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Forum: Thumpers Today, 03:54 PM
Replies: 108,341
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Posted By shu
:deal Don't do it without putting some kind of...

:deal Don't do it without putting some kind of metal standoff between the bag and the muffler.

Based on a true story (happened to the PO of my 2008 DR). All he used the bike for was riding less...
Forum: Trip Planning Yesterday, 07:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 323
Posted By shu
Word for word, exactly right. ...

Word for word, exactly right.


https://ff3d8e6495061f28a832-a7869bbdcfcea96a643a5d6aa79482f7.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/items/08-0287.jpg

Always put the axle nut on with the tool you carry on the...
Forum: Thumpers 05-02-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Lugging the motor? DR motors like to spin a bit....

Lugging the motor? DR motors like to spin a bit.

Try putting some earplugs in, downshift and rev it up higher.

.........shu
Forum: Thumpers 05-02-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
???? Not mine, runs well, picks up at any...

????

Not mine, runs well, picks up at any speed smoothly, works fine from sea level to 14,000 feet. 14 T sprocket helps to keep from lugging the bike.

............shu
Forum: Thumpers 05-01-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
I wouldn't change them now. My fork seals went...

I wouldn't change them now. My fork seals went 70,000 miles (on my '08) before the right one started to leak. Lots of tough miles in there, too.

I would carry a set of seals with me, and this...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-01-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,723
Posted By shu
Yeah, I don't know the percentages which is why I...

Yeah, I don't know the percentages which is why I said 'human caused'. Around here the big fires that i remember have had multiple causes- cigarettes, people burning leaves and slash, arson,...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-30-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,723
Posted By shu
I know people like to sit around fires and I'm...

I know people like to sit around fires and I'm sorry to point this out, but 3 out of 5 of those campfires you pictured would get you strung up in my neighborhood. . Too much burnable stuff on the...
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2015, 02:53 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
BTW, when you drop the bike and it's lying on...

BTW, when you drop the bike and it's lying on it's side, it's important to get that gas cock turned off, because the carb float will be lying sideways and they don't work well in that position, The...
Forum: Thumpers 04-30-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
I put a small red tag on my key, and painted the...

I put a small red tag on my key, and painted the petcock lever with red nail polish. Everytime I pulled the key and saw the red tag I was reminded to attend to the red petcock. Didn't take long to...
Forum: Thumpers 04-28-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
I have rotated between a stock airfilter and the...

I have rotated between a stock airfilter and the Twinair on both my bikes for a total of 85,000 miles- never had a single noticeable difference in drivability. "08 and '09, stock carb and airbox,...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-27-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,194
Posted By shu
Yes, but leave the stove and chair home, if you...

Yes, but leave the stove and chair home, if you don't really plan on camping much. This is my DR650 in Italy on the way on a 3 month trip through Central asia. 2x 26 Liter panniers, tank panniers...
Forum: Thumpers 04-24-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Stock bars are not as fragile as some would have...

Stock bars are not as fragile as some would have you believe. I you have a good strong barkbuster to spread the force of an impact, you will probably not bend them in a drop. Sometimes the bars...
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
No warning. Shut it off for a rest stop on a...

No warning. Shut it off for a rest stop on a 4wheel drive trail, and that was it. I was alone of course. Next thing I knew, I was walking to get a phone signal.

.....................shu
Forum: Thumpers 04-17-2015, 08:34 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Yup.....I put a little voltmeter LED thing on my...

Yup.....I put a little voltmeter LED thing on my last DR. Watched it constantly. New DR, no voltmeter, no worries.

.............shu
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-17-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,631
Posted By shu
Oh well. Maybe my mom will pay someone to be my...

Oh well. Maybe my mom will pay someone to be my friend. :lol3

.............shu
Forum: The Garage 04-17-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 516
Posted By shu
I've seen tread blocks come off and small splits...

I've seen tread blocks come off and small splits in the carcass at the base of the tread blocks, but I've never seen a tire look like that. Scary.

.............shu
Forum: Equipment 04-17-2015, 03:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 492
Posted By shu
I pack pretty light and this is true, and i agree...

I pack pretty light and this is true, and i agree that 60 Liters should be enough.

I often ride up high (10,000- 13,000+ feet) where it snows/hails almost as often as it rains, and the wind blows...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-17-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,631
Posted By shu
This makes good sense. For instance, I often...

This makes good sense. For instance, I often switch from left to right wheel track and back- avoiding oil and debris that another rider might not have noticed. Ordinarily, I do NOT signal, nor do I...
Forum: Americas 04-17-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,627
Posted By shu
Uh huh, I got 20 inches dumped on my house last...

Uh huh, I got 20 inches dumped on my house last night, 7500 feet.........just a bit up in the mountains west of Denver. It's not over yet. Don't plant anything until after May 15 here, and even...
Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
:nod.........and get one of these, also at...

:nod.........and get one of these, also at Procycle, to put it on with instead of the circlip. (or you can grind your OEM plate down to a smaller diameter and use it.)
...
Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
No, the 'leaf spring' bracket used to mount that...

