the DR200 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by klxrdr, May 13, 2007.

  1. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    I have a DR200 and an F650GS an '07 and I think it's a perfect combination. Lucky for me I don't have to get permission from a wife to buy a bike. :lol3
  2. Wallrat

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    If the ambient temperature is fairly warm then that's fine but if it's cooler out, say below 60-70F or so, you're probably a bit rich on the pilot. The choke is on there to fatten up the mixture on cold starts. If you jet to bypass this feature then you're running rich the rest of the time that the bike isn't cold.
  3. Goon310

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    I haven't ridden the bike yet to play with it any.
    I started it yesterday after work and let it idle for a bit before I changed the oil.
    It started right up with no issues. It was about 65F in my area yesterday?

    My new rear tube comes Wednesday so I'll get that one and go for a test ride. It'll probably pop on decel, and I'll take care of it.

    I was mainly just noting the difference in how it used to be, had to sit with the choke on, or even ride a bit with the choke to get it to warm up.
    I bought the jet kit after it took me half an hour to feel the bike was warmed up, only to have it stall if I didn't rev the piss out of it all the time.

    I've also removed the airbox lid along with the fm exhaust.
  4. kafkamars

    kafkamars Adventurer

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    soooo,:huh do the rear wheel bearings face open side in or out? thanks.
  5. Wallrat

    Wallrat Been here awhile

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    Open side always faces in to limit dirt intrusion.
  6. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Or you can just buy dual sealed bearings.
  7. bradluke0

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    Hi all ! I just went out and bought a 2005 DR200 , gonna use it as an extra bike for guests and to play around here on the property . The previous owner could not find the owners manual and I cannot find one anywhere online . Anyone know where I can get one ? Also , the petcock has reserve , on and prime . What is prime used for , if I run out of gas ? Also , is the garage going to flood with gas if the float sticks in the carb? thx guys looking forward to seeing what this bike can do !
  8. Klay

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    Reserve and On are controlled by vacuum. They're only really on when the engine is running. Prime lets fuel run into the float bowl regardless of whether the engine is running.
  9. bradluke0

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    Hi all ! Thx for the info , that makes sense now that i think about it . I think all of my street bikes had vacuum operated petcocks , just no prime setting . Whats kinda funny is my son and I each have a ktm 450 in the garage but I'm really stoked about this bike . By reading a lot of the posts on here I see alot of other people love their DR too ! thx again for the info
  10. Goon310

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    Got my Kenda K270 on.
    I dig it.

    Went for a short putt-putt.
    Bike is LOUD but sounds good.
    Hesitation between 2nd and 3rd, full throttle and slow acceleration.
    Turns out my flippin' choke was out half way when I first started - but did not ride - the bike after jet kit install. :1drink
    So, this weekend will get the carb set up proper.
  11. Solas5

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    Alright. I need a little help problem solving. My bikes symptoms are as follows: when I start it I always have to use choke, once I let warm up for a few min I switch choke off and it runs fine, once I put in 1st it will sometimes die. Once I get going then down shift for a stop it will nearly always die unless I keep on the throttle while stopped. Sometimes as I slow down, it will give a slight backfire with the occasional heavy one which I know is a sign of running lean. My guess is that the jets are pretty restricted and need cleaned/replaced. What other things need I consider in going about fixing the problem and can you provide links to purchase new jets if necessary? Thanks

    Ryan
  12. Klay

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    I would give the carb a really thorough cleaning for starters. It's sometimes hard to clear a clogged jet.

    You can order new jets from Kientech, link in here:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4601335&postcount=2

    I recently cleaned a carb by soaking it in a 50/50 mixture of Pine Sol and water for about four hours. It worked amazingly well. Then I just rinsed it with water really thoroughly and blew it out with compressed air. Pine Sol doesn't attack plastic or rubber components, so you don't have to disassemble all the way. I just took the float bowl and diaphragm cap off and took the slider out. (don't lose small washers, clips, or springs when disassembling)
  13. Wallrat

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    Tighten up your clutch cable a tad and you might wanna bump your idle speed up a bit if that doesn't help.
  14. Solas5

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    Do you have to take the airbox out to get the carb out or is there an easier way?
  15. Klay

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    No, you can just loosen the clamps completely and work the carburetor out. Sometimes it's hard to put back in, but if you lubricate the rubber with something and work the carb forward and backward, you can slip it back in.
  16. Solas5

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    Okay. Got it out and was taking it apart to clean and this fell out
    [​IMG]
    And I have no idea where it came from. Any help?
  17. Klay

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  18. Solas5

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    That's good news. I was hoping that was the case however a couple other pieces fell out too and I did find their places so I was worried I wouldn't get this back together properly
  19. ben2go

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    I just used about 100 of those damned curtain hooks.I hung to sets of curtains that have the pull strings to open and close them.How it made aboard a motorcycles is way beyond me.
  20. billmi

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    One of my DR200SEs ended up sitting unused for about a year, with a tank full of gas.

    To get it going again, I started with the battery (a flooded acid) which was empty, so I tried adding some acid and charging – no go. New battery in hand, I checked the oil level, which looked OK (no sign of gas leaking into it) cranked it over, and no go.

    Next, I changed the oil, pulled the carb and sure enough it was looking gunky. Both the float bowl and top of the carb had stripped screws (thanks previous owner) so I cut slots in them, got them out and replaced them with socket head hex screws.

    Inside, the carb was gunky (needle valve was literally blocked shot) and the screwdriver slot in the pilot jet was stripped to the point I couldn’t get it out (thanks again, previous owner). Everything else came out OK, and I took the carb body in to a local shop where they drilled, tapped and extracted the jet. After a soak and blow-out, I re-assembled the carb, got it back the bike with the pilot screw set 2 turns out.

    After sitting overnight, the gas tank was empty and the crank-case full. Looks like the petcock had started leaking, but the blocked needle valve kept the gas in the tank. Next oil change, and the addition of a fuel cut-off valve between the petcock and the carb.

    The bike started and revved fine. Once there was a load on it though, acceleration, there was a little bit of surging, as it wasn’t delivering power through the full ramp-up. Once it warmed up, it wouldn’t hold idle.

    I brought the pilot screw down to 1-1/2 turns, and checked the floats. They were just shy of 14mm, so I flexed the tab on their arm and got them in right at 13mm. Idle was now good, but still, when I hit the throttle on the road, I ‘d feel these drops in power while accelerating. It was rideable, but not perfect.

    Next check – air filter and spark plug. Wouldn’t you know, the air filter box had gas in the bottom, and the air filter was soaked with it (and starting to deteriorate at the bottom). The spark plug had dry soot on it, and I replaced it (checking the gap). I grabbed the air filter off another bike, and boom – things are worse. It starts, it idles, it revs, but when I take off under load, it cuts out more significantly.

    I’ve also checked thoroughly, and there are no curtain hooks anywhere in the bike.

    Any tips of other things to check would be greatly appreciated.