DR750 & DR800 owners thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by MCmad, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Jack Rabbit

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    North Rider, If someone hasn't offered yet, Send me your email and I will send you some pics of my 750. It doesn't have the original headlight assembly or bars but most everything else should be in it's proper place. Sorry to hear your luck about gettin a crappy deal buying sight unseen.
  2. Chanterman

    Chanterman Been here awhile

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    The bike looks ok and everything is there.When I pull on the De com lever it is always slack but nevertheless I hold it down an turn the engine a few revs and let go ....... whoosh we`re away, battery MUST be in top condition as the piston is like a bin lid. The wires on the clutch for starting are joined so I don`t have to pull the clutch lever in as well
  3. robmoto

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    North Rider the same thing happend to me payed 3800 dollars Australian for some thing really worth maybe 1800 dollars sight unseen but thats the way it goes these days just consider it a challange and it will be ok everything can be fixed or made better ,regards Rob.
  4. robmoto

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    Thanks for the info but is a bit much for me can I send photos to you and you put them up as you are the closest to me my email is taylorcarpentry@skymesh.com.au regards, Rob.
  5. bluesman

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    Believe it or not but it is only way my 17 inch Berg rim agrees to lace to DR hub. I do not give a damn about style (hey, I am DR rider! ;)) and I really do not want to go that route given choice. I am stuck.
    See photos.
    This is why it refuses to lace normally - one side laces perfectly, this is other side when one side is laced correctly (thanks God I have that spare "test" DR hub)

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    Here is how I CAN lace it:
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  6. bluesman

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    NorthRider - email sent. It comes from my mail bluesman_ip@yahoo.com in case your email system spam filter is overenthusiatic :)
    I attached some sections of workshop manual including all cable/lines routing stuff.

    Your bike looks better than mine. On mine I do not even paint plastic if it scratched. I only paing and keep supernice all "metal bits" that are functional
  7. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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  8. Chanterman

    Chanterman Been here awhile

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    nice one ray:clap , may see you around Lancashire:freaky .
  9. bluesman

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    Pretty sight! :) Congratulations!
    Only suggestion I have - change mounting system for those crashbars. They really to flimsy (tested unfortunately). To keep that nice look of the bike undamaged ;) If you handy with welder and angle grinder - one day job.
  10. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    That would be cool. Mini-meet perhaps?

    Hoping to pick the bike up on Sunday.
  11. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    I am about as much use as a mouse in boxing gloves when it comes to mechanics. Which is partly why this one was so attractive; rebuilt engine, everything checked (carbs, valves, etc) :D .
  12. ztaj

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    Yeah, send em through if you like.
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  13. ztaj

    ztaj jatz

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    Congrats on the purchase :D North rider, let the Farkling begin :clap
    Mitas tyres are used by quite a few ADV riders that I know of, One won't buy anything else, That looks like an E-09 on the back of yours,I have a set of E-08 for road use. You should get good mileage out of it for a dual purpose tyre, and they stick on the road well.
  14. ztaj

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    Nice :D
  15. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Bluesman,

    I'm certainly not a wheel expert, but that looks a bit scarey to me.

    The whole point of the 17 is harder use, correct? Harder cornering and braking loads. Given that I would stay far away from any form of radial lacing.

    It may be that the rim and hub are just not compatible. I'd take it to a wheel expert to see what can be done (redrilling rim etc). The wheel guys always seem to have a few tricks.
  16. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Northrider,

    I know it can be difficult to tell from photos but that bike doesn't look terrible to me.

    Paint on engine cases looks good. Rear suspension links are clean and look to be rust-free. No rust around spoke nipples and rims look good.

    A few dings around the tank seam but mine has those too on one side. Riding (well falling over anyway) without crashbars will do this. I doesn't look like it was dropped at speed - no scrapes - just maybe a shop floor or trailside tip-over.

    Close-ups may show it worse than the first photo, but based on what you showed us, I'd have bought it myself. I'm happy to hear your pretty much over your initial disappointment and are thinking about making the machine your own.


    RayRev,

    Nice bike.....very....ermmm....Black. It looks great but I'd be worried about the machinie being too hidden..... particularly in an urban environment. Hopefully drivers in the UK are more aware of bikes than the brain-dead,mobile-talking,coffee-swilling,lipstick-applying,stereo-blasting,text-messaging,morons on our roads.



    I spent a few hours at the DMV trying to get my new bike registered. "The VIN doesn't work" the nice lady says. Now I have to bring the bike in so they can verify that the VIN is not 17 digits like it's "supposed" to be.

    I'm trying to decide if I should be honest and let them see the bike (as they've requested) or if I should just give up on the process being fair and ride the bike with the plate from the DRZ400. Which will work as long as it doesn't involve a vehicle accident.
    Ray
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  17. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    It's likely I'll wear a hi-vis for the roads. It makes a big difference imho. Maybe when I have some cash I can think about a paintjob for the bike.
  18. bluesman

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    Yep, I realize that. I just though may be I am being too "bothered" with details - some of my mates just go ahead with mods and think later :lol3
    I ditched idea of relacing stock hub and lacing back on stock Husaberg hub that wheel had originally. I found that I can easily install stock DR 300mm disk on it, and second set of wheels (stok DR with knbby tyres) already adapted to match WP Extreme forks (got them with those Berg wheels), so for quick change of wheels I will need no more than 15-30 minutes (change wheels and unbolt caliper-bolt it back with 2 spacers). I am going to drill new holes in disk holder and I am done. To my luck - Husaberg hub have 120 mm diameter of flange for brake disk and DR is 121. So it will not be even major mod.
    As for wheel guys - can't trust them (paranoid?) It's no UK mechanics-wise, it is not popular business here. I even buy bolts and nuts in UK because can't get 12.9 grade here. And they charge fortunes. So it is always "tricky" workarounds for me :lol3 Good that lacing it back "as was" is simple task
  19. bluesman

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    Yep, it's good to be seen. HID lights help a lot :evil but generally DR is very tall bike and stands out like nobody's business when headlight is on. I never had people giving way to me like when I am on DR comparing to time I ride my VTR. Couple of tape-like high-vis stickers along front edge of plastic around tank help too.
  20. snocross

    snocross carbikesledboatrockaholic

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    New DR800 rider from Finland signs in!

    I´ve been watching this forum as a lurker for few weeks and desided to register. Have to say this DR BIG thread is worth diamonds for all of us who have this unique bike! Loads of inspirational and useful information!

    I guess i`ll be making guestions as my projekt continues. Nothing wrong in the bike and good contition, but improving and trying to make it to look as new as possible is part of the hobby :wink:

    Only two photos taken of it but more is coming when the project continues. I dont know how to post pictures but here is the link:
    http://212.149.223.30:5555/pasi/