the DR650 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.

  1. toddiscdn

    toddiscdn Take off, EH!

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    Thanks, I figured it out. Basicaly the choke plunger was siezed in the carb. in the on position, finallly got it freed up.

    Cheers, Todd
  2. Artlocks

    Artlocks Been here awhile

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    JP, my upcoming ride is only half baked. I am the procrastinator from hell. I think I am going to ship my bike to las vegas and go from there. It will be smokin hot! I will head east, maybe do the grand canyon then up to utah, moab maybe. Back down thru new mexico. hit the pavement when it is near time to come back. I am looking for help from inmates on this so I will have a lot of threads going. Then go right to the operating table on sept 15 and have my hip replaced!

    Definitely going back to the phils to ride but it may be 2012. I would think about this december but don't know how the hip will be.
  3. Artlocks

    Artlocks Been here awhile

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    I am not sure how off road it will be. I am still putting it together. If I find someone local who would be willing to ride with me for a section, I would try most anything. Otherwise I will stay within my abilities.

    I will look at the shinko's. I am not familiar with them. thanks.
  4. Artlocks

    Artlocks Been here awhile

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    I have a Battery Tender Plus charger. Would this be considered a smart charger.

    I have seen iridium plugs advertised but never knew if it was just hype. I feel more comfortable getting them when someone knowledgeable has recommended them. I will give them a try. Should I get a third as a spare or can I use one of my existing plugs for a spare? Thanks.
  5. Artlocks

    Artlocks Been here awhile

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    Actually I have Mefo Explorers on the bike now. I have done some knarly stuff on them but they were a little too slippery for me. I believe they are 70/30 street/dirt tires. So I take it 606s may be a better dirt tire than the TKC80s, but the 80s will last longer?
    I am going to look at the shinko 705 too.

    Would my mountain bike pump work ok for a manual pump? I guess I could try it when I get the new tires.

    The bike does idle too high, but I think it is a cable issue since I put on heated grips and changed out the throttle tube. I don't think it idled too high before.

    Did you use the DR650 when you did N Africa? I am thinking of shipping mine to South Africa next summer for a couple of months. Maybe the riding in Namibia will be similar to N Africa.
    Thanks for your help.
  6. Artlocks

    Artlocks Been here awhile

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    Wizard, I had read that the odyessy was smaller than the original so it had to be shimmed to fit in the space. Also the + and - terminals were oriented opposite from the stock battery. This would lead to getting a new battery cable (s). I have also installed a Eastern Beaver 3 circuit fuse/relay assembly and spent some time getting the cables routed just right. Was my information correct? Were you able to use your original battery cables?

    Another reason I would like to get a AGM type battery is I believe it is non-hazardous (maybe the wrong term) for shipping purposes,
  7. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

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    Artlocks, Sounds like a good trip. If you go at it like your trip to the PI, I know it will go well.

    Good luck with the hip, I had a knee replaced over 10 years ago, been great since. Do everything they tell you to do to make the most of it.

    Look us up when you are coming this way again.
  8. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    I finally finished up the DR650 suspension upgrades and have been trying to fit a test ride into the schedule. I heard "we're gonna get our nails done" and started grabbing equipment.

    The upgrades made a huge difference in the feel of the bike. It just felt more "planted" the entire time. It was very noticeable during cornering on the road. Sometimes I would get a "wallowing" feel from the rear and always thought it was the tire going away. No more. I intentionally rode it into potholes on the dirt and it soaked 'em up without bottoming or losing control. The suspension is, of course, much stiffer as heavier springs went in front and rear. The valving thru emulators and the Gold Valve really made a difference.

    Can't wait to do some even more challenging terrain. Fun stuff.

    Just a short 11 miles from the house to Thousand Trails and then up Otay Mtn for the usual views.

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    Looking back at the road up.
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    Got a little "rattling" warning when I stopped for this photo looking North. Didn't see anything though.
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    The road ahead.
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    Turned right at Doghouse Junction and rode a short distance down the road to the border.
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    The fog had blown in and hadn't burned off yet. Looking East.
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    Always wanted to make a pit stop at This Place so I headed down Otay Lakes Rd and got there 10 minute before the divers came in.
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  9. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    :lol3

    I know exactly what you mean.
  10. ADV8

    ADV8 Taumarunui..Darwin..

