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Old 12-18-2009, 11:03 AM   #29821
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If I had better access to real dirt riding things would be different ( and I likely would not start with a dr 650).
Have you ever ridden with SVMango (Brent) from Canton? I followed him up a few trails that made me glad I was on a KTM and not my DR. The FAA tower trail comes to mind.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:24 PM   #29822
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Thanks Ride Far, kuyaoli and ditchbanker. That saves me some shopping!

I came up with the quickest possible fix on the butt problem...I folded a small fluffy towel a couple times and sat on it. Made a HUGE difference for 30 mile commute to trails. I'm definitely going for a longer term solution soon though. Those riding pants (http://www.lipowear.com/) have my eye too.

The first things I'm going to do are lower the bike (yeah, wanted to ride rather than turn wrenches last night) and install hand guards. Then wind screen and stiffen the suspension a tick.

Damn I'm having fun!!!
Talking about the towel reminded me of something. Somewhere out there there's a product called sweet cheeks that is a nylon cover you can put two liter bottles into (one on each side of the seat) and adjust with water to get the right firmness. It's supposed to make it wider. I have no experience with this, but if you're looking for the cheapest fix you can, you might want to do a google search or ask for some advice from people on the board who've tried it, I'm sure there are some.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:06 PM   #29823
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Sweet Cheeks

Funny Name Sweet Cheeks.

As for rim locks I have 3, 2 in the rear and one in the front. I did ride home on a flat rear tire and stupid me I didn't notice tell I was home cleaning the bike and "Where's the tire valve?" Ruined the tube and I could have reused the tire (kenda270) but I figured a NEW TUBE needs a new tire. Rimlocks mean lower tire pressure, bigger footprint in the sand.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:27 PM   #29824
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Hey Ride Far

What happened to your blog?? It ground to a halt in January :( I live in South Africa and was really enjoying your quality posts as you headed south.
Yeah sorry about that Jenx. I plan to update in the next month or so ... funny how it's harder to find the time for it when you're back home & working vs. on the road traveling...
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:22 PM   #29825
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Rim Locks

I had never used rim locks in the past. Only on dirt only bikes that came with them. I always thought that my DR would not need them. Well about 3 months ago I had my D606's mounted up and had been doing some pretty gnarly trail riding in the woods. I had a flat at 18psi. Didn't think much of it. Changed tubes and went back to riding. Next day had a flat again. Got to looking at the tubes on the back and it was breaking loose at the valve stem. I determined that those 606's were biting so hard it was spinning the tire on the rim. Then had one on the front after riding a really tight twisty section on pavement with street tires. I figured it was because braking hard for corners. Installed 1 rim lock on each rim and no more worries. I have had no more flats since then.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:29 PM   #29826
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I run a Kenda TrakMaster II 760



I usually run 15-16psi and have a rimlock in the rear. I haven't found the need for a front rimlock and believe that "out of balance" would be more noticable on a front tire. Offroad, without a rimlock + bad IMO. A friend on a DRZ got a flat and his tire was off both beads and spinning hopelessly within a mile. We didn't have anything to fix tha flat at the time and ended pushing it out and going for the truck. If you got a gash in the tire you might not be able to fix a flat also. Rimlocks for me please.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:44 PM   #29827
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For those of you who have vibration problems with rim locks, you might want to look into the Talon brand ones. They are made from billet aluminum and weigh about 1/3 to 1/2 less than the standard ones like Motion Pro.

Even though it only takes a few minutes on the balancing stand I don't even bother with additional weights any more since I can't tell a difference. This is on my off road wheel set however, so I don't ride highways etc much with it.

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Old 12-18-2009, 03:25 PM   #29828
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dr 650

Hello everyone,I'm a newbie in this forum!
So,I accidentally found info and pictures about Suzuki Dr650 and i fell in love whit it!! 100% that Dr650 will be my next bike!
Now I just need to sell my Kawasaki Er5 and then go get one of Suzuki babies.

I was wondering ,whats a normal price for about 97~~00 year Dr650 ?
In my country is very small selection,best offer is 97 Suzuki Dr 650 for 2800 $ ,is that normal price?
Sorry for my english,still working on it :)
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:29 PM   #29829
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Talking about the towel reminded me of something. Somewhere out there there's a product called sweet cheeks that is a nylon cover you can put two liter bottles into (one on each side of the seat) and adjust with water to get the right firmness. It's supposed to make it wider. I have no experience with this, but if you're looking for the cheapest fix you can, you might want to do a google search or ask for some advice from people on the board who've tried it, I'm sure there are some.
I have two riding buddies, 1 with an XR400, and 1 with a DRZ 400 that both use the sweet cheeks. They say they really help. This in my opinion is only of use to guys like them that have shall we say, "wider asses". For a narrow ass like me they are of little use. The effectively widen the seating area.

I bought a sargent seat and I love it.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:48 PM   #29830
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Talking about the towel reminded me of something. Somewhere out there there's a product called sweet cheeks that is a nylon cover you can put two liter bottles into (one on each side of the seat) and adjust with water to get the right firmness. It's supposed to make it wider. I have no experience with this, but if you're looking for the cheapest fix you can, you might want to do a google search or ask for some advice from people on the board who've tried it, I'm sure there are some.
The MSR fuel bottles fit in the sweet cheeks for carrying extra gas too.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:49 PM   #29831
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:57 PM   #29832
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Hello everyone,I'm a newbie in this forum!
So,I accidentally found info and pictures about Suzuki Dr650 and i fell in love whit it!! 100% that Dr650 will be my next bike!
Now I just need to sell my Kawasaki Er5 and then go get one of Suzuki babies.

I was wondering ,whats a normal price for about 97~~00 year Dr650 ?
In my country is very small selection,best offer is 97 Suzuki Dr 650 for 2800 $ ,is that normal price?
Sorry for my english,still working on it :)
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Welcome. It would be helpful to know what country you are from. Maybe there are some other members in your part of the world who could advise you.

In the US, $2,800 (USD) would be high, even for a clean, low mileage '97, but DR650's are plentiful here. If they sre scarce and sought after in your country, the sellers will take advantage.
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:40 PM   #29833
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For those of you who have vibration problems with rim locks, you might want to look into the Talon brand ones. They are made from billet aluminum and weigh about 1/3 to 1/2 less than the standard ones like Motion Pro.
Got a Talon in the front dirt wheel but the local bike shops havn't been able to get me a 2.5" rear yet.
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:19 PM   #29834
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DR650 price

I gave $1,900 for my 2000 Dr650 it had 2,600 miles on it. I bought it in
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:19 PM   #29835
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I finally got around to checking my NSU screws today on my 2007 DR650 with 18,100 miles on it. No worries, they were tight as a drum. I removed them and cleaned the threads with brake cleaner and compressed air. Blue Loctite and screwed them back in never to be seen again hopefully. The clutch looks and measures like brand new. These things are built to last.
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