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Old 10-06-2011, 03:12 PM   #55141
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Originally Posted by lonewolf97 View Post
I put led turn signal lites on my 97 dr 650 now all 4 lites blink fast when I try right or left. got the lites from Virtual village .com I don't want to add resisters. is there a relay kit that works?
A flasher relay will fix the high-speed blink rate. Any generic 2-pin electronic flasher relay can be made to work with the DR. The factory relay is located under the seat near the battery box.

You'll need a diode kit to cure the 4-way flasher syndrome. The problem is that the indicator light on the dash is wired to two positive leads - one from the left signal and one from the right. One of these will fix you right up. You wire the two 'Y' ends of the diode kit to the two positive signal leads, the joined end of the Y to one of the indicator bulb leads, and then pick up a ground from somewhere inside the headlight shell for the other terminal of the indicator bulb.

Or... just unplug the indicator bulb :)
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:22 PM   #55142
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Originally Posted by asrvivor View Post
Hey you guys! I'm on a 3 day adventure over here in Oregon. So I just replaced all wheel bearings Cush bearing and reassembled. 100 miles into this and I had to adjust the chain from 3.2 to the 4.5 mark. Does that sound right? Chain looks good sprockets look good, chain is lubed and in good shape. Wtf it seems like too much. Ideas. Oh yah new cush rubber too
Sounds like you failed to move the axle ALL THE WAY FORWARD before setting chain adjustment and tightening axle nut ... or the axle nut was not torque'd down all the way and axle slipped when power applied.

Start over:
1. Loosen axle nut ... just a bit loose, don't take it off.

2. Make sure chain slack is mostly on under side of swing arm, not above. If all above, pull chain and move back a tooth on rear sprocket. Most chain slack should show on under side of swingarm.

3. set chain slack adjustment using snail adjusters. Even on both sides?

NOW ... move axle full forward until snail adjusters are tight against stop pins. Make sure they are equal on both sides and that axle is fully seated.

Snug axle nut ... spin wheel to make sure all is well. Smooth? Quiet?
A bit of brake drag is OK ... but you can spread pads to eliminate it if you'd like. (just for the "smooth" test)

Torque axle nut to some unGodly value (Gut undt tight) Spin wheel again.
All good?

This should hold it ... and chain slack should remain constant for thousands of miles.

Only other thought is that if a new bearing was not installed correctly and not fully seated ... it may have collapsed. Seems unlikely. Good luck!

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Old 10-06-2011, 03:23 PM   #55143
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Very well written and accurate! I just didn't have time to say all that.


Originally Posted by Adv Grifter View Post
I agree with Travel Guy. But it really depends on your travel style, your pace and energy level. IMHO, it takes more energy and effort to camp everyday. Cooking adds more effort/time, plus packing stove, fuel and food to cook. Riding days end up being shorter and morning take off times end up being later when camping/cooking. Setting up camp in the dark and rain not much fun.

But plenty do camping and love it ... and just build it in to the schedule. If you read reports over on Horizon's Unlimited you get many more Euro camping types there.

To me, camping can isolate you from local people and slows your integration of culture and language. Not camping means more time spent in towns, eating in restaurants. Good and bad aspects to this. Many aren't doing the ride to "integrate" with local culture, and just yell louder in English to be understood. For them, it's all about them and furthering their Adventure career (film, book, website) ... and collecting stickers on the panniers and stamps in passport are of paramount importance. These are the "achievers".

Parts of Mexico are good camping ... but use caution in picking your spot. Beaches are NOT the best idea unless an organized pay site. Robberies are common.

Most of Cent. America is not camping friendly. Too dense, too many people, too many villages. Yes, it can be done ... you'll need to look around.

The best camping would be in Southern Chile and Argentina. I camped there in the 70's ... but had sent home my sleeping bag/gear long before that. (I borrowed camping gear in Argentina)

You can check out several great ride reports from travelers with differing ideas regards camping. Check out:
Jammin Jay (Camper)
Jay did a combo of Couch Surfing and Camping. Check out Jay's DR650 to see a very overloaded bike ... a lot of this is camping/cooking gear and food ... but he still made it over the Salar de Uyuni.

Misery Goat (some camping)
Mark mostly stays in Hotels but camps on occasion when stuck up in the Andes.

Crashmaster (no camp)
No camping for Vince, IIRC, and Vince really knows how to travel light. Learn from him. Read his report. It's awesome.

Not camping means your planning has to be well worked out and should include a bail out plan, a place you can find a bed/food/shelter. In remote areas this can be dicey. Always carry enough water/snacks to survive a couple days with no food available.

