the DR650 thread

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

  1. Thumper Dan

    Thumper Dan Been here awhile

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    Gee, I remember going through all of that but with practice it really does a lot easier. I use two 8" spoons and have a third similar size non spoon. The front tyre is the easiest as breaking the bead usually happens by standing on it.

    The rear is a bit more trickier as I believe it has some sort of safety lip on it so one needs to leaver over that lip before the bead breaks. Using the two spoons and pushing down, the third non spoon (has a pointed end) grabs at the tyre to leaver over the ridge. Do this a few times and the bead breaks with very little effort. The more times you take tyre on and off, the easier it gets as you learn a little something different each time.

    There are some good links out there for tyre changing and by the way, have never used baby powder or wd40 etc. I believe if technique is right, no need to use it.

    :D
  2. thetable

    thetable Long timer

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    The baby powder isn't for the mount, it's for the tube to tire interface. Keeps them from sticking together and rubbing agains each other while you're riding. Myself, I use corn starch.

    As for the time it takes, I know a girl that can change a rear in less than 5 minutes from axle nut to axle nut.
  3. Thumper Dan

    Thumper Dan Been here awhile

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    you're right, the baby powder, of course...........between tube and tyre.

    As for the girl changing tyres; got any video. :D
  4. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    +1 :D


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  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    It's not a video but will this do?

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  6. Skidmarkart

    Skidmarkart Dirty Middle Age Man

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    Wow. Just wow. This thread is awesome.

    I am the proud new owner of a DR650. I can see my job performance is going to suffer due to this very thread. I just got a 2005 DR650 with only 800 miles on the clock. The guy I got it from only rode it 100 miles in the year he owned it!?! How that happened is beyond me because I just rode it 100 miles over the weekend. No adult should be able to have this much fun getting to work!

    Question - since this bike is older, and has low miles, is there any particular maintenance I should do? I am assuming that I will need to do the oil, filters, etc. I do not know if the bike had the 600 mile valve adjustment tune up. It seems to run well, but it is difficult to start at times and seems to bog-down a little bit at lower rpms. I am sure I can find this info inside, but jeebus, there's a to sort through.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  7. thetable

    thetable Long timer

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    No vid, but if you're google-foo is strong, you can find pictures... And an article to go with.
  8. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Wow, it's not even broken in yet!!!

    I'd go ahead and change the oil since the oil in it could be up to seven years old at this point. Check the chain adjustment, maybe put in fresh spark plugs (there are two). If it has original tires (likely), replace them ASAP. Tires should be changed every seven years because the rubber goes hard in that time. Besides, the stock tires suck anyway. Look at the Shinko 705.. great, inexpensive, long-lasting tire that is surprisingly good off-road as long as it isn't sand or mud. I'd do fresh tubes while you're at it too, heavy duty.

    Next up you'll want to do something with the seat before your ass goes on strike.. for that, www.seatconcepts.com.

    Oh yes... and the NSU screw. Order up a clutch-side gasket first, but you'll need to pull the clutch basket and lock-tite the NSU screws before one of them falls out and lunches the transmission. It's the one fatal flaw in the DR650. Somebody probably has a link to the how-to thread on that. It's really pretty easy.

    Rob
  9. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    Same as what Rob said - oil, tires, tubes. I'd also just check out the air filter to see if any bugs decided to take up residence in your air box in the years it didn't get used. My buddy bought a 2008 Ninja 250 with super low miles, and a family of bees had set up shop in there. Couldn't hurt to thoroughly clean the chain, check it for rust, and put some quality chain lube on there. Maxima chain wax has worked damn good for me so far. As for tires, I'll throw another vote in for the Shinko 705's. If you're using it as a commuting machine, they're excellent, cheap, and they throw themselves around off road decently too.
  10. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    The pilot jet is probably partially clogged from all that sitting around.
  11. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    do it this way, with cable ties...5 minutes is possible with practice and it is nearly impossible to pinch the tube, very little force is required to get the tire on the rim (did not invent the method, learned it from another thread here) Also get some tire lube from Napa, makes the job easier and works better than soapy water. No need to cut the ties one the tire is on the rim, it is easy to release the locking tab with a small screwdriver so they can be reused

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  12. Ren20

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  13. NordieBoy

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    Mine is still white and as far as I know, has been on the bike since 2002.
  14. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    Took my 06 DR650 for a spin last night, after having it sit un-started since Feb of this year. While cruising around the neighborhood, I noticed that while stopped or coasting (when clutch was in), it would idle high. At first I felt some resistance in the throttle cable system when I would go (with engine off) to WOT and then let it snap back closed...it would not snap, but instead had some hangup. After closer inspection, all I had to do was trim a few mm off of the throttle grip so it would not rub on the handlebar guards. Now when I move the throttle to WOT, it snaps back nice and fast like it is supposed to. But the bike still idles high. In fact, when putting around off the throttle but with clutch engaged, you can tell that the increased idle speed is higher and wants to move the bike along.

    So any ideas on why the idle speed is high? 90% of the time this is the case, 10% of the time it idles normally as my idle speed screw has not needed adjustment in quite along time. It's not coming from the cables being sticky, so I'm thinking something inside the carb could be sticking, especially since I did not drain the carb while it sat un-started for the last 8 months. I can see the cable wheel at the carb move freely and firmly against the idle speed screw stop when this is happening
  15. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Mine is still white too, after two years of heavy use. It's dirty (hard to get the marks off), but definitely white where the black marks aren't.

    Rob
  16. sandwash

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    No yellowing on the clear IMS after 3 years.
  17. Burnt Toast

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    No affiliation here, just browsing I came across this:

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    Motorcycle Mufflers - $75 (Greensboro)

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  18. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    Here's a mod I think everyone should do to their DR's. It's a little hard to stabilize off road, but the benefits are obvious when you finally reach your destination.

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    Also, if you're working on your bike in the garage, it provides a much needed distraction.
  19. Mongle

    Mongle Knuckle dragger

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    :lol3:lol3

    Dude, slow down!

    But, we just got passed by a KLR...

    I don't care; we are going WAY to fast!
  20. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    This. :deal

    I agree with Jeff. The first thing that went through my mind was.... "what happened to the gas left in the carb all those years?"