the DR650 thread

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

  1. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    Honestly, 2-up capacity is the one area where I'm dissatisfied with my DR. When the lady and I are both on it, it's just too dang cramped on the seat and it makes too little power. Then again, that's why she now has her own damn motorcycle. :D
  2. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    The only thing that makes a difference is does the dealer have parts in stock, or do they have to get them from the national distributer. If they're in stock it's 2 or 3 days, if not it's a little over a week for any manufacturer I've ever owned, that's for Suzuki, Kawasaki,Honda, Yamaha, KTM, or Aprilia from my actual experience. Didn't matter if it was the SXV 550 which was a very limited production bike, or my DR650 which as you stated has been around for 16 years.

    What's sad is if I go to my local Suzuki/Yamaha/Kawasaki/KTM dealer who rarely has anything in stock, I have to wait a week for an ordered part regardless of which brand it is. They only do a parts order once a week. I can actually order it myself online, get it quicker, cheaper, and not pay sales tax.
  3. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    True, I was thinking I was gonna have to buy a new crank for my Wee Strom. It would have actually been cheaper to buy a used, low mileage motor on E-Bay then buy a new crank. How sad is that? Got a buddy that just bought a used DRZ motor with 1600 miles on it for about the same price it would have cost him to get a top end rebuild on his motor with 40K miles on it.
  4. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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  5. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    'Nice price and it looks nice. I think a DR would still be more versatile for most things though, what with it's 16yr production run and subsequent aftermarket support. The DR is also VERY simple. If something is wrong with my bike, I want to be able to fix it and get out riding again. I don't want to be waiting MONTHS for some dealer tech to figure out what's wrong. Being able to diagnose and fix it on the side of a trail is a BIG plus.

    I also like having the option of a 250-mile range, a 400-mile+ range, or leaving it pretty stock. I don't need 58HP on a sub-370lb dualsport, and I don't want a heavier, more-complicated, less-durable bike for beating around in the dirt. If I can affordably build my DR to make mid-40s WHP or more, and add fully-adjustable suspension, without making it more difficult to live with, I'm happy.

    I wouldn't want to pick it up from the mud, rocks, and roots every weekend like I can a DR. It might have more space for 2up riding though.
  6. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    Dunno if this got answered. 2006 from what I've heard.
  7. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    your DR650 of course. :1drink
  8. thetable

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem. I go into the any of the local Suzi/Kawi shops, and I get "we can order that." And this is for stuff that the FSM calls for to be replaced every time the bike is serviced, like the crush washers, and cam cover gaskets. It just makes me glad that I don't actually take my bikes to them to have any work done. First time I did the valve adjustment on my KLR, I didn't find the size shims I needed before I got to the fourth phone number.
  9. buckrut1972

    buckrut1972 H.R. Nightmare

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    Ok, I'm new to this all and only have 1,000 on a seat attached to 2 wheels with a motor in between. I picked up a 09 DR650 and love it. It was stock and I've added a few bolt add-ons. If I can figure how to post pic's I'll show y'all what I got. I'm just running back and forth to work a few times a week and an occasional weekend trip. I'm turning 4k right at 65mph and when I get closer to 70 I get a bit of shimmy. I've been reading a bit about changing the amount of teeth on either sprocket. I'm sticking to the side roads and keeping off the interstate until I get this figured out. I'm somewhat mechanically inclined but learning so use small words and speak slow. Any input would more than welcome.:1drink
  10. ER70S-2

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    W h a t' s t h e q u e s t i o n ? :scratch :D

    You mentioned gearing: I rode 285 miles Monday and my moving average was 56mph. Stock 15-42 gearing, cruising 65-70mph. I'm a fan of the one tooth larger countershaft sprocket (16t), but I didn't miss it all day. Anything faster and I'd have the 16t on.

    Shimmy: I've always balanced my tires, I enjoy the garage time. Then if something's weird, I don't have to wonder if it's the balance. I'm running a new DOT knobby on the front (Pirelli) and a worn out dual sport tire on the back (Kenda 270). Prop the bike up and spin the front tire, is it round?

