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Old 10-14-2012, 07:25 AM   #70081
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Yeah, but the point I was trying to make is that the contact patch doesn't necessarily increase in size with a wider tyre, just its shape changes.

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Old 10-14-2012, 07:33 AM   #70082
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forgot to mention I usually put at least 15,000 miles a year on my bikes, this one already has 18,000 am I getting myself into a mess with maintenance or is it gonna reach the end of its life after a year or so?
You won't find any forum posts about riders having chronic problems with high mileage DRs. Nobody seems to be able to wear one out as long as the bike gets reasonable care.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:35 AM   #70083
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I have another bike, its old but she purrs like a youngin. 1996 Kawasaki KZ1000P police bike, I let my dad ride it mostly but if I need it I can go get it and use it.
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I still wouldn't do it. Especially not with 18k on the clock. These bikes are just too damn easy to find for cheap. Also, when you inevitably have to do work on your bike and it's out of commission for a few days while parts get ordered, you'll be glad you had another bike in the garage. Unless it's just completely impractical or impossible for you to have two bikes, I wouldn't do a trade.

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Old 10-14-2012, 08:46 AM   #70084
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Didn't do the trade but I am going to look at a 2003 tomorrow with 18,000 miles, aftermarket seat, aluminum rear rack with a JC Whitney trunk, has been rejetted and has a twin air filter, dr200 tail light and otherwise its stock. The owner bought it from the original owner who never used it in the dirt- commuted to work on it daily. It has new DOT knobbies on it and comes with half worn street tires. the bike looks clean and he is going to pony up a little cash as well.
I dunno, what do you guys think???
i would have no problems w/a dr650 w/18k on the clock. i would absolutely do this trade - if the bike is solid, and it's what you really want, and if the "pony(ing) up a little cash as well" would leave you in the same position financially as if you were to sell your bike outright and buy this one w/no trade...

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Old 10-14-2012, 09:39 AM   #70085
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i would have no problems w/a dr650 w/18k on the clock. i would absolutely do this trade - if the bike is solid, and it's what you really want, and if the "pony(ing) up a little cash as well" would leave you in the same position financially as if you were to sell your bike outright and buy this one w/no trade...

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I did forget about the cash part. That'd leave you with money in hand to farkle the daylights out of it, which is what dual-sports are actually for anyways.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:58 AM   #70086
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I rode our '05 into town for errands Friday and noticed it's right at 58,000 miles. Nothing but oil changes, valve checks, cush rubbers, and carb o-rings (thanks for the explanation, Derek.)

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desert ripping dr riders i need your help

i will be dragging my DR650 cross country next month to ride the LAB2V and spend some time riding around moab, ut and around the ridgecrest/dv/palmdale area of california. my dr650 is 100% stock and i was wondering if i should change the jetting for this trip? i dont care about power gains or loss to much just want it to run good the whole trip.

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The only problem some have is at lower altitudes. If you're happy with the way your bike runs there, it will run fine where you're headed. Better exercise your jaw muscles or you'll get face cramps from your jaw dropping at some of the scenery in southern Utah.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:19 AM   #70087
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Most riders have had good results by setting the idle mixture right on the lean edge of the smooth idle range - usually around 1-1/4 turns out.
There should be no need to do this if the rest of the circuits are tuned properly. The only legitimate reason I can see is if the bike will be used much higher altitudes than it is set up at.

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Old 10-14-2012, 11:23 AM   #70088
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Wowie!!

The only problem some have is at lower altitudes. If you're happy with the way your bike runs there, it will run fine where you're headed. Better exercise your jaw muscles or you'll get face cramps from your jaw dropping at some of the scenery in southern Utah.

thank you. i am devising a plan using a baclava and zip ties to keep my jaw closed while riding canyonlands.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:32 AM   #70089
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Just rode 90 miles on the dr 650 for the first time. So different than my sv650. Feels light. Have to get used to bike. The way it handles.

