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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.
they have to like the bike
There are a bunch of DRs in Portland. There was one 4 blocks from my house, but it's either been sold or the owner moved.
Haha. One if them was a supermoto setup
Mi esposa rides. She actually had her MC endorsement from when I met her but I didn't know that until after we were married. She started riding again (after being a pillon passenger for several years) about 15 years ago on a Nighthawk 450 (great learner bike BTW!). She's been through a bunch of bikes since then and finally settled on a SV650 as her ride of choice. But to answer your question, in the fall of '16 I bought her a really nice little Super Sherpa 250 in preparation for our upcoming trip to Costa Rica. She rode it a number of times before the trip and I tried to expose her to a cross section of mud, easy water crossings, gravel and dust (no single track and we don't have sand here). She did OK but never really took to it like street riding where she can blow by me anytime she wants. Unfortunately she sorta burned out on off-pavement riding in Costa Rica when we had a couple of "rough" days (by her standards). It really wasn't bad ... just stuff I consider normal dual sporting but she was tired, anxious and didn't like the all the bouncing around. In truth the rental bike she had there (a Honda NX400) was a lot bigger than her SS250 and that contributed to the negative experience. So, anyhow when we got back she told me to sell the Super Sherpa and I did at a slight profit - so no loss there. Then last winter we went to Ecuador where she had modern Yamaha 250 rental. She really liked that little bike and after spending 10 days with it has had second thoughts and I think if we still had the SS250 she would occasionally ride with me on easy days but she's not interested enough to buy another bike.
Here we are at 14,500 ft. My bike was a DR650!
4 dnf's in a row.
first ride, gas station filling up, went to start the bike, bike turned over 1 revolution went DEAD. Battery broke internally.
Arc the postive and negative terminals together and no spark.
Started it, ran up the road 2 miles, stopped to shoot a badger, bike wouldn't start, battery dead. New battery wasn't fully charged, and it takes a long time riding to charge it, so went home and threw it on a 1 amp auto charger overnight.
Next trip 12 miles down the road, the lower spring mount which slips over the shock sheered. It looked like a machined flat aluminum washer. 10,000 miles on it. I'm fat, big spring, eventually it fatigued. Ordered a new one from ProCycle, which si an ENTIRELY different design, and is obviously much better. FWIW, you CAN ride it out 9 miles to pavement so your buddy can come get you, but it is a LOT of work with no rear suspension.
Next trip, labor day weekend. 3 day ride planned. Half way across town the clutch cable broke at the handle. New cluch cable is probably 1/4 the effort to pull as the old one. I only ever ride one bike, so don't know what normal is.
Other things. Full length brake handle is much better than half length for control.
Steering head bearings. Finally cleaned and repacked. HOLY CRAP. Bike is SOOOOOO much less scary. Before 70 mph was spooky - it got twitchy bad. I think the steering head was "sticking" and causing the bike to wander around the road. also noticable on gravel roads with "grooves" where car tires threw up ridges in the sand.
raised the rear suspension bolt so the bike sits higher. changed caster, bike feels 30 pounds lighter. New tinted goggles, headlight is now too low, had to REALLY slow down once the sun went down.
got 7,000 miles off of the pirellii scoripon rally knobby up front. was still working well, just felt guilty.
Between hot august and DNF's, haven't ridden in a month. Rode last two nights - really helped my attitude.
Yep that's how they behave. Makes an almost unbelievable difference. With sticky or notched bearings you're constantly fighting the bike. With new bearings I can negotiate many curves without hands on the bars - i.e. just by weighting the pegs.
Was wondering where you had been.
Well, I may not be in Philly but I'm just 55-ish miles due east and frequent the Pine Barrens. I used to have a KLR 650 but an 82 year old pulled out of a driveway and killed ti - and almost me! My current D/S mount is a DR 650.
Thank you Cyberdos. For your efforts in posting the ride report, I read it just for reliving it. Great work. Even better was your efforts in putting the event and the ride together, you are amazing. As I reflect, I appreciate it even more. I have followed some really good ride leaders, I have lead a good many myself, you are amazingly good at it. The best.
Joyce and I came out to Colorado to meet up with a group of guys who we had never actually met (our customers who I had always "related to" in our suspension dealings). You really never know but I feel confident, if not over confident in my judgment (I know that's bad) of people. Hanging out with you guys was the biggest highlight even though the riding was likely the best I have ever done.
The very best part of setting off on this business adventure (Cogent Dynamics) 15 years ago are the amazing and wonderful people who I have had the honor of working with. I hope I have the opportunity of riding and hanging out with many more.
When it comes to our Colorado crew, Joyce and I really didn't get enough of you people and hope we can participate in a similar adventure with you folks again soon.
Any of you who have a chance to get down here to the NC Smokeys, I'll make sure there is a ride and fun times planned. Cyberdos, I may not be able to top the funnel cake but we have cookies.
Next do a video on cgecking oil height
Would do it again 10 times over with the same crew.
But first, billet vs ...not.
I already have my own unicorn that rides a xt250 and a F700gs
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Interesting. When I ride in the bush here in Oz, about half of all bikes I meet are DRs, and of those, some are DRZs.
I wish I could hit the like button several times for that post.
Way...way too many pages for me to wade through. Are there any major upgrades based on model years? Sort of like the pre 08 KLR's having some advantages.
Thanks. I have had 3 KLRs now and it may be time to try a DR
Nah, you're not alone :)
96 and up all the the same, nothing major. gaskets ,retainers etc.. 2017 finally got loctite on the nsu screws, thats pretty major.
So a low mileage 97 or 98 could be upgraded to be as good as a 2017?