the DR650 thread

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

  1. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    Time to find out.

    How many miles?
    Clean air filter?
    Stock rear sprocket? (41/42; don't remember)
    Your altitude?
    Snorkel in or out?
    Top cut out of the airbox?
    Riding: dirt, street, hammering it all the time?

    My guess: someone put in a jet kit, hated the mileage loss and sold it to you. :huh

    Welcome to the asylum. :freaky
  2. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    That is a Dunlop D606 on the rear. I run a Dunlop D952 on the front. I get about 3000 miles on the rear and about 3500 on the front. I ride 90% dirt so I don't know how long they would last on the highway.
  3. bkoz

    bkoz Been here awhile

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    I am thinking that tire choice, rider aggressiveness and fuel quality make a huge difference on the DR's mileage. You can see this by mileage reports that range from 35 to 65 mpg. I also think the air cooled nature of the DR allows for a lot of variances in mileage. So for the fuel economy of the DR has been my only complaint of the DR compared to the 08 KLR I had before. The KLR easily got over 50 mpg.
  4. bkoz

    bkoz Been here awhile

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    Does anybody know of aftermarket clutch perch and lever that has the mirror mount built in like the stock DR setup? I am looking for a 2 bolt clamp instead of the OEM 1 bolt clamp.
  5. garnaro

    garnaro MotoBlunderer

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    I got one of the two bolt ones on ebay - some the years of the DR must have had them stock. Much better than the one bolt set up.
  6. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    All sounds good. You may want to think about fitting custom dog bones in your shock linkage. This will raise the rear up some. The front can get a bit more complicated.

    If you are building a travel bike ... be aware of the limited electrical output of the DR. 200 watts total! :cry On a long trip having Halogen bulbs could sink you. Think HID headlight and LED for everything else.

    Conserve watts wherever you can. You will need to power electric gear/grips/gloves and maybe GPS and other stuff. HID lights are very bright, use less juice than stock. +++ A dead battery in the Peruvian Alti Plano is a drag.

    LED tail/brake and LED turn signal bulbs ... all saves a few watts. Lithium battery sounds good ... but a bit untested in MC's long term. I've used Lithium batts in my film sound gear for 15 years ... fantastic. But bikes are tough on batteries. (shock!) Check it out for sure.

    For travel you don't really need super fancy suspension, but your springs and damping need to be adequate to handle the load you're carrying. Traveling light will be your biggest challenge. Not easy to do.

    At some point, I'd do a long shake down ride to see how things are working out. Live off the bike a week or two. Once you're out of the USA some things can be hard to repair/modify or get hold of.

    A basic windshield may be ugly but will do the job. Just keep in mind, in very hot/humid conditions a shield is a drag. A custom fairing is cool but might be expensive? Fragile? Breakable? Don't compromise the wiring loom in and around the headlight. Not saying you can't change things ... just think long term of wires rubbing through and stuff.
  7. garnaro

    garnaro MotoBlunderer

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    i got the oil filter cover armor after i put it down at low speed on the street and knocked the filter cover off. the bolts for the stock filter cover stick out a bit and when they contacted the ground it knocked one of them straight thru the clutch cover - so I got to get a new one of those too. definitely necessary i'd say!!
  8. Paloma Paul

    Paloma Paul Paloma At Its Best

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  9. Magnum Noel

    Magnum Noel Been here awhile

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    Now thats what I call common sense.:clap
  10. nii

    nii Johnnie Walker

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    same with mine, bone stock, 130-131miles to reserve on the trailwings
  11. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    My DR's engine, gearing and gas tank are stock and I run Trailwings. I ride 60% street, 40% dirt. My riding style is moderate, I like to go asphalt dancing in the twisties and I enjoy spinning the rear tire in the dirt, but I don't spend a lot of time over 60 mph. I usually go on reserve at 142, which works out to 58 mpg. My mpg range in my 5 years of ownership has been a low of 48 (100% dirt) to a high of 69 (100% street and actually tried to get good gas mileage on that tank).
  12. bkoz

    bkoz Been here awhile

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  13. Arc 21

    Arc 21 Been here awhile

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    Sounds to me like you need to richen the mixture if the header is getting cherry red you are also probably running the risk of holeing a piston or seizing the motor.
  14. Grizz Adams

    Grizz Adams Long timer

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    Just a quick bit of useless information for those that care. I just finished my first set of Shinko 705's. I put a little over 6,000 miles on the set. The rear is toast, and the front is still in pretty good shape. I just ordered a replacement set, and I am changing the front as well just because for $40 it wasn't worth waiting another couple thousand miles. I run them about 5 psi more than what is stated on the swing arm for 2 up riding on pavement. They did great for the price. I am hooked.

    Fortunately for me I have a second set of rims that I run my knobs on for when things get messy. But on the road and light DS riding you really can't beat these tires!

    YMMV!
  15. procycle

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    No, a glowing head pipe in stopped traffic is totally normal on the DR650. The pipe is single wall construction unlike most other road going motorcycles that have double wall pipes (that won't glow under normal conditions).
  16. jungleplant

    jungleplant Motorcyle & Jeep Stuff

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    Hi all you Great guys We are starting to make TieDowns for the Suzuki DR650 and i need to ask if anybody is willing to take some measurements and test a few sets, what i need is the lower front triple tree bolt deminsions, and to see if your year model has a flat surface , i checked with bikebandit from 1990 to 2004 and they all appear to be flat , here is a picture of one on a xr650L If your interested send me a PM with your year of bike and the deminsions , and mailing address and when i get them done I will send you a set for free , for helping ok, ,mike [​IMG]
  17. soboy

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    Good info. I am considering a set of these. How do they compare on and off road to the OEM Trailwings? Did you run 5 psi over two-up pressure off road? I find the Trailwings are excellent on the street and ok on the dirt as long as I keep the tire pressures at no higher than 25F, 29R. I usually run 22F, 25R. Have not been able to get more than 2300 miles from a rear tire, though. Fronts last double that.
  18. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Gang,

    After a ride, my 2007 with 4,400 miles is showing some oil on the cooling fins on the front of the engine, near the oil cooler, just above the base gasket. It doesn't seem to leak while sitting, just riding, so the wind may be blowing the oil forward towards the front.

    I checked all the usual suspects and can't find a source. Base, head, valve cover, and valve inspection plate gaskets all look dry. Oil lines, oil cooler, cam chain adjuster cover, and oil cap all check out OK.

    Is the crankcase breather tube supposed to go into the bottom front of the airbox? Mine goes up under the tank, and the nipple on the bottom front of the airbox is capped off. May have been done by the previous owner. I was thinking if the crankcase was slightly overfilled, it might have been blowing excess through the tube. (oil level was at the top line in the sightglass.)

    Any other ideas?

    TIA...

    Streak
  19. Grizz Adams

    Grizz Adams Long timer

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  20. Grizz Adams

    Grizz Adams Long timer

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    Way better than TW's both on and offroad. I run about 18-22 psi offroad. On gravel I don't bother airing down if I know that I am not going for a long long DS ride. I got about 3,000 out of my rear TW.