DR650 Street Tracker Build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by JagLite, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    I like it :D

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    I hope you do too.

    I am going to lower the back end an inch or so...
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  2. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Awesome job. It looks like it should be a lot of fun to ride.

    I don't know how much farther you want to take it, but with a $70 grooving iron you can make a street tire look a little more like a flat track tire:

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  3. XRGRIFF

    XRGRIFF Adventurer

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    Where do I buy one of these groovers for $70 ?
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  4. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    I'm dang impressed!


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  5. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Deluxe-110-Volt-250-Watt-Grooving-Iron,6583.html

    The same company also sells a more powerful unit with a red handle - do not buy it; you have to unplug it and let it cool down after ten minutes or the handle will melt. I melted mine just a fraction of the way through the first tire. They sent me the one above as a replacement and it has worked great on multiple tires without any unplugging.
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  6. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Jag, any chance we could get a weight comparison before and after?

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  7. JagLite

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    Ok, I finally had time to pull the tracker out and weigh it.
    It is complete except no oil and no gas.
    Tomorrow I will pick up the oil...
    I wonder what the lightest oil is? :rofl

    Suzuki lists the DR650 at 366 lbs.
    (This one was a bit over that since the Corbin seat is heavy)

    The tracker is now 297. :clap
    With oil it will be just over my goal of 300.

    The stock rear wheel is heavy so if I replace it with a Warp 9 it would be under 300 without gas.
    If I could just afford to buy one that is... :cry
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  8. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    That's great. On my GR650 tracker build my bike also lost 70 lbs. Almost all the weight came off the rear of the bike so now the rear looses traction easily. I'm always leaning back to try and keep the rear wheel gripping.

    Have you ridden the bike much?
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  9. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    No riding yet.

    I did ride the "Before" bike a couple times after I bought it.
    That's when I realized it needed a lot of work.
    Bearings, brakes, hoses, cables, etc...
    The engine runs well and might even be a little stronger than my other DR650, my regular ride.

    Then I decided to turn it into a street tracker hot rod project and have just finished it.
    We still have 2 feet of snow on the ground but it is melting now so I hope to be able to ride it next month.
    I am looking forward to it!

    One week from today I take it to the annual motorcycle show here in Anchorage where it will join the HD choppers, sport bikes, a few cafe' racers, and BMW GS's that will be on display.
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  10. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    That is too cool, you should submit it to pipeburn or bikeexif. It's better then some of the crap they put up. I think the stance looks great, I'd be worried if you lower the back end it'll mess that up.

    This is still a loaner bike for friends who come visit, right? :deal
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  11. TheWall

    TheWall 0 miles and counting

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    It's a work of art. Hope to see you cruising around town on it once the snow melts!
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  12. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    Way cool! Perhaps those long winters are not all bad? :D
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  13. Transalp Jas

    Transalp Jas Been here awhile

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    Fantastic job!
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  14. Iron_HawK

    Iron_HawK Farkle Enthusiast

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    Awesome Build man! Great job on the subframe. The DR650 is a great bike. Happy Riding
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  15. JagLite

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    After a late night last chance finish up, I loaded the Tracker on the trailer to take it to the annual motorcycle show.
    It is 6 degrees F this morning with a 15 mph breeze.
    Great start for the motorcycle show...

    I had to bring it to work this morning as I won't have time to drive home and get it during lunch when I have to take it to the arena.
    Here it is in the parking lot at the office:


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    One of the last projects was to make the engine side case cover/protectors. They are held on with Velcro like the frame covers.
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  16. JagLite

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    Well that was interesting.
    I dropped the bike off yesterday and went to the show today to see all the bikes.

    Was I ever surprised :eek1 to see this:



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    First place!

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    Mine wasn't the only tribute to the classic AJS bikes though, another builder entered this beautifully done Yamaha built as a cafe' racer:

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    I hope to be able to talk with the owner tomorrow at the show.
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  17. TheWall

    TheWall 0 miles and counting

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    Congrats! :freaky
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  18. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    Nicely done!
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  19. thebigman

    thebigman bout a dollar 3.98

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    Yes indeedy...:deal
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  20. Lizrdbrth

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    :clap:clap:clap
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