The DR650 Highway Touring Thread

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

  1. nii

    nii Johnnie Walker

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    screensforbikes windshield, Kappa tank bag, 50 liter waterproof bag strapped with heavy duty bungee cord.

    this windshield actually improved my fuel economy
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  2. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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    Yep it's a keeper. I cut the stainless steel brackets to fit my top clamps better, and now there is no space. I have the Oxford heated grip wraps that I bought in a rush last year, but I'll probably end up getting the full grips this season. As for the riding pants, I've got a pair of waterproof all season pants, but was too lazy to put them on yesterday... I know, I know, not smart... They are sitting on my DR ready for next time..
  3. GsVs

    GsVs Goin' Somewhere

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    Moose Racing Large Competition Handguards -- they are a flexible rubber so they should work - - - let us know if you do try them --- I have the Tusk handguards on my WR and they don't provide as much wind protection as the "Moose Racing Large Competition Handguards"

  4. shu

    shu ...

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    1. Is the shake at speed new? If so, take off the windscreen and see if it still does it.

    Next most likely problems:

    2. Do you balance your tires?

    3. Tires are wearing, possibly cupping?

    4. Steering head bearings wearing out (how many miles on those bearings?)

    ...........shu
  5. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    5. Guys have complained about the stock front fender flapping like a hummingbird's wings.
  6. Deanman

    Deanman Wannabe Adventurer

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    I just got a set of those double take mirrors, and they are great! Still, they do vibrate a little bit. What is this KTM anti vibe device of which you speak, and does it work? Linky? Be nice to actually see what's behind me instead of just a blob!:clap
  7. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    klr but i've also seen them on ebay.
    standard japanese thread
    http://www.klr650.com/MrVibIso.htm
    mirror threaded part is isolated in rubber.
    it helps some.
  8. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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    +1

    the stock fender catches a lot of air and used to push my DR all over the place at higher speeds. I use a DRZ400SM fender with a Parabellum screen and eliminated virtually all the buffeting and crosswind effects. Very happy with my "barn door" Parabellum.
  9. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    let's see some pics.
    no issues with wind and the KTM front fender either.
    i really like the look of it too.
    it also provides a great pocket to securely hold a fender bag!

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  10. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    unlike alot of the small motard fenders, this one protects well from rain and mud too.

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  11. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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    New from what I've noticed, I've never got my bike up to that for an extended period of time enough to notice. Tires have about 1000 miles on them, Shinko 705's. Might not be fully balanced, as the guy that put them on gave me some excuse "you can't balance a dirt bike tire". I just went with it and put the tires on and road. As far as I know the steering head bearings are original, they have 23k miles on them. Like I said at 70 the bike is fine, above 80 it shakes. I have 16/46 gearing if that matters.

    During the winter, I will be taking the bike apart and doing a rebuild, mostly to power coat the frame, and clean up everything. If any bearings need replacing, that will be the time.
  12. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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    I have the supermoto fender from pro cycle.
  13. inire

    inire Browncoat symp

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    I'm about to sell my DR since as much as i love it otherwise, my butt hurts after almost no time, tried the Sargent, have a Corbin now. My attempts at windscreens Have not been super successful...i have the down-and-back peg lowerers...no suspension mods yet.

    What have i done wrong?:cry
  14. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    What's your height/weight? Suspension makes a huge difference from what i've heard. I'm about to invest in that area now. If the bike squats in the rear going down the road that can make the riding position uncomfortable.

    What windscreen have you tried?

    Are you more comfortable on other bikes?
  15. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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    Anybody have the Givi E21 mounted up? They look like a nice case for the price...
  16. GsVs

    GsVs Goin' Somewhere

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  17. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    I serviced my steering head at 19,700 miles because the steering was getting notchy and it wouldn't hold a turn like it was on rails anymore. The bearings were pretty dry.

    A Shinko 705 is as much a street tire as it is a dirt tire and surely could have been balanced. It's unusual that is was smooth at 70-78 though, an unbalanced tire will normally start shaking above 55 or so.
  18. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Hey, which specific model of KTM fender was that? Me likey.
  19. inire

    inire Browncoat symp

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    I'm just coming off unemployment sominvestment in the bike may be possible in the future, but i already have it in CL-few bites. 220,5-9, grafting on of deflectors or the like with homemade bracketry...i love the way it handles, the thumper power delivery, but the sore ass is just too enduring and repeatable of a memory to ignore.

    We'll see. I have a GPz750 that i'm tryng to get to rn well that i have designs on for my 45min commute, but stzy tuned.
  20. kbuckey

    kbuckey Been here awhile

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    At 43500 miles I replaced mine 'cause I had a "notch" that was really bothersome. At slow speeds there was a definite hitch when the bars passed through straight ahead, and when leaned over it seemed to grab when I made the transition over center. All good again...

    I had neveer serviced them before.