the DR650 thread

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

  1. gjcarving

    gjcarving Been here awhile

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    I did mine a few months ago. I believe it is a 30mm. Had to go to an auto parts store to get one. Pep boys! Hope yours is not as loose as mine was. Mine ate a bunch of the clutch basket apart on the back. Enough that I decided to replace it. Good luck!
  2. 3DChief

    3DChief "Moto therapist"

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    In addition to the bedliner spray, I also have the HD tube strips between the frame and skid plate. I didn't notice much, if any difference. My KLR 250 with the same treatment on the skid plate is way worse for reflecting noise, my DR 650 is quiet by comparison! Can't hear either with my earplugs in. Good point about the closed cell foam, I didn't think about the buffer pad-type material filling up with dirt and turning into a brick.

    Gear Nazi rant on: If you are not wearing ear plugs when you ride, you need to, every time! As someone with hearing loss and that has to wear hearing aids, I can tell you from experience to do everything you can to protect your hearing. It is not the noise of the bike that will damage your hearing unless you are running straight pipes, it is the constant wind noise! You can have the quietest exhaust ever and still lose your hearing in pretty short order! Plus it helps tremendously with fatigue. Ear plugs every time! Gear Nazi rant off!

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    Tim
  3. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    As a sound recording pro ... I agree. I've done many many similar rants on ADV ... most riders just ignore ... if falls on "deaf ears" :rofl.

    Everybody has an excuse, like, "... plugs are too uncomfortable", " ... they don't fit my ear canals". "... too expensive". " ... too much trouble to put in and out". Yada Yada. Got an issue? Get a tissue! :D

    As you say, hearing loss is no joke. And yes ... it's the low freq buffeting from wind noise that does damage to the tiny Scilia around the ear drum. First you loose ability to hear high frequencies ... makes understanding speech in a noisy place hard. Goes downhill from there.

    So easy to protect your hearing. At least wear them on long rides ... and learn how to insert them properly .... many riders do it wrong. :huh

    RANT OFF! :lol3:freaky
  4. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    As a fairly young guy who actually has noticed a little bit of hearing damage since I started riding a few years ago, I definitely second this. I ride with tight fitting ear buds in when I'm on long trips or commuting, though I'm sure they're not helping as much as real plugs would. Do you ride with any kind of music/sound system in your helmet? If I didn't have music and podcasts, I'm not sure I'd ever use my bike to commute.
  5. Mongle

    Mongle Knuckle dragger

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    Anyone ever try that Dynamat ( I think that is what it is called) the car stereo guys use in trunks? Might be a good alternative.

    I noticed my DR650 when I first put the skid plate on. Now, it is just the music it makes.:lol3 Now if I don't hear stuff I get worried.

    The dyno room has ruined my hearing. If we are out anywhere that has "noisy" dining area I can't hear anyone say shit. I just nod and smile. I have gotten where I wear ear plugs on long trips or if I ride the highway. Makes the ride more enjoyable.
  6. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    This is a common question. Guys think riding with ear buds they are OK ... and they are partly right! You are protecting your hearing from low frequency wind damage.

    BUT ... if you crank up the Tunes ... this will also take a toll on your hearing over time.

    At speed we tend to listen LOUDer and LOUDer as the day goes on ... and we've all read the studies about the Japanese teenagers going deaf from listening to their Walkman/Nano too LONG and too LOUD. Tens of thousands affected in Japan.

    With hearing damage its not just db levels ... it's duration of the abuse and proximity or source of the sound to your ear drum. Ear buds are in close proximity to your ear drum ... and more worrisome ... they SEAL up your ear canal providing NO venting ...which is critical to prevent damage. Loud Ear Buds inserted ALL THE WAY IN ... really can hammer your ear drums when cranked up to max.

    In my industry very few use Ear Buds for this reason. We use open air headphones ... and take them off for loud transients or gun shots.
    If you listen riding ... try to keep the volume down. Over time you'll get used to a lower level.
  7. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    just talked to SC, sounds like they have some very ambitious projects coming down the road for the old DR...


