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Old 03-30-2011, 03:54 AM   #46621
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Sounds like my standard toolkit oughta do just fine for now, I'll make up a new one just for the DR when I get it home.
The stock DR tool kit is next to, but not completely useless. Almost anything you carry with you will be an improvement.

I had a Moto-man tool roll still in the wrapper that my wife had given me for Christmas several years ago, so I kept the OEM plug tools and gradually built a basic "trail kit" in it using spare wrenches, pliers, etc. That said, if the DR you are picking up is in any kind of decent running condition it should get you home without mishap.

The most likely and wholly unpredictable mechanical scenario you will face is a flat tire. Someone else commented on taking along tire tools and and spare tubes and that is good advice. Naturally, do include some way of inflating the tire in the plan.

If you do not have them already, an inexpensive set of tire levers can be had at many m/c shops. In the interest of space consolidation I bought the specialized tire tools for the DR that are sold by Procycle. They have box ends for the axle bolts and spades for levering the beads.

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Now about that seat ... is the DR seat really that bad?

I guess I could try and pick up an Airhawk or a sheepskin and take it with me.

I hate to buy a Corbin or something similar until I've had a chance to try the bike out first.
Yes, the stock seat really is that bad. To my recollection I have not read a single post where a rider raves about the virtues of the stock seat. Just saying...

My '08 DR was bought from the original owner with 289 miles on it. When I got to the 600 mile service I changed the oil, adjusted the valves, and installed a Sargeant lo-seat! I know the seat swap is not part of the service per Suzuki specs, but my butt has been thanking me ever since.

My longest day on the DR was on the way back from Montana last year -- right at 500 miles. An air-Hawk or sheepskin will get you by until you can decide which aftermarket seat fits your preferences. There is a DR link at Wiki with loads of good info, and the DR Index thread here will get you to some other info on seat options.

I may have missed it as I read earlier, but if the bike you are getting does not have a bash plate on it, my first suggestion for an add on would be to protect the engine casings. I went with the Southwest Moto-tech plate.

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Hmmm...

P.S. thanks again for the nice welcome, I've been reading some RR's since I signed up here, seems to be a pretty great group of people here. There really is something about this riding culture we're all a part of.
Your story sounds a lot like mine ... rode BMW's and other bikes, bought them out of state and rode them home, bit on a dual sport after reading ride reports here. Got active here upon gleaning between the lines that after one sorts through the (often hilarious) minutia and hoopla there is a bunch of stand-up folks around the place who don't mind sharing their hard earned practical insights.

My gut says you've already fit right in with the resident lunatics!
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:40 AM   #46622
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We are already burning corn juice down here so, that can't be too good on rubber o-rings over time.
Corn juice here too.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:49 AM   #46623
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This is starting to bug me. The bike is nice and tight but I'm getting an annoying rattle from the chain on the rear chain guide. I replaced the front lower wheel with a bearing type thinking that was what was making the noise but no luck. So today I pulled the two screws that hold the bottom friction plate off the rear guide and without the plate the noise is gone.

Now I know I'll have to replace it eventually but maybe I'll do it sooner than later if...............and here's my question, are the heavy duty after market rear guides any quieter the stock POS ?

The rest of the bike is so nice I'd really like to get rid of this rattle that makes it sound like an old truck on a washboard road!
Keintech makes a nice one. I have it on my bike.

DR650 Adjustable chain guide
Adjustable chain guide for running large rear sprockets or standard.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:52 AM   #46624
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Stock seat

I guess I'm one of those 1 in 1,000 folks because although the stock seat is not as nice as the Mustang seat on my other bike, I do not find it to be that bad. For sure it's 10 times better than the stock seat on a DRZ400.

I usually stop every 100 miles or so for gas and a smoke (not while filling the tank....LOL) and I could probably ride all day that way. For sure I know I can ride from Yakima, WA to Portland, OR (187 miles) in heavy rain on the freeway and still walk after I arrive.

I agree with the other folks, stop when you get tired and walk around if needed and you should be fine.

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Old 03-30-2011, 07:05 AM   #46625
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I have two thoughts. First off i have almost always lived with whatever seat came on my bike. I had an 08klr before this dr and the seat wasnt all that great but i lived with it. The dr seat was WATER TORTURE, the first day i rode it to work , which is 30 miles, but takes an hour. I felt like i had my azz beat with a 2x4 the whole way it. I work at a large seating company and naturally had planned on putting our seat on anyway. I walked "limped" in the door and told my buds at work to get my seat together because it couldnt wait. The ride home was much much better but i was still sore from the morning ride. Worst seat i have ever sat on.

As for the chain noise. I hated the dr chain noise when i got the bike. It was crazy noisy, i put on the ball bearing chain roller from Kientech and it stopped about half of it. Here is my question. How will the upgraded metal chain guide actually stop the rest? It seems like the chain is still going to slap it also. The inside of the metal guide look to be just pieces of plastic like the stocker. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

My 05 dr650, had 431 miles on it when i bought it in February.

