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Post New to the forum and trail riding
Hi all. I'm from the caboolture area and a total newbie to all of this. Haven't ridden a bike since school days, 22 odd years ago. Funny how a pair of rap around sunnies and joggers aren't safety gear any more. Struck it lucky for Father's Day and scored an 08 DRZ400E. Good learners bike and fairly bullet proof form what I have been told.

Bike is stock, I purchased some bark busters & bar risers so far. Will make changes as I ride it more and see what other guys have done.

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Sat 21 Sep, 2013 9:08 pm
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Welcome Mick. Similar story as mine about 18 months ago. Spend as much as you can on gear rather than the bike once the basics are in place. :)

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Sat 21 Sep, 2013 9:21 pm
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Post Re: New to the forum and trail riding
panhead_pete wrote:
Welcome Mick. Similar story as mine about 18 months ago. Spend as much as you can on gear rather than the bike once the basics are in place. :)


I got most of the gear, just need a neck brace and maybe knee braces. AMA is just down the road from my place, it's easy to walk out of there a lot poorer.

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Post Re: New to the forum and trail riding
Welcome mate icon_thumright
Whats your plans for the DRZ dontknow
My suggestion , if your planning on riding mainly dirt and bush , then ditch those tyres and get some proper knobbies icon_thumright


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Welcome mate icon_thumright
Whats your plans for the DRZ dontknow
My suggestion , if your planning on riding mainly dirt and bush , then ditch those tyres and get some proper knobbies icon_thumright


+1 and welcome aboard...

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It's my fault he's got a DRZ, I was talking to his wife about it behind his back :)

It's the perfect bike for the part time trail rider like me. :)

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It's my fault he's got a DRZ, I was talking to his wife about it behind his back :)

It's the perfect bike for the part time trail rider like me. :)


DRz,s perfect Wes icon_thumright
Just thinking that the tyres aren,t perfect for dirt :D


Sun 22 Sep, 2013 9:45 am
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Post Re: New to the forum and trail riding
The tyres are the next thing on the list. Went for a ride up through the beerwah forestry 2 weeks ago. It doesn't get any traction in the loose stuff had fun hold onto it.

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Do you have a trailer/ute Mick?

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Sun 22 Sep, 2013 3:53 pm
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Do you have a trailer/ute Mick?


At the moment I have my learners, going to wait a couple of months and try for my licence. One of the mates dropped by the other weekend and we just rode up to beerburrum forestry. I have a ute (now need to remove canopy) and also access to a trailer I can put it in.

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Post Re: New to the forum and trail riding
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Welcome mate icon_thumright
Whats your plans for the DRZ dontknow
My suggestion , if your planning on riding mainly dirt and bush , then ditch those tyres and get some proper knobbies icon_thumright



Says he that chose trials tires. These are there big brother .


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panhead_pete wrote:
Do you have a trailer/ute Mick?


At the moment I have my learners, going to wait a couple of months and try for my licence. One of the mates dropped by the other weekend and we just rode up to beerburrum forestry. I have a ute (now need to remove canopy) and also access to a trailer I can put it in.

Cheers
Mick



If thats the case if it was me I'd do the following:

Remove the mirrors
Remove indicators
Remove chain gaurd
Remove as much as you can on the rear whilst keeping plate and tailight or consider removing plate and fitting on bak back if never riding on the road.

(You will smash all these off so better to do so in your shed)

Put on dirt specific tyres. Everyone has a preference. Mine is S12 rear and NH3 Starcross front. Others prefer 403/404. Then others...
The Yammy shop in Caloundra is doing the 403/404 combo for $200 fitted I think. V good value.
Fit UHD or HD tubes.
Keep the current 21" tube as a spare in your bum bag. Can do front and back with it. Buy levers and Co2 Cannisters. Ballards do a nicely equiped bumbag with basics
Fill out, print and laminate the emergency contact card that can be found on here. Attach to front forks between trees with cable ties
Get an old small clear plastic drink container and put new rego on it. Attach to front forks between trees with cable ties

Buy one of those inserts that go between the front wheel and under the gaurd when you tie it into your ute.
Buy some filter oil
Buy 4L engine oil and a filter
Watch youtube or get a mate to show you how to service the bike

Get on the bike and have fun. There is a low level ride this Saturday to raise some funds for a sick kid. Think about coming along and having some fun. :)

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Post Re: New to the forum and trail riding
I was just waiting to get my licence before I started to strip it down a bit. When you see some of the other bikes out there you can see the bits that take the impact.

Wes pointed out the ride on the 28th, I will be on my way home from holidays. Will have to wait for the next one unfortunately.


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mjc75 wrote:
I was just waiting to get my licence before I started to strip it down a bit. When you see some of the other bikes out there you can see the bits that take the impact.

Wes pointed out the ride on the 28th, I will be on my way home from holidays. Will have to wait for the next one unfortunately.


Dont wait start your own ride.And welcome


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Post Re: New to the forum and trail riding
Hi Mick

Hope you have now done a few rides up at Berrburrum and sorted that ute/trailer out. I'm a beginner who has had a ball up there on the few times been there. Let me know if need a riding partner
Craig


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