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Old 09-13-2012, 12:40 PM   #1501
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welcome aboard

what part of va do you live in?
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:47 PM   #1502
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I.M.H.O. They really need to bring this back out as an "S" model to compete with the other 3 that have a 250 D.S. class.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:21 PM   #1503
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welcome aboard

what part of va do you live in?
A little north of Charlottesville near U.S. 33

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I.M.H.O. They really need to bring this back out as an "S" model to compete with the other 3 that have a 250 D.S. class.
That would be cool. I really hope to plate this bike.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:02 AM   #1504
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A little north of Charlottesville near U.S. 33



That would be cool. I really hope to plate this bike.
Quick1911 not sure if you have heard about it but Oct 5th weekend there is a dual sport ride not to far from you. It is the shanandoah 500, two days of riding through the mount Solon area. Lots of great riding, bike has to be plated because it does cover some roads. Great little ride though, I'm taking the 250 for the first time this year, you should check into it.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:27 AM   #1505
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does anyone have a moose skidplate on their DRZ250? I am curious what kind of coverage it yields. Any photos?
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:35 AM   #1506
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:51 AM   #1507
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Drz400 shock

Will a Drz 400 rear shock fit a 250 somehow? I know the 250 shock has the remote reservoir but I can get a 400 shock for free.

What could people foresee as being the major drama?
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:02 AM   #1508
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for free give it a try

i'm not sure if there is clearance for the reservoir
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:13 AM   #1509
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That was my initial thought, but as its free I best give it a good home any way.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:34 AM   #1510
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let us know how it goes!

if it doesn't work i have a good home for a drz400 shock
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:53 AM   #1511
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Went for a ride the other day ...

... and ended up doing just on 10,000km. Went from Sydney to Cape York (northern most part of Australia) to attend a rally, then criss-crossed western Queensland on the way home. Most of the ride was on bitumen or what passes for bitumen in Queensland. A lot of this is only one car wide which makes it interesting when a road train comes the other way. For those not in the know, a road train is a truck with 3 trailers and is over 50m long and when on a narrow road they appear to be 50m wide. In any event, they don't give way to anything smaller than themselves which means that on the 250 it was a case of get off the road. A long way off! If you catch up to one on a dirt road its time to stop and make a cup of tea. Trying to overtake a road train on a dirt road is suicidal. You can't see a bloody thing within 500m of the truck.

The little DRZ now has 52,000km on it with no engine work so far. But, unfortunately it did give me a bit of grief on this trip. It now sports a new set of spokes in the rear wheel as well as new wheel bearings. The stator in the alternator was also changed during the trip. The former issues I put down to general wear and tear (the bike has been grossly overloaded all its life as I use it for adventure touring), whilst the stator is a weak part of many bikes of this type, so I guess I can't complain. About 2,000km of the ride was dirt with some of this being very badly corrugated. I guess that didn't help either the spokes or the wheel bearings. These are the only failures I've ever had on the bike. At least it did not leave me stranded out in the bush. The wheel bearings collapsed very conveniently near a tourist resort so I had accommodation whilst waiting for spares. A string of fortuitous events meant I arrived at the resort at lunch time and had the new bearings that evening. Not bad considering I was over 50km from the nearest village.

Unlike many of the people who attended the rally (the Off Centre Rally, or OCR - there are probably trip reports posted in ADV somewhere) I didn't throw it into the bushes. I put this down to the light weight which makes the bike so easy to ride. Plus, at my age I have decided that falling off is no longer an option. It bloody hurts!

I'm now wondering how long the bike will last before I have to do any engine work. I suspect I will get 60,000 or 70,000km before I have to touch it.

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:10 AM   #1512
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That's a mega ride alright, well done.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:55 AM   #1513
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what seat do you have on that bike?
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:01 AM   #1514
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what seat do you have on that bike?

Lol, that's what I was wondering.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:30 PM   #1515
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what seat do you have on that bike?
I suffer from duck's disease, so seat is cut down by about 20mm (1 inch). This immediately makes it wider. Then I fitted an airhawk cushion. It's now bearable. It would be better if I could lower the footpegs so I'm not sitting on the point of my bum.

Listening to podcasts also helps - takes my mind off my arse .

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