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Old 10-03-2010, 04:45 AM   #40201
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I cant see how your friends cycle caught fire from a cable connected directly to his battery from the pic you supplied there. Im not saying it wasnt the cause. But it looks a bit like the start solinoid wiring that is burnt in that pic. Looked at the other pick and the harness certainly is toast. I went to the relevant thread back to post 34 where it says that he installed the battery extension cable on the side of the road, because he was having starting troubles. in post 177 it says the cable rubbed thru on the seat bracket, so it seams to me that in that particular case it wasnt installed properly. Also he was having troubles with the bikes electricals previously, in that it wouldn,t start ok. That suggests that there might have been something screwy prior to the roadside jumper install. In my case the wire in question is less than a foot long, heavy duty and surrounded by conduit and heat shrink. The back of the bolt is siliconed and plastic capped, and its attached to a plastic side cover and completely seperate from the existing wiring harness, and well away from the exaust. Its done 8000kms since install, I took the side cover off last week to play with the carby, and all is well. Should it somehow manage to short out, it will only burn itself out not any other wiring, and toast the battery. I do agree with you that caution needs to be exercised when making any wiring mods. More often than not it is the cause of much grief. I shall read the rest of ride report with keen interest. Thanks.

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Old 10-03-2010, 05:27 AM   #40202
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G'day everyone. Love this forum. I did a lot of research, read for over a week like a bible but couldn't find the advice I'm looking for.
I ride a 2010 Suzuki Dr 650 - I use it as city commuter only: unfortunately no gravel / offroad for me at the moment. I ride every day around 50km through Sydney in all weather conditions (I don't own a car). I've got 5600 kms on it now and it's still in "stock" form - Ventura rack and bag proved to be amazingly practical.
I want to change the rear & front tyre.

Questions:

1. What is the best road tyre combination for the DR? I'm especially concerned about good grip in wet weather/rain and durability. Are the
Pirellis MT90 Scorpion S/T as good as everyone says?

2. What would you install (in order of priority and brand ) in order to improve front and rear brake performance (no conversion to 320mm supermoto rotor & tyres allowed )?

Thank you for your suggestions.
You may want to check out the Avon Distanza's. I have a second set of rims that I use for road tires and I think I'm going to try those next. I have heard they grip really well and on wet pavement.
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:42 AM   #40203
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I'd love to see pics of your fuel injection setup. Nice.
The best thing to do is go to msruns.com for a digested version of the project without having to page through all the of the Thumpertalk thread.
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:59 AM   #40204
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No sputter just dies. It did it again this afternoon in the same manner while I was making a run to get some carb cleaner (Thanks for the suggestion PAL). I was going to check the battery connections because I had to try and jump start a GS last week (see RR in sig line).


I also was thniking that it might have something to do with my stuck choke cable. I'm able to start the bike with little to no problem which leads me to think that the choke might actually be stuck partialy pulled out. I've already ordered the parts to fix this and it would be nice if I could kill two birds with one part. Is there a way to check this without taking the cable all the way off?

Thans again
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There should be some play in the cable at the point where it enters the carb. The cable sweep goes though a rubber cap and then into a plastic guide that can be easily broken. Pull back the rubber cap and pull out lightly on the cable sweep. There should be some play before you actually start moving the enrichening plunger. Make sure the guide is not cracked and be careful with it when you are replacing your cable.
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:34 AM   #40205
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Hey mx rob! I've seen your home page and a few of your post. Dang, I'm impressed! I'm a DR noob and a SW Michigander too. Keep up the good work!
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:04 AM   #40206
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Idle speed and oil pressure

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What is the idle speed like? The specs call for a 1500-1600 rpm idle. That is really fast, I suspect to eliminate the stalling, due to lean mixture. Stock, had to idle at about 1250 or so to eliminate stalling. If you remove the plug over the pilot screw, you can adjust so that a 1000 rpm idle is doable. As you note, check the filters in the tank and the carb inlet.
At Greyhound, we are told to keep the buses at high idle when parked for any period of time.
This is to get the proper amount of oil flow to the heads.
If I'm not mistaken, the DR has a low oil pressure system.
This could explain the 1500-1600 rpm idle....maybe.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:13 AM   #40207
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There should be some play in the cable at the point where it enters the carb. The cable sweep goes though a rubber cap and then into a plastic guide that can be easily broken. Pull back the rubber cap and pull out lightly on the cable sweep. There should be some play before you actually start moving the enrichening plunger. Make sure the guide is not cracked and be careful with it when you are replacing your cable.

