DR-ski

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by motomike14, May 13, 2013.

  1. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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  2. r_bin

    r_bin Been here awhile

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    Nice! I want one of those.
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  3. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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    KSO on those bikes is a PITA!

    I'll take the XRR KSO over a DR KSO anytime. :deal
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  4. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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    Weird...my dad had an DR500, older model, but it was simple to start as putting a milk crate on a KLR.
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  5. Mugwest

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    MugwestMotorsports has a '95 with the Beloved ButtonTM with your name on it, Robin. :deal

    The big GS needs a front wheel, so MMS is in $special pricing$ mode on the DRjr :nod
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  6. waybill

    waybill wayward

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    Meet the DR650 from hell.

    Minimum 15 minutes and 2 guys taking turns.

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    Some days you could've gotten this one free! :D
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  7. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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    I've heard the DR650 is quite the PITA too! :lol3

    For a 650, the XRR is a piece of cake. I can start it with flip flops on. :deal


    Here's a chucklehead that started a BRP barefoot... :huh

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    Try that with a DR350 or DR650 and you'll wind up with a broken foot. :eek1
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  8. Chicken Helmet

    Chicken Helmet I'm A Stumperâ„¢

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    Technically 94, starts the as good as it gets and it ends with the last year and their "superior" forks, although I have the cure for that...:evil
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  9. Bobby Ginger

    Bobby Ginger Cat Herder

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    All that with a heater in his mouth. The video should have started, "hold my beer watch this". :rofl
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  10. Radiator

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    Is this bike able to be registered for street use? Some of the DRs are "off-road" only I believe...
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  11. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    I've watched a lot of videos about kick starting, and even had a kick-start only bike myself (an old MX100), but I know I don't know a thing about the bigger bikes except that I don't even understand how the guy in the video kicked it three times (with the clicking) before he went for it on the fourth kick.

    I know it's about setting up the piston, but that's about it... and I don't think I've ever seen someone false-kick three times before starting it on the fourth.

    All I do know is that I was severely injured by a big bike I tried to help kick start (again, NOT knowing shit about what I needed to do, and while trying to kick it in boat-shoes) when the kicker came up as my foot slipped off and broke an artery open inside my lower leg.

    WIthin seconds the side of my leg had a huge elongated bubble pushing out as far as the skin would stretch from all the blood that was being pushed out of that artery. I felt an immense amount of pain, and ... until I actually can take a fully-organized class (like a MSF beginner riding class, but entirely focused on one thing - kick starting) on it, I don't ever want to kick another large bike, and may not even try to eve kick a small bike again.

    Call me a pussy, but fuck... I could have had serious complications when I did try it over 20 years ago, so I ain't trying it again unless I really have to.
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  12. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    Compression release lever mounted on the bars. Pull the lever on the bars and an arm comes down and holds the exhaust valves open. It lets you kick through a full stroke without hitting comrpession.

    Kicking 101:
    • Kick through a bunch of times with decomp pulled and choke set appropriately.
    • Release the decomp.
    • Find TDC.
    • Pull decomp and run kicker about 1".
    • Release decomp
    • Kicker back at top of stroke and kick full stroke.

    Magic.
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  13. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    I seriously wouldn't know if I found TDC, lol.

    Thanks though. Great explanation - I'm still gonna stay the F away from big-bike kick starts till they come out with a course for it :D
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  14. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    TDC is when you can't move the kicker anymore after releasing the decomp lever.

    I just got a big bike with a kick start. I flailed away at it for a few minutes when I got it, then went and found a thread here on ADV on how to do it right. It's like magic now.
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