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Old 01-13-2013, 05:09 PM   #72811
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So about those darn simple repairs...I bought my first bike, a decent condition DR 3 weeks ago, and dropped it on some wet grass a few days ago. Handlebars bent, got some ordered, etc. The worrying thing is now my chain makes a fun buzzing sound as if it's rubbing something. Truth be told, I never looked at my chain before it made annoying sounds, but now that I do when I'm rolling I notice it seemed to have a fair bit of play both up and down and side to side. When stopped, I can touch the chain in the middle of the sprockets to the top of what maybe is called the swing arm? I honestly don't know the name of most parts...

I tightened and lubed it, thinking it was just too much slack. And wouldn't you know it the buzzing just got louder. I is confused. Sure I could take it to the service center, but if I can't do the simplest of effing repairs, why did I buy a DR? So I turn to you good people. Also, if you can recommend what sort of service manual I can buy that will edumacate me as an absolute noob, I'm all ears.

It's the chain guide, noisy and annoying but nothing to worry about. You'll want to remove the top roller before the chain removes it for you. Set the chain slack according to the manual and keep in mind a tad loose is better than too tight.

The bike really only requires simple maintenance and will be a good one for you to learn on. There's an online service manual that I'm sure someone will give you the link too or pick up the paper one for hours of fun bathroom reading.

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Old 01-13-2013, 05:10 PM   #72812
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The EPA publishes all of the bikes and their current emissions versus the requirements. It's probably been six months or a year ago that I looked at it but the DR650 was no where near the limits. The carbed DR650 could go years without an upgrade to EFI. The EFI issue comes up year after year with people wondering if it's the last year of the DR650. If it is the last year, it has nothing to do with the US EPA.
GOOD! I hope it sticks around in its current form then! :)

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Old 01-13-2013, 05:20 PM   #72813
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The EPA publishes all of the bikes and their current emissions versus the requirements. It's probably been six months or a year ago that I looked at it but the DR650 was no where near the limits. The carbed DR650 could go years without an upgrade to EFI. The EFI issue comes up year after year with people wondering if it's the last year of the DR650. If it is the last year, it has nothing to do with the US EPA.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #72814
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FI problems just buy a V Strom 1000 !!!!!

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I haven't seen EFI ruin a bike yet. I'm sure they've got some more modern suspension sitting around from another bike that they could pull out of the parts bin without adding a ton to the cost.
Also, a DRZ 450 would be a bike I'd like to add to my garage.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:42 PM   #72815
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FI problems just buy a V Strom 1000 !!!!!

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Yeah, but then you have the FI problems of a DL1000.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:11 PM   #72816
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Suzuki would have to give me some serious motivation to buy a brand new one. If they made something that competed with the BMW Serato with FI, more body protection, and better highway manners, I might be tempted to buy another one.
The fact they do none of this is what appeals to me. KISS
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:12 PM   #72817
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I had no intention of keeping mine when I bought it for 2k, loved my 919 and thought I could flip the DR and make some cash; now here I am, 2 years later and constantly amazed at how versatile this bike is with a few tweaks to take it any direction. I can't see the benefit of EFI, especially after installing the pumper carb; throttle response is right there, and warm up time is almost non-existent, even on cooler mornings I barely have time to get my gloves on before coming off of the choke. The only complaint I have about the DR is during extended highway travel, the wind tends to blow my knees away from the tank; I've never experienced this on any other bike, thinking of using some sort of tank bags to break the wind. I don't use any type of windshield, would rather have my head in undisturbed air.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:41 PM   #72818
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A Seratto ? You gotta be joking. Overpriced garbage.


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Old 01-13-2013, 07:42 PM   #72819
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If anyone has a set of black side panels and black rear fender for sale please PM me. Thanks!
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:50 PM   #72820
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Welcome to the wonderful world of the DR650.

