the DR650 thread

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

  1. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    As I mentioned , what a summer it has been. Certainly has had its ups:
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    and downs
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    Picked up a new stable mate!
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    I did manage to get some sweet late season riding in around here:
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  2. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    One big highlight of the summer for me was teaching my boys to ride. Wow, they picked it up quickly too! I guess that you are less afraid at that age to do new things
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    Three day camping trip with my boys (thanks to @Olde Phart for setting up the S3 logistics planning) to dirt bike town, USA (aka Lincoln, MT):
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    Even a ride with my sweetie:
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    (Yes, for those with a keen eye, those are Aussie military boots - very comfortable)
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  3. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    Trying to learn perspective this summer. Let's just say that I have a lot of room for improvement in that area.

    I tend to get wrapped up about things, and when the "trail" (really where the vegetation was not growing at the moment) leads you somewhere unexpected (like a section of remote forest that Graham Jarvis on a trials bike with a dismounted chainsaw crew would pucker)
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    then be cool, use your head, and try to learn something.

    I always tell my boys that there are two main goals to riding: (1) everyone gets back to the truck safely, (2) make a good memory, and bonus for not breaking anything on the bikes.

    Trying to be more like my dog, she does not worry about anything (except the UPS guy)
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    (@Redfish Hunter patent pending)
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    I certainly could not have expected someone on June 2nd to tell me that the summer would have gone the way it had by October 2nd, but it has not been all bad!
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    And when all else fails . . .
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  4. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud Supporter

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    Well said, IMHO.

    A riding friend who owned a KTM 690 for years and I traded off a few times. While his 690 felt tall, stiff and all business, my Cogent suspended DR650 felt relaxed, plush but still very capable by comparison.

    Because everyone likes pics, here's a couple from a day he and I were out playing in the woods when I still had my 950 Adventure (pre-DR days). The 950 was much happier when running at a faster pace than this. :D

    Never took any pics with the DR and 690 together, unfortunately.

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  5. SR56

    SR56 Long timer

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    bkoz...I don't disagree with you :-). But I may have to install a lighter/louder slip on muffler one day which WILL crack open the can of worms :lol3.

    Sarcoid....IMO you and bkoz are on the same page. You went about your mods wisely and considered the BIG picture so everything works well together. Those that go in and make random mods and expect everything to still work well together might be in for a surprise :D. Yep the beauty of the DR is that you CAN make changes to it fairly easily :clap.

    BergDonk said "Cutting and stretching the spring makes it stiffer and drilling another holes makes it respond faster, one somewhat counteracting the other :hmmmmm" Yep, a perfect example of those "random" mods I mentioned above and expecting everything to still work well together...Thanks :-).

    I think I'll just leave my carb alone and not try to fix something that isn't broken :imaposer.
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  6. SR56

    SR56 Long timer

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    bkoz....that proactive maintenance is waaay too smart, I do it right after my starter quits working and I am stuck in the woods 100 miles from home.

    JRowland...speaking of those 450 whosyourdaddy bikes, I had a '14 Orange XC-F until a couple years ago. It was fun but high strung so maintenance and throttle control were required...neither of which are my strong points :lol3.
  7. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I was really impressed with you going all the way to DeadHorse, till I saw the word " Montana". You're halfway there already. :lol3
    Just kidding. I'm always impressed with people who can get up day after day and soldier on to a goal. 3 days is my ideal ride. After that, I'm ready to be home with the wife and dogs.
    I also don't want to add weight to my bike. It just goes against my decades of offroad riding and racing, where if you can shave a couple pounds off your bike it's an advantage.
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  8. sarcoid

    sarcoid it's a granular thing Supporter

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    Makes more sense with that key piece of information explanation now. :thumb I just didn't want someone reading over these posts considering different avenues to think "this" will immediately cause "that" so I shouldn't do "this" upgrade without "that". I read a lot of info and bounced around thousands and thousands of pages chasing conversations to make informed decisions long before I even had an account on here and long before I bought a DR. It paid off tremendously because of reasons behind opinion and experiences with different builds/mods/farkles<---don't like that term, sounds too much like bedazzling a jean jacket---> and the sheer awesomeness of the people sharing here. :beer
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  9. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz Necessary evil Super Moderator Super Supporter

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  10. Tigershark48

    Tigershark48 My other BMW is a Roadster.