    ...their own seat pan, will be selling a complete SC saddle for around 250.00

    ...an aftermarket rear fender with integral tail light, if I understood correctly

    ...a luggage set designed specifically for the DR




    ....and a combination of an oversize tank with matching Dakar-type fairing!!!!!

    sounds pretty dang sweet to me!
  8. gofast1320

    gofast1320 Been here awhile

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    Get you some helmet speakers like J&M or whatever. Use them and wear ear plugs. You'll be fine. You will notice you can turn the music on, set it at a level you can hear it and leave it. You will be amazed that at the end of the day you haven't had to turn it up as the day went on. This will protect your hearing and allow you to enjoy your tunes.
  9. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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    My friends and I bought these a couple of years ago. They still work great and I can play music all the time while wearing ear plugs.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-BT-interp...Intercoms_Access_Controls&hash=item2c62b76867
  10. GsVs

    GsVs Goin' Somewhere

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    Cool ...

    More options for the old DR ... is always good !!!

  11. gofast1320

    gofast1320 Been here awhile

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    The left side bar end vibration dampener thing on the end of the stock handlebar keeps trying to come out. The PO must have read the things about fasteners on stock bikes being loose and went beserko tightening ANYTHING with threads. I have yet to touch a fastener that has not taken an unbelievable amount of force to undo.
    Back to the vibration dampener thing. I thought maybe I could loosen the Phillips head screw to relax it and then shove it all the way back in the bar and retighten it thereby expanding the rubber part. That screw won't budge. What do I need to get ? The whole thing, the rubber part and the screw or some aftermarket one that works better.
    Thanks
  12. Magnum Noel

    Magnum Noel Been here awhile

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    Try using an impact driver, carefully , at first by hand but if no luck then a couple of taps with a hammer may work. It did for me when I had the same problem. Good luck.
  13. SCExpat

    SCExpat Ex-expat

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    This idea fits my cheap arse just fine. A good deal plus I can get some farkles and still not have much $$$ in it.

    Good tips. Then I thought about how my garage looks. :eek1 Time for a clean up.

    Part of the fun of buying another bike is the hunt. I enjoy scanning CL and the newspaper seeing what is available. I don't want this to be over too soon as I may end up looking more and getting yet another bike. :D
  14. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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  15. Chucksklrst

    Chucksklrst Adventurer

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  16. mountaincadre

    mountaincadre Been here awhile

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    Agree with eveything you say, just wish i had listened(forgive the pun) years ago, now i have trouble hearing even normal conversations.How do you put them in right out of interest.
  17. Chucksklrst

    Chucksklrst Adventurer

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    I suppose I should introduce myself to the DR650 Folks here. HI. Sold my 97 KLR650 of 10 years, last July as I found that my Wee650 overlapped too much. Wife was very happy about the sale. (She does not like me to ride in the back country). Came home with a DR650 in Sept, thinking it would take me were the Wee wont go and that the DR is easier to man handle than the KLR was on the 4x4 mountain passes here in Colorado. Wife was not Happy to say the least. I am an old fart, 63 to be exact. Looking and shopping for DR farkels over the winter. Cant wait for the snow to melt in the High Country. Wanna GO RIDE.

    Chuck Henderson (US Army RET 1968-1991) (Forever Home – Colorado) STOC# 086, KLRST# 001
    RIDE a little FASTER, RIDE a little FURTHER
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  18. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Is that an invitation or just a statement? :D

    Welcome Chuck. My wife justifies her anxieties by telling herself, "at least he's not out bar-hopping" and she likes the idea that I'm getting a cardio workout.

    I'll be 60 this summer.
  19. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    Get yourself a SPOT satellite tracker. It will go a long way toward calming your wife's fears. If I remember correctly the tracking subscription is around $150/year. Absolutely worth every penny.
  20. gofast1320

    gofast1320 Been here awhile

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    Personally I like the foam type. Some are better that others. First thing you do is roll one between your thumb and forefinger squeezing it out as small and round as you can get it. Then stick the pointy part in your ear canal. If you have very small ear canals sometimes it help to tug down on your earlobe while inserting the ear plug. Put it in there. You can't lose it. Then repeat on the other ear.
    Most people just open the package and shove them in there any old way with about half of the plug or more sticking out WRONG!