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Old 07-07-2008, 01:41 AM   #15001
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Cool2 New to DR650's

Hi, I just thought I'd post a few thoughts as a new ( bike is two days old - in my world .... it's an '08 model with 3500kms on it I bought off a great young bloke that did his brief for 12 months and couldn't stand to look at it for that long) DR650 owner, and for that matter any small single cylinder.
To put things into context I've only ever owned and ridden large (>1000cc) Jappers with a couple of exceptions ..... 350cc MV Agusta and a BMW R1100GS .
The Bimmer was OK but heavy and sluggish and quite frankly just wasn't me ... OK, to be brutally honest it gave me the shits .
A mate mine, whose "bike sense" I respect enormously suggested buying what he had - a DR6fiddy.
So I did.
Damn that thing gives me a "towel hook".
It's got grunt, it's light, it's economical, it's easy to work on, it's easy to modify, it's cheap to buy, it's well engineered, it's a great base for almost anything you would want to turn it into - motard, super moto, pure dirt, commuter etc.. I'm sure there are other great qualities to it as well, and some shortcomings (200 watt alternator - I can't get over that! I just have to learn to let go) but so far all is sweeeet .
I still haven'y lost my will to travel at light speed , which I will cater for at some stage, but for every day commuting, which includes riding over roundabouts, instead of around, I don't think I'll ever bother with another large capacity UJM.
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:53 AM   #15002
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Well done Bob

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Originally Posted by Bobmws
Luckily I only got to the end of the driveway. IMS tank and FCR-MX carb, I hadn't 'found' the time to install an inline filter. Bike seemd a bit hard starting & sluggish, then stopped dead, wouldn't refire. Pushed it back to the garage, opened the bowl drain, nothing came out. Pulled the hose off the petcock, had plenty of flow. Off to the auto parts for a filter & some hose!
Fortunately there is just enough room to tip the FCR carb over and pull the bowl off. Blew air up through the float needle port & put it back together. Connected the fuel line & filter, opened the tap and had flow through the bowl drain. Bike runs great now.

Funny how you can find the time to fix what you didn't do right in the first place!
Just checked out your bike, Bob.
Well done piece.
You've gone where I'm headed, with a couple of differences.
To everyone else, has anyone hung a set of KTM640 USD's on one?
I've got a set laying about and it's always easier to learn from someone else's experiences.
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:25 AM   #15003
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Ciao!

What year is that dr? Looks different.

Another question. Is that an old roman road? Via Appia??
No

the year is 1995...
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:08 AM   #15004
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Looks like a cleaner version of my bike :)
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:17 AM   #15005
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I would safety wire that pipe everywhere I could as I have seen several blow all the stuffing and the innards all over the road. Just a thought. Those wolfman tankbags are great!
did exactly that on the TNJT couple of weeks ago. the bolt holding the internal unit went byby and moved enough to allow the stuffing to blow out the gap where the muffler joins the pipe. i bought new bolts but now have to find packing material someplace local. i replaced all the bolts with stainless socket head bolts, lock washers and will use locktite when i put them back together. seems like a real design flaw if you ask me and maybe even riveting the pipe back together may be the answer.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:07 AM   #15006
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Took my new 08 650 offroad for the first time. had 150 km's on the clock when we started, had 350 when we stopped. I am mightily impressed with the DR's ability offroad ...like a rock hare in its nimbleness...as i am still running in could not give it big stick but i enjoyed tearing up the rear ...
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:08 AM   #15007
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:10 AM   #15008
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Went up to a place here in Gauteng ,South Africa called Breedts nek. The going gets lil rough at places ..in the rough places the dakar had no chance even with me riding the dr in...amamzingly capable bike.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:36 AM   #15009
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Base gasket fix, parts list?

Well, I gave my DR650 a good thrashing in the woods yesterday. When I stopped for a break, I found my right boot oiled along with the top and right side of the motor. It's an '02 so I knew it might do this but I hoped it wouldn't. Unfortunately, the cam chain tensioner gasket looks dry and the base gasket looks sogged in the usual place.

I'm going to do the work myself. In the interest of getting it done in one push, I want to make sure I have everything needed before I start. So, what do I need? Is everything I need on my list?

I know I need;
Head gasket,
Base gasket,
Cam chain tensioner gasket,
form-a-gasket for cam box,
assembly lube for cam bearings (does all of this have to come apart?),
exhaust gasket

From the manual, it looks pretty like a straight forward job. Is there anything to watch out for in the process that the manual doesn't note?

Thanks in advance for shared wisdom here.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:41 AM   #15010
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To everyone else, has anyone hung a set of KTM640 USD's on one?
I've got a set laying about and it's always easier to learn from someone else's experiences.
Yeah, some people have done it and posted in this thread. I am one of 'em! Check out the link in my signature (yeah I know I have to update the log...).





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Old 07-07-2008, 11:57 AM   #15011
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hello guys..

i'm italian.. so... my questions are...

i've a dr650 like this

http://www.quietfisherman.com/Bike/003_3_small.jpg

1) there is the possibility to put on it .. i don't know the word in english... that thing for the wind.. because i'm going to have holidays with my dr..

2) how can i hang on the 2 sides luggages for the travel...
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:53 PM   #15012
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stupid question..... if one were to be going down the road at 30-40 mph and hit the kill switch, then hit it again and a loud BANG (backfire) occurred, how bad is that for the bike?
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:22 PM   #15013
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stupid question..... if one were to be going down the road at 30-40 mph and hit the kill switch, then hit it again and a loud BANG (backfire) occurred, how bad is that for the bike?
this it was for me?

sorry i don't understand i'm not american
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:49 PM   #15014
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hello guys..

i'm italian.. so... my questions are...

i've a dr650 like this

http://www.quietfisherman.com/Bike/003_3_small.jpg

1) there is the possibility to put on it .. i don't know the word in english... that thing for the wind.. because i'm going to have holidays with my dr..

2) how can i hang on the 2 sides luggages for the travel...

I think the word you are looking for is windshield
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:49 PM   #15015
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For you Corbin guys.....

From you guys who switched to the Corbin, does anyone still have a stock seat left over? I am looking for a cheap one, any condition is fine.

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