the DR650 thread

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

  1. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Thanks Boon, glad City Bike is remembered so fondly! We all miss Joe Glydon, John De India and Herb Chain. What's funny is we constantly got high praise from the "Glossy" mag editors ... who LOVED City Bike ... they wished they could do ... and say ... what we could. :lol3
    Cheers! :freaky
  2. jeknow

    jeknow Adventurer

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    I like Dirt Bike magazine ok I sub to it. They didn't publish the whole letter I wrote were I said guys that just ride bikes in dirt circles shouldn't write about adventure bikes. But it's all good I like riding dirt bikes too. And I stand by all bike riders. Make that responsible riders. DR riders are different anyway you have to be to ride a 350lb. Dirt bike.

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  3. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    I have similar requirements when we go. Before our "Forever West trip, I asked my friend "how old is your 950 battery" ?
    "4 years".
    I told him to change it out before we leave,
    why ? he asked.
    "Because I aint pushing or towing your bike across the big empty on a 25 degree morning"
    He said: "why not, I'd push yours".


    :huh
    wise ass. :lol3
    He dropped a new one in.
  4. shu

    shu ...

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    I carry a small (4 oz plastic bottle) of 75/90 gear oil, a very small can of WD 40 and a 1 inch cheap paint brush. These don't take up much space, less than the size of a can of chain spray and I can make these supplies last for a month on the road, if I'm careful.

    To clean the chain- spray the wd 40 on the brush and rotate the wheel (I have a centerstand). One spray on the brush for each side of the chain. Then wipe off the WD 40 with a paper towel.

    To oil the chain, use the same brush, only put some gear oil on it. Same routine, hold the brush against the chain and spin the wheel. Again, wipe off excess oil with the same paper towel.

    When I'm traveling I do this everyday, usually in the morning but almost never when I should do it: at the end of the day when the chain is hot.

    When the day's riding is done, it's beer time and I forget all about the chain.

    :photog

    Priorities.

    ...........shu
  5. shu

    shu ...

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    I replace my battery every 3 years now, even if it seems fine.

    It works out to about $30 /year for the feeling of confidence you get when, after parking to take a piss 40 miles back in the woods, you return to the bike and put your thumb on the starter button. It's worth it : no more 'come on baby, start for me prayers', no special starter tricks, just push the button and go.

    ..........shu
  6. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    My thoughts exactly.
  7. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Ive burned through 3 or 4 rear 606's,they work pretty well in dirt and slide predictably for me,not too vibey on the street. I think they're about worn out,they get down to about 1/3 of a tire and then they seem to hang that way for a long time,that's when I get the mileage out of them. Maybe 2000 if I really run em down to nubs.
    Never had any sliding on the street with em.
  8. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    I like responsible dirt bike riders too (I am one! :D) A lot of us started off riding Moto Cross or Cow Trailing ... 40 years later ... here we are! :huh

    I started riding AMA Enduro at 39, competed 7 years. It's discouraging to see guys abuse the land and ignore the rules ... I don't like a lot of the rules either ... but try to follow best I can. We're losing the battle and most riders I see could care less.

    I still have a trail bike (Yam WR250F) but for overall travel fun, prefer my DR650. (yes, I have trouble picking it up when it's loaded with gear!)
  9. Thumper Dan

    Thumper Dan Been here awhile

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  10. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    :lol3 Motorcycle Consumer News just did a product evaluation of these two and they thought the original blue formulation was great stuff but the the new yellow was crappy at best and urged people to use the old.
  11. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    We're probably getting off topic here, but first, I love City Bike ... I think Joe Glydon was one of the best moto-scribes of them all. Second, my experience is that most riders do not care. I often hear the cliche that a few are ruining it for the majority, whether it's dirt bikes, 4wd or mountain bikes, but my experience has usually been that a majority is ruining it for the few who truly want to co-exist with hikers, farmers and ranchers, wildlife, and clean air and nature. At least in California ... yeah we have a lot of rules, but we have a lot of people, and a lot of land.

    -dman
  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Deka AGMS are $70 shipped and will last a 4 solid years with little or no maintenance. these are solid made in the US AGM batteries. that works out to less than $18 a year for reliable starting.
    http://www.etx9.com/
  13. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    I suppose I have the same dilemma that many DR owners have; what to do with the pristine seat cover and foam after switching to the Seat Concepts unit.
    Any creative ideas?
  14. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I have come close to crashing the DR,luckily not quite gone down yet.
    I started on a Trail 90 at age 12 and was racing flattrack by age 15 in 1972,and trail riding in one form or another since the Trail 90 days,then street riding before I had a car license,then building dualsport bikes out of various junkers all along.
    Now Im just another KTM junkie,had about 15 of them since 1978.

    But out of all the dualsport bikes Ive had,the DR is the best 50/50 rig,does street and dirt about equally well.
    And doesnt break or demand much work be done on it.
  15. acesandeights

    acesandeights Asperger

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    I would wrap it around a short 4x4 post and sell it on ebay as a pristine stock seat.
  16. smilin jack

    smilin jack Grandpa Adventurer

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    My 2006 DR turned over 55K miles this week and still going... with Shinko 244 on both ends. Got it with just under 4K a few years ago.

    Get heavier springs front and rear and go from there.

    Dave
  17. RideAlongAtlas1

    RideAlongAtlas1 IS GOOD ! ! !

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    1) How many km or miles, does a Safari Tank take your bike?
    My first load went 520km. That's averaging, roughly, 80km per hour. I also did about 2 hours on sand @<15km hour.

    2) Also do advriders ride around with their high-beam on during the day? Do you get lots of cars flickering at you?

    I'm certain going around on high beam makes me more seen. I had my beam off an hour ago and a car I reckon didn't see me until the end @ 120km/h.
  18. greer

    greer Long timer

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    Got 58,000 on the last one with nothing but routine maintenance; it was running like a top when we sold it. 29,000 on this one and it's purring along so far.

    I'm wondering if you all might need to gear down for your 2-up riding; a 14T front sprocket would make for easier take-offs but still run along easy at highway speeds. Be better for dirt, too.

    Sarah
  19. epix1718

    epix1718 Been here awhile

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    Went out exploring with a friend, picked a flower for the gf to bring home:
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    Then promptly dropped it while trying to ride out of the field
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  20. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    So THATS whats on my '06 I thought was OEM Suzuki ! :rofl