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Old 08-27-2011, 09:39 PM   #53686
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I posted this yesterday, but in the "DR650 Pictures" thread; meant to post here. Fast guy on his DR650 (from Bay Area Rider's Forum)... http://www.youtube.com/v/M3QZu211oZE&hl
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:05 PM   #53687
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i'm trying to figure out what that side rack piece even does for you?

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Crap - I went to Princess Auto today, wanted to lock my helmet, and noticed for the first time since I installed it last weekend that the PMB saddlebag rack prevents the use of the helmet lock.

Not sure how easy it would be to relocate the lock. Probably more effort than it is worth.

Might be possible to drill the rack so the key passes through it.

Has anyone else solved this issue?

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Old 08-27-2011, 10:14 PM   #53688
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dr 650 questions.....

Hi all, first post for me.... does anyone know if there are any front disk covers that fit the dr 650? Lots of things i want to do to mine but i will try and find the info in this forum before i start asking too many questions..... Thanks people.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:31 PM   #53689
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Hi all, first post for me.... does anyone know if there are any front disk covers that fit the dr 650? Lots of things i want to do to mine but i will try and find the info in this forum before i start asking too many questions..... Thanks people.
Procycle has them.
Use this link then scroll down to the bottom of this section. http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html#bodyframe
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:21 PM   #53690
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I pulled the trigger on a brand new DR today!


Did a 24 mile break-in run then did an oil change at sunset...


Oil is pretty discolored...


And had this crud hanging out after draining all the oil...


It looks to be loose gasket sealing material.


And more crud on the filter...


And there was no drain plug washer! (Could feel this when untightening.)


Sure glad I changed it right away!

Also the chain was too loose with a good 2-inches of play. I tightened it up a smidge for a bit more than 1-inch play. Axle nut seemed a bit too tight (had to use a mallet on the Suzi tool kit cheater bar to loosen it).

First ride impression:
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I LOVE THIS BIKE!

EDIT 2011-08-29: I was wrong about the missing gasket. It is actually there, but it is a metal crush type. FALSE CALL!

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Old 08-28-2011, 03:09 AM   #53691
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First time poster, have been looking through the thread and decided to add some pics of my bike and list my mods. I bought my 05 model second hand in 09 with almost 7000k's on the clock. The first thing was tyres Dunlop 606's front and back. (Awsome tyres rain or shine, dirt or road) I added a Two brothers pipe and ground out the weld on the original header pipe. Then the rear sprocket got changed to a 45t and i have 3 front sprockets i change for different types of riding a 13t for serious bush adventures, a 14t for dayweekend trips, and the 15t for daily commuting to work.They are all very basic and easy mods to improve the bike, but the suspesion needed attention,So here is the best modification you can do to your DR650 (in my opinion anyway). It is putting Drz400 Forks and triple clamps, got them and the stock rear shock resprung and vavled by Jay Foreman of RG3. and the improvement in this bike is incredible. They should come factory with this suspension i reckon..It now has 25000k's on the clock and i get nearly 250 k's out of a tank of fuel to empty. Standard engine has plenty of grunt for me(especially with the 13t onthe front) and now it handles good too. oh and i have a twin air airfilter, bark busters on renthal bars with 1 inch risers a 2006 RM 250 front guard and a homemade bash plate.....
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:21 AM   #53692
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i'm trying to figure out what that side rack piece even does for you?
They help keep the saddlebags out of the left wheel-well and further off the exhaust on the other side. They are small, but they seem to do the job, and unlike TCIs, they look fine without luggage, which for me is most of the time.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:30 AM   #53693
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Yes, had the same issue. You can grab that sucker with a large wrench or channel locks and bend it out or in for better access with the key without breaking the weld. At least I did. You can then buy a short security cable, as is used to lock bicycle seats to the bicycle. This is just a cable with a loop at each end, no lock incorporated. You don't want a lock incorporated, because you're going to loop one end through your helmet chin bar or D-ring or where ever you want, and lock the other loop to your frame mounted lock.
If you want you can buy a longer cable, as you would to lock a bicycle to a post. These are also available as a thin cable without a lock incorporated, so they coil up small enough to stick in your pocket or stow somewhere on you bike. This is useful if you want to pass it through a sleeve and lock your riding jacket along with your helmet. These cables are cheap enough, that I have both.
The advantage of these cables is, of course, that you already have the key, the ignition key.
A helmet locked through the chin-strap loop is pretty lame security I know, but there are times when it is convenient, and as you said, nice that the key is the same as ignition. I usually carry a small-dia coated cable for jacket and to loop through the face opening of my helmet. Typically I carry the helmet with me, but it can get tiresome depending on what I am doing. I like the carabiner style lock posted above, though $25 (Procycle) seems pretty pricey unless it is very good quality and a lot more secure than a luggage-type padlock.

