Emi, my DR650, sure looks nice with all the new farkles (functional items that sparkle).
The Richochet skid plate hasn't been put to use, but should provide good protection for the engine. Likewise for the Procycle engine armor. The Procycle low and wide footpegs are nice. Having them fixed to the frame without bushings provides a more connected feeling. The lower hight means more leg room for me when seated. Also the lower hight translates to a lower center of gravity and enhanced manuverability when standing.
The Pat Walsh rear rack seems functional, durable and adds little weight. Also, it did not require me to relocate the indicator lights or grab handles. The Tail light kit looks clean. I think that the lower profile will result in a lower probability that it will get damaged.
The Seat Concepts seat is simply awesome. The interior foam appears to be memory foam and is really comfy. I did a test ride of 200 miles and could have riden more. Literally this will save my a**.
The Fly tapered handlebar is wider and higher by about 1 and 1/2 inches translating to better control and greater comfort. The Protaper clamps raise the bars perhaps an additional 1/4 inch. When installing the clamps I had to use the stock bolts because the new bolts would not easily fit into the fork bushings.
The Moose handguards should allow me to keep all of my digits in tack. I think they look clean. The Procycle throttle tube is suppose to improve throttle response, but honestly I cannot tell the difference. The Protaper grips do the job, but are nothing special. The BikeMaster folding bar end mirrors are great. They extend my rear view and are slightly convex which allows me to see a wider angle. I'll fold them away when things get dodgie. The Crampbuster cruise assist should make long distance cruising a liitle bit less fatiguing.
In total it probably took me around 12 hours to install everything.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with all the modifications. What do y'all think?
In August 2011, I purchased a new 2011 Suzuki DR650 motorcycle for a trip through South America. The engine, exhaust, chassis and suspension have been maintained in the original (stock) configuration. This approach was chosen to increase reliability and facilitate repair or replacement of items with original parts while traveling. The modifications were only made to the motorcycle to add durability, safety, comfort and protection. The prices listed below were the original costs of the items. The prices are listed to serve as a reference point for the cost of the build.
Many of you that follow this blog know that I really enjoy hiking, camping and backpacking. Whether it is camping in the front country or back country... it is all good.
I recently came across a resource that has really made it easier for me to research and plan my trips. The website, app and community are called TheDyrt. "The Dirt" is an idiom which means the gossip or real story. So getting TheDyrt is a play on words which translates to finding out the real story about campgrounds.
TheDyrt.com website allows users to search for campgrounds in the U.S. (currently only available within the U.S.) and read user generated reviews of the campgrounds. Sometimes the reviews are very general and sometimes very specific - down to the campsite number or cleanliness of the facilities. The website markets itself and its service as the Yelp.com of camping.
Some friends and I took a trip to The Narrows on the Blanco River in Texas. It is a gem.
However getting there was no easy task.
This trip is physically, logistically and legally challenging. The Narrows is on the Blanco River, but is surrounded by private property. There is no trail. The route traverses dry riverbed, sand, rocks, brush and water. The journey can take between 12 to 16 hours, cover 6 to 8 miles in and 6 to 8 miles out and may require swimming 1 to 3 miles in and 1 to 3 miles out depending on the flow of the river. The route and conditions may vary at different times of the year. One must be prepared and equipped for self-rescue, there is no cellular service near the access points nor along the river.
There are two ways to access The Narrows. 1. Obtain permission from one of the property owners with land bordering the river. Or, 2. Access the river via a public right of way and hike and swim the entire route. Texas Navigation Law specifies access to inland and coastal …