the DR650 thread

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

  1. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile

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    I have one already, haven't mounted or wired it yet though. The construction leads me to believe it is water proof.

    The flexible screen that you operate the touch screen through probably does reduce sensitivity (ha!) but I'm not planning on using this as my main gps. Secondary gps, phone and music (maybe). Hoping for reduced need to interact with it. With my phone plugged in the full power screen is pretty bright so I think I will be able to see it. Have to see if I just end up confirming TG's findings.
  2. N.dica

    N.dica Been here awhile

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    Some DR parts listed in the flea market if anyone wants to farkle it up with stock gear. wooooot!
  3. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    I use a Sony Ericsson Xperia Active with a SportyPal bar mount.

    Should be robust enough.
  4. falcore

    falcore Adventurer

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    Oh crap. Well there you go

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  5. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    Wasn't the Xperia Active already water proof and such?
  6. 1989THEARK

    1989THEARK Been here awhile

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    If you already have the case i have a favor to ask. Possibly a HUGE favor to ask.

    Could you get the case put some paper towels in it and run some water over it for a few minutes while rotating. To make sure water doesn't get in.
    this works for both of us. Ensuring that NO water gets in.. If it keeps water out without the back punched out. Then after i run wires through it i can silicone it sealed and it would be the same as if i never removed the back.
  7. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I had two sizes of the RAM Aqua boxes and I hated them. They were too big and heavy for what they were and electronics inside the boxes heated up far more than they should be run at. And it wasn't even that hot on the days I tried.

    This was the Aqua box with a Garmin 295W I had at the time.

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    And this is the Arkon box I also bought to try, and also hated. I had the 295W in it to show the relative sizes of things. This shot shows how the case is made.

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    Granted, the Aqua boxes were fairly waterproof when used with the baffled cable entry point under the box.

    But I wouldn't waste any money on either one. Just happy I was able to get rid of them.

    A good baggie with a RAM mount would be just as useful, IMHO.
  8. TRAVELGUY

    TRAVELGUY Old Traveler

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    Screen was not clear and bright inside the box. Touch screw was almost unusable.

    TravelGuy

  9. acesandeights

    acesandeights Asperger

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    Samsung Rugby Smart. Ruggedized smart phone. I've dropped mine, stepped on it, use it as a GPS when riding and also to listen to music in the shower. From what I understand it can be used to make phone calls and text too :) I don't know why all phones aren't built to mil-spec ruggedized standards. I also carry a ruggedized Olympus camera.
  10. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Yep. Brilliant little phone.
  11. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    I got 4 years of service from my 1030sw. Used on the bike in all conditions. Rain, snow, sleet, below freezing, dry, dusty, hot...
    Went perfectly.
    The second time I snorkeled with it, the LCD died.

    My new Canon waterproof camera takes much better photos, but the lens doesn't have a cover.
  12. majorfaller

    majorfaller Old and slow

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    I just discovered this thread and I am sure this has been addressed but I could not find it. My 2006 DR650 eats rear tires. Best I get is 5000 miles. Any recommendations? I am probably 80/20 street to dirt.
  13. Mongle

    Mongle Knuckle dragger

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    :huh

    Ahh, keep doing what you are doing...I've never gotten 5000 miles out of a rear tire on ANY motorcycle I have owned. My DR is usually due around 3500-4000 depending on the tire.


    I'm sure someone will come along saying they get 10K... they must count miles hauled on the trailer or something.:lol3
  14. n2deep1901

    n2deep1901 Been here awhile

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    Has anyone put the 95 and earlier folding brake pedal on a 96 up bike? If so, please pm me. I'm interested in what it took to do it and how it turned out.
  15. LetItRoll

    LetItRoll ForwardAholic

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    I'm sure many others will chime in, but I thought I was getting excellent mileage from my rear tires on my dr650se (compared to my xr650l) and I only averaged slightly better than that, and ran them down to almost completly bald. I was mostly running kenda k270's and average riding mix street/dirt. Depending on what actual tires you are running and riding style and how much tread left at changeover, there can be a dramatic difference. I wouldnt be surprised to see people ranging from 2500 to 8000 as the most common range (with you being about the middle). Compared to street bikes with high quality tires that doesnt seem all that good, but from what I've seen I think your somewhere in the normal range. Just my .02 ymmv.
  16. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    I can get almost 5000 miles out of 2 rear tires...
  17. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Like others have said, that's normal. It's not the bike; it's the tires. I run Shinko 705's and can get 6000 out of a rear tire but it's stretching it. If I run a full knobby, it'll be quite a bit less.

    Rob
  18. Carl Childers

    Carl Childers Ghost in the Machine

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    +1!
  19. shu

    shu ...

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    I think your tire choice depends on what kind of riding you do and how long it takes you to put 3,000-4,000 miles on your bike. If it takes you a year to put on 4,000 miles, then get a cheaper tire.

    If you buy more expensive tires like MEFO explorer 99 or Heidenau K60 scout you can get almost 2x the mileage (7,000-8,000) for about 2x the price (~$160) . More money up front but they last a fairly long time. They are both very good road tires and both are good on gravel, dirt and rocks. Mud and sand?....use something else.

    I use them and like them. You end up riding on nice round tires for 6,000 miles, then putting the last 1000-1500 on squared off tires. If you use a tire that wears out every 4,000 miles you spend a lot more of your time on squared off tires.

    You also don't spend as much time putting on new tires and you can take longer trips. I'll be heading for Mexico this Spring and I just put on a MEFO rear and a Heidenau front. They'll be worn out when I return, but they should both last the whole trip.

    ..........shu
  20. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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