The 'No Pissin and Moanin' DR650 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by AST236, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    I finally got to the forks this past weekend. This "tool" worked perfectly for loosening/tightening the damper rod bolt. Naturally, I did not have enough fork oil so I only lowered one fork. But, it was simple enough to do.

    The oil that I drained was red and did not have much, if any, odor to it. I'm guessing it was ATF. I replaced it with 10# weight fork oil (which smells like 90w gear oil). Now, I need another 6 oz. to do the other fork and complete the job.
  2. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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  3. THB

    THB Been here awhile

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  4. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Not sure which is worse, -2C or 122F. Neither is very good for riding in, but at least you can dress for -2C. Not sure what you would wear for 122F.
  5. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

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    Trophyhunter, as you know, I have the B-King windscreen, that is much like yours. I am 5' 10" and mine works well also.
    I rode from Seattle to San Diego in February 2010 with snow in a few places and was very glad to have it. I have never felt the need to remove it, but, then I do not get into any real hairy stuff, unless by accident, and then it is too late.

    On a side note. I have gotten approval to import my DR 650 to the Philippines. (That didn't take long) I now, just have to arrange shipping it. I just hope I can get it here before I am too old to ride it.

    Paul...
  6. THB

    THB Been here awhile

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    You gear up with the best ventilated gear you can get and try to avoid stop lights. Having said that, -2C is much worse. Cold hurts.
  7. TinMan207

    TinMan207 Most often a lurker...

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    I put that exact box on the back of mine. I ran a Female Cigarette Adapter to it and put some minicell foam inside so I can protect and charge my netbook and other electronics while I ride. What do you expect to strap to the top of yours?
  8. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I usually tie my tools, and extra gear I don't want to wear.

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    I'd like to rig up a better way to carry the tools and tubes though. That's a lot of weight up high on the bike. I usually have my camera gear inside the box. Good idea, running power to the box.
  9. TinMan207

    TinMan207 Most often a lurker...

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    I like the idea of having strap points for small items on the top box.

    Rigging the charger inside the box was super easy. Drill a hole big enough for the quick connect to slide through and a rubber grommet (actually had to use 2, one that fit the ID of the hole in the case I had to drill and on for the OD of the cord, but it seemed to all fit together pretty well) to make it water resistant.

    Could probably make it watertight with latex or other flexible sealing compound, but I am content with the rubber grommets.

    The best way that I have seen to get a small tool roll lower down on the bike is a 4" aluminum (or PVC) tube

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    this is what the previous owner did for my bike after breaking a couple of the plastic tool tubes out there

    like this...
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    if you want to see some of the other ideas he had, I will offer his blog-site. We don't agree on how to do everything, but I'll give him this, when he does something he doesn't go half way!

    http://shortwayround.co.uk/suzuki/

    Cheers!
  10. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Thanks for the ideas! I had seen the shortwayround site - as you say, it's very useful.

    This is what I used as tiedown points on my box.

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    I found them at a Marine Supply house.
  11. TinMan207

    TinMan207 Most often a lurker...

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    Used these many times on my Kayaks - I'm a guide
  12. CreativeEdge

    CreativeEdge n00b

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    been on motorcycles for about 25 years, from crotch rockets to cruisers but must say that the DR650 is the one I have had the most fun on.
    I set it up to be able to carry my photography gear into the Florida Everglades and it's worked out great.
    I've had it about 2 years, mods so far: removed snorkle, shimmed needle, drilled slide, added skid plate and now have a suzuki muffler getting here tomorrow and will install using Jesse's midpipe. :freaky


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  13. procycle

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    Light vented or mesh gear with cotton underneath. The key thing is to soak down with water at every opportunity. Soak your riding gear, inside of your helmet, boots, everything. You can stay pretty comfortable until it dries out.
  14. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG

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    Recently picked up an FO 24 to replace the fmf q2 that came on my new to me DR. Ordered the mid pipe from Kentech today. Looking forward to the new sound

    Plan on getting the Wolfman gen 2 exp.. dry bags and rack. However, I've read some disparaging remarks about these when used with aftermarket tail racks. Any thoughts?

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    My home made tool tube. Saw this on one of the forums. Pipe, fittings, end cap,, rubber cap from Lowes. About $8 total.
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  15. TrophyHunter

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    JP - great to hear you got the import approval..! For the record, I don't think you'll ever be too old.
  16. Ride-DR

    Ride-DR Adventurer

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  17. Dalmatino

    Dalmatino Been here awhile

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    Nice bike
  18. deputygene

    deputygene Been here awhile

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    My wife on her blue 07
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    Camping trip
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    Her 07 with home made side racks
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    My yellow 05, my son's white 96
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  19. deputygene

    deputygene Been here awhile

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    Totlly agree on the pro cycle seat! Hard, better than stock because it's wider, but hard.
    Yourslooks a lot like mine
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  20. BadDogMax

    BadDogMax Been here awhile

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    DR with stock suspension survived about 50 passes at this jump.

    BILT tailbag survived as well, although the BILT tankbag was destroyed (straps ripped from bag).

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