the DR650 thread

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

  1. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    warp9, put me down for that adjustable brake lever when available.
  2. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    Amen!...owned a couple of VW Bugs years ago and they had many of the qualities you listed...the DR reminds me of them in a way (in the best possible way ;-)....not many vehicles in current production that have those traits any more (available in the US at least)
  3. mrbing73

    mrbing73 bOOb

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    I'm currently running an Aqualine Safari tank and a Brittania Composites fairing without handguards on my 07 DR. My upper bar clamp currently contacts the tank 1/8" before I hit the stock steering limiter. I'd like to add some HDB handguards but I'm concerned their upper clamp might cause further clearance issues.

    I know I can't use their "ADV super++extra/etc+ with dashboard" upper, but hoping someone out there might provide input on one of the lower profile units.



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    Any suggestions on how to easily transfer my current interference issues from tank to limiter would also be greatly appreciated.

    And yes thats my Vapor hanging off to the side, cheesy stock clamp broke almost instantly. Looking for a GPS before I start drilling the Brit Comp ABS bit.
  4. Feelers

    Feelers Been here awhile

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    Do you think that a 790cc kit and something like the Wee-Strom seat would be sufficient for 2-up adventure touring?
  5. Feelers

    Feelers Been here awhile

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    The total length of the DR is 94 inches. The F800GS is 91 inches. The 800XC is 87 inches. The Wee-Strom is 90 inches.

    Why does the DR's seat seem so short?
  6. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek rookie adventurer

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    I was in the same mindset whenever the dealer didnt have my part on hand...thanks for the info about how it works from the other side of the counter. I'll cut them a little slack next time they have to order something for me.

  7. TRAVELGUY

    TRAVELGUY Old Traveler

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    warp9man thanks for going to the trouble and expense of putting these parts into production!

    TravelGuy:clap

  8. WilderRider

    WilderRider Long timer

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    I had good luck with them when I ordered my pulser coil. They were also very responsive by telephone (I was calling from a campsite in Moab) and worked well with me. If you think it has been long enough, give them a call.

    But, BTW, comparing the shipping speeds from Procycle seems unfair. Those guys at Procycle are FAST!!!!:rofl
  9. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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    The strom seat yes, and I'd also love to know about the 790 kit...
  10. kamlander

    kamlander Adventurer

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    called RegulatorRectifier, regarding pending order. it was sent and received by my drop box in the u.s., so i guess they get a thumbs up from me. confusion arose from the fact that they do not provide tracking, so my mistake.
  11. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    Ya keep us updated on the levers. The last owner of my DR cut his balls off :evil to get a good fit with the handguards. I want to replace the whole setup.
  12. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I own a 2007 DR650, just bought a 2012 Tiger 800XC in July and just got back from a 4 day dual sport ride on the Tiger. I bought the Tiger to replace my Honda CBF1000 and do some back roads exploring. My wife rides a Triumph Street Triple and a DR200. We have lots of both twisty paved roads, but even more forestry roads where we live. We are always trying to figure out which bikes to ride, street bikes or DRs. The DRs have been great for exploring but suck on long windy highway blasts, especially Jodie's little 200. My 650 is OK on the highway but I would never call it comfortable. I have been waiting for a bike like the Tiger for a long time. We have ridden BMW F800s on several trips through the Alps, Costa Rica etc. and had a ball on them but would never own one. They are buzzy and there are lots of problems reported although we've never had a break down on them. Plus they just can't compare to the Triumph triple.

    I didn't have any problems with the Tiger handling wise or find it to be any more of a handful than my DR is on our ride. I did crash twice, well one crash and one just set it down slowly. No damage to the bike and I didn't even have time to fit the BarkBusters before we left so I just had the crappy plastic hand guards, but I loosened the lever bolts so my clutch just twisted instead of snapping when I crashed.

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    This ride ended up being way tougher than I was expecting. I suck in sand and that crash isn't a reflection on the bike but more my ability or more accurately, lack of it. Probably would have crashed my DR there too. We rode about 50kms on power line roads, these were steep rocky, loose climbs and descents with a few washouts thrown in. I didn't have any trouble on that knarly terrain, just the sand.

