DR750 & DR800 owners thread

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

  1. bluesman

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    Yep, this is what I did not like about AT too.
    But to be honest what I meant - we never ever needed whole 24 liters of SR43 tank, I mean - I never ever needed it.
    We had 1200 GSA with us (good machine, let rider work light where we have to rely on pure skill, I am impressed) but his 33 liter tank was kinda...pointless :) If I'd had 20 liters I would not have problem either.
    One easy day my DR did straight 4.6 liter per 100 km for whole day!
  2. Tony T

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    You make it sound so dirty.......... :lol3

    Yeah, it's a cool thing but the best bits are inside the engine. e.g. close ratio gearbox, camshaft etc. :evil

    When I get into the restoration, I'll share some pics.
  3. robmoto

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    Tony T glad she,s back home, and still in good nick looks like it won,t take much to get it back to its former glory.

    Ray you got the black limosine model :lol3, orange like Lars has on his sr/42 or yellow like mine I think would be good .
    Google POR 15 paint for frame and hubs etc but you will have to use a proper filter mask and gogles minimum.
    Don,t forget to take off all the splatters from the welding done by suzuki, all those little prill thingy,s .
    2 pack enamel for the plastics, but make sure you use what they call plastic primer before applying the colour coats.

    Blue now that confirms it I just might have the best off road bike,
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  4. robmoto

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    Blue if you can source 1mm over size rings I have a new piston on offer, I could not get the rings down under.
  5. bluesman

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    Rob, no kidding - sumo DR with WP is superb on dry offroad. Just superb.
    The only drawback on yours is cast wheels. I even changed wheels to spoked on my friend Vstrom for this tour.
    Kind of offroad-y ride we had one day there just....unexpected.
    Imagine that.
    Former mountain twisty-canyon road. Quite wide. Formerly paved. Formerly bumpy.
    All hard layer looks like it was bombed by many small bombs. Various shape potholes, 0.5 to 1.5 meter in diameter, with sharp vertical edges, 0.15 to 0.5 meter deep, 10 to 20 cm from each other, randomly. Remains of tarmac covered with clay and small stones, edges crushed and road self-widened to unpaved sides covered in gravel on clay.All this so dusty, that when you coming out of corner you can't see a thing + sun straight into eyes.
    This was our first real encounter. All 25 cm of my suspension worked to save wheels, as we had no other way but leg it - wind motor standing on pegs in 2nd or 3rd and pull handlebar up on most extreme holes.
    One of our team members had (in the past) similar experience on tour with his son on Vstroms with cast wheels and both of them cracked wheels. Not just bent rims, I mean cracked alongside rim. Both had to limp home and buy new wheels. My friend on 650 Vstrom was very happy I converted his strom to spokes. :lol3
  6. bluesman

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    Same here, they do not sell rings separately :cry
  7. robmoto

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    Yes you are right no flexability in my rims when I first bought it it had those wheels in it and the front one had a flat spot about 100 mm long and I had the rim re rolled and now it is good.
  8. bluesman

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    Just took tank off and plugs out.
    Damn. They are whit-ish dry with slight sign of running lean.
    Where all the oil go...:huh
    No oil in airbox. No oil on engine anywhere. No oil anywhere yet it took 5 liters of it! OK, taking into account current level - 4.5 liters. For 3500+ km. WAY too much, I used to have 0.4 liter per 100 oil loss before top end work. :huh
  9. robmoto

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    What brand of oil, use a torch and look in the plug hole at top dead centre or compression stroke yuo may call it.
  10. bluesman

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    Good idea - thanks. I surely will be able to see if there is loads of deposits on piston and then decide - I can put light in left plug hole and look through right one.

    I used different oil on the trip to be honest, 10w50 synth - but I started with same one I used before....burned all spare 3 liters I had :( then topped with similar one.
  11. Simosez

    Simosez Been here awhile

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    I made some enquiries about that harris 800 from a few pages ago.
    it turns out that the bike is actually in germany and is priced somewhere in the 6000 to 8000 euro range.(he was not sure of the exact figure as he was out of the office).
    shipping to australia is around $2000.
    anyway it was only wishfull thinking on my part. might be a nice addition to your growing collection Ray.:wink:
  12. bluesman

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    Colleagues,
    A bit of sad news. I disassembled my DR motor and I certainly killed freshly re-made head, valves and cylinder as it turns out.
    Short summary - my carb leaked badly on way to Morocco in Spain. I literally fixed them standing in pool of water (rain) on fuel station. Unfortunately as I had no way to adjust level properly I made it badly lean.
    Result - burned valves, hard deposit scratched cylinder, valve seats gone bad too.

