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Old 05-04-2012, 05:29 AM   #63781
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so your KTM400 is geared too low and vibrates too much on the pavement? This too was one of my possible options for a lighter trail bike.
That's weird considering my 450 EXC is geared 1 down in the front and up 5 on the back from stock and I don't even have to shift into 6th until I'm at 70 - 75 MPH.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:00 AM   #63782
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Hi Paul

So on the 1st full tank since I installed your carb, i still only got 36 mpg, all commuting to work at 35-60 mph on city streets and knobby tires. I just dont believe all you people saying you getting 50+ mpg! :(

So not sure what to think now. I will say it seems to be idling quite high. I don't know how to see what RPM its running at though.

Anyway, I guess my problems are continuing. Too bad.

I was getting 45 to 50 mpg when I took it off and I am getting 50 mph with the tm40.
So I do not know what to tell him.
Any Ideas to help Putzy?
It's a long shot. But is the choke lever position correct or more likely the choke cable broken somewhere and not really doing anything when moving it. This is the only other thing I can think of that would be a problem in both cases/carbs. Nibis's point on a bad wheel bearing makes sense, it could also sneak up on someone and kill mileage.

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Old 05-04-2012, 06:46 AM   #63783
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rear shock?

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I'd challenge that theory.
With the proper set-up you can take the DR650 pretty much anywhere.
After getting new internals in the forks and rear shock we had to test it out.
A quick video of a "suspension test"....if you want to call it that
Hey msanna, what rear shock are you testing here? A stock shock with new parts?

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Old 05-04-2012, 06:57 AM   #63784
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I am continuing my quest to lighten the bike a bit so I picked up the Shorai battery and offset that weight saving a little by also getting a decent pair of Tusk Bark Busters.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:01 AM   #63785
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jesse@rvi.net

Hi all,

I've been sending messages to Jesse at Kientech but not getting any reply (as I want to buy the valve tool). Does anyone know if he is out the the shop; public holiday over there in the states??

Oh well, will have to look else where.

thanks

I would call Him and His wife Janet. They are great by phone and will take care of you! From what I hear Not so good by email though. I have spoken with them both and ordered many things from them by phone. They are kind of old school as they are both in their mid late seventies I believe...
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:05 AM   #63786
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I would call Him and His wife Janet. They are great by phone and will take care of you! From what I hear Not so good by email though. I have spoken with them both and ordered many things from them by phone. They are kind of old school as they are both in their mid late seventies I believe...
I agree. I always call them on the phone. Janet knows more about DR's than I do. Half the time when I call, Jesse winds up on the line to make sure I don't have any more questions.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:55 AM   #63787
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What would be a good bag to attach to the rear cargo rack for carrying a change of clothes, a couple bottles of water? Can the stock rack hold say 15 pounds?

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Old 05-04-2012, 08:03 AM   #63788
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What would be a good bag to attach to the rear cargo rack for carrying a change of clothes, a couple bottles of water? Can the stock rack hold say 15 pounds?

NC
I used the Coretech Tailbag on my WR250X/R and it held pants, shirt, shoes, and a couple bottles of Snapple. Seems about the size you're looking for...

As for what the stock rack can hold, I have no idea. My 2012 didn't come with a Tail Rack. I'm still looking for a decent one.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:36 AM   #63789
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Hey msanna, what rear shock are you testing here? A stock shock with new parts?

Thanks, matt
Matt, yes, i had the forks and rear shock rebuilt with new internals from Custom Axis, which is Penske Racing Shocks.
They're 15 minutes from me and I've always used them on my track bikes and was always happy with their work.
http://www.customaxisshocks.com/Home.php
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:02 AM   #63790
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I used the Coretech Tailbag on my WR250X/R and it held pants, shirt, shoes, and a couple bottles of Snapple. Seems about the size you're looking for...

As for what the stock rack can hold, I have no idea. My 2012 didn't come with a Tail Rack. I'm still looking for a decent one.
i like these; strong and unobtrusive; maybe not what you want for rtw fully loaded expeditions, but great for everything else, imo:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/170830652442


i actually found an older model, the same except w/metal mesh between the bars. i paid ~$30 for it used...

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Old 05-04-2012, 09:25 AM   #63791
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Heck, I'd like to know how you are getting 50 with the TM 40? Riding the bike hard I get 40, riding the bike like a wuss I get 40.
So you're saying that your bike can't tell the difference between your hard riding and wuss riding? Hmm wonder why that is? j/k
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:27 AM   #63792
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What would be a good bag to attach to the rear cargo rack for carrying a change of clothes, a couple bottles of water? Can the stock rack hold say 15 pounds?

NC
I also use the Coretech tail bag. Comes with bungie hooks already attatched to the bag. Probably could hold enough clothes for 2-3 days.

I don't know what you call the stock rack, but I don't have any rack on mine. I just lay the bag accross the fender and grab bars. I never weighed all my stuff but I carried that bag full, a tent and a full camel back all strapped down to the back with no problems going accross the TAT. I would say an easy 20-30 lbs.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:52 AM   #63793
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Ogio comes with quick release tie downs attached and expands when necessary. Also has a built in pad in case you don't have a rack. http://www.amazon.com/Ogio-110091-36.../dp/B0035JLODK

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Old 05-04-2012, 10:02 AM   #63794
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I also use the Coretech tail bag. Comes with bungie hooks already attatched to the bag. Probably could hold enough clothes for 2-3 days.

I don't know what you call the stock rack, but I don't have any rack on mine. I just lay the bag accross the fender and grab bars. I never weighed all my stuff but I carried that bag full, a tent and a full camel back all strapped down to the back with no problems going accross the TAT. I would say an easy 20-30 lbs.
+1 Coretech tail bag, no rack, fastened to grab bars. I find that something over the top (Rok straps), to hold the bag down, helps quite a bit. The stock bungee cord set-up only holds the bottom still. The stuff in the bag can sway at will. The stock bungies are dead, almost no elastic action remaining. The bag is a 2004 IIRC

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Old 05-04-2012, 10:09 AM   #63795
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No kidding, I don't think the size of the rotor is that much of the issue. The rotor on my 690 is only 10 mm bigger. Pretty sure it's the rest of the stuff. The Brembo brake on my 690 stops it like a sport bike. Granted, the bike is like 60 lbs lighter and that is going to have an effect on stopping power but I can't help but think the Brembo stuff just works better then the Nissin.
No question the Brembo stuff is better than stock DR items. But the Nissin stuff on the DR is very old spec. Hasn't changed since 1996 (or before?) The Brembo pieces on KTM's are modern and most developed around 2005 or later.

Modern Japanese Moto crossers using Nissin brake systems stop a lot better (even despite much less weight). So an upgrade to a modern system would be an improvement on the DR, whether Brembo or Nissin.
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