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Old 09-17-2012, 11:22 AM   #69196
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I always find it easier in a higher gear, less torque to the rear wheel.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:24 AM   #69197
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1996:
Ok looking at the frame I would have to say it's a 95'. It looks like the 96' has square tubes on the frame. I checked the title and it says 95' se.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:40 AM   #69198
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The mistake I made was trying my uncles Kawasaki Versys. That bike turns so much easier on the tar. Probably much like a WeeStrom would. The DR is fine as a street bike but doesn't turn in the twisties like a "real" streetbike will. I am not a street rider at all. I have never done a ride like this before.

If I was ever to do a ride like this again I would want a WeeStrom or something more street oriented than my DR.
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Welcome back Russ. When I was out west a couple of weeks ago, I was wishing I was on my DR650 on a particularly long (over 80 miles) set of twisties, instead of the 600lb+ pig I was on. While the GPZ was great on the long boring stretches of road, the DR650 is my weapon of choice when things get really twisty. Sounds like you had fun.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:48 AM   #69199
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It's a bushing that fits in that idler gear between the main crank gear and starter gear... assembly.
So I'm still pretty noob at this. Is that the one with like 5 rows of teeth, or is it the one that only has one row of teeth?
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:53 AM   #69200
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I hope people don't hate me too much for posting this... but how OFTEN do you change the oil in your DR? I don't care to start a, "what oil is best" debate; I already have a brand that I use and I will stick with it (all I will say is that it's synthetic)... but how often, as in miles, do you tend to go?

I've been going 2000 miles per change, given that the motor is air-cooled and only holds two quarts. I wonder if this is about right, or if it can go longer, especially on synthetic? I just happened to look at the odometer today (I'm at 24,035 miles) and I checked my oil change log, and last time was 22,235. So I either will go to 24,500, or maybe round it up to 25k because I like even numbers.

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:08 PM   #69201
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I hope people don't hate me too much for posting this... but how OFTEN do you change the oil in your DR? I don't care to start a, "what oil is best" debate; I already have a brand that I use and I will stick with it (all I will say is that it's synthetic)... but how often, as in miles, do you tend to go?

I've been going 2000 miles per change, given that the motor is air-cooled and only holds two quarts. I wonder if this is about right, or if it can go longer, especially on synthetic? I just happened to look at the odometer today (I'm at 24,035 miles) and I checked my oil change log, and last time was 22,235. So I either will go to 24,500, or maybe round it up to 25k because I like even numbers.

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:09 PM   #69202
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I hope people don't hate me too much for posting this... but how OFTEN do you change the oil in your DR?
I don't change the oil unless I've gone at least 3000 miles but try to get it done before I hit 4000 miles.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:23 PM   #69203
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I don't change the oil unless I've gone at least 3000 miles but try to get it done before I hit 4000 miles.
are you running full synthetic?

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:30 PM   #69204
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are you running full synthetic?
I use full synthetic when I know I'm going to be running it hard in hot weather and conventional oil the rest of the time. I don't extend the change interval when using synthetic because I believe you still have to get the crud suspended in the oil out of the motor.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:33 PM   #69205
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Welcome back Russ. When I was out west a couple of weeks ago, I was wishing I was on my DR650 on a particularly long (over 80 miles) set of twisties, instead of the 600lb+ pig I was on. While the GPZ was great on the long boring stretches of road, the DR650 is my weapon of choice when things get really twisty. Sounds like you had fun.
It was fine in the twisties, it was the long slab rides on the interstate that made me want something else really. Maybe a motard set up would've turned better. The Dragon was really fun on my DR. Kind of like the Hammer Run in So. Jersey, 'cept on tar.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:41 PM   #69206
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I hope people don't hate me too much for posting this... but how OFTEN do you change the oil in your DR? I don't care to start a, "what oil is best" debate; I already have a brand that I use and I will stick with it (all I will say is that it's synthetic)... but how often, as in miles, do you tend to go?

I've been going 2000 miles per change, given that the motor is air-cooled and only holds two quarts. I wonder if this is about right, or if it can go longer, especially on synthetic? I just happened to look at the odometer today (I'm at 24,035 miles) and I checked my oil change log, and last time was 22,235. So I either will go to 24,500, or maybe round it up to 25k because I like even numbers.

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:51 PM   #69207
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I want a DR650. MrsDonkeys wants a dual-sport that we can both ride. Not 2 up, but both pilot. The problem is that she is 5'1" tall.
Seat height is not the only relevant metric one needs to consider; the width of the seat, as well as the weight of the bike (both overall weight and distribution) are equally important.

A wider seat will make it more difficult for your feet to reach the ground, so a wider bike will seem taller than a narrower bike with the same seat height.

A heavier bike, or a bike that is top heavy, will seem a lot more unstable when stationary, necessitating a more upright bike position in order to prevent tip-overs, which translates to a bike that is more difficult to handle.

For instance, I have a 30" inseam and I am much more comfortable on my KTM 200 with a seat height of 37" than I am on the DR with a stock seat height of 35".

Or, for a more extreme comparison, measure the seat height on your bicycle; you'll be surprised at how tall it is (mine is 38"), yet you have no problem controlling it.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:39 PM   #69208
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The XT is on the shopping list as well, however, at 31.9", it isn't much shorter than the 33" of the DR650. The DR adds the advantage of highway speeds and long distance comfort.

I truly don't know the importance of ground clearance because I've never owned anything with any sort of ground clearance. I (we) have a tendency to just bash the hell out of whatever we have. The rails of my Bonnie have seen more action than my Jeep. Hence the dive into a possible dual-sport. We don't off-road hardcore, but once we turn down a road, we're riding it until complete, no matter what it looks like.
Having actually ridden a DR650 lowered to about 30" or 31" height, I can assure you ... ground clearance is still not bad. You WILL have to shorten the side stand (as mentioned) but even at 30" its capable of mild sporty riding and decent lean angle.

The woman who bought this particular DR ended up keeping it for at least several years. She seemed to do fine and we never heard of any handling problems when she brought the bike in for periodic service.

I've also ridden (a long distance) a XT225 Serow. I am not a fan of this bike. Power is truly pathetic. The DR650 trumps it in every way I can think of ... except picking it up from the ground.

Good luck!
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:44 PM   #69209
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So I'm still pretty noob at this. Is that the one with like 5 rows of teeth, or is it the one that only has one row of teeth?
Probably #3. Since you nicked the gasket surface, you could use an RTV sealant when you reassemble, for insurance.

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Old 09-17-2012, 02:06 PM   #69210
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Once again, exactly what I needed. Thanks! I've still got some clear high temp RTV sealant that I used to seal up the leaky base gasket area. Oddly enough, I've also used it to fix a hookah, but that's a whole other thing.

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Probably #3. Since you nicked the gasket surface, you could use an RTV sealant when you reassemble, for insurance.

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