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Old 01-17-2011, 07:28 AM   #44011
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I'm on the opposite side of that. I wanted a bike to use when the roads are full of sand & salt, and the occasional foray into the dirt. My list of farkles are or will be:
tailrack and bag
Skid plate
Seat Concepts
New front springs

Thant's all the mod's I will be doing. Also I bought the bike off ebay from a dealer in NJ brand new for $3995 so I did get away cheap on this!
That's where I was going to go too - mild dirt road exploring and commuting, but this damn thing ain't nicknamed Snowball just 'cause it's white...
It was more like, "Hey, this dirt road stuff is kind of fun, wonder what's over the next hill. Ya know, better seat and more leg room this thing would be more comfortable. Hmm, 6 week bike trip planned for next year, maybe I'll take the DR instead of the Rocket 3. Well then, I'll need luggage. And a heavier rear spring, but then the rebound damping...."
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:10 AM   #44012
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imo pelican are the only way to go if you want hard cases and it's in the dirt.
seen too many alum. cases tweaked after dumps and i've seen video of trucks driving over pelicans.
I agree. They can take a beating and don't deform.
The 1520's work really well on Happy racks, you can also make your own mounts with 3/4" x 3/4" alum angle, not hard if you have a drill press.





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Old 01-17-2011, 08:23 AM   #44013
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I agree. They can take a beating and don't deform.
The 1520's work really well on Happy racks, you can also make your own mounts with 3/4" x 3/4" alum angle, not hard if you have a drill press.





Love that setup, I'm planning something very similar. I hadn't thought about the "pushbutton" ball lock pins. I'm looking at the lower mount pretty much identical to yours, with a lockable latch on the top.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:52 AM   #44014
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This is a '97, not from behind. But maybe some help. Its a straight frame.


I beg to differ. :ymca

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Old 01-17-2011, 09:09 AM   #44015
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Hey guys,
I'm in southern Patagonia here in Chile with about 40,000 miles on the engine. I've developed a loud knocking sound from the starter gear when I turn off the engine. It's not always, but about 50% of the time.

What part is starting to fail and what parts do I have to replace?
i've always thought the noise comes from the engine rocking backward slightly when shut off due to it sometimes trying to stop on the upslope of the cam.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:47 AM   #44016
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Has anybody got these yet? They look pretty good for soft saddlebags.
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I prefer these for a number of reasons. They fit very close ... actually wrap around side panel ... so you know they were custom made for the DR650.
They position your luggage further forward.
They don't use the long tubes used on the others, this means less flex, less chance to crack. They are wider and cover more area, which allows more options with different sized bags giving more options on positioning.

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Old 01-17-2011, 11:11 AM   #44017
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Love that setup, I'm planning something very similar. I hadn't thought about the "pushbutton" ball lock pins. I'm looking at the lower mount pretty much identical to yours, with a lockable latch on the top.
After a bag fell off on a long dirt stretch I went with a better pin, aviation positive lock.
The cheaper sailing pins will jiggle out if they get the right conditions.

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Old 01-17-2011, 11:12 AM   #44018
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Happy Trails
I prefer these for a number of reasons. They fit very close ... actually wrap around side panel ... so you know they were custom made for the DR650.
They position your luggage further forward.
They don't use the long tubes used on the others, this means less flex, less chance to crack. They are wider and cover more area, which allows more options with different sized bags giving more options on positioning.

+1, I have the ones off of Ebay. They have saved the bikes plastic multiple times on off-road get offs. Make it real easy for using soft bags.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:47 AM   #44019
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those look like they might work well for that guy who was asking about the ortlieb quick release bags w/o the top straps. since HT sells both they would know.

also seems HT has there own new quick release system for these racks.
http://www.happy-trail.com/Mojave-So...Bags-Pair.aspx
these also do not have a top strap over the seat like the wolfman's do.
nice to have another soft waterproof system to choose from.


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Has anybody got these yet? They look pretty good for soft saddlebags.

