the DR650 thread

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

  1. procycle

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    It only make s a difference if it gets clogged up. The biggest source of debris in the filter would be rust particles from the stock steel tank or plastic particles (from manufacturing) in an aftermarket tank. Of course you don't know the condition of the internal parts of the gas pumps where you fill up. I would not expect to get pure clean fuel at every podunk little gas station out where I like to ride.
  2. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I wrote my name and phone # on the inside of both my side covers. Hope I don't lose one in a "sensitive" area.:deal:lol3

    But if I lose it at an event, the organizer knows how to get it to me, and if I lose it somewhere else, hopefully a good Samaritan calls me.
  3. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Geesh, your fingers are dirtier, how many miles on them? :lol3

    That wasn't what I found when I pulled mine at about 10,000 miles, it was a lot worse. Glad to have it gone.
  4. Adv Grifter

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    IMHO, 10,000 is too long to go between filter cleanings ... regardless of which filter you're using. Remember folks ... we've also got the internal filter screen on the Petcock stem. I am now pulling my petcock out about once a year and cleaning that filter and flushing tank. Seems to help the little filter stay cleaner. YMMV. No prob with in line filter as long as it's not impeding fuel flow and allowing use of most of the fuel remaining in the tank.

    Here is my petcock after 20K miles without a clean:
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    There was more grit, rust and sand in the tank. The screen was a bit clogged. Tooth brush and Carb cleaner put it right. Paint is overspray from painting tank. (I am not a professional :D)

    If you ride Mexico you may pick up stuff like this from time to time and your luck. I got gas several times from 55 gallon drums. Use a filter if you're concerned. (Rayon T shirt works well)
  5. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Grifter, I know you weren't spanking me, but just making a general statement for everyone, but in my defense I would like to say, I bought my DR650 with 9800 miles on it.
  6. eakins

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    i don't think it matters the gas location or type. this is about being prepared for that 1 bad/dirty gas station that could clog your bike no matter where you are in the world.

    if you stay on top of checking that inline filter it works just fine and flows plenty of gas to run the bike. the problem appears when people do not know it's there or ignore it if they do and it clogs up easily if dirt is coming your way.

    i'd guess most DRs in use just rely on this one. where it rears it's ugly head is when you've got carb/running issues and you fail to take this filter into consideration. by knowing it's there and checking it regularly you're filtered.

    if your filter is clean when you pull it, don't expect your bike to run any better nor worse.
  7. shu

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    And also.... when you're filling up in some station on the edge of some small town and the wind whips up a little cloud of dust from the fields next door, some of that crud is going to end up dropping into your tank through the open filler hole. I can see the grit clearly in my IMS 'clear' tank. It sits in the low spots of the forward lobes of the tank.


    If you've ever tried to look through the hole in your pilot jet you know it wouldn't take much of a speck of dirt to clog it.

    .............shu
  8. Speedo66

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    OMG!!!

    Just checked Procycycle and 2 pieces of plastic, PLASTIC, are $190 for a pair of F'n sidecovers! :huh

    The search continues.......
  9. Rob.G

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    I saw that too, then went and looked it up at Rocky Mountain ATV. $60-ish each. BUT.. the heat shield is another $40 or so. Basically, ProCycle makes little or nothing on that stuff.

    Next best bet will be Maier, in the off chance they have something. Otherwise, eBay.

    Rob
  10. Albie

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    Like I said, there are NO inexpensive DR side covers. :lol3
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    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    I guess I was looking at those through the eyes of someone who had to replace plastics on a sport bike. When you've paid $450 for a single fairing panel, $190 for both sides starts looking cheap.
  12. procycle

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    +1
    Yup. To make matters worse, Suzuki just hit us with another price increase. It's the 3rd or 4th one in the last 12 months.
  13. Albie

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    Well, looking at it from a more apples to apples comparison, as in 2 dual sport bikes, I can get a whole Acerbis body set for my KTM 450 EXC for $99. Thats not only two side covers, but two shrouds and 2 fenders as well.
  14. Mongle

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    I could have went my whole life without knowing there were cheaper parts on a KTM...:cry

    Thanks for destroying the dream! :lol3
  15. Adv Grifter

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    When the snow melts and I can get into my shed, I'll check to see if I have one for ya.
  18. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I demand proof, sir.

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    If Acerbis is making them that cheaply for the KTM, and the numbers of DR650SE's sold throughout the years seems greater than each KTM model... perhaps petition Acerbis to create body panels for the DR650?

    Even if they only came in one or two colors, if the price was right for side-covers (or a whole kit)... they'd sell compared to Suzuki's prices.
  19. Albie

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    Heck, they make sets for the DRZ that are $115.
  20. ER70S-2

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    Note to Self: Don't post pics of body parts on the internet. :shog :ksteve