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Old 11-10-2011, 06:13 PM   #56656
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Ok...so if I wanted (needed) to upgrade the springs in my front forks on my 08.....how do I go about doing that? Is it just a matter of unscrewing the top caps, removing any spacers, drain the oil, replace the springs,and then re-assemble?
You'll need to set the preload. This will tell you if you've got the right spring rate as well. If you are able to hit your laden sag target but not the unladen one (or vise-versa), the sprig rate is incorrect. Once the right rate springs are installed with a preload that facilitates hitting your laden and unladen sag targets, you need to set the oil levels. Wrap a zip tie around one of the fork tubes. Use it to check to see how much travel is being used during hard riding down hill on the brakes over bumps If more than 90-95% of the total travel is used, add a little oil (evenly of course) and try again. If less than 90-95% is used, subtract some oil (evenly of course) and try again. A fork oil level tool like the one from Motion Pro helps a bunch.

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Old 11-10-2011, 06:53 PM   #56657
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Rev Limiter

Does the DR have a rev limiter, or is that just my carb running out of air when it goes "dut... dut... dut" at really high rpm? Sure sounds like a rev limiter.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:09 PM   #56658
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Does the DR have a rev limiter, or is that just my carb running out of air when it goes "dut... dut... dut" at really high rpm? Sure sounds like a rev limiter.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:45 PM   #56659
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I'm concerned where the needle clip sits if you remove the white spacer. Do they have you install a thinner washer of the same diameter as the spacer?
Small washer under the clip. The needle is quite a bit shorter than the stock one.
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:12 PM   #56660
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:23 AM   #56661
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I thought at least one of you would have looked at this
Wednesday I read to page 5, post 80263 in one sitting. Very entertaining report, great pics and I love your dry British humor. Too bad the girls you gave up your room to didn’t give you a tumble.

Good to see your DR is soldiering on with so little drama, just a cracked inline fuel filter as I recall. And your self-inflicted tube pinches, of course.

But, the BMW (quoted from your RR):
chain SNAPPED
throttle cable was only held together by two threads
the left hand side of the subframe had broken
and shortly thereafter: the subframe snapped both sides

And it was some Dakar-prepped bike? WTH? That guy didn’t bother to properly prep his bike, apparently. Not someone I’d care to leave civilization with. I recall an in-progress RR from one of your countrymen that I started Wednesday also, he bought a Honda XL600 to ride to Africa but, as I recall, discovered a worn-out chain and worn/cracked countershaft sprocket before leaving France. Some riders should stay home, for their own safety. However, their misfortunes on the road do make for interesting reading.

Thank you for taking the time to post the RR, I'll be following along till the end.

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Old 11-11-2011, 06:17 AM   #56662
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How is the DR650 for long highway slogs? I am down to choosing between just a couple bikes and the DR650 is at the top of my list for all the reasons you guys know about, the thing is for me to get anywhere interesting on it I've got at least 2-3 hours on pavement and am just wondering if it's going to vibrate me to death. I had a DRZ400sm that I put quite a few road miles on and sometimes my hands would fall asleep lol.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:22 AM   #56663
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As mentioned, use google.

Easy thing to do is type "site:advrider.com" then a space and your search term. For example you can type "site:advrider.com dr650 520 conversion"
This thread is great. I learn about my bike and I pick up tips about using the Web. I did not know about that search method. Thanks.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:43 AM   #56664
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Small washer under the clip. The needle is quite a bit shorter than the stock one.

Excellent post, saving that picture to my documents.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:08 AM   #56665
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Needles

Just a note On the pic that NordieBoy posted. Keep in mind the KTM needle is designed to also have a white spacer under it as well as a metal washer/shim, so in reality it should not hang lower below the slide then the stock one and the measurements/taper would show a greater difference compared to stock DR.

Also I thought (but not sure) that the Dynojet needle hung down below the shelf at the bottom of the slide with the open end of the e-clip alongside the shelf/step (similar to the procycle needle), making the length below the slide a little closer then the pic would indicate.
I know at one point the Kientech site talked about actually cutting the white spacer into a D shape so the spacer would sit alongside the shelf for the Dynojet needle (but I think they abandoned those instructions), so I am not sure what the current Dynojet instructions say.

