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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by tdrrally, May 26, 2010.
We would have still been in trouble or in jail. Good to see some more pics. Thanks for sharing them. What is that hanging down by the rear wheel?
Hey, i had the same problem as you. all of my buddies thought dual sports were lame. i could not convince them that being able to go wherever you wanted on or off road at any time was the most awesome thing in the world. I converted a few , but most saw nothing exciting about a bike that wasn't a crosser and wasn't a street bike. I guess you had to be a bit unhinged!!! I think growing up in the seventies in a small town in Indiana probably helped. i could ride my 250 elsinore to school and my back yard was about 30 acres of jumps, creeeks and puddles, Farm boy heaven!!!!
I think the best thing about that time was the lack of gps, travel guides and even maps in some places. There was no one to ask about it as there was no internet. We would just ask the kid at the gas station or at the bar where to find cool places to see and ride. I still love riding, but there was something special about the time.
It probably something important falling off, The bungie cord everything method was kinda lame!
I guess we got into it honestly. We all rode dirt bikes and had a good area to ride in the coal fields. When they started thining the riding out we migrated to dual sports. There were 3 of us that were pretty serious and a few others that rode on some of our trips.
Well we were in the middle of nowhere Wva and needed gas. We stopped at a small store with 2 pumps and one of them was blocked. Being the smart ass I am while the others were waiting paitiently for there turn I rode up a hill and down about 30 stairs to gain access to the blocked pump. The old guy selling gas thought it was the craziest thing he had ever seen. The guys and myself didnt think too much of it but the old guy really got a kick out of it. He said in a joke you can only leave the way you came, up the stairs. So I rode up the stairs turned on the road and wheelied out of sight. The guys said he walked right out in the middle of the road and had a car blocked behind him watching me ride off.
About 3 years later we stopped at the same station and here came the old guy. He started telling us about the crazy guy that rode up and down the stairs and rode off on the hind wheel out of sight. One of my buddys told him he didnt believe someone could do such a thing and he got real serious and went to trimming my buddy up about him not being a liar.
Well when we got through gassing up I rode up the stairs and hit the blacktop in a wheelie again. They said he walked right back out into the middle of the road and looked back at them and said that right there was the bastard that did it.
Just to let you guys know that is the truth if he ever told it.. i was with him like most of his adventures.. not that i am a zuki fan.. just liked to ride
i knew folks rode SPs'
and had fun too
Since you opened this thread I have been checking bike bandit for replacement plastics and tank for my sp to make it spiffy. new oem will set me back about 9 bills(thanks Alot)
look for 90-91 dr650 parts
i beleive all the plastic and tank are the same
i have been thinking of painting my dr650 plastic and tank to match an sp600
i wonder if the sp/dr600 head flows better than a dr650 head?
the 600 head has dual exhuast ports and the 650 has a single port
i think the cam is the same as well as the head gasket
All else being equal, the individual exhaust ports probably do flow better than a single. The exhaust ports on an '88+ RFVC Honda 600/650 head flow about 90% of what the single intake does. The twin-carb(twin intake ports as well as exhaust) '83-87 engines were some of the strongest runners.
i recall the pros on xrs' using the older dual carb head ect. on newer bikes back then
maybe that is an upgrade for my dr650 an sp/dr600 head:huh
Well I might be one of the few that can compare the two head to head. This spring my son was on the SP and I on the DR. Son is a good 50lbs lighter than I but the DR walked away pretty easily in a roll on comparison. I think I will stick with the DR Head
what year dr?
pre 96 or post?
on the newer dr has more low end the the older
the older dr650 has very big cam next to the newer
any way you cut it its all good man its a DR or SP
Mine is a 2009 DR. I think the SP had more low end and better gear spacing. But the DR just has more stuff once it gets going.
maybe its the gearing?
I think the head may flow better, but the sp carb is crap compared to the bs40. If i go nuts this year I will get the mikuni smoothbore. I have actully been looking at an rmx450 front end as well. I don't know why I am so sick in the head( I should be saving for a new KTM adventure instead of dreaming of a super sp), but you guys started it.
i'm looking at a tmx40 pumper for the dr
the forks are still in the planning stage but maybe rm
i like the dr better than the ktm
the dr is paid for