the DR650 thread

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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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  6. 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.
  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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  12. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    And hearing protection, my angle grinders are probably the loudest tools in my garage besides air tools. I like ear muffs cause they're so easy to put on/take off.

    Buy several, they're cheaper than hearing aids. :gerg
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    BTDT :yikes

    My personal land speed record was on my FJR - 141 GPS mph. It felt like I was sitting on the couch watching TV.

    BTDT too. :muutt :shog
  13. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    They call those the bomb for a reason, ya know. The aftermath is usually explosive! DAMHIK!
    Forget the soapy water. WD40 is ingenious. Slippery and evaporates readily. Worked great. I just squirted some in every 3 inches or so along the entire bead.
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  14. AlH

    AlH Long timer

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    I know I've asked before....what the hell is wrong with using tire lube made for seating beads? A gallon is cheap and is a lifetime supply for most of us!
    :dunno
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  15. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    I'd have to get some and then find somewhere to keep it. Plus, last I checked, it's kinda like antisieze. Gets everywhere you don't want it!
  16. 805gregg

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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.

    I've had my ST1300 to 135 mph twice, but probably never again, things happen way too fast at that speed
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  17. 3shot

    3shot Been here awhile

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    http://www.blackjacktirerepair.com/lb-2000

    8lb bucket, this will last a lifetime. dish soap is too messy... plus this dries pretty fast. Its gross stuff tho, its like snot :-/

    *Buts its also waaay better than soap
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  18. vicster

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    I didn't realize you could even still buy Olympia beer! Ya know, since they shut down the brewery in, uh, Olympia (ok, Tumwater) decades ago. First beer I ever tasted was Olympia when my cool uncle, Uncle Jim gave me a sip when I was like 5. He was also the uncle that got me hooked on bikes by letting me climb all over his BMW at around the same age and gave me a shotgun at 12. Big, fat, loud, foul mouthed slob. Loved that guy. Still have his old Smith and Wesson .22.
    Have any of you guys tried ACF50 for winter time metal protection? They've started salting the roads around here again in winter and I thought I might give it a try this year.
    Ironic you can buy it in Idaho and not Olympia.
  19. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    No worrys William ! Complete success with "The Bomb and Oly " Combo came out just fine this mornin. Im even good enough to gas up and go back out today ! :clap


    Other combo's dont work out as well. Beware those day glo orange Tacitos mixed with Pabst Blue Ribbon.......add in a rocky singletrack afterwards and you wont make it 10 miles without a emergency visit to the sagebrush patch and a loss of all spare paper towels and kleenex ! :topes
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  20. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    Yep, available at many rural quicky marts in this area of Idaho.

    I fancy myself as a cheap light beer SNOB.

    Im very, VERY fussy about cheap beer. (Decades of training in Northern Wisconsin ) and it has to be under $7 a sixxer...usually 16oz cans.

    Oly is $ 5.69 for a sixxer of 16's.

    I can attest todays Oly is in the top 5 of cheap light beers, along with Montucky outta Montana.