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Old 10-01-2011, 01:11 AM   #55021
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Im sure this has been gone over several times, but I am unable to find it. Which size tire is best suited for the rear of a DR650, 5.10 or 4.60 17?

thanks, Brad
I just ordered some new tires! The 4.60 (120) is stock, but the 5.10 (130) fits just fine. I ordered a 130 because I'll take all the traction I can get. Probably not a huge difference between the two though. Maybe if you're racing supermoto you might notice a bit of difference in the lean in?
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Old 10-01-2011, 01:30 AM   #55022
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Im sure this has been gone over several times, but I am unable to find it. Which size tire is best suited for the rear of a DR650, 5.10 or 4.60 17?

thanks, Brad
most use 130/5.10 - 17"
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:35 AM   #55023
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Low fender?

Any one out there run a low front fender? If so, what kind? I'd like to see if it helps with buffeting at highway speeds. Procycle used to have a kit, but it's gone now. I'm sure I could run one off a fork brace, but what kind of fender? Thanks!
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:52 AM   #55024
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http://motors.shop.ebay.com/__?_from...0block&_sacat=

There are some good ideas in the above link. Ideally, a marine version would be a good choice, but some are pricey. Under the seat is fairly safe unless you're one of those crazy Aussies doing 2 foot water crossings.

The disadvantage of mounting the fuses under the seat, every circuit (wire) has to put up with flex at the steering head. But there is little room around the headlight for fuses.

I only have three gauges of wire, 10ga, 12ga and 16ga. I'd run 12 to the fuse block and 16 to the 'gizmos'.

Heat shrink is your friend, leave no metal (wire) exposed. The heat shrink should have been big enough to cover the terminals; not like this:

As much as I like to believe (in my dreams) that I can handle 2' water crossings the likelihood of that happening are slim unless the 2' is measured on the horizontal. Ya know, bike lying on its side in 6" of running water like I see in the Dropped Bikes thread.

I appreciate all the replies and will be looking for a marine fuse distribution block to handle easy connection and management of all my electrical "gizmos". I don't mind spending some $ on a good one because when the electrics go bad things seem to come to an awfully fast stop, and nobody wants that.

To Do List - Call marine supply houses nearby to source an appropriate block, buy different gauges of wire, heat shrink, soldering gun and some connectors. I've already got some dielectric grease that I've been using on OEM connections.

One last question - Are there any gizmos that I should be powering directly from the battery for any reason?

Wish me luck.
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Old 10-01-2011, 11:30 AM   #55025
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One last question - Are there any gizmos that I should be powering directly from the battery for any reason?

Wish me luck.

I really like to have my GPS powered directly (well, with a fuse in-line) from the battery. It makes it much nicer not to have to leave the bike running when stopped to check on directions or progress. The current draw is very low, not much chance of it killing the battery unless you leave it running for a couple of days without starting the bike. While everything "marine grade" costs more, I am rather fond of using Ancor brand wire and terminals on my bike mods. The wire uses more small diameter strands which are individually tinned so it flexes better while resisting vibration cracking and corrosion. When possible I use their adhesive lined heat shrink terminals for the same reasons. I think that I have been using their stuff for almost 20 years without ever having to "redo" a connection other than to accomodate other changes.


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Old 10-01-2011, 01:21 PM   #55026
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As much as I like to believe (in my dreams) that I can handle 2' water crossings the likelihood of that happening are slim unless the 2' is measured on the horizontal. Ya know, bike lying on its side in 6" of running water like I see in the Dropped Bikes thread.
I'm not quite sure why, but this seems a little deja vu.

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I appreciate all the replies and will be looking for a marine fuse distribution block to handle easy connection and management of all my electrical "gizmos". I don't mind spending some $ on a good one because when the electrics go bad things seem to come to an awfully fast stop, and nobody wants that.
Amen. A buddy buys the cheapest crap he can find, and then stares in amazement when it fails.

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To Do List - Call marine supply houses nearby to source an appropriate block, buy different gauges of wire, heat shrink, soldering gun and some connectors. I've already got some dielectric grease that I've been using on OEM connections.
You're way ahead of other guys with this thinking.

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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)

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Old 10-01-2011, 02:18 PM   #55027
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Old 10-01-2011, 02:37 PM   #55028
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Mounted my new Shinko 705's today!


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Old 10-01-2011, 04:22 PM   #55029
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Mounted my new Shinko 705's today!


I'd love to have a yellow one, my favorite color combo.
Let us know how you like the new tires.
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:22 PM   #55030
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Mounted my new Shinko 705's today!

I am going to put mine on in December did you go tubeless or tube?
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:06 AM   #55031
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To Do List - Call marine supply houses nearby to source an appropriate block, buy different gauges of wire, heat shrink, soldering gun and some connectors. I've already got some dielectric grease that I've been using on OEM connections. Wish me luck.
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
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:14 AM   #55032
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I really like to have my GPS powered directly (well, with a fuse in-line) from the battery. It makes it much nicer not to have to leave the bike running when stopped to check on directions or progress. The current draw is very low, not much chance of it killing the battery unless you leave it running for a couple of days without starting the bike. While everything "marine grade" costs more, I am rather fond of using Ancor brand wire and terminals on my bike mods. The wire uses more small diameter strands which are individually tinned so it flexes better while resisting vibration cracking and corrosion. When possible I use their adhesive lined heat shrink terminals for the same reasons. I think that I have been using their stuff for almost 20 years without ever having to "redo" a connection other than to accomodate other changes.
Bruce
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.
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:19 AM   #55033
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I'd love to have a yellow one, my favorite color combo.
Let us know how you like the new tires.
The turn-in "flop" was AMAZING on the brief little shakedown run yesterday....so far so good, I am thinking about ordering another set while they are on sale cheap.

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I am going to put mine on in December did you go tubeless or tube?
Tires are tubeless but tubeless isn't much of an option with spoke rims.
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:25 PM   #55034
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Distanzia makes another 1000 miles ... nice ride!

Did a 1000 mile, four day ride along the central California coast and mountains. Mixed ride, weird mix of bikes, mixed up riders ... not a dual sport ride but ended up on a few dirt road anyway. Funny how that goes.

My Distanzia rear tire was looking fairly worn when I left but I remembered the last one and how GOOD it wore towards the end of it's life. Here is a pic ... and it looked pretty much like this 1000 before. Not much more wear in it's final 1000 miles. I've got a break now so off it comes and New Anakee ($45 Craig's list special!) goes on next. Total miles on the Distanzia is a touch over 7,000. Not bad!

The DR did great as usual ... nothing too challenging in this group.
TIP: never take a virgin Ducati on dirt roads! Funny thing was, on the day I sat in this guys garage looking at his KLR ... I advised him it would be the "best tool for the job". He paid the price when he took a tumble going down a steep, silt covered rutted out slope. High Side! OUCH!



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Old 10-02-2011, 03:55 PM   #55035
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The turn-in "flop" was AMAZING on the brief little shakedown run yesterday....so far so good, I am thinking about ordering another set while they are on sale cheap.



Tires are tubeless but tubeless isn't much of an option with spoke rims.
I think some of the guys run tubes in the 705 tubless.
Bike looks good!
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