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Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2008, 07:39 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 346
Posted By wrench bender
opportunity to take my '08 DR650 to Germany/Europe

Just found out there are a few job openings in Southern Bavaria. My wife has family there, so this is going to be a win-win chance for us.

One of the things I need to consider is, what stays...
Forum: Thumpers 12-18-2008, 05:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,922
Posted By wrench bender
I picked up a set of SM rims for my '08 DR650, I...

I picked up a set of SM rims for my '08 DR650, I turned down the 400sm due to cost. My dr650 is a VERY fun ride with SM rims on it, the added benefit of having a set of factory rims with knobbies may...
Forum: Thumpers 12-08-2008, 06:53 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,243
Posted By wrench bender
These 2 sentences are going to conflict badly ...

These 2 sentences are going to conflict badly
. Enjoy the aftermarket upgrades as you need them, I'll enjoy my "outdated" '08 DR650 with proven components and years of compatible parts selection. ...
Forum: Thumpers 12-04-2008, 06:35 PM
Replies: 1,663
Views: 363,105
Posted By wrench bender
Here's mine the morning after I got them all home...

Here's mine the morning after I got them all home under one roof.

Wife's TW200 (2008)
My DR650 (2008)
My son's CRF50 (2004)
...
Forum: Thumpers 11-27-2008, 11:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,317
Posted By wrench bender
We have a tw200 in the garage. It is one of the...

We have a tw200 in the garage. It is one of the best 2 wheeled bikes for hiding amongst atv's and utv's. I'm 185 lbs/ 6'2" tall and the TW will carry me into some very rough and demanding terrain....
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2008, 04:46 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,289
Posted By wrench bender
I've had sports bikes, dirt bikes, and a few...

I've had sports bikes, dirt bikes, and a few cruisers over the years, but nothing has given me as much versaitility as my DR650 with SM wheels/tires. My commutes to work are no longer just a commute,...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2008, 09:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,629
Posted By wrench bender
Plastic is no doubt more flexible and capable of...

Plastic is no doubt more flexible and capable of taking som hard hits without breaking, but if the sprocket is increased to a larger size and the plastic no longer fits, I'm going to have something...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2008, 06:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,399
Posted By wrench bender
Reminds me of an off season Shriner's parade :) ...

Reminds me of an off season Shriner's parade :)


I've been teaching my son to ride on an '04 CRF50, bone stock so far, as he grows up so will the bike.

My friend's son has some Chinese...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2008, 09:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,629
Posted By wrench bender
I agree on the gears, just wanted to know if...

I agree on the gears, just wanted to know if you've tried out a front first, I swap my front sprocket regularly with my wheel sets. So far, I haven't had a need to touch the rear sprocket, but I may...
Forum: Thumpers 11-17-2008, 07:02 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,731
Posted By wrench bender
This is one of the reasons I am considering going...

This is one of the reasons I am considering going to a different rear rim than a 17" for my dirt wheels. Locally, there are few if ANY 17" knobbie tires in stock. 21" tires are no problem, but the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2008, 09:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,629
Posted By wrench bender
Just curious if you've dropped the front sprocket...

Just curious if you've dropped the front sprocket down yet? That was nearly enough for me that I have yet to go with a bigger rear. My only concerns are chain wear on the countershaft sprocket.

...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2008, 09:00 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,731
Posted By wrench bender
Glad my post was helpful to you, not often I have...

Glad my post was helpful to you, not often I have much to contribute here, too busy asking questions and looking for answers myself :)


I'm wondering if you may be better off just trying the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2008, 11:19 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,338
Posted By wrench bender
I have had them checked at work, but not at a...

I have had them checked at work, but not at a commercial lab yet. I am an aircraft mechanic, so I get to peek at the samples under a scope. This doesn't give me the metallic breakdown content, so I...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2008, 11:09 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,731
Posted By wrench bender
I have 2 sets of rims for my DR650, the factory...

I have 2 sets of rims for my DR650, the factory 21" front/17" rear and a set of 17"front/17"rear SM rims. If you want a comparison that I can offer you between the two sets of fronts, here's my...
Forum: Thumpers 11-14-2008, 11:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,478
Posted By wrench bender
I thought anything that relies on a single piston...

I thought anything that relies on a single piston to carry oneself around was a thumper?... Alas the thump thump thump, sound of the exhaust?....
I'm done with 2 strokes, so they are not a category...
Forum: Thumpers 11-14-2008, 06:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,338
Posted By wrench bender
I'm still not getting the Gee Wiz feeling of it,...

I'm still not getting the Gee Wiz feeling of it, I realize and appreciate your general points, but there is just so much difference in their design that I'm missing the connection. :dunno

Oil...
Forum: Thumpers 11-14-2008, 03:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,338
Posted By wrench bender
What is more important to me than the amount of...

What is more important to me than the amount of oil in the engine is the frequency I drain it to see how it's holding up. Comparing an engine's oil capacity by it's number of cylinders seems a little...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2008, 06:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,840
Posted By wrench bender
Very good point about injuries, I was thinking...

Very good point about injuries, I was thinking about it, one of the reasons I am holding back on building a set of aluminum boxes at work.

I have several Pelican cases for other purposes, they...
Forum: Thumpers 11-11-2008, 10:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,840
Posted By wrench bender
DR650 rear bags, cases, or other options?

Looking to start setting up the luggage system on my DR650 soon. I want enough storage for a week worth of gear. I hate back packs, but plan to pack light with the exception of food/water to last a...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-10-2008, 10:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,306
Posted By wrench bender
Thanks for the additional tips. I have been using...

