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Old 09-21-2012, 05:46 AM   #69331
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Meat clubs for hands

I don't think, I have overtly gargantuan sized hands but I'm struggling with comfort on my 2012 DR650. I always wear gloves, in summer I wear mechanics gloves and for winter I have a nice thick pair of snowmobile gloves. The bars on the DR are just a bit narrow so I'm looking to replace them. As I collect parts I also want to find the right size and fit had grips.

In the my summer gloves the palms of my hands hangover the outer bead of the grip a 1/4 to 1/2 inch, even when I keep my hands right up against the inner bead. This is very pronounced in my winter garb. The grips also tend to be skinny. This is to say my fingers wrap around the grip and nearly touch my wrists. I'm only 5'10 230lbs so I'm not unusually big, although; I do have long gorilla arms. I can't be the only person with similar problem.

Can someone recommend a wider thicker grip that will allow me to tackle obstacles while knowing I have firm grasp of the handlebars?

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Old 09-21-2012, 06:06 AM   #69332
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Among the standard pliers and screwdrivers, I carry tire repair stuff. I have a small bicycle pump, tire Irons and a patch kit. Also on my front fender in a tool bag made for that spot I carry a 21" tube and a small set of jumper cables that came from Aerostitch. The DR is the first and only bike I ever owned that doesn't have a kickstarter. Scares me to death. I've never needed them for myself, but have helped several others. (how old is the battery on this bike you are buying?)
The big DR push-starts easily enough.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:07 AM   #69333
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The big DR push-starts easily enough.
Not in the woods. I realize though that he is not doing any trails on his way home, but those are the things I don't leave home without.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:38 AM   #69334
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i SHOULD know this but I am not confident: I'm thinking of buying a late model, sell the older one [sshhhhhh... don't tell 'er]. I recall that at some point, like maybe 2009, the third gear part was changed, and then we've had several discussions about the subtle change to the NSU fasteners, but in the States what year wuz that ??? Bottom line, what model year incorporated the last useful change?
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:04 AM   #69335
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Weight is your enemy off road, why not put a 790 kit on a DR and have a light weight powerfull bike $680, that's what I plan.
I'm going to either way. The 790 will likely happen before the 800XC, as it will likely be sometime in mid 2013 before I might have any chance of having the money for one.

I also need to do the 351 kit in my KLX250S... in fact, it needs it far worse than my DR needs the 790. The DR, in stock form, at least has torque. The KLX has none. :)

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:05 AM   #69336
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Among the standard pliers and screwdrivers, I carry tire repair stuff. I have a small bicycle pump, tire Irons and a patch kit. Also on my front fender in a tool bag made for that spot I carry a 21" tube and a small set of jumper cables that came from Aerostitch. The DR is the first and only bike I ever owned that doesn't have a kickstarter. Scares me to death. I've never needed them for myself, but have helped several others. (how old is the battery on this bike you are buying?)
It's a newer battery. The bike was driven daily by the previous owner. While I haven't tried it with the DR650, it's not very difficult to bumpstart (rollstart) a 450 so I wouldn't think doing the same to a 650 would be impossible. I had him mount up a brand new distanzia with a HD tube for the front and the rear is under a year old. Random mishaps do occur though I suppose. I plan on doing a lot longer/semi-permanent trip on it next spring and will definitely have a full tire repair kit with me then. A small bicycle pump sounds like a good idea for this return trip though.

I guess I was more asking for that special, handy tool that only an experienced DR650 rider doesn't leave home without. From what I've gathered the DR seems very straightforward, but without actually spending time on breaking down one it's hard for me to feel 100% prepared.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:04 AM   #69337
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I briefly searched the forum and google for this with no success, so here it goes:

I just recently purchased a DR650 down in Orlando, FL. I will be doing a fly and ride to bring it home to Southern Wisconsin next weekend. I hope I won't need any tools for my trip home, but I tend to not leave the house with some kind of tool set to help me get through a bind. Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of 1-on-1 time with a DR650 before buying this one so I'm not very familiar with the "tools you don't leave home without." Obviously I'm aware of the basic 10mm wrench and socket, but to help me out... what tools do all of you never leave home without?

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you may want to seriously consider bringing a better seat along (12mm wrench). for some of us, the factory seat is a real torture rack.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:24 AM   #69338
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you may want to seriously consider bringing a better seat along (12mm wrench). for some of us, the factory seat is a real torture rack.
I've read that about the stock seat in countless places. Luckily the one I bought has a custom seat already installed. According to the previous owner it's remarkably comfortable. Lets just hope his ass isn't made of steal because the stock seat on my GSF400 makes my ass numb after a good 3 hours of riding. It wouldn't be a pretty site to be doing the "trade-off" ass cheek maneuver for 20+ hours.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:43 AM   #69339
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If need be, you can always pick up one of those Stearns ATV seat pads at the first Walmart you come to.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:55 AM   #69340
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I've read that about the stock seat in countless places. Luckily the one I bought has a custom seat already installed. According to the previous owner it's remarkably comfortable. Lets just hope his ass isn't made of steal because the stock seat on my GSF400 makes my ass numb after a good 3 hours of riding. It wouldn't be a pretty site to be doing the "trade-off" ass cheek maneuver for 20+ hours.
I wish my stocker made my ass numb. Nah, it's more along the lines of a pain that continues on for a few days after putting the bike away.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:41 AM   #69341
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i SHOULD know this but I am not confident: I'm thinking of buying a late model, sell the older one [sshhhhhh... don't tell 'er]. I recall that at some point, like maybe 2009, the third gear part was changed, and then we've had several discussions about the subtle change to the NSU fasteners, but in the States what year wuz that ??? Bottom line, what model year incorporated the last useful change?
From memory - 2006 on the 3rd gear part number change. NSU's went to a hex head (Allen Head) screw but still have been found loose.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:47 AM   #69342
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From memory - 2006 on the 3rd gear part number change.
Yes, a new part number but there's no evidence of any update or improvement in the gear.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:02 PM   #69343
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Laugh

hmmm... so roll the dice, eh
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:06 PM   #69344
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Except put any weight on the XR and the subframe fails, and the 690, bad vibrations, and anyone like lots of and hard maintance? Get a DR and put a 790 kit it, it will blow the rest away.
My DR subframe failed on my last trip. I'd say that makes em comparable.

As for the 690, you have no clue what you're talking about.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:14 PM   #69345
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The big DR push-starts easily enough.
you must be joking
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