the DR650 thread

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

  1. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    It was fun catching up to the banter on here! Pretty busy, Barber is busy as all but a tropical storm is threatening. Good day for all our customers and our SV650 is running well. 9am race time Tomorrow for our SV. We will see how this pans out... there is a new format for the “Pro Thunder” class with $16000 purse which has brought out a bunch of the big boys. Pretty cool seeing some of the big Ducatis being ridden hard enough to drag elbows! I’ll post some additional pictures at another time but here is a shot of our pit space thes morning:
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    We are on the fourth and top level in a back corner. This shot is of less than 1/2 of the third level with with 2 more below. We have grids with 70 bikes!
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    Some pretty cool party stuff tonight with live bands in the paddock engine dyno, cook outs and a guy using an out-board boat motor to make 40 gallons of Margaritas at a time. Who the &$#@ thinks loud exhausts are good for pit bikes!!! I need sleep.
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  2. BadgerDog

    BadgerDog It was a dark and story night...

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    How very cool ( or rad, or bad, or shizzle something. Whatever the cool kids say ). First CO, now this. You keep forcing me to add to my bucket list, I'll need to live to 100 to finish it.

    In related news, loading up the cool bike yesterday for another trip to the track... IMG_1068.JPG
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  3. Jenn

    Jenn praise seitan!

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    A propos of things vibrating -- my brake light just came off last week Friday!

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    Next morning, I ordered the "clean up your tail" kit from Procycle - it arrived yesterday.

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    BONUS: massive pile of crispy white packing paper for the kitties (they thank you @procycle)

    It looked simple enough to install:

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    (Note kitty playing with paper in background)

    I tore everything apart but couldn't get the three bolts that attach the tail light bracket to turn!

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    So, off to NakedMoto I went ... and while we were discussing license plate placement, I asked if it could be recessed a bit. Sometimes when I park up against a fence or a bush, my plate catches on stuff -- and maybe it would be less likely to get damaged.

    Todd said "we could drill more holes" and I said "couldn't we change the angle of the bend?"

    Fortunately he had a big thing called a "brake"(?) in his shop capable of bending 1/4" stainless steel.

    Of course - the welds under the sub frame in the back were a little uneven because it was meant for the black under fender...

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    That requires a bit of silver spray paint to cover the area smoothed down by the angle grinder

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    Then sort out the license plate light -- with zip tie and some crazy adhesive -- and wiring:

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    Had to shield it a bit bc it's so bright

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    And, today I got my warranty replacement for my Dowco motorcycle cover (yay! Lifetime warranty!)

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    Next project: repack the Two Brothers exhaust and put in the "cone of silence" that I got from Procycle -- the muffler has gotten a bit louder lately, and since the bike got a practically new engine at 9915 mi - now at 12k mi -- my friend Todd says it probably needs to be serviced.

    I get to learn about a "rivet gun"!
  4. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    I see what you did there. :deal
  5. BadgerDog

    BadgerDog It was a dark and story night...

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    Rocking the red arrow, a la ER70S-2, old school.

    :jack
  6. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Long timer

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    I'll tell you what I do. THen let the masses tell me how I'm doing it wrong.

    I pull the stem out, and let all the air out (on the bike if need be). THen I unseat the bead all the way around the bead with my thumb. Then I spray WD40 or some other crappy lubricant (walmart cheap stuff) all around the entire circumfrence of the bead.

    Then I reinstall the stem, air up until it all slides in place (50 psi or so usually). Then let it down to 25 or so, and ride. it. The trick is to lube the ENTIRE bead al the way around, and to do that, you have to undo the bead all the way around.
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  7. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    :lol3
  8. SlowerThanYou

    SlowerThanYou I'm 3 seconds in the future.

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    I like the idea of the extra clearance with an 18" rear. I'm curious why you ever switch back to the 17". What does the collective think of this swap? I can't think of any reason not to do it.
  9. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    That's what I do except that I only use soapy water. I don't feel comfortable putting WD on the bead.
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  10. TwoUpTourer

    TwoUpTourer Long timer

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    I rode for a day hoping to pop it on to the bead - didn't work, but 90psi later on did! I was waiting for it to explode, but it didn't, and others here have reported going to 90psi as well.
    That said, I replaced a tube last week, and the tyre popped on at 30psi that time - go figure! Was only one side which may have worked in its favour.
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  11. TwoUpTourer

    TwoUpTourer Long timer

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    I should add that this is a really good habit to get into. The more you do it the easier it gets, so when "That Day" arrives and the puncture doesn't happen conveniently in your shed, you will be very grateful that you are not freaking out about what to do next.
    I only started doing this few years ago, and now don't think twice about it. It also gets you thinking about the whole process of wheel removal, and ways to make it easier, like cleaning and greasing the axle and using never-seize on the thread, stuff that takes all the battle out of it when you really need to do it.
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  12. spklbuk

    spklbuk Been here awhile

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    Speaking from direct experience (FJR on Potts Mtn VA 311 exquisite twisties feelin' my oats :pyndon a Sunday afternoon) I can confirm those rumors to be absolutely true! :deal Trooper was very cool but straightforward about it; the mandatory appearance before a magistrate...was even more direct. :hung
  13. AlH

    AlH Long timer

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    Yikes! Someday that guy is gonna regret just wearing those tiny glasses when grinding.
    Me= age 17- grinding something at the boat shop I worked at just wearing my regular, bigger than his, glasses.
    4 hours later after enduring the increasing pain I ended up at the ER where they removed a speck of metal imbedded in my eyeball so small you could barely see it.
    Lesson learned.
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  14. Laconic

    Laconic Studiously Unimpressed

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    He's squinting, so he'll be OK. It's like having your top step qualification for stepladders.
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  15. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

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    When i get my eyes checked every year, if i forget to mention it the optometrist,
    they always comment on the brownish stain in my eye and damage to it.
    The doc had removed 2 bits big enough to see with the naked eye,
    (He gave them to me on a card as a souvenir / reminder to wear better safety gear in the future.)
    but a smaller microscopic bit was left in for a few days until discovered and now i've got a "rusty eye".

    At the time i was wearing safety glasses.
    Now i always try to remember to wear my welding helmet or full faceshield.
  16. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    I always thought that cruise control on a bike was just another electronic gimmick no one needed.

    Then I used one on a demo ride, and within 1/4 mile was laughing in my helmet about how cool it was. Speed monitoring was simply no longer required, and though that seems obvious it allowed me to relax and look around a bit more than ever before. Another revolution to over 40 years of riding.
  17. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    Huh. Never thought of it that way either. I'm always speed checking myself. That's why I never shift. Next thing I know, I'm going 55 in 3rd. :lol2
  18. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    The fun part for me was sitting in a chair with five women chuckling at me as I'm freaking out as one of them is using a Dremel tool to remove the rust ring.
  19. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

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    :beerTwo weeks and no one could find the zinc sliver in my eye. Sit down in chair at eye doc, he pokes around a bit then with no warning he comes at me with the rotary bit. Freak out is understatement. Was all I could do to stay in chair and not flinch.:grim

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  20. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    That worked. I let all the air out, lubed with WD40 and it slid into place by the time I got to 80psi. Slick lube is definitely the trick.