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Old 04-25-2009, 02:16 PM   #2026
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For calipers - sorry - you lost me there you have only left brake disk and only left fork have caliper mount, why would you need right side caliper?
I'm going to have to check everything three times. I apologise right now because I know it's going to get annoying
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:32 PM   #2027
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My wife is going to kill me - I went ape on eBay. I better go sleep before I increase my trouble...
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Old 04-25-2009, 03:51 PM   #2028
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I'm going to have to check everything three times. I apologise right now because I know it's going to get annoying
That's OK, no probs :)

One more thing - if you will get to do that brake upgrade - let me know, I'll drop you link to eBay shop where I usually buy bolts & nuts (in UK) - you will need 2 high tensile (12.9 grade) bolts M10 (to bolt adaptor to forks) and 2 bolts M...M6 or M8...can't recall (tread in caliper, to bolt caliper to adaptor). Bolts cost like one third of pint of lager each :) so it is not going to affect your budget. But that will let you know for sure you brakes will be OK.
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:37 AM   #2029
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That's OK, no probs :)

One more thing - if you will get to do that brake upgrade - let me know, I'll drop you link to eBay shop where I usually buy bolts & nuts (in UK) - you will need 2 high tensile (12.9 grade) bolts M10 (to bolt adaptor to forks) and 2 bolts M...M6 or M8...can't recall (tread in caliper, to bolt caliper to adaptor). Bolts cost like one third of pint of lager each :) so it is not going to affect your budget. But that will let you know for sure you brakes will be OK.
Yes please mate, send me the link.

And these headraces - DR ones right?
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:09 AM   #2030
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Hi All,

Just picked up my first DR 750. It's an absolute cracker. (to me at least, it's my first bike!)

Imported from Italy to UK with 30K miles and 3 owners.

I've cleaned her up and given a thorough servicing and she seams to be running fine.

Renthal Bars, Heated Grips, Stainless Steel Suzuki Can, Self Made Panniers, Headlamp change (more on that soon), Rim Tape, Mirrors w Indicator Repeater, Scottoiler.

Hopefully the pic will post easily.

Any advice for the virgin DR Owner?

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Old 04-26-2009, 11:42 AM   #2031
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Just picked up my first DR 750. It's an absolute cracker. (to me at least, it's my first bike!)

Imported from Italy to UK with 30K miles and 3 owners.

I've cleaned her up and given a thorough servicing and she seams to be running fine.
What a beaut!! Good for you!

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Renthal Bars, Heated Grips, Stainless Steel Suzuki Can, Self Made Panniers, Headlamp change (more on that soon), Rim Tape, Mirrors w Indicator Repeater, Scottoiler.
Home made panniers? Amazing! Will need pictures of those...

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Any advice for the virgin DR Owner?
Yeah, ride it like its stolen
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:11 PM   #2032
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Headlamp Advice

Hi All,

I'm new to the forum and to the DR and am looking for a little advice concerning the Headlamp on my '88 750.

When I picked the bike up from the previous owner he let me know that the headlamp fitted was not original.

It doesn't seem to fit well in the lamp aperture and I have had to cut away the back of the lamp enclosure in order to focus the lamp onto the road instead of pointing to the sky.



In its current state this lamp is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard!

Should I keep the lamp and use halogen bulbs or try to find the original lamp, upgrade to HID or find a completely different solution?

Any advice in this area would be great. I'm open to suggestions.
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:32 PM   #2033
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Beatiful bike. Remember - DR Big is suprisingly good in real offroad, get some knobby tyres and try it, you may get intoxicated by it :) Best is to buy second set of wheels and fit them with serious offroad tyres so that you can have offroad day when you feel like it.

As for headlight - 2 possibilities. 1) get stock one of German eBay 2)get rally-like twin headlight set from Stefan Hessler shop.
If you do not mind spending a bit of cash - I'd go for Hessler twin headlight.

Those panniers are priceless. Somebody saved you a lot of bother with luggage - this is hell of lucky find! By the look of panniers they are really well-made full scale long distance items. I feel envious now
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:00 PM   #2034
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Thanks for the compliments.

I'll look into the headlamps you suggested tonight.

The off roading is something I would really like to try. Just got to get a set of knobblies and find somewhere to try them out up here in NE Scotland.

As for the panniers, they are an addition I have made to the bike.

I have used the lugage rack that came already fitted to the bike and picked up the boxes from a local army surplus shop at 30 each, they are watertight and easy to repair and I have braced them to take some real weight.

The mounting kit is a quick release system and is secure.

I ordered the reflective tape from an ebay seller and covered the boxes on the rear and outside face. I have a set of LED strips on their way to fit as indicator repeaters and running lights on the panniers themselves for long road tours.

All in all took around 2 days to complete

If people are interested I could post a "how-to" in the gear section.
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:18 PM   #2035
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Beaky, cool panniers. You have to make me a set some day - will visit the UK.

Regarding the headlight, check German eBay - might have been UK eBay too - as I saw a few the last week or two. Not too expensive.

I'm in deep trouble as I just managed to win a few auctions - center stand and engine guards for my SR41. So, 145 Euro later...

My wife is going to kill me...
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:29 PM   #2036
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Oh, I thought you had panniers on with bike - did not realyze you made them!
Definitely, please post information! I have friend in UK who can buy army boxes for me and I have pannier racks on, so I am very interested to do same!
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:09 PM   #2037
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My wife is going to kill me.
I just tell mine that I could be spending several times this on alcohol and other women.....it doesn't completely work but it does make for some sobering thoughts on her part and seems to reduce the "backlash"

Speaking of backlash...wow what a segue...I'm in the middle of adjusting the balancer chain slack on my 750. The side cover is off and I'm just taking a lunch break before tackling the adjusting part.

Any advice? I have the manual and it looks easy enough.
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:17 PM   #2038
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Advices.
1) During working on DR Big do not drink Bud or anythin that resembles it for a beer. Get crate of good beer!
2)Trust the manual. Yes, it is that easy no tricks at all. Except...do you have new gasket for side cover? You may need it if old one is too used
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:17 PM   #2039
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Beaky, I have two spare headlights; I think one of them is a stocker from the 750.

Shoot me a PM and you can have it.
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:18 PM   #2040
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Hiya Beaky

Great name for the big DR's...I like it


Very nice side cases. Army boxes, right? From which Army? Nice job, I'd like to see photos of your mounting system.

First motorcycle and you've already got skills - fantastic
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