DR650 Pulled from the Scrap Heap (Literally)

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by propav8r, Nov 27, 2020.

  1. propav8r

    propav8r Adventurer

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    Hey everyone, long time no see. I'm not super active on the forum, but I like having a place to document what I'm messing around with that y'all might be interested in.

    I have a serious soft spot in my heart for old motorcycles, especially old basketcase motorcycles. See my previous thread on resurrecting an XL350 here: https://advrider.com/f/threads/1978-xl350-rebuild-on-the-cheap.1347696/

    So I went to the county dump today to get rid of some scrap metal. Didn't have enough to warrant a trip to the metal yard and get paid, so I just went to the landfill closest to my house. While I was throwing stuff on the pile, a moto tire caught my eye. It looked brand new, and being the hoarder I am, I figured I'd grab it for...something.

    As I clambered up the pile, I realized that it was attached to a motorcycle. I then realized that it was a DR650, and it appeared rather complete. Who throws away a DR650? We all know they don't die!

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    After a little bargaining with the dude running the front loader, he shoved some stuff out of the way and I dragged it off the pile, and chucked it in the truck.

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    After I got home, I rolled it in the shop and began to take stock of it.

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    It's a '97, and the major components are all there. It's missing the chassis half of the wiring harness and the CDI box (sadtrombone.midi) but the motor side of the harness is all there, and what's better, was actually unplugged instead of just cut off.

    The carb is there and seems to move freely. I'll take it off and toss it in the ultrasonic.

    The motor spins freely, and it feels like it has great compression.

    The starter motor was full of water and all gunked up, frozen solid. Got a buddy with one who says he'll donate it to the cause.

    So I guess my plan is to see if I can get it running with a minimal investment and then turn it into a woods bike or something. I'm gonna run the VIN on Monday to see if it comes back stolen. If it doesn't, I might try and title it. We'll see.

    Anyhow, tune in next week for more updates on the pile of trash I saved from the trash pile.
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  2. Old Smokey

    Old Smokey Long timer

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    Wow haha, this is going to be an awesome build thread. Seriously who throws that away!?
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  3. AK650

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    Purple frame too.........score!
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  4. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

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  5. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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  6. The.Cheese

    The.Cheese Been here awhile

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    You should make sure it's not stolen before you do much else!
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  7. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Now that's what i'm talking about. I like to rescue bikes from the wreckers but you have taken it to a whole other level.

    This will be good.
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  8. propav8r

    propav8r Adventurer

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    National check came back clean
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  9. VX Rider

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    Woo Hooo

    Get it On!
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  10. Franque

    Franque Nilé na sohakélwa manga

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    Just out of curiosity, how are you gonna title it? Great score!
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  11. r60man

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    You are doing good work saving a bike from the scrap heap! Let the fun begin!
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  12. propav8r

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    NC has a titiling process. It’s not too bad, just takes awhile. I may not title it at all if it’s gonna be a full-on trail bike.
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  15. dbarale

    dbarale Squiddly slow

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    Just be aware that it may still be stolen and entered in the NCIC database even though the insurance database is clear. Typically happens when the bike was not insured against theft and therefore not reported to an insurance company.
    Your local DMV license and theft office can check the VIN for you in NC.
    https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/programs/fraud-theft/Pages/default.aspx
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  16. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Great story, subbed. :-)
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    Wow, what a find!
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  18. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Encouragement award recipient. tEAM iDIOT.

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    The YZ125 I'm building came from a tip.

    I was working near the scrap metal pile before it opened and noticed a frame, forks and front wheel, so I stuck it in the cab of the backhoe and drove around with it all day until I could get it home.

    A week later a mate was working near the same pile and found the engine, rear shock and swingarm.

    Unfortunately by then I had sold the frame, forks and wheel because I didn't think I would have a use for a 2001 YZ125 frame, but bought the engine etc from him anyway and have since started gathering parts to build it up on a newer frame.
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  19. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    Assuming the best here that the bike is not of dubious origins, I LOVE these reclamation resto stories.

    @propav8r Will be following with interest!

    Our local county dump has all kinds of "no scavenging" signs up everywhere, which I must say really pisses me off because there is a lot of potential in "waste" from the uninitiated consumer masses.
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  20. greasyfatman

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    I have paid so much more for so much less.
    Will be following along.
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