DRZ400 adventure bike build
Back when I purchased my first DRZ400 to build up as an adventure bike I spent a lot of time researching different makes and models. The fact I do a lot of solo adventure riding means weight is a primary consideration. The terrain I prefer is technical and challenging so the bike needed to be off-road oriented. Riding in remote locations places importance on reliability; a kickstart is considered essential. The multi-day/week trips I do means that periods between oil changes and general maintenance etc was also a factor.
Aftermarket part availability was crucial especially with the most important upgrade of a larger fuel tank to accommodate for the long distances between fuel stops. So, after weighing up a long list of pros and cons on many possible adventure bike candidates, a DRZ400E was selected.
To date I've racked up just shy of 100,000 km adventure riding a DRZ400. Although there have been some teething issues along the way, overall I couldn't be happier. A testament to this is that this build article is being completely rewritten as I have just purchased my third DRZ400 to be specifically built up using the RMOTO specs, and then freighted to Australia for a trip in June 2017.
Whilst the previous DRZ400 adventure bike build article was fairly basic on the details, this article will go into detail through every single step when building a DRZ400 into an adventure bike using the RMOTO specs. It is a work in progress but will be completed over the next 3 months as the bike must be completed and ready for shipping by May 2017.