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Thanks, I will have to keep it simple as I fly into the US, pick up the bike and only have 1 day before setting off.
Perhaps if I take some flat bar with me with a number of pre drilled holes, I can knock something up quickly.
Not a difficult job but requires some finessing and bending in a vise, especially for the mount above the exhaust, at least the way I did it. You can see the brace in this pic.

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Thanks, I will have to keep it simple as I fly into the US, pick up the bike and only have 1 day before setting off.
Perhaps if I take some flat bar with me with a number of pre drilled holes, I can knock something up quickly.
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Really helpful stuff, but I need to keep weight to an absolute minimum for the flight, so buying a rack here in UK is pretty much a non starter unfortunately.
I'm hoping I can do something like pics 2 or 8 in post 167. This way I can do the L bend at the top of the bracket (where it bolts to the frame) and do the rest when I get to the US.
RideFar, your solution may also be a good option for me, as again I can do some of the work before I leave home. Especially as it looks like I only need a stand off on the exhaust side. The main difficulty is of course that I have only a WR250 here in UK to get an idea from and this is no help with actual measurements.
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Pinball1008 - You indicated on the bike pics that you have the Pro-Moto Billet rear rack. Have you considered something like the following from Procycle to keep your bags off the exhaust?

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Add-on saddlebag guards to protect your saddlebags from the exhaust pipe and rear tire. Requires the Pro Moto Cargo Rack (see above) to mount properly. Made from CNC machined 6061 billet aluminum. Requires some simple drilling to install. Approx. 7" wide and 9" long.
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I have now decided to go a different route and will strap a Kriega US30 on the back.
I have cut my gear down to an absolute minimum and as we're staying in motels overnight, I will wash clothes every 2/3 days.
We pick up the bikes in Helena on 27th August and the 3 of us hit the CDT at Roosville on the 29 August.
If anyone wants to buy a month old DR650 in Phoenix around the 22nd of September, please let me know.
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[QUOTE=Ride Far;339563]Not a difficult job but requires some finessing and bending in a vise, especially for the mount above the exhaust, at least the way I did it. You can see the brace in this pic.

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Nice setup! How are you finding the front springs? did you go for a stiffer spring? I'm looking to set mine up for a larger tank/ more weight as well, and am looking for feedback on the best suspension setup. Lots of options out there, which is great - but also makes the choices more difficult.
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I tried to emulate some of these mods with our DR's. This bike is set up really well. After adding the Safari tank on my bike, I upgraded to an Elka rear shock, heavy springs & oil together with a folk brace and was very happy with the way the bike handled.

If I had to do it again though, I would skip the Safari, wasn't really needed and would have gone with the IMS which my wife had on her bike. Very adequate.
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[QUOTE=Ride Far;339563]Not a difficult job but requires some finessing and bending in a vise, especially for the mount above the exhaust, at least the way I did it. You can see the brace in this pic.

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Nice setup! How are you finding the front springs? did you go for a stiffer spring? I'm looking to set mine up for a larger tank/ more weight as well, and am looking for feedback on the best suspension setup. Lots of options out there, which is great - but also makes the choices more difficult.
I got the maximum strength Eiback front springs from Jesse at Kientech and they worked well. I wouldn't go with anything less than maximum strength running a Safari tank and running lots of corrugation / rough stuff.
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The Safari tank is great. Not only does it hold a shit load of fuel but also provides a comfy foot rest!

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