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So about those darn simple repairs...I bought my first bike, a decent condition DR 3 weeks ago, and dropped it on some wet grass a few days ago. Handlebars bent, got some ordered, etc. The worrying thing is now my chain makes a fun buzzing sound as if it's rubbing something.
What year is your DR, how many miles? Did you drop the bike on the left or right side? Since it's unusual to bend anything that's related to the chain, chances are the bike was buzzing before you dropped it. It's simple enough to get down on your knees next to the bike and follow the chain around its diameter, look for something touching.
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Truth be told, I never looked at my chain before it made annoying sounds, but now that I do when I'm rolling I notice it seemed to have a fair bit of play both up and down and side to side. When stopped, I can touch the chain in the middle of the sprockets to the top of what maybe is called the swing arm? I honestly don't know the name of most parts...
The swingarm is the aluminum thingy running from your frame to the rear axle. Chain: There is supposed to be a fair bit of play, both up-n-down and side-to-side. There is a rubber piece running along the bottom of the swingarm, you should be able to push the chain up and touch it; at the rearmost end of the rubber.

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I tightened and lubed it, thinking it was just too much slack. And wouldn't you know it the buzzing just got louder.
Loosen it back up. The worst thing for your driveline is a chain that's too tight, don't make adjustments that you don't understand.
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I is confused.
According to my ex-wife, so is I.
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Sure I could take it to the service center, but if I can't do the simplest of effing repairs, why did I buy a DR? So I turn to you good people. Also, if you can recommend what sort of service manual I can buy that will edumacate me as an absolute noob, I'm all ears.
How old are you, any mechanical experience (you know, are ya a tool guy)? Fill in your profile (country or state, guys warm up to ya quicker), learn how to post pics (everybody loves pics), don't touch anything until you post a pic and ask what you need to do. It's mid winter, everyone is bored and looking for a new kid to teach how to do things right.

How to post a photo:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=919

Everyone here wants to help you, don't run away.

This is what you do NOT want your chain to look like, post a pic of yours.

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:19 PM   #72821
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heres another good thing about the DRs smooth engine: makes a reasonable video platform

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:32 PM   #72822
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Some good stuff there. Really like the underwater shot on the crossing.

Re: Maintenance - I buy a shop manual for anything motorized that I own. And I learn a ton here.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:45 PM   #72823
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How old are you, any mechanical experience (you know, are ya a tool guy)? Fill in your profile (country or state, guys warm up to ya quicker), learn how to post pics (everybody loves pics), don't touch anything until you post a pic and ask what you need to do
Sound advice for a 25 year old who has very little mechanical experience, and plenty of mechanical snafus to overcome.

Dropped it on the right side, wasn't going too fast but definitely got a little overcocky in my abilities. I'll take off the top roller as Carl suggested, and surely loosen the chain back up. Probably worth picking up the manual, too... I had the bike checked out by a mechanic before I bought it, the chain's not the newest but it does look good, def better in the sprockets than in the photos you put up. Thanks, and I'll be sure to post pictures for every problem!
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:04 PM   #72824
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So about those darn simple repairs...I bought my first bike, a decent condition DR 3 weeks ago, and dropped it on some wet grass a few days ago. Handlebars bent, got some ordered, etc. The worrying thing is now my chain makes a fun buzzing sound as if it's rubbing something. Truth be told, I never looked at my chain before it made annoying sounds, but now that I do when I'm rolling I notice it seemed to have a fair bit of play both up and down and side to side. When stopped, I can touch the chain in the middle of the sprockets to the top of what maybe is called the swing arm? I honestly don't know the name of most parts...

I tightened and lubed it, thinking it was just too much slack. And wouldn't you know it the buzzing just got louder. I is confused. Sure I could take it to the service center, but if I can't do the simplest of effing repairs, why did I buy a DR? So I turn to you good people. Also, if you can recommend what sort of service manual I can buy that will edumacate me as an absolute noob, I'm all ears.
Welcome crazy88 to the DR world. Ask and you shall receive!

http://www.procycle.us/
has loads of info, parts, service manual and helpful hints.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=32
Go here for most all the info you may need.

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:10 PM   #72825
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"Any reason NOT to buy a new one? Didn't think so."

huh?

i can't think of a single reason for you to buy a new one! imagine how nice you could make yours if you took only half the money a new one costs and used it to trick yours out...

doug s.
Here in Oz they're asking almost as much for a second hand one as a new one. I paid $6k for a black 2008 with about 3000kms last year (haggled down from $6.5k) New ones (with a 2yr warranty) were only $7400 at the time.

I love my bush pig but now realise it was used for 3 years on the run-in oil. Kinda wish I'd bought new, but neither of the available colours appeals to me.

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