The DR650 Highway Touring Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by planemanx15, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    That's going to be nice looking when you get it together. :freaky

    Even though this is The DR650 Highway Touring Thread, I'm curious too. :lurk
  2. planemanx15

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    Thank you...it should look great.. Doing something else to the bike tomorrow, but I'll show that off when it's complete :lol3

    If a spoke ever loosens up, the glue comes off with a knife and a little patience. My bike isn't going to see dirt any time soon, unfortunately, so it's always going to be filled with 25-30 PSI and no chance of it coming loose on the bead. I think I went too fast with the initial coat of seal all, and it ended up dripping as I rotated the wheel. This is what probably caused it to open up at those 2 points. Another day past and its still at 26.5 PSI.
  3. planemanx15

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    So I went out to my rim today to check on the pressure and it fell below 16 PSI. When I sprayed some soapy water on it I found that two spokes were leaking. So conclusion, screw it. I ended up taking everything apart and just putting a tube back in and I'm done with this. I really would've liked it to work, but it's not worth the trouble to have to spokes at a time go on me. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong I'm using all the same chemicals on a brand-new rim, so I don't know what is different. I think rather than carrying an entire tube with me, I will get a tube repair kit and keep that on the bike instead. A whole tube is nice because I'd rather only have to open the tire up once to play with the tube. I only use Heavy-duty tubes so that should help out with avoiding a blowout situation.
  4. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    I tried and failed on this too. :cry I have some feed back on tubes and how to make them a bit safer regards blow-outs. I've had a couple blow outs on tube tired bikes ... and I can tell you, it's frightening! :eek1 INSTANT air loss!

    I'd suggest Slime or Ride-On ... put it in your tube when you mount tire. It stays in there. Good for a year or so. Will it 100% prevent a flat? Maybe. :D But what it DOES seem to help with is rapid air loss.

    Slime and Ride-On can, at the very least, slow down loss of air, and in some cases you won't get a flat at all ... can turn a flat into a slow leak. :clap

    It's good against small nails, small stables or small screws. I've tested it in Baja against Cactus thorns, very good on those. NOT SO GOOD against BIG nails or long sheet rock screws which tear up the tube completely in just mile or two riding with them in there. So what the Slime and Ride-On give you is a brief warning ... time to straighten up, slow down and pull over safely. To me, this is a BIG DEAL.

    On Spare Tubes and Patching:
    I never patch a tube on the road (or trail). Not worth the time/trouble. When far from anywhere I usually carry 3 tubes. One 21" on front fender,
    2 rear tubes in luggage.

    I don't carry Ultra HD or HD tubes with me. Too bulky and harder to install. BUT ... I do run HD tubes when installing at home where i have all the tools. So ... run HD tubes but carry normal weight tubes on the bike. (quality tubes ... Like Metzeler) Some variables on this depending on what you're doing or where you're going.

    When I get a flat I simply put in the spare tube. But first ... check inside of tire for any sharp objects in the tire or stuck through. I've found small nails or staple, you could hardly see ... but your hand will feel them!!! :evil (wear gloves)

    If your tube only has minor damage (like one small hole), save it and take it with you. Patch it later back home, at camp or Motel with a cold beer.
    Make SURE it's a solid patch and NOT leaking before re-using. Tubes are relatively cheap. I tend to go for NEW TUBES when possible. Or save the patched one for an unprepared riding buddy.

    In Mexico, tubes are like GOLD ... I save them and have the Llanteros (tire shop) do a super patch, these don't fail.
  5. TRAVELGUY

    TRAVELGUY Old Traveler

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    Sorry you've had problems. Reading you post again and Grifter's I went out to garage and checked my pressures.

    After three weeks my front is down about 6 lbs and my rear is down about 2 lbs. The air temp is also down 35 degrees from when I aired them up. Will air up the front tomorrow and do a soapy water test on the front. Saw the photos you posted of your sealing and the only thing I saw different was that I used a stainless wire brush to clean and ruffen each nipple. Leaving for a month in Mexico in January and wanted to run tubeless for quick roadside repairs if needed but don't need to take a tubeless problem with me. If the wheels only lose a pound or so a day I would probably stay tubeless since I carry a small 12v compressor with me.