    Now.

    I am selling my DR. For pieces or complete. I need urgently to raise money to finance new bike. I mean - new, non-DR bike. I do long distance trips and have no time and money to re-work my DR anymore. Mostly time is problem.
    I have to go to Norway in August. I need money by then.

    To remind you what I have

    DR800 SR43A, engine in perfect order except cylinder, valve seats, piston and valves.
    Rest is just fine.

    Stock carbs, left one with problem - I do recommend to replace it.

    Wilbers fully adjustable shock absorber, still on warranty. Won't be cheap, but considerably cheaper than new (650 Euros new)
    WP extreme forks fully set for DR, with Beringer 4 pot caliper (no adaptors, direct bolt on), set of 17 inch supermoto wheels, 2 sets of stock wheels, one stock set adapted for WP extreme. It is all made in a way to allow you to change offroad wheels to sumo in 15 minutes.
    Trailtech dashboard adapted for DR
    Ex-Benelli tornado exhaust can, DYI link pipe and Holeshot stainless header
    Rear LED light adapted for DR
    Quite beaten crashbars DYI with different mount system, really strudy
    Luggage racks adapted for Aprilia Pegaso panniers and panniers - a bit beaten up
    DYI chain deflector for Sumo wheels and lower chain catcher based on RMZ450 block
    16.5 Ah Motobatt battery, 4 weeks old and battery tray to accomodate it for DR
    All rest of bits and pieces - frame, chassis, a bit beaten plastics, 2 fuel tanks, shedloads of parts from second DR, engine from second DR (missing piston and valves), RR from DR etc. etc. etc.
    If you wish to make bulk purchase of all that - PM me.

    I am VERY sad to do it, but I have to be realistic. I keep piling up work and bikes while really I need just 1 bike.
    I still believe DR is exceptional machine and if I'd have a bit of time I would never part with it.

    I feel like sh..t now. Really sick.
  13. Okta

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  14. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Bluesman,

    I feel your pain. For myself, I've learned that I have to allow a day or two for frustration to settle down before I can really make any rational decisions.

    Please take a day or two to let your mind work through the problem. Your thinking may change.
  15. bluesman

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    Thank you. I must be honest - it is day two of thinking. I got to move on. I keep on riding bikes for too longvand cant let them go... And here you have to deregister and hand over plate from bike when you stop insurance or it eats money even if not ridden. I am cancelling insurance tomorrow to cut off turning back.
    I just wish I can sell whole bulk to someone who appreciates it...
  16. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    As much as I like your bike....I'm sure the shipping would kill me.

    If you're really committed, we could talk about the Wilbers and I'd be interested in any cylinder/piston or cylinder head/rocker parts you may have.
  17. bluesman

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    No need to feel that. Id like fellow drers to be first to benefit. I have 2 cylinders. 1 can be bored to last service. 1 already prepared for + 0.5 and honed by pros. 2 comlete heads without valvesw. Both need seats cut- ground. But rest is ok. I have few requests for wilbers :-) so have to honour "first offer" unless someone will take whole chassis. Pistons are no good i am afraid.
  18. bluesman

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    worst part...
    I am torn between totally opposite sides of spectrum on what to get.
    KTM 690 SMC-R or Tiger 800XC. And it has to be loan/finance as I got no money for either :lol3
    First time I end in situation of buying bike without saved money. Damn.:cry
  19. Florek

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    hi guys!

    Short update from Poland - after shopping in Hessler shop and changing front springs and rear suspension now it is easier to this:
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    I have also changed muffler for GSXR1000 one - it costed only 75 Euro with all parts. Only 3,5 kg and sound is great!
    I bought jets from Stefan and rebuild carubrators - only issues to solve is shooting form exhaust...

    We also had trip along east Polish border - I can recommend this area for sure!
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    Right now I am searching for higher and wider windshield for my bike! It will be great if you can help!

    Cheers

    Florek
  20. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Do you know what jets number you used?

    I'd like to compare with mine.

    Adjusting the idle mixture on the "rich" side of perfect seems to have solved most of my loud popping sounds although it does pop a bit on overrun but just at the end where it's coming mostly back to idle speed.