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Old 04-11-2012, 08:26 AM   #62716
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There was a post sometine back or on another forum where the guy was selling his brace because it hit his fender. I haven't mounted my brace yet but will be doing so in about a week. Will try to post if there is a problem of not.

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None of the DRs around the shop have a Superbrace installed so I can't take a close look. I haven't ever heard about an interference problem and after reading many thousands of forum posts I believe this is the first time this has been mentioned. I'm interested to know what the manufacturer says but I suggest you get their permission before repeating their private reply to you in a public forum.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:03 AM   #62717
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There was a post sometine back or on another forum where the guy was selling his brace because it hit his fender. I haven't mounted my brace yet but will be doing so in about a week. Will try to post if there is a problem of not.

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Was it the superbrace or the RSW brace? The RSW brace will interfere with the fender much easier than the superbrace.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:28 AM   #62718
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Hello.

Love my dr but kind of agree. Been riding forever and got the dr as better on freeway to get to off road places in SoCal.
Went to Anza Borrego Desert two weeks ago and went up a rocky road. My friend went up 4 sections on his xt225 and I fell 3 times going up and once going down. My fat ass on the lowered bike bottomed out many times. Huge dent in my Utah skid plate. Off road on technical stuff I should be riding something smaller and lighter but will try and get used to it as I really like it everywhere else.

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Most of the time the DR makes it through stuff just fine when set up right and you take it slow. My DR got nicknamed "The Water Buffalo" by my friends. It's big and heavy and tries to buck you off when you start hitting stuff too fast. I only got turned around a couple of times on the trails, and those were at single track hillclimbs with sharp turns, rocks and roots. The DR will get you through just about anything you need to when traveling, but for doing technical trail riding, it's a couple of generations behind a real dirt bike and about 50lbs ahead. I used to wonder why people complained about the stock suspension until I got off fire roads and onto technical trails. I have a lot more fun on the trails with my WR400. I can go faster and don't feel completely exhausted after a mile of trails.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:33 AM   #62719
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I've returned there since, a hundred times on a thumper. Sheeese, like going up a driveway. We learn.
People ask me how i learned to wheelie so well. I tell them it's like playing PacMac, you put in enough quarters and you get better. Wheelies, you buy enough rear fenders, you get better. I ride my DR650 places that would have been un rideable to me as a noob, even on a full race ready offroad bike. Time in the seat will make you better.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:49 AM   #62720
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skid plate, appropriate tyres, lower gearing.

and buy a new battery or figure out why it isn't charging, so the button works, because it is a lot easer to ride it than to push it
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:16 AM   #62721
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I only get 2 seasons out of a battery. When they are marginal, even though they will turn the motor over, they won't fire up. Mine was to the point this spring, that unless I had it on the charger right before I tried starting, it wouldn't start up. New battery, touch the button and it's running. Must need plenty of juice to spin the motor and feed the ignition.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:11 PM   #62722
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I only get 2 seasons out of a battery. When they are marginal, even though they will turn the motor over, they won't fire up. Mine was to the point this spring, that unless I had it on the charger right before I tried starting, it wouldn't start up. New battery, touch the button and it's running. Must need plenty of juice to spin the motor and feed the ignition.
Speaking of, what is the best brand to buy? I heard Westco is good?
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:12 PM   #62723
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Yes. I used Westcos in my bmw's with good luck.

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Old 04-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #62724
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That spec in the manual is really only useful for testing the OEM pulse coil. If the original pulse coil tests out of spec then you know you have a problem. Too much resistance = broken wire or bad connection, too little resistance = internal short. That doesn't mean that the system won't work with a good coil that has different resistance. The new coil probably generates a stronger signal from the increased windings. I would write the resistance of the new coil in the manual to aid in future troubleshooting.
Thanks a billion. That was what I was trying to figure out.

As soon as I get the new gasket from you guys (ordered it last night), I will put that one in and see what happens.

