the DR650 thread

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

  1. gofast1320

    gofast1320 Been here awhile

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    If they are so tight I can't loosen them and are that tight doesn't that mean the rubber is jacked and won't expand enough to stay in there.

    By the way I'm loving this bike. It seems so easy to handle and a hoot to ride in the woods and fields. Does okay on the road to except for that sorry excuse for a seat.
  2. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Having CASH in hand is key. Good deals on CL go quickly. Same with Cycle Trader and deals here on ADV Rider Flea Market.

    Be ready to JUMP when the good deal appears. Good luck, have fun!
  3. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Welcome aboard Chuck! When I did the CO passes I was on street tires (Avon Distanzia). Could have really used a knobby tire up front. Highly recommended. Some super steep downhills there! :eek1
    Street or 50/50 tires will have you locking up both tires and sliding down the mountain sideways and out of control! :lol3
    One of the best things about the DR is it's crashability. Not much to break on the DR. With good Bark Busters and case covers you are pretty much good to go! (Just don't flip it!)

    I think you'll find your DR is as smooth or smoother than your KLR at highway speeds. The double counter balanced DR motor is quite smooth and if the drive line is set up right with fresh chain, sprockets, Cush drive rubber, good alignment ... then the DR humms nicely down the road at 75 MPH.
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    KLR doing an Imogene switchback. Loose and steeper than it looks.
  4. acesandeights

    acesandeights Asperger

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    I like to reach over the top of my head and pull on the top of my ear to open the canal, but different strokes.
  5. Chucksklrst

    Chucksklrst Adventurer

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    Good idea, but I already have one that I use. I do about 30k a year moto miles. Do a lot of road miles as I also run a ST1300 and a Wee650. She still does not like me to get off in the back, high country off road. She has no problem with my road miles at all.
  6. Chucksklrst

    Chucksklrst Adventurer

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    Thanks for the welcome, yes the DR is smoother than my old KLR. Been out riding some easy dirt, trying to get the feel of the bike. Second time out I got down in some out of the way places, and on the way home, had a flat rear tire. Fortunately I was on the main paved road at the time. Right now I am running Kenda 270's, they came on the bike when I bought it. Bike is a 08 with 4200 miles on it when I bought it. Was owned by a older guy than I. Took my Wee up on Haggerman Pass and it was a hand full. Looking foward to getting the DR up into that type of country.

    Looking at how to post photos, I guess I need to have a photo host to be able to post photos. I don't see a way to up load photos direct from my hard drive. am I mistaken?
  7. Chucksklrst

    Chucksklrst Adventurer

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    However you want to interpret it.:D
  8. Steve in Santa Fe

    Steve in Santa Fe Steve in Santa Fe

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    Wanting to lower the stock pegs on my DR, I contacted Bob at southchathamtackle.com. The guys were really nice and helpful...and I got the kit two days after I ordered it! The craftmanship is first class, and the price is comparable with other kits...a bit lower than some. I would sure recommend them :clap
  9. Steve in Santa Fe

    Steve in Santa Fe Steve in Santa Fe

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    Sorry about the GIANT type...
  10. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    i'm leaning towards dynamat extreme. i wonder what washing machines use to sound deaden on the pricy model?
  11. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    i have no idea what that is???
  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    have tubes between on the front of the plate. yes it's harmonics and reflective sound. don't expect no sound just muffle what is there.
  13. eakins

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    well of course, but if i can quite things even more the better. there is a reason why very expensive cars are quite. it's work to do so. nothing wrong with that.
  14. eakins

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    i'm guilty of it, but most everyone hates rants...just give em unbaised opinions, feedback and research findings.

    i see a rant and my brain turns off on the info...say what?


  15. eakins

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  16. tv guy

    tv guy Commuter

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    I used some heater hose between the skid plate and frame IIRC 3/4" ID. Once cut open it fits around the frame rails (with a bit of trimming) and stays in place when you take the plate off to change oil etc. Quiets things down quite a bit.
  17. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    I've already got an SMH5 on my "to buy" list. Once I add that to the side of the helmet, will I be alright with the disposable foam ear plugs you get at the hardware store?
  18. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

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    Chucksklrst; I have a Laminar windscreen on my DR 650. I put it on back in 2010, before Procycle was listing it. I like mine very much. Keep the wind off your chest. I rode from Seattle to San Diego in February 2011, with snow part of the way so it was tested. I did drill and mounted with some plastic nuts and bolts with rubber gromets between the screen and headlight surround as the 3M stuff didn't hold it as well as I wanted. I am 72 and the screen does make long rides a lot nicer. I would post photos however I must admit I have no idea how.
  19. Chucksklrst

    Chucksklrst Adventurer

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    How about sending me some photos to Chucksklrst@aol.com I need close ups of front and side views and a few from the cockpit. Thanks
  20. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    A lot of guys here use Smug Mug for photo hosting. It's owned/operated by site owner Baldy and run by his kids. It's not FREE but is the best, IMHO ... and helps keep ADVrider on the air. It's about $30 a year (IIRC) Every little bit helps.

    You can also use Google's Picasa hosting site for pics. Free but limited. I use both.