the DR650 thread

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

  1. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    The DR vs most any other bike is such a great compromise. To me the best, that makes it so cool, it isn't anything, it's everything. Yep, spend the coin on a BMW and you will get a better street bike for a cost in dollars and off road performance and maintenance. The BMWs suspension is not any better either. I don't know about the husky, I'd like to try one. A Ktm 690 would be cool but I'm thinking that two dr 650s would cost less to buy and maintain. I'm a card carrying member of the DR 650 fan club, can't help it:D
  2. Jrjoyce2007

    Jrjoyce2007 ADVenture Addict

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    This may have already been covered, but is there a larger aftermarket tank option? I can't seem to find much, but my google-fu may be weak.

    Trip to Alaska may be in the works.

    « via the little yellow rocket »
  3. TinkerinWstuff

    TinkerinWstuff Take it apart

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    Thanks for taking my jibe with good humor.

    Ride safe - stay warm, winter is sucking right about now.
  4. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    I have an IMS 4.9 gal tank that's pretty decent. There's a Safari tank that's way more massive, but if you need the capacity, it's there. Check out Procycle.com. They've got a few different ones.
  5. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    690 doesn't cost anymore to maintain then a DR. Does cost more to begin with, but you do get a lot more for that money as well.
  6. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    My short list, if they did update the DR, would be a 6th gear and better forks. Might as well stick a good digital gauge on it too while they're at it, but that'd be it. Leave the rest of the bike alone. Still though, I don't see it happening. Any change requires extensive reworking of documentation, service manuals, marketing materials, etc, etc, etc.

    Rob
  7. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    You can't be serious right?
  8. canuckAME

    canuckAME Been here awhile

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    Has anyone installed the Cogent DIY shock modification kit. Any problems or concerns?

    Thanks
  9. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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  10. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I own both so I actually KNOW what I'm talking about. :rolleyes
  11. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    Had one that sucked but have a few other with FI, wouldn't want carbs on my C14. With the shiiiii gas we get today you got to keep the fuel fresh for those carbs. Guess that might be true for FI but seems like less of an issue.
  12. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    It's a fine line; one guy gets p!ssed, the next guy gets the joke. :freaky

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  13. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Very well done Video! :clap
    Is that your work? Or from another source? And of course I have to ask ...
    do you know what Camera was used? Great image quality throughout!
    Some Hellish mud there mate and some knarly tracks for the DR650.
    Good going. :freaky
  14. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    There are plenty of owners like yourself that have had good luck with the F650's. The model goes back to around 1994 and the first "Funduro" model.

    But if you follow travel reports you'll find LOTS of things have failed ... repeatedly ... on the F650's. Most common things were: dead batteries (BMW did not use a sealed battery),over charging, overheating due to failed water pumps, fuel pump issues, cracked shock mount and failed shocks, broken off forks, and lots of lots of bad wheel bearings.

    Having read the Chain Gang forum for years and followed Horizon's Unlimited travelers since about 2002, I've heard quite a few trouble issues. Still, at least 75% have had NO such issues.

    My theory is when pushed hard with a load ... the F650's weak areas can show up. I feel the Chinese made BMW's and Huskies will both be better in the long run.
  15. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    I disagree. Although nothing can really be proved definitively YET ... I feel that the Euro goes further in China and better quality will be the result. If the basic design is sound then with precise manufacture and top quality components it's a Win Win for BMW (and Husky) After all ... BMW make cars in China too.

    What's been hurting BMW the last 10 years or so has been some dodgy Eastern European parts suppliers ... and some slip shod QA (quality assurance) in Berlin. Even former BMW designer David Robb admitted to this.

    Based on some experience with the DR I feel it may not be the top end that will be in need of service. If the gear box lets go ... well :eek1

    But I'm sure a fresh top end couldn't hurt if you tend to over rev and hold the bike at high RPM's for long periods. Mine's at 50K now ... still good compression, no oil use and good power!
    Look after the oil, valve adjustments and filters and it may surprise you. :thumb
  16. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Well said.
    The reviews of the Husky Terra suspension has (so far) been pretty good.
    I believe they're using Sachs suspension on the Terra. I don't have a lot of experience with Sachs, only test ridden a few Huskies and Aprilias fitted with them. Has to be better than the Bottom shelf Showa items BMW have fit to their 650 line for so many years. :ear
  17. wee-twin

    wee-twin Been here awhile

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    Anybody have the skf part number for these seals? My local Autoparts carries Skf, and I need to give them the part number. Thanks.

    Bill
  18. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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  19. ram1000

    ram1000 Long timer

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    I had a new KTM 640 in 2002 and I don't see any difference in simple maintenance cost between that and my DR650's. I do all my own work but an oil change is the same the valves are super easy on both of them, changing tires is the same, reliability was the same- nothing broke on either of them. Sprockets and chain, air filters, even aftermarket springs are the same. Most of the concern for long time costs never occur for most riders as they sell the bike and buy another before anything breaks. I did have a 950 that I had to replace the water pump on but the greater problem was obtaining parts and not that the parts were so much more expensive. Even if they were say 20% more if it only happens once how do you ultimately know it costs more to own a KTM 950 than a Suzuki Vstrom which I did also own. Besides that ownership costs are spread out so far as to be meaningless since owning a motorcycle is in itself much more expensive than a car, even though the gas is usually cheaper. My wife and I both had DR650's for a few years and it cost me more for us to go on a bike trip than taking our car to the same trip. Two bikes at 50 mpg equals one car at 25 mpg not to mention tires and oil changes etc. The overall cost of riding and owning motorcycles is far greater than the minuscule difference in maintenance costs of owning a European bike over a bike from Japan.
  20. CDHMotorsports

    CDHMotorsports Been here awhile

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    Hey guys, I just got my 01 DR650 about 12 weeks aga and everything is great with it except on a couple of rides we have stopped for a few minutes and the bike wont start. I can roll it off and it will pop-start though. any ideas? Thanks