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Old 10-15-2012, 08:22 PM   #70126
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Going to try to repair the button or replace it with something from Radioshack. I feel dumb but not as dumb as I would have if I paid for somebody to haul me back to Portland.
If you go for something from radioshack you want to be asking for a "waterproof push-to-make" button. This will then only be completing the circuit whilst it is being pushed. Also can be called a N.O. switch, N.O. standing for "Normally Open"
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:18 PM   #70127
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I found out the other day what water in the ignition switch can do. I washed the DR good and started it up and let it run for a few minutes. Turned the key to off and it was still running. I had to kill it with the kill switch. Tried it several times and the key woudn't kill it. The next day it dried up and worked perfect again.
Yikes! Thanks for the heads-up! Could be a problem especially with no kill switch... I will try to find something to cover it when not in use.


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If you go for something from radioshack you want to be asking for a "waterproof push-to-make" button. This will then only be completing the circuit whilst it is being pushed. Also can be called a N.O. switch, N.O. standing for "Normally Open"
I managed to cut clean and re-solder everything. Its a bit worse for wear but works well. Plugged up the kill switch hole with silicone so hopefully it stays dry this time.

If it screws up again (a distinct possibility) I know what to ask for though so thanks!
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:56 PM   #70128
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Battery terminals are fine.

While doing my "Murphy check" before worrying about the ignition, I pulled apart the starter button itself. I accidentally bridged the solder points on the back of the button and it fired up and ran like a top. Going to try to repair the button or replace it with something from Radioshack. I feel dumb but not as dumb as I would have if I paid for somebody to haul me back to Portland.
Good work! I suspected it would be one of the several cut outs mentioned. (clutch switch, kick stand or kill button).

WD40 works wonders on these issues. Many times just a good flush with WD will chase out water and allow current to flow.

The other thing that can happen if you let the bike sit in rain too long is the starter can flood out, rust up and get nasty.
Over time if it gets wet a lot it will corrode inside. Pull it apart and scour it well, re-grease and put back together. May need new brushes but should be OK.

Sounds like a nice Bike Cover should be on your X mas list.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:58 PM   #70129
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Just cleaning up some of the older parts on this bike, I've noticed that my turn signal switch has been very...sticky...for lack of a better word, and sometimes requires multiple strong presses to actually disengage the signals. At this point, it's mostly just irritating, but getting it moving smoothly again would go a long way towards helping the way this bike feels. Is there a particular kind of lubricant that I should use to grease it up if I took it apart, or is there maybe a relatively inexpensive place to order a brand new set of switch gear for my bike?
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:12 PM   #70130
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Just cleaning up some of the older parts on this bike, I've noticed that my turn signal switch has been very...sticky...for lack of a better word, and sometimes requires multiple strong presses to actually disengage the signals. At this point, it's mostly just irritating, but getting it moving smoothly again would go a long way towards helping the way this bike feels. Is there a particular kind of lubricant that I should use to grease it up if I took it apart, or is there maybe a relatively inexpensive place to order a brand new set of switch gear for my bike?
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........ I suspected it would be one of the several cut outs mentioned. (clutch switch, kick stand or kill button).

WD40 works wonders on these issues. Many times just a good flush with WD will chase out water and allow current to flow.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:45 AM   #70131
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I havn't had a dr650 for 3 years. But today I bought a new 2012 charcoal gray one. Rode it home from the dealership about 40 miles and was so impressed. I had forgotten how nimble it was. So excited and I'm 65 years old.
Put some pics up sharpblade and let us have a look
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:02 AM   #70132
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Info followed by a quick question. I'm looking at a 2006 DR650. The VIN starts out JS1SP46A followed by 9 additional numbers for a total of 17 digits. I called my insurance company and they were having issues with the "JS1" part of the VIN. I just wanted to verify that this isn't an overseas model and is a US Spec model. Does everyone else have VIN's that start with JS1?
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:08 AM   #70133
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i had a problem with the small copper spring inside the starter switch. it managed to overheat with too much current somehow, lost its spring and no longer made contact with the other little copper pieces in there. took a while to work that one out on the boggy hole track
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:57 AM   #70134
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Mine begins exactly as yours does, with a total of 17 digits.

