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Old 05-04-2013, 03:41 PM   #76366
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Just a heads up for the 90-91 DR650 riders

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Old 05-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #76367
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My DR is now PERFECT!

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Old 05-04-2013, 04:30 PM   #76368
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A question for you guys. I'm just hitting ~850 miles on my bike and I noticed the last couple of days I've been missing 3rd gear a lot. At first I thought it was due to my error but, today I paid close attention to the upshift from 2nd to 3rd and it won't engage on the first attempt. The second attempt will engage but not the first. It will downshift fine, just won't shift from 2nd to 3rd on the first try. Any thoughts on troubleshooting this? I am scheduled to have the bike serviced soon and was going to mention it to the service tech but figured I'd ask you guys, too.
Have you changed the oil yet? Is the clutch cable adjusted properly? Is the shifter lever contacting anything when you shift?
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:30 PM   #76369
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My DR is now PERFECT!

Can't arguenwith that
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:00 PM   #76370
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Looks great! I was thinking about going with these bags, too. I have the Wolfman Explorer Lite tank bag and have been very happy with it.

A question for you guys. I'm just hitting ~850 miles on my bike and I noticed the last couple of days I've been missing 3rd gear a lot. At first I thought it was due to my error but, today I paid close attention to the upshift from 2nd to 3rd and it won't engage on the first attempt. The second attempt will engage but not the first. It will downshift fine, just won't shift from 2nd to 3rd on the first try. Any thoughts on troubleshooting this? I am scheduled to have the bike serviced soon and was going to mention it to the service tech but figured I'd ask you guys, too.
I would install a magnetic drain plug, you may find it picks up something. Just a guess, but might not be nothing at all.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:26 PM   #76371
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...last couple of days I've been missing 3rd gear a lot. At first I thought it was due to my error but, today I paid close attention to the upshift from 2nd to 3rd and it won't engage on the first attempt...
I know it's new but has it been dropped on the left side?
A left side tip over can jam the shift mechanism and bend a shift fork.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:34 PM   #76372
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Looks great! I was thinking about going with these bags, too. I have the Wolfman Explorer Lite tank bag and have been very happy with it.

A question for you guys. I'm just hitting ~850 miles on my bike and I noticed the last couple of days I've been missing 3rd gear a lot. At first I thought it was due to my error but, today I paid close attention to the upshift from 2nd to 3rd and it won't engage on the first attempt. The second attempt will engage but not the first. It will downshift fine, just won't shift from 2nd to 3rd on the first try. Any thoughts on troubleshooting this? I am scheduled to have the bike serviced soon and was going to mention it to the service tech but figured I'd ask you guys, too.
could be a bent shift fork. does it ever pop out of gear under load?
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:52 PM   #76373
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probably just preaching to the converted, but just in case you needed convincing....

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Old 05-05-2013, 06:30 AM   #76374
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probably just preaching to the converted, but just in case you needed convincing....

What the hell, not a single sweet jump.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:38 AM   #76375
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3 separate compartments or 1 big bag? Luggage investigations

Expedition riders,

Any preferences between Giant Loop versus Wolfman versus Hard-Case-Options ?
I require them to be 100% waterproof. I require them to store food, camping stuff and a laptop computer. Enough 'stuff' to survive camping out for, say, 7 days.
In theory, I see an advantage in 3 separate compartments because one might be able to distribute the load more evenly, especially with a top case which can carry the hard stuff, and the side panniers can carry the more soft, lighter stuff.
The Giant Loop has the advantage of being one unit, hugs the bike, but I'm concerned that if I buy a Giant Loop distributing the load might 'get to me'. Am I wrong in thinking that one big bag could present more problems than cures?
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:23 AM   #76376
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Expedition riders,

Any preferences between Giant Loop versus Wolfman versus Hard-Case-Options ?
I require them to be 100% waterproof. I require them to store food, camping stuff and a laptop computer. Enough 'stuff' to survive camping out for, say, 7 days.
In theory, I see an advantage in 3 separate compartments because one might be able to distribute the load more evenly, especially with a top case which can carry the hard stuff, and the side panniers can carry the more soft, lighter stuff.
The Giant Loop has the advantage of being one unit, hugs the bike, but I'm concerned that if I buy a Giant Loop distributing the load might 'get to me'. Am I wrong in thinking that one big bag could present more problems than cures?
Camping gear can get wet so I like to have at least two pieces of luggage. Put a wet tent in with a dry item and soon you will have two wet items. Learned this from HelenTwoWheels.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:05 AM   #76377
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Thanks for your replies, everyone. The bike was dropped once in the mud on the left side over a month ago. Very low speed with no damage but, I will certainly check the shift lever.

The oil has not been changed yet as I was waiting for my first service. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that shift characteristics can change when the oil needs changed.

I rode the DR to work this morning again and haven't had a single missed shift into 3rd. I'll report back after changing the oil and having the bike serviced. Thanks again, guys.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:23 AM   #76378
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Cool2 Great video!

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probably just preaching to the converted, but just in case you needed convincing....
Thanks for the laughs mate!
Well done video

How about a comparison video shoot-out?
DR vs. KLR
DR vs. KTM
DR vs. BMW

Would be great fun to make, and to watch
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:49 AM   #76379
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82,000 miles condensed into 10 minutes. Very nice. I feel like such a schlub when I see things like this. "I rode Arizona....or Utah..." Whoopee.

Guys on here like Shu, Grifter, Jay, Adam, JP, SprintST....others I've forgotten....hats off to ya.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:40 AM   #76380
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Thanks for your replies, everyone. The bike was dropped once in the mud on the left side over a month ago. Very low speed with no damage but, I will certainly check the shift lever.

The oil has not been changed yet as I was waiting for my first service. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that shift characteristics can change when the oil needs changed.

I rode the DR to work this morning again and haven't had a single missed shift into 3rd. I'll report back after changing the oil and having the bike serviced. Thanks again, guys.
A common problem I've seen happens when the shift lever is bent IN a bit.
This can make it hard to shift as lever bumps into engine case.

Simple fix. Pull out lever a bit.

One guy could not shift the bike at all. He figured the Trans was blown up.
He was ready to start parting out the bike!!! I took a quick look, pulled out the lever ... all good.

The shift forks could be bent but unlikely. Many have crashed the DR on the left without messing up shift forks. It DOES happen ... but I don't think its that common.

So CHECK THAT SHIFT LEVER! Also, make sure it's not wobbly on there.
Tighten up bolt. Good luck!
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