the DR650 thread

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

  1. motolab

    motolab Long timer

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    In this case, as in all cases, I am attempting to raise the bar. I can see no downside to improving the precision with which we communicate. I see it as indicative of the general sad state of affairs that someone would disparage another (even to the extent of name-calling) for such a thing.

    Regards,

    Derek
  2. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 North GA RAT

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    One more question, then I'll shush about tires....can the DR650 run a 80/100/21 up front?

    Seems like more choice for that size...okay, I'm done! :D
  3. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    If it still had knobblies, then it'd be a WOW!
  4. ram1000

    ram1000 Long timer

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    After many weeks of waiting and working on the DR I finished my project, except for new tires next month. Just turned the key off after starting to make sure it still runs. The project was:
    1. strip the bike down to its frame and powder coat the frame black
    2. clean up all the rims and hubs exhaust and any other component that needed a thorough going through
    3. disassemble the previously installed RMZ450 front forks to change the oil to a lighter weight and at the same time shorten the overall travel from 12.2" to 11.5"--- this allowed me to drop the forks into the triple clamps farther than before and tighten up the steering for serious off road handling, while turning the rear preload down a little for a more trail oriented ride
    4. also installed a new set of fat bars that I think I will like even better than the previous bars
    5. I previously had purchased a new ULY front headlight assembly but opted to put the stock lights back on and sell the ULY headlight since I also recently bought a 2009 KLR for my road riding adventures
    6. rewired the BMW plug and cig lighter plug a little nicer

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  5. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Looks good. Are the red parts powder coated also?
  6. VooDooDaddy

    VooDooDaddy Been here awhile

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    As my lovely wife likes to say to our boys,..."Its Christmas everyday for your Dad" :D

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  7. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Looks like a Cogent. Cool Santa you have.
  8. ram1000

    ram1000 Long timer

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    Red parts are just painted. If I like them later I can get them coated.
  9. TRAVELGUY

    TRAVELGUY Old Traveler

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    As always, thank you Eric. Your post and input is always appreciated!!!

    TravelGuy:clap

  10. Feelers

    Feelers Been here awhile

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    In attempting to raise the bar, I just want to point out that his name is Derek... not Eric... :amazon

    :lol3
  11. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    :hide

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  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Best material to use on the skid plate to quite the vibration it makes and noise it focuses up into the bike???

    Thinking the stick on sound deadeners panels where it does not touch the frame. Or a spray on line-x on the bottom underneath surface too??? how about that spray on under car body sound deadener??? the black stick stuff?

    thanks, bill
  13. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

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    This is going on the inside of my plate later this spring. Cheap DIY experiment... we will see how it works.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002MB6RIY/ref=pe_175190_21431760_M3T1_ST1_dp_1
  14. Carl Childers

    Carl Childers Ghost in the Machine

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    Today I wrapped up my series of upgrades and maintenance on the DR by locktite-ing new allen head screws in place of the originals on the NSU switch and did it without removing the clutch basket which wasn't all that bad, a little fiddley but fairly quick to do. Nothing new to add to this repair and of course the the screws were not even tight.

    I feel like I dodged the bullet on this one and got by on dumb luck. I've owned this 07 for 2 years now and it has a total of 5,000 miles, much more and the screws would have fallen out. Shear laziness on my part for not doing it right away when I bought the bike. The reason for this post now is to encourage anyone like me who has put it off to do it sooner than later. It's an easy fix for something that can spell big trouble if you let it go.
  15. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Mine were so tight I had to use an impact drive to get them loose :eek1

    The primary nut, however, was way loose and would have come off in time. Its amazing how much these guys vary unit to unit..

    08 6700 miles when I did it
  16. 3DChief

    3DChief "Moto therapist"

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    Mine has the spray-on liner, probably about 5 or 6 coats. It helps, but not as much as you would think. The skid plate is still too reflective for sound waves. It's not vibration noises, it's all the noises the engine normally makes that are being reflected up at you instead of towards the ground. At first I was trying to find things to quiet it down, finally decided it isn't a big deal and I just ignore it now. I would like to find a really porous foam (think stripper pad on a floor buffer) to put in there and will try it if I find one. I just don't want anything that will hold water, it still needs to drain well.

    Tim
  17. gofast1320

    gofast1320 Been here awhile

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    I noticed what felt like surging at 55-60mph the other day. The bike is new to me but is a 2006 with less than 4500 miles on it. I've put about 200 miles on it while just running around locally over 3 days getting used to it.
    If I drill out the eco/epa whatever block on that carb screw is there a set amount I need to back it out. Or do I screw it in and then put it back and add 1/4 or 1/2 turn to it? Thanks
  18. Feelers

    Feelers Been here awhile

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    Mass loaded vinyl with one side with adhesive is your best bet.
  19. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    This might work.

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    I used it to isolate my Pelican box from the rack I mounted it on.

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  20. cemory

    cemory Adventurer

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    I used dynamat that I bought at the local Best Buy store. They use it in cars to deaden sound from door and back dash speakers, etc. Here is just one link with some info on it. Best part is that you can trim to fit with scissors and then peel the paper off the self stick backing. I tried some spray on liner but I could never get it to stay on the aluminum skid plate. http://www.summitracing.com/parts/dyc-10415/overview/

    Chris in Topeka