the DR650 thread

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

  1. gjcarving

    gjcarving Been here awhile

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    Hello. I just switched to a 14t front with stock 42t rear. I REALLY like the low end zip and better off road manners but after 70 it seems to start being a bit buzzy and the motor sounds stressed a bit. Is it? Would love this set up if the DR had a 6th gear!!!! I would like to retain the 525 chain, and there are not many options for gearing. I was wondering if dropping one tooth off the rear to a 41t would give that little extra RPM drop I am looking for or would it be negligible? I ride all kind of styles with this bike and am trying to find optimum gearing as here there is a lot of on road/off road transitions and wish not to keep changing sprockets. Just trying to create my perfect for me Adventure bike. Any info and or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. ChromeSux

    ChromeSux Un-plated and Unscrewed

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    I too like the 14t off road but the bike is buzzy if you have to ride the 4 lane for very long, if i have to ride 4 lane/ interstate for more than an hour or 2, then i put the 15t on, if you put the locking rear axle nut on and make a couple of reference marks on the rear axle cam for the chain adj and leave your counter sprocket cover off, the sprocket change goes pretty quick.

    I have the Motion pro axle wrench/ tire spoon combo,i just grab it and the sprocket out of the tail bag, grab my T handle with 10mm socket and in a matter of moments its changed, a little bit of trouble but worth it.
  3. LeDakaR!

    LeDakaR! Banned

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    here is my problem, the rebuild was done professionally by a very good suspension shop, dakar provider to Jonah Street
    http://www.superplushsuspension.com/


  4. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Super Plush are well known among the KTM crowd in the Bay Area. But they deal mostly with racers ... not with bikes that actually get used hard for years and years. (KTM'S never last that long! :lol3 )

    I tried to contact them for fork work. They were never around, never returned my calls. I went to Catalyst Reaction instead. (on the Peninsula)
    Fantastic result ... and they do shocks too!

    My guess is if you tell SuperPlush the situation they will rebuild your shock again at NO CHARGE. Seems obvious. It's not like it's done 30K miles since their work was done. They owe you ... and if they expect their Rep to be maintained ... they should DO THE RIGHT THING!
    Good luck ... and let us know how it goes.
  5. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    I've swapped 14T and 15T sprockets using the stock 42T rear many times. I only notice a slight advantage off road ... but it is there.
    On road I could still maintain a good cruising speed with the 14T on, never felt it was over revving or buzzy at indicated 75 mph (actual 70 mph). With stock gearing I maintain indicated 80 mph, pretty smooth.

    I rode cross country and for the off road sections (much of Nevada and Utah) I used the 14T front. All good.

    There are lots of small things to do to smooth out your DR650 at highway speeds. Little things add up to effect vibes and eliminate a rough "feel" at high speed.

    I found the Pro Taper Alu bars helped with vibes from stock. Also, retaining all the stock rubber shock mounting in bars and pegs. Noticeable difference.

    Drive line is yet another. New rubber cush drive inserts really help as do fresh chain and sprockets. Check all three bearings while you're in there.
    A worn sprocket can make you think your clutch basket is shot or ... bottom end bearings are gone. New sprockets and chain work wonders for this. Bad or worn Hub/Wheel bearings also tranmit a rough feel that may be hard to pin point.

    And finally, many diss the heavy Corbin seat. But it's density means it damps out a lot of vibes at higher RPM's. Less rider fatigue.

    I can change between a 14T and 15T on the side of the road in about 15 minutes max. NO CHAIN adjustment needed at all on my bike. I never touch the rear axle to do this. If you know how, its a quick swap from one sprocket to the other. (Loc- tite on retainer bolts please)
  6. LeDakaR!

    LeDakaR! Banned

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    they are super duper goodguys.
    so email sent, will keep you posted.
    i have a solo DV ride coming up in december, I need to have faith in this bike.
  7. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Did the Galfer at the same time as the 19", so I don't have a valid opinion as to how it would have affected the 21", sorry...
  8. MADurstewitz

    MADurstewitz MADMark

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    I rebuilt my 2009 last winter from the cases up due to a bearing failure. I got the numbers for all of them and ordered SKF bearings from simplybearings.co.uk. I sized them based on caliper measurements and what I could get from the fiche on sites like bikebandit. Over 9000 miles later is runs fantastic. My point: you have to go in there anyway, might as well do it all. Simplybearings prices are much lower than suzuki and for far better bearings. I think I spent 1/4 of what I would have if I bought OEM (especially the Chinese bearing I found).

    You'll kick yourself if you go through all that only to have something fly apart. I know it would make me nuts. :kboom
  9. buckrut1972

    buckrut1972 H.R. Nightmare

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    I want to add some front lights to my 09 DR but need some help. From what little I know I do know I need low voltage ones. I see ADV Monster and Rigid Industries offer some nice ones but can anyone offer any suggestions on flood lights? :pep
  10. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I have the Denali LED lights from Twisted Throttle. ProCycle sells the same ones, called Solstice, for a bit less money, but they don't include extra wiring. I LOVE these lights. They're 10W each and are so good they almost make the headlight unnecessary. Highly recommended, just not cheap.

    Rob
  11. dljocky

    dljocky Been here awhile

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    Rob,
    How do you have them set up, do you have the option of running just one light if you choose, and what kind of switch do you have to run them? Is there a toggle on the back of each one?

    Thanks
  12. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I demand proof, sir.

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    No, but if extra lighting for safety is what you're after, creating 'driving lights' so that the turn signals light up when not being used as turn signals is on my radar.

    I haven't finished it yet, but I ordered the LED strips from ebay to install them in my DR650's turn signals.

    I got the idea from this guy and his pictures on the Vulcan forums:
    http://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28093

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  13. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    The kit I got had the usual wiring harness with a switch and relay, so they run like any aux lights would on a car or whatever. I see no reason why you couldn't wire it up to run one light at a time if you wanted.

    Rob
  14. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    where is everyone? 27 hours since a peep. :D
  15. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    Peep.
  16. biosci

    biosci Tumbleweed54473

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    Peep, peep.
  17. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Waiting on UPS to bring my latest goodies from Jesse; Intiminators, TM40, oversize header, to finish the farklefest of the last year... I know, it's a sickness.
  18. Ridin'nFishin

    Ridin'nFishin Been here awhile

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    My new to me 01 DR650. Had a Corbin seat on it I don't like so I built my own.
    Need some risers and then ride.


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  19. Feelers

    Feelers Been here awhile

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    I'm just waiting to do an experiment on my DR....:norton
  20. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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    Playing with my new toy :deal

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