the DR650 thread

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

  1. Turbocelica

    Turbocelica Been here awhile

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    Factory manual is odd for this setting. I don't have it in front of me currently so I'l be guessing a bit here.

    In section 4 they list the jet sizes & pilot screw setting for several different areas. Two of the areas are in the USA. One is California and the other is outside of Cali.. The Outside-California setting has the # of turns (1.5?) listed. The California box only has "Pre-Set".

    So I think I should probably start at the 1 to 1.5 turns out range and start the checks to see where I'm actually at. Thinking a bit rich would be better than lean right??

  2. fizzerfz1

    fizzerfz1 Been here awhile

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    "Yes, I'd probably buy"

    A pic would help people decide faster. The price is very reasonable so I think a lot will be interested.

    I suggest that you open a separate 'group buy' thread and post the link here and in your signature, it would make this thread more monstrous if you have 50+ people asking questions about the mount in this thread.:huh

  3. maxicardi

    maxicardi Professional BODGER

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    Hi guys,

    just new to the forum, although not new to biking. Having been riding for the past 20 years, everything from 2-stroke vintage Vespa's to Kawasaki ZRX Lawson rep...so I thought I knew one things or two about mechanics!

    But now, my old trusty DR 650 RS start doing something strange: the oil level goes considerably down after just 200km, so much that I have to top up almost 200cc to bring it back to normal values!

    YES, I check it correctly, bike is level, engine is warm, wait 5 mins..
    The bike DOESN'T smoke
    there are no oil stains around exhausts/on the top koffer/on my back
    it start and rides well, just had 145km/h (on GPS) with ease
    the plugs aren't black/wet

    I topped it up yesterday and actually it rode 'worse' for the first 20mins. and after 200km my oil was AGAIN disappeared. Oh, unnecessary to say...NO LEAKS!

    Any wise ideas from the experts? :hmmmmm
  4. Northyork

    Northyork Been here awhile

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    Funny thing you mentioned that. When I bought them I noticed the back tire is made in Germany and the front in Brazil. Have not had any issues with either back or front tire. It is going to be hard to drive the bike, on pavement, with other tires, I have become to trust this tires so much!!!


  5. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Wow! That's impressive. Love the Strang connection ... which is so relevant today. We learn Zero about Oz here in the USA. Now, with the net we can dig stuff out, but it's not commonly known.

    Sadly, AFAIK, Suzuki never officially raced the DR650 here in the USA or in Baja, where both Honda and Kawasaki dominated. Suzuki did race the DRZ400, but without much success.

    They quickly dropped it and jumped to the RMZ's and motocross, although they've also done well in GNCC , enduro and desert racing here in the USA. Josh Strang (son of Vince I'm assuming?) won the GNCC championship for Makita Suzuki in 2010 on a RMZ450, and has done well there for years.

    Suzuki have had great success in all forms of off road racing here in the USA: Motocross, Supercross, AMA Enduro, Hare & Hound, GNCC and more.

    You would think with all that success they would focus on a building a modern, upgraded DR650. Maybe someday?
  6. IdahoRenegade

    IdahoRenegade Long timer

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    Just a thought, but have you contacted Procycle or any other distributer and see if they would carry these? Keeps you out of the PITA sales and shipping business (which takes a lot of time) and focued on design and fabrication. Sounds like an interesting product.
  7. Rumlover

    Rumlover Ed

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    I think you will find you will be pretty darn close (1 to 1.5 turns). It seems most end up somwhere between 1 and 2 turns. Some like a little more (rich) to cure surging or low end response, but mileage can suffer a little if opened to far.
  8. Rumlover

    Rumlover Ed

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    DR650 RS -- What year is it?

    Have you checked your airbox. Excess crankcase pressure or improper crankcase breather hose routing could cause it to be pushed into the box.
    Could be caused by overfilling -- not saying yours is but I think that could be a cause of excess pressure.
    Good luck
  9. thumpididump

    thumpididump MacGyver

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    Thanks. Much appreciated.



  10. maxicardi

    maxicardi Professional BODGER

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    The bike is a 1990 DR RS, kickstarter only. Breather hose is OK, routing also...moderate quantity of oil in the airbox (it's just "greasy"). Surely not the amount I'm missing...
    I'm using Castrol GPS 10w40...maybe too thin???
    A Belgian Beer for the one who solves this puzzle :beer
  11. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Clean the airbox and go for a ride. See if any oil makes it's way back in...
  12. kimber45

    kimber45 I'm over it.

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    well not sure now but i would say i was in 3rd. if this darn rain ever stops i'll pay closer attention.

    you know now that you mention it i may be hearing chain slap. that's sorta what it sounds like.

    thanks for the info. :D
  13. Tech23

    Tech23 Been here awhile

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    I would be interested in a laser cut aluminum indicator light panel mount. I have made my own, it's not perfect but it's not too shabby either. I made mine so the light panel is mounted above the mount plate. I have seen two other nice versions. Is the mount you are talking about a bolt on or does the speedometer need to be shimmed forward, or any other necessary modifications?

    Tech23

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  14. ADVBedouin

    ADVBedouin fly pelican!

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    There were earlier posts/questions about this loud metallic creak after parking the bike on it's side stand: I first heard it after re-installing the factory bashguard (used factory torque specs), which required removal of the full-length, lower engine mounting bolt & nuts/washers.

    I determined it was just chassis settling, however it doesn't happen any more. I wasn't sure if was the engine cooling (changing clearances on the engine mount bolt in the frame), or if it was lateral forces on the frame induced by the kickstand. But the noise was too loud & sharp to come from the kickstand alone.

    The main point is it started only after I re-installed the bash gaurd & engine mount bolt, but that after not touching either for a few thousand miles it has stopped. I tend to think it's because there's no longer any micro-shifting of the engine mount bolt & fasteners on the frame... like everything's settled in tightly back together again.
  15. Bubba Bauer

    Bubba Bauer Been here awhile

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    If your neutral light doesn`t seem to work properly stop and search for causes, on mine the screw let go fell into the madly spinning (was doing around 120K-s) clutch assembly and blew it up. End results:

    This is going to be a complete strip I think just can`t be sure where did the parts fly... or is this beyond salvation? So far what damage I can see is the inner clutch hub assembly what`s became a 10000 piece puzzle. Use barnett plates my friction plates and steel plates were spotless while everything blow up around them ( I had to bend or cut them to get them off the hub which is broken and bent...
    :cry

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  16. Bubba Bauer

    Bubba Bauer Been here awhile

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    This is what I saw when the cover came off...

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  17. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    there's a good intro to this problem at this link. i know it probably wont help your situation much, but good reading for dr owners not familiar with this problem.
  18. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :eek1
  19. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    HOLY SHIT ! That would bring me to tears , seeing the old girl in pain like that.
  20. Tech23

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    I guess the neutral light was malfunctioning and you let it go. How long between the time you noticed the malfunction with the light and the catastrophic failure? Are you 100% certain the two events are connected? I put longer allen bolts in my neutral switch and safety wired them with the clutch in place. I guess its possible the screw could have wedged in just the right place to set up a chain reaction of internal carnage like that. Looks real expensive. I don't know how fast the oil came out of it after the metal shavings started, but I would open up the oil pump and look inside for scoring and metal. Bearings don't like a diet of oil/metal shavings....neither do internal oil passages or the piston oil cooling jet. Doesn't take much to create a blockage.

    Tech23