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    Once it is unscrewed it should come out no problem by pulling on the cable.

    Bottom is the stock DR650 item,cable removed of course. (TM40 on top. )

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  11. SkunkWizard

    SkunkWizard recycle crime scene tape

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    this pic was taken right after installation (last year). I have some other wiring going on now to feed my GPS & cell phone charger.

    I cut two pieces of copper (made washers) to make the termanals a slight more robust. Other than that It uses the same cables and fits fairly snug.
    I also run a KOSO voltmeter, shows "joy" all the time


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  12. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    My DR started running noticeably better with 14,000 miles on it,now will pull the front end up in the first couple gears and starts and goes quicker. I live at 100 ft elevation and ride at anywhere from 8/9,000 ft to anywhere in between for any given ride. Stock jetting seems fine,Ive never touched the carb for anything. Its no race bike and will run a long time as is. Ive got a Corbin on mine,best Corbin Ive tried but they take a couple thousand miles to break in. Wide for dirt riding but I just got used to it. When I get on my DRZe it feels like a toy after riding the DR.
    The 606's do hook up nicely. The DR is a tank but a loveable tank.
  13. Paloma Paul

    Paloma Paul Paloma At Its Best

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    Just finished a 4K trip from AZ to WY and back. My 98 DR650 used about 1 quart of oil. Is this normal? I added 1/2 quart at about 2100 miles and when I got home it was about 1/2 low but didn't add oil but drained the old and put in new with filter. Had a bit of a battery problem as well but tightened the positive terminal screw for the fix. Soooo is this normal oil consumption?:clap
  14. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    Depends on how you were riding it. If the trip was a lot of highway miles going 75 mph that doesn't sound excessive. Is it normal? I don't know, I haven't rode mine that far on a trip. Mine doesn't use enough to ever need topped off between oil changes. I change the oil every 2000 miles or less. But I ride mostly dirt. Mine has 20,600 miles on it. The high rpm's zinging down the highway make thumpers use more oil.
  15. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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    From all I've read, the DR engine typically doesn't lose ANY oil, so your loss might not be "normal". OTOH, 4,000 miles is way past the typical oil change interval, so most wouldn't see that situation anyway. :dunno

    So, if it's running right, isn't blowing clouds of smoke or fouling the plugs or marking it's territory... I'd say ride the thing. My 2 cents.
  16. Paloma Paul

    Paloma Paul Paloma At Its Best

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    the 4000 was mostly paved roads unfortunately, 9 days straight rain will do that to you. It was valvoline 10w40 full synthetic so I was comfortable with that long of an oil change. There was a little oil smudges by the spark plugs and where the breather is in the air box. So I'm thinking its normal.
  17. Paloma Paul

    Paloma Paul Paloma At Its Best

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    Advice for the hand choke. Drill two small holes in the knob and wire some sort of loop into it so you can reach in and get ahold of the sucker. Some sort of push pull loop. Its bee pictured on hear. It saves having to fumble around tryin to find the knob.
  18. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    yea, Battery Tender is a good one. I suggested it to use on your OLD battery to keep it healthy, not to carry with you on your trip. The new battery will mean no worries at all.

    Iridiums are the real deal. They work and last about 3 times longer than conventional plug, give a hotter spark and slightly better MPG.
  19. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    i do. but its sunday now
  20. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    did a 270 miler yesterday in near 100 degree heat. halfway, my speedo suddenly went non-linear on me... bouncing like crazy, pegging out at max.
    did I strip a gear or something in there? I did all I could except R&R it at roadside but nothing helped. the gear housing down at the wheel looked fine, had no heat buildup - same on the other end - everything tight & normal looking.
    the only thing I changed was that I reset the tripmeter at fillup [44mpg for me running 75 on the freeway most time].

    ????
    shop time this aft.

    anyone have a stock pilot jet they want to send me?