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Old 07-27-2007, 01:00 AM   #196
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Hello DRF,
'cuse me ignorance ... '5c' ... meaning?
could help me too if I could work out what it means.
;-) a.
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minus five degrees celcius
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ta!
and if +3c and still no instant start?
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Sorry if I 'sounded' a bit flippant, reluctant starts are actually a bit of an issue for me.

Not sure what the story is, am after all not the most gifted mechanic, this is what I know ...

... had the '03 DR650 for about 4 months now ... ~12000km on the odo ... starts first press of the button everytime if ridden semi-daily ...

... much more reluctant after a 4+ days of no riding ... 2-3 lots of 5-10 seconds of starter motor action required ...

... 'tis winter here too so I've been wondering whether temperature could be an issue? ...

... have tried several variations on the choke (none/half/full) and also no or some throttle ... none of it seems to make a difference ...

... hmmmm ... wots the issue here? ... fuel? carb? ...

anyone any suggestions?


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Old 07-27-2007, 01:56 AM   #197
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Andreas, my KLR is the same. It's the battery. I ride the BM and the KLR week about, daily commuting to work. 5 -7 days is too long between starts for a lot of batteries. They drain a little when not used, even over those few days.

I should hook the bikes up to battery conditioners.

When I had my GS80 as my one and only bike, I rode it every day to work and usually both days of the weekends. The first battery lasted 7 years.

On my current BM it only lasted a little under 3 years.

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Old 07-27-2007, 02:29 AM   #198
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Andreas, my KLR is the same. It's the battery. I ride the BM and the KLR week about, daily commuting to work. 5 -7 days is too long between starts for a lot of batteries. They drain a little when not used, even over those few days.

I should hook the bikes up to battery conditioners.

When I had my GS80 as my one and only bike, I rode it every day to work and usually both days of the weekends. The first battery lasted 7 years.

On my current BM it only lasted a little under 3 years.

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Hello Mr Eagle,

Nice to read from you.

Found some very spunky pics of you and Mrs(Ms?) Eagle a few days ago. Nice!

Ta for the tip! May test it out using HER battery. ... will I survive fiddling with HER bike tho? ...

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Old 07-27-2007, 06:45 AM   #199
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Hi Andreas. I would'nt stress too much over the starter issue, my DR does exactly the same thing but all is ok. I think its more to do with the weather for my bike.

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Old 07-27-2007, 11:00 PM   #200
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Hey Andreas, I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with your battery, just that they drop a little after a few days of no use. Takes a bit longer to crank the bike over but once you get it running, it'll soon charge up. Yes, probably more noticable in the colder weather.

I just think that any riding pattern that isn't daily, (ie bike gets ridden every 4-5 days) definitely shortens the life of the battery, in my experience.

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Old 07-28-2007, 11:36 PM   #201
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Hi Andreas. I would'nt stress too much over the starter issue, my DR does exactly the same thing but all is ok. I think its more to do with the weather for my bike.

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Hey Andreas, I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with your battery, just that they drop a little after a few days of no use. Takes a bit longer to crank the bike over but once you get it running, it'll soon charge up. Yes, probably more noticable in the colder weather.

I just think that any riding pattern that isn't daily, (ie bike gets ridden every 4-5 days) definitely shortens the life of the battery, in my experience.

Andrew
Thanks for your advice Daz & Andrew,

Just back from 2 days sea kayaking, it was tough ;-) .

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Old 08-01-2007, 09:35 PM   #202
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This picture taken on Marrakai Road- Adelaide river crossing. South east of Darwin NT Aust. Not too deep at this time of the year but always pays to check for crocs before barrelling through.
Mods include Supertrapp ISD2 quiet pipe- 8 discs fitted, header weld grind , BnB Bashplate, Acerbis rally II handguards, shortened rear guard, IMS 21 litre tank, Michelin Sirac front and rear with heavy duty tubes.
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Old 08-02-2007, 12:23 AM   #203
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This picture taken on Marrakai Road- Adelaide river crossing. South east of Darwin NT Aust. Not too deep at this time of the year but always pays to check for crocs before barrelling through.
Mods include Supertrapp ISD2 quiet pipe- 8 discs fitted, header weld grind , BnB Bashplate, Acerbis rally II handguards, shortened rear guard, IMS 21 litre tank, Michelin Sirac front and rear with heavy duty tubes.
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:14 AM   #204
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Hi all,

Soon to join the DR community I hope. Just a quick question. Which year model is the one to avoid? I remember reading it on a thread somewhere but I can't find it again.

I'm considering this one.....
http://www.bikesales.com.au/as/searc...erPage=20&x=13

Any thoughts?

THanks!
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:26 AM   #205
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Hi all,

Soon to join the DR community I hope. Just a quick question. Which year model is the one to avoid? I remember reading it on a thread somewhere but I can't find it again.

I'm considering this one.....
http://www.bikesales.com.au/as/searc...erPage=20&x=13

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
They are all good, post 2003 have the metal base gasket some weeping around there on (some - very few) early ones (like this one - check). The price, k's and condition of that one looks about right.
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:30 AM   #206
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This picture taken on Marrakai Road- Adelaide river crossing. South east of Darwin NT Aust. Not too deep at this time of the year but always pays to check for crocs before barrelling through.
Mods include Supertrapp ISD2 quiet pipe- 8 discs fitted, header weld grind , BnB Bashplate, Acerbis rally II handguards, shortened rear guard, IMS 21 litre tank, Michelin Sirac front and rear with heavy duty tubes.
Welcome onboard KJ, huge amount of info here, I'm only just starting to tap into it!
Is that you I have just been reading on DBW? I'm looking into souping up the DR650 springs as it's way too soft at present for me and my gear and it's a bit scary the way it dives under brakes!!!

Got myself a 14 tooth front sprocket but haven't fitted it yet, this weekend! I believe it should fit with two 22mm circlips to hold it in place instead of the retaining plate, anyone else add to this?
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:27 PM   #207
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:20 PM   #208
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Hey guys, Just bought my DR yesterday and have already found the limitation of those crappy stock tires, any suggestions on replacements?
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:32 PM   #209
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MT21s matey!
A good combo is MT21 front and a D606 rear, i had good results with when i had my DR.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:54 PM   #210
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Hi all,

Soon to join the DR community I hope. Just a quick question. Which year model is the one to avoid? I remember reading it on a thread somewhere but I can't find it again.

I'm considering this one.....
http://www.bikesales.com.au/as/searc...erPage=20&x=13

Any thoughts?

THanks!
Mate the best buy is Burren riders bike, everything is done to it, best set up DR around I reckon.
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