DR750 & DR800 owners thread

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

  1. morse

    morse Been here awhile

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    You got a point about the choke, I've been wondering myself too, but it really does make it harder to turn over, you can feel it with a dead battery.
    I learned it from this german page, its under bump starting.
    http://home.germany.net/avehrenb/DR800maintenance.html

    Anyone has an idea just exactly how could a choke make it harder to turn the engine round.

    Oh and your right about the deco, if the engine is in the right stroke, it's better to release the deco before starting.
  2. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    No question - CRF forks are excellent. I personally just did not want USD forks (remember my email? I like "sleepers") and I am not good enough to notice difference in how WP Extreme work vs. CRF forks.

    But brakes...CRF brakes are offroad brakes. And all limitations of them are + point offroad and big problem on road. Stock CRF brake disk is tiny, you will need 300-320 disk. That means relocating caliper. That means making adaptor... So why would you need CRF brake if you can not bolt it directly to forks?
    That's my reasons :)
  3. Letsgo21

    Letsgo21 Been here awhile

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    My bad...i meant for offroad purpose.
    When talking onroad i think its hard to beat the AT forks/brake setup (later models-if these will fit exactly?) I mean, there's no bike coming closer to the BIG then the AT...when talking dual sport...
  4. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    You absolutely right. AT front is easy to install on DR if you use SR43 forks. And you get twin-disk setup of AT.
    But I still feel my current setup of WP forks and Beringer 4-pot (which is not as powerful as Braking, but very decent and predictable bite) + set of 17" wheels and set of my stock wheels with Pirelli MT21 I still have on them in combination with hydraulic lift makes DR highly "universal" device :) it's just so much work I am going to miss lot of spring riding. :cry
    On other hand...I can ride my VTR that stood still for quite a while :evil and get DR ready in mean time.
  5. Letsgo21

    Letsgo21 Been here awhile

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    You lucker:D

    I will mis a lot of riding to, but hey, if i dont do the work now, i'll miss summer and the winter in a no-heated garage aint no fun place to be so...
    Well, i only have the stock wheels with pirelli mt60's fitted and i was truly surprised with the amount of grip/handling both on/offroad.Front forks and especially brakes are terrible if yre used to ride sportbikes so i guess the search for upgrades begins :wink: I think i'd go with the AT-setup, combined with better set of springs.
  6. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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  7. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Just a point...

    Nordwest...
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    RC600...
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    Only the Nordwest has the sought after caliper.
  8. Letsgo21

    Letsgo21 Been here awhile

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    Unbelieveable, i bet google is yr middlename:D That's exactly the info i needed, tnx!!! Unfortunately the pdf's on his site are down, but still, great site!
  9. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Has anyone considered the forks from the Suzuki DRZ400.

    I have had a special steering stem made to be able to use these forks on my Transalp/Africa Twin hybrid. Purchase of the DR750 has put this project temporarily on hold until I can afford the SM disc conversion and front brake mastercylinder and brake line. I have the forks, front wheel,axle and brake caliper.

    I have a DRZ400 and like the front forks. They have huge (49mm) tubes and are a conventional (not USD) design. I still prefer a conventional fork. I have never felt the need for a fork brace using these forks. They are damper rod forks (after 2002) and have compression and rebound adjusters. They are available on US ebay quite often for reasonable prices.

    Looking at the front wheels of the DR750 and DRZ400 I see some family traits. I don't know about axle diameters and steering head bearing sizes but I'd bet a swap would be within reason. One would most likely have to graft the triple clamps from the DRZ onto the DR frame since the DRZ fork tubes are too large to allow use of the stock DR clamps.
  10. robmoto

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    Thanks for info regards. Rob
  11. ztaj

    ztaj jatz

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    O.K.

    Here's another one. Big River on the West Coast
    Thanks to NordieBoy for the photo

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  12. MCmad

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    And that not as easy as it looks wrestling the 180kgs of Big though the rocky river bed , Mine wanted to sink last time I tryed and boy did I gun it to make sure I got out ( obviosly in my case I had misread the softness of the river bed but the water roost was cool )
  13. ztaj

    ztaj jatz

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    The deep bit was over by the bank behind me :eek1 Kind of hard to see the bottom in the shade with water that colour
  14. MCmad

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  15. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Thanks for the tips on polisport and venom.

    Is there a common fit that comes with wind deflectors? I'm thinking I will not be off-roading the DRBig in the near future.

    Any chance VStrom guards will fit?
  16. MCmad

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    Well will you look at that, Finally got a picture up after several tries, it seems you have to clic the lower category for bulliten bourds to get image on page IMG Code - Forums & Bulletin BoardsIMG Code - Forums & Bulletin Boards

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  17. NORTH RIDER

    NORTH RIDER Been here awhile

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    feeling much better today about my bike. took the tanks off and they are now getting repaired and repainted. i don't think I'll be able to save the tank emblem. with the tank removed you can see that the frame and all other plastics are still in excellent shape. i was surprised that the BEAK and the tank cover were actually not broken in any way. the black rubber part that holds the tank is broken but i have a used one coming from germany, also got the original tool kit from germany. the rest of the bike looks very good no rust spots to worry about . we'll see how the tanks come out . while i was playing with it i grabbed the spare set of crashbars from the africa twin and they could be made to work, so i might end up using them .

    north rider
  18. MCmad

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    Morning North, Remember you own a rare beast and after youv done your work youl have to fend off all the on lookers ever time you park it

    This is how we do it in NZ on our metal roads YE HARR
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  20. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Tick-tock. Tick-tock.

    I pick up the DRBig tomorrow :D :1drink