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  1. Made a quick video last night on the two water crossings we did this last week on the Oregon Back Country Discovery (OBDR) Route #4 from Seneca to Sisters, Oregon. This OBDR segment (Route 4) covers about 240 miles of pretty darn remote area. You have to cross the Malheur river at two different points about 22 miles apart. Fun crossings. Not terribly difficult in July, but you can screw it up and hydrolock your bike if you aren't careful. (I've seen more than one video on YouTube of folks dumping their bike and sucking in a cylinder full of water.) The GPS coordinates of each crossing are in the video, but here's the data also: North Fork of the Malheur River “Crane Crossing” 44º09’34.45” N 118º22’06.79” W Elevation 4506 feet Approx 22 miles apart Malheur River Crossing at the Malheur Ford Trailhead 44º05’13.17” N 118º34’46.88” W Elevation 4781 feet Here's info on the different Oregon Back Country Discovery Route: http://www.oohva.org/index.html
  2. I'm getting my bike ready to run a big chunk of the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (OBDR) this summer so I'm going through it adding things I think will help bulletproof the bike and maybe keep me from having "issues" when I'm 100 miles from nowhere in the middle of the desert in Eastern Oregon. What I hate is that since these products are made for such a niche market the prices are just ridiculous. So in that vein, here's another $89 worth of aluminum...sigh... One thing I've noticed online is that there is sometimes a lack of good clear pictures or videos on specific parts for the DR-Z, so I try to rectify that with my videos. (aka: I use a tripod as much as possible...lol...)
  3. So I finally got around to replacing the horrendous Suzuki footpegs. Went with some Moose Racing "Onyx" 1/2" back offset pegs. What should have been a 2-3 minute video turned about 5.5 minutes due to an issue with the right side that required some creative grinding to remedy. It was a strange thing for me. I love the feel, I love the toe-room, but having to grind on a brand new $90 part kinda pissed me off. I spent my own money on these (video not sponsored by Moose in any way) so I think I gave them a fair shake in the video.
  4. Hey guys, alright so first things first. I bought a 2012 DR-Z400S Modded to high heavens (8K Miles) from a dealership in VA that did a trade in with the previous owner for a leftover new 2018 Beta I was first taught to ride when I was 10 on a tiny old '68 Yamaha DT50, I rode that until I was around 14-16 -__- lol and I was just about ALWAYS too tall for the bike I never owned my own bike and this is my first, it took me FOREVER to decide on what Make/model, but it all kept coming back to being able to hit the dirt, and hit it well. (with of course flexibility to hit the roads with my street biking friends) I had 0 clues as to what was installed on the bike when I bought it, but I knew it had a full exhaust, and a mixture of other mods that I could see but not 100% certify, but the dealership was a really nice mom and pop place that answered my questions and showed me the bike running/etc. and being as I was in New Jersey, it was important to me to find a place that wasn't just trying to push a bike on me. I did a lot of research prior to picking a DR-Z as my first bike and once I saw this gal with a bunch of mods for such a stellar price($3,900), I knew I had to go for it. I really am not sure why no one scooped this up prior to me because it was listed for a couple months and honestly it seemed like the dealership had her for around a year. I know the classic Suzuki Yellow the previous owner converted her into is not the most sought after, but that's just a couple bucks and some plastics exchanged. What I was more interested in was a bike that was taken care of with at least some of the mods that I had wanted to do done already. What I wound up getting is something that basically covered almost everything I had wanted. I just finished buying most of the additional stuff I wanted to do to her from this point and am extremely excited to start adding on and replacing things. I have yet to get her registered and get my riding permit (I need to go to two separate DMV's right now because of this COVID stuff in NJ and each one has had insane wait times the past 2-3 weeks after they first re-opened) so that is holding me back for now, but I've stripped her down to clean her up and install all of my new stuff(honestly it's really all mostly cosmetics at this