the DR650 thread

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

  1. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    I've drooled over V Stroms for some time myself. Finally got into a position to buy one, and recently picked up a 2007 Wee. I love it, and just got home from a 900 mile run through Yellowstone and the Beartooth. Fantastic bike.

    Funny while we were on a 200 mile run of all dirt, we met up with a couple fellers from Colorado, one on a KLR and one on a DR650. They were on the way to Canada. They were perfectly happy on those bikes, doing mostly dirt on the Divide trail. At the moment I figured I'd be happy if I were on my DR. But, on day 3 when we had nearly 400 miles to ride home, the V Strom was the bike to be on.

    I'll be keeping and loving both.
  2. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    I've MIG welded on my DR too without frying anything, was curious about the topic and read that auto muffler shops generally don't disconnect anything or fry anything, also that if the ground clamp is as close as practical to the work and on bare metal that that should avoid trouble.
  3. Tyrepower

    Tyrepower Been here awhile

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    I picked up one from a guy for 10 pounds. We will see if it is what he describes. Man the dollar sucks compared to the pound.


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    From Ebay UK ranging in price from $25 us to $200 us however the last one is brand new still in it's original wrapping!
    Cheers Richo. Dont forget fella's your country sent a man to the Moon, sure as hell you can arrange postage from England!!!
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SUZUKI-GSX...item3f1bfb4e68
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suzuki-GSX...item3a7966d06c
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GSXR-1000c...item1c2b2f7f86
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suzuki-GSXR-1000-K1-2-Exhaust-Silencer-Muffler-End-Can-14310-40F00-H01-/110943108613?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item19d4b97e05

    Here in Australia we love this bad time for the rest of the world. Our Dollar used to trade at 75c to the US$ now we are at $1.04. Been as high as $1.10 Plenty of people over here going mad on the internet and buying heaps of stuff from Over Seas. Even the UK pound has become a lot more attractive than it used to be. Western Australia where I live seems to be the engine room of the the Aus economy so we have been very insulated from the GFC fallout. Plenty of people in the Mine industry are on huge pay packages and this flows on down to the rest of us. Feel sorry when I see you blokes commenting on how you have to sell your pride and joys or that you can get hold of a new DR for X amount down with no interest payments. Whilst that's good for some, usually means things are pretty tight for everyone else.

    Cheers Richo

  4. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    Tex76...I went with the Wee Strom like ShadyRascal. I need to do a side by side pic for the e-memory. A great compliment to the DR and as mentioned, not emptying my bank account.
  5. kbuckey

    kbuckey Been here awhile

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    Interesting. I've had my DR since '97 and I got a new 2006 V-Strom 1000 in 2007. Put over 17000 on the Strom but, you know, I never really loved that bike. It was competent and all that. Did a 1000 (1043 to be exact) day just because I could. Hated it on even dirt roads. Not quite a sport tourer. Last October I sold it and got a new KLX250S - on which I'm learning just how little I know how to ride dirt, but it's a hoot. Still want a sport touring bike - thinking Norge or 1200RT. See what the wife says about 5 bikes!

    If I had to get rid of all but one, the DR stays.
  6. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    The guy I've done all my riding/camping trips with recently upgraded from a 2008 KLR to a 2012 Tiger 800 XC. The only thing that really seemed to hold him back in the dirt were those Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires they put on there. I could barely tell the difference between those tires and the Pilot Road 3's I had on my Ninja. They made my 705's look like full blown knobbies, but other than that, his bike was completely up to the task of riding around the Rio Puerco with the rest of the dirt bikes. Granted, he's been riding for a while and is really damn good at handling big bikes off road. He said that he was in a toss up between the KTM 990 Adventure and the Tiger 800 XC, and the Tiger took it hands down. Something about the fueling and brakes on the 990 just didn't grab him.
  7. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I need to stop trying to talk myself into a lesser bike and just find a way to make an 800XC happen. I got to ride one about a year ago when the demo truck came through Newport Beach (when I was in SoCal). Was really nice. Though there's a good deal on an 07 DL1000 up in Portland that I'd love to snag if I had $5k. Has luggage and everything.

