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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.
Hmm, that's interesting. Have you tried playing with the needle clip...............I'm not sure what groove you have it on!
I may leave mine for a little bit longer and see how it plays out. Mine can be a little bit hard to start first thing in the morning and its winter over here at the moment (I'm sure its probably like your spring though) but once its going it seems to be fine. Of course, I cannot go any lower in needle height as I'm on clip one. When I'm motivated, I may change the pilot jet..............
Let us know how it plays out for you!
Chris, don't know if someone else answered you or not. The part number 13 is a "gasket" You can use high temp sealant if funds won't stretch to the about $15 (Aus) to buy the thing from Suzuki.
Thx for the responses & feedback. Registered here a while back to read RR's from friends and others. Some day. For now, I want to start to explore those roads in my area I've seen on maps but never ventured down on my street bikes. Got the family into dirt bikes last year so we ride together on trails/woods.
Tons of research to do now but hope to get out on it this weekend.
Welcome! I saw your thread about it over on FZ1OA too.
It's good that you started reading this thread a while back. I think I spent a good six months reading this thread back in mid-2010, and finally got my DR that September. I finally caught up sometime in October or November. And it had 1000 fewer pages back then.
Re chain.. the stock chain is a 525. A lot of people switch to a 520 because it's cheaper and easier to find when you're out in BFE, in the event you need a chain, sprockets, etc. Something to consider. Let us know if the soaking works though... I haven't tossed my last chain yet, so it might be worth soaking and saving as a spare. Turns out my rear sprocket that I replaced was only barely worn compared to the new one, so I'll save it too.
The other thing you were thinking of that needed done is the NSU screw. It's on the other side from the crank bolt. Pick up a new gasket first because the stock gasket may not be reusable. A good source for DR650 parts is www.procycle.us. I was just down there yesterday getting my new sprockets and stuff.
Video: Jammin thru Kenya | Lake Turkana Route
August 15, 2012
As I get ready to leave Kenya, I remember back to the epic journey that I had when I entered the country from Ethiopia, riding the rugged route along Lake Turkana. Here's the video from that journey. It's a bit long at 17 mins, but I think it captures what it feels like to ride a Suzuki DR650 over hundreds of miles of sand, rocks and corrugations through vast, changing landscapes.
The video features music from my good friend, David Abraham's band, The Koniac Net and his debut album One Last Monsoon. Music by The Killers and The Temper Trap also mixed in.
There are exciting moments of fast riding,
where sanDRina and I are dancing on the gravel,
feeling the rhythm of the terrain.
And there are moments of slow riding,
where we struggle in deep sand and over huge rocks,
where the terrain challenges our momentum.
Those moments remind me that we are at the mercy of nature,
playing in her deserts and forests,
tapping into the energy of life.
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(if the youtube copyright police block the video in your country, like in Germany, click here to see it on vimeo.)
Thanks for the reply. I had the gasket when I took off the exhaust, now I can't find it. I've seen prices in the $15-$17 range, with shipping at 1/3 of the gasket price! I thought I could save a few bucks and take one off someones hands who didn't need it anymore. Funds aren't that tight, just the principle of paying over $20 for a part that 75 cents of high temp RTV will do!
Hey, is there an official site to download an owners manual?
anyone used a Dirtracks.com rack & side crash bars ?
thought i'd put this directly in the thread
Eibach .50 straight rate fork springs and proper cut spacers - $65
.50 would be ideal for say 200lbs range riders
i'm 175lb and went to .47 as .50 was too stiff.
local sale to Colorado front range DR owners only (i'll meet you in FC or Loveland/34)
PM me please.
The needle is on the second clip from the top. I've tried it in the 3rd position ( middle) and didn't notice any difference so put it back in #2. Are you running the 150 main with the clip at the top position?
It can probably be tinkered with for a long time to try and improve things. Using full choke and a full twist of the throttle and I don't think it turns over twice before starting cold.
It pulls very hard right off idle in first and second. When you roll it on hard in 3rd there is just the smallest lag? before it pulls hard.Not a big deal as it's first and second where you want instant response in the bush.
First 20 miles (translates to two hours, running errands, traffic, etc.) on the DR and my is killing me!
I'd read about a company that makes a seat kit for something like $150, they ship it to you and you install yourself?
I've also been told the ATV seat pad from WalMart makes a big difference. For $20, I think I'll try that at least.
Love it otherwise, though..
165 for a very good seat for procycle you staple it on yourself. Saddlemen gel. Slightly less expensive ones run about 135.
^Great reviews on here from people that have it. It's on my list. I have the ATV seat pad but I don't think it helps very much and adds unwanted extra height. Seat Concepts will also install their kit on your seat pan if you ship it to them for an extra fee.
Thanks. I found a link to a discount on that on DRRiders forum. I'll give it a shot. I've got corbin and sargent on my FZ1s but I'm not keep on spending that much on the DR.. yet! :)
.. so, I'm not alone in this department, eh? :)
I don't use that particular model of plate. I believe the model I use is called the Givi M1 plate. It holds an E45 case to my Suzuki rack. I need to weld an extension and a mounting crossbar to the Suzuki rack eventually. Right now, the Givi plate is held on with MANY stainless-steel zip-ties. With a rear extension and a flat crossbar welded onto the rack, I could bolt the plate on...far back enough to easily fit a passenger. If I never carried a passenger, used a tankbag, or if we had smaller butts, I could have easily bolted the plate to the rack with just some U-bolts. Our butts are big.
This is the "regular" from this page:
When I started riding my DR and someone mentioned a replacement seat being over $300, I Yer kidding rite? Well a month later I'd have gladly paid $600 for the damn thing. Suzuki's gel seat isn't liked by many, me included. Comfort is questionable and if you park it in the sun, it will cook yer nads for miles. It is shorter though.
Do your homework, there are guys saying some of the replacement seats use a very firm foam.
Even though I've had my Corbin for almost 10 years and 40k miles (two DRs), it still doesn't fit my butt very well. I'm retired and as my muscle mass (butt padding) ages, there's less natural padding. It's taller than stock; you already know their rep for being heavy and I think it's gaining weight every season.
Thanks for filling in your location.
Thx. That's the thing, though - I have a Corbin on my 01 FZ1, tried two others and did not work as well. I have had just about every seat made for my '07 FZ1. I have the Sargent on now, but I think I prefer the firmer Corbin. Just waiting for an opportunity to ride two days back-to-back (and switch between them) to make sure before I sell the Sargent.
As to the DR, reading on DR Riders there seems to be a mix of opinions. Not many have gone with Corbin, though..