Squirells

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  1. Had a little tangent on my DR200 just a little while ago.... http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?p=5564009#post5564009
  2. Just thought I'd drop a line about some mods I've done to my '04 DR200se, considering there is virtually no information about it. -I used to have this really cool panier system made ot of army surplus ammunition boxes and plumbing hardware, but then happytrails came out ith a rack for the 200s and I picked one up. Really cool and extremely rigid. I'm going to mount ammo boxes on them again, since the paniers they sell are essentially he same thing, just $250 compard to $20 or less u can find the ammo boxes for. -I also got Jessie over at KienTech to work his magic with the muffler and send his jet kit. YOU NEED THIS... I loved my bike before but this makes a huge difference. Alot more power and the sound is priceless (sounds like a motorcycle now instead of my vespa, but not to a level thats offensive to a reasonable person). -I've been attempting to mount a 15 tooth front sprocket to it (for highway use) but, as of yet I haven't bought the right length of chain (needs more inks than the stock size) Alot of people seem to be turned off at 200cc street legal bikes but these, ESPECIALLY with the mufler and jet mods, are damn awesome (and inexpensie compared to others). Mine is getting around 75mpg highway and has been from Asheville to the the coast (9.5hr each way), not to mention galavanting all around montana and Wyoming for a summer. There versitle, light-weight (very big consideration when u drop it by yourself on huge grade, which has and will happen if u ride alot), and Efficient. Onlly quarrel I have is the height, its pretty short--another 6 inches would be better. Anybody else done any modifications to their DR200? Cheers
  3. Just thought I'd drop a line about some mods I've done to my '04 DR200se, considering there is virtually no information about it. -I used to have this really cool panier system made ot of army surplus ammunition boxes and plumbing hardware, but then happytrails came out ith a rack for the 200s and I picked one up. Really cool and extremely rigid. I'm going to mount ammo boxes on them again, since the paniers they sell are essentially he same thing, just $250 compard to $20 or less u can find the ammo boxes for. -I also got Jessie over at KienTech to work his magic with the muffler and send his jet kit. YOU NEED THIS... I loved my bike before but this makes a huge difference. Alot more power and the sound is priceless (sounds like a motorcycle now instead of my vespa, but not to a level thats offensive to a reasonable person). -I've been attempting to mount a 15 tooth front sprocket to it (for highway use) but, as of yet I haven't bought the right length of chain (needs more inks than the stock size) Alot of people seem to be turned off at 200cc street legal bikes but these, ESPECIALLY with the mufler and jet mods, are damn awesome (and inexpensie compared to others). Mine is getting around 75mpg highway and has been from Asheville to the the coast (9.5hr each way), not to mention galavanting all around montana and Wyoming for a summer. There versitle, light-weight (very big consideration when u drop it by yourself on huge grade, which has and will happen if u ride alot), and Efficient. Onlly quarrel I have is the height, its pretty short--another 6 inches would be better. Anybody else done any modifications to their DR200? Cheers
  4. I used two 50mm army ammo cans to make panniers for the dr200se. Work really well, watertight and if you crush em you only lose about $20. Best option if you ask me. I'm living out in West Yellowstone so the internets hard to get to but I'll try to post some specs when I can. They also save the side of your bike when you drop em.
  5. Thery're marked 50mm and I haven't had any problem with swing or looseness, I actually dropped the bike twice yesterday in a field and they held up fine. Have to bend them back into shape a little bit but other than that they were ok. I've ran around with them on some fairly rough farm land and not had a problem, the bigger the washers you use the better the two bolts will hold on to the boxes. I would feel a bit more comfortable with some kind of brace under them, but otherwise they're sturdy. If you put a camping bag or duffle on top and strap a bunge taught from both box handles over the bag (if your headed for a trip) than they really hold steady. Fine on highway. Next I need to rig a way to lock 'em.....
  6. Alright, sorry it took so long but heres the best I can do. Hope to see more of them around. By the way, if anyone has any personal tricks they know of moding there 200SE in any way post them up here, since we all are on our own as far as aftermarket support is concerned. Ammo Box panniers, http://webpages.charter.net/squirells/DIYDR200SEPaniers.htm
  7. Alright, sorry it took so long but heres the best I can do. Hope to see more of them around. By the way, if anyone has any personal tricks they know of moding there 200SE in any way post them up here, since we all are on our own as far as aftermarket support is concerned. Ammo Box panniers, http://webpages.charter.net/squirells/DIYDR200SEPaniers.htm
  8. I'll have to check that gearing, sounds great if it can keep the torque in 1st. Wind screen two. The only other thing thats hit me so far that I'd like on the bike is a bigger dyno/stator (think thats what their called) to keep the battery charged. I notice my headlights flickering alot at low speeds and it tends to lose juice fast after stalling a few times. I usually carry a small jumper pack for it if I'm way out somewhere but it would be nice to save the space. Anyway, I'll go borrow a friends camera and get some picks online about those Ammo boxes and the hardware. Glad to share it I fooled around for days with so many worthless ideas untill I figured out the mount their on.
  9. Some pics of my DR...I bought it in August and it's my first bike ever owned (that I had titled and running...) and I love the SOB. Ride 95% of the time, 70% commuting to school/work and the rest on dirt wherever I can find it. Couldn't ask for more, 80mpg when I'm lean on it, easy to drive, fun off-road and damn good looking. Its not made for racing true, but its taken me and my girlfreind up steep forest roads in ICe/Snow (albeit damn horrifying) and on a 9hr ride (solo) from Asheville NC to a SC beach two months ago, much of it on an interstate. Rained half the time and my ass was barely left by the end but otherwise held up great. Stock tires too, whats so bad about 'em? Nice Panniers huh? Kept me busy most of the holiday but turned out to be a 45min job if you know what your doing, cheap too.