I am thinking of cutting the head off a spare key, and leaving it in the lock. With the rack in front, it would be hard to tell, and it would be locked to a casual, opportunistic thief.
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:09 AM   #53694
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I can understand a thief not wanting to steal a 40 year old helmet..

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yep, my summer helmet is over 20yo & looks it. i leave it on the passenger peg and if someone wants it, i dont care.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:13 AM   #53695
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Hi all
Got myself a DR 650 for my Morocco trip and been pulling it apart and putting back together checking every thing !!! i need a new chain and sprocket kit and the stock one is a 15/41 ....is it ? well thats whats on !!! Anyway i'll be riding down from SW France to Algeciras some 1500 km avoiding tolls bimmble around Morocco for a couple of weeks with as much off road as poss, and 1500 km back !!!
So would i be ok running on 15/41 or can anyone suggest another set up ????

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Old 08-28-2011, 11:14 AM   #53696
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phil, i believe 15/42 is stock, so your gearing is a little taller. (~2.5%) i like a little taller w/a single-cylinder, but i think i am not in the majority here. bottom line, tho, is what *you* like.

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Old 08-28-2011, 12:51 PM   #53697
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Hi all
Got myself a DR 650 for my Morocco trip and been pulling it apart and putting back together checking every thing !!! i need a new chain and sprocket kit and the stock one is a 15/41 ....is it ? well thats whats on !!! Anyway i'll be riding down from SW France to Algeciras some 1500 km avoiding tolls bimmble around Morocco for a couple of weeks with as much off road as poss, and 1500 km back !!!
So would i be ok running on 15/41 or can anyone suggest another set up ????

I think that I read on here that some of the Euro-spec DRs have a 15-41 setup. I personally like mine with a 14/42. The DR is happier when it spins 3000 rpm or better. YMMV.
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Old 08-28-2011, 12:59 PM   #53698
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So would i be ok running on 15/41 or can anyone suggest another set up ????
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15/41 is stock for Non-US bikes. It will be fine for your trip to Morocco and back but for off-roading a 14T countershaft sprocket will help you. Easy to switch between the 15T and the 14T. I run 15/45 (same as 14/42) most of the time (not much high speed highway) and can change to 14/45 or 16/45 depending on the terrain (but, this needs a couple more links in the chain.)

Bonne chance pour ton voyage.

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Old 08-28-2011, 01:29 PM   #53699
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phil, i believe 15/42 is stock, so your gearing is a little taller. (~2.5%) i like a little taller w/a single-cylinder, but i think i am not in the majority here. bottom line, tho, is what *you* like.

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15/41 Is stock gearing on NZ bikes.

I find it great on the seal but it is a bit tall on the slow or loose stuff, a 14 tooth front is an easy swap when you get to Morocco.
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:00 PM   #53700
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15/41 Is stock gearing on NZ bikes.

I find it great on the seal but it is a bit tall on the slow or loose stuff, a 14 tooth front is an easy swap when you get to Morocco.
all these comments explain why i prefer the taller gearing - my bike is set up as a motard, and 99% or more of its use will be on pavement...

i had it in the shop last year for some work, right after i bought it; then i got unexpectedly shipped overseas for a year, before the bike was complete. now, i have yust returned, and i should have the bike next week - i cannot even remember what sprockets i have going into it - either 15/41, 16/42, or 16/41. i cannot wait to get on it; i have a bunch of stuff done to it, which i will post about later, when i get the bike. (exh/carb/susp.) meanwhile, i have to settle for my hot-rodded '95 buell s2, or my wintage '78 ducati darmah. it's not *too* bad...

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