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Forum: Thumpers 05-11-2014, 12:03 AM
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Posted By vonreckless
The MC in the picture above must have been on a...

The MC in the picture above must have been on a non-running bike sitting out in the rain for a number of years. I've never seen one that bad before.

Even bikes being used on a daily basis will...
Forum: Thumpers 05-10-2014, 10:14 AM
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Posted By vonreckless
As I understand breaking systems . . . as the...

As I understand breaking systems . . . as the pads wear down, more fluid is drawn from the master cylinder to take up the extra volume required in the caliper. So, as pads wear, the fluid level in...
Forum: Thumpers 05-08-2014, 04:07 PM
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Posted By vonreckless
That is indeed an interesting tail/brake/signal...

That is indeed an interesting tail/brake/signal unit. It looks kind of cool, too. Where did you get it.
Forum: Thumpers 05-06-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 26,194
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Posted By vonreckless
Your suspicion is correct. The lines I mentioned...

Your suspicion is correct. The lines I mentioned from Galfer are not for off-road, but the company makes lines for off-road. The various companies that retail the lines have their own shipping...
Forum: Thumpers 05-06-2014, 08:22 PM
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Posted By vonreckless
I'd check the caliper piston . . . make sure it's...

I'd check the caliper piston . . . make sure it's sliding smoothly (remove the MC cap, pull the caliper away from the rotor, use a c-clamp to push the piston back, careful--don't let fluid spill out...
Forum: Thumpers 05-06-2014, 07:20 PM
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Posted By vonreckless
This question is timely. I've been looking at the...

This question is timely. I've been looking at the Galfer series of lines http://www.galferusa.com/

One of their retailers states the following ballpark prices...
Forum: Thumpers 05-02-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 26,194
Views: 3,178,690
Posted By vonreckless
These recommendations look fantastic. Thanks a...

These recommendations look fantastic. Thanks a lot Greg. I really appreciate the feedback because I can order products online "sight unseen" with confidence that they will fit the DR specifically....
Forum: Thumpers 05-01-2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 26,194
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Posted By vonreckless
Super! I should try asking more often. I can...

Super! I should try asking more often.

I can see that I wouldn't want to go much bigger than the Coyote. I can also see that I'll have to be a real minimalist when it comes to packing it. However,...
Forum: Thumpers 05-01-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 26,194
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Posted By vonreckless
Great Basin vs Coyote

Sounds like your riding preferences are the same as mine when it comes to bags, racks and more technical conditions.

This question about camping and luggage is very timely for me as I am currently...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 26,194
Views: 3,178,690
Posted By vonreckless
Is your oil level too high as measured by the...

Is your oil level too high as measured by the dipstick? Maybe you are getting gas into the crankcase via the carburetors because of a faulty fuel shut off or stuck carb floats. Check the oil level...
Forum: Thumpers 02-24-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 26,194
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Posted By vonreckless
exhaust leak at the head (rust broke through the...

exhaust leak at the head (rust broke through the header or maybe the gasket gave way)? Just spitballin'.
Forum: Thumpers 02-23-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 26,194
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Posted By vonreckless
A few of you have commented on this kit. I want...

A few of you have commented on this kit. I want my front wheel in the air easier without changing sprockets. I understand there are at least two manufacturers. Which kit is the best? Do I need new...
Forum: Thumpers 02-13-2014, 07:32 PM
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Posted By vonreckless
looking for an OEM rack

My son's SE has the rack (#26) in the picture. My SE doesn't (#20). I like his rack (that doesn't sound right, does it!). Anyway, somebody out there want to trade me the OEM rack (#26) for what I...
Forum: Thumpers 02-13-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 26,194
Views: 3,178,690
Posted By vonreckless
Somebody recommended a new front fender as one of...

Somebody recommended a new front fender as one of the top mods . . . just wondering why? I have noticed a lot of DR350 owners changing the front fender to the UFO aftermarket (as described on Greg...
Forum: Thumpers 02-10-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 26,194
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Posted By vonreckless
for what it is worth: I like to put in the...

for what it is worth:
I like to put in the prescribed volume to get it about right (often you'll get it exactly right), then measure the prescribed distance and add or suck out oil if necessary (a...
Forum: Thumpers 02-09-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 26,194
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Posted By vonreckless
I'd be curious to see what that looks like. I'm...

I'd be curious to see what that looks like. I'm looking for fuel/stowing solutions. Mind sharing for all to see? If not, PM me.
Forum: Thumpers 02-02-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 26,194
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Posted By vonreckless
rubber electrical tape recommendation

<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]-->This site has been so helpful to me, I thought I'd add a tip of my...
Forum: Thumpers 01-29-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 26,194
Views: 3,178,690
Posted By vonreckless
Hey, great idea. I have only one concern: I...

