The 650 Dakar Thread

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  1. WayneC

    WayneC Long timer

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    Gravelseeker, can understand your frustration, they did not make it easy but it appears to be to protect from vibration, that battery looks familiar, what numbers are on it ?. For someone in electronics it would be relatively easy to work on it

    Your link to the instruction is faulty but I managed to go and look at them and they are quite well written
  2. Aquatic

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  3. Nesbocaj

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  4. ferals5

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    Thomas... I was looking a few years back and found this post....I don't remember you in the results:evil

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    Is that a dare?

    CLEAN Diesel! just doing my part for clean air.

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    A dare to get it done ? Sure I dare you :lol3

    I hope you know I'm a big fan of your build and that I'm just jealous ?!


    Speaking of crazy projects - I'm entering the 2013 Tuareg Rally on mine...
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  5. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Edit:
    Yet another weak part is the film used on the lid.
    When we sent our IMOs to TT for the battery replacements they replaced the screen on mine and also replaced the film on all the lids. This was in the spring of 2009 and my lid/ film is now ready for replacement again. It looks water/ sun bleached and damaged. Seriously ?! It's made for an outdoors activity so it ought to hold up being used outdoors...

    Fixed the link. Thanks

    No idea what type of battery it is, but it looks like a standard CR2450 or so.

    And yeah, nothing's ever goen wrong with the IMO itself so it is well protected from vibrations, but they have not put the same line of thought into the "collector box" connections... I remember back in the early '00s if you bought a Garmin GPS from Touratech it had been split open and had the TT anti vibration kit fitted (a tube of glue/ silicone in strategic places).

    After I traced and fixed the conection problem the other night (4 zip ties and half a roll of electrical tape....) I took it for a 100 km ride yesterday and everything was working perfectly again.

    Found a better picture of the connectors

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  6. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Yeah, funny story that.... not funny haha, but funny ouch

    It wasn't set in stone, but I did have an oral agreement with a buddy to do the 2013 edition.
    We didn't enter. Many reasons.

    Mine are:

    I crashed pretty heavily after a highsider 3 weeks after that post in 2010. This was whilst attending a gravel/ offroad riding course.
    Fucked my left shoulder, 5-6 left ribs front and rear and left pecs. Having inherited some bad genes so unfortunately I don't heal as fast as others so it took about 18-20 months before that was back to normal.

    In the mean time I managed to herniate two discs in my lower back in May 2011 after dropping it when parking one day when I got home from work. So now ciatica is really pulling a number on me. Some days are better than others, but it puts a damper on things and I haven't been riding much recreationally the last couple of years, just commuting.

    And I've also found that I've become a real pussy and don't have the same confidence I used to have when attacking corners and slippery surfaces. I reckon mainly due to the highsider, but also lack of training and of course old age. :deal:lol3
  7. WayneC

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    Gravelseeker it is a little bit of a beast of a box to connect 10 items, screw connectors can be good, I use them for heated grips but the wire sizes on the IMO wiring is far thicker than it needs to be for low power / sensor circuits

    With the battery it does look like a CR Series, there are sockets available from electronics stores for them to avoid soldering which you could consider
  8. dansin

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    A few pictures of the exhaust. It's approximately 42mm ID so I'm guessing it'll fit to the stock header pipe. It also came with a header if it won't mate to the one on the bike.

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  9. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    The battery just sist under a clip I think so no need to solder, but it's separating the top and bottom printcards to ge to the battery that put me off it.
    And it's not the screw part that's the problem, the whole brown contact slips off the bracket/ card
  10. where2next?

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    So I bent my stock bars. The bike already has risers on them the throttle cable is already so tight that turning the bars one way causes the engine to rev up (not a big fan of this). So my question is what are people installing in place of the stock bars? how wide can you go? is there a source for longer throttle cables and/or clutch and brake lines? Ideally I'd like to go to a wider set of bars with less sweep so I can get over the front end more easily off road.
  11. tomatoe333

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    I have a Renthal Jimmy Button bar with 20mm risers. Not sure if it's still available, but if not, the CR High is pretty close to the same bend. My stock throttle and clutch cables still work fine. Bars are about the same width as stock+bar end weights, but without the weights on the ends, the grips are set farther out. It also has less pullback than stock.

    I ditched the stock grips when I put the new bar on, and I had to bend the Barkbusters guards a little bit to get things to line up on the bars, with the reduced pullback. But everything fits, and the Barkbusters just barely kiss the windshield at full lock.
  12. KG6BWS

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    Never checked so I dont know if theyre wider, but I like the Pro Taper ATV HI bars. Youll definately have to lose the risers for them though. I had 2" Rox risers and everything was so tight there was a very specific spot that I could even mount the bars, but it revved up when I turned to full lock to the right, and I had to relocate the wires for the starter/kill switch. Didnt like it so I took the risers out and still find the height/position to be good for me.
  13. WayneC

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    Reroute the throttle cable and fit bars with less rake, no more width out there
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    Eikkkkk thats something i did not think about. Thanks for the heads up guys..
  15. racergirl479

    racergirl479 Flying Merkel

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    Ok, Who has had good luck out of a different front fender? Im doing the yz fork conversion and would like to replace the front fender for something that is less likely to hit... but doesnt look stupid...

    OR if anyone has taken the front fender completely off, what have you done in its place? I was thinking some sort of covering for that area.:ear:ear
    Pictures please :D:D
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    Okay, so maybe it does look a little stupid, but it works a lot better than the stock beak.
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    racergirl479 Flying Merkel

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    Nice not too bad, but I don't think I'd use it. Maybe something a bit smaller



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  18. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    I've used an Acerbis universal fender for many years. Works good, but I needed a change so I just put on an eBay super moto fender. Which, as it so predictably turns out, does not work as well in the wet as teh Acerbis did

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  19. LostViking

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    Howdy folks,

    Been reading through this thread and the Sertao thread as well.

    Just throwing this out there trying to hit a specific audience.

    I'm looking for a Dakar/Sertao and a have a sweet RS in the Flea Market that I'd like to trade. So if any of you folks in the Northern New York, Vermont, area have a well cared for Dakar and are looking to go the other way let me know.

    I'm kind af picky about condition, but I thought I'd try.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
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  20. Mr.Dabalina

    Mr.Dabalina Been here awhile

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    @Gravelseeker- you ever think of painting your other plastics white?