    Be careful out there, we don't get in fender benders; we get in the ambulance. Wear a helmet (full coverage is my choice), gloves, and something higher than your ankles on your feet. Read "Proficient Motorcycling" by David L. Hough. Take a basic riding class, your insurance will go down. Learn how to use your front brake, it's the most important control on the bike. Start slow, but learn how to do threshold braking. It will save yer butt. :deal For reference, I practice a few times every ride, not once a year. AND, always look behind you before practicing (I ride solo, in low traffic, so it's usually clear behind me).

    If you like it here and plan on learning more, take notes in a word.doc for instance. In a month you'll be thinking 'where the hell did I see that?' Go back 100 pages and start reading, we're stuck in a permanent loop here: just like The Twilight Zone.

    How to post a pic, you need a remote hosting site. I use Smugmug. It isn't free, but Baldy is the guy that makes this site and I want to support his efforts. :devildog

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=919
    Welcome to the asylum. :beer

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  11. ADV8

    ADV8 Taumarunui..Darwin..

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    Three weeks ago. :D

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  12. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    :eek1 :thumb :shog :bow :2cry :ksteve

    A short note on carburetion, stock, TM-40 (tell us again)? Did you have to adjust as you went, needle, MJ? Remove the airbox cover?

    Did you have to push? Did you or the bike need oxygen? :evil

    It's 8:30 pm here, what time is it there? :wave

    OBTW: fookin' awesome. :nod
  13. procycle

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    The first bragger always looses :lol3
  14. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    I just mounted up a front 606 on my DR and I have 705's on my WeeStrom. The front 705 howls like a banshee at 40-50 mph. Maybe the wind and other things drown it out on the DR, but the 606 is silent in comparison. But .... I started with 22 psi in the 606 and it was feeling pretty loose around 65-68 indicated. The old Trailwing was very stable up to indicated 95 or so. I bumped the 606 up to 30 psi and it's a bit better, but definitely not as stable as the Bridgestone. I balanced it myself and know it's good. Otherwise I like the 606 ... I only tried a short stretch of hardpack, but much better than the Trailwing and it sticks just fine in the twisties.

    -dman
  15. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    I don't believe the 800GS BMW is all that much better than the XC off road. Neither come close to the DR.

    Other than that I agree ... although everyone I know with F800's replaces the suspension first thing. Also ... they DO HAVE some issues ... unlike the little Tiger, which has been relatively bullet proof.

    The point you missed was what happens on either of those bikes even with a minor tip over. EXPENSIVE!! The DR crashes very well ... with bark busters and case covers ... its nearly indestructible. I know this from personal experience and 48K miles on my current DR. (I've had three)
    When the GS or XC hit the ground ... $$$$$$$$$$$ !!!

    If you stay on pavement then the XC Tiger is a smooth, fun and good handling bike. Not all that fast but has a nice personality. Once packed up for the road she's a heavy beast, well over 500 lbs. Still, fun and engaging and good on ANY paved road... and did I mention reliable? Unlike the F800GS.
  16. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    :ddog Oh, look, there's another one of these: :ksteve

    Probably snowed up there today (here).
    :vardy :cry
  17. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Very accurate comments! :clap
    On long adventure-travel rides (especially out of USA) big Horse power means nothing ... and is useless. The above points listed are what counts on a loaded up bike 4000 miles from home.
  18. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Nice! What bikes did you rent (or buy) to get up there? Ride Report?
  19. ADV8

    ADV8 Taumarunui..Darwin..

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    The Royal Enfields went like clockwork.
    They were a little like the DR650,less is more.

    Time here is 3:18 PM Thursday,the 'boss and yours truly are stting in a cabana drinking Bintang beer by the sea in Lombok / Indonesia. :lol3
  20. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    Did you forget to put air in the 705's or something? The 606 was the noisy enough to drown out headphones at freeway speeds. The 705 at the same speed barely makes enough noise to be heard at all.

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