    My rear 705 is just about shot.. I have a new one in the garage I need to swap on. Might do that tomorrow. That and check all my motor mounts to try to figure out that weird vibration. I also wonder if the cam chain tensioner might not be doing it's job, since it's the automatic (stock) one.

    Rob
  8. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    We all have different definitions of the perfect bike(s), that's what keeps things interesting, but I think I speak for everyone when I say GOOD LUCK TRYING TO GET A WOMAN TO AGREE TO 5 BIKES!!!! (and if she does agree, does she have a sister?) :wink:
  9. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    If you're just looking for a comfortable street/touring mount, the DL1000 would likely be a better choice than the 800XC, especially if you're keeping your DR650. He got the 800XC because he was only going to have one bike, and he wanted one that would do the most of everything.

    What kind of life did you get out of your rear 705? At $55 per tire, they wouldn't have to get that much mileage to be a complete steal. People rip on them for being mostly a street tire, but I've found it to handle the offroad stuff in my area with aplomb.
  10. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I'm gonna go out on a limb here... it's not up to her to agree. If its your money, and all the other bills are taken care of, then buy whatever the hell you want (except perhaps for a fleet of blow-up dolls).

    Rob
  11. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    My girlfriend is all about the five bikes as long as I let her have her five bikes as well. And yes, she has a sister.
  12. Rob.G

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    I see the 800XC as the natural evolution of the DR650. The ONLY issues I have with the DR650 on long trips are lack of power and vibration (being a single and all). The 800XC would solve both of those issues with a minimal weight penalty.

    This is my second one; I'm getting around 5500-6000 miles out of the rear. When I put the current tire on, I put a new front on too. The front is down to maybe half, so I'm just putting on a new rear. When both of these wear out, I have the old front from LAST time to swap on with one more rear.

    I love the 705's especially for the price. They're far better on dirt than their appearance would suggest. I had been using a set of Shinko 700's on a spare wheelset for more dirt-oriented rides, but now I'm not sure there's a need. I may swap that set back on again just to wear them out so I can put some true knobbies back on, like T63's. I didn't care for the D606's I had on there before.

    Rob
  13. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    So should I just start calling you brother-in-law? :wave
  14. Escaped

    Escaped Been here awhile

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    Hi Rob,

    Regarding weird vibration, if the vibration only occurs while in motion, you may want to check out your sprockets / chain / cush drive rubbers. A while back I also had a weird vibration / rattle when under partial load and it turn out to be the worn chain / front sprocket. Just a thought.

    Ray

  15. Rob.G

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    I just put a new chain and sprockets on 1000 miles ago, that's just it. A good-quality DID chain and JT sprockets. The last set went 13k miles. Things were nice 'n smooth for about 500 miles, then the weird vibe started, so I'm not convinced it's the chain or sprockets.

    I changed the cush rubbers when I put the LAST chain on 13k/two years ago and they're still fairly snug.

    The vibrations change depending on engine RPM. It's always had vibes at these particular RPMs, but it's gotten worse. Like it used to be super smooth at 5000 RPM, but now there's a vibe. There used to be a bit of a vibe in the 4000-4800 range, but now it's quite a bit worse. It gets annoying when I'm stuck at 50-55 mph because that's around 4000 RPM, unless I downshift... which I often have to do. But even then I'm still not at 5k, so vibes are still there.

    I sure wish there was another DR650 guy locally that I knew so I could compare. If it's normal, I'll deal. If it isn't, I want to figure it out. :)

    Rob
  16. Rumlover

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    Oh, if only it could work that way --- not in my world. Wish I could pull that off. I would be afraid to go to sleep:eek1
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  17. BadDogMax

    BadDogMax Been here awhile

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    My cush rubbers were only 5k miles old when I had vibration problems. Changing them solved it.
  18. Rob.G

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    Guess its worth a try then. Glad ProCycle is closeby!

    Rob
  19. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    The 800 seems a little more delicate than the DR650. Probably just because it looks so damn pretty.

    Totally agree about the 606's. They weren't half bad in the dirt at all, but my god, they made an awful noise on pavement. I've never run T63's myself, but friends that have had good things to say, and they're nowhere near as pricey as the Dunlops. How were your experiences with the 700's? They're in that same price range, and they definitely look gnarlier than the 705's.
  20. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    Always glad to add another member to the family!