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Old 12-01-2011, 02:57 PM   #4576
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ladybug, regarding cold starts, I've found that holding the throttle open does NOT help. For about a month or so last winter I was constantly wondering what was wrong with the bike, never wanting to start. I assumed that holding the throttle open, as the owners manual says, would help. Then one day, I tried just hitting the yellow button without touching the throttle. Started perfectly. From then on, I've never touched the throttle when starting and the bike always starts right up.

Of course, I do apply the choke. Once it's started I let it sit for a minute or so. If I'm in a hurry I'll get going and get off the choke in a mile or so.

I have the Kientech jet kit and exhaust mod, by the way.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:02 PM   #4577
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Also, I have the same mods with FMF. Pull the choke all the way out, touch the start button but not the throttle works every time. My DR650 is the same way. Cold blooded bikes that run great once they get warmed up.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:03 PM   #4578
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^^^ Mine pops off every time using this approach. The bike will not start when cold if it's not on the idle circuit.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:24 PM   #4579
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White lithium grease

I need to lubricate the levers following the periodic maintenance, does it matter if I use the tube or aerosol white lithium grease?
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:27 PM   #4580
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Doesn't matter what kind of grease...that's a non-critical application.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:37 PM   #4581
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Turn signal issue

06 model. Right turn signals work fine. When I turn on the left turn signals, front left stays on (no blinking) and rear left is off. I swapped the rear bulbs - same problem on left, so it is not the bulb. Where do I look next?
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:45 PM   #4582
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06 model. Right turn signals work fine. When I turn on the left turn signals, front left stays on (no blinking) and rear left is off. I swapped the rear bulbs - same problem on left, so it is not the bulb. Where do I look next?
I had the same problem. If I recall, the positive wire to the turn signal was broken off...I think inside the turn signal stalk. I soldered it back together.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:47 PM   #4583
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Thanks! I'll check that out. Left stalk was bent recently when the bike rolled backwards down a hill.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:58 PM   #4584
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I had the same problem. If I recall, the positive wire to the turn signal was broken off...I think inside the turn signal stalk. I soldered it back together.
Same exact thing happened to mine this summer. Pulled the signal apart, resoldered it, and it's been fine for the past 5 months.

Regarding the cold starts, it was ~25 this morning...thick coat of frost on everything. The starter was a little hesitant, but she fired right up with full choke. I had to wait a good minute though of it sitting there idling before it would take any more throttle to actually get moving.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:03 PM   #4585
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Thanks! I'll check that out. Left stalk was bent recently when the bike rolled backwards down a hill.
I'm absolutely sure that's it, then. Or where the wire feeds into stalk.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:45 AM   #4586
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Headlight Adjustment

Took the bike out last night after dark, since it gets dark around here by 6pm this time of year. My low beam is positioned perfectly, but my high beam is high and to the right. I saw that there is three screws in the front of the light for adjustment. Is there a way to adjust just the high beam?

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Old 12-02-2011, 09:33 AM   #4587
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Took the bike out last night after dark, since it gets dark around here by 6pm this time of year. My low beam is positioned perfectly, but my high beam is high and to the right. I saw that there is three screws in the front of the light for adjustment. Is there a way to adjust just the high beam?

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That's odd. It could be an internal flaw in the headlight. No, there isn't any way to adjust the beams independently.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:26 AM   #4588
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Before you buy a Raptor petcock, read THIS and then decide what petcock to get.
Perfect ordered from local shop installed without any issue so simple its painful! Now the little DR has a manual fuel petcock. Thanks for the info!
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:30 AM   #4589
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Took the bike out last night after dark, since it gets dark around here by 6pm this time of year. My low beam is positioned perfectly, but my high beam is high and to the right. I saw that there is three screws in the front of the light for adjustment. Is there a way to adjust just the high beam?

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I have not taken apart the stock headlight. Is it a separate bulb and housing?
If so, if the bulb were rotated incorrectly, it could aim "to the right"......

Not sure how to get around it being too high though.....

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Old 12-02-2011, 12:04 PM   #4590
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I have not taken apart the stock headlight. Is it a separate bulb and housing?
If so, if the bulb were rotated incorrectly, it could aim "to the right"......

Not sure how to get around it being too high though.....

Chuck

It's an H4 halogen bulb inserted into a reflector mirror. I think the tabs would prevent inverted installation, but perhaps someone could have forced it seated improperly...


Or hey. Maybe somebody installed the whole headlight upside-down.
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