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    Not an owner yet, but planning potential mods. I keep reminding myself to stay away from added weight. Things like centerstands and crashbars are totally non-essentials. You and others have advised against it and it keeps that important thought active. Thanks for that.
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  11. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    From my driveway, you are practically there! Just the top half of the land navigable continent to go . . .

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    :beer

    Now you know why I felt so bad that I missed THE world-wide DR reunion in Moab. Practically speaking, that is like the moderate bonus loop in Oz terms
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  12. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    I am the one who feels lucky, somehow their mother agreed to marry me and now we have three great kids!

    But, @Sfcootz if you are ever in my area, please do not be a stranger
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  13. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Long timer

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    Depends on the bike as to whether or not those are needed mods. I wouldn't be without a center stand and crash bars on my Africa Twin. The DR never needed crash bars, but I did have a center stand in DR 1. It was useful, but a little short. Didn't put one on DR 2.

    "Correct" DR mods, in order of importance:

    1) seat
    2) other ergonomic mods
    3) skid plate and case armor
    4) suspension (call @NC Rick of Cogent Dynamics)
    5) TM40 pumper carb (optional, I liked it)
  14. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz Necessary evil Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    That is awesome. I love seeing the pictures of your boys riding with you.

    I just moved up to Oregon. I picked up the blue DR the other day, need to get it titled up here and then it's exploring time!
  15. sarcoid

    sarcoid it's a granular thing Supporter

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    Took a mental health ride today for a good 6 hours. Onlybwent about 80 miles but stopped at some historical places. Rode through some state parks and then found a County Park Police HQ which looked really cool. Different than what you normally see around here.
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    The rode to Fort Nonsense. A local brewery opened up a few years ago with that name and since I've drank their drink I might as well see the real thing.
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    Of course Fort Nonsense would have this PSA posted.
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    Then I visited Ford Mansion aka Washington's Headquarters
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  16. washout800

    washout800 Been here awhile

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    Excellent day sharing @sarcoid. Thanks.
    Although, that one picture reminded me I need to get on my leaves.
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  17. JS_999

    JS_999 Adventurer

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    Hi Shu.

    Thanks again for the guidance. I took the principles and combined them with where I was. I have landed the bike in a good place for now. Very smooth throttle through the whole range. No bog at the bottom . No surges along the way. Responsive. Good speed. Some small pops on decel when I close the throttle super quick. If my hand keeps it open a smidge - no pops.

    Can anyone identify this needle by sight?
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    I'd love to come up for a ride in conifer! Don't know if there will be any more days this year?

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    145 Main Jet
    Needle in Highest Slot + black D shaped spacer below next to shelf
    42.5 Idle Jet
    Mix Screw 1-1/4 turn out from closed
    Idle set at 1550

    Bike needs to be around 280 Farenheit to turn off choke completely. From there on out its smooth.

    I won't know mpg until after I can take some longer rides. Maybe that will reveal I am rich using the 145?

    In any case. Thank you all again!!! Finally some fun after the early dark days !!

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  18. TaZ9

    TaZ9 Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately not riding much this summer between the Covid restrictions and massive fires and heavy smoke nearby. Here are pictures when the states largest fire, The Cameron Peak fire exploded near here this past week. Lots of beautiful areas in some of my favorite riding places are gone!
    Hopefully the snow in the forecast will help!
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    Ride safe,

    TaZ9
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  19. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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  20. shu

    shu ...

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    Yeah, there will be more riding this year, but not too soon. I went to ride down to Morrison this morning for a socially distanced breakfast with some riding buddies....walked out to find everything covered in ice! Back inside to change clothes and drive down.

    Prediction for snow tomorrow and tomorrow night up here: anywhere from 6 to 14 inches. It will be at least a week for roads to be snow and ice free but after that, we'll ride again. (electric vest, hippo hands, block off oil cooler, toughen up a bit :gyro)

    Glad to hear your bike is running well.

    ..............shu