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  1. MotardMike1

    Can not remove crush washers from either oil drain plug

    Thanks, finally was able to catch the threads. Sometimes the simplest things...
  2. What on earth am I doing wrong here? Trying not to ruin the threads on the plugs. The washer spins freely against the base of the plug but I cannot pull it up off the threads. Any tricks here or am I just stupid?
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    DRZ 400 SM adventure touring 'mandatory' mods... questions

    Foot pegs and bar risers. Add a kick start?
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    What kind of temp change requires carb adjustments?

    Thanks all. It’s probably a combination of the cooler air improving throttle response and a a more sensitive butt dyno following a winter without riding. She was power wheelie-ing without really needing to rip open the throttle in first (as would normally be required). It does not seem to behave the same way when ambient temps are warm. The difference was so noticeable that I was wondering if I’d need to rejet once the temps increase to average. I’ll have to pay attention as spring approaches.
  5. My bike was jetted when outside temps were around 35 - 40 degrees farenheit. I notice that the bike seems much more snappy at this temperature than it does once summer rolls around. Is it in my head or is there possibly a legitimate difference? I’m using the dynojet stage 2 with a 155 main. What adjustments should I make when summer rolls around (regularly 80-90 f)?
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    New Rider horror story and questions

    Did you go into a tank slapper or did you loop it? Sounds like you went 2nd to 1st at too high an rpm and/or without rev matching and the did an unintentional wheelie...or got the front unbalanced enough for a tank slapper. I am by no means an expert, but I wonder if your On/Off throttle issue could be solved by increasing the idle a tiny bit so you can roll off the clutch and ease on the throttle.
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    DRZ pics, lets see your Z

    Right before I dropped it...twice in 2 minutes (luckily at crawling speed on grass/dirt).
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    DRZ pics with the best background landscape

    A nice fall day in NY
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    Seat Concepts for DRZ....Butt dyno approved.

    I am curious to know if the Seat Concepts version (regular height) impacts the seat height in any way. I am 5'9 with a 30" inseam, so I am on tippy toes with the stock seat. It looks like the Seat Concepts version is relatively slim up front which should mean that touching the ground won't be impacted. Can anyone confirm if there is any noticeable difference in the ability to get your feet on the ground? I don't need to flat foot, but another inch in the wrong direction would make me a bit uncomfortable. I know a short height is also available, but I worry that it would negate the extra cushioning.
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    How many miles are on your DRZ?

    "Only" 16,500 miles on my 2006 SM. However, more than half of those miles have been put on by me since I purchased the bike 14 months ago. Only basic maintenance so far. Runs like a champ. *knock on wood* A huge part of the appeal of this bike was the maintenance requirements, overall durability, and availability of parts and model specifIc knowledge. For those reasons I'm sort of glad we only see bold new graphics each year.
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    Mid Hudson NY area members?

    Bear mountain area here. My black DRZ Supermoto) can often be spotted in and around the area.
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    adding a inline fuel filter to SM model?

    I have a generic fuel filter spliced I'm right before the carb. No fueling issues whatsoever.
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    adventure helmets

    Noise: it's not the quietest helmet, for sure. But with my Yoshi RS2, I never feel that it's too loud inside the helmet. Shield: zero complaints and no issues or twisting noticed. i think you're referring to the Icon Variant,which is a very popular SM choice. From reviews, quality is mediocre, visor changes are a pita, and it's relatively expensive. It is so wildly popular that it's worth a look. I couldn't justify the price difference when comparing the Icon down to the Bell ($100 on clearance for some color schemes) or up to the Shoei or Arai ($550)
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    adventure helmets

    I have the Bell MX-9 adventure (same as the regular mx helmet, but with a proper face shield. The shield is removable. Paid 110 on clearance so it's a bargain. You could spend literally $500 more on an XD4 or Hornet, but I'm not sure why anyone would. It's built well, ECE and DOT approved, fits my head well, looks pretty good.