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the DR650 thread

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

  1. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Yeah, lots of consistent miles is the key. I’m like @Copracer288 (probably not anywhere as good with the slow speed) and my Ultra Classic. I remember a rear blowout a few years ago with the wife on back and 2 weeks of gear slabbing at 90 mph. If I didn’t ride so many miles that probably would’ve hurt.

    Rode in the woods today, muddy woods. Must have picked the bike up at least 10 times. Dry stuff I’m fine, mud I need more experience. I’m sore and vowed to the wife I’m going to get in better shape. I had almost zero mud miles under my belt, it’s all about practicing. Perfect practice or some such saying and I was far from perfect. Thanks @NC Rick, Topher, and Mac, it was an amazing day. Beautiful weather, killer woods, and good riders!

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    I didn’t get a ton of photos, I was too busy picking the bike up out of the muddy ruts :lol3
  2. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

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    i inch square steel will do or a 30mm bolt / nut across the flat.
    i have both on the one tool i made.

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    it doesn't need to be that long,
    but at the time i made mine i couldn't find my vice to hold stuff.. don't ask about the vice.. thats normal for me.. :fpalm
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  3. Copracer288

    Copracer288 How hard can it be?

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    That’s exactly right.
  4. Copracer288

    Copracer288 How hard can it be?

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    The precision skills are definitely perishable.
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  5. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

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    rear brake helps a lot at high speed on a harley as well for me.. :thumb
    stops the frame twisting when the weight wants to go straight ahead, but you want the bike to lean / turn when pushing on the gas..
    just tightens the flex in everything up.. not ideal but it works when you get comfortable with it and have committed to a line.
    my GSA is just point and shoot.. so much easier.
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  6. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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  7. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    Looks fun! I don't have much off-road riding experience either which may be weird considering I've had my DR two years. I haven't been to motivated to go off-road with the stock suspension since it just felt way to bouncy and sketchy. That will change next year though. I'm also thinking about putting my Pirelli MT-21 tires back on to compliment the new suspension. I can always put the Motoz GPS and Scorpion Rally STR on the wife's Himalayan.

    Looks like you had a good group of guys to ride with too! Part of my problem is that I don't really have anyone to ride with and it seems like all I have around me is sandy pipelines :cry
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  8. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    Thanks! Shouldn't be hard or take more than a few minutes to make :beer
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  9. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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  10. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    May as well get a trailer. Aluminum with storage.
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  11. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffeur

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    I wouldn't let that happen to you. If that's all there was to drink, we'd be thirsty!

    Mud can be a bitch! Baptism by fire when I first got my DR650 many years ago and I still suck at it.

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    I think that's the fist time you've posted pics of your DR650 not pristine looking! Looks good though, tells a story. The pic of Rick on an XT225 also tells a story, the story of too much man on too little bike. :lol3 That poor little XT.
  12. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    The U.P. is loaded with forest roads and ORV trails

    https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79148_80679-417292--,00.html
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  13. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    good move moving to the desert
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  14. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffeur

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    Yes, although we currently have some muddy conditions locally due to rains. But nothing like conditions in the Northeast.
  15. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    That’s pretty BASIC! And a rain forest killer.:lol3
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  16. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer Supporter

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    Some good stocking stuffers in here.

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    My wife got me this....dunno why..
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  17. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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  18. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    It is, some areas more than others. My immediate area has more pipelines, power lines, and converted railroad tracks dominated by side by sides. Part of my personal problem is having the confidence to go off by myself on trails I'm not familiar with and as I said, I'm a noob. I would feel more confident having just one other person with me. There are logging trails around me that wouldn't be bad but a GPS would help so I have some sort of idea where I'm going on uncharted trails. I don't really trust my phone for that I guess....
  19. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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  20. Copracer288

    Copracer288 How hard can it be?

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    I love riding in Michigan! The whole upper half of the lower peninsula is a dual sport playground. We usually stay in the St Helen area. So many trails. I’ve been to the UP and had a great time there too. I stayed in Newberry and spent a week riding trails. Got as far west as Seney. I’m anxious to get back. Very remote. Awesome riding.
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