The DR650 Highway Touring Thread

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

  1. eakins

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    i found this pic and it's not as bad as i thought.
    looks like you need to space it out correctly.

    someone else did use this screen too but with turbocity brackets & a vstrom madstad adjustable mount.

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  2. vintagespeed

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    there we go, thanks! yeah doesn't look too bad, i wonder how it works?

    i would cobble up some kindof adjustable mount for it as well. interesting....

    what shield is this?

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  3. planemanx15

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    Getting my parabellum 23" tonight. After fiddling with a universal scooter shield, and the National cycles deflector, Its time to give the parabellum a shot. If it doesn't work well, it will be going back, and a turbocity is next lol.. I love return policies..

    Will post a pic when complete :deal
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  4. EvanADV

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    You may like the Madstad....it does what you're looking for.

    http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/sc.7/category.1921/.f

    I'm 6'4" and it's what I plan to get when I can get other upgrades done (tires, suspension, luggage).
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  5. planemanx15

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    Got the Parabellum on tonight.. God that thing is HUGE... It took about 30 mins to get it all settled in, and I wish the directions were a little better (they are hand drawn), but it fits nicely. It has a little bit of adjusting, but I have not got to ride yet and adjust. Tomorrow morning, Ill get on the highway and see if it is really as good as other inmates say.

    I do not like the mount that goes to the handlebar clamps. Basically I have the top of the clamp, a space, the windshield bracket, and bolt. the Space is created because the windshield bracket sits on top of the lip on the top clamp... Kinda hard to explain, I may have to take a picture. I think I will have to Install a spacer in order to make the bolt fit snugger.

    Here is the final setup:

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  6. eakins

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    that has to be the largest screen for the DR on the market, by a long shot.
    i think it's gonna be hit or miss if it works, depending on your height.
    it's got the most side protection for colder riding.
    might be a great winter shield.
    you might even be looking through it, if you can stand that.
    my money is still on madstad as the best of the larger DR options as he offers 4 screen options plus it's fully adjustable. you can also quickly remove the screen when you're riding more off-road stuff.
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  7. GsVs

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    That would be me ...
    see the link below .... not pretty -- but worked very well.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9922288&postcount=217

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    When I got my second DR650SE - I went to the MadStad RoboBrackets and CR Sport windscreen as seen below

    http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/sc.7/category.1921/it.C/.f
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    A cleaner Set-up for sure .... with the RoboBrackets there is TONS of adjustment options (both height and tilt) and you can put just about any size or shape windscreen on. Plus with the T-Bolts - it's a quick tooless job to remove the windscreen ...

    The adjustment isn't as quick as with the V-Strom MadStad Brackets thou ...
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  8. planemanx15

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    Gsvs: what kind of hand guards are these? Do they provide decent protection?

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  9. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    I presently use this small slipstream model which works well for its size.
    [​IMG]AAlso tried the Vstrom shield but didn't care for the angle. The slipstream offers more protection and looks somewhat better. I put a 16 tooth countersprocket in, just thought I'd mention it since this is the highway thread. Love it now on the open road and still have no trouble in the dirt.
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  10. GsVs

    GsVs Goin' Somewhere

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    Hey planemanx15 ...

    I only had that DR650 for a short time (SOLD it - big mistake because it was set-up very well, now I'm wised up and bought another DR650) --- but I do remember that hand guards did an excellent job of blocking the wind.

    The Handguards are Moose Racing Hand Guards with Moose Racing Large Competition Handguards Protectors

    Follow the two links below .. for details and review

    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/9/192/4826/ITEM/Moose-Racing-Aluminum-Handguards.aspx

    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...ng-Large-Competition-Handguard-Protector.aspx

    Here's a couple if more pictures that show the hand guards better ...
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    Hope that helps ...
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  11. eakins

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    gsvs,
    oh that's your old bike on madstad site.
    that's the CR screen model right?
    http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/sc.7/category.888/.f

    i think that's the best looking shape on the DR
    do you ever get light reflecting up into the screen at night.
    all 4 colors are avail. now i think smoke or dark would look sharp.

