the DR650 thread

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

  1. sarcoid

    sarcoid it's a granular thing Supporter

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    Can anyone recommend a replacement for the blinker/horn/hi-low beam light control? Ordered a choke cable remote from ProCycle to give me some more handle bar space but the plastic is attached to that control housing.

    All the measurements I found for the Protaper Evo bars were longer than stock but they are not.
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  2. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    If you don't want the choke lever on the switch block any more, it can be cut and ground off easily enough, I've done a couple. Alternatively, pretty much any lhs switchblock with switches you like the look of should be able to be hooked up OK.

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  3. sarcoid

    sarcoid it's a granular thing Supporter

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    Thanks BD. I thought about cutting and grinding but I know it will look like complete garbage when I'm done and hopefully it would still work.
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  4. kezzajohnson

    kezzajohnson kezza

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    They are ready now. Send them an email.
  5. B.E. Coyote

    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    Anybody got pics of tusk olympus bags mounted on tusk racks on DR?
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  6. Tigershark48

    Tigershark48 My other BMW is a Roadster.

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    Thanks for all the responses on the 690 SMC R vs. DR650. I just spent a good chunk of today reading the KTM 690 sub-forum. Most posters paid the entry price, then dropped upwards to $2k or more modding and repairing them. I'd rather start $5000 lower in that process. I'll do a longer DR ride in the spring before I decide, but at this point, I can't see it being any other bike. I just need to sell my F700 first.

    The best description I can make after riding both is that the KTM is more busy and nervous, while the DR is capable, but more relaxed. The KTM would win hands down if I were 40 years younger. At 71, the DR should be perfect and that's not suggesting it's an old farts bike, just a better fit for me.
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  7. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz Necessary evil Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    We're not in Jo Momma. Play nice.
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  8. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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  9. Mongle

    Mongle Knuckle dragger

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    Obviously, a new (to you) machine needs trammed. But, also check if it stays in "spec" moving the head for and aft. Then check the table at extreme ends of it's run. Then checked with x locked, then y, then both. Then bolt down the vise and tram off the vise. Make notes. It can help later should you be trying to split red hairs.

    I used to tram after every job. Then I would need to put lead in the head for fly cutting. Always seemed like I was tramming before and after. Now, I just leave a note for myself where it is set...or try to.
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  10. bkoz

    bkoz test

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    I believe most guys either drill the slide or mess with the spring. Messing with the spring accomplished nothing on my bike except money out of my wallet to buy a new spring.
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  11. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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  12. sarcoid

    sarcoid it's a granular thing Supporter

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  13. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    I think the KTM slogan says it all, "Ready To Race". :rilla

    And we were, back then. :lift
    Many (most?) of us were ready to race 30, 40, or 50 years ago. :jkam

    The faster you ride a KTM the better it is.
    At my speed it must be terrible! :p3rry

    That's why I ride a DR. :ricky

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    And a TW :evil
  14. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Pop fly ride with Kevin (Kvango) and Bert today near me happened from another thread. I love this place! I showed up to meet, never having met Kevin or knowing what he rides. Well he rides a 2009 450 whosyourdaddy.

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    So today I was on the “big” bike.

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    I had no idea exactly what I was going to get these guys into until I saw the Berg. Hurricane Creek, Baby Heads, Martha Sundquist, kind of the most technical stuff I have that’s legal. I had a fire under my ass (surprise), it almost bit me a couple times but luckily I did not fall over today.

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    I call this one baby heads, @NC Rick calls it Jeep trail. I decided today his name is more fitting.

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  15. bkoz

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    I believe a lot of my issues with the BST were based on my riding area which includes plenty of elevation and weather changes. And the throttle always felt disconnected from the engine.
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  16. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I think that's what he was saying.
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  17. bkoz

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    I have made this part of my winter maintenance on all my E-start bikes.

    Pull the starter, tear it down, clean, buff the commutator with some scotch brite, inspect the commutator windings/solder, inspect/measure the brushes, check the brush springs, inspect the pole shoes, lube, reassemble.

    Both my E-start bikes do not have a back up kick starter which makes it worth my time to PM the starter.
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  18. AK650

    AK650 Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks @Mongle , really appreciate your wisdom on this! I trammed the head last night. I did it per the factory manual, in that I set it so the front of the table is .0005" high compared to the rear of the table. The manual suggests this to compensate for the knee dropping in the front slightly, when the weight of a vice and work piece are added. Don't know if that's proper or not, but will give it a go. Also ran the X-axis to the extreme ends, and both ends start to fall away/sag starting about 6" from the end of travel, and gradually build to just under .002". The Y-axis is really in good shape. Running it front to rear, it's at .0005" or less. I failed to lock any of the axis' when I did this, so I should do it again with locks, as you suggest. Checked the TIR on the inside taper of the R8 spindle, and it's under .0005". Just a hint of needle wiggle, when I grab the spindle and yank on it. Seems to be a pretty sound machine for being 42 years old. Got the vise all cleaned up this evening, and should have the rebuild kit from Kurt early next week. Ordered the rebuild kit( only $12! ) this morning, and had a shipment tracking number before lunch. Outstanding service from those folks. Before the rebuild, will be taking it out to a friends shop, as he generously offered to teach me how to run his surface grinder, and clean up the vice, and match it to an extra vise he's willing to part with. Looking forward to that! Will be nice to have a matched pair, when working on long parts. Thanks again for the tips!
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  19. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz Necessary evil Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Yes. I am agreeing with NCRick.
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  20. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    Hello DR faithful, from 150 pages back. Have been trying to catch back up again since early July - wow, what a summer.

    I have heard that the flea market is like confession for hoarders - this prompted me to think of posting my Safari tank. I used it to ride to Deadhorse this summer where it gives the Bush Pig some loooooong legs for sure.
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    I will get around to posting it over the weekend, but if anyone here was interested in it let me know (it is not going anywhere). Happy to work with whomever where ever they may be preparing their Mighty DR for its next adventure.

    I swapped back to the stock tank for now, most of my riding is <100 miles from the house anyhow, and the rotopack can get me back to civilization again should I linger on the hundreds of miles of trails we are blessed with around here in Central Montana.