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    Damn that's a big fuel tank, i'd be happy with something that would get me 300 -350km

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    only 8K for the E still at colemans ---

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    Quote Originally Posted by neil. View Post
    Damn that's a big fuel tank, i'd be happy with something that would get me 300 -350km
    I recommend a CLARKE 15 Litre tank you can get from JUST TANKS in USA.
    Gearing-wise you will need at least 15:43 sprockets for cruisability.
    Seat-wise, l have done 75,000 kms on mine with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 400sm View Post
    I recommend a CLARKE 15 Litre tank you can get from JUST TANKS in USA.
    Gearing-wise you will need at least 15:43 sprockets for cruisability.
    Seat-wise, l have done 75,000 kms on mine with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVboy View Post
    That was a big trip!
    Yes!
    It started 12 years ago ;-)
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    Seating Problems

    I am wondering if people that complain about seat comfort are possibly sitting on the wrong part of the seat.
    The "correct" position is 3/4 of the way towards the rear of the seat.
    I have seen ex road bike riders, newbies and girls sitting right up on the tank in my time. That is not a comfy position...the seat is very narrow.
    An experienced rider uses this position only for tight cornering.
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    balls on tank thats where the bike handles best however --- but nah its no good even on the wider part, the main issue is the vibrations in the seat at highway speed, if you keep it under ~80kph can go all day no worries -- cheap seat pads and stuff made it fine for me however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubbo View Post
    balls on tank thats where the bike handles best however --- but nah its no good even on the wider part, the main issue is the vibrations in the seat at highway speed, if you keep it under ~80kph can go all day no worries -- cheap tank pads and stuff made it fine for me however.
    Yep, more than most dirt bikes that's what I found. Get a bit lazy and sit too far back and the front tends to wash out.

    The seat I found to be a pain, if I hadn't ridden for a while. Couple of decent rides and it was fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubbo View Post
    balls on tank thats where the bike handles best however --- but nah its no good even on the wider part, the main issue is the vibrations in the seat at highway speed, if you keep it under ~80kph can go all day no worries -- cheap seat pads and stuff made it fine for me however.
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    If l could only ride at 80 kmh, l would stay at home :-)

    What front and rear chainwheel (usa!) teeth ratio do you run.
    I find the DRZ engine cruises well when geared to run 5500 rpm at 100kmh.
    This still lets it cruise comfy at 120 ...and well beyond! ;-)

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    I ran 15/47 or "adv" gearing top speed was ~140kph and would get there almost instantly and hit the limiter --- still a tall first gear for tight single track though but thats another of the achillies of the DRZ the close ratio gearbox with super high 1st and super low 5th --- if they just changed that or even just 5th! the bike would probably sell 20% more -- the engine pulls hard (atleast on the E it does) it could run much higher gearing if you were on road only but then the lightness and flighty front end would become a bit much over 150~

    how can you tell the revs? no engine tacho on the things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubbo View Post
    I ran 15/47 or "adv" gearing top speed was ~140kph and would get there almost instantly and hit the limiter --- still a tall first gear for tight single track though but thats another of the achillies of the DRZ the close ratio gearbox with super high 1st and super low 5th --- if they just changed that or even just 5th! the bike would probably sell 20% more -- the engine pulls hard (atleast on the E it does) it could run much higher gearing if you were on road only but then the lightness and flighty front end would become a bit much over 150~

    how can you tell the revs? no engine tacho on the things?
    From memory my E was geared about the same as that, happy to sit at 100kph (just) but a little bit tall for tight stuff. Not so much of an issue for the SM without the off road use.

    I stuck a cheap hour meter/tacho on mine to keep track of oil changes, interval in the book was in hours but that's not on the instruments either, tacho was a bonus.

    https://www.torpedo7.co.nz/products/...our-tach-meter
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    Nova Racing do a wide ratio gearbox for the 2000-2013 DRZ,

    http://www.novaracing.co.uk/ProductS...x20002013.html
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    ACT also do a wide ratio box

    and apparently it is possible to modify a pair of 3rd gears to provide an overdrive 5th,
    which would be my preferred option, with a low 1st to 4th then a fairly high 5th.
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    this is all true, but expensive for a cheap bike ^_@ --- suzuki should just re-ratio the gearbox making it wide as the engine is more than capable of pulling more up top and it needs a crawling gear down bottom -- they might well do this with fuel injection and ABS to try shoehorn it into euro4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubbo View Post
    I ran 15/47 or "adv" gearing top speed

    how can you tell the revs? no engine tacho on the things?
    I use cheap digical rev counters off aliexpress....less than $15
    I run 15:39...dont do single track much....just gravel and tar roads.

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