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Old 06-30-2010, 10:23 AM   #2746
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Altho in the UK the bike is a Japanese spec DF200...

Suzuki Part# 46310-44AF0




Australian and New Zealand DF200 Trojans use a similiar rack but with an integrated rear light guard...

Suzuki Part# 46310-44AE0




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Old 06-30-2010, 01:19 PM   #2747
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Lake Isabella / Shirley Meadows

The wife scheduled a trip to Lake Isabella to windsurf with some of her old "gang." Perfect I thought, I'd mountain biked the singletrack near Shirley Meadows Ski Area a few years back and thought it'd be optimal for the DR200 "GS". As hot exhaust pipes are incompatible with mylar sails, I very carefully loaded the 200GS into the back of the RV.

Leaving nasty old HWY 99 in Bakersfield this sign greets you as you enter the Kern River Canyon, pretty hairy in an RV too....



With the snow level/melt this year, the river looked dangerously wild, even so, all the riverfront campgrounds have a beach, trying to add to the sign count I guess...



Best windsurfing is found at the nice flat beach by the Auxilary Dam. Shirley Meadows is the high peak on the left.



On Saturday I rode up the sandy Old State Rd. to Alta Sierra as Shirley Meadows is now called.

Rising out of the Central Valley, Rancheria Rd starts outside of Bakersfield and follows the ridge to Alta Sierra, all along Rancheria Rd is very nice intermediate singletrack. I explored every side trail I could find down to Evans Flat Campground and back, it's really great riding and no pedaling back to the start... ;)

Back at Lake Isabella I had passed Sawmill Rd and at Evans Flat there was also a sign for Sawmill Rd., hmmmm....

On Monday there was NO wind so I escaped for a few hours to explore Sawmill Rd., brought my camera this time.



I hadn't ridden very far on Sawmill when I came across this sign.



Might as well give it a try.



Wow, it was great, the hot, dusty high desert turned into a shady, green trail within a few minutes.





Tunnels!!



I couldn't believe what great condition the trail was in, almost groomed. Also, the tunnels seemed to be freshly manicured.



A few turns later I found out why. Wesley is the trail maint king! "Too much snow on Sherman pass, so this area is getting extra attention" he said.



The trail was so great I rode it 3 times total before continuing on to Evans Flat lookout.



OK, that "is" a piston bolted to the rock. It's a memorial to a dirt biker who's favorite(last?) saying was, and I'm paraphrasing, "You think that's crazy? Watch this!"



All that low gear riding from 2500 up to 7000, all that single track and I still averaged 85mpg, wow!
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:42 PM   #2748
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That's gorgeous, patski.
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:06 PM   #2749
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tail rack

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Altho in the UK the bike is a Japanese spec DF200...

Suzuki Part# 46310-44AF0




Australian and New Zealand DF200 Trojans use a similiar rack but with an integrated rear light guard...

Suzuki Part# 46310-44AE0




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Many thanks for the photo/part numbers. I'll put one in the suitcase next time we "cross the pond". Maybe a long shot, but any chance you know the part # in Sweden our final stop?
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:46 AM   #2750
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Maybe a long shot, but any chance you know the part # in Sweden our final stop?
Just checked the IKEA catalogue but no DR200 rack's

Thanks to Miniroot i managed to get some used items from a company he recommended in New Zealand...

http://www.atvcity.co.nz/Stocklist/S...00-Trojan.aspx

The DR/DF200 Trojan has the huge rear rack, headlight guard, factory bark busters, engine guard, mud flaps and right hand side stand



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Old 07-01-2010, 03:05 AM   #2751
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The DR/DF200 Trojan has the huge rear rack, headlight guard, factory bark busters, engine guard, mud flaps and right hand side stand



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For anyone blown away by that front light/ rack combo, it's worth bearing in mind that the DF200 has a different top yoke, which as far as I could see would be required. That's why I've got a spare headlight with front rack in my garage. Also one of those rear racks that I never got round to fitting.
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Old 07-01-2010, 03:06 AM   #2752
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Nice work.

And it's good to hear that those guys came through for you.

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Old 07-01-2010, 03:14 AM   #2753
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Wonder if that UK tail rack would bolt on to my US 2005 DR 200...........?
Anyone tried?
If I remember correctly, and if that tail rack rack is similar to the NZ spec one I have, and your US spec DR200 is similar to my Canadian spec DR200...

(we're getting there)

...then the rack bolts right on, but not with the original indicators mounted. I can't recall exactly what the problem was, but I seem to remember that it didn't require a hell of a lot of work, just a little lateral thinking, and a drill.

As I recall, farm bikes (as the DF200 is marketed here) don't require a whole hell of a lot of things, like indicators, or regular Warrant of Fitness checks, or road registration. They're strictly limited to some short range of the boundary of the farm.

That said, Karl's has indicators. He'd know better.
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:22 AM   #2754
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Yes i think my Jap spec DF200E is halfway between a Trojan and a DR200SE, it has all of the Trojan goodies and then full lighting gear as on the DR200SE

Rear indicators are standard and mounted with the bracket circled below....
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:40 PM   #2755
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here in Guatemala we have both the USA and South-African spec dr200.

http://www.suzuki.com.gt/Motos/Modelos/DR200.html


mine:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Suzuki_DR200.JPG
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:29 PM   #2756
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That's gorgeous, patski.
THX KLay, I just unloaded the camera from last weeks trip, I'll try to get it out this week..

Say, I'm only up to page 35 on the DR200 thread, is there any consensus on the best tires for mostly dirt?

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Old 07-03-2010, 09:28 PM   #2757
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...is there any consensus on the best tires for mostly dirt?

Nope.

I would run D606's, though.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:21 AM   #2758
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I'm still trying to figure out what I like on mine. Klay how long do the D606s last.

To try something different I put Dunlop trials tires on my bike a few weeks back and really like them on the dirt. The down side was they brought the bike up a little in height and I didn't need that (I hate being short), they kick all sorts of dirt all over the bike and under the tank panniers which result in some scratches all the way through the paint to the metal and they aren't lasting. Too much pavement with these tires is not a good thing. I sure do like them in the dirt though.

It would be nice to figure out a low fender for the front tire to prevent the dirt from kicking back and now I'm in search of a tire that will be almost as good in the dirt as these but last longer. I know there are always compromises but I want it all.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:23 AM   #2759
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Not very long...not good for road riding. But they work well in mostly dirt.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:37 AM   #2760
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Thanks for the info Klay,

If I didn't do these long paved rides to go play in the dirt that would help. I don't want to haul the bike so I get what I get.

If I can figure it out I'm going to ride over to Westfest just to meet you. It will be a quick ride there, stay a couple hours and head back again though.
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