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Old 05-05-2012, 11:37 PM   #63856
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Aussie question off topic

Apologies to all not curious in my question, I have no other resource to ask.

Mad Max and even more so Road Warrior are favorite films. I just now finished watching another Australian film, Stone. Terrible film, I recommend you don't waste your time unless you're curious to see a five years younger Toecutter, from Mad Max (his acting ability increased greatly by Mad Max).

For all three films, 95% of the bikes are Kawasaki. The one notable exception is that in Stone, the rival mc gang mainly rode Harleys - I did see one Ducati, so maybe you had to ride a V-twin of some sort to join. The Harley gang got beat up by the Kawasaki gang.

So, for you as-old-as-dirt (that would make you as old as me) Aussies, what was going on in Australia in the mid-seventies to mid-eighties relative to large street motorcycle ownership? Was it 95% Kawasaki? Or did film directors like Kawasaki for some reason? Stone made a big deal of the 900cc Kawasaki which was a relatively new model IIRC.

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Old 05-06-2012, 12:30 AM   #63857
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Lex that would take a long time to write and would be one of those if you are not from around these parts.....

http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2...06/3209753.htm

The Z (zed) 1 was iconic but for the most part commonwealth patched motorcycle (bikies) riders rode British bikes not 'riceburners.


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Old 05-06-2012, 04:18 AM   #63858
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Apologies to all not curious in my question, I have no other resource to ask.


For all three films, 95% of the bikes are Kawasaki. The one notable exception is that in Stone, the rival mc gang mainly rode Harleys - I did see one Ducati, so maybe you had to ride a V-twin of some sort to join. The Harley gang got beat up by the Kawasaki gang.

So, for you as-old-as-dirt (that would make you as old as me) Aussies, what was going on in Australia in the mid-seventies to mid-eighties relative to large street motorcycle ownership? Was it 95% Kawasaki? Or did film directors like Kawasaki for some reason? Stone made a big deal of the 900cc Kawasaki which was a relatively new model IIRC.

Thanks for your insight,
Lex

I just watched this movie myself. I noticed two Harleys, a Panhead and a 45 Flathead and both were choppers. Stone started off riding a Norton then replaced it with the Z1 after he crashed the Norton. The rival gang were mostly on Brit bikes.

I was riding in the US during the 1970's so I can't say what guys were riding in Aus or NZ then other than through "Mad Max" and "Road Warrior". I don't know if Danger Dave is still active on ADV or not but he is in the bike mag biz so he may know some history. I suspect the bikes were an accurate representation of what was being ridden at the time.


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Old 05-06-2012, 04:23 AM   #63859
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:57 AM   #63860
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I was trying to run the left side reserve dry and then see how much was left on the right side. I would check the level each time I stopped, before I placed the bike on the kickstand. A few observations:

1. It looks like Acerbis was right, you don't need a petcock on the right side. The center hump in the rear of the tank is very shallow and allows fuel to transfer to the left side by leaning into a gentle turn. As a matter of fact (and this is the fun part) all you have to do is accelerate to force the fuel to the back of the tank and it will find its way to the left side equal with the right.

2. As a result, the left and right reserves will run dry at about the same time.

3. Be careful of downhill sections when running low on fuel. How do I know? During my reserve range test I got caught by a long red light on a 20% down grade. The fuel ran to the front lobes of the tank and starved the petcocks. When the light turned green I gassed it and came to a humiliating stop in the very center of a six lane intersection. As I struggled to get fuel back to the float bowl, I ran the battery down with all the cranking. After pushing it to the side of the road (nothing like playing real life frogger) and sitting for a few minutes letting the battery build back up again, it fired right up and I motored back across the road to the gas station and filled up (5.17 gal). If I had been on level ground I believe the tank would have fed virtually every ounce of fuel.
I agree, no need for the second petcock. I ran mine down to I'm guessing about .2 gallon. Never had to lean the bike over. Put 5.1 gallons at the pump.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:18 AM   #63861
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I have a 34" inseam, I can't flat foot my DR650! But, its far from stock...

I like the Strom's, I kinda lean to the 1000 though. Slightly better all around. I don't view it as anything more than a dirt road bike though. As a big guy, I liked the mild power of the DL1000. I may go that route some day, I miss having a large V-Twin DS style bike. I sold my KTM 950 ADV after I got the DR650. That sucker was tall, over 37" with the custom saddle. The Strom is more street biased, I like the idea of having one for mostly pavement trips where I camp off forestry roads. Although I do have many dirt miles on a large ST bikes looking for good primitive camp spots... I've had my FJR coverd in mud a few times...
interesting - i have no problem flat-footing when on stock dr650's. and my daughter, who is 5'-5", has no problem flat-footing on my dr, tho it is a little lower, due solely to sm wheels/tires. so much for specs, which say the seat height of the dr650 is 1" taller than the dl1000. mebbe the dl1000 i rode was set up differently?

street-oriented is best for me, as i will rarely (if ever?) go off-road - dirt/gravel roads are all i am interested in, that's not paved. even my buell s2 and my ducati darmah are fine on dirt & gravel.

while i really liked riding the strom, and could see riding one across country, cuz it's so comfy, i can't help but wonder how a similarly set-up and powerful bike would feel, that's ~30lbs lighter. thus the desire to check out an air-cooled multistrada... the newer watercooled 'stradas are even lighter, and more powerful, but kinda pricey,and i like the simplicity of the duc air-cooled engines..

