the DR650 thread

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

  1. AwDang

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    Didn’t realize I’d chum the water so much while making MY BIKE, MINE......

    Synthetic or dino?
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  3. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    Chum is good! It can cause a “thinking frenzy”:D
  4. AwDang

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    That’s terrifying!
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    How does that Wrangler handle the loaded hitch carrier when being driven? It's well above the rated tongue weight of 350 lbs.
  6. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    I rode my DR past the Dancing Bear Inn about 3 weeks ago. Iron Mountain trail was beautiful!!

    juice is better than no juice. I think that most manufacturers are calling their premium products “synthetic”.
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    Only if you know your audience, and it sounds like you do :lol3
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  8. AwDang

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    Yeah, sucks to be me doesn’t it...... :D
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    Tigershark48 My other BMW is a Roadster.

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    Good points Rick and Sonny. It was never designed to be a motard.
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  10. AwDang

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  11. NCJ

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    Some chum, if I may:

    What's anyone's experience with fender bags as far as their effect on steering, if any?
    I have a fender bag with a front tube, a couple of patches and goo, and tire spoons; and not too long ago mounted a K60 Heidenau. Low setup.
    While the tire no doubt has a bearing on feel, the bag has just a fuzz under three pounds in it, and I wonder if that could be the reason the front seems so much more eager to turn in, especially the closer the the stops it gets.
    It's not really a problem so much, just......different.
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  12. DR650SEDDY

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    No effect on steering to my experience. Just put one inner tube. Don't stuff too many crap in it. Tire spoons and such goes elsewhere. Maybe a patching kit as backup although I don't believe in patching efficacy.
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    There was a place in Portland called the "Dancing Bare" :sweeti
    Probably a lot different than the one you guys are talking about... :D
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    Aw, dang.


    None, that I've observed, and I've many miles with and without a loaded fender bag in situ on my DR's front fenders. Very similar contents to what you currently have.
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  15. NC Rick

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    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    I’m not sure, never been inside either :lol3
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  17. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    It is perfectly fine to convert the DR to a Super Moto. When mine was in that configuration, a shorter friend of mine rode it for most of a week while we were at Vintage Days, Barber. He not only loved it, he was inspired by it. A lot of the technical issues I like to worry about are not really a thing for most riders. It is worth trying to understand some of what is “assumed” with technical changes. I’ll tell you that I was never in danger of dragging my pegs on the street. If 17” wheels on a DR make the rider happy, it’s great! Similar skill level expert riders racing on a track one on a DR650 modified and the other on something like a KTM 560 SMR would likely expose some of the technical differences which we are discussing. I’m kinda anti “more is better” automatic thinking.
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    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    I have two DRs, on with a similar load on the fender to yours and the other without. I really don’t notice a lot of difference. For sure it makes a difference though! There is weight and inertia involved. What you notice could be caused by that easy. Take it off and try it both ways on the same testing sessions. Please report!
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    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    I thought we were talking about the DR mass? :jump
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  20. SilverFerret

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    Is a heavier bike more stable in gravel than a lighter bike?
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