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Old 07-07-2013, 02:36 PM   #78436
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Anyone notice Nordie Boy has been banned? Anyone have any idea why?
Sure, he's a wise ass ... but come on mods. He's one of the most knowledgeable and experienced DR guys that's ever showed up here.
Give me a frickin' break!

I hope he makes it back!
I now don't know how I've never been banned. I'm at a loss.
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:48 PM   #78437
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In my case this is true. I chose to give up summers in Minnesota and winters in northern Florida, and a much higher income level, to fry my ass in the beauty of the west. But, I only have my sorry self to consider. An unwell parent, or children in school, for example, can make a move about impossible.
I'm happy for flatlanders who can visit the west and return home with great memories and I cut them extra slack when they drive 20mph below the speed limit on twisty canyon roads (as long as they don't freak when I pass them on the double yellow).
When I got laid off in Chicago, a job opportunity presented itself in central Florida, where almost all of my family now lives. None of them ride, but I get to see my nieces and nephews grow up. I get to see my siblings regularly. I get to see my dad and stepmom enjoying their retirement. I get to see aunts and uncles and several cousins regularly. If family wasn't so populated around here, I'd have likely gone west again. Other than family, the ocean, the gun-friendly S-Y-G politics, and some of the local riders, I'm not liking Florida much. It's hot and humid summer like 50 weeks/year around here, and it's several hours of travel to see much of anything very different.

I don't ride or drive 20 below the limit in hilly areas (I've lived in snow-covered hills), but I'd be pissed if you passed me on a double-yellow and ended up running into me to avoid an RV in the oncoming lane. I've seen plenty of locals and non-locals who can't/don't keep it in their own lane when they should.

The DR, BTW, seems to be a good bike for down here. It handles the heat well. It handles the tight sand better than a 400lb+ adv-moto or a torqueless light-weight revver. It seems happy to make the slab runs at 65MPH+ when there are no other legal and obvious routes to get someplace (like Orlando). I can also stand it up and/or haul it out by myself when I dump it in the soft stuff.

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Old 07-07-2013, 02:53 PM   #78438
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For those that trailer/haul the slab to ride the interesting places, why use a DR650 instead of a dirtier bike?
My next adventure on the DR650 will be about 3000 miles. At least 50% of that will be paved... a circuitous paved route (Beartooth, Chief Joseph and the like) from Rawlins, WY to the Canadian border at Glacier NP. From there it will be the mostly unpaved continental divide back down to Rawlins. In addition to the DR650 I have a "pavement princess" DL650 and a "dirty" DR350. I'd prefer the "wee" on the north bound half and the 350 on the divide; but, the DR650 is the right adventure mount for this trip cause it will do both.

OK, so I live "back east" and Rawlins, WY is 1,800 miles from my house... across the plains. That's a round trip of 3,600 miles of pavement thru some hot, windy, boring, flat country. Damn right I'm gonna trailer to Rawlins.

I've often said if I could have only 1 bike it would be a DR650. It's a Swiss army knife.

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Old 07-07-2013, 03:13 PM   #78439
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Race Tech Emulator Question:

Recently an inmate here posted that he thought he unlocked the combo in the Emulators to get a nice plush ride and that he was around 180lbs I think. Blue springs I remember but the rest I don't. Unfortunately i cannot find the post again.
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I got my info from NC Rick @ Cogent. I have .47 springs and I weigh 195 (no gear). Oil height 135 mm measured with the fork collapsed and the spring in. 10 w oil.

Yellow spring in the Emulator and 2 turns. 10mm of preload. Hope that helps some. Everything should be the same for you, 'cept the spring rate. Contact Rick. He was very helpful.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:45 PM   #78440
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My next adventure on the DR650 will be about 3000 miles. At least 50% of that will be paved... a circuitous paved route (Beartooth, Chief Joseph and the like) from Rawlins, WY to the Canadian border at Glacier NP. From there it will be the mostly unpaved continental divide back down to Rawlins. In addition to the DR650 I have a "pavement princess" DL650 and a "dirty" DR350. I'd prefer the "wee" on the north bound half and the 350 on the divide; but, the DR650 is the right adventure mount for this trip cause it will do both.

OK, so I live "back east" and Rawlins, WY is 1,800 miles from my house... across the plains. That's a round trip of 3,600 miles of pavement thru some hot, windy, boring, flat country. Damn right I'm gonna trailer to Rawlins.

I've often said if I could have only 1 bike it would be a DR650. It's a Swiss army knife.
Sounds like a great trip.

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I thought Chief Joseph was a better ride than Beartooth but you still gotta head up Beartooth.

