View Full Version : Thumper Breeding Explained

17-04-12, 09:08 PM
Well, here is something I didn't know, if you leave a thumper in your garage, it might just create an offspring all by it self - and here I thought
that asexual reproduction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reproduction) was mostly limited to single-celled organisms, most plants and the ant species Mycocepurus smithii. :001_rolleyes:

So this is what happens - the three amigos :lol:


Some background:

I was in the market for a cheapish Djebel, and one that looked promising showed up in Akita, so I figured rather than spend the
money having the bike riding a truck and buying a cheap used by site unseen why not go and pick it up. So I hoped on a red-eye bus
bound for Akita Sta., the trip takes about 11 hours, since they stop every couple of hours and follow some arbitrary speed limit.
Anyhow, it was bearable, like flying couch, except you get to have some fresh air and a smoke every 2-3 hours :sifone:

Since I was a cattle (passenger) I had nothing better to do than recycle some more electrons, so I have some pics of the bus trip,
but obviously not a great deal of the bike ride, since flower sniffing ain't my thing :icon_cool:

One of the rest stops during the night, these buses have two drivers, and apparently the second dude sleeps in the luggage compartment
while the first guy drives. My old iPhone 3GS does not have a flash so the pic is not great, can't wait for iPhone 5 to come out so I can
finally upgrade. The sleeping quarters seem pretty reasonable there was a futon, lights, and the compartment is blocked off from the rest of
luggage space. Talk about sleeping on the job :001_rolleyes:


I don't remember what area this was but the PA was full of these butchered up cars, which were sitting around showing off their retarded mods,
and looking at the wheels that's probably all these cars are now good for.


Going over the high elevation parts you could still see some white crap around, but lower down the temps and roads were ok.




I arrived in Akita around 7:45, and waited about 15 mins until the seller arrived, a nice older farmer dude...
I looked the bike over, and it wasn't too bad, took it for a quick spin, pointed out a few faults, and knocked down the price a couple of man.
Then it was time to do some roadside electrical work, wiring up the car ETC, Zumo and the SAE cable. Changed into my riding gear and packed
everything up into the DIY center topbox, we don't need no stinking Givi :icon_cool:


Somewhere past Sendai I noticed that the headlight had stopped working, and given the distance still left to cover I figured I'd rather waste
time now while it's warm and daylight to try to fix it then end up having to do something in dark in the evening. Now, I'm not familiar with this
bike (yet) so it took a couple of hours pulling shit apart to track the problem down, figure out where the fuses are (actually there is just one
fuse on this bike, for the starter solenoid), find the headlight relay, pull the headlight out to check the bulb and the wiring and eventually pull
apart the headlight switch. It turns out that the PO drowned the relay and the rest of the connectors in dielectric grease, so the problem is
either a poor contact or a sticky relay. Both of these are possible on an older bike, I've had relays get "sticky" on the FJR so I know it's possible.
After figuring out the problem I used some spare wire I carry in my toolkit to do a bypass since I worked out that I could "unstick" the relay by
momentarily supplying power to the headlight Lo Beam. Now I had a lighting solution so it was time to button everything up and resume my trip home.


That bike sat around for about six months over the long, cold Akita winter, and judging by the PO I don't think it was properly reved out before either
so the first few hundred kilometers the engine felt a bit "stiff", but there's nothing like 620 km of WOT to blow the cobwebs out of an engine, by the time
I was passing Fukushima on the Tohoku, that little paint mixer was screaming like it was possessed.

She's no spring chicken, has a few nicks and scrapes and does need some TLC, but then it wouldn't be a dirt bike right?




17-04-12, 10:17 PM
How did you find that James. Yahoo auction?

17-04-12, 10:18 PM
How did you find that James. Yahoo auction?

Yep Yahoo, with some help.

Mike Cash
17-04-12, 10:37 PM
The night buses run in that seemingly odd way In order to prevent either the departure or the arrival ending up being in the wee hours of the morning. The idea is that you can get in a regular full day and early evening, hop on the bus, get a full night's sleep, and get in a full day at your destination. No, I never could sleep on the damned things either. The two drivers thing is due to the hours the trip takes being over what they can legally have a single driver do. Must be specific to the passenger hauling guys, because nobody gives a damn how many hours a day truck drivers put in. (I had been driving trucks here for years before I even knew we had hours-of-service rules, and I still couldn't tell you what they are).

Interestingly....or maybe not....I once examined the schedule of the overnight train from Tokyo to Aomori and discovered they do the exact same thing the buses do. The train stops for several hours in the middle of the night at a station along the way and just sits there.

18-04-12, 08:48 AM
Nice bike and report James! You already have solid mount hand guards, just need a good ski-plate that comes up around to protect the cases. I like Moose brand skid plates, they have good wrap around case protection.

Is that wind screen factory or aftermarket? It's the perfect size for an off-road bike.

18-04-12, 10:57 AM
Unfortunately the Moose skid plate doesn't wrap around on the DRZ250 so we've got a couple coming from B&B Offroad Engineering in Oz.


And plan to order a couple rack sets from a mfg in the Ukraine that will allow the use of either soft luggage (offroad) or E21 Givi cases (around town).


Has space to add a couple tool tubes on the left side.


18-04-12, 11:14 AM
Riding this weekend? Congrats on the bike.

18-04-12, 11:18 AM
Riding this weekend? Congrats on the bike.

Planning on a Sat ride on the XC, since Sun is reserved for a TwistyButt warm up ride.

18-04-12, 08:15 PM
I'm about to do a similar pick-up down in Kobe. Overnight bus, then a ride back. Only a 650km jaunt on the slab. Shouldn't be much of a problem for a "Flying Brick". :icon_lol:

18-04-12, 08:27 PM
Congrats on the bike James!

18-04-12, 10:14 PM
I'm about to do a similar pick-up down in Kobe. Overnight bus, then a ride back. Only a 650km jaunt on the slab. Shouldn't be much of a problem for a "Flying Brick". :icon_lol:
Bob, you can't just leave us hanging like that, what's the bike?

19-04-12, 05:59 AM
It's the "Flying Brick", BMW K100RS in this thread...


19-04-12, 06:16 AM
TR, The B&B skid plate is nice and the rear rack is pretty sweet, looks strong enough to carry another bike! You got a price on the rear rack? Might join in on the order if it's not to late.

19-04-12, 06:47 AM
Now you buy a real bike. Had to wait until I am not there!!! Bastards :)

23-04-12, 12:18 AM
TR, The B&B skid plate is nice and the rear rack is pretty sweet, looks strong enough to carry another bike! You got a price on the rear rack? Might join in on the order if it's not to late.

Looks like he is asking $189 for the DRZ complete rack without the Givi mount hardware, and he quoted me $52 for shipping. I'm checking now to see if there's a discount for buying more than one, but if not we'll probably just place our orders individually.


The owner's name is Andriy and his email is mmotoparts@gmail.com if you need more info.