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Old 07-24-2013, 09:24 PM   #79051
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Having owned a thumper (XR650L) for 12 years before I was without one for the past 5 years. Sooooo A nice (well) used 2003 DR650 followed me home today from a felow inmate in Asheville NC. Thanks Kennyanc.

I will have to do some serious back reading to get to know the model.


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Old 07-24-2013, 09:29 PM   #79052
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I've never ridden with hand/lever protection...

and now I think I should. So what do you guys like? Is the name "Bark Buster" now a generic term? Are they good? Are there better? How's the fit with no changes to stock levers and stuff on bars?

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Old 07-24-2013, 09:51 PM   #79053
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You can spend as much as you want on hand guards, but they are all pretty much the same. Some are fancier than others and install easier, but the cheap ones work just as well as the expensive ones in my experience. I got mine from ProCycle. All will require a little bit of manipulation to make fit, but it is not difficult. The trick to installing them is to leave all of the bolts loose until you get it lined up how you want it, then tighten them down while holding it in position.

If you still have the stock bars, you might want to look at new bars while you are installing the hand guards and have to move stuff around anyhow. Mine (96) still had the stock bars and they had been tweaked a little bit, so I replaced them with new Pro-Taper bars with a higher bend for better ergonomics while standing, plus new grips since all the "bite" was worn off the original grips.

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Old 07-24-2013, 10:20 PM   #79054
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and now I think I should. So what do you guys like? Is the name "Bark Buster" now a generic term? Are they good? Are there better? How's the fit with no changes to stock levers and stuff on bars?

Thanks.
I don't think Barkbuster is the same as Kleenex, but maybe some people do. I have Barkbusters and like them. I haven't tried anything else. They are good. I don't think there are better and they fit with no changes to stock levers and stuff on the bars (although I don't have stock bars )
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:32 PM   #79055
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I took Grifter's advice (if memory serves) and went with some Tusk brand handguards thru Rocky Mtn ATV/MC. They're reasonably priced, installed easily and have held up well on some spills.

I've had a variety and they've all done their job but the price was right on the Tusk.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:27 AM   #79056
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Question Biggest carb?

What's the biggest carb you've seen mounted on a DR?

I have gone pretty big, 790, 4mm oversized valves, cam, mega port work and pipe/header. My fcr 39 can't feed it. I'm talking with someone more knowledgeable than me about boring 43-44mm.

Has anyone done such a thing?
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:19 AM   #79057
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and now I think I should. So what do you guys like? Is the name "Bark Buster" now a generic term? Are they good? Are there better? How's the fit with no changes to stock levers and stuff on bars?

Thanks.
Highway dirt bike makes some robust handguards. Although expensive, look at their site and you see why you pay a bit more.

http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_...ref=handguards

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Old 07-25-2013, 05:02 AM   #79058
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cush drive shims and EK link

Yep, I believe I posted about shims a few months back; went that route after I read about it here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=825325


Another thing, the EK screw-type chain link (scroll down a bit on the site):

http://www.ekchain.jp/feature/index.html

About 4,000 miles on it now and it looks just like it did when I put it on there. I've always used clip links but every now and then I'd lose one and it would unnerve me a bit, especially on long trips. But I didn't know if I trusted myself to rivet a chain properly, plus I'm too cheap to buy a good rivet tool. The EK link presses the plate on as part of the install, so it's a no-brainer. I think it'll be the ticket for me from now on.

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Old 07-25-2013, 05:13 AM   #79059
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After the success of the Motolab carb parts, I went and did a bit more service the other night.

Lubed the chain with Blue Dupont teflon spray, Changed oil and filter useing high end Castrol 10w-40, adjusted the enrichener plunger to be sure there was some slack in the cable to FULLY seat it in the carb. I readjusted the idle mixture screw again to get it spot on also..

I took the long way to and from work yesterday to make a 91 mile test loop.

Conditions were no wind, slightly hilly pavement with a bit of overgrown double track short cuts for a few miles. Speed on pavement was 50 - 60 MPH and 1st gear putt putt in the short cuts.

In 91 miles I used 1.45 gallons of non ethenol fuel.....thats 62.75 MPG !

Im not gonna mod a single thing on the airbox / engine or exhaust !



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Old 07-25-2013, 05:31 AM   #79060
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Yep, I believe I posted about shims a few months back; went that route after I read about it here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=825325


Another thing, the EK screw-type chain link (scroll down a bit on the site):

http://www.ekchain.jp/feature/index.html

About 4,000 miles on it now and it looks just like it did when I put it on there. I've always used clip links but every now and then I'd lose one and it would unnerve me a bit, especially on long trips. But I didn't know if I trusted myself to rivet a chain properly, plus I'm too cheap to buy a good rivet tool. The EK link presses the plate on as part of the install, so it's a no-brainer. I think it'll be the ticket for me from now on.

Sarah
I have a good chain rivet tool (D.I.D.) and I nearly always rivet my chains because it's just one less potential failure point AND a failed chain can be catastrophic. That said I put a clip style link on my son's SV650 in order to "use up" a partially worn chain taken off my DL before an extended road trip. However, I safety wired the clip link. That was required protocol on tracks back when clip links were the standard.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:06 AM   #79061
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and now I think I should. So what do you guys like? Is the name "Bark Buster" now a generic term? Are they good? Are there better? How's the fit with no changes to stock levers and stuff on bars?

Thanks.
IMHO two issues on a stock DR. Go to the Pro Cycle site and go to controls, then to the hand guard kit. In my experience on my last two DR's clearance for the hand guards over the levers was an issue. The Pro Cycle kit worked for me--cleared the stock levers. Second issue is what size bars do you want. If you are going to the larger bars from the 7/8 stock then get the bars and the guards that are compatible together and install them together. I stayed with the stock 7/8 bars.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:41 AM   #79062
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What's the biggest carb you've seen mounted on a DR?

I have gone pretty big, 790, 4mm oversized valves, cam, mega port work and pipe/header. My fcr 39 can't feed it. I'm talking with someone more knowledgeable than me about boring 43-44mm.

Has anyone done such a thing?
Talk to Cyclewizard. You can usually find him on the Honda XR650L thread. He has modified carbs to work with his full-house 742cc XRL engines. He may be able to help you with something for your DR.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:53 AM   #79063
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What's the biggest carb you've seen mounted on a DR?

I have gone pretty big, 790, 4mm oversized valves, cam, mega port work and pipe/header. My fcr 39 can't feed it. I'm talking with someone more knowledgeable than me about boring 43-44mm.

Has anyone done such a thing?
Rochester 4 barrel ?
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:58 AM   #79064
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I have a good chain rivet tool (D.I.D.) and I nearly always rivet my chains because it's just one less potential failure point AND a failed chain can be catastrophic. That said I put a clip style link on my son's SV650 in order to "use up" a partially worn chain taken off my DL before an extended road trip. However, I safety wired the clip link. That was required protocol on tracks back when clip links were the standard.
Thank you, thump!

I always sealed the clip with silicone, but safety wire would be the real deal.

By the way, if you were to re-lube your starter, would you use something other than the DuPont stuff next go round? I got a little early-morning squawk wanting to back. Thanks again.

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Old 07-25-2013, 07:25 AM   #79065
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Thank you, thump!

I always sealed the clip with silicone, but safety wire would be the real deal.

By the way, if you were to re-lube your starter, would you use something other than the DuPont stuff next go round? I got a little early-morning squawk wanting to back. Thanks again.

Sarah
If you're going to the trouble of lubing your starter bushing, you might want to do it right and put the Warp 9 cover/bearing in, instead. Then you won't need to do it again.

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