the DR650 thread

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

  1. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Thanks Steve!
  2. Spirtwolf15x

    Spirtwolf15x n00b

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    I guess I'm just being paranoid, first break in and all. I want my bike to last and run well while it does.
  3. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    The DR is definitely one of the noisier bikes I've ridden. Once you get used to it, it's all just part of the fun.
  4. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    You could add this to the DR650 index, it comes up regularly. :nod
  5. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I'm guessing most DR owners just aren't very hard on the bikes and don't tear up the plastic. Thank God for duct tape. :lol3
  6. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    You've got this wrong. Suzuki OEM parts are generally close to what the other Japanese Big Four charge for genuine OEM parts. THEY ALL ARE EXPENSIVE ... and KTM are even higher. Ever price a stock Mahle piston for a KTM? :cry

    My guess is your XR-L side panels are after market. Right?

    Thing is ... the aftermarket plastic companies typically pick the most popular and newer bikes. Mostly race motocross bikes are provided for.

    ALL the Suzuki RM and RMZ series are covered by companies like Acerbis, Maier and others. The DR650 never made the Cut. Shame. Moto Cross guys fall down all the time ... they scuff up body work then buy all new plastic before selling the bike off and buying next year model. On and on.

    But anybody looking around the market will see that NOW the DR650 is a hugely popular bike. More and more suppliers are jumping in and making Parts to fit the DR650.

    Thing is ... plastic body work will never be a big seller on the DR as most guys don't do serious off road and don't crash much.
    NO PROFIT = NO PARTS.

    Pro Cycle saw this popularity coming ... and gathered together all the companies that provide DR650 support. (a major effort I would think) So now we've got ONE STOP shopping. Will be interesting to see if someone steps up in future with aftermarket plastic for the DR ... we've only waited 16 years! :lol3
  7. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Excellent! Should be in DR650 Top Ten Tips! :clap:clap:clap
  8. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Nope, 1st off as far as plastic goes, the big 4 are all over in pricing, they are by NO means close to each other. Honda usually charges twice what Yamaha does for sportbike plastic. Suzuki and Kawi are usually in the middle but usually much higher then Yamaha, closer to what Honda rapes you for.

    As far as DS's go, OEM side covers for a Yamaha WR 250R are only $17 from Servie Honda, thats close to a 1/4 of what Honda and Suzuki charge for XR and DR covers. So not even CLOSE to the same pricing for basically the same thing.

    As far as KTM costing more, that's pure bull shit, I showed you the pricing difference between the DR and 690 for top end parts and the fact that the KTM parts were cheaper, but by all means keep MSU.
  9. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    Actually, ProCycle made it happen... :D
  10. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Geesh, and I though my tip about writing my phone # on the inside of my side plates was the bomb.:lol3
  11. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    From my recollection this changes year to year, model to model.

    You're right on the cheap Yam side covers. But in my experience that is a bit unusual.

    Here is KTM vs. Suzuki Piston. Should we keep comparing prices on other parts? :lol3

    http://www.suzukipartshouse.com/oemparts/a/suz/506b3205f870022ba8af99cf/crankshaft

    DR650 Piston kit: $113 (piston, pin, rings, clip)
    KTM 690 piston kit: $328 (list) (piston, pin, rings, clip)
  12. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    LOL, sure show the discounted price for one compared to list pricing. :rofl I paid $200 for my piston kit. You can look back at the post where I showed you the valve train was almost $100 cheaper then the DR's also, so sure we can keep going. How many times do I have to show you for the Kool-Aid drinker you are? :lol3
  13. TinkerinWstuff

    TinkerinWstuff Take it apart

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    what's the point?

    arguing about it isn't going to make the parts any cheaper for us.



    Thanks Procycle for the manual cam chain tensioner. Fixed the noise I was getting after installing the high compression piston.
  14. procycle

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    Sweet! :wings
  15. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Recently picked up a pair of Manracks trailer tie-down clamp loops for my DR.
    My handlebars are packed with stuff so it's always a challenge to strap down while the bike is up on the trailer and i'm holding on to it.

    These bolt to the lower triple clamp and make things much easier.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20709157&postcount=768

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  16. biosci

    biosci Tumbleweed54473

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    Seems to me that they might work better attached "up side down" to the way shown in the picture.

    I think strap tension and normal vibration while trailering would create forces acting to create in a "scizzors-like" rotation.

    By flipping them the forces would be more "in line" .

    Probably a non-issue. Just thinking...
  17. dickensheets

    dickensheets smprparatus

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    This is true from a physics standpoint, but if he flipped them it may cut the rubber tubing and let dirt in there. Just thinking also.
  18. TinkerinWstuff

    TinkerinWstuff Take it apart

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    not sure about that but any forward or backward load could cause them to fold over.

    I'm loving the idea though.
  19. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    I like it, if I am ride where you ride, I can get free plastic, and then mock the guy with his number on the panels.:rofl
  20. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Been here awhile

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    Easy now. I'm all DR. 200/ 400/ 650. It is easier to keep this thread as 650, and let each class sit in thier own world to prevent mix up of to much going on !!!

    From Jeathrow Bowdean in Western Canada PS: I have a few bikes, so it's easy to drift around to visit !!!