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Old 07-06-2008, 04:25 PM   #14986
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HP talk......or torque?

It seems that the whole thing with these bikes is the amount of torque that they make AND where they make it AND over the range that they make it ..... not horsepower. High horsepower numbers are relatively easy to get, and even easier to brag about, but they, real or imagined, aren't much use if they give you a usable range of 700 rpm at the very high end.
If all I wanted was horsepower I would put a 1500 crank in a Hayabusa and feed the bitch nitrous or put a hairdryer on it or both.
For what the DR6fiddy is made and generally enjoyed for, give me reliable, regular gas, low down grunt over a peaky screamer anyday.
Having said all that, it is kinda fun to squeeze more out of any internal combustion engine.

As long as we enjoy it, we should keep doing it.
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:45 PM   #14987
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I've got a spare webcam I can use but I can't find a USB port on my bike at all :(
You probably have the wrong model then. Only grind # 223 will fit:

http://www.webcamshafts.com/pages/motorcycle/suzuki/suzuki_dr_650_se_(96-04)_sohc.html

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Old 07-06-2008, 04:46 PM   #14988
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Well said Mac.
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Old 07-06-2008, 05:46 PM   #14989
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this is my Dr650.. i love it...

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Old 07-06-2008, 09:18 PM   #14990
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For what the DR6fiddy is made and generally enjoyed for, give me reliable, regular gas, low down grunt over a peaky screamer anyday.


As long as we enjoy it, we should keep doing it.
+1. Being able to roll on the power, 2 gears too high and still power out of trouble in the rocks and roots is a bonus.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:19 PM   #14991
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Got bit by the no fuel filter bug today!

Luckily I only got to the end of the driveway. IMS tank and FCR-MX carb, I hadn't 'found' the time to install an inline filter. Bike seemd a bit hard starting & sluggish, then stopped dead, wouldn't refire. Pushed it back to the garage, opened the bowl drain, nothing came out. Pulled the hose off the petcock, had plenty of flow. Off to the auto parts for a filter & some hose!
Fortunately there is just enough room to tip the FCR carb over and pull the bowl off. Blew air up through the float needle port & put it back together. Connected the fuel line & filter, opened the tap and had flow through the bowl drain. Bike runs great now.

Funny how you can find the time to fix what you didn't do right in the first place!
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:15 PM   #14992
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this is my Dr650.. i love it...
Ciao!

What year is that dr? Looks different.

Another question. Is that an old roman road? Via Appia??
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:41 AM   #14993
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Cool2 New to DR650's

Hi, I just thought I'd post a few thoughts as a new ( bike is two days old - in my world .... it's an '08 model with 3500kms on it I bought off a great young bloke that did his brief for 12 months and couldn't stand to look at it for that long) DR650 owner, and for that matter any small single cylinder.
To put things into context I've only ever owned and ridden large (>1000cc) Jappers with a couple of exceptions ..... 350cc MV Agusta and a BMW R1100GS .
The Bimmer was OK but heavy and sluggish and quite frankly just wasn't me ... OK, to be brutally honest it gave me the shits .
A mate mine, whose "bike sense" I respect enormously suggested buying what he had - a DR6fiddy.
So I did.
Damn that thing gives me a "towel hook".
It's got grunt, it's light, it's economical, it's easy to work on, it's easy to modify, it's cheap to buy, it's well engineered, it's a great base for almost anything you would want to turn it into - motard, super moto, pure dirt, commuter etc.. I'm sure there are other great qualities to it as well, and some shortcomings (200 watt alternator - I can't get over that! I just have to learn to let go) but so far all is sweeeet .
I still haven'y lost my will to travel at light speed , which I will cater for at some stage, but for every day commuting, which includes riding over roundabouts, instead of around, I don't think I'll ever bother with another large capacity UJM.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:53 AM   #14994
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Well done Bob

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Luckily I only got to the end of the driveway. IMS tank and FCR-MX carb, I hadn't 'found' the time to install an inline filter. Bike seemd a bit hard starting & sluggish, then stopped dead, wouldn't refire. Pushed it back to the garage, opened the bowl drain, nothing came out. Pulled the hose off the petcock, had plenty of flow. Off to the auto parts for a filter & some hose!
Fortunately there is just enough room to tip the FCR carb over and pull the bowl off. Blew air up through the float needle port & put it back together. Connected the fuel line & filter, opened the tap and had flow through the bowl drain. Bike runs great now.

Funny how you can find the time to fix what you didn't do right in the first place!
Just checked out your bike, Bob.
Well done piece.
You've gone where I'm headed, with a couple of differences.
To everyone else, has anyone hung a set of KTM640 USD's on one?
I've got a set laying about and it's always easier to learn from someone else's experiences.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:25 AM   #14995
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Ciao!

What year is that dr? Looks different.

Another question. Is that an old roman road? Via Appia??
No

the year is 1995...
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:08 AM   #14996
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Looks like a cleaner version of my bike :)
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:17 AM   #14997
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I would safety wire that pipe everywhere I could as I have seen several blow all the stuffing and the innards all over the road. Just a thought. Those wolfman tankbags are great!
did exactly that on the TNJT couple of weeks ago. the bolt holding the internal unit went byby and moved enough to allow the stuffing to blow out the gap where the muffler joins the pipe. i bought new bolts but now have to find packing material someplace local. i replaced all the bolts with stainless socket head bolts, lock washers and will use locktite when i put them back together. seems like a real design flaw if you ask me and maybe even riveting the pipe back together may be the answer.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:07 AM   #14998
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Took my new 08 650 offroad for the first time. had 150 km's on the clock when we started, had 350 when we stopped. I am mightily impressed with the DR's ability offroad ...like a rock hare in its nimbleness...as i am still running in could not give it big stick but i enjoyed tearing up the rear ...
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:08 AM   #14999
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:10 AM   #15000
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Went up to a place here in Gauteng ,South Africa called Breedts nek. The going gets lil rough at places ..in the rough places the dakar had no chance even with me riding the dr in...amamzingly capable bike.
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