Thanks again.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:17 PM   #62725
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JUST READ THE LAST 100 PAGES. EVERYTHING ON THIS THREAD GETS RECYCLED ABOUT EVERY 20 PAGES. WHAT TYPE OF OIL SHOULD I USE, WHAT TIRES SHOULD I BUY, HOW DO I ADJUST THE JETTING IN MY CARBURETOR, ETC? OVER AND OVER, AND....SO ON.


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Hey there are New DR owners coming on like me everyday! We need to hear about all the great mod and fix ideas people like you have and had gotten from others when you started as a noob! Now if I can just get rid of the XT on my Avatar and put up my new DR that would be great!
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:24 PM   #62726
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sorry

sorry guys, i was just feeling down about the experience.

i felt so exhausted and the bike was such a beast on the trail... it's not worth replacing the DR with something else, I just need a trail bike. and then i need a guzzi. then i'll need a street tracker. probably a sport bike........
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:43 PM   #62727
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So I went for a ride Monday on some kinda gnarly, sometimes rocky, tight singletrack. No doubt I'm still new to this whole dirtbike thing, but wrestling my DR was a bear.
Give yourself a break. The DR is not the easiest to manage single track bike ... especially for a Noob dirt rider. If you're serious about learning off road riding, get a 250 to start on. Far less intimidating and lots more fun.

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It didn't help that my battery died for unexplained reasons, and I had to push this 400lb-ish beast 1/2 mile up and down this gnarliness (~3 hrs pushin'). Bump starting was a no-go on at least a dozen tries.
I'd guess lack of technique regards bump starting. Off road, bumping is a learned skill ... and having assistance helps. I would never push that bike ... that is insane. Tow Rope, Foot peg push, anything but you pushing. Get it running. You do realize the DR650 will bump start and run fine ... even with a dead battery?

No doubt your battery is finished. Many riders don't discover their battery is near it's end until they've done repeated stalls and re-starts, which is typical when riding off road. It's a small battery, not much in reserve.

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So, do you guys even bother riding this stuff with the DR? I'm feeling like I need something in the 250-400cc range for this stuff... and a kick start. The DR just feels like it's too heavy, too big and not enough suspension travel (I bottomed out many times).
Suspension works better once upgraded ... but more seat time is what you really need.

I chose my Off Road riding carefully when riding my near 390lbs DR650. (IMS tank full of fuel) I've been riding dirt bikes for decades but still, the DR is not really a single track weapon. Fine on dirt roads, two track, even Desert sand. But steep, technical single track is not it's strong suit.

Once you do a couple years on a smaller "real" dirt bikes and learn to tackle more technical stuff, then the DR650 gets easier to manage. Seat time and technique always help.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:44 PM   #62728
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sorry guys, i was just feeling down about the experience.

i felt so exhausted and the bike was such a beast on the trail... it's not worth replacing the DR with something else, I just need a trail bike. and then i need a guzzi. then i'll need a street tracker. probably a sport bike........
add a set of 'motard wheels to your dr650; a 'tarded dr650 makes a pretty sweet sport bike...


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Old 04-11-2012, 12:58 PM   #62729
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From memory, on the dr, the battery has nothing to do with the ignition system.
I thought it had its own coil on the stator to power the cdi unit, plus the trigger coil.
So if the battery was stone dead, you could push start the dr just fine.


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I only get 2 seasons out of a battery. When they are marginal, even though they will turn the motor over, they won't fire up. Mine was to the point this spring, that unless I had it on the charger right before I tried starting, it wouldn't start up. New battery, touch the button and it's running. Must need plenty of juice to spin the motor and feed the ignition.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:07 PM   #62730
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From memory, on the dr, the battery has nothing to do with the ignition system.
So if the battery was stone dead, you could push start the dr just fine.
What! Who wants to play Fred Flintstone! Battery=Key part of ignition system!
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