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Old 07-14-2011, 07:06 PM   #23341
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Thanks for the photo! Looks good!
Other than the "pouch" that fits over the number plate being a bit uhh snug--it fits well. Price is right
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:35 PM   #23342
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Well I went for a longer ride with the new gearing and I can say I'm happy with it. I'm still waiting on my new GPS to get in so I can set the speedo correctly but I took a rough guess and it seems to match up well to another vehicle for now.

I did notice some new noises though as I took the ride without earplugs to listen for stuff. First is a buzz like sound when accelerating or holding steady throttle. I noticed it is muffled when my foot is close to the side of the bike at the front sprocket area. When moving the foot away the noise get's louder. I believe this is due to the sandman case saver/sprocket guard which is open vs. the closed stock piece.

Next is a sort of rattling sound but in a knockish tone. I believe this is from the skidplate. This is the first time I've ridden the bike without earplugs and I was surprised how loud it was since I never noticed it much before. Is that the likely culprit? Has anyone found a good way to remove these vibratory rattling knock like sounds using insulation like Plasti-Dip? I know HF did this but I have never heard a result on if it actually deadened the noises.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:40 PM   #23343
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As far as I know, the pegs are identical. The only difference is the style of cleats, i.e. 5 is a threaded stud with an allen key hole and the 6 are spikes. It sounds as though you will get both with this deal and then you can decide. I really like the Fastways as the pegs are very comfortable. The 6 cleats will be very aggresive. YMMV.

Yes, I know the pegs are the same setup just with different cleats. They are sending me the F5 cleats for what sound like free with the full F6 setup. I'm not too upset about that since I was curious on how the F6 cleats would feel. I was just wondering if anyone has tried out both cleats and how they felt. The F6 spikes look a bit intense for everyday use. I'm sure boots stick to them nicely though. I know the F5 studs have received good reviews on grip and comfort so I'll probably stick to those.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:20 PM   #23344
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The F6 spikes look a bit intense for everyday use.
I have the F5s. To me it looks like the 6s would chew up a rubber soled boot pretty quick.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:28 PM   #23345
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Got this bad boy mounted. Looks real good if you ask me. It is a heavy son of a gun at 15.9 lbs and the tube is another 4 lbs 15oz. But the 14/50 gearing should pull it just fine.








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Old 07-14-2011, 08:38 PM   #23346
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It is a heavy son of a gun at 15.9 lbs and the tube is another 4 lbs 15oz. But the 14/50 gearing should pull it just fine.

I would think that with all that extra height you may want to make it 13/50. Considering the 120/90 606 is taller than the stock tire and you showed how much taller the Desert is than the 130 606, a 14/50 setup is probably close to stock gearing with that beast on there. Not in the mood to do all the math but just taking a rough guesstimate.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:51 PM   #23347
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Got this bad boy mounted. Looks real good if you ask me. It is a heavy son of a gun at 15.9 lbs and the tube is another 4 lbs 15oz.
How did that compare to weight of that big D606 you had on there?
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:03 PM   #23348
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How did that compare to weight of that big D606 you had on there?
Lets find out. Stand by.

Slightly worn 130/90-18 Dunlop 606 weighs 13.9 lbs. Probably over 14lbs new. So at 15.9lbs the Deserts are ~2lbs heavier than the big daddy 606.
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:50 AM   #23349
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Eh? What's wrong with this picture?

Just a reminder to everyone to peen the little divot when you change your sprocket...



Not sure when I lost the nut, but the sprocket fell off its splines downshifting at 120km/h on a corner. All the sudden no transmission... Coasted to a stop and took the following pic. Can't believe the washer didn't fall off.

Very thankful that I was not 200 miles from the nearest town in the Spatzisi wilderness (like I will be in two weeks.) And that the Yamaha dealer was only 40 miles away and open. They didn't have one is stock and said it would take a week to get one in, but I sweet-talked the parts man into pulling a nut off the new R2 they had on the floor .

Hitched a ride into the city and back, borrowed 2 wrenches and a socket and we were back in business. Oh and I looked at my swingarm protector while the chain was off: 9000km and hardly groved. Chain looks like it's rubbing somewhere though.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:00 AM   #23350
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Oh and I looked at my swingarm protector while the chain was off: 9000km and hardly groved. Chain looks like it's rubbing somewhere though.
Same experience for me, chain started to look like it would be rubbing somewhere, exactly as shown in your picture. 3000km later chain was done. Completely. Within a very short period of time it had got stretched very much, ripping of the lower front part of the plastic swingarm protector (which looks fine in your picture), groving into swingarm and wearing out the chain block insert, even slightly damaging the supermoto tire.
I had 12500km on it, and my WR actually is in pretty good service.

Consider changing your stock chain to somewhat better quality _before_ this happens to you!
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:40 AM   #23351
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rear suspension adjusting

Thread is done with vids uploaded. Post 23371.

Its also linked in my signature now.

Next, when I get a chance, I'll do a vid on setting SAG. That should probably be done before making the other adjustments.

Hope the post helps any who needed it.
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:51 AM   #23352
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well so far the fuel consumption for my WR has been.....currently running it in so no more than 3/4 throttle

25 km/liter = 58.80 miles/gallon(US) mostly Dirt with some road (130km day ride)

and boring highway riding to work at no more than 90-95km/h(55-59M/h)

30 km/liter = 70.56 miles/gallon(US)

gearing is standard the tyre's are MT21's standard sizes distance's are known distances so no need for odometer readings
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:08 AM   #23353
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Hey Doug ...

Thanks for your time ... I need to set my SAG - will be looking for your vid ...

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Thread is done with vids uploaded. Post 23371.

Its also linked in my signature now.

Next, when I get a chance, I'll do a vid on setting SAG. That should probably be done before making the other adjustments.

Hope the post helps any who needed it.
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:02 AM   #23354
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Hey Doug ...

Thanks for your time ... I need to set my SAG - will be looking for your vid ...
No problem...glad I can give back.

If a buddy comes over..since its a two man job..tonight, I am gonna mess with mine. I have lost ~ 30 lbs over last three months, so its needing a reset.

Not that is matters that much. A buddy just sent me a vid of a recent ride..even with settings maxed out...my rear end is off ground as much as it is on. I am taking out shock and sending out for rebuild by end of month.

These bikes are great...their suspensions are the compromise....at least for anyone wanting to ride it like my buddies and I do.
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:25 AM   #23355
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No problem...glad I can give back.

If a buddy comes over..since its a two man job..tonight, I am gonna mess with mine. I have lost ~ 30 lbs over last three months, so its needing a reset.

Not that is matters that much. A buddy just sent me a vid of a recent ride..even with settings maxed out...my rear end is off ground as much as it is on. I am taking out shock and sending out for rebuild by end of month.

These bikes are great...their suspensions are the compromise....at least for anyone wanting to ride it like my buddies and I do.
Thanks Doug.. I think your vids will help out a lot of folks.. sometimes its just a matter of seeing the adjustments made and removes the fear to go tinker with it. That's what I'll be doing...

I'll add a post to my site for these goodies too.. looking forward to Part 2 - Sag!!
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