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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 407
Posted By Kommando
Have the intake and exhaust valve clearances been...

Have the intake and exhaust valve clearances been checked?

Bearings?

Frame tubes and welds?

Compression?
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 10:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By Kommando
I don't have a pic, but I did the factory...

I don't have a pic, but I did the factory lowering on a DR650SE, then slid the forks up 1" and installed adjustable links. Then I shaved about 2" out of the seat. The seat height was probably under...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 07:04 AM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
I spray the cush rubbers with silicon lubricant...

I spray the cush rubbers with silicon lubricant for rubber before I install the wheel. It all slides in much easier. Find it at the autoparts store.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 12:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 520
Posted By Kommando
Yeah, plus adding weight/complexity. It would...

Yeah, plus adding weight/complexity. It would probably stop you faster easier though. If you can already lock/stoppy it though, you probably don't need more braking power...unless you're in the habit...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 12:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,174
Posted By Kommando
You live life. You take your chances. A...

You live life. You take your chances.

A family member of mine lived life cleaner than most people I know. This past week, they were diagnosed with brain cancer.

I lost a friend in...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-03-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 587
Views: 117,645
Posted By Kommando
They started offering the SR400 in the US again,...

They started offering the SR400 in the US again, but it has been selling overseas in other markets for all this time. It's also a thumper, which isn't known for being as smooth or as powerful as a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-03-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6,167
Views: 1,142,264
Posted By Kommando
I ride knobs on the pavement all the time. Some...

I ride knobs on the pavement all the time. Some grip much better on pavement than others. Some pavements are grippier than others too. I've had a front sand knob start to wash out on me without being...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-03-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,664
Posted By Kommando
Down here, many people don't ride when it's too...

Down here, many people don't ride when it's too hot/humid, or they don't ride much during the rainy season, when we get thunderstorms almost every day.

Cold and salt can be dealt with. Knobs...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-02-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 6,167
Views: 1,142,264
Posted By Kommando
$500 (ABS) + $310 (Destination Charge) = $810.

$500 (ABS) + $310 (Destination Charge) = $810.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-02-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 663
Posted By Kommando
I like to ride year-round, whether here in the...

I like to ride year-round, whether here in the south or up north. Down here, I often hop in the pool or go to the beach after riding on hot days. Today was over 80F.
Forum: Thumpers 03-02-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 514
Posted By Kommando
650cc bikes can vary greatly in their power...

650cc bikes can vary greatly in their power output and power characteristics. Choose a bike with a mellow power delivery when you're just learning to ride, and preferably one that doesn't make more...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-02-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,664
Posted By Kommando
When I lived in the snowbelt... - Suck it up...

When I lived in the snowbelt...

- Suck it up and ride anyway.
- Get an Ad Boivin kit or similar...and ride anyway.
- Get a snowmobile and ride anyway.
- Take up...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-01-2015, 11:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,190
Posted By Kommando
I'd recommend a USED low and light bike with...

I'd recommend a USED low and light bike with enough power and stability to handle 60-65MPH, while not enough power to easily exceed 100MPH.

The TU250X thumper standard comes to mind, as do the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-27-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,596
Posted By Kommando
KLR650 has the most space. The DR650 is a little...

KLR650 has the most space. The DR650 is a little tight for me and my wife if we have a tankbag on it...5'8"/200lb/athletic and 5'4"/petite, but we can empty a 5gal tank in one go since I installed a...
Forum: Thumpers 02-26-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,016
Posted By Kommando
Offer the KLX650 again, as the next-gen KLR. They...

Offer the KLX650 again, as the next-gen KLR. They already have the R&D done. It already had better suspension and better power. The KLR is supposed to be a thumper. Take it back to having less...
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
Can you get good bite in the screw head when...

Can you get good bite in the screw head when using a drill on high speed to back it out?

Have a buddy clamp the bar end with cloth-covered vise-grips while you unscrew the screw with the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
'Time to install a front ski and a rear track.

'Time to install a front ski and a rear track.
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
And jackalope slippers?

And jackalope slippers?
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By Kommando
How long has it been for sale? The owner is...

How long has it been for sale? The owner is saying that he bought it this past January. Is that this month? Or last year?

As long as the fuel was treated so that the carb works fine, and as long...
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
:rofl

:rofl
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
'Looks like he could have used a good set of...

'Looks like he could have used a good set of mudders! :lol3

A new aggressive knob on the back, and a fistful of throttle, might have gotten him through.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-24-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,889
Posted By Kommando
Encourage others to stop at 2-3 kids. There's no...

