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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    Gotta find some way to pay for all that free health insurance, right ??

    Meanwhile our "community organizer" and his group of grad students are still trying to understand why alienating all your friends and being nice to all the bad guys of the world isn't working so well.....
  2. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Well, that's at least a start.

    IHMO, the mobile phone penalties should be exactly the same as driving drunk. Many studies have shown the correlation between the two.

    But as everyone says, it's too late now and all the players are too entrenched to change anything.

    I just use my HP and agility advantage to be nowhere around the texting/talking morons. If I get tagged for riding in that manner, I'm willing to take the fine. It's worth it to stay alive and out of the hospital.

    BTW, a friend got rear ended while riding his Yamaha cruiser last Tuesday. He was in neutral at a red light and got clobbered by a texting driver. Bumps and scrapes only but a trashed rear end on the bike.

    Filtering to the front at lights may just save your life.
  3. aapo

    aapo aapo

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    Heh, free education to university level, libraries, healthcare untill you die and all the stuff i can't remember. With population only over 5 million there are some wierd solutions :)

    And lot's of public gravel roads :) and some pavement roads are nowdays too expensive to keep so the tarmac is removed :) i like it
  4. aapo

    aapo aapo

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    I live in southern finland. Most of Finnish riders hide in finnish forum www.matkaendurot.net
    And it's of course in finnish :) it's funny how common street bikes are compare to amount of gravel roads. Finnish streets are quite bad. Winter and cars spike wheels do what they do...
  5. Mhassic

    Mhassic Adventurer

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    Ok, I must check out that page, I speak finish but my writing is poor, as my English. :D
    But it seems that I can make me understood anyway. ;)
    The funny thing is that I read English better then finish...... Odd....
  6. aapo

    aapo aapo

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    Well, good thing is then that every finn needs to learn english and swedish at school :) But reallyy didn't get along with my swedish teacher, so didn't learn much :)
  7. aapo

    aapo aapo

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    Well, i knew there was something wrong at intake side. Can't actaully say these are a pair :D

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  8. keesperquin

    keesperquin Adventurer

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    A question to the experts! I just found a really nice DR800 for not too much money, but the 'problem' is I'm in the running for a job where i need to commute 120km a day, mainly highway. Is a DR800 up to that? It does not have to be super comfy, as long as i can get along with the traffic while not overworking the engine (at lets say 130km/h). Apart from the commute i will use it for some riding in the weekends and some amateur offroading.. Curious what you guys think! Thanks in advance


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  9. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello there,
    to Ladder: what I said! F..king cell-phones!

    And to Bluesman: He's too cute!!! Iris and me live with Siberian Huskies since 1984. I started with one of these dogs as a company while jogging, got a second one as sled-dogs are pack-dogs and you can't be with your dog as much as a second dog ... So I started dog-mushing in the early nineties, as Jogging with 4 Dogs was too stressing ... ran a 6-dog-team for 1 or 2 years, then because of the age of our eldest two dogs slowly de-graded to 5- and 4-dog-team. All our old dogs spent their retirement in our dog-yard and lived with us until they crossed the raibow-brigde. Time with the 4-dog-team lasted 'til 2000. That year, we lost 3 dogs, 2 of them old ones (so we were prepared) and Tenakee, our wonderful lead-dog, not having reached the age of 9 years. That was a hard strike. Struggled on with a 3 dog-team 2 further years, than had a break of about 2 years because there were only old and sick dogs left. Started again with 2, later 3 dogs pulling a bmx-bicycle. Since dog no. 5 , all our dogs came from Animal-health, thrown away by stupid people who weren't aware of the greatness of these dogs. In the meantime, dog-generation 3 has grown old and gone into retirement. Askan, the one representing generation 4 even died at the age of 7 last Holy Evening! Our saddest Holy Day! All in all, up to this moment, 10 dogs shared their lives with us. Now I won't restart mushing because this would be unfair to young dogs as I reached 57 in January. But I'm sooo fond of sled-dogs!!! Nicest and coolest dogs in the world! Sorry@ all for long off-topic!
    Take good care of him and have great fun with him! If in need of advice: Call me! Please be aware, that you can't compare sled-dogs with 'usual' dogs. They're different, more like cats inside their heads!
    Kind regards, Bambi
  10. robmoto

    robmoto Long timer

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    Wrong bike for that continuous speed daily won,t last the distance over time .
    not a expert though.
  11. wundis

    wundis Adventurer

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    Howdy,

    Well, while we are on that topic, here is what the situation looks like in Lithuania:

    When you buy a used BIG from abroad, you have to register it at the local registry office. It costs ~ 20 EUR, including a numberplate, documents and a visual check-up of the bike (they check the VIN, engine numbers). This is a one - time fee.

