New to me DR650. I have questions

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  1. Astronaut Jones

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    Update- I rode the DR on my semi- annual trip to Torrey, UT. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    1- Tires. On the advice of a very knowledgeable guy, I chose Avon Gripster tires. They worked well for the things that I wanted them to do. I had a bunch of sand on one of the rides. They didn&#8217;t work too well in the sand, but what does.<o:p></o:p>
    2- Seat. I used a thin foam pad, doubled up to sit on, on top of the stock seat. By day 4, on I-15 near Mesquite, NV, I couldn&#8217;t take it anymore (We rode about 900 miles in 4 days). My brother kindly switched bikes with me for the rest of the trip to Las Vegas. I need something!!! I&#8217;m still afraid to drop the big money for a custom seat. One of the riders at the gathering in Torrey highly recommends the Air Hawk seat cushion.<o:p></o:p>
    3- Fuel. My gas mileage is terrible. I think I might have the wrong jet in the carb. I bought and installed a Roto Pax tank on my rear rack. It was nice insurance as I had to go to reserve several times. I need to figure out the fuel mixture issues, and get a bigger tank.<o:p></o:p>
    4- Cargo. I didn&#8217;t buy anything new for cargo, yet. I used a big duffel bag and my tank bag and bungee cords. I saw bike with tank panniers, looks like something I&#8217;d like to try. I also plan on getting some rear racks that would hold my Roto Pax (fuel and water) and some soft luggage.<o:p></o:p>
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  2. Kommando

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    Welcome! Don't forget a decent skid and some real handguards, if your DR doesn't already have them. Also check out the DR650 wikia webpage for common fixes/mods, and the DR650 thread here on ADV.
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  3. TrophyHunter

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    Congrats. I have the WM racks/bags/etc and love em but for more budget minded....http://www.pmracks.com/products.php?id=3

    I had these too at one point and most bags - including the WM's - strap right to them. I only changed cuz I like to once in a while. The PM racks are plenty tough and tuck into the bodywork nicely.

    Agree with Kmdo...bigger tank. Either the IMS or Acerbis will give you good service. I have the IMS but like the look of the Acerbis better. It wasn't out when I got my IMS. Speaking of used....I may even sell you my white IMS for reasonable $$ and get a new Acerbis if ya want. PM me if interested.

    Don't go to Procycle's or Kientech Engineerings sites. Just don't.
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  4. Astronaut Jones

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    Trophy Hunter and Kommando, thanks for your input. It is much appreciated. It has been hard for me to try and glean the specific info I'm looking for from the huge amount of stuff available on this and other sites.

    My DR has a skid plate and hand guards from the previous owner. It has also had front and rear suspension upgrades. For now I will keep the bike mostly stock as it seems to suit my abilities and wants. I just am looking to get the bike ready for my twice yearly treks to UT, and exploring my new home state of NV.

    Anyone else have input?

    Rick in NV
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  5. huguesfrederic

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    Good advice. Kommando, how do you get 50mpg? Can you elaborate on your settings?
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  6. FlowBee

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    Kommando was being the perennial gentleman is replying to your questions directly. Most of us (myself included) would normally direct you to the DR650 thread and advise you to search. OK, yes, it has over 82 thousand posts, but it is searchable and is arguably the best source of DR650 info. DR650riders.com is another great source.

    Fuel tank - how long do you need to ride? IMS is a really nice compromise. If you have the cash the Safari tank is really nice for range, but it's heavy when filled.

    Seat - anything over them OEM seat in an improvement. I have a Procycle / Saddlemen seat and it's a hard stiff improvement over stock. Not perfect.

    Luggage - there is not clean answer here. It depends on how much weight you intend to carry, how long, in what environment, and how much security you feel you need. Again, search.

    Ultimately it's about when YOU want to do with YOUR DR in what environment. The DR is extremely capable. Just strap it on.
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  7. amk

    amk Been here awhile

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    I consistently get 52 to 55 mpg on stock carb. Float bowl has to be set per manual.
    Fuel consumption wise the bike is perfect.

    I bought a rack, just to discover it sits a good 10 cm over the rear fender, while the lower the better. So I get a piece of plywood, cut it to a desired shape, and bolt it on straight to the rear frame. I have made 4000 kms on it, it still holds up, and since my camping equipment comes from my mountaineering, I do not need any additional side racks.
    Well, a plywood rear rack is not the nicest one, but DR is already looks like a vintage crap anyway, besides it keeps the COG lower, and it is free.
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  8. Kommando

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    Sure, but we should probably do that in the main DR650 thread, and there are others who do consistently better than 50MPG.
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  9. dankatz

    dankatz Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the site! Drriders.com is also a great forum. I also did a 14T front sprocket mod which makes the bike better off road and in town and reasonable up to 70mph.
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  10. Astronaut Jones

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    Added an update to original post. (and somehow wiped out the op)
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  12. Ride Now

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    From what I've read, the folks that leave the carb stock all get 50+ mpg. When they start messing with it or swap for "better performance", the mileage goes in the crapper. :deal

    On another note, please post up a pic of that plywood bolted to the rear frame. We like homemade! :clap
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