Expect to eat what is available: I stayed with local families once in a while and was put to work. Once I was charged to grab (from cage), kill, clean and cook Qui in Ecuador and Peru'. Goat head soup was another local favorite, complete with eyeballs and jaw bone. Add to this various intestinal treats, Feet and other unmentionable innards. I ate it all ... and more. I nearly died of flu and dysentery on a couple occasions.

Some camp and cook just for this reason: local food will sometimes make you sick until your acclimate ... or not.

Not camping means better research and better local knowledge must be had. In my seven years in Latin America (on and off bikes) I learned to talk to locals for best and current info ... other travelers are a great source too of course.

Now, with the internet this is made easier ... and more reliable. I took extensive notes on everything I learned from other travelers along the way. But as always: CONSIDER THE SOURCE. Not everyone is in their right mind.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:42 PM   #55144
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Originally Posted by TRAVELGUY View Post
Very well written and accurate! I just didn't have time to say all that.

My 2-cents.
Never been South of Mexico, but it seems to me that food and lodging is cheap enough there to forget camping. Hell, if I'm going down there I want a cold cerveza and some company!
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:25 PM   #55145
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Originally Posted by shu View Post
Went for a 4 day Fall ride- it's going to snow here soon, so I wanted to get up high before it does. Hope you guys don't mind if I post a Mini Ride Report featuring my DR here.

Jones Pass

Hmmm..........seems to be a little DR sized space there to the left. I'll never tell about the somewhat steep rocky road behind the sign, though. My lips are sealed.

Lots of beetle killed trees in Colorado now. Some of them are being harvested but most will just fall down and rot.

Colorado's Fall Colors- Spectacular to ride through.

Quiet lonely tracks.

Down low, nice and sunny...

Up high......the storm's moving in on Ptamigan Pass. Time to move on.

With GPS and maps??Nice report and pictures anyway!!
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:01 PM   #55146
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Hey guys seeing if my posting powers are what they are. If this works this a good shot of my front fairing.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:10 PM   #55147
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Originally Posted by SprintST View Post
I'm currently in Des Moines Iowa, a thousand miles from home in Ontario Canada on my way to Tierre Del Feugo wondering how much I'll use the camping gear I'm hauling along. I enjoy camping but the stuff takes up awful lot of room, not to mention the weight. One of the reasons I changed to a DR from a KLR is the lighter weight. Now I find myself loading up on the poundage again.

Accommodation costs in the U.S. are manageable in the short term (kinda) but how much would I really be camping once outside of the States? Safety is a concern since I'm traveling alone. I'm hoping to do some couchsurfing along the way and stay in motels and hostels in the cheaper areas.

For those of you who have already done Central or South America and taken camping gear along would you do it again or forego the camping altogether?

So, do I leave the camp gear at a friends and just enjoy the ride a lot more or what? HELP? Would love to hear other peoples take on my dilemma.
Maybe you should leave the full-on camping gear (tent, cooking, etc.), but have a sleeping bag and tarp or bivvy for emergencies.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:12 PM   #55148
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My bike thought i would share

Here is a couple of other shots of my delta romeo 650. Dont make fun of my dash it is not finished. Hope you like .
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:14 PM   #55149
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:16 PM   #55150
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:44 PM   #55151
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Decision made

After struggling with the issue of bringing camping gear I have decided to leave it in Des Moines with the option of either having it shipped when I reach Colombia or simply buying what I need there.

There's just too much stuff and I really want to be in a position to enjoy some off-road riding and not be too burdened down.

I may very well regret this but I can envision being pissed off carrying all the stuff as far as South America and not using it. Then again I'll be equally pissed when opportunities present themselves and I don't have the gear.

So there you go. Thanks to everyone for the valuable input. If I could comfortably bring it I would but that's not turning out to be the case.

Cheers all. Hope to see some of you on the road to wherever.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:52 PM   #55152
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Ebmott - nicely done. Looks like you're preparing for a journey.....or just don't like stopping for gas.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:53 PM   #55153
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Originally Posted by acesandeights View Post
Mr Procycle:

Is the DR400 rear license plate bracket and turn signals a fit for the DR650? Looks like the DR400 kit includes smaller turn signals than factory?
Nope. Everything about the back end of the 400 is different from the 650.
Clarke's second law of Egodynamics: "For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert." - Jasper Fforde - Everything for your DR650 and lots of other great stuff!
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:56 PM   #55154
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Is there any good write ups on DRZ400sm forks swaps out there??

I've been looking and can't much info.

Anyone know if the stems are the same, do they just bolt right up like the RM forks?? Any clearance issues with the forks and stock factory tank??
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:03 PM   #55155
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Trailtech recomends running there light on the high beem setting, so I put on 2 smaller lights to run on the low beem there any problems with this?
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