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Old 01-17-2011, 12:12 PM   #44020
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I like these and the Wolfman, but I just can't get past the prices, which is saying something for this Farkleholic. May end up there, but I'm looking hard for alternatives.
it's pretty hard to get some decent luggage w/o spending $200+
even if you use cheapy soft sidebags (are they waterproof? bring trashbags) you still need to buy some side kinda of racks or you'll melt the bags and/or the side cover on the muffler.
even getting a cheap dry duffel for everything requires some kind of a rack to support it.

i took all those expenses into acct and went with the giant loop coyote for the flexabillity. i can move it around to anybike (even a rental) and when i'm not using it nothing is left on the bike. yes initially expensive but it's bomberproof and i'll be using it for years. it does not require a rear rack.
i got mine here.
http://www.sierraexpeditions.com/ind..._detail&p=2045

i think the end about the cheapeast you're gonna get is these
http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Access.../dp/B000RN4FK6
with this GL muffler protector:
http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product...gs-heat-shield
not bad and you're in for $80. you might add this dry duffel $36 and strap it across the rear of the seat & the rear fender http://www.goldmarkpromotions.com/it...3-9AF5DB12417C i think you can get away w/out use a rear rack.

camping gear goes in the dry duffel and clothes go in a trashbag and then sidebags and your touring on the dr for $116. even the klr would be proud how cheap you are but it works.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:25 PM   #44021
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anyone use the happy trails k9 fork brace on their dr?
had an eagle mike (like the k9) one on my klr and it helped alot but those klr forks are noodles. wondering what the effect is on the dr??? does it hit the fender on compression?

i've got intiminators and upgraded springs in there (i'm the guy that wrote the install post) so i'm happy with that, but what about stiffness increase? there are no USD forks but do the braces make a diff???

some talk about the brace making the dr more stable at speed/wind but i have an acerbis ktm front fender and i have none of those issues.

http://www.happy-trail.com/Products/...HTP_4-8-9.aspx

i like the k9 design as it adjust for slight fork width variances unlike the superbrace one that is fixed.
i would propoerly align the forks before i add the brace.
http://www.oemcycle.com/Item/product...Alignment_Tool
plus i would use the shorty style neoprene seal saves vrs the squished up oem slider guards.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:46 PM   #44022
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Question Dual Purpose Bikes Racks

Hey guys, I've been eyeing up these racks. They look well thought out and the price seems resonable. Has anyone tried them?
http://www.dualpurposebikes.com/suzuki.html
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:56 PM   #44023
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Hey guys, I've been eyeing up these racks. They look well thought out and the price seems resonable. Has anyone tried them?
http://www.dualpurposebikes.com/suzuki.html
Have had for about 9 months and it is very good. Having the removable outer section of the rack is a great feature. I also had a little lie down on a hard packed dirt road and it only got a small bend - so small I have not fixed it as it adds character .
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:03 PM   #44024
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I bought a used hard trunk off craigslist for $30 with the base plate. One of the Givi knock-offs. And I have my new rear luggage rack coming off ebay for around $60 with shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/DR650...item27b7fcacf5
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:13 PM   #44025
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not so.

the 1520 which is the size most use. here's dales again:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=146117
weigh 8.3 lbs each so 16.6 lbs or 4.4 lbs more than your quoted MS paniers weight.
http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail_specs.php?Case=1520

Good points.....my research was on a different sized case.


some don't like side loaders but once you use a inner linner bag and quickly drop into a side case you'll never go back to the bottomless pit top case design. with a inner linner you pack you gear in the comfort of your tent, house, hotel room and quickly drop it in the side bag and shut the lid. you can always access side cases cases even if you have large top bags on top. try that with a top loader.

http://www.pelican1520case.com/

Yeah, I do fine with side loading cases as long as I have a decent inner liner. My BMWs always had side loaders. It's true- they're much easier to use than a top loading pannier when you have a duffel across the back.

Dammit, I'm gonna have another set of bags just sitting in my garage if I don't stop talkin' to you, Eakins.


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