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Old 02-01-2009, 02:44 PM   #6301
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Nice DR Big Ladder!
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:53 PM   #6302
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Ditto, and by the way, what exactly is that bike that Ray bought? I don't speak Suzuki.
Mark - here's some info

http://www.suzukicycles.org/DR-serie...800S-Big.shtml
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:54 PM   #6303
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I have always been a Honda man , but that Suzuki is TITS.
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:34 PM   #6304
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Thanks Dave, I haven't read it all just yet but I assume they never sold it here? It's a bike model I have never heard of but then again I pay no attention to Suzuki's.
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:39 PM   #6305
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I assume they never sold it here?
Along with the Africa Twin, Téneré, Super Téneré and Varadero. But thanks to some souls, various bikes make it over here anyway.
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:52 PM   #6306
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Wheel Spacers for Frankenbike

Hey guys, I have a transalp with xr600r (very narrow) rear rim on a xlv650 alum swingarm and NT650 engine. Trying to be ready for Sandblast on this coming Saturday.

Bike has 1991 xr600r forks. Does anybody have a reference point on the frame/shock/motor for where the rear wheel centerline should fall? When i mock it up based on the front wheel centerline, it looks way to the right side. I want something else to go on since i have crashed the bike and front end might be tweaked. My front rim is centered between the fork sliders with a 1.4mm washer on the left side. Any Thoughts? I got my lathe going so spacers are no prob. I just hate making it a trial and error process...
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:05 PM   #6307
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Gaspipe has a real nice DR Big too!
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:06 PM   #6308
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:18 PM   #6309
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What doesn't he have?

Touche!
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:10 PM   #6310
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CJ,

This is the closest I could come to some type of reference point.

My bike uses the RD03 XRV650 rear arm and rear wheel. The centerline of the rear wheel lines up with the centerline of the rear suspension linkage. At least that's what it looks like to my eyes.



I think my neighbors though I was trying some arcane form of sepuku while trying to get photos. Looked a bit odd.

I can't really think of any other way to do this. But, even if the front is a bit tweaked (which may be doubtful unless you smacked something really hard), don't you want the front and rear wheels in the same line. Particularly riding in sand?

If I can be of any more help, let me know.

Good luck with the race. I'm glad someone is still running a big old trailie in this event.
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:12 AM   #6311
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Nice bike.

My girlfriend tried one of these DRs with the 800ccm engine but she decided to buy a 650 Transalp. I did a short test ride and I really liked the riding position and the suspension very much but the engine was really bad. My girlfriend's old XL600LM single had much more power than this Suzi.
Maybe there was something wrong with this engine. I can't believe that all 800ccm DRs are so weak. Please tell us about your DR as soon as you ride it!

btw. my girl is still very happy with her 650 Alp and I bought a 600 Alp directly after my first test ride with hers!

If you need parts for the DR Big search in Germany. Here are still a lot of these bikes.

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Old 02-02-2009, 10:32 AM   #6312
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Check simple stuff first.

Did you fall or tip over on the left hand side? Is the shifter bent and hitting the case or anything preventing full lever movement? Grass, weeds branches etc jammed between the lever and the frame?

Lever loose on the shaft?

If it isn't that, the next step would be to remove the right side case, remove the clutch and look into the shifting mechanism and the shift drum detent "star". Maybe a PO bent something in there that finally wore to the point of not competing the shift.

Hope it's an "easy fix".....
Thanks Ray, I went out and double checked the cable adjustment. Even though I thought there was enough play I figured I'd start at the beginning. What I found was that the adjuster was wound all the way out to the point of no longer having any threads in the perch. So I adjusted it. I probably should get a new lever though because there pivot hole seems to have some play. Anyway, the cable still seemed like it had some slack in it though, but a test ride had perfect shifts. Which was nice, but I wasn't able to upshift at all into third or higher when the problem showed up orginally. The shift lever physically wouldn't go up. I've shifted my dirt bike many times (sometimes on purpose even) without using the clutch. So I'm concerned that the cable adjustment wasn't really the problem. Unless somebody can explain to me why a partial clutch engagement would prevent shifting?

So I may still have a problem. I'll do a longer ride this weekned and see if I can make it repeat.

NorCalDave, I've not had a problem with it popping out of gear. Hope that one doesn't start up too.

BTW, I'm at 23,000 miles on the odometer so I'd hope it wasn't the shift forks or the fork shaft. That's what I'm afraid of though.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:49 AM   #6313
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Clutch problem

First, I'm sorry I can not be part of a group that takes pictures up the skirts of motorcycles

Nice bike Ladder!!!

Duh...on the oil I used on my last oil change. I put "car" synthetic in my TA. At the recommendation of some of you I, 1. checked the make sure what kind of oil I put in. 2. Two oil changes on Saturday with Valvoline 20W-50 as recommended in the manual. The Valvoline said it was "extra good for wet clutches"....motorcycle oil mind you. Ran the first change for about an hr then drained, new oil again and new filter and ran it for about 1/2 hr through all the gears and.....no slippage Fixed? Maybe...time will tell.

Thanks for everyone input...and the FNG learned something too

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Old 02-02-2009, 02:05 PM   #6314
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Sweet!

Thanks Ray for the pic! I'll post a link later to pics of the build. I still have much to get ready!
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:40 AM   #6315
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Question Suspension Upgrade Details????

G'day Guys,

I'm just about to get started on this Ignition bracket to mount the ignition/fuse box to the XR600 triple clamps. I found a good photo on page 136 (2028) & a drawing on page 137 (2046), but it only has the length & width of the plate. Does anyone have a drawing with hole centres marked out, etc? I'm still re-reading this thread, & am up to page 300, so I apologise if it has already been posted. If someone has a drawing & would like to email it, please PM me. Or if you can re-post it here that would be great!

Also, the rear shock is in getting serviced & the technician is organising the manufacture of the spacer. I am using the Standard Transalp ('88) swingarm with the '98 XR600R front end. Can anyone advise whether I am looking to extend the rear shock length by 25mm, 30mm, 35mm??? I can see that most of the TA's fitted with Africa Twin swing arms seem to be running 30mm spacers (is this correct?) but has anyone lifted the rear using the shorter, standard swing arm?

Any help is greatly apreciated guys

Cheers,

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