    for quick release, i was thinking those t bolts and t nuts where the robobrackets attach to turbocity arms would be slick. i've found (on the vstrom i had) once you find your ideal screen position you don't move it. if you can quickly unbolt the screen and the robobrackets together and just be left with the support arms, you can quickly go to off-road mode. this way you won't have those robobrackets still hanging out there standing up and out nor will you have to lower then back down flush and then have to try and find your ideal screen position again after the screen goes back on.

    with just the turbo city brackets let on the bike you could even add this
    http://www.turbocity.com/product_info.php?cPath=69_78&products_id=717
    if you want to go into off-road tour mode .

    just seems the madstad setup is versatile like the DR is.
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  12. GsVs

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    ....
    Here's a picture of a smoke one - borrowed from GaryAK's ride report "Alaska Denali Hwy - Now with more Night Riding
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  14. eakins

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    simple enough trick painting the bottom edge of the screen to keep light from entering "inside" the screen and up. i'm sure black nail polish would do the trick too.

    looks like gary's DR has the larger GS screen from madstad.
    i like the CR shape better. light smoke looks good but i think dark grey would be sharp and hide all the brackets and stuff behind it.
    thanks for finding that pic as i have a white DR too!

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  15. eakins

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    that's always been a good option too as it's adjustable (but kinda $$$)
    here's another one.

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  16. eakins

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    here's another view of my FZ1 (gen 1) oem screen bolted on to headlight shroud. the happy trails windshield bag for the gen 1 klr fits it like a glove.
    i used the shortest stainless steel strap from the hardware on the side bolts of the fairing to move it out and away some more and get the shield to stand a little more upright. it works well keeping the wind of my chest.
    the turbocity mounts arms for the madstad should loop over top of this setup so i can keep it all in place and go from different tour modes.

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  17. eakins

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    pro taper atv mid bars are very comfortable on the wrists and body.
    maier atv handguards and maier mx shields.

    double take miror mounted on a klr anti-vib mirror thingy screwed into xr400 oem perch and clutch lever w/ adapter for the mirror mount. tucks away real nicely when i'm riding offroad or storing the bike under cover and sits in the space above the wolfman windshield bag and the screen.

    IMS tank, acrebis locking cap and wolfman enduro tank bag.

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  18. eakins

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    indicator pod is moved in better position w/ turbocity bracket
    http://www.turbocity.com/product_info.php?cPath=69_78&products_id=665

    60csx ram bracket (w/ gorilla duct tape to tighten it up) powered by tourtech power lead.
    nicely tucked aware from harm. awesome dual-sport GPS setup.

    i've got all the indicators and instruments i need all tightly together in 1 place.
    wallet & insure go in the screen bag for easy access.
    Butler Maps are in the tank bag along w/ my digital camera, water and snacks.

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  19. planemanx15

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    Thank you! I think I'll be ordering them for my Tusk handguards. The bars cant be all that different can they?

    The Parabellum shield is insane. Initially, I felt nothing up to 40 mph on side streets. I got on a main highway and got the bike up to 70. Everything felt great except this annoying ticking coming from the top of my helmet. Turns out it was the air vents on my helmet, if they are closed they make noise, if they are open I hear nothing. I hear everything on the bike now, it actually sounds much louder because there is no wind to drown out the sound. The shield make me ride a little faster as well, mainly because there is NO air pressure on my chest at all. The weirdest thing was that I my legs are freezing in Jeans and my core stayed very warm, guess its something I'll have to get used to (plus my riding pants will help a bunch). I went WOT and got the bike up to 87, I have some nasty vibration issues at that speed, but again, I barely feel the speed.

    I know the DR is not made for 85+ mph, but what could be causing such a front end shake at that speed? The bike is smooth as can be around 70-78 mph...
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  20. eakins

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    probably that big screen is causing it to shake.
    so is it a keeper? you should get some oxford heated grips and that will warm your blood in the cold.

    why you riding in jeans??? get some real waterproof gear and stay warm and protected dude.
    1 piece suites are the best at staying warm in the cold
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=433219