The DR650 Highway Touring Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by planemanx15, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    I bought a Seat Concepts stepped low seat for my DR650. The step was in the wrong place. A plain flat seat would have been better.
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  2. NCJ

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    Thanks!
  3. Lee Dodge

    Lee Dodge Been here awhile Supporter

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    I had a seat concepts and a sargent. Seat concepts has crown to it, Sargent is flat or very slightly dished. Seat Concepts foam is soft and springy while the Sargent is firm, not Corbin firm but still pretty firm. The Sargent low seat puts you at about the same height as the stock seat. The regular raises you up because you don't sink down into the foam. I did not like the Seat Concepts because the crowned shape pressed on my tailbone and the springy foam gave me a disconnected feel from the bike. I had a Corbin for a short time but it was built for a much taller rider so I sold it after one or two rides. I know it was heavy and the foam was hard.
  4. NCJ

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    Went with the seat concepts, so I'll know before much longer. Did a low build on the suspension, so overall height shouldn't be an issue. If nothing else, there may be a sheepskin in my future as well. Big fun.
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  5. napster

    napster Been here awhile

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    not much going on on this thread so I guess I will chime in. Rode a DR for years and really enjoyed it as a 'back roads' tourer. then I bought a strom and DR sat for years. then I upgraded to a new DR and now strom is sitting. my new '18 DR has Sargent seat, IMS tank, GPR damper, givi E21s, 14 tooth sprocket and a few other little things. have a Motech centerstand but I may not install it. I ride back roads and easy dirt/gravel. have ordered a mosfet regulator. I've tried a few windshields and have given up in that department. All they do is add noisy turbulence. No shield is nice smooth air. I ride with earplugs but see no advantage to shields anymore. my old '80s BMW rt bikes with wind tunnel designed fairings one could smoke behind them. cheers.
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  6. fbritt5

    fbritt5 Been here awhile

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    A good windscreen helps for bugs, rain and on longer trips, it helps that the wind isnt beating you up. The can make noise but if set up right, not so bad.
  7. Sonny S.

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    On my DR's and one of my Harley's no windshield. Been behind a few windshiels on DR's didn't like em. I did notice that the headlight cowl on my 01 provided cleaner air and up higher than my 07. The later cowl is sleek and modern but a poor design. I put an early cowl on my 07, much better. Taken many long trips on motorcycls without a windshield. I either want all the air or very little like on my Ultra Classic. More importantly I don't want the noise or buffeting.
    I usually ride with an open faced helmet and ear plugs. Long trips I'll wear a full face and that helps in the cold and rain. No windshield does mean more layers and wind blocking layers on my chest when it's cold. However, when it's hot... man the air flow through my mesh jacket is awesome.
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  8. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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  9. Sonny S.

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    Looks good !
    I think the little side wings play a huge part. I've ridden other motorcycles where someone thought they needed a taller windshield, I would start moving my hand around to see where the wind was coming from. Often it was from the sides down low. An inch extra width on each side made a huge difference. The thing about motorcycle windshields is you should always be looking over them and not through them.
    Even though I don't like them and don't have one on my DR's my experience comes from working on motorcycles for people and helping troubleshoot comfort complaints. Bars, seats, pegs, etc.
  10. napster

    napster Been here awhile

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    20200126_160742.jpg 20200126_160754.jpg here is my windshield. I tried a few positions but the racket wouldn't go away. It's back on the shelf.
  11. shu

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    As long as your head is not being buffeted by wind eddies, your shield is good.

    Earplugs take care of any other wind noise.

    .............shu
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  12. Bud Dog

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    This works pretty good for me. Rear fender off of a 96 KTM 620. EA4E392D-E6B3-421C-844E-BA081F97A56D.jpeg
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  13. napster

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  14. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    4F230866-CD8C-4D9E-BA6D-4C0CA80F4488.jpeg Brilliant wind management. All day comfy. FA0A3351-1A46-4F34-AC38-07BB49A6C941.jpeg
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  15. SR56

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    Has anybody tried the Yenkro frame mounted fairing?

    If yes, what tank did you use?

    Looking for my DR now and researching ideas for a frame mounted wind screen.

    Thanks
  16. freewheelin'

    freewheelin' Been here awhile Supporter

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    I used the safari big tank. I really like the combo.
  17. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    My pictures in the post directly before yours is my DR with a Yenkro.
    Here are a few more. Transforms the bike. Safari tank’s width adds to the “bubble”