Jumping a DR650

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by acesandeights, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. acesandeights

    acesandeights Noob

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    Maybe you're right. I've seen a few clips of DRs and XRLs on the (MX) track and the guys look like they're having a blast. Set up right I bet you could jump a 14 buses with a 1960 Harley. :D
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  2. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    :lol3 Nice!
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  3. acesandeights

    acesandeights Noob

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    I think I've had that happen myself.
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  4. focallength

    focallength Handling it

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    I'm probably being sarcastic right now.
    I will admit his bike is not exactly stock, its bored and sprung quite well...It is quite a sight to see a klr on a mx trackhauling ass though

    My drz will get some air, although admitedlly, im too much of a chicken to try for the doubles, but it does mx well enough. Maybe ill got for the doubles when its rebuilt...then again maybe not.
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  5. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    This is a buddy of mine jumping his DR about as far as I've ever seen... A short time later, he put his bike into the ground in this very area, full Atgatt, resulting in a medflight, prolonged coma, broken bones, lacerated lung and minus a kidney. His wife sold the bike while he was still in the hospital; I love to ride fast, but this kind of removed my desire to jump the DR...[​IMG]
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  6. NovaMoto

    NovaMoto Been here awhile

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    How is your friend now ? What happened when he attempted that last jump ?

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  7. Foot dragger

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    300/400+lb bikes may be fun for some to play racer on. I value my skin and bones too much to do so.
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  8. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Recovered, but quit riding due to the kidney loss and the fact he has two small kids... This pic was taken by me on a previous ride to this area, when he had the big wreck, he hasn't even left the parking area; it is surrounded be berms and jumps, not sure exactly what happened, but his friend had to leave him on the ground while he hightailed it for area where he could get cell coverage to call in medflight. He was a very experienced rider, fully geared as far as I know, but still got very jacked up. The bike was barely scratched...
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  9. Foot dragger

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    It must have landed on him. I nearly endoed my DR on a downhill riding in dust and tagged a boulder,Ive never felt such a sense of imminent total disaster rolling along on the front wheel headed for a small bunch of trees.............Life Flight came to mind in a split second.

    Crashing a 400 lb bike isnt like crashing a 230 lb bike,sharp pieces of metal being pushed by 400 lbs can take you out plain and simple.
    Yes an expert can jump and do tricks on any bike and make it look easy.
    Most of us on here arent experts.
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  10. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    this is a 50 foot tabletop and a few times he landed well down the ramp.... so about 60 foot all up which isn't bad for a bushpig.

    [​IMG]

    this is actually on the standard fork springs but using the Plex valves from FFRC. the rear shock has a stiffer spring plus custom shaft and valving. the rider stopped the first few times to check the frame but all was good so spent the rest of the afternoon on all the motocross tracks.

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  11. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    This vid definitely shows some of the potential abuse a DR can handle in dirt, while still being capable of rolling some big mileage on a trip, or over the course of its lifetime. I've happily done over 1000 miles in a day, several times, on a DR that was pretty stock. There's a guy in the DR650 thread that put well over 200K miles on his DR as a courier before freshening up the engine. The bike can be extremely versatile, even if it's not a 250lb racer or a plush touring monster right out of the showroom.
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  12. mesoman

    mesoman Been here awhile

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    As noted the DR is not ideal for MX type jumps, but as shown, with good set up, it can do it (sort of) ... with brave and talented rider on board.

    Where I found the DR most challenging was is extended runs through big sand whoops (like Baja, Mojave desert). You may get through the first couple but eventually you'll get out of sync and the heavy beast is likely to nail you. I did an "over the bars" on mine one time. Very easy to have that sucker land on you ... use caution.

    A well set up DR is FAR better over stock but even so, a challenge to push hard through Whoops. Add deep sand and rocks .... it's a tough one on the DR.
    In Baja I ride like a GIRL through such conditions (takes me forever) or take another track. In Baja they have whoop sections 10 miles long that parallel the highway. The Moto guys power through this ... on a heavy bike it's much more a challenge.
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  13. Lazarus12

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    "Jumping a DR" positive to positive and negative to negative. There , I solved it....:lol2
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  14. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    As soon as I saw this clip and then followed the link to their website I was frothing since their workshop is only a few kms from my house. Went to see them first thing Monday morning about some plex valves for my Triumph scrambler. James (hopefully I'm not confusing James with Andrew? I'd bought a Holden Combo from him and his dad when they had Cars R us in Nambour) had a look into the forks and the internals are in the works. James said since your clip came out they have had the phone ringing constantly from starry eyed DR pilots looking for plex valves.
    I'll more than likely get them to do a re-valve on the rear shock of my lrp (crf250L) soon.
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  15. 9.5isCanadian

    9.5isCanadian "Missing a few pieces."

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  16. B1

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    if i knew it would spark that much interest i probably would have delayed the vid until they had them ready for bulk sales. james is a quiet guy but amazing when it comes to suspension tuning and creating custom components. FFRC have kept fairly quiet about him so they don't get snowed under with suspension work. :)
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  17. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    Looks like they have plenty of work for him with the amount of bikes coming through.
    Keep up the great work with the vids btw.
    I was talking with Adam (finance guy) at Team moto Maroochydore about your vids just this morning while we discussing our choices for mid capacity adventure bikes and of course the DR came up and then your vids. If your riding level is "gumby" as you say then God help me I reckon I need a new catergory...uber gumby.
    Would be great to catch up and say g'day some time.
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