    We wouldn't choose to ride roads that difficult, we typically just take off down forestry roads and for our "typical" use the Tiger is the perfect choice. Way, way more comfortable and fun on the twisty parts, and I find I can slide the back end easier on the Tiger than the DR but I'm still learning. :lol3

    Just to give you an idea of the terrain, there was one broken leg, the guy rode 15km out of the bush with his leg splinted with branches and electrical tape. One broken nose, one broken wrist, another broken arm. My wife had a spectacular crash on a steep rocky ascent when a truck came over the rise, she moved right but was chasing a rider on an F800GS and couldn't see the trail for the dust and tagged not one but three big rocks before being bounced into the ditch. Thankfully just bruised up and learned a good lesson, she'd been riding too damn fast and having a bit too much fun chasing the guys on their "bigger" bikes.

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    Sure my DR would have been a bit easier to handle in the toughest sections, but I didn't struggle with the Tiger through them either. And when it came to the 5 1/2 hour highway blast to get home I was sure glad I was on the Tiger and not the DR.

    As for the heat, yes you get some heat from the bike when the fan kicks in. We both find our DRs to be the "coolest" bikes we've ever ridden except for the R1200RT. We live in Canada's only desert and see temps in the 90-100 degree range and have never had a problem with the DRs getting hot or bugging us with heat. I'm not bothered by the heat from the Tiger but Jodie has sold bikes because they roasted her, like her Ninja 650. Heat is a very relative thing and we all handle it differently. Does the Tiger get hot? Sure but for me it's not uncomfortable and we were mostly 1st and 2nd gear all weekend with temps hovering around 90 for most of the weekend.

    I sure don't have any problems with the throttle, it's not twitchy at all and we were riding on the pegs up and down those steep, tight switch backs and I didn't even think about the throttle/clutch etc. they just worked.

    Me and Jodie doing what we love to do.
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    Anyone doubting the Tiger 800XC's abilities, just read a few of av_mech's or burren riders threads. As usual it really boils down to the riders ability, the Tiger IS capable.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=701552
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=704559
  13. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Warp 9 ... Those levers are nice! ... and I do like your chain guide.
    Although somehow my white plastic stocker is still hanging in at nearly 50,000 miles. It's been whacked many times by rocks ... not so bad, but I'm sure a custom job will be better.

    I've never broken a lever on my DR despite quite a few falls. Bark Busters seem to make all the difference ... and a correct positioning of them and the levers ... or maybe I'm just lucky?
    I always pack two spare levers. They were $8 each.

    Anyone doing custom upgrades for the DR gets a BIG :thumb:thumb:thumb
    in my book!
  14. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Big Kudos on one Hell of a ride! Great points made all round.
    Sounds like you really tested the Tiger XC.
    I think you were perhaps a bit lucky regards no serious damage when you fell. If you fell on sand ... that's a good thing. Falling on rocks or flipping the bike is where damage can happen. IN GENERAL ... I believe the DR survives a bit better than the XC. Also, the XC is so beautiful, I just can't see beating up a $13,000 bike.
    The important thing is ... Don't Crash!

    Nice going! Love the pics!
  15. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I totally agree, the DRs will always crash better than a Tiger or GS once you have barkbusters and some case protection.

    And I agree about the not crashing part, that's always the plan but just not always followed. :freaky

    Just wish I could ride as good as this guy did on his XL, he breezed through the whole ride, which really hits home the point "It ain't the tool, son". :deal

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  16. ER70S-2

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    If I pulled out the camera when my ex looked like that, I'd get punished. :whip :2cry

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  17. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    The guy in this picture needs to be part of this community.

    Outstanding all-'rounder he seems to have there.

  18. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    I have no idea what's up with the pickup coil, but those phillips head screws holding it in place are giving me no end of headaches.

    I wound up calling them yesterday afternoon and was told that my part was out for delivery that day. The lack of tracking notification threw me off as well, so I guess I judged a little harshly and a little early. Interestingly enough, did yours come with the red and white wires or the blue and green wires? The first post I read about replacing this thing was from a couple years ago and the general point was "came with blue and green wires, but you have to reverse them for it to work." Then, a couple people from more recently said "came with red and white wires. Put the red to green and white to blue." The company's website was even updated to show that it comes with the red and white wires and how to wire them in. However, mine came with green and blue wires. Before I solder it together, seal everything back up, and put the oil back in the bike, I want to know if they wound up making new replacement parts that are correctly wired. Just curious.
  19. WilderRider

    WilderRider Long timer

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    Mine came with red and white, but it is really not a problem if you have to reverse them after you put it all together. Like I had said, they do not seem consistent on the coloring. I would connect them OUTSIDE the engine case to make it easier to do this. I had to.
  20. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    Connect them outside the case? That's a damn good idea....

    New question, what's the best way to get the damn phillips heads out so you can pull that coil? I just barely got one out, but the second one turned into a perfectly smooth cone the second I twisted the screwdriver.