DR750 & DR800 owners thread

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

  1. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Just finished installing dual headlights from Lars last night.

    Treated the neighbors to 15 minutes of idling SR41 at 10 pm. while I a adjusted the beam.

    Only Plugged in one light since my relay kit has not yet arrived. I guess the relays look enough likek a large detonator to get hung up in customs.
  2. robmoto

    robmoto Long timer

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    Ray useless without photo,s :D.
    If you want a taller wider screen HRT sells them for a SR/41 but beware your bark busters will hit them on full lock, it flares out just after the mounting screws to get the extra width.
    Off to the the loaded dog rally this week end .
  3. Tony T

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    Some assembly required, but she's back home where she belongs........ :clap

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    With my other love............ :evil
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    For those who don't know the story, I bought this bike new in 1988 and sold it 15 years ago. The guy I sold it to called me a couple of weeks ago to ask if I wanted it back.......... I did!
  4. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello guys, hello Tony,
    now I'm pretty sure that I have seen your avatar in the 'Elefant sighting'- and 'Elefant technical'-Threads. Your bikes are a nice pair!!!
    @ Resi: Although I could never do it, I already knew this version of a 'detachable' rear-loop. You're not afraid of TÜV, are you? :rofl
    Kind regards, Bambi
  5. Resi

    Resi Been here awhile

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    Hehe...:evil
    As long as the TÜV-guy needs my help to get on my Bigs for a test ride I am not.
    Let him jingle the spokes to get himself satisfied and he won't look too close :lol3

    Cheers,
    LarS
  6. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    I had a long look around Stefan's site and could not find anything about the 43 screen on the 41.

    If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.
  7. Resi

    Resi Been here awhile

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  8. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Robs right...threads without photos are boring - so here's the photos:

    New (for me) SR43 and SR41 with Lars headlights.

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    NOT a big fan of black. A repaint or new body panels preferable 1991 model in RED. Then black rims and a silver (like the swingarm) frame...at least that's the current plan.

    Anyone out there with 91 red plastic that wants a trade?
  9. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello Ray,
    I forgot to tell you to look into the gallery, sorry. There is no discription but I think, you can see it by the pics.
    Btw: Your 43 looks pretty small beside your 41!
    Kind regards, Bambi
  10. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Thanks Bambi,

    Lars shoved me in the correct direction.

    I didn't realize how different the two bikes were. Suzuki certainly decided to take much more of a "road" emphasis with the later models.

    Some of this is photo perspective but the bikes do have different personalities. I'll have to take one of those "concourse-on-the-golf-course" photos like Rob did if I can ever get my lawn to look like that.

    The extra frame gussets are nice and should be on the SR41s. It's going to take a bit more work to make the 43 as fast as the 41 when off-road.

    The really "cool" thing about the 43 is the ability to change the color of the bike by just replacing all the plastic. No painting of steel tanks necessary. Now, if those panels weren't so expensive or available in the US, I'd really have something.
  11. bluesman

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    Road oriented SR43? Offroad oriented SR41?

    Well....

    Just back from 3000+ km ride around Morocco. With quite a few offroad. Quite hardcore.
    Not a hitch wrong doing it with SR43 on 17" wheels even with road tyre at back.
    If I'd had stock suspension on SR43,42,41 or even DR650 I'd be having my bike evacuated back to Belgium.
    Thank's myself for WP Extreme forks and Wilbers shock. And thanks SR43 for reinforced frame and 5 less liters of fuel right on top of the bike.

    The only drawback - I killed my oil rings on newly installed piston. Need new piston-rings.

    IMHO there is totally no better bike for this than SR43 or SR41 or SR42 any Big for this matter. I find SR41/42/43 stock difference in one being better offroad than other a bit of myth now.

    But I would not do it with stock suspension (even packed with different springs, intiminators etc.) for sure at risk of bad accident. Difference is amazing - it is firs time I did it with WPs and Wilbers and I never thought I'd be capable of this level of offroad ride before. Best ride I had so far.

    If you have chance guys - get 10 days of riding Morocco, you won't regret it. Amazing country and amazing place to ride.
  12. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Uhmmmm....Bluesman.....errr

    What Rob said about photos........yeah, that.






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  13. ausibatla

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    Ray,
    black with gold striping and decals always look regal. eg: Yamaha 'Midnight Special and John Player Norton. Another one I like is the Red, Orange and yellow striping and decals against the black.
    Cheers.
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  14. shanekfalcon

    shanekfalcon Been here awhile

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    Hi everyone,
    My 800 has been a bit of a headache of late, so I haven't been too active here. Issues with no spark - finally resolved. I've bought a balancer link chain and was going to replace it myself but chickened out. Anyhow, my mechanic said he will do it but would need the appropriate puller.
    Is there a bike specific puller to the 800? if so, how can I get my hands on one?
    Thanks,
    Shane
  15. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Certainly did not mean to imply that the 43 is no good off-road. Only that over time it seems every manufacturer seems to "chicken-out" with their DualSport machines in that they always seem to get more "streetified" (nice work, eh)

    I've never seen a bike that got more off - road oriented over time.

    As far as fuel load goes, the DR is a quantum leap better than the Africa Twin. I really don't notice a full tank on the DR.....with the AT it's very top heavy with full tank.

    Can't handle Gold, Lloyd, thanks anyway. Any photos of these striping kits your referring to?
  16. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Got mine here:

    http://www.dssalesusa.net/contact.html


    MP#39 (42mmX1.5) I think this is the correct size.
  17. mait

    mait Been here awhile

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    Ride report with plenty of photos? Don't let us wait too long.
    And what happened to the oil ring?


  18. shanekfalcon

    shanekfalcon Been here awhile

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    Thanks Ladder. I'll send them an email but it also looks like there is a matching MCS product, so I may be on my way. Really appreciate the advice.
  19. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    TonyT,

    I'm coveting your right side case and kick-starter....very nice.
  20. bluesman

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    2 of my friends had HD video on :) we have probably 200 GB of video and photos....it's going to be loooong write up :)

    We just trying to upload data on.

    Oil ring...
    Well, you know some time back I had top-end re-done. I got bored out 0 size cylinder to +0.5 and re-used what seemed to be almost new piston +0.5 I had. I measured it all - all was in service limits. But I forgot to measure oil ring. Only measured compression rings.
    Compression was OK when I tested. I slowly added up about 300 km with new top end. Then I "lost" it and let it work hard for next 500 km. Now it eats oil for breakfast, lunch and dinner :cry
    What is totally mysterious - where oil goes to. Bike does not smoke much, certainly not with oil. But I believe that oil ring was worn and I have to put new piston in. I have spare re-bored to +1 service cylinder, so I need to buy +1 piston and change barrel and piston. And let it run in properly for God sake :lol3

    But oil is no problem in Morocco. Each petrol station have more oil choice than car shop in Belgium. I used scary 5 liters of oil for 3500 km :eek1 and I did all I could to avoid revving it past 5000