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Old 09-29-2007, 04:53 PM   #226
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im getting a 17 ltr safari tank so im gathering i wont need the guards for the radiator as it wraps around the radiator pretty well but yeh here is my new toy done 100 kmls as i took this shot
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:25 AM   #227
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Care to share more pictures & info of the headlight shroud of that bike on the right? Price, rider view, etc etc...

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Old 09-30-2007, 05:35 AM   #228
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Care to share more pictures & info of the headlight shroud of that bike on the right? Price, rider view, etc etc...

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You won't buy one anywhere. It was home made for the Australian Safari.
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Old 09-30-2007, 05:38 AM   #229
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:44 AM   #230
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Chris666, nice looking Z, where did you get that fancy gas cap?
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Old 09-30-2007, 12:20 PM   #231
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I'm new to the DRZ thread. Just bought my second 400, have also had a 250 and 350, but didn't know about this site. If this is an old well known thing, just ignore the newbie.

Watch out for the kickstand spring falling off! My buddy lost his right at the top of a BIG hill. Coulda been ugly! He was climbing along, had plenty of momentum, and all of a sudden the back tire jumped 2 feet into the air when the kickstand pivoted the bike up. Back down the hill he went. Luckily all that got hurt was the clutch lever, but on that hill it could have been bad. A long way from the camp, and no place to land a medflight. He said it was the second replacement spring for his bike.

I'm looking for a different spring with enough length on the hooks to squeeze it around the post and secure it. I had the same thing happen on a street bike, and got really lucky not to crash. Or maybe it can be safety wired?
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:39 PM   #232
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Mr. Billy,
Great photos, both on the ground and airborne!
Thanks!

With the 28L tank it looks like it would take a really strong smack to bust a radiator if the bike falls on its side, and just about no way for a rock to fly in from an angle.

Guess the chances of having a rock or something puncture the rad straight in from the front are too small to worry about, so I'm deciding no extra guards are required.

Anybody disagree?
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:45 PM   #233
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By the way, Hill B., you wouldn't have a shot of your 28L Safari from the top side handy would you? I'm curious how much wider it is than the Clark and IMS tanks.
From the excellent front views you posted, it looks like the tank doesn't make you spread your knees out that much.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:53 PM   #234
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Hill Billy,

Did you run the Austrailian Safari? Looks like you did.

If so, would you mind sharing your suspension settings if stock or suspension mods (assuming you did those) with us?

Any other rally mods to improve reliability or safety would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:13 PM   #235
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Chris666, nice looking Z, where did you get that fancy gas cap?
I don't know about other states but that is the stock gas cap for the S and SM in California.
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:04 AM   #236
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By the way, Hill B., you wouldn't have a shot of your 28L Safari from the top side handy would you? I'm curious how much wider it is than the Clark and IMS tanks.
From the excellent front views you posted, it looks like the tank doesn't make you spread your knees out that much.

Thanks again.
I don't have a top view. This is as close as I have got.
It is quite a bit wider than the standard tank where your knees sit but it doesn't take long to get used to it.
The tank affords very good protection to the radiators but we made some steel brackets to replace the flimsy ali spreader bracket that is supplied with the tank.

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Yes I did do the safari. I ran standard suspension with factory damping settings. all I did was increase the rear spring preload. I didn't really do many other mods except fit a bash plate and extend it to protect the engine side covers a bit.
The bike performed faultlessly for the entire event.
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Old 10-02-2007, 08:58 AM   #237
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Hill B,
Thanks again for the info and the excellent photos.
Much appreciated!
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:01 PM   #238
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yeh wiekd looking bike billy i got a few mates over there who ride heaps in the hills mate.around serpy dam and that.
Im just finding that refilling up at the servo sucks lol also can i just ask what ratio sprockets are u guys running as im about to put a 44 on back and have a 15 on front.
just wondering if its still poky around tight sections but what im looking for mainly is a hiway setup thats why im getting 44 on back
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:54 PM   #239
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15:44 is stock for the S in USA and is very good for hiway...It's a little tall for offroad. I run a 14:44 on my S...let's me cruise comfortably at 65-70 mph...anymore and it's real buzzy.
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:14 PM   #240
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Real nice box and rear rack, Hillbilly. I assume they're homeade? By the way, I live in a National Forest in a very rural state. In a small county with no industry but farming and timber. We're called Hillbilly's where I live too. The hills around here are so steep the cows have legs on one side shorter than the other. I'm good at riding off-cambers. I can't ride on flat ground, I keep leaning one way or the other. We have way too many kids around here that look too much alike, if you know what I mean. We don't have a Gene Pool, we have a Gene Puddle. Some of my best friend's friends' are goats.
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