the DR650 thread

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

  1. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

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    say G’day to both of them from me. :thumb
    And remember pictures..
  2. Nogoodnamesleft

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    that looks like a nice relaxing ride of big empty.
    Cheers for posting the link and pics.
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  3. Nogoodnamesleft

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    yep..
    A chapter of motogp is closing.

    Shannon came over for practise on the big screen last night and a feed.
    Watched hitting the apex in between.
    We saw that movie in the cinema when it came out, the day after our week ride return to Brisbane from a PI GP.
    I was also there for every PI moment in that movie. So many good memories.

    I love this sport. This weekend should have been a PI GP.
    you and I should have been catching up for a beer and a ride on the way.
    Even my DR has done a trip to PI.
    Stupid covid.

    not all bad i guess.
    Waifs on the stereo at a decent volume with a coffee and i woke up at my own speed.
    Strange, did the math.
    i think 2004 was the last time I have had more than 24 hours alone to myself in this house.
    Every year I’ve had a holiday I went to PI. Last year I went north.
    Standing still with itchy feet. But somewhat relaxed.

    My sister says mum thinks she’s at a holiday resort with her, that gets room service.
    I’ve realised respite is going to be ok.
    motogp this weekend i can watch
    and i’ve got some days on the bike coming up this week, that i’m comfortable enough to enjoy knowing mum will be ok.

    Still wish i was sitting at Siberia with a beer, or standing just before the braking markers at turn 1 this weekend.
    Right about now on a Saturday morning we’d be walking to the track, buzzing with excitement.
    Maybe next year. :thumb
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  4. Nogoodnamesleft

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    muscle memory.. yep.
    Mine also messes with me.
    I forget which bike i’m on.

    There is such a difference between the harley and DR to the BM.
    It’s hard to learn muscle memory with software, for me.
    I know it’s not my muscle memory, but the softwares muscle memory / programming.
    For me there is a disconnect, thats really hard to explain.

    It must feel strange for someone perhaps growing up on a modern bike with gadgets, to step onto an unaided bike.
    I wonder if they can differentiate what is them and what is a computer.
    Wheelies on the BM are programmed. Smash it open and the software brings it down not the rear brake.
    You sort of also learn to ride the programming, not just the bike.

    Hop back on the DR or harley and everything is more an extension of myself and not a plug in.
    Spend a week on just one bike and each feels normal eventually, but change day to day and you notice it.
    Blurs the line between it’s not the bike, it’s the rider.
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  5. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    We've been uncling the last few days. Last Sunday and yesterday there's been no anger, he's been relaxed and talking about facilitating building a swimming pool for the home, maybe with my help..... They've been getting his meds back to scratch too, maybe almost there, which has greatly helped. He's a swimmer, loves distance stuff, used to take me out to the lakes as a kid and we'd swim and swim kms/mls at a time in the open water. Taught me water polo which I proved to be quite good at, and even got close to playing for Oz, but that's another story that a bike incident killed. I suggested if he was that keen on the pool, I'd do my bit and get him a new shovel next visit :D

    I spent a bit more time playing with the setup of his mobile/cell phone and gave him some more lessons. We thought he might be OK with it now, but when checking him back in, they suggested not. But, they did reckon that they can handle him with his scooter up there, so my ride next week will be to ride it the 10kms along the beach cycleway from Narooma to Dalmeny :ricky

    View attachment 3257595

    In between, he's now seeing the benefits of being in care, and that it is likely the best way forward for him. Plus, the manager there reckons he's now one of their favourites. He can turn on the charm when it suits, or be downright rude. Seems as the anger is abating, the charm is flowing.

    Jack fastest so far :thumb
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  6. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    scoot.jpg

    This one!!!

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  7. Sonny S.

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    Got the Texas bikes out today, rode down to the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to play a little. Beautiful day ! @spklbuk Merle says hey ! Of course George and Willie did too ! Ended the day with BBQ...gotta love it ! KIMG4778.jpg IMG-20211022-WA0008.jpg IMG-20211022-WA0005.jpg KIMG4806.jpg KIMG4823.jpg KIMG4817.jpg KIMG4783.jpg KIMG4799.jpg
  8. Nogoodnamesleft

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    good that he’s adjusting.
    And good that the moods are normalising.
    Mum was eggshells for a long time. She would get angry, stay angry for hours, but forget why.
    We did the med roller coaster for a while, i’d weigh up what i could deal with, versus another med cocktail.
    Not easy. I can see how those without family to help and support them, just get sent down the med road.
    I preferred to just deal with the bump and grind to save another pill.
    Now she just gets angry and forgets just as quick.

    sounds like you / he are in a similar spot to what i was / am.
    You want to expand the bubble they live in, but sometimes you need to shrink it as well.