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:46 PM   #78441
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My next adventure on the DR650 will be about 3000 miles. At least 50% of that will be paved... a circuitous paved route (Beartooth, Chief Joseph and the like) from Rawlins, WY to the Canadian border at Glacier NP. From there it will be the mostly unpaved continental divide back down to Rawlins. In addition to the DR650 I have a "pavement princess" DL650 and a "dirty" DR350. I'd prefer the "wee" on the north bound half and the 350 on the divide; but, the DR650 is the right adventure mount for this trip cause it will do both.

OK, so I live "back east" and Rawlins, WY is 1,800 miles from my house... across the plains. That's a round trip of 3,600 miles of pavement thru some hot, windy, boring, flat country. Damn right I'm gonna trailer to Rawlins.

I've often said if I could have only 1 bike it would be a DR650. It's a Swiss army knife.
When on the CDR in Montana, do yourself a huge and ride the Gravely Range outside of Dillon. Your jaw will drop. Check my Forever West link below to see it. You'll be going right by it and its a shame to miss that.


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Old 07-07-2013, 04:46 PM   #78442
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I got my info from NC Rick @ Cogent. I have .47 springs and I weigh 195 (no gear). Oil height 135 mm measured with the fork collapsed and the spring in. 10 w oil.

Yellow spring in the Emulator and 2 turns. 10mm of preload. Hope that helps some. Everything should be the same for you, 'cept the spring rate. Contact Rick. He was very helpful.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:59 PM   #78443
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BTW, Rick has a livewell, not a toolbox.


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Old 07-07-2013, 09:04 PM   #78444
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:03 AM   #78445
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When I got laid off in Chicago, a job opportunity presented itself in central Florida, where almost all of my family now lives. None of them ride, but I get to see my nieces and nephews grow up. I get to see my siblings regularly. I get to see my dad and stepmom enjoying their retirement. I get to see aunts and uncles and several cousins regularly. If family wasn't so populated around here, I'd have likely gone west again. Other than family, the ocean, the gun-friendly S-Y-G politics, and some of the local riders, I'm not liking Florida much. It's hot and humid summer like 50 weeks/year around here, and it's several hours of travel to see much of anything very different.

I don't ride or drive 20 below the limit in hilly areas (I've lived in snow-covered hills), but I'd be pissed if you passed me on a double-yellow and ended up running into me to avoid an RV in the oncoming lane. I've seen plenty of locals and non-locals who can't/don't keep it in their own lane when they should.

The DR, BTW, seems to be a good bike for down here. It handles the heat well. It handles the tight sand better than a 400lb+ adv-moto or a torqueless light-weight revver. It seems happy to make the slab runs at 65MPH+ when there are no other legal and obvious routes to get someplace (like Orlando). I can also stand it up and/or haul it out by myself when I dump it in the soft stuff.
When I did my 5100 mile trip back east in 2010 (CO, PA to see my sisters, Burkes Garden VA for a FSSNOC lunch, FL to see my brother and home to CO) I did less than 200 miles of Interstate - except for FL. By the time I'd seen my brother-in-law in Gainesville and my brother in Cape Corral, I had enough of FL back roads with a speed trap every 15 miles and speed limits changing at every little town (also every 15 miles or less!) to 25 or so. So when I left my brother's place I hopped on the interstate and got the hell out of FL. The rest of the trip was without interstate.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:16 AM   #78446
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A tad over 10k miles on my 12 now.
I do have a replacement standing by. Seems like it still has life left.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #78447
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You should be able to get a lot more than 10k out of a DR. I can appreciate the fact you have a replacement bike ready, but ride it another 50k miles before considering a replacement.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:57 AM   #78448
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Lol
Clearly for most I meant the counter sprocket.


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Old 07-08-2013, 12:15 PM   #78449
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Lol
Clearly for most I meant the counter sprocket.
Hard to tell from that pic ... but I'd say you're doing well on that sprocket.
If you can take off the plate and get an IN FOCUS shot, it would expose the sprocket shoulders better. Also, take you finger and feel the tooth edges ... if they are very sharp ... this is a sure sign of wear. But to my eye yours looks OK the the teeth tips are still squared off. Here are a couple of sprockets in various states of wear:


You can see that the sprocket on the right is just slightly "hooked". Not bad but it's there. But what is more common is the shoulder wear ... and the sharpness on the teeth edges. Compare to sprocket on left, which has about 5000 miles on it. Also notice the "wells" between teeth. On a worn sprocket these "Wells" widen. Can you see the difference?

Hard riding and Hard acceleration speeds up wear a lot. Also, high speed on the interstate will wear chain and sprockets faster.

So look for shoulder wear, hooking and tooth edge sharpness. A good front sprocket will save your chain, adding about 30% to it's life. (at least)
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:17 PM   #78450
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Will do. Thanks Grift.


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