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Old 09-11-2005, 04:54 AM   #1
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To All DRZ400S Owners

Road Bike magazine had a two part article of what they did to make their DRZ an Adventure Tourer - if you would like a copy of this article either pm me or reply with your mailing address. Also, Rider magazine did a similar article in 2004, and yes, we still had that magazine as well. So if you want both, or one or the other, just let me know. The Rider article is interesting as they put $995 metal panniers on their bike and they look pretty good, but $995? Both articles list all accessory suppliers and contact information. Georgia
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Old 09-11-2005, 09:40 AM   #2
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$995? That's cheap. Jesse's cost $1050!

I will say that I have no desire to turn my DRZ into an adventure tourer. I probably will go ahead and spend the $400 for a Bill Mayer seat though. The stocker is just SOOOO uncomfortable!
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Old 09-13-2005, 09:52 PM   #3
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Re: To All DRZ400S Owners

And what does it cost to get a pair of 20mm ammo cans and add locks?
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Old 09-14-2005, 10:45 AM   #4
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20mm ammo cans are quite heavy.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:32 AM   #5
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20mm ammo cans are quite heavy.
Heavier than a BMW GS???? Bwaaaa, ha, ha!

I know Glen, YSR612, has a (do you still have it, Glen?) DRz he "adventure tours" with. Of course, Glen is a crazy old fart.
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Old 09-14-2005, 01:58 PM   #6
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Re: To All DRZ400S Owners

We are talking a 400 or 600cc offroad bike, not a huge BMW.

20mm ammo cans are too heavy for me to use, they would weigh as much as the gear I want to carry. 20lbs per can for 40 lbs on a 400cc bike? Probably talking over 50lbs with mounting and that's with zero gear loaded.

There are cheap lighter things available like dirt-bagz which are very popular.

Or cheaper aluminum boxes than $995. Try $281 for a pair

If your going to go bouncing over baby head rocks up mountain sides and over rough terrain that extra 50lbs plus gear is gonna get significant.

A lot of folks use surplus mermite cans, they are light aluminum food boxes but need work to remove insulation etc.

I still go with a duffel and bungies, and maybe a few more bungies for a tent etc. and maybe a tank bag. Just gotta make sure you always do them up right or end up cutting something out of your rear wheel.
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Old 09-14-2005, 02:04 PM   #7
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Glen is a crazy old fart.
Says the retired guy racing mini bikes and towing motorcycles with other motorcycles.:rofl :rofl
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Old 09-14-2005, 02:20 PM   #8
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I have read about several people fabricating their own brackets and using Pelican cases for touring.

Lightweight and watertight -

http://www.pelican.com/cases/cases.html
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20mm ammo cans are quite heavy.

I think you're supposed to take all the ammo out of them first.
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I think you're supposed to take all the ammo out of them first.
In that case, might as well leave the M61A1 Vulcan at home too.
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In that case, might as well leave the M61A1 Vulcan at home too.
Nah, the intimidation factor alone would lessen the need for ammo. LOL
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Old 09-17-2005, 05:47 AM   #12
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I have read about several people fabricating their own brackets and using Pelican cases for touring.

Lightweight and watertight -

http://www.pelican.com/cases/cases.html
Well - we've got the vise, a welder, a handheld grinder and a pipe bender. Whenever anyone is up for a tech session on making brackets for these, we can do it at my place. Although our garage is so full of 'stuff' we would have to work mostly in the driveway!

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