    10km ride on his scooter..
    you’ll be calling @NC Rick for suspension advice.. :lol3
    you gonna go with hard panniers or soft panniers for it, maybe higher bars and heated grips ? :D
    it’s gonna need an esky and gps..:-)
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    i’ve checked your pics 3 times.. i see no BBQ..
    For a ride report i’m gonna have to deduct points for that.
    B minus. Room for improvement.. :D
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    Yeah at little late. I could take a picture of my belly but I don't think that would do anything for you lol
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  11. William Wolfen

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    I turn off the traction control on my Africa Twin every time I get on it. The ABS I've cone to accept. I also keep it the user custom mode for full power and engine braking. I can't tell there's a computer at all. Try leaving the GS in the no assist mode. It'll feel better.

    Doing any more riding this weekend? I could use to get out.
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    Unfortunately not. That's the first we've had these bikes out since our trip to Crockett back in April. Saw a great opportunity today and jumped on it.
    It's amazing that we didn't encounter any traffic at all in 180 miles. It was actually a decent ride down there even though all paved.
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    Plan A was to take the ute down and load it up. The boss said why not ride it? Plan B kicked in, which is modify Plan A to suit, and now its next week's ride plan.

    Its got a tail bag, soft, so should be fine for beer and sanga. Its supposed to have up to 50 km range, so hopefully 10 kms doesn't get me a flat battery. Range anxiety is thing I'm told, and gunna find out. Not sure about comms, could just rely on the phones, or maybe take some UHF handsets along, :hmmmmm

    Its the 'Outback', so supposed to be good on soft surfaces and up and down hills, I'll know more soon, maybe Wed.

    Pride Outback Mobility Scooter + Free Rear Bag


    Introducing the new Pride Outback Mobility scooter, full of grunt and power! Rugged and built to last, this outback scooter – a standout in the Pride mobility scooter range – is especially designed for cruising on walking trails, driving around your property or sight-seeing on holidays.

    Equipped with front and rear suspension, this aggressive scooter allows users to enjoy total visibility with complete LED lighting. With a user-friendly console and dual hydraulic brakes for added safety, it’s is the perfect way to embrace life in the great outdoors!

    Features include:


    75 inch turning radius and 41km range
    7 Peak HP dual motors (5740 watts)
    storage compartment for convenient travelling
    CTS suspension includes adjustable shocks for greater comfort
    User-friendly LED console displays time, temperature, distance driven and trips taken
    Adjustable delta tiller with ergonomic wraparound handles
    https://mobilitycaring.com.au/pride...6bUSWxBcK_YqPTlQs0me0TsZ3CjxIKpBoCPWMQAvD_BwE
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    :photog
    Okay.
    Upon review.. B+
    No additional pictures required..:D
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    Maybe i explained wrong. I’ve fiddled.
    The software is amazing, to the point it does what it states it will do.
    If i could program it to do what i wanted it to do or switch it off, which i can do, it sort of does that already.
    140nm / 105ft.lb of torque, always where i want it.
    If i switched it all off, i’m just not as good or can react as quickly.
    It makes all the decisions i would, but way faster and smoother.
    Repetitive testing in controlled environments, it’s awesome,
    trusting in new changing environments on the fly, is the learning curve.

    Thing is, when i get to more adventurous dirt, i’d prefer to be on my DR.
    But if i’m on the DR, i’d prefer to get there on the BM.
    I think I’ve progressed from more bikes in the garage is better,
    to more bikes, in more garage locations, is better. :lol3
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    we’re all gonna get to mobility scooter world one day, maybe.
    Nice to know you’re already testing the water ahead of me.. :D

    as we all age, maybe this thread will morph on a new tangent down the track.
    We can all yabber on about our mobility scooter mods.
    Some of us will want lift kits, and folks like me will probably be trying to figure out how to lower one.. :lol3
    as long as it’s got a gps, with a return to home button, all good.. :D
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    Uncle is still pretty active and likes to get out for a walk a few times per day. The group walks are too slow for him. Much to my surprise, the front door has a big green push to open button, no tricky code or whatever, so his escapes are easy. They've convinced him to wear a tracker and if they haven't seen him for an hour, they go looking. Picked him up at the shops the other day apparently.

    The place we have him is is damn good, and sheer luck on our behalf. It was his doc's referral that got him in, and its about as good as could be. Seems caring staff with empathy and sympathy is fundamental and core from the top down. And as a life long vegetarian, he's had no complaints about the food, except maybe a bit too much porridge for brekky some days.
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    @William Wolfen Jennifer saw something on Facebook about people are riding the Cheeseburger loop tomorrow. I don't have FB and never go on TWT anymore since they dropped Tapatalk.
    I know you've ridden versions of the cheeseburger loop 1,000 times.
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    Thanks for that. Now I've got The Song stuck in my head. :D
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