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Old 05-20-2013, 06:31 AM   #76831
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skidplate

Just a word of caution...

If your bike ever sees any time offroad where there's rocks...I'd suggest using a skidplate that uses the rear factory mounts. The smaller ones that use clamps that can come into contact with the bottom of the engine and cause major damage. I had a rock that dented the bottom of the cheap skidplate so much that it hit the oil drain bold and busted the case. The clamp also hit the case and knocked a nickle sized hole out of it at the same time.




On my new bike, I have a Pat Walsh Designs plate that bolts to the frame using rubber dampers. I also had Kirk (as in Rookie wanna-be weldor thread...and now Kirk's Pannier thread) weld additional armor to the plate to ensure it will not bend in the event of another wicked hit.




After what I went through with my engine getting damaged, I wish I had spent more when I bought the first skidplate: $79 Ricochet plate from Rocky Mountain Atv. If you ride in the rocks, buy the best skidplate you can afford. Busting your case sucks
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:38 AM   #76832
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I feel your pain phreakingeek. I didn't house the case, but I did manage to destroy my Ricochet skidplate as well. I now use the Baja designs that mounts to the frame at the rear. You did remind me that I want to add some rubber dampers though. I get a bit of engine noise reflected off the plate and it buzzes sometimes.

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Old 05-20-2013, 06:41 AM   #76833
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Hey,

After a spill from no speed and a couple of days of sitting still, my DR is having problems starting - the battery seems as it is always empty, when it has sat for more than 30 minutes. Before that it started no problem from anything, but now the starter engine works reaaaaal slooooow, and the neutral light dies out every time it tries. Sounds like a dead battery, but it just surprised me, it being so sudden.

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:08 AM   #76834
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Hey,

After a spill from no speed and a couple of days of sitting still, my DR is having problems starting - the battery seems as it is always empty, when it has sat for more than 30 minutes. Before that it started no problem from anything, but now the starter engine works reaaaaal slooooow, and the neutral light dies out every time it tries. Sounds like a dead battery, but it just surprised me, it being so sudden.

Cheers,

Chris
Battery connections good and tight?
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:45 AM   #76835
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Battery connections good and tight?
I thought of that too, and will check today, but the weird thing is it starts in a millisecond when it has been running
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:40 AM   #76836
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replace the battery..........dead cell
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:57 PM   #76837
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is it wet battery? probably lost some acid
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:20 PM   #76838
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Last year, on several occasions, I said "If I could only have one bike it would be the DR.". Well, it has come to pass. The BMW just left on a trailer. I'm a bit sentimental about it but its the only bike that I've cried about since our BSA Rocket III left.

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Old 05-20-2013, 03:43 PM   #76839
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Just changed out my cush rubbers today......WOW! It's like I have a brand new bike. I got the bike (1996 'cause purple is faster!) about a year ago with 16,000 miles, and apparently still the original cush rubbers. I did 8,000+ miles cruising around the US last summer, plus lots of local riding. It's now at 28,000 and I can't believe the difference! Shifts are much smoother, so is deceleration, I didn't realize how much slop was in the hub! I had to use some spray silicone to get the hub back together enough to fit in the swing arm since the new rubbers were so tight. I'm a believer now, if your drive feels sloppy at all, change those babies out!


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Old 05-20-2013, 05:14 PM   #76840
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Long live the mighty DR!
Amen to that!
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:54 PM   #76841
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Thanks for the bash plate reminder. I witnessed one of those oil draining - tow your bike back to a road we can get a truck to - adventures. Been putting it off.

Ordered the PWD today.

Tuckers - yup. I think I've done 7 DR's NSU's. 3 family & the rest for ridin' buddies. Sounds like you have one down, 1 to go.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:11 PM   #76842
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Yes, one to go. Better get right on it
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:25 PM   #76843
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Just changed out my cush rubbers today......WOW! It's like I have a brand new bike. I got the bike about a year ago with 16,000 miles, and apparently still the original cush rubbers. I did 8,000+ miles cruising around the US last summer, plus lots of local riding. It's now at 28,000 and I can't believe the difference! Shifts are much smoother, so is deceleration, I didn't realize how much slop was in the hub! I had to use some spray silicone to get the hub back together enough to fit in the swing arm since the new rubbers were so tight. I'm a believer now, if your drive feels sloppy at all, change those babies out!


Tim
Good reminder, I'll be putting mine in when my new wheel bearings get here (this week).

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Old 05-20-2013, 06:56 PM   #76844
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Inside the stock muffler

I took an old stock muffler to the band saw. Here's the inside view:


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Old 05-20-2013, 07:17 PM   #76845
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Last year, on several occasions, I said "If I could only have one bike it would be the DR.". Well, it has come to pass. The BMW just left on a trailer. I'm a bit sentimental about it but its the only bike that I've cried about since our BSA Rocket III left.

Long live the mighty DR!
Yup. I did the excact same thing. I just really enjoy the DR. Found myself reaching for the DR everytime and the GSA was being shunned.

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