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  1. my local battery shop now offers a solar powered tender. my brother has one on the roof of his rv and he says it works well. might be cool. don't know that I would mount it on the bike, but it would be a good conversation piece.
  2. After a new battery died on me after only 7 months, I decided to try an upgrade. I don't have any pics, but It's a simple mod. I'm using a westco battery (there may be better units out there, but this is what's available here.) The model westco makes for the drz400e/s is yt7b-bs. I went with model 12b-4. This unit is about an 1 1/2" taller and only slightly wider than stock. I didn't use a scale but the weight difference feels negligible. The stock battery is rated at 7 amp hrs. and 85 cranking amps. The 12b-4 rates at 10 amp hrs. and 175 cranking amps. My battery guy says this should help a great deal with longer battery life. Steps to modify: remove side panels and old battery; using a grinder (or other tool your comfortable with) cut off bottom of battery basket just above the bottom edge (you should now have a flat plate); reattach the bottom plate using two thick L-brackets, adjusting for the height of the new battery. I drilled four holes in each bracket, two on each side and two on the bottom. The strap will fit the new battery, but it does require a longer screw. This setup is very solid on my bike. This does leave an 1 1/2" gap where the battery is vulnerable next to the tire. A piece of aluminum or rubber behind the battery should fix this. Everything else hooks up normally. So far, this is working well for me.
  3. I was talking with an accident scene investigator from virginia recently. he said the number one factor in the motorcycle crashes he's seen is rider error due to inexperience. he said a great number of riders use only their rear brake in panic stops. this causes a loss of control considering 60% or so of braking power comes from the front brake.
  4. took my test on a '93 xr650l. the examiner told me to turn around pull up to the line. without thinking, I dropped off the side of the pavement, put my foot down, did a half donut and popped back up to the line. as soon as I realized what I'd done I thought I was screwed. the examiner just said "you obviously know how to handle that thing." the rest of the test was a breeze.
  5. went riding a few weeks back in n. georgia with a buddy. we were both on dualsports and did equal road/trail. my buddy just got back from the same area after a week on his harley. he said the harley was fun but no comparison.
  6. oops, that someone was me! did a search on my treads and i told this story a while back on a different thread. forgot that one. oh well, a good story is worth retelling i guess.....
  7. all the guys on the trip said someone should write it up somewhere, maybe one of them did.
  8. here's mine...back in '96 myself and eight of my buddies went for a weekend off road riding trip to n. carolina with two vans and trailers. around midnight, just N. of the GA/FL line, smoke began to pour from under van #1. we pulled over and tried to fight the fire, but an overheated transmission won the day and the van burned to the ground (despite having two firemen and a police officer among us). after shutting down n. bound I-75 for two hrs. with emergency vehicles, we were left alone with two bike trailers, nine guys and one van. a show of hands said the trip would continue. so...van #2 took it's trailer and compliment of true believers to the next exit, dropped the trailer at a waffle house, and then doubled back for the other group (waiting on the side of the road). we hopscotched this way till daybreak, from waffle house to waffle house. upon finding an open u-haul store we were informed a truck with a hitch was unavailable. we therefore rented a box truck, surrounded the smaller trailer and lifted it, bikes and all, into the u-haul. from there we made it to n. carolina. only to find....it was very cold, the cabin was large, and the only heat source was a small fireplace. the supplied firewood was green and refused to burn. this pushed some over the edge and resulted in pieces of the wood fence around the cabin to mysteriously disappear. one could hear the discharge from a can of carb cleaner encouraging combustion throughout the night. the furniture barely made it out alive. the riding went well with the exception of my ripping the seat on my brand new xr400 the first ride out. the only available, and affordable, replacement vehicle for the burned van was a 1981 eldorado cadillac. after a successful bumper hitch installation we were on our way home. an hour into the trip home...you guessed it...smoke began to pour from under the cadie. seems the cruise control refused to disengage at 70mph. the smoke was from the brakes. the car was safetly stopped, the cruise wires cut, and we finaly made it home. was it worth it? yes. is it true? on my word of honor. is it a good story? i guess i'll let you guys be the judge.......
  9. give the leesburg bikefest a try next year. it's held the last weekend in april. we had about 200,000 in attendance this year. a lot of the harly guys say they prefer it to daytona.
  10. went riding recently with with a guy on a 650l. i was surprised at how well the Mighty Z stayed with him. we were on dirt roads mostly and when we hammerd it out of turns we were neck and neck on the bottom and i would pull him a bit on top. i've got the fcr, 3x3 and full yosh. i'm geared low 13/47. with higher gearing i probably would have walked away on top.
  11. I installed the fcr, full yosh and did the 3x3 at the same time so i can't say how much the yosh alone boosted power. what i can confirm is the weight savings. i never weighed the two, but when holding one in each hand it's obvious the yosh is much, much lighter. less weight = more go!
  12. went riding recently with with a guy on a 650l. i was surprised at how well the Mighty Z stayed with him. we were on dirt roads mostly and when we hammerd it out of turns we were neck and neck on the bottom and i would pull him a bit on top. i've got the fcr, 3x3 and full yosh. i'm geared low 13/47. with higher gearing i probably would have walked away on top.
  13. Thanks for the pics. Looks like you had a blast.
  14. What DRZ?