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Old 11-17-2009, 10:57 AM   #29191
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living in NC, I can't believe you waited this long, but way to go

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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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Old 11-17-2009, 11:11 AM   #29192
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. . #120 post on this thread :) Ways to go, but good stuff so far!!

Picked up a 2001 DR a few weeks ago. Sold the KLR. Looking forward to reading more about everyone's input, adventures and advice.

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Old 11-17-2009, 01:03 PM   #29193
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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).
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Congrats. What bags did you buy and how about a pic with them on?
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:47 PM   #29194
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Congrats. What bags did you buy and how about a pic with them on?
No saddle bags yet but a Wolfman Explorer tankbag (I think that is right, the small one), is coming and a Pelican box will be mounted on the rear. I think with my large Orlieb duffle, I can handle some trips for now without luggage. Probably look at some soft bags after a while.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:30 PM   #29195
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this....has somehow....affected me.....

Now i am addicted...



building one today on my DR...
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:03 PM   #29196
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Looks like your tires are REALLY WORN DOWN!!!!!

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Old 11-17-2009, 10:07 PM   #29197
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Group buy: Cogent Dynamics Shock Rebuild with ceramic coating

Hi all -- any interest in having your shock rebuilt by Cogent Dynamics and having the the body hard coated?

Rick at Cogent Dynamics will rebuild your OEM shock and add damping adjustment for $399.

The standard rebuild takes about a week and provides a three-way adjustable shock: compression, rebound, and spring preload. The rework totally replaces the inner workings of the shock, only saving the body and reservoir parts. He puts in a new shaft, bottom mounting clevis, head seal, shock piston, expander ring, wear band, shims, nut, stop washer, and spring clip. He also adds a rebound adjuster system (knob, cross pin, transfer rod, needle and needle jet).

If there's enough interest (at least 4 of us) he can have the shock bodies coated as a batch job for an additional $45 each (total = $444 + shipping).

Turnaround time at his shop is about 2 weeks, but we would need to agree on a date to send the shocks to him for the batch coating procedure. Figure in another week for shipping to and from (~3 weeks total).

A new shock spring (with specified rate) can be included for an additional $75 as part of the group pruchase. Otherwise springs are $90.


Please post here and contact NC Rick by PM or phone (828-628-9025) so we can gauge interest and try to set a cut-off date.


Here's a description of the coating taken from some of his posts:

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The ALO3 Ceramic coating is optional ($45) and is not for looks, it is a performance coating that makes the shock have less internal friction, last longer (like a LOT longer) and also helps keep the oil cleaner.

The dark gray is hard anodizing and has nothing at all to do with looks, aluminum is a soft material and a poor wear surface for the Teflon piston band to run on. What happens is a little higher friction to start, then the aluminum starts to wear and makes fine particulates enter the oil making a more abrasive slurry, causing more wear and so on. The cast aluminum body of these lower priced shocks are the worst offenders. By putting this special coating on the body, there is a 0.002" "skin" that is hard as glass and this is a very good surface with less friction and excellent wear resistance. The oil stays cleaner and the shock lasts better and works better too. the coating makes the body first class for building a new shock on. If the original body is scored or a little worn, we use a special honing process to bring the bore back into a good condition (a little like redoing a cylinder). I am not at all into bling, it's all function.
Here's a photo of the coated, rebuilt shock with an Eibach spring:


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Old 11-17-2009, 10:16 PM   #29198
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save me from the dr thread search hell.

Anyone quickly tell me what weight a stock dr's fork oil is? Purpose is so that I can go heavier on it. I bought her second hand so there's no manual and the search feature for this thread is.....
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:16 PM   #29199
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Anyone quickly tell me what weight a stock dr's fork oil is? Purpose is so that I can go heavier on it. I bought her second hand so there's no manual and the search feature for this thread is.....
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:41 PM   #29200
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Hi all -- any interest in having your shock rebuilt by Cogent Dynamics and having the the body hard coated?

Rick at Cogent Dynamics will rebuild your OEM shock and add damping adjustment for $399.

The standard rebuild takes about a week and provides a three-way adjustable shock: compression, rebound, and spring preload. The rework totally replaces the inner workings of the shock, only saving the body and reservoir parts. He puts in a new shaft, bottom mounting clevis, head seal, shock piston, expander ring, wear band, shims, nut, stop washer, and spring clip. He also adds a rebound adjuster system (knob, cross pin, transfer rod, needle and needle jet).

If there's enough interest (at least 4 of us) he can have the shock bodies coated as a batch job for an additional $45 each (total = $444 + shipping).

Turnaround time at his shop is about 2 weeks, but we would need to agree on a date to send the shocks to him for the batch coating procedure. Figure in another week for shipping to and from (~3 weeks total).

A new shock spring (with specified rate) can be included for an additional $75 as part of the group pruchase. Otherwise springs are $90.


Please post here and contact NC Rick by PM or phone (828-628-9025) so we can gage interest and try to set a cut-off date.


Here's a description of the coating taken from some of his posts:

Here's a photo of the coated, rebuilt shock with an Eibach spring:

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Old 11-17-2009, 10:53 PM   #29201
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Anyone quickly tell me what weight a stock dr's fork oil is? Purpose is so that I can go heavier on it. I bought her second hand so there's no manual and the search feature for this thread is.....
I wanna say 15
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:58 PM   #29202
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Anyone quickly tell me what weight a stock dr's fork oil is? Purpose is so that I can go heavier on it. I bought her second hand so there's no manual and the search feature for this thread is.....
10W
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:14 PM   #29203
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:35 PM   #29204
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:49 PM   #29205
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I'M IN ON THE SHOCK REBUILD!!

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Anyone quickly tell me what weight a stock dr's fork oil is? Purpose is so that I can go heavier on it. I bought her second hand so there's no manual and the search feature for this thread is.....
I copied this from earlier in the thread:

NC Rick:
Stick with 10W on the stock DR. The harshness on sharp bumps will be worse with 15 and you will loose rebound control with the 5W. Get your sag and spring rate right first and then think about a set of RaceTech Emulators if you need better fork action.
We are a raceTech center and I have tried most everything on my DR650. I am 6'1 215 lbs and am running .48 springs with the emulators. I cut the stock springs to start and also experimented with oils and levels.
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