT16s, etc. I don't like carrying extra tires with me, but expect significant amounts of mud in Peru and sand in Bolivia. From an economic perspective I want to run my MT90s to the cord...but for safety I should change over to more aggressive tires in Cali, Colombia before going off into the mud to the south.

What's a few extra bucks, if it keeps one riding well...
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:22 PM   #57977
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In New England's rocks and roots the pirelli MT-18 is the tire of choice.

Almost everyone uses them.
They don't promote them here, but it's common knowledge.
YES! The MT-18 is one of Pirelli's I've used. One of the best tires I've ever found. Used them on my former DRZ400E, KX250 and XR250R.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:22 PM   #57978
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You could also always do this:
What vapor mount is that? I like it alot.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:32 PM   #57979
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What vapor mount is that? I like it alot.
I got this from Highway Dirt Bikes (along with the top-clamp setup), but it may very well be a Trail Tech item.....
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:14 PM   #57980
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HID 35W set up

Howdy Grifter, I'm going to finally order a DDM kit today..are you happy with the 5000K or would you go a different color?
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Great write up.
I too was concerned about clutter and complexity with the HID ... but if you check out my prima-tivo install of the DDM Tuning HID, you can see it's pretty straight forward .... and has nothing to do with the wiring harness. No changes required there.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=635694&page=3

The only issue is finding a spot for the ballast and ignitor to live. The only wiring on my single bulb HID kit was to UN-plug the stock three prong plug ... and plug IN the HID one. No other wiring at all. In this mode only the LOW beam lights the HID. So to shut off headlights ... you just flick to high beam on stock switch. The blue dash light is lit ... so you know your light is out.

Not only is the HID light 3 or 4 times brighter than stock ... it seems to be reliable. I did quite a bit of rough washboard in Baja and a bit of rocky two track. Light still hanging in there, now about 6000 miles on this system. A new HID bulb (IIRC) is $12 from DDM Tuning. The whole kit was $27.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:25 PM   #57981
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Howdy Grifter, I'm going to finally order a DDM kit today..are you happy with the 5000K or would you go a different color?
i am not grifter, but... i went w/4500k, and i would recommend this. it's way whiter than any standard halogen, almost but not quite bordering on that blue tint you see elsewhere. 5000k will tend even more towards blue...

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Old 12-15-2011, 01:49 PM   #57982
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Try this one if u don't wanna spend too much money on Arai.
http://www.atomic-moto.com/Fly-Trekk...lmet_p_78.html

I have that exact same one & i like it.
And if you are looking for really nice boots, check:
http://www.atomic-moto.com/AXO-Boxer-Boots_p_39.html
I've been riding for 40 years and have tried alot of different boots. These are really amazing, considering the price.
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:35 PM   #57983
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Here are the pictures I took............I put the magnet through one of the mounting locations in the disk .....
that's a floating disc rivet, not for mounting bolts through. they expand and contract with heat to keep the rotor centered without being rigid.

move it.

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Thanks for that feedback about the 'sitting closer to the tank'.....
nuts on the tank, that's how you're supposed to ride the DR.

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i am not grifter, but... i went w/4500k...
mine are 6k, and too blue. while it looks fine at night, more white would be my preference. anything from 4800 to 5400k should be the right range for sunlight white.
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:51 PM   #57984
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t...mine are 6k, and too blue. while it looks fine at night, more white would be my preference. anything from 4800 to 5400k should be the right range for sunlight white...
as i said, mine, at 4500k are the bare acceptable limit for white, bordering on blue. if they had 4000k, i would have gotten that instead... some companies offer 4300k; i am ok w/my 4500k's; yust sayin'... the 3000k will be too yellow, the 3500k will be close to stock halogen color; mebbe a little yellower?

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Old 12-15-2011, 05:19 PM   #57985
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HID Lights

Excellent input Gents, thank you. I just need to decide between 4,500k or 5,000K now.
I ran an 8" halogen B-D light at night in Baja & liked the color, but it was interesting that some guys don't like how the whiter HID's wash out the shadows & depth of terrain.
My main consideration between 4500 & 5000 is not blinding traffic, as I'd like to point the headlight for max terrain coverage, but not blind little old ladies.
I'm stoked to be able to turn off the whole light with the high beam toggle -very cool feature when offroad, ditching, etc...

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Old 12-15-2011, 06:42 PM   #57986
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Howdy Grifter, I'm going to finally order a DDM kit today..are you happy with the 5000K or would you go a different color?
5K seems about right ... a touch Blue but not bad. 4500 would be fine too. I never get flashed with my HID 5000, only tiny adjustment required. Down the road reach of the light is very good.
Good luck!
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:12 PM   #57987
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DR650 does the LAB2V

Here is a video of my first attempt of the famous LAB2V 2011 on my DR650. 2 days, over 500 miles of dirt/deep sand and rock traveling from LA to Barstow to Las Vegas almost entirely off road. KTM's (of the smallish variety) were the bikes of choice but the DR pulled through most the the hard splits with only one soft spill through the first sand wash. After about 200 miles of deep sand I eventually got used to it - when in doubt, gas it! Enjoy...I did!

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Old 12-15-2011, 10:52 PM   #57988
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Great ride and video. Thanks for posting.

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Here is a video of my first attempt of the famous LAB2V 2011 on my DR650. 2 days, over 500 miles of dirt/deep sand and rock trveling from LA to Barstow to Las Vegas almost entirely off road. KTM's (of the smallish variety) were the bikes of choice but the DR pulled through most the the hard splits with only one soft spill through the first sand wash. After about 200 miles of deep sand I eventually got used to it - when it doubt, gas it! Enjoy...I did!

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Old 12-16-2011, 12:21 AM   #57989
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Go for an IMS (try Justgastanks.com)..360 kms +++. That standard tank will do 250 + kms, will that do your mate?
Man, I wish I got that out of mine!! 170 to reserve was what I got out of the standard tank. Have an IMS now and get about another 100 - 125k's. That new Acerbis looks great. Hopefully not as dear as the Safari!
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:32 AM   #57990
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Here is a video of my first attempt of the famous LAB2V 2011 on my DR650. 2 days, over 500 miles of dirt/deep sand and rock traveling from LA to Barstow to Las Vegas almost entirely off road. KTM's (of the smallish variety) were the bikes of choice but the DR pulled through most the the hard splits with only one soft spill through the first sand wash. After about 200 miles of deep sand I eventually got used to it - when in doubt, gas it! Enjoy...I did!


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