point). Basically I am curious if you guys would help me out identifying some of the mods already done to her, give me your opinion on what YOU guys an gals(much more experienced than I) think of the bike/the mods done and planned to be done. Or maybe just share a little wisdom you learned with your DR-Z. I'm honestly open to anything and just so excited to have been riding her for a couple weeks now. It feels SOOOOOO good to be back on two wheels like this, she's just certainly a lot more power than I'm used to! Also, I'm not extremely new here, but definitely new to posting so feel free to let me know if I could be doing anything differently there too. I have more photos and a video of her running to so I'll try to get those added a bit later when I have some more time. Questions about the bike: Is there any way for me to tell if there's been engine work done? Hotcams/explosions/etc. The discoloration in the engine pieces makes me wonder what is going on there Is there any way for me to tell if there's been suspension work done? Is there anything you would suggest I do right off the bat with her? (take to mechanic for review/change oil/etc) I know she's low on rear brake fluid and coolant so guessing a coolant flush would be in order along with brake fluid Is there anyone in the NJ/PA/NY State areas that have some suggestions for riding locations?! I've downloaded OnX and some other apps to help me find spots, would love to get your guys opinions. Currently Modded Clarke Gas Tank JT 47t Rear Sprocket Sunstar 14t Front Sprocket (possibly wrong brand) Keihin FCR Flat Carb 39(not seeing any notification on what size/number it is) JD Jet Kit 3X3 Mod Full Yoshimura RS-2?? Stainless Exhaust (really confused about what version this is lol) TwinAir Airfilter IMS Super Stock Foot Pegs 12V Power Mod RMZ450 Front Fender ThumperTalk Case Savers MSR Extended Shift Lever ThumperTalk Skid Plate Unabiker Radiator Guards Windham Mid Rise Bars with ProTaper Risers Cycra ProBend Hand Guards ProTaper PillowTops DRC Edge 2 Fender Eliminator Michelin Enduro Medium Tire Set Some sort of cargo rack lol Possibly a chain guide? I think that's the Manual Cam Chain Tensioner on there Rear Brake Guard (this guy definitely makes her go faster 😉 To Mod/Change TST Fender Eliminator Add TST Blinkers (I had bought these Amazon Kinesteks versions prior to TST being in stock so may try them first) 12 o'clock labs Flasher Relay Zeta Pro XC Handguards w LED set Depending on if I use those Kinstecks LED blinkers or want the Zeta LED handguards to be, I did get the running light adapter from 12o'clock as well (I want people to see me on the road lol) ProTaper PillowTop Light Grips Plastics kit for black (I'm going black and yellow with red/gold accents for the overall design/look right now) B&B Offroad Cargo Rack B&B Offroad Front Sprocket Protector New Front Headlight/Plastics Assembly I went with a knock-off chinese version here but am completely willing to keep what I have and upgrade to one of those nice bulb replacements or go with a more standard Ascerbis/etc replacement for it. Any advice welcome there! SM style front fender Doubletake Enduro Mirror New 50/50 Tires - Right now the Heidenau K60s are top of the list for riding around the streets with friends and to be able to hop off when I see spots Clean the Exhaust to shine and add new Exhaust Stickers - She'll practically fly at that point eh?? Thanks a lot guys, really looking forward to discussing it a bit more and learning what I can from everyone and of course being a bit more active on the forum hahahaa Hugely appreciate the tons and tons of info already on this forum, it's helped me immensely!
  5. Hi guys, First time poster here, so excuse me if I do anything wrong. I'm here to ask for guidance to turn my recently purchased suzuki 2020 dr-z400s, into a wheelie machine. I can throttle or clutch it up in first, but second and third are super hard and I'd just like to always be able to wheelie out of stop signs etc.
  6. Well, before my big trip this summer I knew I had to replace the stock seat. I ran out of time before the trip to do the the DIY version (and I really wanted to have the stock seat as a backup on my parts shelf) so I just bought the complete seat. It was a little painful to lay out that kind of money for a dirt bike seat, but after 700 miles in 72 hours with better than 70% of it being off-pavement, I found that it was money REALLY well spent. Here's my little review video I put together this weekend:
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