the DR650 thread

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

  1. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    I don’t remember the brand. It was the OEM as far as I know. I purchased the bike with 3500 miles and converted it into a track bike. It had around 8500 miles when the chain went. I knew it was getting to be time but it seemed fine by regular measures. I was doing that “one last track weekend” before changing it out... some vendor had a chain at the track and I went to a local store to get JB Weld for the case. I think I only missed 2 session for the weekend at most.
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  2. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I had a 69 Ford Galaxy with a 302 ci V8 that had a nylon cam sprocket. Well it was a bad idea. Mine jumped teeth and was way out of time and just spun over with no compression (valves open on comp stroke) Learned how to replace a cam sprocket at the ripe old age of 18.

    People ask me "how'd you learn to fix so many things" to which I answer "early in life, I never had the money to pay someone else to fix stuff, so I had to do it myself or do without"
  3. shu

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    Good point. Here's sideplay on a chain I wore out in Turkey. I think I could have made a complete circle out of it sideways. That has to be worn pins and plates, not stretch.
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    Yamaha 600 in Turkey.....great riding.
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    .................shu
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  4. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

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    My Gp riding mate used to own a 999
    They really grew on me looks wise after a year or two.
    I like them even more than the 10xx series that followed.

    What chain is going on the bimota then. :D
    Breaking a side plate in the middle is not cool.
    Minute stress from incorrect chain / axle alignment over time.?
    Guess you'll never know except that you were super lucky.

    And yep, material and quality control seem more important nowadays to me as well.
    With all the fake products you can buy in just about anything, "authorised dealer" comes into play a lot more.
    Heck, china makes fake versions of seiko watches that only cost $100 for an original to begin with.
    They'll fake anything, steel included.

    My DR oem chain died over a 2 day period of about 1000km.
    From totally fine to totally f#<ked.
    Required adjustment every hour until I got to a town. Never had a chain die so suddenly and brutally.
    I first posted about carb surging and someone smarter than me mentioned check the chain.
    Then sure enough the rapid chain readjustments started.
    It was fine, then bike started surging and then the chain started growing hourly and I had to keep pulling over to readjust.

    But the BM doesn't have a chain and I'm not looking at the parts prices to get depressed.:lol3
    Harley has 150k on the oem belt.:thumb
    Both of them no where near as cheap as the DR to fix though.
  5. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Too many questions, not enough beer :lol3
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  6. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    Awesome! Great research.
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  7. hock2e

    hock2e I plan on riding for ever, so far, so good !!

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    Had the day off yesterday, so ElRoy and I went for a ride. It's Cotton picking season here.
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  8. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    I remember you posting about the surge. I didn’t remember about the sudden chain elongation. That’s near as interesting as it must have been inconvenient... I can’t think of why that could happen besides something like all the lubrication (factory installed) failed at once, perhaps some environmental factor killed all the Orings at some point? Strange.

    I love the look of the 999, particularly the first years of them with the extra vents. Everyone hated them when they came out. Stunning and ballsy design. I’m hoping the Bimota Mantra style grows on me. :lol3
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    Posted before but my old 999 after the street stuff was reinstalled by its new owner. I put over 20,000 track miles on that bike with no engine work at all besides replacing the broken case. It is a wonderful machine.


    Regarding Bimota chains, I doubt I’ll need one for a while but I trust DID top end chains. I
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  9. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    I used to have a fake Rolex that I bought in Hong Kong for forty or fifty bucks. It looked very real and worked very well. Not sure what happened to that watch.
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  10. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

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    I was a little cold on the 999 at first but I really came around to it.
    I think the 916 is still the sexiest sports bike there is.
    The 999 has a late model Ferrari vibe to it. It takes a while to grow on you and then one day it makes sense.

    For the chain I was riding big 12 hour days in 100 to 110f in remote areas with a big load.
    Large amounts of that at about 80mph
    I was drinking about 10 to 15 litres of water a day.
    It was hot even by my standards. Maybe the heat had something to do with it. dunno.

    And the bimota doesn't have to grow on you.
    It's a bimota. Nuff said. And it'll sound awesome. :thumb
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  11. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud Supporter

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    Until I read your TAT report about the start in WV and then checked the TAT website, I wasn't aware of all the re-routing and options that have been added. I rode the eastern part (to the AR/OK border) back in 2010 when the TAT started in Jellico, TN, years before I owned my DR.

    This sign was a bit too pessimistic:

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    The new TAT route curving north and then back east through WY and SD looks great, and I just might have to add this to my planning list after I retire in a couple of years.

    Thanks for the info!
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  12. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

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    Good fake rolexes can go for a couple of grand now.
    I'm only just starting to get the style cues of Rolex.
    I couldn't stand them for a long time. But they've grown on me over the last few years.
    Some of the vintage non divers are real nice. Just $$$.
    I have my grandfathers watch with a Rolex movement inside it. It's gotta be 80 years old and still runs. :thumb
    One of those special mechanical possessions I wish could talk.
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  13. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    520 is also on a 50+ hp RMZ450.


    But the RMZ450- weighs 270lbs not the 400lbs of the DR650
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  14. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen DR Guy

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    We call that a "challenge sign". It's just sitting there asking to be proven wrong!
  15. Copracer288

    Copracer288 How hard can it be?

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    Yeah, the new route adds A LOT of mileage to the eastern part and it's all areas I've ridden before but it's still beautiful country. Tellico Plains will be a great starting point for next year!

    Oh, I almost forgot an obligatory pic:

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  16. dbarale

    dbarale Squiddly slow

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    No DR content, just Dumb and Dumber, ages 4 and 5, lining up to take the ramp, two up. Safety third, they are almost ready for an ADV rally.

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  17. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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  18. Hivernaut

    Hivernaut Enthusiastic NewBie Supporter

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    Might make this my Chridmas Card.
    Taken a couple of day ago.
    Won't attempt to get out till Fri.
    Luckily locked in with my best friend, firewood, and internet.
    So .. I got that goin for me.
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  19. KiloGraham

    KiloGraham Been here awhile

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    My son showed up to our ride wearing cowboy boots and jeans and didn't want to get his feet wet. Pretty sure I have failed as a parent. :muutt

  20. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen DR Guy

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    I'm confused. Why are the bikes outside?
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