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    Quote Originally Posted by Zukin
    Just thinking about the Soft Panniers again

    Has anyone ever had a problem with them getting into the back wheel, or equally as bad catching on fire from them being to close to the exhaust??
    I welded a hoop made from some 10mm steel rod to the rails of the pack rack to hold the bags out and so I could use the same cargo nets to hold the bags in place.
    I can ride off road and they seem to stay in place.

    I would take a pic of them, that is if they were still on the bike.
    I only have them on for trips as I like to ride the 640 like a MX bike and do not want to break the pack rack rails or get caught up in them in a crash.
    It also makes the bike lower at the back, which makes it easier to swing your leg over then you are getting tired.

    I may if I have time put them back on and take a pic for you this weekend.

    On SDU DR650 I made a extra heat shield to go over the factory one and put a extra rubber bung to space the side cover out to stop it melting like far queue's did.
    We can smell the rubber (bung) getting hot some times, but as the bung are only a $1 or so I'm not to worried about that.

    I'll post some pic's of that as well for you in the weekend.
    Feel the fear and do it anyway

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    There are alot of highly educated idiots out there.

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    As for the radios that got ditched. We run a couple of cheap uniden VHFs with $30 worth of bits from dick smith and a couple of dirt bike kill switches. The don't get used much but are handy for "Car coming, car coming, logging truck coming park yourself in the drain" on narrow gravel back roads. Means that whichever of us is riding sweep can concentrate on lines instead of being paranoid about oncoming subarus.

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    I found a pic of my rack alteration.
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    Feel the fear and do it anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemans
    I found a pic of my rack alteration.
    Really You got implants
    The views expressed above may not match yours - But that's the reason my Dad went to war - wasn't it?
    Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, .... but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out,... shouting "man, what a ride"!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henk
    As for the radios that got ditched. We run a couple of cheap uniden VHFs with $30 worth of bits from dick smith and a couple of dirt bike kill switches. The don't get used much but are handy for "Car coming, car coming, logging truck coming park yourself in the drain" on narrow gravel back roads. Means that whichever of us is riding sweep can concentrate on lines instead of being paranoid about oncoming subarus.
    Hi

    I wouldnt ditch the radios, but want I want to do is the following (it sounds like you have this sort of setup anyway)

    2 x UHF radios
    2 x Earpieces to go inside helmet
    2 x mics also inside helmet

    and to switches to attach to the handle bar, then all I do is press the button and talk.
    The radios can then be hiden inside a pocket out of the way
    Cheers Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemans
    I found a pic of my rack alteration.
    Cheers for that, it definately gives me some food for thought.
    The only difference I see is on the DRZ, the exhaust comes all the way out the back, unlike yours which doesnt extend all the way out.
    You can see it here

    So I will in the interests of safety (and being mechanically challenged ) I will speak to my friendly Suzuki Dealer to find out what we can do about that!!

    Cheers for the pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by far queue
    Really You got implants
    I'm not saying.
    Feel the fear and do it anyway

    Don't confuse education with intelligence.
    There are alot of highly educated idiots out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zukin
    The only difference I see is on the DRZ, the exhaust comes all the way out the back, unlike yours which doesnt extend all the way out.
    You may not realise that my exhaust pipe crosses over and comes out the other side of the bike.
    In the pic you will see my exhaust and that I have the Shinko's on and only stopped because I
    threw a chain when I hit a tree root?
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    Here is the pic of the double heat shield.
    The out most one I made and I left the factory one underneath.

    And on the side view you may see a small black dot on the side cover next to the heat shield, which is the extra rubber bung to keep the side cover off the pipe.
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    Feel the fear and do it anyway

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    eek

    I would recommend including the following when the going really gets tough:
    -zip ties
    -spare fuses
    -spare bulbs
    -tie down straps (at least 2)

    (No I'm not some perv... sorry -wrong thread- this was meant for the Adventure Riding toolkit)

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    Nice list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moki View Post
    (No I'm not some perv... sorry -wrong thread- this was meant for the Adventure Riding toolkit)

    Are you sure... could have fooled me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zukin View Post
    Why do you think they are munters?
    Have you read the replies by Clint and Wolf to this question? If so, you have your answer. It is the reason I posted this early on
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris
    Finally when it's all packed in your panniers etc, lay the bike on the ground and try and pick it up. When you realise you can't, re-evaluate what you want to take.?
    Quote Originally Posted by Zukin View Post
    but I am struggling to think of any other major reason why I would like them?
    So you don't like them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zukin View Post
    Why do you think they are munters???
    I seem to think they are ok, they lived a dream, they probably managed to get most of it funded from sponsors
    They raised quite a considerable amount of cash for those less fortunate
    and
    They put adventure riding on the world map??

    I am confused??

    I probably wouldnt like them if I was jealous of what they achieved, but I am struggling to think of any other major reason why I would like them?
    They spent too much time worrying about having the right gear and not enough worrying about their riding skills. They were lucky to survive in my opinion.

    Charley probably would come down the B Grade field in a NZ National Enduro and Ewen would be lucky to finish. I pissed myself when they came to the "almost impassable" Mongolian bogs - they had NO idea...

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    I purchased a Garmin Zumo a few months back and was pretty impressed at the detail on the latest Streemaps for NZ - most, if not all the back country roads are on it on both North and South Island. We found outself on a small track on Old Mans Range down south and even that track was listed. I thought it would be a novelty item but don't ride without it now. Besides it does not take up any space mounted in my cockpit.

    You havent' got a pump listed - how are you going to get going again if you can't pump your tyres ? The CO2 cannisters are useful however I am told it takes at least 3 if not more to fill a GS rear tyre. So a small hand pump strapped to the bike would be a good idea.

    I ride 2 up and have found the intercom system to be essential. Its great to be able to communicate and pass the time. And again takes up minimal space and weighs a couple of hundred grams. I also have my Ipod in my jacket pocket connected to the sound system.

    Tie down ratchet straps, as previously mentioned, are essential if you intend going across the Cook strait as the ferries don't always have an adequate number of straps.

    Those two brits are jerks - but they have raised the awareness of adv riding and their charoty work was great. Personally I prefferred Charlies Dakar race - more realism !

    Cheers
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