the DR650 thread

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

  1. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Been here awhile

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    I'll tell you what I do. THen let the masses tell me how I'm doing it wrong.

    I pull the stem out, and let all the air out (on the bike if need be). THen I unseat the bead all the way around the bead with my thumb. Then I spray WD40 or some other crappy lubricant (walmart cheap stuff) all around the entire circumfrence of the bead.

    Then I reinstall the stem, air up until it all slides in place (50 psi or so usually). Then let it down to 25 or so, and ride. it. The trick is to lube the ENTIRE bead al the way around, and to do that, you have to undo the bead all the way around.
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  2. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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  3. SlowerThanYou

    SlowerThanYou I'm Del

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    I like the idea of the extra clearance with an 18" rear. I'm curious why you ever switch back to the 17". What does the collective think of this swap? I can't think of any reason not to do it.
  4. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    That's what I do except that I only use soapy water. I don't feel comfortable putting WD on the bead.
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  5. TwoUpTourer

    TwoUpTourer Been here awhile

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    I rode for a day hoping to pop it on to the bead - didn't work, but 90psi later on did! I was waiting for it to explode, but it didn't, and others here have reported going to 90psi as well.
    That said, I replaced a tube last week, and the tyre popped on at 30psi that time - go figure! Was only one side which may have worked in its favour.
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  6. TwoUpTourer

    TwoUpTourer Been here awhile

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    I should add that this is a really good habit to get into. The more you do it the easier it gets, so when "That Day" arrives and the puncture doesn't happen conveniently in your shed, you will be very grateful that you are not freaking out about what to do next.
    I only started doing this few years ago, and now don't think twice about it. It also gets you thinking about the whole process of wheel removal, and ways to make it easier, like cleaning and greasing the axle and using never-seize on the thread, stuff that takes all the battle out of it when you really need to do it.
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  7. spklbuk

    spklbuk Been here awhile

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    Speaking from direct experience (FJR on Potts Mtn VA 311 exquisite twisties feelin' my oats :pyndon a Sunday afternoon) I can confirm those rumors to be absolutely true! :deal Trooper was very cool but straightforward about it; the mandatory appearance before a magistrate...was even more direct. :hung
  8. AlH

    AlH Long timer

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    Yikes! Someday that guy is gonna regret just wearing those tiny glasses when grinding.
    Me= age 17- grinding something at the boat shop I worked at just wearing my regular, bigger than his, glasses.
    4 hours later after enduring the increasing pain I ended up at the ER where they removed a speck of metal imbedded in my eyeball so small you could barely see it.
    Lesson learned.
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  9. Laconic

    Laconic Cognitively Privileged

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    He's squinting, so he'll be OK. It's like having your top step qualification for stepladders.
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  10. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

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    When i get my eyes checked every year, if i forget to mention it the optometrist,
    they always comment on the brownish stain in my eye and damage to it.
    The doc had removed 2 bits big enough to see with the naked eye,
    (He gave them to me on a card as a souvenir / reminder to wear better safety gear in the future.)
    but a smaller microscopic bit was left in for a few days until discovered and now i've got a "rusty eye".

    At the time i was wearing safety glasses.
    Now i always try to remember to wear my welding helmet or full faceshield.
  11. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    I always thought that cruise control on a bike was just another electronic gimmick no one needed.

    Then I used one on a demo ride, and within 1/4 mile was laughing in my helmet about how cool it was. Speed monitoring was simply no longer required, and though that seems obvious it allowed me to relax and look around a bit more than ever before. Another revolution to over 40 years of riding.
  12. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    Huh. Never thought of it that way either. I'm always speed checking myself. That's why I never shift. Next thing I know, I'm going 55 in 3rd. :lol2
  13. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    The fun part for me was sitting in a chair with five women chuckling at me as I'm freaking out as one of them is using a Dremel tool to remove the rust ring.
  14. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

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    :beerTwo weeks and no one could find the zinc sliver in my eye. Sit down in chair at eye doc, he pokes around a bit then with no warning he comes at me with the rotary bit. Freak out is understatement. Was all I could do to stay in chair and not flinch.:grim

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  15. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    That worked. I let all the air out, lubed with WD40 and it slid into place by the time I got to 80psi. Slick lube is definitely the trick.
  16. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    The FJR will probably exceed 60 in 1st! It will be way faster than my old ST1100 and with a faring and wind screen it's much harder to judge speed. I can't tell you how many times I'd look down on the interstate and find I was running 90-100 mph. That bike (and other big sport touring machines like it) just settle into their "groove" around 80 or so. Smooth as a baby's butt and just humming along at 4K rpm. That's what they were designed to do. I read somewhere that Honda targeted the autobahn with design of the ST1100 (or Pan European over there) with the expectation of cruising at 160 km/hr. The observed top speed of my ST with bags and a large windscreen was 142 mph. Riding those machines under the speed limits requires concentration.
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  17. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    Cant help ya out with opening a new microbrewery, Im struggling to just build a better garage at the moment.


    I can however lead you to the finest gas station burrito's and cheap, yet tasty western brew at all the critical quicky marts of SE Idaho ! :thumb



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  18. Porky

    Porky Don't Pass Gas

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    +1

    My '14 FJR ran (one time only) 137 mph and it was still climbing. Had to hurry home afterwards to change my shorts.

    They are very top heavy when moving them around in the garage or riding extremely slowly.
  19. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Been here awhile

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    I do soapy water the first time. then I get annoyed. WD40 actually evaporates away pretty quickly.
    I do NOT use penetrating oil or chain oil or anything which is actually a longer term lubricant.

    and the trick for me is to lube the ENTIRE bead - not just the part where it is stuck. THe whole tire has to slip a little to give it room to pop over the last bit of bead to finally seat.
  20. AlH

    AlH Long timer

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    I remember in the 60's living in southern california someone printed up a bunch of those "OLY - It's the Water" tee shirts with their logo on them. If you looked real close there was a kid pissing in the water back by the waterfall.:lol3
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