the DR650 thread

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

  1. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    Put my deposit down yesterday for 2 weeks of riding the DR650 in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming in July... IBCDR and CDR. Oh yeah, looking forward to that.

    Now I'm working on a plan for Costa Rica next month (sorry no DR650 on that one, instead a pair of rented Honda NX400s for Mrs Thump! and me)!

    On the first Sunday of the past 76 years (might be a few more, I've lost track), regardless of weather, a local shop here (Jim's MC, Johnson City, TN) has sponsored a ride to Carvers Gap - at the crest of Roan Mountain (@ TN/NC state line). It's a 120 mile round trip starting at 1800 ft in JC with the turnaround at the Gap around 5300 ft. It's a great tradition! Unfortunately, it's damn cold here - in fact, today is the first day above freezing (predicted high of 33 but not there yet!) in a week or so and there's no significantl relief in sight. I'm sure it's even colder up at the gap, not to mention the likelihood that the top is snowed or iced in. I usually make this ride but I have serious reservations about this year. I don't like cold. I also don't like black ice that took me down up there three years ago. I guess I'm just getting soft. :-(

    Oh, did I mention we're going to Costa Rica soon :-) :-)
  2. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    Room with a view - Costa Rica - B-I-L's wedding. Howler monkeys in the AM, adventures during the day. Look forward to some moto pics from there!
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  3. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    stay off of charter planes!
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  4. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    Making some good progress on project "DRanged." I have the new bars on, dual sport grips, Polisport fender, 5.3 tank, I wired the Halo light into the switched power pigtail, and I was in the shop until 1am last night getting my rear fender made. The mud flap is made out of kydex and I'm happy with how it turned out. It's easy to cut, sand and mold with a little heat. My front turn signals are now on my headlight bucket brackets and it's a good location. It looks good and they clear the 5.3 tank by about 5/8 of an inch.

    If I catch a little rib poking on anything I suppose it will be for polishing up the bike with Bel-Ray silicone protectant. That stuff really does a great job and made the faded black parts look glossy again. It's unlike any other protectant I've used and I recommend it.
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  5. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    Picks of the new fender and taillight. I was able to reuse the license plate mount which was convenient.
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  6. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    With a little heat I was able to give the kydex some shape over the new muffler.
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  7. Andi_Archer

    Andi_Archer Been here awhile

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    Looks good did you cut the strengtheners off the rear frame or were they not fitted on that frame?
    What thickness is that Kydex?
  8. Buckee

    Buckee Ah, Grasshopper...

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    VERY nice, especially how cleaned up you got the area behind the headlight.

    If I catch a little rib poking on anything I suppose it will be for polishing up the bike with Bel-Ray silicone protectant. That stuff really does a great job and made the faded black parts look glossy again. It's unlike any other protectant I've used and I recommend it.

    Nah, we appreciate custom work so you get some slack. Now, if you'd BelRayed the tires...
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  9. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    The strengtheners were there but weren't going to work with what I want to do. I'll be putting supports in and it should be just as strong as factory or maybe even stronger.

    IIRC its 1/8" kydex. I have a couple 12"x24" pieces and I also want to use it as the base for the seat on my CB750 cafe project.
  10. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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  11. kezzajohnson

    kezzajohnson kezza

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    Flush fitting mounting bolts would be a good start. I have a bolt fitted to mine as a stay for a trail stand to get the front wheel off the ground.

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  12. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    Breakfast with a view (playa del carmen - Feb 2016)
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  13. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    Ahem. We prefer the term 'Beer-drinkers' - since no-one else drinks real beer....
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  14. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    Costa Rica July 2017, with extra Suzukis added:
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  15. adam728

    adam728 Long timer

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    Very nice looking project. Where at in Michigan?
  16. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    Agreed. That was my first thought when I examined the underside that day.

    The bolt on the side wing is a good idea. I'll investigate doing the same on my SWM skid plate.
  17. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    Thanks. I'm in the Escanaba area of the UP.
  18. Burro driver

    Burro driver dba John

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    Took the DR out for the first ride of 2018. Headed for some sun in Mexico! 20180103_125235.jpg
  19. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    I built up a protective collar around mine, but evidently it wasn't enough. Still got the screwhead bent. Mount is still OK. Will have to check out your design. Got a photo of a naked bolt?
  20. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Maybe we need YOUR definition of "beer". If referring to that Yankee pisswater, I'll agree, beyond there you'll have to be more concise.