Encourage others to stop at 2-3 kids. There's no need for more. If the planet wasn't as crowded, we could all drive diesels with no emissions equipment...if we wanted to. Water could be clean too....
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 01-23-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,438
Posted By Kommando
Coming into a turn, get your weight forward as...

Coming into a turn, get your weight forward as you ease off the throttle, but don't lose too much speed. I sit up by the tank and kick the inside leg forward if there aren't any stumps to clip, with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,595
Posted By Kommando
Whaaat? How many people ever actually use those?...

Whaaat? How many people ever actually use those? Most that I've seen aren't even positioned safely.
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2015, 11:29 AM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
I use a DR250 taillight with an 1157 LED unit in...

I use a DR250 taillight with an 1157 LED unit in it, and some red LED strips on the sides of the rear fender. I wired the LEDs into the connector under the headlight shroud too, so they come on when...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
If you want to ride more dirt than pavement, you...

If you want to ride more dirt than pavement, you may want something more aggressive up front, to keep the front from washing out as much in soft stuff. The IRC TR8 is inexpensive and pretty good...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
As far as your reflectors now, and even your...

As far as your reflectors now, and even your front signals, you can do what I did...

Get some adhesive reflectors from someplace like Walmart. I got red for sticking on the sides of the rear...
Forum: Thumpers 01-18-2015, 11:45 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 8,802
Posted By Kommando
Sherpa burning? :kumbaya

Sherpa burning?

:kumbaya
Forum: Thumpers 01-18-2015, 11:21 PM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
It seems like you burned up the clutch. Did you...

It seems like you burned up the clutch. Did you buy this DR used, or are you the first owner? Are you experienced in riding sand? Are you using knobbies, especially in the front?

If you don't...
Forum: Thumpers 01-18-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By Kommando
'Depends on the bike, screen, your size, the...

'Depends on the bike, screen, your size, the wind, and your preferences. I don't use a screen on my DR650s and I'm fine blazing slab all day. Make/buy one for cheap and see if you like it.
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
Yup, and some knobbies are more appropriate in...

Yup, and some knobbies are more appropriate in certain terrains, and under certain riders/bikes than others. Ark...Keep experimenting until you find a good combo for what/where/how you ride. Try...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 8,802
Posted By Kommando
Yeah? Which BIKE might that be? Which sub-400lb...

Yeah? Which BIKE might that be? Which sub-400lb dualsport hauls a passenger as well as a DR, while handling commuting duty for 50K+ miles without a major hitch better, can handle cross-continent slab...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 8,802
Posted By Kommando
'No lights either, so it's not even an enduro....

'No lights either, so it's not even an enduro. That's clearly an MX/freestyle bike. :D
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
Yup. Use a relay. For heated accessories,...

Yup. Use a relay.

For heated accessories, I'd use the un-used MTW connector above the carb to switch a relay. That connector only gets power when the ignition is ON, which is a good setup for...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 12:11 PM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
A lot of it is experience, and not just quantity...

A lot of it is experience, and not just quantity of experience. It's QUALITY of experience too. Some people also take a different approach to things.

Get used to riding that kind of terrain....
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 547
Posted By Kommando
Get a ride on a KLX250S. Try one with a 351cc...

Get a ride on a KLX250S. Try one with a 351cc big-bore, if you can. It's right around 300lb curb, but torquier than a WR250R.

You could also try to find a DR350SE in good shape.

The CRF250L...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
There are several un-used connectors under the...

There are several un-used connectors under the tank. The one you want is a Sumitomo-style MTW .110, like the one under the headlight shroud. The one under the tank is only on when the ignition is ON...
Forum: Thumpers 01-14-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 8,802
Posted By Kommando
What class is it in then...An E or a K? It's not...

What class is it in then...An E or a K? It's not in the same class as an S or an SM. It has lights. I'd consider it an enduro. Some people even plate them. Some people race them. Some people might...
Forum: Thumpers 01-14-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 105,406
Views: 20,930,675
Posted By Kommando
Yes, it can hurt stuff if it's bad enough. Have...

Yes, it can hurt stuff if it's bad enough. Have you covered or bypassed the oil cooler yet? This will help the oil get warmer faster, and hopefully evaporate the condensation.
Forum: Thumpers 01-14-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 8,802
Posted By Kommando
They don't offer anything between...

They don't offer anything between 650/690/whateverthehelldisplacementitis and 1190 in a multi-cylinder anymore. Triumph, BMW, and Suzuki do. BMW and Suzuki also offer(ed) street-legal 400-450cc...
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