the DR650 thread

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

  1. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    Wide-ratio 6spd and HD stator output would be cool. I don't think the current DR really needs much that the current aftermarket can't already deliver nicely. The DR-Z400 suspension could be grafted on easily and inexpensively, but could they retain the height-adjustment feature? A windscreen, luggage, 10WHP, comfy seat, knobs, skid, handguards, or huge plastic tank are also easy to add.

    Let's hope that Suzuki keeps producing a good base to build from...inexpensively.
  2. rpet

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  3. procycle

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    The slide spring can be easily shortened without cutting.

    Slip the spring on to a 5/16" shaft or dowel (a #3 Philips screwdriver works well). Compress the spring fully and 'unwind' it a few turns. Naturally you want to measure very accurately before and after. If you go too far you can carefully stretch it back and start over.
  4. rpet

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    Alert: Tire Talk!

    I'm getting an 18" rear rim. What are the largest tires that will fit in there on an 18? Knobbies in particular - wondering if D606 130 will fit, etc.

    Also wondering if anyone has run the Maxxis Desert-IT as a dual sport tire and results?

    thanks!
  5. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    My favorite grips are the ProGrip 719's. They're cheap ($15), gel-style, and are comfy. I have them on all three bikes. In fact, I need to replace the ones on my DR650... they've been on there for two years and are starting to wear out. :)

    I have to run to Portland this morning for some RV parts, but while I'm out, I'm going to hit Home Depot or someplace for the pieces to make my Damper Rod Holding Tool and spacers. When I get home, the fork tubes are coming off of the DR and coming apart! Wish me luck! (I'll need it) :)

    Freakin' 29F here in Salem, but I'm riding up there anyway (on my FZ1). Thank God for heated gear!

    Rob
  6. LeDakaR!

    LeDakaR! Banned

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    rr in daytripping, check it out...
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    if any fellow DR riders want anything, let me know
  7. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Are you getting a 2.15 width, or a 2.50. Makes all the difference.
  8. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    I used a propane torch and moved it. Much easier than taking it off the bike and using a bench vise or something. Heated it up and moved it, real slowly and it worked fine.









































    Just kidding:hide:rofl
  9. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Won't ship at all :cry
  10. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    I get annoyed by the dimples on the ProGrip Ralley Grips...
  11. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover

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    I have something similar on both bike & never use anything else but foam grips.
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  12. BergDonk

    BergDonk Long timer

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    Mine has done this randomly, +/- 1/20, only on cold starts since I got it, maybe only when the ambient temp is 10 C or below. No comsumption. I've assumed stem seals, but dunno, and don't worry about it.
  13. 3DChief

    3DChief "Moto therapist"

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    I suspected as much. I'll just ride it this season and see how it does. Mine has been really trouble free and I can't complain about a little bit of smoke. I would love an excuse to do the high compression kit or the 725 kit though!

    Tim
  14. motolab

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    The slide will be lower for a given combination of throttle position and rpm. This will be detrimental if it reduces the flow vs. what the butterfly could pass if there were no slide at all. It will be beneficial if the slide was already open more than it needs to be for a given intersection of throttle position and rpm.

    Remember that the needle is attached to the slide, so raising the slide for a given intersection of throttle position and rpm means raising the needle. If the slide were higher than is needed to simply match the butterfly opening, then the mixture would be richened from the needle being out of the emulsion tube further while the airflow was limited by the butterfly.

    Regards,

    Derek
  15. motolab

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    I would use the non-USA adjustable needle with or without the open airbox.

    The idle mixture screw is already adjustable. If you mean an extended one, I consider those the optional, depending on how much altitude variation the bike will see.

    What pilot and main jet sizes to use will have to be determined.

    Regards,

    Derek
  16. motolab

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    That's a valve guide seal problem. It could be that the valve guide clearance is too large, which means new seals wouldn't last very long.

    Regards,

    Derek
  17. Midnightventure

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    I had a Chevy S-10 pickup that started doing that at about 50000 miles. I sold it with 217000 miles on it and the engine still didn't use a qt between oil changes.
  18. acesandeights

    acesandeights Asperger

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    FYI, suspension, gearing impressions.

    Got my bike back this afternoon from a local suspension guru and nothing is spewing fork/shock oil! But, even better than that is the way the bike feels. It sure doesn't ride like a DR650 anymore, at least nothing like a stock one. :D I am shocked (notice the pun!) at the difference the emulators and shock shaft assembly have made. Granted, I've only put about 40 miles on it since I picked it up, but having the adjustable rebound is incredible. The bike is planted.

    I may have gone a bit too stiff with the springs (.70 front and 8.1 rear), I'm still figuring it out. It's a relatively stiff ride, but the fact that it doesn't bounce around on wash board is phenom. I need to find a place that's significantly more rutted or wash boarded out because most of the stuff around here has a nice layer of new gravel over a frozen layer of dirt, but the dirt roads nearest my house are completely different to ride with the new suspension.

    I just wanted to post this for those on the fence about upgrading the suspension. It probably doesn't matter what you do as an upgrade, it's probably all for the better, but if you go all out and get new springs and emulators and a rear shock with adjustability, I think you'll be surprised at how different your bike will feel and perform.

    BTW, I also changed the front and rear sprockets (one down in the front, one up in the back). I guess it's got to be about an 8 or 9% change and it has made a pretty good difference, and definitely not too low for around town, commuting and gravel roads. I lost a little top-end, but I didn't use it anyway (over 5k miles and it's never been on an interstate).
  19. TrophyHunter

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    Good to hear, Ace. Suspension mods went right to the top of my list for any bike after doing them on the DR. Like a different bike and as you said - planted - feel.

    Congrats.
  20. acesandeights

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    I wanted to have it a year before modifying (much) it so I didn't get caught up in buying stuff that I ended up not liking, and so far I'm really liking the new mods. I'm really surprised at how the new bars seemed to have eliminated the buzz too.

    All that's left, in the short term are the new Barkbusters and bar ends.

    It almost rides like a dirt bike in the dirt now :D