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Old 03-14-2009, 09:00 PM   #1276
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A poor college kid like me can barely afford a phone with a camera! Let alone an actual camera..
ditto!!
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:09 PM   #1277
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I thought I'd take a break from bitching at other people on some interweb message board and actually went riding today together with my GF. Great ride, good brunch, beautiful scenery and roads just made for dual-sports like the little DR.

It was a nice day here in CA:



But damn they have closed up all the good roads around here. Gates, gates, gates.... locked gate at the base of every darn nice road leading up to the mountains.

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Old 03-16-2009, 12:01 PM   #1278
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Laugh 3 Things

Three things that might make it easier for others working on their DR 200's:

1) For some reason all the fasteners, screws, etc. seem uncommonly tight on the 200. I've noted others experiencing this on the forum. Tip for loosening floatbowl screws when doing the Keintec thing: use an old fashoned impact driver, available for $10 ~ $12 at any automotive or hardware store. I was surprised to find that a tap with the hammer easily loosened the screws without damaging them, even with the carb turned sideways and still mounted in the rubber intake tubes. I guess the shock/vibration does the job. The force is also driven inward, driving the philips head into the screw, so it does not strip the top of the screw. In the old days, this was the only way to remove sidecases.

2) When mounting Happy Trail side racks, I remounted the stock turn signals out of harms way and made a very neat installation, I think. I didn't want to take time to order the shorter after market turn signals, and I didn't like the position of the provided bracket. I made a tiny bracket to mount them in/under the tail light. See pics. This way they are inboard of the rack frame, in case bags are off for rough trail riding and falling.


[IMG]turn sigs 3[/IMG]


No wires were harmed to do this job. In other words, no wires were cut or spliced. The wires were plugged back into the original receptacles under the seat. Integrity of the original wiring was maintained. I'm fussy about stuff like that.

3) One more thing I did to ease load on the battery for super cold starts, and to provide the option to going incognito, was add a switch to turn off the head and tail lights. I did this on my DRZ 400 and immediately noticed how the starter turned the engine easier and faster. This doesn't seem to be as much of an issue on the DR 200, with the bigger battery and smaller, lower compression engine, but if you want to do it, the picture shows which wires (brown to brown and yellow/white to yellow/white) to unplug and jumper in the Single Pull Double Throw (SPDT) switch. You'll have to use a pin against the lock tabs to pull these terminals from their terminal blocks, also shown in the picture. The yellow/green wire, shown still connected in the foreground, is the clutch switch lead.

[IMG]DR wiring[/IMG]
[IMG]DR 200 switch[/IMG]


This wire nest is over the headlight, beneath the faux number plate. JUST DON"T FORGET TO TURN THE LIGHTS ON WHEN ENTERING THE PUBLIC ROAD. Your stop light, turn signals and horn will operate as normal with the switch on or off.

Happy trailing!
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:52 PM   #1279
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Awesome job with the turn signal mounting, I might do that, im always breaking the rear signals..

Great info on the light switch, great for sneaking in and out of trails, especially at night!
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:02 PM   #1280
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Laugh turn signals

It would be even better with the shorty signals.
http://www.electrosport.com/products...etail-2104.php
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:54 PM   #1281
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2) When mounting Happy Trail side racks, I remounted the stock turn signals out of harms way and made a very neat installation, I think.
I like that turn signal relocation
The stock turn signals on the DR are very high quality units, much better than any after-market I've seen.
This is a very good way to retain them but keep them out of harms way!

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Old 03-16-2009, 04:48 PM   #1282
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If i can request, can I see a picture of the rear lights from a small distance?

Thanks!
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:14 AM   #1283
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If i can request, can I see a picture of the rear lights from a small distance?

Thanks!
OK, here you go.

[IMG]turn sigs 5[/IMG]

[IMG]turn sigs 4[/IMG]
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:58 AM   #1284
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Poppa? why did your wife make a doily for your license plate?
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:30 AM   #1285
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Poppa? why did your wife make a doily for your license plate?
So's you don't check my license plate and come steal our cutsie DR 200!

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Old 03-17-2009, 09:42 AM   #1286
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So's you don't check my license plate and come steal our cutsie DR 200!

That's OK we got own.



besides, it's a little far...
Driving directions to Clearfield, PA, USA
4,046 km – about 1 day 14 hours
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:46 AM   #1287
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Thanks poppa!

I used to cover up my plates for pictures.. whats the point when you go out you pass hundreds of people in your local area with it uncovered. At least online, most of you live on the other side of the country !

Happy Saint Patty's day!

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Old 03-17-2009, 10:15 AM   #1288
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Thanks poppa!

I used to cover up my plates for pictures.. whats the point when you go out you pass hundreds of people in your local area with it uncovered. At least online, most of you live on the other side of the country !

Happy Saint Patty's day!

I really don't know what the point is. I've submitted pics to other web sites, and the plate was blurred (by webmaster?) before posting.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:33 AM   #1289
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My camera is so good, it has a built in blur to cover the plate. unfortunately it covers the rest of the picture too.
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:00 PM   #1290
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I tried to root through the various postings in this thread about tires but just got confused. Plain and simple question.....what size tires (front and rear) will fit this bike without modification? The original Trail Wings are on the bike, and in looking for replacements (80% road/20% off-road), I can't find sizes to match- there seem to be dozens of different sizes. Help me with my overwhelmed-ness!
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