Thanks Nordie!

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Old 11-11-2011, 07:15 AM   #56666
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How is the DR650 for long highway slogs? I am down to choosing between just a couple bikes and the DR650 is at the top of my list for all the reasons you guys know about, the thing is for me to get anywhere interesting on it I've got at least 2-3 hours on pavement and am just wondering if it's going to vibrate me to death. I had a DRZ400sm that I put quite a few road miles on and sometimes my hands would fall asleep lol.
I ride a very smooth street bike, a PC800, and think my Dr also is very smooth. With the wind blast I wouldn't care to do 70 mph for hours on end but it will cruise along at that speed all day long. It even turns less RPMs than my PC and is also way faster. I have a gel seat so my buttocks get a little sore after a couple of hours which I think is a world record.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:41 AM   #56667
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How is the DR650 for long highway slogs? I am down to choosing between just a couple bikes and the DR650 is at the top of my list for all the reasons you guys know about, the thing is for me to get anywhere interesting on it I've got at least 2-3 hours on pavement and am just wondering if it's going to vibrate me to death. I had a DRZ400sm that I put quite a few road miles on and sometimes my hands would fall asleep lol.
I don't mind it for highway. I've done a few 400 miles days with no issue at 70mph.

The stock seat is a torture rack. I couldn't ride that long on it. I went with Corbin, many others like Sargent, Seat Concepts, or even custom built stuff.

I have a MadStad windsheild on the way, which I've been hearing will completely change the way it will feel at higher speeds. I've never had a bike with a windshield that shoves air past the middle of my chest, so I'm looking forward to experiencing it.

Happy Trails make highway pegs. Not sure how comfortable they'd be, but on long jaunts, it's nice to have a different leg position.

For vibrations, going with something like the anti-vibration Rox Risers is a possibility. It's no inline 4, but vibrations really aren't that bad even at more-than-legal highway speeds (on the other hand some KTMs are known to be able to mix paint). Soft grips are a big help on their own for $10.

The DR650 Highway Touring Thread here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=671846

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Old 11-11-2011, 08:00 AM   #56668
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How is the DR650 for long highway slogs? I am down to choosing between just a couple bikes and the DR650 is at the top of my list for all the reasons you guys know about, the thing is for me to get anywhere interesting on it I've got at least 2-3 hours on pavement and am just wondering if it's going to vibrate me to death. I had a DRZ400sm that I put quite a few road miles on and sometimes my hands would fall asleep lol.
vibration is minimal, but it's still a thumper. suzuki did a good job w/ counterbalancer. not glass smooth by any means like a multi-cyl bike but good. check out these 2 products. sounds like you need both.
http://www.vibranator.com/default.asp
http://spidergrips.com/


check out the touring thread for creature comforts
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=671846

i use upright protaper atv-mid bars (alum. is better than steel for vibs too), sargent seat. i wear mtb padded shorts plus use this back brace for comfort and support http://www.ruoutside.com/backthing-perforated.html
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:11 AM   #56669
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I just wanted to post at 11:11 on 11/11/11
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:20 AM   #56670
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[QUOTE=LexTalionis;17279918]Wednesday I read to page 5, post 80263 in one sitting. Very entertaining report, great pics and I love your dry British humor. Too bad the girls you gave up your room to didn’t give you a tumble.

Good to see your DR is soldiering on with so little drama, just a cracked inline fuel filter as I recall. And your self-inflicted tube pinches, of course.

But, the BMW (quoted from your RR):
chain SNAPPED
throttle cable was only held together by two threads
the left hand side of the subframe had broken
and shortly thereafter: the subframe snapped both sides

And it was some Dakar-prepped bike? WTH? That guy didn’t bother to properly prep his bike, apparently. Not someone I’d care to leave civilization with. I recall an in-progress RR from one of your countrymen that I started Wednesday also, he bought a Honda XL600 to ride to Africa but, as I recall, discovered a worn-out chain and worn/cracked countershaft sprocket before leaving France. Some riders should stay home, for their own safety. However, their misfortunes on the road do make for interesting reading.

Thank you for taking the time to post the RR, I'll be following along till the end.

Lex[/QUOTE
Cheers Lex
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