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Info followed by a quick question. I'm looking at a 2006 DR650. The VIN starts out JS1SP46A followed by 9 additional numbers for a total of 17 digits. I called my insurance company and they were having issues with the "JS1" part of the VIN. I just wanted to verify that this isn't an overseas model and is a US Spec model. Does everyone else have VIN's that start with JS1?
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:50 AM   #70135
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Info followed by a quick question. I'm looking at a 2006 DR650. The VIN starts out JS1SP46A followed by 9 additional numbers for a total of 17 digits. I called my insurance company and they were having issues with the "JS1" part of the VIN. I just wanted to verify that this isn't an overseas model and is a US Spec model. Does everyone else have VIN's that start with JS1?
My VIN also starts with the same 8 characters as yours. My bike is a 2001 bought in Canada.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:29 AM   #70136
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Good work! I suspected it would be one of the several cut outs mentioned. (clutch switch, kick stand or kill button).

WD40 works wonders on these issues. Many times just a good flush with WD will chase out water and allow current to flow.

The other thing that can happen if you let the bike sit in rain too long is the starter can flood out, rust up and get nasty.
Over time if it gets wet a lot it will corrode inside. Pull it apart and scour it well, re-grease and put back together. May need new brushes but should be OK.

Sounds like a nice Bike Cover should be on your X mas list.
Especially as the starter wasn't getting power and we'd recently molested the kickstand switch, that was my first thought too.

Wd40 may have worked, will try that next time.

I also thought the starter may have died... it has recently been making that squealing "crowing" noise when cold out, but I read that this is due to low grease on one part and not terribly abnormal. It is somewhat reassuring that if it does get corroded and nasty it is something I can probably fix.

Would like a bike cover, but they all seem way too bulky to carry with me, I have too much crap as it is! . My solution is to go south for the winter, where there's less rain...

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i had a problem with the small copper spring inside the starter switch. it managed to overheat with too much current somehow, lost its spring and no longer made contact with the other little copper pieces in there. took a while to work that one out on the boggy hole track
All of the contacts (including that spring) were very tarnished on mine, and one of the solder points looked shoddy. A time out in a shot glass of vinegar fixed the tarnish.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:42 AM   #70137
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How many miles are there on the carb? What monkeying has been done?

Regards,

Derek
Not sure what has been done previously, this is just an uneducated guess on my part. I think I'm the 3rd owner on this bike. I could take it to a shop, but I'd like to do this work myself. I'll just do some searches and see what I can learn.

But in general what adjustments should be made when going to altitude? Move a clip up or down on the needle Or ????
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:16 AM   #70138
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This may have been covered somewhere but I'm too lazy to look. Took my '06 to New Mexico recently and it had real problems trying to get to speed as the altitude rose Crossed the Continental divide and on I-40 just had real problems staying out of everybodies way. Just cutting out and spuddering alot. I bought it used and I think the carb has been monkeyed with. It was doing this to some extent in OK at closer to 600 ft, but was real noticeable in NM.

It's back to 'normal' but I'd like to get it running better and maybe know what to do to max performance when I get to altitude.
My 08 acted in a similar manner, no power, sputtering, spewed black smoke when reved (semed like choke was on, but it wasn't)
Problem was lack of air to carb due to a strap that I passed under the seat to hang storage bags in front of the Wolfman bags collapsing the rubber snorkel.
Removed rubber snorkel and repositioned strap, cleaned air filter (was not excessivly dirty) ,and 100% perfect.
BTW, stock carb with no mods.
Maybe get a stock carb from someone who has switched and start over.
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:57 AM   #70139
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This is kind of embarrassing, I didn't know my bike has a choke. I hope I didn't leave the choke on for my first 90miles ride.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:05 AM   #70140
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This is kind of embarrassing, I didn't know my bike has a choke. I hope I didn't leave the choke on for my first 90miles ride.
Generally speaking, I doubt if an hour and a half would hurt anything other than fuel mileage. Are you sure it was ever on? In warm weather, you hardly need to choke to get them started.
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