Hey, great idea. I have only one concern: I expect I will crash my bike now and then ('cause I wanna have fun). The signals look like they may be a bit more prone to damage in a crash being further...
Forum: Thumpers 01-29-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 26,194
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Posted By vonreckless
front signal stays

Bought new signal lights for my "97 DR350SE that the PO had removed. As I went to install them, I discovered I was also missing the stays (errrr). Anybody got a set of these at a reasonable price? I...
Forum: Thumpers 01-28-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 26,194
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Posted By vonreckless
Congrats and good luck with your mods.

Congrats and good luck with your mods.
Forum: Thumpers 01-21-2014, 05:31 PM
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Views: 3,178,690
Posted By vonreckless
Thanks mellephants for the switch and everybody...

Thanks mellephants for the switch and everybody else for the help and suggestions. I'm sure the switch will fit.
Forum: Thumpers 01-19-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 26,194
Views: 3,178,690
Posted By vonreckless
control switch: one more try.

I posted this a while ago but got no replies. It might be too boring a question . . . or too picky. Anyway, I'll post one more time in hopes somebody can confirm I am going in the right direction or...
Forum: Thumpers 01-18-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 26,194
Views: 3,178,690
Posted By vonreckless
parts cross-refeence website

I didn't just put it in because it is a little convoluded. Here it is: go to Cliff's page here http://www.mtsac.edu/~cliff/storage/gs/

Scroll down to "parts cross-reference.pdf" (5th from the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 26,194
Views: 3,178,690
Posted By vonreckless
left control switch part cross-reference

I have a '97 DR350SE. I am in need of a left control switch. I found a fantastic web site that provides cross-referencing for all OEM part numbers. I search my make, model and year, and it spits out...
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-16-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 933
Posted By vonreckless
I'll have a look for that. I think I owned one...

I'll have a look for that. I think I owned one years ago. Thanks.
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-15-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 933
Posted By vonreckless
Thanks for the maps, Mike. They are a big help....

Thanks for the maps, Mike. They are a big help. And Hellboy . . . I shall google earth.
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-14-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 933
Posted By vonreckless
I was just starting to work out plan B (thinking...

I was just starting to work out plan B (thinking nobody would respond to my rather specific query), which was precisely as you suggest: view threads on using a GPS and plan my own route. Nice to know...
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-13-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 933
Posted By vonreckless
Shuswap and Okanagan to WABDR

Planning to ride the WABDR North to South with my son early-mid July. However, my question is about finding the best off-road route from Salmon Arm, BC to to the Northern WABDR trailhead. My son is...
Forum: Thumpers 07-31-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 26,194
Views: 3,178,690
Posted By vonreckless
Achilles heal

Am I to understand that this crank pin issue is the Achilles heal of the DR350? Are there other weaknesses I should know about?

So far, I think the lesson is don't sustain high revs around 7K for...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2013, 11:17 PM
Replies: 26,194
Views: 3,178,690
Posted By vonreckless
New to DR350s

This summer my son and I both bought low km DR350s--a 96 and a 97. I'm replying here to join this thread and learn as much as I can about these impressive little bikes.
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2012, 10:51 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,026
Posted By vonreckless
Thanks everyone for the advise. The Breeze seemed...

Thanks everyone for the advise. The Breeze seemed to sum things up very well in the second last post. I'll do as many of you said . . . and make my own decision (now that I've got lots to consider).
Forum: Thumpers 08-06-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,026
Posted By vonreckless
Your comments continue to inform and enlighten...

Your comments continue to inform and enlighten (and entertain).

Ruffjeep pointed out what a drag compromise is (now that I'm middle aged, I can say this is true for pretty much every aspect of my...
Forum: Thumpers 08-05-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,026
Posted By vonreckless
A couple of you have made really strong points...

A couple of you have made really strong points (Kawidad, G600) . . . namely that even though I am more dirt oriented than street, I'm not looking to race. This means I'm inclined less toward the more...
Forum: Thumpers 08-03-2012, 07:02 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,026
Posted By vonreckless
Thanks for your quick replies . . . keep them...

Thanks for your quick replies . . . keep them coming!

I'll be taking a close look at the DR-Z tonight (with a critical eye toward the gearbox and weight) . . . and the XR. Also, thanks for...
Forum: Thumpers 08-03-2012, 09:58 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,026
Posted By vonreckless
Enduro Recommendation Needed

I want to get a used enduro but am not sure which one and would appreciate informed opinions. Feel free to specify not only size, make and model, but also the year or range in years that you like.
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