    TravelGuy

  6. planemanx15

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    Good luck, I hope you have better luck than I did with this. What I'm having trouble with now is trying to find a tube big enough for the 150/70 – 17 tire on my rear. Can't seem to find it at usual shops. I had to go to my local dealership and told him that I needed a super Moto tube. They had it when I asked for that. I would like to find a heavy duty version.
  7. Adv Grifter

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    Sounds like normal air loss. Temp change can make a big difference. Maybe think about packing a couple tubes as back up? Quality tubes not so common in Latin America but I would go with your tubeless set up ... keep an eye on pressures for the first week. Hope they hold!

    !que le via bien!
  8. TRAVELGUY

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    Thanks for the input Grifter.

    TravelGuy:clap


  9. TRAVELGUY

    TRAVELGUY Old Traveler

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    Well Grifter I had to check.

    Did another tub test after airing up to 55 lbs. Found a leak at one spoke and possible three more. Since I had to pull the tire off I re did all four. Drill with stainless wire brush to clean off old and reapplying all three coats will take 24 hours. Then I will test again.

    TravelGuy
  10. planemanx15

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    I got rid of my faux carbon fiber and were to something a little different...

    http://www.metrorestyling.com/3M-1080-Scotchprint-Matte-Dark-Gray-Vinyl-p/matte1080m261.htm

    Took about 30 sq feet to get it right, and there are still a few mistakes. I hope to cover those with some decals.

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    Not sure how its going to hold up on the IMS tank, but we will see. Suprisingly my girlfriend was really good at applying this stuff. She did the whole tank when I got annoyed at how it was creasing.

    I got a few decals, some Suzuki logos, and adv decals. I also found this:

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    It's a tank decals from a 1960s race bike.. At least that's what the guy on eBay said :deal

    Pics to follow...
  11. Cobain

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    i like your style.
  12. planemanx15

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    Bump for an older thread. I will be installing the 790 kit in a couple of weeks. I already ordered it, just have to wait on shipping and then its good to go! I will write up a little blog for the installation, and review of the kit afterwards.
  13. Gryphon12

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    There is lots of interest in this kit on multiple threads. Please start a new one just for your conversion so that we all only have one place to look for information.
    jrtew likes this.
  14. planemanx15

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    Will do...
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    Where'd you get the faux carbon fiber plastic? No sure I want it, but I have to admit I'm pretty curious.

    Next winter when I strip my bike down to the frame to be powdercoated (no more purple!), I'm considering switching from white plastic to black, maybe.. would switch to a black Acerbis tank too. My white IMS is a royal PITA to keep clean.

    Rob
  17. planemanx15

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    I bought it from http://www.metrorestyling.com/Carbon-FiberVinyl-Wrap-s/25.htm
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    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    This morning, I changed out my stock 15T c/s to a new 16T PBI c/s from Jesse. Jesse sent me a "speed" clip, but I re-installed using the OEM retaining plate with three bolts. Thanks to a YouTube posted by someone with Oz (or New Zealand?) accent, the change was a snap: http://youtu.be/VZCPpHuFETA

    Without a tachometer, my guesstimate is the motor is running about 300+/- rpm's less at highway speed.

    Up and down shifting seems smoother and less abrupt.

    Unable to comment yet on mpg.
  19. planemanx15

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    16 is a good CS sprocket to use. 17 was a bit too tall and made cruising at 60-70 strange. 5th gear is useless under 70
  20. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    Working with the basic concept of "Light Is Right," my DRonky 80/20 touring set up is pretty simple. Even more so because I eat at Mom'n'Pops and don't carry a kitchen. For two lane rambling, it suits my needs. I'd post a photo, but as a Minimalist, I don't have a SmugMug account.

    '12 DR650SE
    Stock suspension
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    2" Power Madd bar riser
    60mm mirror extensions
    PW skid plate
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    12v marine outlet, hardwired with inline fuse
    RAM gps mount
    Sargent saddle + fanny pleasing lamp skin if (when) my butt gets sore
    Wolfman E-12 saddle bags - no rack required, no danger of overloading the bike
    Wolfman tank panniers
    Wolfman medium sized duffle, bright chicken yellow
    2 man Eureka tent, 2" ThermoRest pad, wool blanket, space blanket
    eBay IMS knock off foot pegs
    16T c/s sprocket (15T for spare) on 525 chain
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    2" x 3" foot pad added to bottom of kickstand - ever parked a loaded Dronkey in Florida sand or on soft ground?
    *in process of finding spare kickstand which can be cut -1/2" to address too vertical when parked and loaded issue.