No, the 'leaf spring' bracket used to mount that light broke from bobbing up and down too much- about 20,000 miles, I'd guess. That's about how long both of mine lasted. It breaks because it flexes...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-16-2015, 12:12 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,115
Posted By shu
No kidding......for forty years the first thing I...

No kidding......for forty years the first thing I do with a new bike is put some kind of panniers and rack on. Why would I take them off to go to Starbucks? If it sparks some kind of interest, is...
Forum: Americas 04-14-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,627
Posted By shu
Mid June, you're good. All paved passes will be...

Mid June, you're good. All paved passes will be open, but many high dirt passes will still be blocked by snowbanks.

Some Junes are wet and rainy for the first couple of weeks, but usually by mid...
Forum: Americas 04-14-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,632
Posted By shu
Unless you stick on Interstates, your average...

Unless you stick on Interstates, your average speed will be somewhere near 50 mph for the day: through some in- town traffic, taking pics, stopping to look at the view, talking to the girl on the...
Forum: Thumpers 04-13-2015, 04:56 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Yes, it's stained and yellowed and kind of...

Yes, it's stained and yellowed and kind of homely, but it does the job.

i almost always get 52 mpg- except when I don't. :deal

Like when I'm trying to make time on the highway (speeds over 70...
Forum: The Garage 04-11-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,050
Posted By shu
https://ff3d8e6495061f28a832-a7869bbdcfcea96a643a5...

https://ff3d8e6495061f28a832-a7869bbdcfcea96a643a5d6aa79482f7.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/items/08-0287.jpg

These are very good tire tools. Plenty strong and durable, and plenty of leverage. Used mine...
Forum: Americas 04-03-2015, 12:31 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,627
Posted By shu
Mid May is just starting real Spring time down on...

Mid May is just starting real Spring time down on the plains (5500') in Colorado. But when it rains down here it will almost certainly be snowing up higher. You will be pushing the seasons to ride...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-02-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 11,954
Views: 1,529,017
Posted By shu
City Navigator should be all the maps you really...

City Navigator should be all the maps you really need. I ride a lot of Colorado high dirt passes (jeep roads, old mining roads, forest roads) and CN has always had my routes.

Once you get the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
No problem. I have the procycle tank panniers,...

No problem. I have the procycle tank panniers, and they have worked fine for over 50,000 miles- but they did need a little modification.

Do you know about Krusty's Index to all things DR?
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Stock Suzuki rack works fine. Ophir Pass,...

Stock Suzuki rack works fine.


Ophir Pass, Colorado
http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz239/pshushan/Passes%20August%202013/OphirPass8-22-2013.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Often enough. Mine went out at about 30,000...

Often enough. Mine went out at about 30,000 miles, which seems to be about average if it's going to go. Stranded me by myself on a four wheel drive track high in the Rockies.
It took a long time...
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Yeah, and that hump works great. It kept my tire...

Yeah, and that hump works great. It kept my tire on the wheel at 70 mph, and kept me upright and in control getting off the road.


Having a great time, no problems.......
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 07:39 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
I've often just used soapy water, but I now carry...

I've often just used soapy water, but I now carry a small plastic bottle of whatever real tire lube I have at home. A 1.0 - 1.5 oz plastic bottle (look in grocery store at their 'sample size'...
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 02:19 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Not too likely......probably just bounce off when...

Not too likely......probably just bounce off when you strike it. I've tried it that way and not gotten anywhere.

Remember, people have driven their cars and trucks up on the side of the wheel and...
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Hope that helps a bit. ...

Hope that helps a bit.

....................shu
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Good technique. It's not too hard but it does...

Good technique. It's not too hard but it does take patience- tires are tough. He could have made it easier on himself:

1. by using some tire lube, and focusing on working the tire lube down in...
Forum: Americas 03-18-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,377
Posted By shu
.............until you try to catch the ferry to...

.............until you try to catch the ferry to the mainland. :deal

If Crashmaster hadn't just happened to be riding by and stopped to chat with us, we definitely would have missed our boat.

...
Forum: Thumpers 03-14-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Often overlooked, Top Gun Motorcycles specializes...

Often overlooked, Top Gun Motorcycles specializes in some stuff for DR650 and KLR 650. I use their filter and gas line set up for the IMS tank and stock carb. They have both right angle filters and...
Forum: Equipment 03-10-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 772
Posted By shu
Shoe Goo works well for me, also. Clean the sole...

Shoe Goo works well for me, also. Clean the sole up with alcohol first, then apply several thin layers. Let it dry for several hours between layers and then let the final layer dry for a day. It...
Forum: Thumpers 03-10-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 108,341
Views: 21,679,900
Posted By shu
Tank vent would be my first guess, too. My bike...

Tank vent would be my first guess, too. My bike (IMS tank with locking gas cap) would sputter and die, and start back up after a couple of minutes. That's how long it takes the float bowl to refill...
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