Sp600 Stories

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by tdrrally, May 26, 2010.

  1. Tudelum48

    Tudelum48 Been here awhile

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    Well in an attempt to keep this thread alive in hopes of finding other SP600 riders one last story.

    We were down in Tennessee riding around on some old roads and it started snowing. Well we didnt care and it didnt matter, just another thing to have fun with. We were acting like the fools we were.

    We had aquired a bad habit of when the guy that stopped in front of us he would get a (love tap) from our front wheel to his back one. The snow was cold and we were getting cold but what the hell. Dancer Dave stopped in front of me at a stop sign so I gave him a little love tap to his back wheel. Seems my timing was off a little and he had time to take his hands off the handlebars so when I hit him he got thrown back enough he couldnt reach the bars so down he went.:evil Well turn about was fair play and BD Toolman hit me. Well I did say it was cold so when he hit me my hand came off the clutch that was pulled in and in gear so my Sp600 skillfully mounted his 600KLR like the the KLR was in heat. When I finally stopped the front tire was on the motor of the KLR with Dancer Dave under it yelling to get off me you big bastard.:clap
    I think BD Toolman laid his bike down real quick to try to help me get the SP off the top of the KLR and our buddy that was still under it when this old lady drives up.:huh I think that was the look on her face trying to figure out how this bad wreck had just happened. :rofl

    After getting all the bikes upright it took us probably 15 minutes to convince the old lady not to call the police.
  2. tdrrally

    tdrrally Long timer

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  3. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    It isn't that funny!!! i was the one on the ground and as cold as i ever been in my life.. back then there were no electric clothes or if they were us kentucky boys didn't know anything about them, we wraped up in garbage bags(new ones) we aint dumb just cold.. but those days when the three of us got together we had the time of our lives.. the three of us have ridden together for a life time except the 18 years that our ole big buddy took some time off to do some fishing.. i dont know why.. anyway life is still good and yep i still have the fastest bike!!!
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    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    just to give you guys some idea just how Tudelum 48 likes his DR650 and we are suppose to be best friends.. yeah right..[​IMG]
  5. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    My DR650 has taken the place of my SP. I got my first taste of dualsport riding since the early 70's (Suzuki TS125) when I bought my SP600 for $800 in 1991. I rode all over the place. Didn't have to load the truck to ride anymore. I even put on a dualsport ride in 1992 in Western MA. One of the earliest and possibly the first in New England in the modern era (what ever that means) Now the dualsport rides have taken off as popular event. I love my DR and take it to as many events as possible. Thanks in part to my 1985 SP600:freaky
  6. tdrrally

    tdrrally Long timer

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    very cool
  7. stussels

    stussels chupacabra!

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    ive been tinkering with one through winter. had alot of electrical problems, mostly just corroded components. replaced some that were too far gone.
    cleaned out all its connections and switches, relubed em up and everythings good for now.

    currently having the clutch cover welded, had a hairline crack near a bolt hole. hope to get that back soon and get it out of my living room!

    cant wait to ride ol girl. heres some pics, she cleaned up well i thought.

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  8. tdrrally

    tdrrally Long timer

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    very very nice

    how far are you from wv?

    i want to ride with you
  9. Tudelum48

    Tudelum48 Been here awhile

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    If its anything like mine let me give you a heads up on starting it.
    Gas ON
    Key OFF
    choke ON (it has 2 settings, all the way out choke,first click out fast idle)
    kick it 2 times easy to prime (slowly)
    find top dead center (where the kicker wants to stop)
    just barely bump it past (maybe 2-3 inch's on the kicker)
    bring the kicker all the way up for full kick
    Key ON
    Kick it like you mean it.

    Normally starts on first kick. Mine always started better priming it first with key off. It always started better just barely bumped past the hard spot on the kicker. Just barely bump it off Top Dead Center. Then all the way to the top of the kicker.

    Hope this helps. They can be a beast if its not done right. Your bike looks like its pretty well stock. There good bikes, mine or rather my sons now has almost 30K miles on it. It uses no oil and runs really well. He had it out this past weekend.