Quick feedback.
The seat is torturing device. I've read about how bad it is. Oh my, it was bad. I had to stand up for a few times because I couldn't feel my butt. Need to do something about it soon.

It was still fun
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:37 AM   #70090
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So my bike decided to take a nap last night and won't start this morning. It was laying on its left side and could obviously smell fuel. What should I be looking to fix?


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Old 10-14-2012, 12:04 PM   #70091
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There should be no need to do this if the rest of the circuits are tuned properly. The only legitimate reason I can see is if the bike will be used much higher altitudes than it is set up at.
In a perfect world that would be true but the fact is that the DR650s that people on this forum ride every day do not have "all circuits tuned properly". The original poster commented that he had a rich bog after installing the DynoJet kit. DynoJet's instructions tell you to adjust the mixture screw to a position that is too rich. In almost all cases the off idle rich bog can be cured by setting the idle mixture at the lean edge of the 'smooth idle range'. This is a practical solution that anyone can use.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:15 PM   #70092
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In a perfect world that would be true but the fact is that the DR650s that people on this forum ride every day do not have "all circuits tuned properly". The original poster commented that he had a rich bog after installing the DynoJet kit. DynoJet's instructions tell you to adjust the mixture screw to a position that is too rich. In almost all cases the off idle rich bog can be cured by setting the idle mixture at the lean edge of the 'smooth idle range'. This is a practical solution that anyone can use.
Anyone can also refrain from installing a DynoJet kit.

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Old 10-14-2012, 01:21 PM   #70093
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desert ripping dr riders i need your help

i will be dragging my DR650 cross country next month to ride the LAB2V and spend some time riding around moab, ut and around the ridgecrest/dv/palmdale area of california. my dr650 is 100% stock and i was wondering if i should change the jetting for this trip? i dont care about power gains or loss to much just want it to run good the whole trip.

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Stock jetting will be fine. I've ridden Ridgecrest and the Mojave for over 30 years. Death Valley too. Great area. Try to find locals to guide you.
You will need better tires than stock. I'd go with TKC's or D606 or what ever you can find, especially up front.

November can be changeable weather. Be prepared for Cold and Rain. But mostly ... November is ideal for the area. Have fun. There are two decent bike shops in Ridgecrest.

Hope you get a chance to explore the area ... it's great riding. Husky Monument, Cuddyback lake, Charlie Manson's house ... and lots lots more.


"The Fun House", two miles out of Ridgecrest.

The Pinnacles, near Trona, CA.

Heading into Death Valley and over to Goler Wash.
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:27 PM   #70094
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So my bike decided to take a nap last night and won't start this morning. It was laying on its left side and could obviously smell fuel. What should I be looking to fix?


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Was there any fuel visible on the ground? You might have just dumped some from the breather hose. If you're not using the stock tank with the vacuum operated petcock and you left the manual petcock in the ON position, it's conceivable that the carb got flooded when it was on it's side like that. You might be able to just let it sit for a while and try it again. Alternatively, you could turn the petcock to OFF (if it's manual), then use the drain screw at the bottom of the carb to drain the fuel out. Use some tupperware for this as there is a good bit of fuel saved up in there. Once that's done, tighten the screw back up, turn the petcock to ON, and try again.
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:28 PM   #70095
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Stock jetting will be fine. I've ridden Ridgecrest and the Mojave for over 30 years. Death Valley too. Great area. Try to find locals to guide you.
You will need better tires than stock. I'd go with TKC's or D606 or what ever you can find, especially up front.

November can be changeable weather. Be prepared for Cold and Rain. But mostly ... November is ideal for the area. Have fun. There are two decent bike shops in Ridgecrest.

Hope you get a chance to explore the area ... it's great riding. Husky Monument, Cuddyback lake, Charlie Manson's house ... and lots lots more.


"The Fun House", two miles out of Ridgecrest.

The Pinnacles, near Trona, CA.

Heading into Death Valley and over to Goler Wash.
Those last two are front page candidate material right there.
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