DR750 & DR800 owners thread

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  1. ztaj

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  2. ztaj

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    Nice bike, sure - if you need help - always welcome! 100 NZ - what's that in Euro? I mean - real, not internet rates?
    But the photos! Wow! What a stunning nature!

    BTW - I totally agree about DR on high speed. Really weird that tumper goes like stink between 100 and 140. Of course not comparing with my other bike - VTR or any roadbike for that matter, but comparing to true DS....wow! It does not notice my wife as pillion and 3 had luggage cases.
    Which is good, as I am off to Norway on 14 August...
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  4. Molgan

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    Ah ok. I would definately say the 800 got more pull at 110 kmh as you say. It never hesitates even if I overload the bike, the Ten struggles a lot more. I usually kick it down a gear if I'm going to pass a vehicle at that speed since the Ten delivers the most around 5500-6000rpm (110kmh ~ 4200rpm on top gear). On the 800 I just pull the throttle. So, when it comes to brute force the Ten got nothing on the 800, the Ten has a wider rpm range though so it's easier to handle.

    Still the Ten is a bit more comfortable on open road cruising. If it's not too windy, going steady at 160kmh isn't a problem while 120kmh is the most relaxed. The suspension works really well, the bike doesn't vibrate as much as the 800 (part from some annoying vibes in the handlebar) and the windshield does a good job. Took the Ten on a 2000 km trip, and the first thing I did when I got back home was taking the bike out on a cruising in town. I think that gives an idea about how comfortable I think the bike is. The engine is a bit weak though and could do with some modding..

    @ztaj: Really nice bike and that water makes me wanna swim. =)
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  6. bluesman

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    that's correct, flow goes that way.
    Normally you shoul open up center of the filter by cutting bigger hole in top of the filter. Usually on my 800 (different filter, same principle) I am cutting following pressed edge

    Attached is photo where I marked cut. This is not ideal, because you actually creating unstable airflow on that sharp edge, but it is still better than stock. To make it nicer it is recommended to actually use some kind of "flow smoothener" on that metal edge, for example that stuff that used on windscreens on bikes, the round edging rubber.
    Then you need to get intake to match inlet of modified filter - no point opening up filter if intake still restrictive.
    As far as I remember on 750 air intake is under left side plastick cover and has snorkel, correct?

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  7. NordieBoy

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    Nice photo.

    Looks like you could drop your front tyre pressure a bit though.

    :1drink
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    Yes, correct, theres a snorkel thing behind the plastic cover, so I open that up to about the same size ?
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  9. MCmad

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    Some Pics taken today at Port Wiakato Auckland NZ

    Hay Ztaj just realized you a fellow NZer cool Im wanting to compile a NZ owner List Maybe ,we can Start DR Big NZ rides

    Molgan are those revs at 110kph correct if so I:d say that would be a reason for not so much passing power as My DR with standard gearing is doing approx 4750rpm at that speed Which allows it a top speed of Aprox 175kph at the 7500rpm redline, your Ten would be trying to pull about the same wieght with less rpm,
    Still recon The Tens a good looker thou and probable easier to live with over a long distance as theres only so much one can do to smooth out that Big Dr power pulse I notice it seems real smooth at the start off a ride but after a few hundred ks she starts to wear you down, but boy can it pass things quick

    Also I will record were we all come from at No 1 post

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  10. MCmad

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    Got it on the rev limiter on one off these ( 8500rpm I think ) which is easy to do with loud pipes

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    Resting after a bit off a play

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  12. bluesman

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    Well, normally yes - the only problem on 750 is that for future you should think about making some kind of snorkel of bigger size that goes/facing upwards from airbox - on 800 it is under seat, so no probs. But on 750 is better to find way to protect it from water. To be safe I would recommend simply making new airbox cover - either buy second hand and modify or make it from sometrhing flat. It is always experimenting a bit.
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  13. Molgan

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    Yep the "numb butt syndrome" is very annoying after a while. :D

    Nice pics!
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    Quiet in the cheap seats you:ddog
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  15. ztaj

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    800 rider

    The guy I got my bike of had 2 of them in Christchurch (perhaps thats the one peril (kb) saw.
    He rebuilt both of them aparently, hoping to entice his brother out from the u.k. to do some adv riding.
    Mine still needs a bit of tidying up but it's got good bones, and is quite rideable.
    Top speed ? I havn't really wound it out but 140 is no trouble at all. I like the delivery of power, don't have to keep the revs above 4500 like the bmw, this thing will quite happily pulls from 2500 (and makes an awsome noise at the same time).
    Yip, gaspipes bike is certainly a looker, I read the report of his ride after picking it up in Canada, and was quite impressed.

    Can you buy pannier frames for these or is it best to custom make your own ?
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    Ztaj thats interesting, I was lucky to nab mine from a Guy in Napier Who said that he bought it off a guy who had 2, I guess the other was yours that would make our bikes brothers, mine has only done 30.000k so I dont think it would have had the engine rebuilt unless the guy was very fussy and they say these engines can do big ks easily, Having said that It uses no oil so you never know. As you say these engines are real bruisers so much low end grunt,
    You can buy lots of stuff out off Europe for them but otherwise youl have to retro fitt something or maybe use soft bags otherwise you could track down gaspipe by clicking his profile and see were he:s posting, I did leave him a mesage but not sure if he will get it ?

    Check out this for parts and drool www.dr-big-shop.de/
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  17. ztaj

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    I tried to get some info out of suzuki nz about how many were brought into the country but they couldn't tell me, I guess I could tried ltnz to see how many are still road legal.
    Followed a link to an e-bay sale of a 750 once, it stated there were only 120 made world wide, can any body confirm this or is it just a sales pitch ?
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    total sales pitch. LOADS were made. But not much of DR-Zeta was made (Dakar bike). I guess about 120 is right for DR-Zeta model.
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