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Discussion in 'My Bike' started by supamodel, May 4, 2017.

  1. CT90

    CT90 Member

    May 11, 2009
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    Looking at that picture of the exhaust pipe, I had to help someone out in the bush one day on a DR, the exhaust had melted a hole in the coolant pipe. Seems to run a bit too close to it.
  2. supamodel

    supamodel Secret Aaaaaagent Man Staff Member Moderator Supporter

    Dec 19, 2007
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    Ducati MS2R1000; Yamaha RD250LC; Honda CT110, C90 Supercub; Suzuki GSXR750M, GT250L, TS250x, DRZ400E
    Where were we? Oh yes, the DRZ.

    Exhaust has been fine, it's actually much further from the coolant lines than it looks. (Further than a stock one, too). So that's nice, coolant actually burns entertainingly so I'd like to avoid doing that.

    Put a new front tyre on it after being caught with a bald front tyre in a torrential downpour and 100 km/h side winds. Attempting to lowside while riding dead upright on a straight highway is pretty much time that you should reconsider how far you push a tyre.


    I serviced it. No pics, but it was serviced. Doing oil/filter every 2000 km given how I'm riding it, we will see how the oil looks when it comes out the next time (1000 km to go).

    I've been riding it a lot, not having a car over here, and it's pretty good. Not so good when you have to pick up dry cleaning urgently but needs must.


    I swapped out the standard dash for a trailtech dash I've had sitting around from another project. My main reason for wanting to go to the trailtech is to have a temperature gauge. Without a fan there's always the risk of cooking it in a warm Perth summer in traffic so this gives me a fighting chance.

    That said, while it's nice having a gauge and all, but, I like coming up with the solution that Suzuki probably should have done so originally... so, I also bought a DRZ400S fan from the US and I'll work out a way to mount that so I can also run a thermofan for ultimate excellence.

    Did the pickup for the speedo off the front wheel at this stage, but I plan to incorporate it into the rear disc protector to make it a bit more crash-proof offroad. I got to redo all of the wiring behind the aftermarket headlight (ugh).


    It was a mess.

    I still need to chase down an LED compatible flasher unit (7 pin monstrosity on these) so I can piss off the badly wired in resistors with the front indicators. Mostly cause the wiring is so bad you sometimes have to thump the headlight to shake up the resistor enough so it resists the dancing electrical pixies and makes the indicators go when you want them to go. Lots of fun.



    Rubber lined hose P-clips work great for this sort of thing.

    Had to make the various mounting brackets up with some bricks in the back yard as my bender and all of the drilling was done with a hand cordless drill so it ain't pretty in terms of the mount, but it works and is solid.


    Looks good all done. The USB port is very excellent to have - totally tucked away and waterproof unless I need it, but easy enough to access and plug stuff in when needed.

    Without my lathe here I also bought a B&B Offroad speedo delete spacer for the front: pricey, but cheaper than a flight back to Canberra. No pic of this because apparently I didn't take one. This matches all the other B&B offroad stuff I got for it like the sprocket cover, rear rack etc... and also the bash plate that came with the bike but wasn't fitted due to an incorrectly sized hose clamp being used right where the plate needed to go.


    With that hose clamp sorted, I now have a bash plate too.

    Other than that most tasks fall under routine maintenance or sorting out little niggles.

    I swapped out the clutch cable which was a bit ordinary (due to a previous owner routing it incorrectly and buggering up the cable sheath). No pics of this, it's a clutch cable. Feels a million times better.

    About a week ago, I realised my left leg was pretty wet and I could smell petrol. Fuel line had decided that it didn't wanna be entirely intact. Had to go to a meeting at an outdoor cafe (woohoo) so I couldn't go home and fix it. Instead, between that meeting and going back to the office I pulled into a repco and bought fuel hose and a crappy multi tool. Sorted.


    I also copped a screw in the rear tyre. I realised when I was on my way to another meeting I couldn't miss, so I had to ride there and pray it mostly held pressure. I then got home, pulled it out and it seems I was lucky and it didn't make it into the tube.

    Decided this meant 2 things. Firstly, I needed a second vehicle and that probably should be a car I could buy cheaply and would tow the bike if I wanna go race it, and secondly, I should consider sorting out all the niggles on the dirt setup so I can always swap to that.

    Enter... Nigel, the EJ swapped L-series Subaru on much taller King Springs and offroad wheels and tyres. Booyah.


    It was the previous owner's first car, he did all the conversion stuff himself, daily drove it for ages, used it for epic camping trips etc but it was finally time to move it on... whole family had to come and say goodbye and all. I hope I can do the beast justice by roosting some Hiluxes or something up at Lancelin. (L-series with the low range box are pretty rad machines).

    Oh yeah, this is a motorbike forum, so let's get back to the bike and swapping it to the dirt setup.

    The main stuff that needs sorting a different length chain for the dirt due to different gearing requirements, sorting out the bearing situation with the dirt setup, working out what wheel diameter to put into the trailtech when running the dirt wheel, and preparing the caliper mounting plate with some spares I bought direct from Suzuki so I don't have to swap caliper slide pins between the 320mm EBC mount and the offroad Suzuki mount.


    For the first time in this bikes history, save for original delivery, it has matching front and rear sprocket brands! 15-43 for general purpose road use but can easily drop to 12-45 with this chain length if I need maximum hill climbing (or something taller than that, too).

    I also repacked the muffler, thinking maybe it would quieten it down. It didn't. It sounds different, but it's no quieter.

    Handsome in the setting sun, isn't it.


    This is now the 2nd ever bike I've had that people come up to me in cafes and ask me about it. (The Monster is the first). I suspect that will happen less with the dirt setup on it, but motards that aren't in shit condition and with decent proper good tyres not squared off are seemingly rare in Perth.

    Till next time.
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