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Old 01-16-2011, 11:41 PM   #44011
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so i spent some more time reading about shorai batteries as i keep hearing about them from various sources.

here's a faq on cold:
http://www.shoraipower.com/t-faq.aspx

simple answer is they don't crank as well the 1st time only when cold compared to lead-acid/agm but crank harder after that. so if it's real cold you either crank once and then crank again for full power (which isn't the best for wear) OR turn on the ignition/lights and let the battery "warm up" and then get full crank and a cold weather start.

here's the dr listing:
http://www.shoraipower.com/s-48918-DR650SE-CN.aspx
the standard battery option has more cca than the deka but costs $45 more.
like i said, the weight issue is really not that big on the dr...but if i had a
wr250r i would pay to loose 4lbs. of course the price will come down over time to the point i think it's a no brainer to buy these batteries. since the dr is kinda of a weak starter from the factory (undersized battery cables) maybe the shorai is the perfect battery for us today. it is undersized and thus needs some foam shimming. sound like a complete nice package for jesse & procycle to be putting togthers, shims and all.

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Old 01-17-2011, 04:51 AM   #44012
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Has anybody got these yet? They look pretty good for soft saddlebags.

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Old 01-17-2011, 05:55 AM   #44013
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what are they?
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:20 AM   #44014
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what are they?
+1.

That, and the post looks and feels like a back door ad, don't you know?
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:20 AM   #44015
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Ooopps, they are from Happy Trails. They are there new soft luggage racks.

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Old 01-17-2011, 06:38 AM   #44016
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Ooopps, they are from Happy Trails. They are there new soft luggage racks.

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Well okay. I suppose that is not as spammish as I first thought.

I have to admit they are easier on the eyes than the old HT soft bag racks I have. But if I do anything else to mine it will be some type of hard bag, so I'll just have to endure the retro look until then.
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:52 AM   #44017
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hmm... they look interesting. I like the 3 point attachment to the bike. Although designed for supporting soft luggage saddle bags, I suspect you could mount a small hard pannier as long as you don't intend to carry sand bags.

http://www.happy-trail.com/DR650SE/S...k-DR650SE.aspx

I've been trying to come up with a way to mount a pair of Pelican 1430 top loading cases to be used as panniers. They're not too big (only 15 litres each) and I just want to carry some light gear (ultra lightweight backpacker's gear, fishing stuff). Here's a photo I ripped off from another thread.



I like the idea of the Pelican cases because they truly are indestructible but the big suit-case type pelicans mounted on the large rack systems like the Moose setup just look bulky and goofy to me. I had been thinking about the Wolfman racks, but these new Happy Trails look like they might be a better solution.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:18 AM   #44018
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i use one of those too w/ an ims tank. does not cover the fuel cap.
i think the GL fandango tank bag is better however.
http://www.giantloopmoto.com/products/fandango-tank-bag
the enduro is really small to be able to work w/ the fuel cap whereas the fanadango has a cutout and zipper base for this issue.
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.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:28 AM   #44019
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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   #44020
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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   #44021
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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   #44022
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This is a '97, not from behind. But maybe some help. Its a straight frame.


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Old 01-17-2011, 09:09 AM   #44023
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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   #44024
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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   #44025
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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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