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Old 06-13-2012, 09:16 PM   #2296
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Hello Calgarians,i will be picking up my new r1200gsa from blackfoot motosport next week and then head up the red deer area,and i never rode the 1200gsa or gs before bot got bike experience.
I am just not sure of how comfortable i will be on the bike to launch myself in busy Calgary with a bike i never rode,so anybody have suggestion on a safe route to get from blackfoot motosport to head north ,i don t mind detouring a bit

thanks

Safest bet is to jump head first!

Take Blackfoot to Deerfoot. At least once you are on deerfoot it's straight forward. Just watch for vehicles slamming on their brakes, people not signaling, people cutting you off, and semi's tailgating you.

You'll be fine =)

With joking aside, it's really not that bad. Take a few laps around the block by Blackfoot to get comfortable with controls. If you don't know how or wasn't told how to operate the blinkers, don't bother using them. That's just one more thing to concentrate on. Keep your head up and watch for cars instead. Remember you have new tires and they can be slippery, etc. Biggest thing? Don't show off. You don't want to be the wanker crashing a 18,000$ bike driving out of the blackfoot parking lot, which happens A LOT!
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #2297
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thanks for the info !! i will probably do that
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:11 PM   #2298
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practice on the blinkers a few times... the first 10min with them is a trip... then its all easy.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:16 PM   #2299
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practice on the blinkers a few times... the first 10min with them is a trip... then its all easy.
Yea. I've never rode a BMW, but I see both side signal... No idea how to cancel them, but I can assume BMW somehow made them cancel automatically? haha.

Push buttons in the parking lot. With the bike off, flip through gears, twist throttle, apply brakes, etc. Get a feel. Once running slip the clutch to feel the engagement point, etc.

Wouldn't hurt to tour the neighborhood in your vehicle prior to riding the bike in the area so you know where the roads go. It can be a bit confusing back there.

I wish it was new bike day for me =(
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:34 AM   #2300
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Hello Calgarians,i will be picking up my new r1200gsa from blackfoot motosport next week and then head up the red deer area,and i never rode the 1200gsa or gs before bot got bike experience.
In 30 yrs of riding I have only once had that "new bike ride out of dealer lot" experience. Think I stalled the bike 3 times before making it onto the road. Bloody nerve wracking when it's your very first time on the machine and the bike represents a significant chunk of your net worth (which it was in my case). Good luck!
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:27 PM   #2301
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Hello Calgarians,i will be picking up my new r1200gsa from blackfoot motosport next week and then head up the red deer area,and i never rode the 1200gsa or gs before bot got bike experience.
I am just not sure of how comfortable i will be on the bike to launch myself in busy Calgary with a bike i never rode,so anybody have suggestion on a safe route to get from blackfoot motosport to head north ,i don t mind detouring a bit

thanks
I am just North of Red Deer, same bike, if you want to meet up just PM me. On Saturday morning we have breakfast at the Airways Motor Inn near the Edmonton International airport. Mostly Dual Sport types.
Best bike I ever had...
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:59 PM   #2302
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I just converted to dual sport! First post here too. I sold my Boulevard M50 and got a stock 07 DRZ400S. Sweeeeeeeet..
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:22 PM   #2303
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I just converted to dual sport! First post here too. I sold my Boulevard M50 and got a stock 07 DRZ400S. Sweeeeeeeet..

Get some solid seat time on it and think about joining the SE BC Dualsport Ride this fall!

The DRZ is a good bike for around here. Very capable and small enough to not limit you. Good choice!
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:33 PM   #2304
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Get some solid seat time on it and think about joining the SE BC Dualsport Ride this fall!

The DRZ is a good bike for around here. Very capable and small enough to not limit you. Good choice!
It came down to the KLR and DRZ, but in the end the choice was easy. I've never had so much fun on a bike! It's stock too, and i see that the possibilities are endless with it.

First order or business is to get some more trailworthy clothes. the street gear probably won't hold up too long (IE. cowboy boots).

