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Old 10-22-2011, 11:47 AM   #55951
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The stock boots are perforated around the bottom fold. If the seals are leaking, the boots won't hide it for long. The seals are about 2" above the holes, it won't take the oil very long to get down that far.

What I didn't know until now, the perforations only wrap around 180* of the boot. So what? So there is a front and rear on the boots. One of mine is backward (I installed emulators), holes forward, acting like a dust scoop.
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:02 PM   #55952
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What I didn't know until now, the perforations only wrap around 180* of the boot. So what? So there is a front and rear on the boots. One of mine is backward (I installed emulators), holes forward, acting like a dust scoop.
Glad you brought this up.
To keep fork seals healthy it's not a bad idea to pull up the gaiter on the bottom and clean in around the fork seal base. Maybe pull off the dust cover and clean all the crap build up in there.

The ingress of dirt (which becomes mud once wet) will eventually get past the dust cover and could ruin the fork seal.

This takes about 20 minutes ... add to your pre-trip maintenance list or post dirt ride clean up.
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:48 PM   #55953
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Stupid stupid stupid question......with the fork gaiters, how do you know if you have a fork seal leak....told ya it was a stupid question......you were warned.
The bike will give you a hint...
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:32 PM   #55954
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finally got rid of the tin-can stock handlebars (mine were pretty severely bent by the previous owner). The bike now sports some bling gold steel bars of higher quality (unknown brand but they're thicker walled) that were free (thanks dad!).

One question though, should I bother drilling holes in the bars for the kill switch/turn signal clamps? or can I just grind off the little nubs on the clamps? just wondering what most people on here do to remedy this on new bars.

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here's a pic

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Old 10-22-2011, 04:40 PM   #55955
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finally got rid of the tin-can stock handlebars (mine were pretty severely bent by the previous owner). The bike now sports some bling gold steel bars of higher quality (unknown brand but they're thicker walled) that were free (thanks dad!).

One question though, should i bother drilling holes in the bars for the kill switch/turn signal clamps? Or can i just grind off the little nubs on the clamps? Just wondering what most people on here do to remedy this on new bars.

Thanks.

Here's a pic

first of all you must be single if your parking in your living room. I remember those days.
I prefer to grind the nub out of the switch housing. Making sure to leave a small bit to bike the bar. I have drill a lot of bars and it is to much of a pain in bum to drill those holes and get it right. People might dis agree with me but i never had a problem. ANOTHER THING YOU MIGHT WANT TO DO IS ROTATE YOUR BARS FORWARD A LITTLE BIT TO GET THEM LESS IN YOUR LAP AND GIVES YOU MORE LEVERAGE
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:47 PM   #55956
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Some DR video. This was just outside Waihi in the Coromandel area of New Zealand. I mounted my standard resolution GoPro facing backwards on the DR, there's about 5 other DR's on the ride.

It starts off as some farm tracks but after about 2 minutes we get into some muddy and boggy tracks and at 5'40" we got to ride through an old gold mining trail tunnel.

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Old 10-22-2011, 05:12 PM   #55957
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Nice... the tunnel at 6:30 looks great.

I happened to be working in Aukland about 6 months ago and finished my work a couple of days ahead of schedule, so I rented a DL650 and toured around the Coromandel Peninsula -- strictly paved road riding, no trails.... but what an awesome road for motorcycles. The scenery was a series of non-stop, breath-taking vistas. And the twists, turns, ups and downs.

Would love to get back there and explore some more -- especially off-road.

http://www.fy-yff.com/2011/04/back-h...or-riding.html




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Some DR video. This was just outside Waihi in the Coromandel area of New Zealand. I mounted my standard resolution GoPro facing backwards on the DR, there's about 5 other DR's on the ride.

It starts off as some farm tracks but after about 2 minutes we get into some muddy and boggy tracks and at 5'40" we got to ride through an old gold mining trail tunnel.

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Old 10-22-2011, 05:28 PM   #55958
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Hey folks. I'm so close to pulling the trigger on buying a DR that I can taste it....

Anyway I was hoping someone could do me a favour and measure the width of the stock seat? According to Corbin's web site their seat measures 11.5 inches wide....Is this quite a bit wider than stock?
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:19 PM   #55959
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What is the trick?

