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Old 01-30-2013, 05:42 AM   #73291
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if it otherwise looks decent, you could always offer $1500, and then walk away if the seller says no...

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This idea fits my cheap arse just fine. A good deal plus I can get some farkles and still not have much $$$ in it.

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A very good point ... and valid reason for concern. When buying ... and I've bought over 50 bikes ... a good idea to have close look at the seller. How is his garage kept? Does he keep maintenance logs? Lots can be learned from his answers regards maintenance or "fixes" he has done on the bike.

All that said ... as I said before ... the DR is a pretty tough customer and can handle abuse well. Still ... a hard used bike would never be my first choice. Good luck! Good shopping.
Good tips. Then I thought about how my garage looks. Time for a clean up.

Part of the fun of buying another bike is the hunt. I enjoy scanning CL and the newspaper seeing what is available. I don't want this to be over too soon as I may end up looking more and getting yet another bike.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:58 AM   #73292
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That would look sweet next to my Penton
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:30 AM   #73293
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Looking for pictures of DR650's with the ProCycle laminar wind shield.

As I have narrowed my search down to Pro Cycle http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html#bodyframe

or Screens for Bikes. http://www.screensforbikes.com/gallery/suzuki/dr-650/

Please post or send me any pictures you have of a DR650 with the Pro Cycle shield, Thanks
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:34 AM   #73294
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As a sound recording pro ... I agree. I've done many many similar rants on ADV ... most riders just ignore ... if falls on "deaf ears" .

Everybody has an excuse, like, "... plugs are too uncomfortable", " ... they don't fit my ear canals". "... too expensive". " ... too much trouble to put in and out". Yada Yada. Got an issue? Get a tissue!

As you say, hearing loss is no joke. And yes ... it's the low freq buffeting from wind noise that does damage to the tiny Scilia around the ear drum. First you loose ability to hear high frequencies ... makes understanding speech in a noisy place hard. Goes downhill from there.

So easy to protect your hearing. At least wear them on long rides ... and learn how to insert them properly .... many riders do it wrong.

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Agree with eveything you say, just wish i had listened(forgive the pun) years ago, now i have trouble hearing even normal conversations.How do you put them in right out of interest.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:14 AM   #73295
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Looking for pictures of DR650's with the ProCycle laminar wind shield.

As I have narrowed my search down to Pro Cycle http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html#bodyframe

or Screens for Bikes. http://www.screensforbikes.com/gallery/suzuki/dr-650/

Please post or send me any pictures you have of a DR650 with the Pro Cycle shield, Thanks
I suppose I should introduce myself to the DR650 Folks here. HI. Sold my 97 KLR650 of 10 years, last July as I found that my Wee650 overlapped too much. Wife was very happy about the sale. (She does not like me to ride in the back country). Came home with a DR650 in Sept, thinking it would take me were the Wee wont go and that the DR is easier to man handle than the KLR was on the 4x4 mountain passes here in Colorado. Wife was not Happy to say the least. I am an old fart, 63 to be exact. Looking and shopping for DR farkels over the winter. Cant wait for the snow to melt in the High Country. Wanna GO RIDE.

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:44 AM   #73296
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Wanna GO RIDE.
Is that an invitation or just a statement?

Welcome Chuck. My wife justifies her anxieties by telling herself, "at least he's not out bar-hopping" and she likes the idea that I'm getting a cardio workout.

I'll be 60 this summer.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:50 AM   #73297
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(She does not like me to ride in the back country).
Get yourself a SPOT satellite tracker. It will go a long way toward calming your wife's fears. If I remember correctly the tracking subscription is around $150/year. Absolutely worth every penny.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:43 AM   #73298
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Right way to put in ear plugs

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Agree with eveything you say, just wish i had listened(forgive the pun) years ago, now i have trouble hearing even normal conversations.How do you put them in right out of interest.
Personally I like the foam type. Some are better that others. First thing you do is roll one between your thumb and forefinger squeezing it out as small and round as you can get it. Then stick the pointy part in your ear canal. If you have very small ear canals sometimes it help to tug down on your earlobe while inserting the ear plug. Put it in there. You can't lose it. Then repeat on the other ear.
Most people just open the package and shove them in there any old way with about half of the plug or more sticking out WRONG!
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:46 AM   #73299
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Try using an impact driver, carefully , at first by hand but if no luck then a couple of taps with a hammer may work. It did for me when I had the same problem. Good luck.
If they are so tight I can't loosen them and are that tight doesn't that mean the rubber is jacked and won't expand enough to stay in there.

