the DR650 thread

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

  1. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Been here awhile

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    I bought one of the later Gen Spot's off a guy on Craigslist for 40 bucks. He had upgraded to a Delorme.

    I figure that is a savings fo 250 dollars over the delorme - no one ever sells a delorme used. I'm on a pretty tight budget, or I'd have the delorme.
  2. Schmokel

    Schmokel Riding gear saved my life.

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    I'll be selling my Gen1 Spot pretty soon here for short money.
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  3. 3shot

    3shot Been here awhile

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    yeah you can turn it off or set up to once per hour.
  4. 3shot

    3shot Been here awhile

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    i got inreach because i know where im going will have next to zero cell service. and i can text in a non life threatening emergency. its insurance
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  5. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    Do you folks think the front sprocket cover does good or is it letting crap stay back there.?. My chain life seems better then other bikes without a cover, but not a great comparison.
  6. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    The biggest advantage of the Inreach is the ability to receive a message back. No matter how many combinations of prepackaged texts SPOT comes up with if you don't have the ability to receive confirmation that your recipient got your message then you're just sending the text out there in faith.

    I've been a long time user of SPOT and it has served me well but I'll be looking for other options now that they are available.
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  7. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    I've never used that cover but I doubt that accumulation of dirt due to using it would cause any significant amount of wear on the sprocket.
  8. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    I think mud would be my only big concern..I try to stay out of that as much as possible.
  9. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    Back east we have mud. I've seen sprocket covers completely gummed up with it. I don't run one on my bike but I do run a case saver.

    Like this pic posted this morning on the KAT thread. ..[​IMG]
  10. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    I'm sure it gets in there pretty good. I'm just not sure that it's enough to cause any significant wear on a steel sprocket. There's worrying about premature wear on a part and then there's excessive worrying about nothing.

    If the difference is me squeezing 1k more miles out of a rapidly wearing sprocket, I'd rather have the ability to look down at the teeth without having the cover on it than having to take the cover off to inspect it.

    Just my .02
  11. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    I took mine off drilled a big hole so I can check out the sprocket too, now I might just throw it in a drawer.
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  12. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    I just got back from a little ride up a small mountain to watch the raptors that nest in the vicinity of the overlook. Only fog and mud greeted me today. On a clear day, I can see well into the neighboring county.

    [​IMG]


    It's exactly the same with Mrs. TM.
    While I was on a solo trip last year, she noticed that I didn't move for an hour or so when she expected me to be riding during that part of the day. I was in fact chatting with a fellow rider at a rest stop. Using the proprietary weblink that the inReach automatically provides to my contact list -- when I activate the device's tracking function -- she was later able to identify my precise location, including the very parking space where the bike was indeed sitting dormant. Neat.


    The backside of my sprocket cover was a great collector of congealed chain lube and road grit...and mud, which does indeed exist. 'Twas nothing so serious as to cause accelerated chain or sprocket wear, but I did take the time to periodically remove and clean that area of the drivetrain. I now use a cover/case saver that gives me a better view of things.

    [​IMG]
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  13. colinvh

    colinvh Been here awhile

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    InReach uses the Iridium constellation.

    They're 30 degrees apart, so there's probably only one good one in any given location. OTOH, if you stay in one place, you'll get the full possible connection time for each satellite.
  14. abambach

    abambach Just Ride!

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    I just bought a brand new Delorme InReach Explorer for my Alaska trip on Ebay for $250. I can also use it as my backup GPS in case the Zumo fails me. Cheap insurance.
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  15. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Been here awhile

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    Redneck.
    Last fall I ordered 3 sets of these.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KI1L3R0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    a couple of weeks ago I mounted 5 of them in place of my old headlight. 2 are ALWAYS on - wired them to the "extra" wire behind the headlight to be my low beam, and provide low light.

    I wired 3 of them to the highbeam switch. So, all 5 are on with high beam.

    Yeah baby. she is BRIGHT at night.
    pics to follow.
  16. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Tanks and carbs full with stablized fuel. Haven't had a problem. Usually use Stabil or Amsoils Quickshot, whichever I have on the shelf when I winterize them. We took the DRs south with us this winter so didn't winterize them, but I knew it'd be a few months before riding them again once we left CA, so filled them up and added stabilizer on our last ride before coming home.
  17. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

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    Ahh c'mon mate.
    The worst on 2 wheels is still better than the best on 4 wheels.
    He with the most bikes wins
    More bikes is better than less bikes etc..

    It took me several visits to the harley dealer to deal with the "lifestyle" projected at me.
    First try i couldn't handle it and somehow came home with a new BM.
    Second try i was successful.
    Owned that bike for a dozen years and has been the most reliable I've ever owned.
    If you get a chance to ride something avoid the fat tail ones.
  18. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Been here awhile

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    I've had great success with those.
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  19. Schmokel

    Schmokel Riding gear saved my life.

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    Yea, its a demo and you can test ride the 2017s. I figure by the time I could ever afford one, they'll be ten years old and I'd be able to score one of CraigsList in 2027. :lol2
  20. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

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    Now i follow your logic.
    That makes perfect sense.

    Your new family addition will be old enough to sit on the back by then.
    But somehow in ten years i think you might be surrounded by mini bikes instead of a harley though..!!