I have read many posts on you guys riding 6,000 plus miles on a trip and doing 75 mph for 10 hours let me in on the secret.
I have the sergeant seat and HIway pegs and cant take it for more then a few hours.
I need to know!
Do I sit on broken glass or what.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:30 PM   #55960
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I have read many posts on you guys riding 6,000 plus miles on a trip and doing 75 mph for 10 hours let me in on the secret.
I have the sergeant seat and HIway pegs and cant take it for more then a few hours.
I need to know!
Do I sit on broken glass or what.
Stand up, sit down, move around, fidget, swing your legs, put your feet up on the passenger pegs: I have a Sargent, it's not a lounge chair but it's tolerable. Get a small windshield to block some of the air trying to blow you back. Take a lot of breaks. Get off the interstate and ride where the riding is more interesting. 300-350 miles/ day is a decent day. Once you start throwing in dirt roads 250-300 miles can be an all day ride. But you can ride day after day that way.

75 mph for 10 hours, though, is not fun. What's the point?

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Old 10-22-2011, 08:13 PM   #55961
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first of all you must be single if your parking in your living room. I remember those days.
I prefer to grind the nub out of the switch housing. Making sure to leave a small bit to bike the bar. I have drill a lot of bars and it is to much of a pain in bum to drill those holes and get it right. People might dis agree with me but i never had a problem. ANOTHER THING YOU MIGHT WANT TO DO IS ROTATE YOUR BARS FORWARD A LITTLE BIT TO GET THEM LESS IN YOUR LAP AND GIVES YOU MORE LEVERAGE
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Awesome, thanks. Yeah Im 21 and still in college so I park my bike where I want lol.

I will probably end up doing that, especially since there are holes in them already (in the wrong places) from when they were on my dad's ZRX1100.

Ill also try rotating them forward a bit. The bike really needs higher bend bars for me (im 6'2) but these will do for free.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:54 PM   #55962
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Stand up, sit down, move around, fidget, swing your legs, put your feet up on the passenger pegs: I have a Sargent, it's not a lounge chair but it's tolerable. Get a small windshield to block some of the air trying to blow you back. Take a lot of breaks. Get off the interstate and ride where the riding is more interesting. 300-350 miles/ day is a decent day. Once you start throwing in dirt roads 250-300 miles can be an all day ride. But you can ride day after day that way.

75 mph for 10 hours, though, is not fun. What's the point?

.........shu
The reason I am asking is I have talked my son into going to Kilgore TX to do the Corrosion and cathartic protection class at Kilgore collage on the GI Bill he is a Iraq disabled Army Vet.
I work for the local gas company in AZ plan B get him on here, Plan A staying in TX and getting on with a oil Company.
Kilgore is 1190 miles form my house and I may tool over on the DR650 and see my two grand kids.

I have a small windshield and do some of the things you said, but I have found the more interesting the better.
I am also looking at the 2012 DL650 or 2012 Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon with the new V6 or use my many air miles. Paul
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:05 PM   #55963
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Hey folks. I'm so close to pulling the trigger on buying a DR that I can taste it....

Anyway I was hoping someone could do me a favour and measure the width of the stock seat? According to Corbin's web site their seat measures 11.5 inches wide....Is this quite a bit wider than stock?
Stocker is about 7" at the widest. So yes....plus the Corbin is scooped a little instead of crowned like the stock seat. The Corbin does take up a little inseam due to it's shape so my son's (with Corbin & lowered) gives me about the same amount of foot on the ground as mine (PC suspension kits & Seat Concepts)
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:10 PM   #55964
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Hey folks. I'm so close to pulling the trigger on buying a DR that I can taste it....

Anyway I was hoping someone could do me a favour and measure the width of the stock seat? According to Corbin's web site their seat measures 11.5 inches wide....Is this quite a bit wider than stock?
It's a bit wider than stock...'don't have the stock measurements handy though. I'd get a Corbin for a streetbike, but not a bike I might be picking up in the dirt several times a ride. There are much lighter options that are also all-day comfortable. Corbins are built on a heavy seatpan and are well-suited for road bikes, where weight is not a real issue.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:21 PM   #55965
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3 rd gear blow ups

Does anyone know if the 3rd gear blow ups are on stock gearing 15-42 , or if they are from lower gearing , 14 -45,48 ?
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