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Old 12-02-2012, 05:01 PM   #71551
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I ran a 150x17 on my Nordwest back in 2005...
Aye,but the front was the hassle.......was considering my Freewind wheel for Colombia south........can keep the 17" now!(I bought a new Gilera RC600 in '95 for 2500GBP,did Europe/Scandinavia on it-keeping the engine in the frame was hard!).
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:10 PM   #71552
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Well, I pulled the trigger on a 12 DR650 yesterday after months of research trying to decide between the XRL and DR. My eyes were bleeding from reading the threads on this forum! I've already made my first mods and have a lot more reading to do on this thread. What I was wondering is if anyone has some pics of a grey 5.3 Acerbis tank on the 2012 DR stock grey plastic?
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:12 PM   #71553
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Just for you Nordieboy........excuse me DR lovers!
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:14 PM   #71554
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I was researching the torque specs and I came across this: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=466791 - Apparently the lower shock bolt was stripping out when set to factory torque specs. Can you comment on the validity of this, and would it be a good idea to go with his recomendation of limiting the torqueing of the lower shock bolt on the current gen DR650 to 37Nm / 3.7 kg-m and adding blue locktite to the threads?
NC Rick (Cogent), said:

"An important note:

DO NOT use the Suzuki manual torque specification to tighten the lower shock mounting bolt (on the shock clevis).

The prescribed torque will often rip the aluminum threads out of the clevis on the OEM or our shock.

There is an error in the manual.

We suggest 37 NM as the correct torque to tighten the M-10 fastener in the aluminum thread."
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:22 PM   #71555
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I am going to take a DR to CA this winter, and I will need to lay it on it's side in the back of the truck. I am wondering if I should drain the oil, or if there are any other potential problems with it being on it's side for 4 days? Thanks.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:24 PM   #71556
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I am going to take a DR to CA this winter, and I will need to lay it on it's side in the back of the truck. I am wondering if I should drain the oil, or if there are any other potential problems with it being on it's side for 4 days? Thanks.
I would drain the gas and the oil. Can't think of anything that would cause any problems.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:11 PM   #71557
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I am going to take a DR to CA this winter, and I will need to lay it on it's side in the back of the truck. I am wondering if I should drain the oil, or if there are any other potential problems with it being on it's side for 4 days? Thanks.
Make sure the battery isn't the kind that leaks either. Oil, fuel, and acid SHOULD be the only concerns with laying a bike over. My DR's battery doesn't leak when sideways though, and I believe it's stock.

Test your brakes before hitting the road afterwards too. Basically, T-CLOCS (MSF pre-ride checklist).
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:12 PM   #71558
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If you have a lead acid battery, consider removing it.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:59 PM   #71559
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http://shortwayround.co.uk/suzuki/ Has anyone else seen this and what do you think of the mods?
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:16 PM   #71560
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I'm with you. Maybe I'm bow-legged or something, but I just don't get what people are talking about when they say it sucks for standing?!?!
Must be a reason people are saying it. It's the only seat I have issues with, both my KTM's have Renazco's, absolutely the best I've used. I need to get the DR seat sent off to them.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:13 AM   #71561
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http://shortwayround.co.uk/suzuki/ Has anyone else seen this and what do you think of the mods?
Good info there. He did a lot of miles on both a BMW Dakar and DR and has details on his mods and how they worked. I've studied his DR and taken a few good ideas away.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:04 AM   #71562
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Well, I pulled the trigger on a 12 DR650 yesterday after months of research trying to decide between the XRL and DR. My eyes were bleeding from reading the threads on this forum! I've already made my first mods and have a lot more reading to do on this thread. What I was wondering is if anyone has some pics of a grey 5.3 Acerbis tank on the 2012 DR stock grey plastic?
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:05 AM   #71563
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Hi all, I just picked up an old 91 DR650, couldn't pass it up, and after a good day of riding Im really happy I did, its a fun bike to say the least. I've crawled through the engine today as well to try to figure out all the mods/adjustments that have been done to it, and unfortunately I'd say its been owned by some creative mechs over the years, with missing vacuum lines, cut wires ect. So it will take me a while to figure out why and what.

I'm going to take it to a shop this week, (a guy I have used locally for years) just to give it a GOOD look over. Any other suggestions would be great, forums to read (besides this one if course) what to look for, common DR aging problems,

My only problem with the bike is starting it cold,, takes a good bit, probably about 1-2 minutes,, once its running it starts 1st or 2nd kick, So that's first on my list of things to figure out & fix.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:36 AM   #71564
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Good luck with the bike, APJ. Here's the big thread for your pre '96 DR:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61568

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:14 AM   #71565
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http://shortwayround.co.uk/suzuki/ Has anyone else seen this and what do you think of the mods?
Adam is pretty specific on how he wants his bike set up and did an excellent job. I never had a problem with the stock switches and haven't done any power upgrades. I've completed a lot of the same mods on my bike. Adam stayed with us for 4 days prior to going into Mexico. His bike is well thought out for his use and sturdy. I believe he sold it recently with 75,000 miles on it.

Jay also has a great build documented on his site. Equally impressive and thought provoking. http://jamminglobal.blogspot.com/201...bout-bike.html
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