I'll check out the SE ride :-)
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:41 PM   #2305
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I am just North of Red Deer, same bike, if you want to meet up just PM me. On Saturday morning we have breakfast at the Airways Motor Inn near the Edmonton International airport. Mostly Dual Sport types.
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That's awesome !
I am glad to know there is meeting around .
And thanks to everyone for their input,I will have a friend in pickup escorting me too so it should be ok
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:50 PM   #2306
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It came down to the KLR and DRZ, but in the end the choice was easy. I've never had so much fun on a bike! It's stock too, and i see that the possibilities are endless with it.

First order or business is to get some more trailworthy clothes. the street gear probably won't hold up too long (IE. cowboy boots).

I'll check out the SE ride :-)

Boots and gear are a must. Protection is a must. Makes falling that much easier =)

For your bike, first mods I would look into are positioning (bars/bar risers, pegs if you want, seat maybe?), then big tank (remember it doesn't always have to be full), and then luggage if that's what you want to do. Tanks give you freedom, luggage allows you do trips! (GL Coyote)

I think the S has the standard carb. The flat slide pumper is nice but keep in mind it uses more fuel too. (at least how my friends DRZ's are set-up). The headlight is pretty good on a DRZ. Might want bark busters to protect levers and hands. Rad guards are a good idea if you plan on dropping. Skid plate... The list goes on.

You can core your exhaust if you want to free it up a bit without the cost of new. Just don't get too carried away with it (I shouldn't talk, my full FMF is stupid). For dirt bikes I am definitely PRO quiet. My dual sport is half on-road and the Q wasn't available.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:03 AM   #2307
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Thumpertalk is a good source of info on the DRZ400.

Adding armour to the bike is a good start since you're likely to damage the bike when you drop if it doesn't have armour.

Ride the bike for a while before modifying the intake/exhaust. Mods to the intake/exhaust can get expensive in a hurry. I caution you against coring the stock exhaust - the dyno curves I've seen show there is effectively no power benefit in opening up the stock exhaust. There is a hint more power at some revs, and a hint less at others, and a whole lot of unpleasant noise at all revs.

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Old 06-15-2012, 08:04 AM   #2308
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Thumpertalk is a good source of info on the DRZ400.

Adding armour to the bike is a good start since you're likely to damage the bike when you drop if it doesn't have armour.

Ride the bike for a while before modifying the intake/exhaust. Mods to the intake/exhaust can get expensive in a hurry. I caution you against coring the stock exhaust - the dyno curves I've seen show there is effectively no power benefit in opening up the stock exhaust. There is a hint more power at some revs, and a hint less at others, and a whole lot of unpleasant noise at all revs.

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Old 06-15-2012, 08:34 AM   #2309
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First mods will be skid plate and luggage rack. Since Waiparous FLUZ is out my back door, it would be good to at least carry extra fuel and gear.

First buy, however, is boots. I am so freakin excited!
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:40 PM   #2310
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Hello Calgarians,i will be picking up my new r1200gsa from blackfoot motosport next week and then head up the red deer area,and i never rode the 1200gsa or gs before bot got bike experience.
I am just not sure of how comfortable i will be on the bike to launch myself in busy Calgary with a bike i never rode,so anybody have suggestion on a safe route to get from blackfoot motosport to head north ,i don t mind detouring a bit

thanks
Remember the Gs has a dry clutch. If your not used to them you will find you will stall the bike regularly when you first ride it. Add to that the weight and seat height. It can be a problem, particularly if you are a short arse like myself. Another tip with the dry clutch especially in town sitting in traffic or at lights, put it in neutral, otherwise she tends to get hot and stink a bit. Use the torque of the motor in 1st and don't slip the clutch unless you have to.
I went through the same process as you 6 yrs ago from the same stealership. I even found getting it off the center stand for the first time having me nervous. Like any bike it takes time to get used to it.
Once you do thou they are great to ride. Good luck
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