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Forum: Thumpers 08-28-2014, 03:39 PM
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Posted By oldenuf
imprecise?

No problems with the dip stick showing right at the full mark with an oil change and refill.
Forum: Thumpers 08-26-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 23,960
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Posted By oldenuf
OEM parts

google search, Suzuki OEM parts and you will get parts pictures which should answer your questions.
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 97,593
Views: 18,534,376
Posted By oldenuf
all the way

Might as well go with a straight pipe. Really loud and you can join the HD crowd for a group ride and piss people off in style.
Forum: Thumpers 08-22-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 97,593
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Posted By oldenuf
stock exhaust

The stock exhaust works in that it has volume which allows it to be quiet and at the same time be less restrictive. It is heavy, my scales read 13 pounds. Most slip ons weigh about 5 pounds. With the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-19-2014, 07:38 AM
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Posted By oldenuf
riding

The Montana trip was a mix. First day started in the rain and didn't get out of it till the summit of the Cascades where it was all of 47 degrees and by that time I was soaked. Off the pass and into...
Forum: Thumpers 08-18-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 23,960
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Posted By oldenuf
problems

Not sure what you are hearing. Sounds like your DR-Z may be wore out and time for a rebuild. I bought mine new, and after two years and 11,000 miles and with normal care it runs as good as the day I...
Forum: Thumpers 08-17-2014, 08:38 PM
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Posted By oldenuf
non-stop cross country

Get a u-haul pickup and save the DR-Z
Forum: Thumpers 08-17-2014, 08:45 AM
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Posted By oldenuf
Down-sizing

Probably been going for years. I went from a BMW R100GS to a DR350. Started the dual sport thing with Honda XL's and when BMW came out with the R800GS ordered one and found it's limited and poor...
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2014, 05:22 PM
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Posted By oldenuf
gearing commander chart

Not sure why they set the rpm limit at 7750. 8500 is where the DR-Z 400S makes max HP and I'm not sure where the rev limiter is set. Stock gearing works well for 2-track and forest service and even...
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 23,960
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Posted By oldenuf
switch

When you by-pass it you connect the wire ends, so that would seem to indicate that the switch opens the connection to shut the engine off.
Forum: Thumpers 08-09-2014, 08:42 AM
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Posted By oldenuf
? octane

While on a ride last week. A friend had forgot to check the calendar and refill his KLR 650 tank and it finally ran dry. As it happens we were 10 miles from the nearest fuel and he had to humbly...
Forum: Thumpers 07-22-2014, 07:40 AM
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Posted By oldenuf
Natural tank

I really like the visual fuel level that I get with with the natural tank. Will always be my choice for plastic tanks and Clarke tanks I've bought fit well.

Art
Forum: Day Trippin' 07-19-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 987
Posted By oldenuf
memories

Thanks for sharing. Lived in Show Low for a number of years. In the late 80's. Did a fair amount of riding your direction, over to Luna, to Glenwood and backroads to Datil and back home. Nice long...
Forum: Thumpers 07-16-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,223
Posted By oldenuf
new 2014 KTM 690

There's a new one on the floor at Bremerton, WA KTM dealer. $10299 plus what the charge for freight and delivery.

Nice, but not in my budget.
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2014, 03:33 PM
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Posted By oldenuf
using the trip meter

Mounted up the old enduro roll chart and worked out a roll chart for upcoming trip from the directions printed out so nicely on google maps directions. Only needed to figure the running total of the...
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 23,960
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Posted By oldenuf
what it is.

Add to the stock HP/torque, the somewhat buzzy engine and very upright riding position and weight of the machine and I find a motorcycle that I don't want to ride faster than 60 mph on the pavement...
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2014, 02:38 PM
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Posted By oldenuf
years of non-use

I would rather buy a machine that is used on a regular basis with maintenance than one stored for years. Replacing the water pump not nearly as bad as other problems that can develop from storing.
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2014, 11:01 AM
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Posted By oldenuf
gearing

No. Stock gear box works for me.

Art
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 62
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Posted By oldenuf
690 touring

Personally, if I had to have loads of camping gear and lots of added weight. I would save lots money and get a KLR 650. The riding is #1. First choice back pack, tooth brush, and credit card. Second...
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 14,490
Posted By oldenuf
2015 dualsports

I don't think you will get an answer from Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, here. I may be wrong though.
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,223
Posted By oldenuf
Buy local

You will be spending a lot of time at the KTM dealer getting it set up and happy. Always good to have a healthy dealer relationship.
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2014, 05:14 PM
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Posted By oldenuf
question

First I would slip the rear brake caliper and it's bracket off the disk and see if the wheel spins freely. This will tell you if the problem is with the spacers or with the brake.

