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Old 09-14-2011, 07:11 AM   #54436
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Indeed it was the stock seat. Better bars and seat are at the top of my wish list, my old rxc620 was 10x more comfortable than this thing, which just doesn't seem right!
Check out procycle. They will give you $75 for your stock seat towards purchases on there website. Makes buying a new seat a bit easier. I love my sergeant seat. It's seen many 1000 mile days. Also for bar placement, I just ordered the rox anti vibe risers for the DR. They are fantasctic on the GS.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:56 AM   #54437
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IRC TR8 looks interesting. Other suggestions welcomed.
Maybe you’ve already considered it, but the Michelin T63 ?
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:10 AM   #54438
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Wow. That looks sweet.





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A package from Procycle arrived today.

I have to say although pricey the low brackets and Pivot pegz look like quality kit.
The photo does them no justice.
I won't ask why a product made in Australia is cheaper to buy in the USA even with post.



The flywheel puller was in the same package.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:24 AM   #54439
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Check out procycle. They will give you $75 for your stock seat towards purchases on there website. Makes buying a new seat a bit easier. I love my sergeant seat. It's seen many 1000 mile days. Also for bar placement, I just ordered the rox anti vibe risers for the DR. They are fantasctic on the GS.
Thanks for the tips. I can't wait to start making some improvements.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:46 AM   #54440
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i have some ruglyde from napa.
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made by american grease stick company. seriously.

True fact, I just googled it.

But anyway, American Grease Stick Company makes some damn good stuff. Ruglyde works really well, seriously.

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Old 09-14-2011, 08:52 AM   #54441
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Tingler,

What tires are those in the photos?

Thx.
The rear one is a worn Dunlop D606. The D606 is a great tire. I highly recommend it.

The front is a cheng shen I'm trying out. I may buy a different tire soon as I feel this one may be a tad narrow for my tastes.

I recently got a Shinko with a tread pattern similar to the Cheng Shen to replace the worn d606. I just haven't put it on yet.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:11 AM   #54442
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Interesting timing for this discussion. I'm just back from 3 days of gravel roads and easy trails in Haliburton, Ontario. I am very pleased with my Mefo Explorer rear, but I had no confidence in the IRC GP1 front. Trails were sandy, with muddy spots in the heavy shade.

I do more gravel road than dirt, but I want some confidence the front end won't wash out in loose stuff. Was thinking D606, but hate the noise.

IRC TR8 looks interesting. Other suggestions welcomed.
Thanks to Eakins I'll be trying that IRC TR8 Front next time up. $49 for a DOT knobby is a bargain. With any luck it will perform well enough and probably last a few miles.

No surprise on the GP-1 not working in sand. I've run those tires ... OK on hard packed but not good in steep, loose conditions we get here in California. I wore out a rear GP-1 in about 3000 miles ... pavement eat up the rear but it's a good over all performer.

Noise with knobbies is part of the deal. You can't get round it. If you want decent control a knobby is what it's going to take. 50/50 tires are nice but only go so far off road.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:16 AM   #54443
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A package from Procycle arrived today.
I have to say although pricey the low brackets and Pivot pegz look like quality kit. The photo does them no justice. I won't ask why a product made in Australia is cheaper to buy in the USA even with post.

I'm curious if you lose the rubber damping of the stock items with these new lowering peg brackets? Lots of vibes come through the pegs without the rubber dampers in place. Not a problem on short day rides or dirt riding ... but on longer tours ???
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:21 AM   #54444
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Maybe you’ve already considered it, but the Michelin T63 ?
Well I am aware of it, but I have never read much about it except that it is "almost as good as a D606". That said, the D606 is excellent, so the T63 should be a pretty good tire.

I found the D606 front and rear on the DR350 were really noisy on road, so am hoping there is a solution for the DR650 front that is better / quieter on-road than the D606 front, but still has some OK traction off-road. The IRC TR8 Eakins linked to looks much more aggressive than the IRC GP1 I currently have on the front. Not sure how it compares to the D606.

I am happy with the Mefo Explorer I have on the rear.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:34 AM   #54445
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Thanks to Eakins I'll be trying that IRC TR8 Front next time up. $49 for a DOT knobby is a bargain. With any luck it will perform well enough and probably last a few miles.

No surprise on the GP-1 not working in sand. I've run those tires ... OK on hard packed but not good in steep, loose conditions we get here in California. I wore out a rear GP-1 in about 3000 miles ... pavement eat up the rear but it's a good over all performer.

Noise with knobbies is part of the deal. You can't get round it. If you want decent control a knobby is what it's going to take. 50/50 tires are nice but only go so far off road.
Yeah, I think I'll be ordering a TR8 soon too.
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:27 AM   #54446
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Maybe you’ve already considered it, but the Michelin T63 ?
I'm running a T63 front now and wouldn'tagain if riding in loose or muddy conditions. It's a fine road and hard packed tyre but not a deep enough tread for sand and in mud the tread fills up very quickly.
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:53 AM   #54447
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Bearing discussion

I've been seeing a lot of discussion about the cush drive bearing going out. Well, happy day mine is done. Went to lub chain other day and sprocket will warble back and forth about 3rd of an inch. Dammit

My question is - are you guys just going ahead and replacing the wheel bearings at the same time?
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:48 PM   #54448
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...My question is - are you guys just going ahead and replacing the wheel bearings at the same time?
yes, do them all. front & rear.
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:48 PM   #54449
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DR650 cylinder head cover gasket?

Can i use RTV silicone if yes which color?
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:52 PM   #54450
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I sure wish they made this in a 17-- http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx I think it's the one I'm thinking of... I went on a ride with a guy who had one on his KTM. I forget if it's that exact one, but it had really tall lugs and was the most dirt oriented DOT tire I've seen. Could have used it that day through all of the mud too.
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