DR750 & DR800 owners thread

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

  1. MiguelXR33

    MiguelXR33 Suspenso en inglés

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    [FONT="<font><font>Verdana</font></font>"]Thanks, Ladder106!

    Well, I want not to sell my original parts. I want have a "two-in-one bike" and cut or weld nothing. Want I my original Big? OK, I need one hour or two. But another days ride a original motorcycle, simple, different...

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    My loved XR...

    I had seven years a Honda XR 600 for all time: go to work, little travels with my sons, funny Enduro, or "giving scares" at RR's in asphalt... :-D I remember I loved my XR, but... I needed more light, more autonomy, more engine, and my sons larger day to day... I needed another bike, and I wanted a Big when I was young: simple engine, simple frame... all simple. Perfect for me!!

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    The spanish Merlin Dg11 500... really a very bad bike...

    Only I needn't the big tank... In four years I had only a long travel -2000kms/1200Miles- who I need fuel (460kms/285Miles without stops... ohhh my ass...). Too large tank for me... and too heavy!!! The Merlin fuel tank -Acerbis made- is 20 litres, but very light, like XR tank: good autonomy, good weight.

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    The pretty XT 550... I like it!!!

    Of course, if I remove the Big tank, I need another front light, but I need light in dark... and I like the old and pretty Yamaha XT 550 (was not in sale in Spain). OK, why not a naked bike front light? Will have a classic Baja stile and good and white -and legal... here have problems with xenon kits- light.

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    My big and the Merlin tank... have odds!!!

    And I'm in this position now. I have the Merlin tank, a seat, a rear rack and, more important, desire to do it. Probably I will start this month... I want start!!! All of this write -with my bad english- here, of course.[/FONT]

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    I like too with the original fender... why not?
  2. mait

    mait Been here awhile

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    Very nice collection of bikes, Miguel.
    I've never heard of Merlin's before...
  3. kyle

    kyle Adventurer

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    good luck with conversion...anticipating the pictures:clap
  4. MiguelXR33

    MiguelXR33 Suspenso en inglés

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    (Sorry for my bad english)

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    Merlin DG 3.50 Trial

    MERLIN was a brand and lived 1980 to 1990, founded by Pere Arpa and Ignasi Bultó (Paco Bultó's -Bultaco- son)
    His better motorcycles was in Trial (spanish and belgium champioship winner) and was the last Eddy Lejuene's bike.

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    Merlin Dg11 500 Trail and features

    The Merlin Dg11 500 was a Dual Purpose motorcycle (Trail in Spain), like anothers japanese and european bikes in 80's decade. Was all of better of european parts: Acerbis plastics, Telesco suspensions, Grimeca and Nagesti brakes, Akront rings with Pirelli MT 30, Amal carb, Motoplat ignition.... Perhaps some economic (haven't monoshock or disc brakes) but have a very good price.

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    MTV -Mototrans- Yak 410

    But the very bad in this bike was his engine, designed in Mototrans in 1979 (another spanish brand who made Ducati bikes 175 to 350cc, his most famous model was the "24 Horas"), When Ducati Italia finished the relationship, Mototrans -called MTV- needs something for survive. And designed the MTV Yak 410 Dual Purpose motorcycle, with a 406cc single engine, six speeds and desmodromic timing. Perhaps a good engine... with a evolution who never comes. Mototrans closed without being able to sell the Yak 410. and Merlin bought this design for his Dg11 500, a engine who started badly, had lubrication problems and a difficult carburation. A jewel...

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    Merlin Nómada 500

    Merlin stopped the Dg11 500 production and bought Cagiva T-4 500 (who had a good relationship, bought 2 strokes engines for his Trial bikes). This T-4 had a new plastics with a little front fairing -the little Dominator- and was a good bike: the Merlin Nómada 500. Was the motorcycle who rode Jordi Arcarons in his first Paris-Dakar -1988- and won the 500cc class... a key for a Cagiva Elefant seat...

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    Jordi Arcarons winning the Paris-Dakar 1988 500cc class with a Merlin Nomada 500

    Merlin was bought by Gas-Gas in 1988 and disappeared in 1990, when all production was build in Gas-Gas.

