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Old 05-20-2013, 02:20 PM   #76831
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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!
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:43 PM   #76832
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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, 04:14 PM   #76833
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Long live the mighty DR!
Amen to that!
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:54 PM   #76834
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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, 05:11 PM   #76835
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:25 PM   #76836
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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!


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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, 05:56 PM   #76837
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Inside the stock muffler

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


More pics and info can be found here at DRRiders
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:17 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.

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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Old 05-20-2013, 06:38 PM   #76839
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I took an old stock muffler to the band saw. Here's the inside view:


More pics and info can be found here at DRRiders
Thanks for taking the time to cut, photo and draw.

You could put that and the DRRiders link in the DR650 Index so it doesn't get lost forever.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=636381
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:29 PM   #76840
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Thumb CS seal retainer

In case you haven't noticed, Procycle is now selling the genuine Suzuki DR650 counter shaft seal retainer.

I don't think losing a seal is at all common, but one of my DR's came to me with a very leaky seal (drip-drip-drip...) that had been glued in badly.

Leaking isn't a drastic problem but if the seal pops out while you are riding... you probably will not know it and it will not take very long to lose all the oil and then have your engine seize up. A locked up rear wheel that will probably be covered with oil will certainly ruin your day.
And then a total engine rebuild that will cost big money.

I am installing the seal retainer on my other DR (that does NOT leak a drop) also just for safety insurance.

I destroyed a car engine once by losing oil and not knowing it...

Thanks Jeff for adding the retainer to your stock!
Even though you already had a nice custom piece.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:53 PM   #76841
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Thanks Jeff for adding the retainer to your stock!
Even though you already had a nice custom piece.
Now that Suzuki has a solution there's no reason for us to make our own. That is until Suzuki runs out and they go on terminal back order (that might already be the case). When Suzuki runs out we can always make more of our own.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:02 PM   #76842
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Are they both equally effective Jeff?

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:07 PM   #76843
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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!
Only one bike. I'd probably just end my life.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #76844
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Are they both equally effective Jeff?

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Sure, it just has to stop the seal from being pushed out.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:29 PM   #76845
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Hey guys! First post here, was waiting for this moment: just came home with a 2003 DR650 with 8,000 miles on it. I'm upgrading from a KLR 250 that I rode for three years, felt it was time for an upgrade!



I've been reading this thread on and off for a few months now, it's a great resource and sold me on a DR650. I was first looking into a DRZ400, but then found out the larger-displacement dual-sports fit my riding needs more. Technically a KLR 650 would have been 'better' but I love the look and mechanical simplicity of the DR too much to pass up.

There's a massive list of maintenance the PO seemed to disregard, including proper rear wheel alignment... but to my pleasure I think the base gasket is the newer metallic one since I see tabs sticking out!

It has an aftermarket exhaust but he gave me the stock one... I think I may put the stock one on and see how that feels, might be easier to hear if there's the proper jetting. No idea if any jetting mods were made but there's also a K&N filter... I wonder if I'm running a bit too lean now.

Anyways the bike so far rides like a dream though; it's unbelievable what I've been missing.
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