    To register, it has to be insured. For me (29 years, 7 years A-category (motorbike) experience and the 800cc bike) insurance costs ~33 EUR per year.

    Then you need to pass technical inspection, which is valid for 2 years and costs ~5 EUR for motorbikes.

    Average wage in Lithuania per month is ~ 500 EUR (not sure how it is possible to survive with that sum of money though).

    Current fuel price is 1,34 EUR/liter.
  12. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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    I was posted 200 miles away from my wife when I served in the RAF, so I would commute 200 miles on the Friday night and do the return trip on a Sunday. Mainly on motorways at 70/80mph. The standard seat is good for about an hour, I had mine re-covered, and you get use to the wind. (Google dr800 daisy for some pictures)
  13. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello there,
    keesperquin asked 'but the 'problem' is I'm in the running for a job where i need to commute 120km a day, mainly Highway.'

    Megamoto answered 'I was posted 200 miles away from my wife when I served in the RAF, so I would commute 200 miles on the Friday night and do the return trip on a Sunday. Mainly on motorways at 70/80mph.'

    I see a slight difference between the 2 statements ... and it isn't the question about comfort and the seat. I do like (love?) my Big, but I'm not sure if I would trust it enough to throw 120 kms a day at it. I wore out one of our trusty Suzuki GN 400 in 3/4's of a year with 100 kms a day. That equals to about 17.000 kms in that time ... Maintenance will suffer during daily runs or you are very accurat and do this during the weekends. My personal opinion: an elder, bullet-proof four-in-line would be the better choice. That's a pity, if you just have the money for one bike. I'm lucky, that I use my bikes mostly for pleasure and rarely as daily transport. And I'm speaking of bikes (11 together with the ones of my wife) only because of the reason, that we kept the old ones as they wouldn't have brought sufficiant money when selling them after their days. About 7 or 8 out of these 11 are true restauration-projects ...
    Kind regards, Bambi
  14. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    I think you'd be better off with a Honda Transalp or Africa Twin. Both would meet the parameters you set forth.
  15. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    IMHO get a Triumph Tiger 800 XC. I did and never looked back. It will do all you mentioned with no fuss and plenty of power to spare. It will be low maintenance, "contemporary" level of fuel consumption and head and shoulders above on brakes, suspension, ABS IS useful in commuting (specially in weather like we have - you in Netherlands me in Belgium), it will be comfy and cheap to insure and tax.

    Old bike is old bike, there is no going around it. Recreational, not workhorse.
  16. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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    I agree, my post was an indication that it would be possible. But as my neck size went up 2cm whilst I was commuting, I would suggest a TransAlp or any multi with some sort of screen/fairing.
  17. Donthaveausername

    Donthaveausername n00b

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    Thanks for the good wishes...you're a good bloke for finding out the reason for selling before passing judgement.
  18. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Since I tend to develop emotional ties to my motorcycles, I have a hard time understanding those that do not.

    It's also not my intent to track or rationalize every sale of a DR750/800. We all have our own reasons and sometimes the decisions are difficult.

    Please accept my apologies for pre-judging and catagorizing.
  19. stefan rb

    stefan rb Been here awhile

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    yes...see my rally big. there i change the rear brake hose.
  20. titu

    titu Adventurer

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    Hi DR riders,

    Here are some photos of the gear indicator project that I mentioned a few weeks ago. I ended up modifying the stock neutral sender unit - see pics.
    I also installed an eBay universal speedo:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-T...Parts_Accessories&hash=item3cd98e4cc0&vxp=mtr

    It works well, smaller and lighter than the stock unit and has features that I'll never use... :)
    Next up is mounting the speed sensor and we should be ready to go.
    Can't wait... :)



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