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Old 03-30-2011, 07:20 AM   #46626
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The guy I bought my bike from had reversed the insert in the rear chain guide by flipping it 180 deg so the top was on the bottom.

He said it helped but it's been so long since my last DR I honestly can't tell if it helped or not since I do not remember what my other bike sounded like.

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Old 03-30-2011, 07:23 AM   #46627
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One more thought about tools, for the first ride you might look at AAA coverage with motocycle towing. You most likely won't need it on the DR but sometimes just getting home it better than learning about your motorcycle on the side of the road in the dark and rain.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:40 AM   #46628
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One more thought about tools, for the first ride you might look at AAA coverage with motocycle towing. You most likely won't need it on the DR but sometimes just getting home it better than learning about your motorcycle on the side of the road in the dark and rain.
Sound advice if in doubt. My insurance includes roadside assistance.

IMHO, unless the bike is a complete dog that was left laying on it's side in a barn for a year, or one that some weenie went to school on and left in a FUBAR status due to incompetent mechanicking aptitudes, it will get him home no problem.

I'll look forward to hearing the rest of the story!
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:47 AM   #46629
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Yep exactly!

I think its all about material and construction, The rattle is sound which means parts are resonating from the sharp movement involved.
To me a rear guide can be built that can deaden the noise as well do its job of minding the chain.

So far I've liked all the input from everyone on this and I sure like Jesse's guide but I'll need to hear the words "no or little noise" before I'd lay done my hard earned green.

Every other dirt or dual sport bike that I've owned has not rattled like the one I have now including two other DR's
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:02 AM   #46630
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DR650 SM project pic

Finally got my SM project pretty much finished and thought I'd share it. 17" front rim cost lots more than I had hoped, finally got the brake rotor situation figured out, added a Supertrapp and LED blinkers and wide platform pegs. Haven't gotten a chance to ride it much, but so far, so fun! A few more pics at:
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:19 AM   #46631
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The guy I bought my bike from had reversed the insert in the rear chain guide by flipping it 180 deg so the top was on the bottom.

He said it helped but it's been so long since my last DR I honestly can't tell if it helped or not since I do not remember what my other bike sounded like.

Jon...
The stock chain guide on my DR shattered on about the first rock it hit,cheap hard plastic,I put the Kientech guide on,its adjustable for size of sprocket and seems to work great.I dont notice any noise.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:57 AM   #46632
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I don't notice any "noise" thats not normal from the chain. Maybe a chain adjustment is in order? I leave mine on the loose side and its fine at all speeds. By reading posts on here you would think the whole chain guide would fall off in 600 miles. I pulled my ear plugs out and rode around, I can hear the valve sounds bouncing off the skid plate, the sounds of the sprockets.... the loud pounding in the open air box... I put my ear plugs back in... much better. :)

I did remove the top chain roller, I noticed it was getting "grooved" a bit more than I expected from the the chain.

I kept the stock seat for a year or so, riding up to 58 miles at a time. Its not the worst seat ever on a DS. The problem is how narrow the sucker is so, an air hawk only helps so much. But, I would bring my air hawk if riding the stock seat over 150 miles. With my Corbin I take a break every 60 or 70 miles, the bumb still gets numb! I run a sheep skin over the entire seat, I want to try the wood beads for pavement rides under the dead sheep. The farkles never end.

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Old 03-30-2011, 08:59 AM   #46633
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On the Dr Seat

The stock Dr Seat I will agree is like a board but I have to smile because I was into Utlra Marathon Bicycling before my DR 650 and was used to doing 400+ miles rides in 24 hours on a bicycle so I found the seat to feel like my living room couch after those bicycle seats. I did go to a gel seat cause I found one cheap but when ever it gives me the least amout of trouble I think about my supported bicycle time trial from California to Missouri in 5 and a half days and suddenly it doesn't seem so bad at all. I threw in springs, intiminators, an IMS tank with heated grips and gotta tell ya, I never had it so good
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:29 AM   #46634
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One more thought about tools, for the first ride you might look at AAA coverage with motocycle towing. You most likely won't need it on the DR but sometimes just getting home it better than learning about your motorcycle on the side of the road in the dark and rain.
I have an AMA membership that covers towing. For $39/ yr you get up to 5 calls a year. you also get a good mc magazine every month! Also access to lots of cool maps of places to ride on their website.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:31 AM   #46635
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Here is my question. How will the upgraded metal chain guide actually stop the rest? It seems like the chain is still going to slap it also. The inside of the metal guide look to be just pieces of plastic like the stocker. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
Depending on the design, the guide Jesse sells is likely to also make some noise.

As mentioned, with the stock DR chain guide, over time and wear the noise is reduced as the chain wears down the plastic contact points along the bottom run of the guide.

If you watch the chain at speed you can see it jump up and down. Pretty normal. So it whaps up and down on the plastic inside the guide. Once it wears down a bit, less contact = less noise. This takes 7 to 10,000 miles to quiet down.

My rubber strip solution makes it silent from day one. No more clacking.
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