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Old 10-02-2011, 05:47 PM   #55021
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:50 PM   #55022
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Hi All.

I just bought two 2008 DR650's off of craigslist (sfbay area). They were owned by a father and son and have a few scratches on them. The fathers (so he told me) is the good one, with 98 miles on it and less scratches. The sons has 168 miles and a few dings and scratches.

Current plan is to sell the dad's, and keep the other one, I think. I have owned a couple of KLR and liked them. Looking forward to playing around with DR's. Maybe meeting up with some of the DR inmates here.

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Old 10-02-2011, 05:58 PM   #55023
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A couple of cherry picked DR's and the SF Bay area for your playground.

My take, if you liked the KLR's, you're gonna love the smoooth running DR's !


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Old 10-02-2011, 06:09 PM   #55024
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no way jack

must just be me. i do love my dr though.
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:40 PM   #55025
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do you guys ride around scared that your 3rd gear is going to grenade any second?


Not anymore.
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:44 PM   #55026
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Not me but i do get scared when i see a truck driver wearing a turbin
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:08 PM   #55027
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1) Remove stock carb & throw it away
2) Open up air box, add FMF exhaust &Install properly jetted FCR
3) Enjoy greater off-road performance
( Also change to race-tech suspension)
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:30 PM   #55028
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do you guys ride around scared that your 3rd gear is going to grenade any second?
Not me. 41,000 miles, 2008.

I guess it could happen, but it seems way down on the list to me. I worry about: running out of gas, flat tires, dead batteries, dirty key switches and occasionally, failed stators ( I had one of those).


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Old 10-02-2011, 07:46 PM   #55029
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must just be me. i do love my dr though.
There have been a few 3rd gear failures ... but how many? I'd suggest you troll through all 50K plus posts on this massive thread and see how many you can document. I'm guessing you'll count them on one hand ... and most of those will come out of Oz or New Zealand.

The bad news is the 3rd gear problem seems hard to predict ... some have rebuilt the gear box based on imagined wear.

At least the NSU problem is an easy fix. Other than those two weak spots the DR650 is pretty trouble free if you take reasonable care.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:27 PM   #55030
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There have been a few 3rd gear failures ... but how many? I'd suggest you troll through all 50K plus posts on this massive thread and see how many you can document. I'm guessing you'll count them on one hand ... and most of those will come out of Oz or New Zealand.
I'll take an educated guess and say about 23.
Including...
5 NZ
5 US
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:34 PM   #55031
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... Fire Escape covered the GPS. You mentioned a 12v powerlet, that should be hot so you don't run down the battery while pumping up a tire. Some have put an on/off switch on the headlight, to free some watts, including me. (no, I don't remember how I did it)
OK, so maybe it wasn't my last question EVER. Too bad you can't remember how you hooked up the on/off switch for the headlight. That too is on my list because I want to free up as much power as possible to run heated gear.

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In hooking up my heated grip switch and other exposed connections I've used a specialist electronics insulating sealer by GC electronics. This stuff is a toxic goo of MEK,
Toluene Resin goo and God knows what else ... must be good right? You paint it on and it dries as a kind of rubberized coating ... so maybe like Shrink tube in a bottle? Very expensive at $9 usd at my local high end electronics store, like the kind around long before Radio Shack. So far, no short outs but I don't do that much rain riding ... and no under water submerging yet but lots of water crossings of one to two feet. Seems to adhere well and is strong.
Here is a pic of the Goo ... no idea where to find it other than Electronics Plus of
San Rafael, Ca.

That looks like something it'd be good to have in a toolbox. If I pass by San Rafael I'll pick up a bottle.

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If you look around under your seat and up around the battery area you can find a few extra connectors. Most are "Switched" type, but at least one is NON-Switched .... which means it's "Hot" all the time. This for me would be better than running direct to battery. Look around and bring your VOM meter, find out what these "unknown" connecters do.

If you use a Non-switched plug be sure you turn off your GPS when you park for the night.
I have noticed some un-used connectors under the seat and behind the headlight (brown, and black with white stripe). I will endeavour to find out where they are and what they're for. I have a VOM meter with me but not a clue how to use it . My thought was that if I had one someone that knew how to use it might be in a better position to help me, if needed.

I've ordered one of these http://bluesea.com/products/5025 for my distribution block. Seems to be keeping riders happy on other forums out there on the World Wide Web, not that I'd ever look at those forums because there's soo much great info on ADV, and I thank all responders for their input.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:38 PM   #55032
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most of those will come out of Oz or New Zealand.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:58 PM   #55033
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:32 PM   #55034
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OK, so maybe it wasn't my last question EVER. Too bad you can't remember how you hooked up the on/off switch for the headlight. That too is on my list because I want to free up as much power as possible to run heated gear.
Doing some flashbacks here: Most of my bikes (Japanese), have had skimpy head light wiring (16, 18ga?), so I went in to replace that with 12ga straight from the battery (fused) through a relay. There are many wiring diagrams running around cyberspace. My fail-safe mode for wiring mods: never cut the stock wiring harness. This complicates my end product, short pigtails etc. But if something I did, fails, I just plug it back together, stock. Well, I will if it ever happens............. knock on wood

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I have noticed some un-used connectors under the seat and behind the headlight (brown, and black with white stripe).
I have the one behind the headlight pencil marked as 'tach' in my manual and it's run on the same wire as the tail light and license plate light; so it's switched (hot with the key on). I don't know about the ones under the seat.

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I will endeavour to find out where they are and what they're for. I have a VOM meter with me but not a clue how to use it . My thought was that if I had one someone that knew how to use it might be in a better position to help me, if needed.
Get one of these to use in addition to the VOM, easier to understand and faster in many situations. Just make sure it's clipped to a good ground, cylinder fin, for example. This one's from O'Reilly:


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Seems to be keeping riders happy on other forums out there on the World Wide Web, not that I'd ever look at those forums because there's soo much great info on ADV,
Two timer...........
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and I thank all responders for their input.


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Old 10-02-2011, 11:16 PM   #55035
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do you guys ride around scared that your 3rd gear is going to grenade any second?

The percentages are small, in relation to a bike produced since 1996 and perused rather actively, on advrider's 180,000 inmate strong site. In Australia & New Zealand the DR outsells the KLR and in these regions dualsports quite commonly don't lead sheltered lives, compared to the roles of most mc's in the NA marketplace.

One of the many things I like about the net in regards to motorcycles, is that seemingly small instances of information can be noted, that might otherwise have never come to my attention. The relatively few instances of transmission failures in some 96+ DR's, plays a role in my consideration of motor oil types, oil change intervals, addressing the nsu screws, and my overall useage of the transmission in general.

In the 40 years I've participated in motorcycling, what I've learned and the personal opinions I've formed, all play a role in my appreciation and treatment of the bikes I own and have owned, be they commonplace or exotic. My DR650 is treated with as much respect as any bike I've ever owned, because I admire and respect it's design format and the elegant manner in which it's translated into function.

Therefore in my instance, it's run and maintained probably no differently, than if it was a formally owned Velo Thruxton, or 450 desmo. Good oils, short unit construction oil change intervals, it's shifted unlike a paperboy's 125 motocrosser and cherished as only an old cantankerous mc loving bastard can.

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