The 650 Dakar Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by underwaterguru, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent

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    Have a good ride!

    Does anyone out there have an opinion on using this and eliminating the magnetic drain plug? How important is the magnet to engine health?
  2. coletrain

    coletrain All aboard!

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    Try a 2" extension and a socket. Then you will get better grip on the banjo and the extension lets the wrench clear the frame.

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  3. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    update on weight loss on the dakar. i was at 394 lbs full tank of gas last time, now dropped another 14 lbs. the biggest drop was from a ballistic battery. my stock battery was 9.2 lbs and the new battery is 1.6 lbs. the rest of the weight was from chopping the subframe down, removing passenger footpegs, chopping off a bunch of mounting tabs, made a lighter case saver, so now at 380lbs wet so im thinking 350lbs with no gas.
  4. TobyG

    TobyG be happy :)

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    As always, nice to hear that you lost even more weight :)

    (I should really get my Oryx weighed....the papers of the bike say it's 364 dry)
  5. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    the smaller lighter battery made such a big difference i moved it rearward to help even more, it didnt drop anymore weight by moving the battery towards the back but i got the center of gravity lower and the bike sure wheelies better!
  6. TobyG

    TobyG be happy :)

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    I guess taht will be the only "mod" I will do to my bike...the battery that came with it is near death anyways...it was actually DRY at the time I got it....no wonder I couldnt get the bike to fire up after a few days :/

    I filled some distilled water and it does at least work now, but it's still pretty much dead. Really got to get a new one.



    As for Wheelies: 1st or 2 nd gear and the front goes towards the sky without any effort, probably thanks to the 15/49 suspension.
  7. Parx400

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    A few people have made a tray and put the batter in front of the fuel tank under the ECU. Thats where the ABS unit sits. I have a small 8 cell unit where the batt normally sits. Its so light I don't feel like moving it. My bike does not pull wheelies very well though. I think its uber rich with that fuel nanny on there. I ordered a PC for it and plan to have it dyno tuned after the tat when I put some bigger cams in the bike.
  8. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Good work. I weighed mine the other day with oil and about five litres of fuel and it was about 170 with the exhaust thrown on the seat. Add a bracket for that and the rest of the fuel and im dead on target. Main difference between our bikes, weight wise is the oil tank, airbox and seat. But that is offset by my abs. Be interested to know how much the weight difference is in the rims.

    Anyone with excel rims due for a tire change?
  9. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i got a ballistic 8 cell with over 250cca and that thing spins my starter a lot faster than the 9lbs gel battery i had in it.
  10. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    yea mine was a dog and i couldnt get the wheel up in second even popping the clutch. now with a 15 tooth front and all the weight off it pulls up in second even without the clutch!
  11. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    do you mean 370 lbs? if 170 let me know the secret! i was wondering about the airbox, does it still run good without a airbox and with a pod filter? i need to lose my belly too, i would feel great if i could get under 200 lbs myself lol!
  12. LoJack

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    Probably meant kilo's but that comes out to 374 pounds so..
  13. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Yep, metric system mate. ;)
  14. LoJack

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    It just makes so much more sense:norton

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  15. NVBigBlue

    NVBigBlue Been here awhile

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    Greetings everyone!
    I'm still plowing through all 8000+ posts, but wanted to say HI! because I can actually be a part of this thread now....
    My lovely better half surprised me last night with something.... I had been looking at the new Sertao's, but I think this is better.
    '03 with 7800 miles on it.
    She picks it up for me tomorrow.

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  16. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Sweet - link to the ride report please :deal
  17. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    What front fender did you use again ?
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    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    I have a 13/49 set I put on so mine will wheelie... top speed drops to about 125km/h though :lol3
  19. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Metric sucks. It's way to easy to just multiply or divide everything with 10..... :deal
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    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Congrats and welcome !