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Old 11-16-2009, 10:38 AM   #29161
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? Did you say that the DR is NOT a Dirt/Adventure Touring M/C ?
If so I beg to Differ!

ooooh ooooh ooooh !

Sorry but you'll have to actually read what he wrote

... he said it wasnt a PERFORMANCE dirt/adventure touring blah blah blah

... and it really isn't ... its not in the class of the Huskies and those types (for performance)

Keep in mind that the current generation DR had its HP REDUCED from the previous generation designed in what ? ... 1988 or something?
.. I'd bet that was to reduce the rate of warranty claims ... a decision based on model profitability

... and I'd bet that the big(ger) HP bikes have a lot more engine failures and problems than the DR
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:43 AM   #29162
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Keep in mind that the current generation DR had its HP REDUCED from the previous generation designed in what ? ... 1988 or something?
.. I'd bet that was to reduce the rate of warranty claims ... a decision based on model profitability
HP reduced and it's torque increased.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:49 AM   #29163
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Crank HP guys
Husky has 53 Crank HP
What does the DR have at the crank?

My '93 Gilera Nordwest 558cc had 45hp at the rear wheel stock.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:25 PM   #29164
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Question Update

Will give the bike a go early tomorrow morning before work, I am charging the battery.

What is the pilot screw setting. The manual says 1 & 1/2 turns. I suppose its turning it in all the way, then 1 & 1/2 turns back out?

Now, lets say its not the carb that is giving the problem, what do I check next? (have checked the screen thing at the intake and I don't have one left).


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Old 11-16-2009, 01:03 PM   #29165
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What does the DR have at the crank?

My '93 Gilera Nordwest 558cc had 45hp at the rear wheel stock.
The only number I have seen for crank horsepower is 43hp. That is comparable to all of the Japanese singles.
Your hp claim comes as a bit of a surprise. The Gilera lists 46hp @ 7000rpm and have never seen anything to indicate that it is anything but crank horsepower.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:09 PM   #29166
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What is the pilot screw setting. The manual says 1 & 1/2 turns. I suppose its turning it in all the way, then 1 & 1/2 turns back out?

Now, lets say its not the carb that is giving the problem, what do I check next? (have checked the screen thing at the intake and I don't have one left).
Spark, fuel, compression.

You say you have the first and unless something has radically changed, you'll still have the last. It sounds like you have some dirt in the idle circuits or elswhere which is easily cured with a can of carb cleaner and large amounts of compressed air. This is not that unusual when working on a bike.

Idle screw is adjusted as you describe 1.5-2 turns.

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Old 11-16-2009, 01:30 PM   #29167
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Your hp claim comes as a bit of a surprise. The Gilera lists 46hp @ 7000rpm and have never seen anything to indicate that it is anything but crank horsepower.
Did a dyno run not long after I got it in 1999.

It's still in the shed but hasn't been ridden or even started since 2006.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:46 PM   #29168
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Thanks Ralph. Will get me some carb cleaner...I know the stuff, don't get it on the skin on your face or the eye.... It burns like a mother!!!!

I hope it will get going tomorrow morning. As you say, I have spark and I have compression, and since it did run for about 30 seconds helped by choke and throttle, then it should be fuel starvation.

Thanks again. I am pretty down at the moment but that is because of some personal problems regarding the heart (not physical) so I tend to be quite negative right now.

Happy trails

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Spark, fuel, compression.

You say you have the first and unless something has radically changed, you'll still have the last. It sounds like you have some dirt in the idle circuits or elswhere which is easily cured with a can of carb cleaner and large amounts of compressed air. This is not that unusual when working on a bike.

Idle screw is adjusted as you describe 1.5-2 turns.
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:01 PM   #29169
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trippin 50hp. go buy a cr500! or get a 20hp nitrous kit!
Mention of a CR500 brings back memories, I rode a friends once. That was a wicked bike.

I saw one on ebay once that had a tag. Imagine hitting the onramp on that and people flipping out as you wheely past. The whole time your hanging over the front of the handlebars trying to hold it down.
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:18 PM   #29170
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A big thanks to Jessie and Janet at Kientech for there great customer service and fast dispatch. I ordered a sargent seat on the 6th and it arrived this morning thats 6 working days to the other side of the world!

If any one needs anything for there DR give these guys a call and they will sort you out .

Well I have a new bike now intimdators in the front Elka in the rear and the sargent on top it has totally transformed the ride.

I will post a ride report soon about the Elka I have ridden the bike a couple of times since the install and am still fine tuning it bt so far so good.

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If you dont mind me asking, What did the seat cost landed here?
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:54 PM   #29171
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Back in 1986 (I was 16 yrs old) Honda was having one of those test ride event days at a local dealership... They let me take a brand spanking new CR500 for a rip across the corn fields. I use one word to describe that bike: scary. I still get scared when I think about that day. I was shaking when I brought it back.


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Mention of a CR500 brings back memories, I rode a friends once. That was a wicked bike.

I saw one on ebay once that had a tag. Imagine hitting the onramp on that and people flipping out as you wheely past. The whole time your hanging over the front of the handlebars trying to hold it down.
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:12 PM   #29172
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No offense, but obviously you chose the wrong bike. The DR is not a performance dirt/adventure touring bike. Of course you can spend hundreds and hudreds (and hundreds) of dollars and hours and hours of wrench time to improve it if that's what you enjoy doing - or you could have bought a bike bike that better suited you needs/riding style.
Didnt buy the wrong bike, What I bought the bike for it will be perfect.
I will be able to throw a large tank on it, some racks and bags, exhaust, dynojet kit and open air box up and it will do everything I want it to do at a fraction of the cost of a husky. I have had husky's before and know for a fact that big k's (Miles for you guys) = $$$ rebuilds. Infact I have owned 2 husky's and they have been great bikes but when they got a few k's on them the rebuild was too expensive unlike the DR. I dont need the extra performace, I only want it. Besides its my bike and if I want it to make more power, It will! 50 Crank HP is possible with out compromising too much reliability from what I have read. The proof is in the pudding they say, the dealer is doing the above work for me as part of the deal so after it has been ran in I will throw it on a dyno and from there I will be able to roughly work out how many crank HP it has. The only other thing I will do to this bike is send the suspension off to a mate who owns a suspension place in victoria to get the valving sorted with some heavier springs as I am a fat bastard (100kg + gear) Blake
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:12 PM   #29173
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Mention of a CR500 brings back memories, I rode a friends once. That was a wicked bike.

I saw one on ebay once that had a tag. Imagine hitting the onramp on that and people flipping out as you wheely past. The whole time your hanging over the front of the handlebars trying to hold it down.
You mean like this?
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:24 PM   #29174
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Nobody hunh?
How about this one then?
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:34 PM   #29175
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I have waited almost two years to make this post! I joined the DR 650 club! A friend let my ride a BMW X-country a couple of years ago on some gravel and easy trail riding and I was hooked. Took a while to make the arrangements but after nearly 30 years of riding, on a succession of street-oriented BMWs, I now have my first Jap bike, first dual sport and first chain drive all in the form of an '04 purchased from an inmate. She had prefarkled it nicely and all I did was order a Sargent seat before it even arrived. Tank bag and tailbox are on the way. (tailbag in the pic is borrowed from my R1150R).

Already have done some exploring of roads I have always avoided and had a blast. I have a lot to learn about riding gravel, mud and rocks but look forward to it. Hope to see some of you Western NC guys on some rides!



BTW, that is Siverwolf's V-Strom in the background!
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