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Old 04-03-2013, 12:53 PM   #18076
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Unabiker Rad covers

Thanks for the pics. Very helpful!!! I did get them mounted and agree they appear very robust. One thing I did was to put hex bolts on the inside support rods so that I did not have to take off the hoses to tighten the bolts. I put button head hexs as shown on the outside. It took me a bit longer as I needed to do a bit of black smithing on the covers themselves and clean up the radiator mounting bolts and area.

Also, when I was pulling the fuel hose off the tank I managed to pull out the hose tube (cathader) from the petcock. (No further comments please, my eyes are watering already). Anyway, was thinking of pushing it back in with a little epoxy to hold it. Any thoughts on that.


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I thought it was very easy and simple to install, took, me an hour maybe, everything went on smoothly, here are some pics from when i installed them, hopefully this will be helpful to you guys.










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Old 04-03-2013, 01:50 PM   #18077
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Here's one for you guys...anyone feel like sharing their GPS setup for their DRZ?

Would love to get some ideas.

Trying to spend less than $150 on a GPS which seems difficult.

Currently just use my android phone...

If you want to be baller, the Montana series is quite nice. Not really in the $150 range though

It is very versatile with the different user programmable profiles (I bounce between profiles set up for my truck, street riding, and off road with different map selections and whatnot)

You can see it on the bars here



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Old 04-03-2013, 01:58 PM   #18078
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Need some insight -DR350 or DRZ400

I could use some insight or opinions. The other day after a carb flooding mishap with my DR3550 which resulted in some swearing etc, my wife suggested just buying a new bike. I ride an 06 Vstrom(DL650) for most of my ADV touring but like the 350 for riding in the dirt. My question is would I be that much happier with a new DRZ400(I realize it's hard to beat a new bike) over just staying with my 350? Money isn't really an issue in the decision. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Also, the local dealer has a good price on a DR650 which doesn't seem all that much lighter than my DL650.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:16 PM   #18079
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i like my DRZ over buddies' DR350s by a good bit (better suspension, more power--not that the DRZ is exactly a monster, better ergos, etc.), but i wouldn't call either one of them a good dirt bike. both are way too heavy.

since you have another bike for ADV riding and are looking for something for just dirt, i would recommend looking for something that weighs more like 250lbs (or less) that has a plate. there are many KTMs out there (both new and used if you don't want to spend the rather absurd amount it takes to get a new one) that will fit the bill. a few huskies as well.

my DRZ might as well be a GS compared to my KTM (plated 450 xc-w) in the dirt. dirt riding is way more fun on the KTM.

just my take on it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:21 PM   #18080
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i worked for a large ktm shop for a year

i'm still waiting for ktm to make something impressive
i think ktm bike are made to sell parts

i have had a dr350 good bikes but the drz400 has a button and better suspension
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #18081
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i worked for a large ktm shop for a year

i'm still waiting for ktm to make something impressive
i think ktm bike are made to sell parts

i have had a dr350 good bikes but the drz400 has a button and better suspension
my KTM has been quite reliable, though i have not racked up the miles on it that i have on my DRZ. (DRZs are bullet proof tanks, no doubt about that.)

my KTM is a better performing bike in pretty much every way than my DRZ, too...even on the street.

ymmv.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:39 PM   #18082
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ktms are not bad bikes

but they are not as bullet proof as drz

for most folks the drz is better bike in every way do to the lack of maintenance
and its change the oil and ride it nature.

i would rather race a drz than deal with the work the ktm needs.

if i had a plan to buy a 2 smoke off road bike i would buy a gasgas or a husky
long before a ktm
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:03 PM   #18083
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for most folks the drz is better bike in every way do to the lack of maintenance
that's only one way.

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and its change the oil and ride it nature.
my KTM is pretty much change the oil and ride it, too. just have to change the oil a little more often. (and you are supposed to check the valves more often. of course, checking the valves on my KTM is actually *easier* than on my DRZ. i got my KTM with a little over 100 hours on it. it now has 250 hours on it. valves haven't needed adjusting yet. still on the original top end, too.)

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i would rather race a drz than deal with the work the ktm needs.
ummm, ok. i've raced both. i could not disagree with you more. but, to each his own.

there is a reason, though, that most hare scrambles are seas of orange...and it's not just because of people drinking kool-aid.

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Old 04-03-2013, 03:12 PM   #18084
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Here's one for you guys...anyone feel like sharing their GPS setup for their DRZ?

Would love to get some ideas.

...
That's when I build the set up for my trail tech Striker (not long time ago). It's a road-book, GPS and trail tech combination rack.









WinCE 6.0 + Flash 4GB 7 INCH HD Car GPS Navigation 128RAM FM Mp3 Mp4 Free MAPs




5" Car GPS Navigation Built-in 4GB 64MB RAM WinCE 6.0 FM Mp3 MP4 New Map POI

or this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-inch-HD-80...item1c2f1e69bf
They're cheap and effective ...
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:33 PM   #18085
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that's only one way.

my KTM is pretty much change the oil and ride it, too. just have to change the oil a little more often. (and you are supposed to check the valves more often. of course, checking the valves on my KTM is actually *easier* than on my DRZ. i got my KTM with a little over 100 hours on it. it now has 250 hours on it. valves haven't needed adjusting yet. still on the original top end, too.)

ummm, ok. i've raced both. i could not disagree with you more. but, to each his own.

there is a reason, though, that most hare scrambles are seas of orange...and it's not just because of people drinking kool-aid.
i will that about ktm they do have options, just not for me
the early 2000s exc 400 was good bike. parts are to pricey now

as you say to each his own , i agree with that

i dont care much for the current line of rm bikes either
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:34 PM   #18086
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That's when I build the set up for my trail tech Striker (not long time ago). It's a road-book, GPS and trail tech combination rack.









WinCE 6.0 + Flash 4GB 7 INCH HD Car GPS Navigation 128RAM FM Mp3 Mp4 Free MAPs




5" Car GPS Navigation Built-in 4GB 64MB RAM WinCE 6.0 FM Mp3 MP4 New Map POI

or this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-inch-HD-80...item1c2f1e69bf
They're cheap and effective ...
nice
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:55 PM   #18087
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The chosen bike by Suzuki for Rallies/races is RMZ450 it's ~65 hp straight out of the box (mods will add few hp down the road). DRZ400 is entering races mostly by privateer rider not manufacturers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4WxS...ature=youtu.be
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:10 PM   #18088
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i looked at the rmx450z but did not like the 40-50 hours between top ends
same reason i did not by a ktm, to much work not enough riding
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:15 PM   #18089
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same reason i did not by a ktm, to much work not enough riding
That sums it up ... ...
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:25 PM   #18090
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