DR650 3rd gear blowups

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by NordieBoy, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    I just checked the safari book and in 96 Robert Gronlund from Sweden put a DR650 into 3rd overall behind Hendrecs on a XR600 and Glenn Hoffmann on a KTM 620EGS.

    in 97 Michael Shearer put his DR650 in 3rd as well, behind Haydon on a 640 and Sinderberry on an XR600.

    So you were more correct than me.

    Edit, I just read the bit you were talking about on the VSM website and it does indeed state that they got a second overall in 96 and 3rd in 97...
  2. bkoz

    bkoz Been here awhile

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    I will put my hand up as the next guy who blows up a DR. Has my DR seen deep sand, many times. Has my DR seen mx tracks yup, and bottomed hard enough to leave skid plate marks.

    Does my bike miss shifts when riding hard and shifting into 3rd. Yup.

    Is this going to be the first bike I have lunched a trans in. Nope. And it won't be the the last.

    Am I scared to keep riding it? No way. When my dream of riding to South America comes true it will probably be on the DR.

    I owned a KLR. Too much of pig offroad. The new Terra is just as heavy. IMHO the 640 is higher maintenance and sucks on the highway and the 690 too expensive. For me, as a multiple bike owner, the DR fits its niche perfectly.

    I am hoping this thread scares off a bunch of DR owners and drops the price on used bikes and parts so I can fix mine for even cheaper than it already is.:D
  3. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Not much chance of scaring off potential DR riders. Over the last 10 years the numbers just going up.
    Speaking of rallies ... here is a fun read. Airborne Andy rode his DR in the Baja 1000 ... then turned round and rode to all through S. America.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262536&highlight=DR650+Baja+1000

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    And just few other recent major tours starring the DR650 ... there are lots more out there if you look around:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=556240&highlight=DR650+Baja
    Jammin Jay
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=673764&highlight=DR650+Baja
    Big Al Smith
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.phpt=669987&highlight=DR650+Baja&page=3
    Jedi Master S. America
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=704429&highlight=DR650+Baja
    Lars from Joberg (girl friend riding DR650)
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=627428&highlight=DR650+Baja
    Airborne Andy
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=600065&highlight=DR650+Baja
    evermore
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=521136&highlight=DR650+Baja

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=582578&highlight=jedimaster
    JediMaster N. America
  4. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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  5. cedestech

    cedestech Adventurer

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  6. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Rear wheel locked up..........

    Nothing to see here.. move along.

    Absolutely no excuse for this as more than a fluke. 1 in 1000 or 1 in 500 isn't good enough.
  7. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    17k miles or km?
    What year?
  8. cedestech

    cedestech Adventurer

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    Miles. 2003. 99.9% street miles.
  9. cedestech

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    Yeah, I would agree but out of warranty is out of warranty.... Mine was at 30 MPH and straight up at least.... Still sucks.
  10. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Have you confirmed it's 3rd?
  11. cedestech

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    Nope and probably won't.... when I started it this morning it had been rolling around in 2nd or third because I had to get it to neutral to start.

    :evil
  12. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    It started?

    Wow.

    Then its worth pulling apart to check.
  13. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    That's what I was thinking! DON'T run it anymore! ... just open it up and get to work! Probably not much damage. Worth fixing, IMO.

    You may have dodged a bullet ... maybe just a flesh wound on this one?

    Good luck!
  14. Foot dragger

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    So,how come there are all those "My Lc4 makes a funny noise" threads,or just plain explosion stories about the silly things? It does seem like more Lc4's scatter their gizzards then most bikes.

    But a DR is in no way a comparison to a good Lc4,DR is a wide glide tank while an Lc4 is a strong thumping good handling euro bike that runs well and is pretty good right out of the box.
    They do seem to have more then their share of problems staying together at times though.
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    Its good to see the 3rd gear failure thread is still going strong,I just beat my DR hard for 700 miles of backroads and dirt to the coast and back and it ran great as always,not a funny noise to be heard,like about 99% of all DR's on the road.

    Keep it up though.
  15. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    Most LC4 owners will tell you there bikes have been nothing but reliable with routine maintenance.

    A vast majority of the threads about LC4 problems have been caused my incompetent people working on them or stupid mistakes by the owners.

    My comment was directed at one person who continually sticks his nose into threads about bikes he knows nothing about and spreads crap about them.

    Bottom line is that the LC4 is way more reliable than the internet myth that people like ADVtroll are spreading...
  16. warewolf

    warewolf Tyre critic

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    Because they all sound like that. It's not a sign of impending doom :lol3

    tHEtREV is on the money. All that extra performance is due to attention to design and less unnecessary fat everywhere. That alone makes them less tolerant of neglect than other brands. Every part is engineered to do its job/s and no more, unlike other brands which are crudely over-engineered because it's cheap and/or easy. You probably see more calls for help on the internet due to the rarity of the bikes: people often can't just go in to a nearby dealer who's had experience with them.

    Sure, there's a couple of easily fixed issues, just like the KLR's doohickey and the DR's ignition pickup mount (or whatever it is), and so what? Before I bought mine I did my research, and quickly found so many examples of supposedly stone-reliable jappers imploding I figured it was a lottery anyway, at least I may as well ride a bike I like until it happens! :dunno

    In our "local" circle of riders, coupla dozen, we've had several DR650 3rd gear blowups, one 640 top-end failure (and he's gone on to own two more KTM RFS bikes) and a couple of KLR oil-burners. We don't give a shit about the badge on the bike, we just enjoy the good times together. Because like the Hokey Pokey, that's what it's all about :wink:
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  18. Foot dragger

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    I here you,Ive had about 14 KTM's since 1978 and liked em all a lot,from 200's to a 620SC that flat ripped and was plated. Ive got a 2011 530 now and it amazes me every time I ride it.
    Pulls 90mph uphill in sand with more in reserve and the suspension is hands down the best stock suspension Ive tried.

    My DR is for just going somewhere and not worrying about putting miles on it or riding like my inner hooligan says I should,if it scatters I can find another engine, but it probably wont scatter.

    Im hoping this 530 is one of those that runs for 3 or 4 hundred hours with not much issue,its so much fun I'll just fix it if it needs fixing though.
    I figure a good handling well suspended bike saves me time spent in hospital,no kidding.

    New 690's are nice though.
  19. Adv Grifter

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    hey man, welcome back! How was your AK/Cross country trip? Did you end up going? Still on the road? And what bike did you end up taking? If you have a ride report/Pics, can you post the link? :ear:ear:ear
  20. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    And thats why I like my LC4, I can put miles on, act like a hooligan and not worry about it scattering its internals all over the road.:lol3

    But they are not for everyone, they have there traits that some people can't live with.

    I hope it didn't sound like I was knocking the DR, because I'm not.

    Looking at that list it says Philth has blown three gearboxes.

    He is a hard man on bikes and rides big distances over the most isolated spots in Australia.

    But his last DR got retired after some massive runs and he has just taken delivery of another DR.

    So if someone who has blown three gearboxes thinks that the DR is still the bike of choice, there must be a bit OK, and the 3rd gear "problem" must not be to concerning.

    I know DRjoe also bought another DR after his blowup, and probably a lot of others.

    And I have said before, I wouldn't worry about the 3rd gear if I was in the market for a bike like the DR, the internet makes everything sound worse than it is.

    In fact it can be so good at making things sound worse than they are, there are some people out there who think the LC4's scatter there gizzards on a regular basis because of things written on the net.:lol3