Thanks I'll take a look.
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:17 AM   #40208
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Hey mx rob! I've seen your home page and a few of your post. Dang, I'm impressed! I'm a DR noob and a SW Michigander too. Keep up the good work!
Hey, where are you in SW MI? I don't get to meet many DR riders around here... I think most of them live in Australia. We have one down in Allegan who is coming over to my house next Saturday to work on his bike. Two's company... three's a party.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:12 AM   #40209
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Bit of advice here guys!

Recently bought this DR650 and after checking it over and doing an oil change yesterday, I took it for a run today.

Here it is at Lake Negratin, Southern Spain today!



Anyway, the previous owner had rejetted and put a K&N air filter on.....goes very well indeed. But the noise is very loud at speed even though it's a stock pipe.

When I checked it appears he was running with the airbox cover off, so I put it back on and tested. Ran like a slug and just wouldn't rev.
If I have to run with the cover off then I'll just carry on....but I'd prefer to have it a bit quieter if possible while still getting decent performance.

I've seen references to this airbox mod with drilling holes but I can't seem to find a definitive set of instructions as to where you drill, and how big the holes should be. And would this be the best course of action for me?
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:38 AM   #40210
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Bit of advice here guys!

Recently bought this DR650 and after checking it over and doing an oil change yesterday, I took it for a run today.

Here it is at Lake Negratin, Southern Spain today!



Anyway, the previous owner had rejetted and put a K&N air filter on.....goes very well indeed. But the noise is very loud at speed even though it's a stock pipe.

When I checked it appears he was running with the airbox cover off, so I put it back on and tested. Ran like a slug and just wouldn't rev.
If I have to run with the cover off then I'll just carry on....but I'd prefer to have it a bit quieter if possible while still getting decent performance.

I've seen references to this airbox mod with drilling holes but I can't seem to find a definitive set of instructions as to where you drill, and how big the holes should be. And would this be the best course of action for me?
This page shows how to cut the airbox:

http://www.kientech.com/DJDR650AbMod.htm
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:42 AM   #40211
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This page shows how to cut the airbox:

http://www.kientech.com/DJDR650AbMod.htm
Yeh I saw that, but there are images not displaying so it wasn't that clear to me.
Are we talking cutting the top or the side here?
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:45 AM   #40212
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Bit of advice here guys!

Recently bought this DR650 and after checking it over and doing an oil change yesterday, I took it for a run today.

Here it is at Lake Negratin, Southern Spain today!



Anyway, the previous owner had rejetted and put a K&N air filter on.....goes very well indeed. But the noise is very loud at speed even though it's a stock pipe.

When I checked it appears he was running with the airbox cover off, so I put it back on and tested. Ran like a slug and just wouldn't rev.
If I have to run with the cover off then I'll just carry on....but I'd prefer to have it a bit quieter if possible while still getting decent performance.

I've seen references to this airbox mod with drilling holes but I can't seem to find a definitive set of instructions as to where you drill, and how big the holes should be. And would this be the best course of action for me?
One version is here; http://www.kientech.com/DJDR650AbMod.htm

and another here; http://www.procycle.us/info/questions/dr650/fuel_system.html
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:50 AM   #40213
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That's exactly what I was looking for! Cheers mate!
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:02 AM   #40214
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Did 130 mile ride yesterday on mixed roads and really had no complaints except for the 30 miles I did at interstate speeds. The wind basically wanted to splay my legs and I ended up just putting my feet back on the rear pegs "squid style". I wasn't comfortable either way but at least I wasn't catching wind.

Am I just a bowl legged oddball or has anyone else dealt with this? I've got stockpegs. Is this what lowered pegs are supposed to help with? Advice appreciated.
You're not alone, I actually like using the rear pegs at highway speeds, everything just feels more controlled.
I put on a Safari tank and the wind blowing your legs apart is no longer an issue, peg lowering brackets also helped to the point where I don't even need to ride "squid style" any more... but still do.
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:45 AM   #40215
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That's exactly what I was looking for! Cheers mate!
To keep the sound level down only cut out the top - not the triangular bits on the sides.

http://www.procycle.us/images/info/dr650/airboxmod2.jpg

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