Thanks for the additional tips. I have been using the MP3 viewing window on my tank bag for the past few days to see if there anything wrong with the Garmin beside the vibration shutting it off. As...
Forum: Trials 11-08-2008, 05:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 10,499
Posted By wrench bender
Thank you Creeper, I'll be reading for day to...

Thank you Creeper, I'll be reading for day to come off of those links :)

The videos on a few of the sites have convinced me I am looking in the right bike category for our canyon property. Not...
Forum: Trials 11-08-2008, 03:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 10,499
Posted By wrench bender
Idiots guide to trials bikes, links, terms, brands etc?

I've heard of trials bike for years, but have never actually seen an event, a dealers with one for sale, or learned enough about them to get interested with the sport.

Can anyone shed some light...
Forum: Thumpers 11-06-2008, 04:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,241
Posted By wrench bender
Does anyone know if there is a thread already...

Does anyone know if there is a thread already that might help to categorize the seat options for a DR650 depending on a person's physical dimensions? I have found several times in the past that my...
Forum: Thumpers 11-06-2008, 04:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,110
Posted By wrench bender
Hot side is all I would care about. If it's cold...

Hot side is all I would care about. If it's cold outside the coolant can still get down to a decent level even when a water pump is leaking by or starting to. The rest of the engine can be...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-05-2008, 06:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,306
Posted By wrench bender
Thanks for the replies on this. I will try to...

Thanks for the replies on this. I will try to external power it before I give up on it. Not having to give up all my programmed settings would be nice, I don't use the device enough be proficient...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-05-2008, 10:19 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,108
Posted By wrench bender
I pushed my YZ 250 about 8 miles home once (with...

I pushed my YZ 250 about 8 miles home once (with a few cracked ribs and bruised sternum at age 14-15) Middle of nowhere in the wooded hills behind my family's farm.
I was lucky, I could still walk...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-05-2008, 10:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,306
Posted By wrench bender
Thumpers and durable GPS devices

I have had a Garmin Legend HCx model GPS on my 2 bikes since this past spring. I have been using the mount kit for a mountain bike with a slightly enlarged clamp and rubber cushion strip between the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-04-2008, 08:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,132
Posted By wrench bender
Unless you are rock riding or mainly on asphalt,...

Unless you are rock riding or mainly on asphalt, I can't see the need for the bars. My '94 DR650 took a LOT of hard hits and falls, never cracked anything on the engine. I bent a couple handbars, and...
Forum: Thumpers 11-04-2008, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,025
Posted By wrench bender
Since you already have a capable road bike and it...

Since you already have a capable road bike and it appears you are looking for a local thrasher with highway abilities just to get to the trails, I'm going to recommend something bare bones simple for...
Forum: Thumpers 11-01-2008, 06:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 967
Posted By wrench bender
So have you verified the plug is getting spark...

So have you verified the plug is getting spark when this happens yet? Process of elimination will help to narrow this down, probably faster than waiting on a miracle reply from another owner.

I...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2008, 08:09 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,370
Posted By wrench bender
I've been on both bikes. I've owned 2 DR650's...

I've been on both bikes. I've owned 2 DR650's now, a '94 model for about 2 years, and my current '08 bike. Hands down, the DR650 has always been a good solid bike for me. The DL models that friends...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2008, 10:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,329
Posted By wrench bender
I'll find out soon too, that is what I decided to...

I'll find out soon too, that is what I decided to go with for this time around. I may go with the Michelin knobbies on the next shoe change just to see if there really is a difference. I rarely push...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2008, 10:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,120
Posted By wrench bender
I like the cyclerack, have both front and rear on...

I like the cyclerack, have both front and rear on our '08 TW200, the little bike is an very compliant mule.

If you haven't seen it already, I would also take a look at Jimbo's cafeshielf on the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2008, 07:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,329
Posted By wrench bender
You are correct, the parts counter troll I talked...

You are correct, the parts counter troll I talked to was mistaken :(

http://www.intercotire.com/tires.php?id=24&g=2

I'm going to try the super cheapy knobbies I referred to last post,...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2008, 09:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,329
Posted By wrench bender
The trackmaster II's seem similar to a few others...

The trackmaster II's seem similar to a few others I've looked at, but at less than $100 for a set of tires, I'm left wondering what the compromise is with the trackmaster II. For offroad use, do they...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2008, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 967
Posted By wrench bender
First thing coming to mind is a CDI/ ignition...

First thing coming to mind is a CDI/ ignition issue, overheating possibly?

Second thought would be a faulty connector somewhere that is getting hot, causing a poor connection, once cooled back...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2008, 10:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,329
Posted By wrench bender
I looked at the terraflex, nice looking...

I looked at the terraflex, nice looking footprint, but the 17"factory rear rim was why I passed on them. Once I taco it on a rock or something that I can't straight it back out, then I'll relace to a...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2008, 08:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,329
Posted By wrench bender
Question most evironmentally unfriendly knobbies available?

The areas I ride are NOT eco-sensitive, tread lightly does not apply AT ALL. I want something that will grip and hold no matter how many ATV's and tonka trucks have ripped the ground to pieces before...
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2008, 11:04 PM
Replies: 101,396
Views: 19,686,124
Posted By wrench bender
The DR650 is my primary mover, too much power to...

The DR650 is my primary mover, too much power to leave it alone for long. I also have a tw200 that I bought to teach the mrs to ride with. She loves her TW, but I get more use out of it than she...
Forum: Equipment 10-27-2008, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,031
Posted By wrench bender
Not contradicting me at all. You are correct that...

Not contradicting me at all. You are correct that Snap On sources out their welders. There is one specific product line I referred to, the Muscle Mig series machines. They are truely a step above...
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