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Old 12-09-2012, 07:42 PM   #511
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:54 AM   #512
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Bump for an older thread. I will be installing the 790 kit in a couple of weeks. I already ordered it, just have to wait on shipping and then its good to go! I will write up a little blog for the installation, and review of the kit afterwards.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:09 PM   #513
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There is lots of interest in this kit on multiple threads. Please start a new one just for your conversion so that we all only have one place to look for information.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:55 PM   #514
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There is lots of interest in this kit on multiple threads. Please start a new one just for your conversion so that we all only have one place to look for information.
Will do...
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:55 PM   #515
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Giant Loop Fandango Tankbag on IMS tank w/ Acerbis gas cap.
Awesome fit and it does not get in the way when i stand.

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Old 02-11-2013, 12:38 PM   #516
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Where'd you get the faux carbon fiber plastic? No sure I want it, but I have to admit I'm pretty curious.

Next winter when I strip my bike down to the frame to be powdercoated (no more purple!), I'm considering switching from white plastic to black, maybe.. would switch to a black Acerbis tank too. My white IMS is a royal PITA to keep clean.

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:05 PM   #517
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Where'd you get the faux carbon fiber plastic? No sure I want it, but I have to admit I'm pretty curious.

Next winter when I strip my bike down to the frame to be powdercoated (no more purple!), I'm considering switching from white plastic to black, maybe.. would switch to a black Acerbis tank too. My white IMS is a royal PITA to keep clean.

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I bought it from http://www.metrorestyling.com/Carbon...-Wrap-s/25.htm
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:48 AM   #518
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16T c/s

This morning, I changed out my stock 15T c/s to a new 16T PBI c/s from Jesse. Jesse sent me a "speed" clip, but I re-installed using the OEM retaining plate with three bolts. Thanks to a YouTube posted by someone with Oz (or New Zealand?) accent, the change was a snap: http://youtu.be/VZCPpHuFETA

Without a tachometer, my guesstimate is the motor is running about 300+/- rpm's less at highway speed.

Up and down shifting seems smoother and less abrupt.

Unable to comment yet on mpg.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:39 PM   #519
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16 is a good CS sprocket to use. 17 was a bit too tall and made cruising at 60-70 strange. 5th gear is useless under 70
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #520
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DRonkey 80/20 Touring Set Up

Working with the basic concept of "Light Is Right," my DRonky 80/20 touring set up is pretty simple. Even more so because I eat at Mom'n'Pops and don't carry a kitchen. For two lane rambling, it suits my needs. I'd post a photo, but as a Minimalist, I don't have a SmugMug account.

'12 DR650SE
Stock suspension
Stock exhaust
Unmolested carb
Stock gas tank
2" Power Madd bar riser
60mm mirror extensions
PW skid plate
PW rear rack
12v marine outlet, hardwired with inline fuse
RAM gps mount
Sargent saddle + fanny pleasing lamp skin if (when) my butt gets sore
Wolfman E-12 saddle bags - no rack required, no danger of overloading the bike
Wolfman tank panniers
Wolfman medium sized duffle, bright chicken yellow
2 man Eureka tent, 2" ThermoRest pad, wool blanket, space blanket
eBay IMS knock off foot pegs
16T c/s sprocket (15T for spare) on 525 chain
705 Skinko tires
2" x 3" foot pad added to bottom of kickstand - ever parked a loaded Dronkey in Florida sand or on soft ground?
*in process of finding spare kickstand which can be cut -1/2" to address too vertical when parked and loaded issue.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:41 PM   #521
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16/42 520 kit from Procycle in a box awaiting installation. Looking forward to better freeway manners.

It's my commuter. No dirt, no fun. Just work.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:17 PM   #522
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16T v 15T gas milegage

The 16T seems to give me +2 mpg on the highway, BUT -2 mpg in the city.

From my limited experiment, it seems the right c/s (for me) depends on where and how I ride....Also on how you're loaded. I travel light and don't go 2 up. If you're really loaded with metal panniers and carrying the kitchen sink, you may need to drop down to 14T?

I've switched back to the 15T (a good in town compromise sprocket) and carry the 16T as a GO LONG back up spare.
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:57 PM   #523
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Thumb The little bike that could...

In reality the stock gearing is best all around. 16T sprockets make 5th gear useless around here rolling along hills. 14T will make my pegs buzz much more over 65 mph, those couple hundred rpm doesn't matter much though. I've done a few 500 to 600 mile days crossing states and the bike is fine with stock gears, its when you go off road that you will want a 520 conversion to something reasonable that won't have you feathering the clutch too much.

To me the 15T fits well with the 42 rear since I only see mild roads. I like to run around the rural roads in 4th gear around 55 to 60 mph. Works well, gets around 51 mpg average with a pumper carb and exhaust. Its a little thumper, it likes RPM. On my last 1,000 mile trip I did a lot of 75/80 mph cruising while connecting scenic roads and the bike still averaged over 51 mpg. I was loaded most of the time with hard luggage and the tanks were 49 to 54 mpg.

To me what makes a huge difference while touring with the DR650 is the GSXR exhaust, TM40 carb, larger fuel tank and a good seat.

I ran stock exhaust with the pumper carb for too long, adding the exhaust and going to a 150 mian jet really helped on the interstate. Much more than I was expecting. It squirts right up to 85 mph per the GPS on flat ground. Not so briskly climbing a mountain, but it gets it done. My 2007 has never burned oil or ever failed me and I've tested it a good bit. Great little bike.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:07 AM   #524
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Old 04-19-2014, 02:03 AM   #525
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I find with the 790 kit, no wind screen and a top case, my DR will cruise at 85 (gps) with no issues at all. Gearing is 16-42. Its even got a lot more pep in her past 90.
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