By the way I'm loving this bike. It seems so easy to handle and a hoot to ride in the woods and fields. Does okay on the road to except for that sorry excuse for a seat.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:47 AM   #73300
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Part of the fun of buying another bike is the hunt. I enjoy scanning CL and the newspaper seeing what is available. I don't want this to be over too soon as I may end up looking more and getting yet another bike.
Having CASH in hand is key. Good deals on CL go quickly. Same with Cycle Trader and deals here on ADV Rider Flea Market.

Be ready to JUMP when the good deal appears. Good luck, have fun!
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:04 AM   #73301
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I suppose I should introduce myself to the DR650 Folks here. HI. Sold my 97 KLR650 of 10 years, last July as I found that my Wee650 overlapped too much. Wife was very happy about the sale. (She does not like me to ride in the back country). Came home with a DR650 in Sept, thinking it would take me were the Wee wont go and that the DR is easier to man handle than the KLR was on the 4x4 mountain passes here in Colorado. Wife was not Happy to say the least. I am an old fart, 63 to be exact. Looking and shopping for DR farkels over the winter. Cant wait for the snow to melt in the High Country. Wanna GO RIDE.
Welcome aboard Chuck! When I did the CO passes I was on street tires (Avon Distanzia). Could have really used a knobby tire up front. Highly recommended. Some super steep downhills there!
Street or 50/50 tires will have you locking up both tires and sliding down the mountain sideways and out of control!
One of the best things about the DR is it's crashability. Not much to break on the DR. With good Bark Busters and case covers you are pretty much good to go! (Just don't flip it!)

I think you'll find your DR is as smooth or smoother than your KLR at highway speeds. The double counter balanced DR motor is quite smooth and if the drive line is set up right with fresh chain, sprockets, Cush drive rubber, good alignment ... then the DR humms nicely down the road at 75 MPH.

KLR doing an Imogene switchback. Loose and steeper than it looks.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:20 AM   #73302
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Personally I like the foam type. Some are better that others. First thing you do is roll one between your thumb and forefinger squeezing it out as small and round as you can get it. Then stick the pointy part in your ear canal. If you have very small ear canals sometimes it help to tug down on your earlobe while inserting the ear plug. Put it in there. You can't lose it. Then repeat on the other ear.
Most people just open the package and shove them in there any old way with about half of the plug or more sticking out WRONG!
I like to reach over the top of my head and pull on the top of my ear to open the canal, but different strokes.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:37 AM   #73303
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Get yourself a SPOT satellite tracker. It will go a long way toward calming your wife's fears. If I remember correctly the tracking subscription is around $150/year. Absolutely worth every penny.
Good idea, but I already have one that I use. I do about 30k a year moto miles. Do a lot of road miles as I also run a ST1300 and a Wee650. She still does not like me to get off in the back, high country off road. She has no problem with my road miles at all.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:53 AM   #73304
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Welcome aboard Chuck! When I did the CO passes I was on street tires (Avon Distanzia). Could have really used a knobby tire up front. Highly recommended. Some super steep downhills there!
Street or 50/50 tires will have you locking up both tires and sliding down the mountain sideways and out of control!
One of the best things about the DR is it's crashability. Not much to break on the DR. With good Bark Busters and case covers you are pretty much good to go! (Just don't flip it!)

I think you'll find your DR is as smooth or smoother than your KLR at highway speeds. The double counter balanced DR motor is quite smooth and if the drive line is set up right with fresh chain, sprockets, Cush drive rubber, good alignment ... then the DR humms nicely down the road at 75 MPH.

KLR doing an Imogene switchback. Loose and steeper than it looks.
Thanks for the welcome, yes the DR is smoother than my old KLR. Been out riding some easy dirt, trying to get the feel of the bike. Second time out I got down in some out of the way places, and on the way home, had a flat rear tire. Fortunately I was on the main paved road at the time. Right now I am running Kenda 270's, they came on the bike when I bought it. Bike is a 08 with 4200 miles on it when I bought it. Was owned by a older guy than I. Took my Wee up on Haggerman Pass and it was a hand full. Looking foward to getting the DR up into that type of country.

Looking at how to post photos, I guess I need to have a photo host to be able to post photos. I don't see a way to up load photos direct from my hard drive. am I mistaken?
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:59 AM   #73305
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Is that an invitation or just a statement?

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However you want to interpret it.
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