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:19 AM   #63862
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Hi I just got an 09 dr650 about a month ago. It had 300 miles when i bought it and I put about 300 more miles on it. Today after a ride I got back and noticed what looked like cracks on the engine. I'm hoping its just the paint but i have my doubts. What do you think? Have you ever seen anything like this? The majority of the riding i did with it so far has been on the hwy if that matters.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:22 AM   #63863
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interesting - i have no problem flat-footing when on stock dr650's. and my daughter, who is 5'-5", has no problem flat-footing on my dr, tho it is a little lower, due solely to sm wheels/tires. so much for specs, which say the seat height of the dr650 is 1" taller than the dl1000. mebbe the dl1000 i rode was set up differently?

street-oriented is best for me, as i will rarely (if ever?) go off-road - dirt/gravel roads are all i am interested in, that's not paved. even my buell s2 and my ducati darmah are fine on dirt & gravel.

while i really liked riding the strom, and could see riding one across country, cuz it's so comfy, i can't help but wonder how a similarly set-up and powerful bike would feel, that's ~30lbs lighter. thus the desire to check out an air-cooled multistrada... the newer watercooled 'stradas are even lighter, and more powerful, but kinda pricey,and i like the simplicity of the duc air-cooled engines..

doug s.
My DR650 is fairly tall due to the saddle and heavy springs. I only flat foot it when hauling camping gear.

I would like to try out a Triumph DS.

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #63864
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Hi I just got an 09 dr650 about a month ago. It had 300 miles when i bought it and I put about 300 more miles on it. Today after a ride I got back and noticed what looked like cracks on the engine. I'm hoping its just the paint but i have my doubts. What do you think? Have you ever seen anything like this? The majority of the riding i did with it so far has been on the hwy if that matters.

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It's just the paint that cracks. Your bike is okay mechanically. It seems to be a very common issue amongst DR650 engines that the paint cracks like that.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:40 AM   #63865
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Hi I just got an 09 dr650 about a month ago. It had 300 miles when i bought it and I put about 300 more miles on it. Today after a ride I got back and noticed what looked like cracks on the engine. I'm hoping its just the paint but i have my doubts. What do you think? Have you ever seen anything like this? The majority of the riding i did with it so far has been on the hwy if that matters.

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:45 AM   #63866
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I got back and noticed what looked like cracks on the engine.
Those are shrinkage marks from the casting process. Perfectly common and normal on many cast aluminum parts. Look at any other bike (not just DR650s) and you'll see the same thing.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:24 AM   #63867
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Those are shrinkage marks from the casting process. Perfectly common and normal on many cast aluminum parts. Look at any other bike (not just DR650s) and you'll see the same thing.
Ok. Thanks guys. What a relief! I thought may have bought a lemon or something.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:24 AM   #63868
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Exhaust pipe cover...Washer Question!

So quick question coming from a lady!?!?! Boyfriend is away for the weekend and i just ordered drz250 tail light and the exh pipe cover and of course im putting them on myself because i can't wait!

Succeeded in the tail light its all set. But the exhaust cover there is a screw then washer then the layer of the 2 covers then the gasket. Now i ordered from bikebandit.com and they sent me a screw with washer attached (instead of just the washer) but they do not separate and that screw is too long! She said that they discontinued the washer?!?!

so its sunday (dealers are closed to call) and of course i'm being impatient and want to put this on today. I have the washer size (6.5x13x1) can i just run to home depot and pick up this washer..does it need to be stainless steel or any other specific. Boyfriends not around to ask this silly question so i thought someone on here might be able to help!

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Old 05-06-2012, 10:41 AM   #63869
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So quick question coming from a lady!?!?! Boyfriend is away for the weekend and i just ordered drz250 tail light and the exh pipe cover and of course im putting them on myself because i can't wait!

Succeeded in the tail light its all set. But the exhaust cover there is a screw then washer then the layer of the 2 covers then the gasket. Now i ordered from bikebandit.com and they sent me a screw with washer attached (instead of just the washer) but they do not separate and that screw is too long! She said that they discontinued the washer?!?!

so its sunday (dealers are closed to call) and of course i'm being impatient and want to put this on today. I have the washer size (6.5x13x1) can i just run to home depot and pick up this washer..does it need to be stainless steel or any other specific. Boyfriends not around to ask this silly question so i thought someone on here might be able to help!

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it doesn't need to be stainless, but i would certainly get stainless if awailable...

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Old 05-06-2012, 11:25 AM   #63870
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First Week with the 790 Kit

It runs really, really well. The power is incredible even with a bike with stock exhaust (have procycles dynojet kit and opened airbox). Also have Procycles Kibblewhite valves and seats and had the machine shop open the head up a little bit to accommodate them. (Not a full porting as it was too much $). The only other thing that isn't stock are the bearings replaced while I was in there fixing that chinese input shaft bearing. I used SKF bearings all around.



I used motoman's break-in recommendations.



I've got the mixture dialed in pretty good, but I'm going to try one more jet today just to make sure. My gut says it may be just a tad rich, but I could be wrong.



The power is breathtaking for an over grown dirt bike. I'd call it a mutant dirt bike at this point, or maybe a whomper instead of a thumper. It goes like hell. But it's also really nice to be able to cruise along at highway speeds with the throttle cracked just a little bit open.



Mileage is about 40mpg at the moment, but the motor is still tight and I'm fiddling with the mixture. I'll post updates when I get it all dialed in. I won't be able to put synthetic oil back in for another couple of weeks and that'll make a difference as well.



In short, if you have the wherewithal get the kit and install it, do it. Having a steel sleeve in your cylinder means restful sleep for me as I didn't know this bike only had nickle cladding in an aluminum jug when I bought it.



And it's really nice to know you can get away from some twit who insists on tailgating you at 85mph on the highway. It's also a lot of fun feeling like you've been shot out of a cannon.
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