Art
Forum: Thumpers 06-29-2014, 10:58 PM
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Posted By oldenuf
gravel roads

Not familiar with Mitas tires and which pattern you are running. Hard pack roads with loose gravel are a challenge. Dropping the pressure probably not the answer. The more open knobby seems to get...
Forum: Thumpers 06-29-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
DR-Z outdated?

Now to comparing DR and DR-Z. I just sold the DR and now have the DR-Z. The highway portion of my riding is secondary to my riding on unimproved routes. In the mountains up here, with stock gearing...
Forum: Thumpers 06-29-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
choices

Sometimes you have to take the "bad" to get to the "good", or you can just complain or stay at home in the recliner.

Art
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
Rtw

Years back, 1970-80's, a regular feature in "Dirt Bike or Dirt Rider" the US magazine were articles by "the bear" and Australian, riding a Honda XL250 round the world. Great articles and writer, very...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
?

So if Suzuki makes a $10,000, 245 pound 55 hp, 6-speed, dual sport you would consider switching from your KTM? Why for gads sake, would you abandon KTM?

Art
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
KLR's

Remember what was said about headlight shape?

KLR's have the latest angular headlight shape!!

Truth is KLR's get ridden. See them everywhere, and lots have more miles on them than the average...
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
motorcycle off-road riding parks

Actually I was agreeing with ChromSux that the DR-Z400S, like the BMW GS are not the best choices for play riding in off-road parks and gravel pits and other such riding areas, and that the KTM is...
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
great post there, ChromeSux

Another testimonial to the almost religious experience of riding a KTM. I've heard of similar experiences of BMW GS riders who took their GS's to off road riding parks. I'll try and avoid these with...
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
and for "rock crawling"

2009 KTM 450 XC-W 1st gear 3000 rpm gives you 10 mph

Suzuki DR-Z 400 1st gear 2400 rpm makes 9.5 mph.

Art
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
check it out

Your 09 KTM 450 XC-W with it's short stroke motor, 64mm, if it's still geared with stock sprockets is turning 5250 rpm at 56 mph in 6th.

The DR-Z 400 with a 62.5 mm stroke is tuning 5425 rpm at 57...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
comparing KTM & DR-Z400

KTM 450 RFS EXC bore & stroke 89mm by 72mm
KTM 530 RFS EXC bore & stroke 95mm by 72mm
DR-Z400S bore & stroke 90mm by 62.5mm

KTM 450 RFS EXC stock sprocket gearing 14 & 45
1st gear 2300 rpm for...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 20,271
Posted By oldenuf
choices

If the DR-Z is not what will match your riding, get something that does. Just turned 10,000 miles on my 2012, and I did have a mechanical failure. The top screw on the right hand radiator shroud...
Forum: Thumpers 06-15-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 23,960
Views: 4,075,460
Posted By oldenuf
thread lock

Noticed the radiator shroud moving, and at the same time saw the fastener fly out. With the aftermarket plastic tank and the brass thread insert it uses I was careful not to over tighten so looks...
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 23,960
Views: 4,075,460
Posted By oldenuf
saga of the gears

Great day out here on the Washington state Olympic Peninsula. Mostly sunny and temperature may have gotten close to 70 F. Out for a 130 mile ride about 70% forest service roads, some only a...
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 23,960
Views: 4,075,460
Posted By oldenuf
right choices

Around here, the single tracks are just to slick and gnarly for machines geared wrong and weight really becomes a factor so the best combination is a Ford F150 and your choice of weapon. The rest of...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 23,960
Views: 4,075,460
Posted By oldenuf
agree with that

If you want torque at low rpm, to loaf along and still have acceptable acceleration, one good factor is a long stroke, but the higher rpm's with the long stroke you get into high piston speed and...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 23,960
Views: 4,075,460
Posted By oldenuf
not missing the point

I think you have it backwards. Not only the DRZ, but all short stroke motors show a need for RPM's and the close ratio transmission is what works best to keep them in that more narrow range. If you...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 23,960
Views: 4,075,460
Posted By oldenuf
moderate trail use

With gearing and tire changes, Yes. Forget about getting a lot of weight off the "S". If you can deal with the weight it will do moderate trails better than a 650 and I think better than the WR250R,...
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