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Old 07-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #66946
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Here's what I did with similar logic, although no normal pillion need, she's got her own dirt bike, or drives the 4wd in support, or I'm solo. My pipe is similar to stock in noise, definitely quiter than the GSXR 040 option and all works great. And with stainless wool, yet to need repacking after over 30,000 kms.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=646076

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So you are running the Staintune full system with the quiet insert? I had heard from others here that that system was similar in noise to other straight thru systems. The evaluations that I have seen were, very pretty, but very $$$$$, and loud.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #66947
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Hello Everyone,

I've been trolling this site for a while and learning a lot. Lots of inspirational ride reports and great information that probably can't be found anywhere else. I currently do not own a motorcycle but am looking to buy one soon. I have a motorcycle license and have taken the Motorcycle safety course. I'm 37 years old, 6 feet 215 lbs with 32 inseam.

Seems like the DR650 is ok for a first bike from what I've read. I came across one in a town about 3.5 hours from my house which is a 2007 DR650SE with 768 miles on it. It is woman owned (supposedly) with clear title. The lady told me that the bike fell over and may have hit a rock so there is a small dent on the gas tank. She also said that the kickstand has a bit of rust. The bike was garage kept early on but is currently covered at an apartment complex (the owners are military I believe).

She was asking $3200 for the bike and already willing to go down to $3100. So I guess I am asking for help from the experts on here on what to look for. I am going to make the trip on Saturday morning to check it out. She said the bike was checked by a mechanic and there is just normal wear and tear on the bike. I asked her if the bike produces any smoke -- she said that all dual sports produce exhaust/smoke. I then asked if it was producing any black smoke and she said no. She said there are no leaks or anything like that.

Is this a good price for the bike? I can try and figure out how to attach some pics that she sent me. Any advice from you guys would greatly be appreciated.

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I paid more than $3100 for my 01, so that doesn't seem like an awful price. Like the other guy says, if the thing starts up and she can demo it running, I'd grab it. I wouldn't hesitate to ask how come it only got <1000 miles after five years. It seems like just pushing it up and down my driveway once a day for five years would total more than 768. As for it being a first bike...I've always been one of the "start on a 250 if you've never ridden before" people. This thing isn't crotch rocket fast, but you can get yourself into some trouble with a quickness if you are hamfisted with the throttle. Ride safe, and have fun.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:58 PM   #66948
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This thing isn't crotch rocket fast, but you can get yourself into some trouble with a quickness if you are hamfisted with the throttle. Ride safe, and have fun.
Hopefully it's completely stock, so you can start futzing with the performance mods as you grow accustomed to it. Mine will pretty easily lift the front end in first and second just by rolling on the throttle, and it's only got the airbox mod, an FMF exhaust, and re-jetting.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:02 PM   #66949
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None of mine smoke, so I'm kinda confused as to what she's talking about. Now 2-strokes are a different story...

Don't worry about the stock tank. You'll want to replace that with a larger capacity aftermarket version almost immediately.

For an '07 with so little mileage on it, I'd be inclined to snap it up if it starts and runs okay. Mine's an '07 and it's pretty much the greatest thing since bacon. Of course, a lot depends on your willingness and ability to perform basic mechanical tasks. It may need a seal or a gasket here or there from sitting idle but with basic tools and a service manual, any reasonably competent DIY'er can find their way around a DR.

I updated my profile guys.. im in fairfax, va about 22 miles or so from the white house. Although the area i live in is pretty congested, there are some nice country roads nearby, skyline drive and some major national parks that have riding trails as well....

The thing with the exhaust/smoke concerns me.. should there be any visible exhaust coming out of the bike?... i dont mind doing any minor maintenance work, i've done tune ups, oil changes and changed brake pads on my car... anything else i should be looking for? what do you guys think of the price? I would think 768 miles on a 2007 DR650 is literally nothing for this type of bike..

Thanks again for the help..
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:11 PM   #66950
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I paid more than $3100 for my 01, so that doesn't seem like an awful price. Like the other guy says, if the thing starts up and she can demo it running, I'd grab it. I wouldn't hesitate to ask how come it only got <1000 miles after five years. It seems like just pushing it up and down my driveway once a day for five years would total more than 768. As for it being a first bike...I've always been one of the "start on a 250 if you've never ridden before" people. This thing isn't crotch rocket fast, but you can get yourself into some trouble with a quickness if you are hamfisted with the throttle. Ride safe, and have fun.
Thanks for the advice, the couple is military and they said they were deployed that's why the bike has low mileage on it.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:13 PM   #66951
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unusual chain wear

On a recent long ride (5K miles) while checking chain slack I noticed that small flats are appearing on the outside of my chain links as if something is contacting the chain. Well, since I was about to travel a few thousand more miles I decided to replace the chain. It had about 12K miles and was showing some stretch but was under the limit. The new chain now has about 4K miles and I'm seeing the same wear again.

Here is what I'm seeing.



Flat spots are bigger on the left side plates.



I'm running a 16T in front and there seems to be lots of outside clearance.



Plenty of clearance here.



Top roller is gone and bottom roller replaced with ball bearing type, it rolls freely.



Could this be normal wear from dirt abrasion as it contacts the roller and lower chain guide?

Anybody else have this kind of wear?

Should I stop worrying?
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:32 PM   #66952
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It's rubbing metal to metal somewhere. However, I had a few bikes do that and it didn't matter to me...however, they were off road bikes with short chain lives anyway.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:41 PM   #66953
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So I just went up and checked my chain on both the 350 and 650 both with around 5 thousands miles...no wear. Hmmm....
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:44 PM   #66954
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Whatever it is, mine's in about the same shape. It looks consistent though, both in terms of link to link wear and it's evenly spread along the length of the chain.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:04 PM   #66955
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So you are running the Staintune full system with the quiet insert? I had heard from others here that that system was similar in noise to other straight thru systems. The evaluations that I have seen were, very pretty, but very $$$$$, and loud.
No, a Megacyle muffler with 'tea strainer' end cap fitted and FMF pb header.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:06 PM   #66956
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No, a Megacyle muffler with 'tea strainer' end cap fitted and FMF pb header.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:32 PM   #66957
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Clutch slipping?

Ok fellas- riddle me this:

I am always very heavy on the throttle and run high speeds. Towards the end of today's ride, I was passing a guy and I was going about 70mph in 5th gear. It was at that time I felt the rpm's revving higher, but without the acceleration that should accompany the twisted throttle. I wasn't sure if I perceived it right and tried to duplicate it as I went my way down the road. It still pulled strong in the lower gears, but in 5th (and i think 4th) if I really gunned it, I could feel the same thing, higher revving rpm's without the usual corresponding accelleration. I mean, it went faster, but it felt like something was slipping under hard throttle.

I dont think its the TM40 as its new, fixed, and sounds/feels smooth and sorted.
My chain is still good and sprockets nice and pointy and proper.
Clutch cable is adjusted
No other corresponding symptoms.
Shes a '98 with about 15k miles
Petrol was 87 octane, and from our huge tank on our land, so I dont think bad gas is an issue- ive used it before.


Any ideas, gentlemen?
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:38 PM   #66958
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Classic case of "slipping clutch". Sometimes caused by running the wrong engine oil, other times by having burned it out by overheating it.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:41 PM   #66959
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Did you switch oils recently?
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:43 PM   #66960
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Oh the "wrong" engine oil? I guess I have the right engine oil.

Anyway, sounds like your clutch plates are worn or your clutch springs aren't as spry as they used to be.
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