DR650, The Preacher

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by DKWraith, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. DKWraith

    DKWraith Innocent malevolent

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    So, what can i do with two non-running bikes, both being gifts from some friends with less imagination...
    DR650, 2 years neglected.
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    Gilera XRT600, 5 years forgotten in a backyard.
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    I'm thinking of doing something retro, not a scrambler style, maybe a mix between classic and enduro-cross bike.
    At the beginning i put the DR on "floating line", making it running ok-ish, then i dismantled Gilera, to clean and refurbish the parts i'll use on DR, handlebar, fork, triple tree, brake lines, swingarm and rims.
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    But, living in Romania i must do everything in a different manner, to put the bike back on the street, official, to pass the tehnical inspection, registration & title, and then to start mods.:confused

    Meantime, the bikes are sleeping, cause the weather is fucking annoying...
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  2. thumperphile

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    DR 650: supermoto-lace up a 17” front rimand puts some sticky street tires on it. Great motor, simple mods like de snorkeling and a free flowing exhaust will really wake it up.

    Had one and did track days, best streetbike I ever had.

    Some good info on using a gsxr can for cheap be found online.

    If dirt, look at the mods Barry from enduro Crosstraining on YouTube did. Actually made a DR into a competent dirt bike.
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  3. DKWraith

    DKWraith Innocent malevolent

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    Nah, why should i go on the easiest way? I like to try something different.
    (my inner voices urges me "chop it, chop it". :fpalm)
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  4. DKWraith

    DKWraith Innocent malevolent

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    First step, m'eh...
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    After a few measurements:
    -new fork is longer than actual fork , 70 mm difference, but seems to have the same travel length.
    -new swingarm is 15 mm longer.
    -the new rims are wider, although they use almost the same tire size. DR650 90/90-21 & 120/90-17, Gilera 90/90-21 & 130/80-17.

    Meanwhile, I ordered the air and oil filters (Hiflo), oil (Repsol 4T Offroad 10W40), brake pads (EBC) and brake fluid (Ferodo).
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  5. DKWraith

    DKWraith Innocent malevolent

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    Litlle by litlle ...
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  6. DKWraith

    DKWraith Innocent malevolent

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    The "new" muffler MIVV, including DB killer, street legal. Next step, cut, weld, etc.
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    And what is this?
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    I'm looking for some recommendatios for oil fork, what type, 7,5 or 10?
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  8. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    Tells the ECU you have WFO. Most disconnect it and remove the assembly to no disadvantage.
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  9. DKWraith

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    So, will be disconnected.
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    DKWraith Innocent malevolent

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    in the meantime, between the other projects, some upgrade to my DR650, a BMW handlebar and KTM handguards, braided hose for front brake, new brake pads, new shock cable, new battery, "new" turning lights, etc
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    The Gilera rims are not ready, so i cannot install the fork, swingarm and the rims, maybe next month...

    And another project, almost finished, VX800, a kind of scrambler.
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    Finally, the "new" fuel tank has arrived, is a GN125 fuel tank, easy to fit, it will be reconditioned, sandblasted and paint in black, keeping the original colour of the bike.
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    The Mivv GP exhaust is lighter and sounds louder than i expected, even with the DB-killer fitted.
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    The bike runs ok, i'm using for daily driving instead of GS, a better option for city traffic.
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    Now i'm waiting for sunny days, to ride my GS and finish this project.
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  12. DKWraith

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    Big dilemma, what tyres should i put on, Heidenau K60 Scout or Mitas E-07, daily use and any weather.
    Now i'm riding on TKC80 Twinduro and i'm not very impressed...

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  13. AK650

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    I like the TKC80's and what I will run on my DR this summer. The K60 is a great tire as well, I ran them on my F800. They last twice as long as the TKC80's do. They're a son of a bitch to change when cold. You can damn near ride on them flat!
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  14. DKWraith

    DKWraith Innocent malevolent

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    After some research, i'll give a chance to K60 Silica (SiO2) M+S, it seems to be the best combo for me.
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    DKWraith Innocent malevolent

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    Mmm, bad news, I must give up to the idea of two shock absorbers on the rear, otherwise will not be able to pass technical inspection.
    Since last week the bike doesn't run properly, sometime, for one second the engine have a syncope, almost stopping, then misfire and pops loud. Carb cleaned, new sparks, fresh fuel, what could be? Valve clearance, spark coil defective?
    I noticed, after fast throttling, the exhaust header is very hot, or when idling more than 1 minute.
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    Love it, or hate it...
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  16. Dino de Laurentiis

    Dino de Laurentiis Working on it

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    Is the choke opening/closing properly? I know that n my DR-engined bike, the header gets so hot that it glows bright red on in the dark when idling on the choke. On the other hand, it doesn’t misfire when on the choke, but might be worth checking anyway. The ignition trigger coil (i.e. the sensor which reads the timing signals off the flywheel) has been known to malfunction. Could be that. Obviously doesn’t hurt checking valve clearances too, but if it developed overnight, it’s probably not that.
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  17. DKWraith

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    The choke works properly, new cable fitted. Don't misfire when on the choke unless i throttle it hard, i usually ride at 60-80 km/h. When the header become too hot it glows bright and visible at the daylight.
    I'll check the ignition trigger, and valve clearance (for my inner peace).
    Thx m8!
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  18. Dino de Laurentiis

    Dino de Laurentiis Working on it

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    The header shouldn’t get that hot under normal running. Might still be something carb related. Have you asked in the DR mega thread, lots of knowledgeable people there?
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    I'll change the ignition trigger coil first, then the valve clearance adjustment and check again the carb.
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    It wasn't the ignition trigger coil, but the coil itself is damaged.
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