the DR650 thread

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

  1. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover Supporter

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    Choice of Tires & suspensions plays big role in stability than weight consideration. Of course riding experience is one parameter to consider as well.
  2. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Long timer

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    Stability in gravel is relative, no matter the bike.

    I'd say suspension and, to a lesser extent, tires are far more important than weight.
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  3. Mongle

    Mongle Knuckle dragger

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    Blend.

    :lol3
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  4. AwDang

    AwDang Enabler

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    I’ll ask the boss if she’ll let DR riders in now :D
    I just got back from my first ~100mi on the DR.....I don’t know why I fought that Tiger so long
  5. HapHazard

    HapHazard Be Kind - Rewind

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    :lol3
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  6. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I have s 21" tube and a set of mini jumper cables in my fender bag, and never even considered that it might affect handling.
    I've gotta take it off and see for myself.
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  7. spklbuk

    spklbuk Long timer

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  8. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    When I built my DR and was doing break-in miles and getting ready to leave for a long time, I did a lot of experimenting with various things, at first for additional motor cooling, and here are my observations about a few recent discussions concerning finned valve inspection covers as well as how weighted fender bags affect handling.
    I rode a while with a stock high fender and brace, with a Wolfman fender bag. One spare tube and patch kit and a few other items.
    I could definitely tell when it was mounted compared to not. Having all the weight off the steering with the Yenkro fairing makes you notice slight steering weight changes I think.
    Keep in mind all the while running a Vapor monitoring head temps (sensor ring under spark plug) which, while not matching oil temps, does have a faster response time as the head’s heat cycles are extreme compared to the crankcase temps.
    At first I disliked the way the high fender shook slightly at highway speeds and/or crosswinds. So I looked for a low fender that I could mount kinda higher than most for mud clearance and yet would look factory. There were two choices. The XF650 Freewind fender or the Honda Dominator fender, which I went with.
    First thing I noticed was how stable it felt. Like no wind input to the steering from the high fender catching it all.
    Then I noticed lower head temps! And sitting in traffic when head temps get crazy, the speed at which it dropped once moving was faster compared to the high fender.
    Then, shortly thereafter I got the finned valve covers. Again, several degrees lower temps at specific gears/load. Well worth the $$

    I think the large flanks of the Safari tank really help funnel air right over the head.

    And, I always figured that if I was ever somewhere and the wheel clogged with mud so bad it couldn’t move, I’d just tear the low fender off and chuck it. Dirt bike fenders are available all over. And cheap.
    I like the way the lower fender looks as well. That helps. 2644D7C9-5BA5-432A-8CBE-43685FC6BA3B.jpeg
  9. dbarale

    dbarale Squiddly slow

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    Says the guy with the 790…
  10. dbarale

    dbarale Squiddly slow

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    On the subject of sumos, I had a converted DR350 with 17” wheels that was a fantastic tool for the super tight roads around here, BUT, it was absolutely useless on gravel, and it required a bit of tuning to get it so it no longer felt like I was pushing the front tire in the corners.
    Ultimately I converted back to dirt-ish after I touched the peg on a right hand corner on one of my favorite local roads. I am nowhere near @NC Rick fast and I realized that I was gonna run out of talent pretty quickly…

    Edit: and yes, I still miss it.
  11. AwDang

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    DOES anyone on the east coast, Appalachia preferred, have a stock seat they’d like to get rid of?
    The low seat I have isn’t gonna work for me and I have a trip coming up.
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  12. sandwash

    sandwash Long timer

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    C82091EE-B3F9-46C7-8273-29F01A0DC97B.jpeg View attachment 3266570 This don't look good, it sure did throw it up in the air
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    Theses nylon bushings don't seem to last long.

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  13. boulet_boulet

    boulet_boulet Long timer

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    I have foam and a cover you can have for shipping. I think I saw that @rtwpaul was selling a stock seat in the FM recently.
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  14. AwDang

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    I sent you a pm, Paul is too far away for shipping it cost effectively.
  15. dbarale

    dbarale Squiddly slow

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    I think I still have foam and cover too. I am not sure if I am closer?
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  16. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    Motorcycle related and cost effective, usually those circles don't overlap.
  17. AwDang

    AwDang Enabler

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    They appear to in DR, SV and KLR world!
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  18. boulet_boulet

    boulet_boulet Long timer

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    There’s probably enough pried off seat covers and foam out there that the market would support US paying HIM to take them off our hands.

    I’m sending him what I’ve got. Happy to remove it from my collection. Guess you’ll just have to make him a better offer! :lol3
  19. AwDang

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    This is just a stop gap fix to get rid of the low divot in my SC seat. SC is claiming 8-10 delivery for new orders and grass is sprouting under my feet.
  20. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    I think I first had my mouth washed out with soap in pre kindergarten, I’ve always had a potty mouth :-)

    I have one you can borrow until you get your shit together :lol3 That way you can sell the one you have as is. In between isn’t a bad drive.

    :eek7 What did you hit with just the rear wheel? :brow
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