DR advise

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Eddywoodgo, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Coopsdad

    Coopsdad Adventurer

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    I'd have to recommend a seat upgrade for sure....
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  2. Hardhead

    Hardhead Long timer

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    Get a good seat. The stock one will split you in 2 by the time you get too far. Seat concepts have some good packages available or ?? Moorehouse apparently does a good job on them too.

    Looks like I just got beat to this suggestion.
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  3. DR Ozzy

    DR Ozzy Suzuki scum

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    But they told me it was clay :D
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  4. Coopsdad

    Coopsdad Adventurer

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    Yep. John Moorhouse for sure.... He did my DR. Turned it from a 1hour bike into an all day bike. Think I paid about $300 bucks or so and was a little surprised as to how much but DDDDDAAAAAAMMMMMM!!!!!!! Best thing I ever did to it.
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  5. DR Ozzy

    DR Ozzy Suzuki scum

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    Or just for a bit of a laugh take the seat on and see who gives up first ... in my case it was the seat and as an added bonus my arse is now bullet proof :D
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  6. rutsthematter

    rutsthematter Been here awhile

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    Maybe gear down with a bigger rear say 44T and keep the front stock helps with chain life.
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  7. marty922

    marty922 Been here awhile

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    http://www.vincestrangmotorcycles.com.au/dr650.html


    I bought a 2010 DR from Vince in Feb 2011. He prepped everything for me - tank, front & rear susp, Staintune, bars, heated grips, pivot pegs, bash plate, frame guards, peg lowering, Acerbis barkbusters and some other odds and ends. I did a few other things myself like screen, braided front brake line, case armour (well worth it). I did about 22,500 kms in 2011 in two big trips 80% dirt and it didn't miss a beat. 20 km/litre all day every day.

    That's my 2c worth. I couldn't go past the DR when it's prepped properly.

    Oh yeah - if you won't want to go the expense of a new set, an Airhawk is an awesome substitute. Saved my arse that's for sure.

    Cheers, Marty
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  8. nazza

    nazza Trouble

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    I had mine geared down but hoping to change it back this weekend. I found it could do with more speed on the highways. Depends what kind of riding you are doing mostly though. After the Nullabor I was sick of it.
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  9. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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    +1 for Airhawk. Was using the pillion style one but swapped over to the cruiser style -heaps better. I reckon the extra width makes the difference. :thumb
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  10. Eddywoodgo

    Eddywoodgo two wheeled nomad

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    I am chasing around seats now. I am looking at a sargent seat. My traveling buddy is only 159cm tall so we'll get her a lowered seat.
    I see Vince Strang has lots of bits you are kindly suggesting. I reckon I will be shopping there quite a bit.
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  11. rvt

    rvt Big Fat Trail Bikes

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    Tried the tough it method with the seat. Had from Perth to Port Augusta to contemplate my stupidity. :eek1
    Spent the last couple of days in various poses. Standing, bum on roll bag, bum on water bladder, bum in air.
    I don't remember which model air hawk it is...but they recommended it for mine. Also made sure it got from Whyalla to Port Augusta for me, on a long weekend too. :clap
    Now I can ride all day, no probs. :D
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  12. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    I reckon the seat is a mindset thing when I had the Dr I have done 1200 km day and then backed up with N 800 km day if you don't think about it it won't be a problem (insert caveat - I'd hate the thought of doing that again with a standard seat)
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  13. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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    Definitely an 'arse set' thing for me :eek1 Previous comment about being split in two is right on the money :D
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  14. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    FWIW everyone with DRs in my immediate network has settled on 15/43. Low enough to make 1st usable without too much clutch abuse off road and still OK for cruising at 120. Some carry a 14 t css and swap it as needed.
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  15. dobbo

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    Airhawk: make sure it is the 'Small Cruiser' size, I know they recommend this but also the pillion pad.
    folks I have spoke to with the smaller pillion pad; tell me it is a tad small and you have to be dead centre of it to get the benefit, which means relocating/location it after each time you stand.
    'Small Cruiser size' was recommended to me, and it is perfect :clap

    Gearing: 15/44 for me; which I find brilliant in the twisties, hills and sand (or slow going), I cruise at around 100kph, but find it will do 110kph but thats about it. (Going a 14 on the C/S runs the risk of cutting into the swing arm chain guides; and a 16t C/S may gring the sprocket cover/crank case; so I'd stick with a standard 15t on the front)

    Tyres: we all like to think we are going to travel by dirt 99% of the time; but reality, there is always tar to traverse.
    As a good 50/50 tyre for the rear; I'd recommend a Mitas E07, on the front a Pirelli MT21. (I get great wear out of both the tyres)

    Bike protection: is a must... bashplate, barkbusters, solid pannier frames, alloy handlebars.

    I could go on and on.... but everyone has there own thoughts on this.
    you can spend a motza on the Dr, but once you reach that point, maybe something else may have been more suitable.:eek1
    good luck
    Dobbo
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  16. UncleGra

    UncleGra Sus pensioner and Fear Bighter

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    yeah ...small cruiser ..just replaced the old one a few weeks ago...and I dont even have an arse......or a DR...farkin shitboxes
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