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Old 03-17-2009, 02:56 PM   #2566
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Ordered some Dirt Bagz Ranger bags and an E-Bay rear rack yesterday. Got my CFC stick on case savers Saturday. I'm almost ready for a long weekend on the bike.
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:51 PM   #2567
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And the K is dirt-only kicker sans the heavy battery and starter.
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:23 PM   #2568
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Whats the best way to hardwire a gps onto the DRZ?
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:30 PM   #2569
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Whats the best way to hardwire a gps onto the DRZ?
Depends on which unit you have. I have had good luck with the 60 & 76 series GPS units on four different bikes with wiring this, unswitched all the way back to the battery with an in-line fuse (included, but not pictured).

Item model number: 010-10082-00, 'bout $20, West Marine usually has them stocked in their stores if there's one near you.



Unlike the USB port, this makes a nice water-tight connection.

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Old 03-18-2009, 09:06 PM   #2570
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Whats the best way to hardwire a gps onto the DRZ?
Have a look here at something I posted a while back:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...postcount=2445

I used the same cable that DrRock used, but put a plug on it to plug into a receptacle I mounted on a tab under one of the handlebar mounting bolts. That way I can easily move the unit from bike to bike and not have to buy and hardwire two power cords. You'll have to handy with a soldering iron and heat-shrink tubing, etc.

Definitely use this power cable instead of the USB plug...besides being pretty much waterproof, it won't fall out when the going gets rough.


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Old 03-18-2009, 09:23 PM   #2571
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S is factory street legal
E has a few more ponies but is NOT factory street legal
If you live somewhere where plating dirt bikes is easy, go for the E
If you live in Kalifornistan or the like, get an S
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Don't forget that Kawasaki sold the DRZ under as a KLX400R (same as the "e") and KLX400SR (same as the "s"). They are the same bike as the DRZ just in Kawi green. Here's mine:

Mine is the offroad version that was plated in 2003, back when it was easy to do in OR. Now it's almost impossible thanks to CA IMO. I've modded it some with typical protection stuff, full Muzzy exhaust (well worth the $$!), big gas tank and an S model headlight. Check with your riding buddies in TN about the "plating dirt bike" thing. The easiest thing to do is get a factory street model so you don't have to worry about the plating issue. A third option is the SM model. You can put dirt wheels on them more cheaply than putting SM wheels on the dirt-oriented versions.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:18 AM   #2572
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I'm looking to plate a DRZ in TN also, I talked to the county clerk, she said they do a visual inspection at the office. I think I might just tape a hundred where the turn signals should be
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:54 AM   #2573
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My GPS is an Etrex with the weird looking plug on the back. I like the plug idea.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:20 AM   #2574
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My GPS is an Etrex with the weird looking plug on the back. I like the plug idea.
What I did was buy a cigarette lighter adapter for the serial port eTrex (I have the early non-color Vista model) on eBay for $5 and cut off the plug. Add an SAE adapter and you can use the battery tender SAE plug off the battery of continuous power. Pay attention to the wiring on assembly. Just remember to turn off the GPS when you're off for any period of time. Once you're home, you plug back in to the tender...

I use the eTrex on the DRZ and CR250 (battery only obviously). I have a Zumo for the GS and it's wired through the CANBUS.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:28 AM   #2575
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+1

Don't forget that Kawasaki sold the DRZ under as a KLX400R (same as the "e") and KLX400SR (same as the "s"). They are the same bike as the DRZ just in Kawi green. Here's mine:

Mine is the offroad version that was plated in 2003, back when it was easy to do in OR. Now it's almost impossible thanks to CA IMO. I've modded it some with typical protection stuff, full Muzzy exhaust (well worth the $$!), big gas tank and an S model headlight. Check with your riding buddies in TN about the "plating dirt bike" thing. The easiest thing to do is get a factory street model so you don't have to worry about the plating issue. A third option is the SM model. You can put dirt wheels on them more cheaply than putting SM wheels on the dirt-oriented versions.
Even the VIN comes up as a Suzuki. One of my friends found that out when pulled over one time. The police officer got a bit concerned at first thinking it was stolen and/or an attempt to cheat the registration until my buddy explained everything.

Nice looking ride!
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:29 AM   #2576
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This is a great way to power the GPS...if you buy the set from Touratech, they also give you a little rubber boot that zipties to your GPS mount. You can insert the plug end into the boot when not in use so it doesn't get wet and muddy.


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Originally Posted by DR. Rock
Depends on which unit you have. I have had good luck with the 60 & 76 series GPS units on four different bikes with wiring this, unswitched all the way back to the battery with an in-line fuse (included, but not pictured).

Item model number: 010-10082-00, 'bout $20, West Marine usually has them stocked in their stores if there's one near you.



Unlike the USB port, this makes a nice water-tight connection.

Also available through Amazon.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:07 PM   #2577
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:08 PM   #2578
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KLX400SR

OConner, what kind of forks are those? Did you put them on yourself or was the bike like that when you bought it?
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:17 AM   #2579
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hello all, just trying to become more active of an inmate =D
i picked up my '05 drz400sm a week or two ago and the weather finally broke so i was able to start getting some miles in. unfortunately when this picture was taken i hadn't gotten around to registering my bike yet so i landed myself a $130 ticket from a friendly policeman on the way home from red lodge. i'm a genius. ah well, i'm all legal now so let the fun begin again!
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Old 03-21-2009, 05:13 PM   #2580
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Hi all
I got a question for you guys, what are the differences (besides tires, the obvious) between the S and the SM model, can I lets say put knobbies on a SM and go offroading?.......
It looks like the forks are inverted.... can you guys please help me out
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