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The DRZ Gets a Big Brake

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I was tight on cash when I first did the DRZ supermoto conversion. After blowing big bucks on wheels, tires and suspension upgrades, I opted out of upgrading the brakes. I had never had any problems with the DRZ's stopping power when it was in enduro configuration so I thought, how important are big brakes anyway? Besides, who needs to stop? I, was wrong! It seems the stock brakes were just fine for overpowering spindly little knobbies on the road. Slap a fat gummy street tire on there, and it's another story. Stoppies seemed to be easier with the knobbies, but with the shorter height of the street tires, the center of gravity of the DRZ was lower. Stoppies were nearly impossible with the stock brake. Enter, the EBC upgrade kit.

Balance Your Wheels

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Many people don't bother to balance motorcycle wheels. Many can get away without it and have no ill effects. But why take the chance when it's so easy to do?

Installing a Larger Tank on the Yamaha WR450F

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So You Want to Ride.. Part 4 Turning

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After you've practiced braking and acceleration, then it's time to move on to turning. Turning comes naturally to some. Some people need to think about it and practice more.

Motorcycle Wheel Alignment

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Aligning motorcycle wheels when adjusting the chain is simpler than it sounds. All you need is a string that is about three times longer than the wheelbase and two weights to hold the string tight.

Converting the DRZ400K into a SuperMoto

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Uncorking a 2007 WR450F

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The Yamaha WRs of recent years have come fairly well corked up from the factory. I rode the machine around for a few weeks during break in while it was corked up.

So You Want to Ride.. Part 3 Advanced Motion

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Ok.. motorcycling is dangerous.. You learn to ride at your own peril.  If you read this, do what I say, and get hurt.. that's your fault.  I'm only imparting what works for me. 

So You Want to Ride.. Part 2 Basic Motion

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Ok.. motorcycling is dangerous.. You learn to ride at your own peril.  If you read this, do what I say, and get hurt.. that's your fault.  I'm only imparting what works for me.

So You Want to Ride.. Part 1 The Philosphy

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So you want to learn to ride? Do yourself a favor. Don't!!! What!?

Honda Shadow 1100 Carburetor Jetting

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Project SV650 Part One, Fork Mod

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The Suzuki SV650 is probably one of ths most fun machines you can buy. They are relatively cheap and the word entry level comes to mind.

15 Minute DRZ400 Steering Head Repack

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The shop manual tells you to remove the fork legs to pack your steering head bearings. But what do they know? Ok Ok, they know a lot, but that doesn't mean you can't take a shortcut here and there.

Valve Adjustment on 2001 DRZ 400

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First we'll have a little disclaimer. If you work on your own equipment, you are responsible for it. Don't come whining to me if you break something.

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