    Glad there is another (SPUD) running around.:clap
  10. LawrenceTheCat

    LawrenceTheCat 3rd,Pinit,DumpdaClutch

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    Hey, I was wondering where you disappeared to! Did you see the link I posted for you about the '85 SP in Jersey- kicker spring broke, just make an offer? It's back in the pre-06 pages, a few weeks, maybe he still gots it. I got the large girl ('90) in my garage now, it's looking like a good find...even had a Progressive shock tucked up under, didn't see that till put it on my lift. I put a pic up on the pre06 thread, don't want to hijack here :evil Still thinkin about Laurel Fork. Looks like a hoot
  11. stussels

    stussels chupacabra!

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    hey thx for start tips but it didnt give my 145 lbs any trouble. when i got it it had some old gas in it which i drained from the tank and carb.

    i had it together once before i realized the cover was cracked. i originally thought it was leaking due to a poor silicone job done prior.

    with fresh gas it started after 4-6 kicks. sounded good but was still pumping oil out of that crack so i havent ridden it yet. started easy first kick when warm.

    original owner hogged out the stock muffler so its pretty much hollow. also claimed to have rejetted. but we will see how it runs once the oil leak is remedied.
  12. greendude

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    good looking bike Stussels. i am surpised the electrical connectors were a problem with the the rest of it in such a well kept condition.
    Worth checking and regreasing the rear linkage and headset bearings if you have not already as it looks like you put some hours into it.
  13. stussels

    stussels chupacabra!

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    i was too. the previous owner kept it outside a bit before i got it and thats all it took. it actually looks better in the pics since ive cleaned it up too.

    the tank paint has some slight fade to it and the frame has surface rust. the switches on bars were full of green crud. the tires are cracked up and showing signs of weathering as well. id planned on greasing things up but i want to see what kinda state the engines in before i go that route.

    couple of questions, how important is the lower chain roller on these? im missing mine. also, what kind of range on a full tank can i expect? seems it should go 200+ miles or so or is that too high? either way im stoked to get this thing going with the weather warming up!
  14. Tudelum48

    Tudelum48 Been here awhile

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    (couple of questions, how important is the lower chain roller on these? im missing mine. also, what kind of range on a full tank can i expect? seems it should go 200+ miles or so or is that too high? either way im stoked to get this thing going with the weather warming up!)

    Stock. Thats the way I ran mine. I would replace the lower chain roller. I bet one for a DR650 would work.

    As far as gas range, if anyone goes with you they will need it before you.:evil

    If you got the bike started you did well. If you have no prior knowledge of starting a big thumper or Harleys you did really well. I repeat (READ THE START UP) it will be a one kicker.
  15. Tudelum48

    Tudelum48 Been here awhile

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    Hey TD is it just me or are those old SP's better looking than our DR's?

    If someone had told me that a Red,Blue,White,Black with Gold wheels color scheme would work I would not have expected this.

    I came real close to giveing the SP alot of TLC and not buying the DR, but man that magic little button on the right is so nice for my old leg.:D
  16. greendude

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    200miles easy. get about 420km + or -50 from my 600 open trails and road
  17. tdrrally

    tdrrally Long timer

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    i do like the red
    but maybe with a blue frame
    here is my 91 sp650:rofl
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    its a looker :D(in its own way)
  18. stussels

    stussels chupacabra!

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    ive had a couple of big hondas over the years to prep me, xr500 and a xl600. ill use your process next time and see if i cant get it to start with one good kick though. i just figured since it was completely drained it took a couple kicks just to get it primed through.

    that fuel range is gonna be great, my streetbike only gets about 100 or so miles and im flippin to reserve.

    tdr, your bike looks great. and youve surely got better brakes than whats on the sp. im not too far from wv being in columbus ohio. maybe if i ever get this thing going ill head over that way sometime.

    thx for the pic of your bike, i can study it and see what parts may be swappable. would be nice to fit the rear wheel and brake from a dr to the sp but it seems like it might be too much hassle to be worth messing with. ah, ill just ride it and be happy.

    its really for the girlfriend so we can ride two-up, shes never forgiven me for making my streetbike a solo seater.
  19. Tudelum48

    Tudelum48 Been here awhile

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    I think after you ride it some the only thing you will want to change is the oil every 3000 miles.:D

    It really is a good all round bike. Does nothing to brag about and nothing badly.

    My son and his wife take his out every now and then and he leaves his Street Glide home. Its no Street Glide but he doesnt have to back down from a back road either.

    The only thing I did to mine was build a luggage rack for it.

    Smiles for the miles and cost its hard to beat.

    Keep us posted.
  20. Tudelum48

    Tudelum48 Been here awhile

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