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Old 12-27-2011, 01:36 PM   #4576
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Not 100% positive here, but I've been told if you put resistors in to make the LED blinkers work correctly, you'll be using just about the same amount of power as before (the resistors use power, and are needed to balance the minimal power draw of the LEDs so that the blinker circuits work correctly). The alternative to resistors is getting a LED signal system that replaces the stock one, thereby saving power and spending $$.
That was my understanding of it all as well. Essentially, the resistors boost the draw back up to the same level of an incandescent bulb in order to get the LED flash rate back to normal.

I think/hope/am pretty sure that a full on electronic flasher will use significantly less power as an incandescent thermal flasher, and those are available out there, presumably for most bikes. I think that many bikes use either a #552 flasher (which Napa sells an all-electronic version for less than $2) or an LF1-S type flasher that can be found for about $12 online.

If any one can prove or disprove my hunch, I'd be curious to know for sure. I'm using one of the LF1-S flashers from superbrightleds.com
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:49 PM   #4577
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That was my understanding of it all as well. Essentially, the resistors boost the draw back up to the same level of an incandescent bulb in order to get the LED flash rate back to normal.

I think/hope/am pretty sure that a full on electronic flasher will use significantly less power as an incandescent thermal flasher, and those are available out there, presumably for most bikes. I think that many bikes use either a #552 flasher (which Napa sells an all-electronic version for less than $2) or an LF1-S type flasher that can be found for about $12 online.

If any one can prove or disprove my hunch, I'd be curious to know for sure. I'm using one of the LF1-S flashers from superbrightleds.com
There is a Tusk LED flasher relay out there that I think will make LED turn signals flash at a normal rate without the high draw of an inline resistor. Not 100% sure if I'm right.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:01 PM   #4578
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There is a Tusk LED flasher relay out there that I think will make LED turn signals flash at a normal rate without the high draw of an inline resistor. Not 100% sure if I'm right.

Yep, that looks exactly the same as the one I have. I think that you are correct, but not 100% sure either.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:07 PM   #4579
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I have a 1999 Suzuki DR 200,

What oil are you guys/gals running? I have heard that Mobil's V twin is a great motorcycle oil, but wanted some imput.
As long as you change the oil regularly, in your DR it doesn't make a lot of difference which JASO-MA rated oil you use. Just get something close to the viscosity Suzuki calls for in the owner's manual.

Automobile engine oil generally contains friction modifiers like molybdenum with can do bad things to a wet clutch. JASO-MA oil does not contain "Energy Saving" friction modifiers and is safe in your engine.

I use Shell Rotella T6 full synthetic 5W-40 heavy duty engine oil. Walmart sells for ~$20. I buy several jugs annually when I drive South from Ontario because it is much cheaper than Canada, plus there less sales tax in the US. Good stuff, thousands of motorcyclists swear by it. The 15W-40 Rotella (not synthetic) is fine too. I have used Rotella in singles, twins, and 4 cylinder bikes (and I hope to use it in a Triumph triple one day).

Both Rotella types mentioned above meet the JASO-MA standard.

Lots of oil talk here:
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...Board=9&page=1

More good stuff to read here:
http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Oils1.html
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:34 PM   #4580
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I have a 1999 Suzuki DR 200,

What oil are you guys/gals running? I have heard that Mobil's V twin is a great motorcycle oil, but wanted some imput.
Dont know about DR 200 but Suzuki suggests 10W-40 for Suzuki DR 250S. You should choose an oil with JASO - MA, API SE/SF specifications.

I use CASTROL ACT>EVO X-TRA 4T and change it every 3000-3500 km with an oil filter. I have also used Bel Ray and Motul products.

Since my motor is old (98500 km) and the summers in Greece very hot I will start using 15W - 50 oil in order to decrease oil burn.

hope I helped

PS. Checking the oil in a Suzuki DR 250 can be tricky, because the oil passes through the frame, does the same thing happen to DR 200?
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:51 PM   #4581
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As long as you change the oil regularly, in your DR it doesn't make a lot of difference which JASO-MA rated oil you use. Just get something close to the viscosity Suzuki calls for in the owner's manual.

Automobile engine oil generally contains friction modifiers like molybdenum with can do bad things to a wet clutch.
incorrect on two points.

1. moly is not one of the common friction modifiers used in auto oils that affects wet clutches.
2. moly is not bad for wet clutchs until at 700ppm at operating temp. over 500 ppm at operating temps is bad for the starter clutch.
Mobil1 m/c oils have moly in them about 100ppm as do other m/c oils per oil analysis listed at bobistheoilguy.com.
see SAE tech paper #961217
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:12 AM   #4582
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Oil, Thanks.

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As long as you change the oil regularly, in your DR it doesn't make a lot of difference which JASO-MA rated oil you use. Just get something close to the viscosity Suzuki calls for in the owner's manual.