    Any question? : Pulgar
  5. Africabig

    Africabig n00b

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    Welcome, Miguel XR 33, from Gijón, Spain. (I'm Bigtwin in the Big spanish forum)

    Another BIG crazy .
  6. MiguelXR33

    MiguelXR33 Suspenso en inglés

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    Hi, Cowboy.xj!! Can you say me what bike is this tail light? Is perfect for my project...

    :-D
  7. SBG

    SBG Neville1 to TT boys

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    I had a 1982 125. No guts, should have got the 200-250 or 550, but parents were concerned about safety. Nothing scarier then NOT having the power to pass or get out of a hairy sutuation. Those bikes were beauties. I don't know if you've seen the european XT550 site, but they have some of the hottest 550's I've ever seen. Safety seats, disc brakes, custom paint, chrome. Just works of art.

  8. bluesman

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    Well, I was impressed with difference good caliper made in unpaved too. The reason - feedback. It seems that stock DR caliper are not so...controllable? That's probably word. With my Beringer I felt more confident feeling how I actually use brakes.
    On tar - even with stock tyres, tons of difference. There are reason why brakes moved on even on 21/17 inch wheels bikes - check for example Tenere 660 etc. But with grippy tires on tar - oh yes, makes hell of difference.
    Anyway, about adaptor. I did not make permanent adaptor, just tried Brembo on with piece of alloy drilled and used with washers to align everything, but our colleague Mait did I think. I sold my Brembo to him.
  9. mait

    mait Been here awhile

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    Blue I guess someone else bought your Brembo, not me. I have KTM front wheel with 300mm KTM disc and matching caliper. No aditional adaptor.

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  10. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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  11. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    No Andy, you bought my other caliper kit, one from Gilera, it was not Brembo sliding 2pot, it was 4 pot Grimeca with tricky adapter I made.
    I distinctly remember shipping Brembo from Husaberg and GSXR master cylinder to I think Estonia...damn...who was it then...
  12. bluesman

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    Actually...looking at Mait's setup...
    All you need to bolt Brembo with 300 mm disk onto WPs is KTM mount as caliper is very much same.
  13. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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    No................................not that...........................something else...........................more shamefull than you can imagine.......................
  14. bluesman

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    Oh, you bought GS1200 Adventure in pink?

    Oh, no, no - you bought HD with ape hangers?

    Or -no-you bought Orange Country Chopper? :lol3

    Come on, spill the beans! :clap
  15. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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    I haven't ridden Daisy for a year.................................................:cry
  16. robmoto

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    Andy at least you havn,t sold it, and its not wearing out :D.
  17. Cowboy_xj

    Cowboy_xj n00b

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    Hi Miguel... this tail light is mounted on a old universal enduro rear fender ...

    I buy this on ebay...

    Can You find this to Hessler Shop
  18. Cowboy_xj

    Cowboy_xj n00b

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    I think that efthand side case and starter gears been replaced with the 43 ones...
  19. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    After I got Tiger 800 I eventually did sell both of my other bikes :( DR and VTR.
    Just felt sorry for keeping them standstill in garage for so long (well - DR being broken). My VTR hardly been ridden for a year or more. So I understand how it feels like.
  20. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    When my son was little, my motorcycle riding fell way off. I even sold my dirt and enduro bikes. Kept my GS750 and R50/2 BMW due to sentimental reasons and would start and ride them every few months with annual oil changes.

    I became heavily involved in bicycling.

    When Chris final got into secondary school, a SRX600 Yamaha came up on the local listings for almost nothing. I always loved that bike and bought it.

    Over all it was too small for me but led me back to various small roads that I loved. Then a brother fireman was selling his Transalp. ..... Interesting bike I thought. I was fortunate enough to be able to ride it for an entire day and I spent the whole day just laughing out loud inside my helmet......

    I bough the Transalp that afternoon, started reading Dakar stories, rode it in the dirt and am at the point now that my son has one two (both with Africa Twin tanks, bodywork and updated suspension) and I also now have the SR41 and one SR43.

    Now I'm balancing my riding between motorized and human powered.

    OK...I'm getting to the point...really....

    Don't feel badly about not riding something for a while. Sometimes you just need a bit of a break. When you come back to it, you'll feel renewed but the bike will be an old friend.

    If you sell the DR, you'll never be able to do this. It's much cheaper to keep it. There may be a day when the cruiser is down for maintenance and you need to run to get a part or something and it will all come flooding back



    Just make sure to put some good stuff in the tank so it runs well the next time you start it.