Automobile engine oil generally contains friction modifiers like molybdenum with can do bad things to a wet clutch. JASO-MA oil does not contain "Energy Saving" friction modifiers and is safe in your engine.

I use Shell Rotella T6 full synthetic 5W-40 heavy duty engine oil. Walmart sells for ~$20. I buy several jugs annually when I drive South from Ontario because it is much cheaper than Canada, plus there less sales tax in the US. Good stuff, thousands of motorcyclists swear by it. The 15W-40 Rotella (not synthetic) is fine too. I have used Rotella in singles, twins, and 4 cylinder bikes (and I hope to use it in a Triumph triple one day).

Both Rotella types mentioned above meet the JASO-MA standard.

Lots of oil talk here:
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...Board=9&page=1

More good stuff to read here:
http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Oils1.html

Thanks for the links, explained it all very well.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:34 AM   #4583
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Well, I'm still off work and outside it still is like that


so I continue with my nonsense creations.

I made my self a DYI chain oiler. I've been making such basically for all my bikes using gardening taps and urinary tubes - local pharmacists were always looking strange at me Now, I decided to go the route, suggested by this fella:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xg1bOcV3rI

The "tank" is actually brake fluid container from Lada (the most popular Russian car brand, for our distant readers):


The personal touch I threw in, comes in the form of a fuel cut-off valve, which is very widely used around here as part of car LPG conversion kits:


The "holder" role of the tube to the swingarm is performed by a shoe-polishing sponge box:



The container is on the right-hand side of the frame, while the valve and tap are bolted on the front of the air box:




Valve power supply I took from the positive pole of the rear brake switch, because it was most easily accessible, so now when I turn the ignition on, it opens up.

On a side stand, in the cold garage it works:


When the weather outside becomes more rideable I'll check it in real life conditions .
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:47 PM   #4584
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Loaded for day trips-

Mt. Rainier-



Mt. St. Helens-



Cold Water Lake-



My 1st and only weekend trip on my 250-

Somewhere in Capitol Forest-





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Old 01-08-2012, 08:48 PM   #4585
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:38 PM   #4586
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i had started a somewhat similar thread.


just thought some folks might find it useful as well.


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=641622
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:54 AM   #4587
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Great pics of the PNW!
Those little KLR's do very nicely. I miss mine.



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Old 01-09-2012, 01:48 PM   #4588
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I wrote the whole tour to Skyros Island with the DR 250S at the riding section of Advrider, have a look here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=754924
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:45 PM   #4589
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Irish guy round the world on Sinnis Apache 125

There's an Irish guy posting vlogs on You Tube as he rides around the world on Chinese dual sport, Sinnis Apache. He is in Mongolia at present. It will be fascinating to see how the Sinnis Apache holds up. He seems to have began vlogging October 2011 and I cannot find any other website, or blog with details of the start of the trip. Quite a radical adventure on one of those untested Chinese thumpers. They are available on the road, brand new for 1800 in the UK. 100mpg, weigh only 107kg, Do 231 miles to a tank of petrol and look as pretty as the Honda XR125, but in orange.
I am in no way connected with Sinnis, I do not own a m/c, but in my research I couldn't help noticing this remarkable adventurer.
The You Tube link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hywxo...c2H1VAbmuVku2Q
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:23 PM   #4590
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There's an Irish guy posting vlogs on You Tube as he rides around the world on Chinese dual sport, Sinnis Apache. He is in Mongolia at present. It will be fascinating to see how the Sinnis Apache holds up. He seems to have began vlogging October 2011 and I cannot find any other website, or blog with details of the start of the trip. Quite a radical adventure on one of those untested Chinese thumpers. They are available on the road, brand new for 1800 in the UK. 100mpg, weigh only 107kg, Do 231 miles to a tank of petrol and look as pretty as the Honda XR125, but in orange.
I am in no way connected with Sinnis, I do not own a m/c, but in my research I couldn't help noticing this remarkable adventurer.
The You Tube link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hywxo...c2H1VAbmuVku2Q
Thanks for providing the link to the video. I believe the Sinnis Apache is manufactured in China by Qingqi. Qingqi makes excellent motorcycles which employ copies of Suzuki engines. The Siniis Apache has an engine which is copied from the Suzuki GS125 motorcycle.

I have 42,000 miles on the odometer of my Zongshen 200GY-2 motorcycle, which employs a virtual copy of the engine in the currently produced Yamaha, TW200 motorcycle. If one wishes to learn more about the Sinnis Apache and other Chinese motorcycles, I welcome you to join us at the chinariders.com motorcycle forums.

http://chinariders.net/modules.php?n...wtopic&t=10077
http://chinariders.net/modules.php?n...wtopic&t=10075

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