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Old 12-14-2011, 10:32 AM   #57976
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I've enjoyed the DR650 so much since I got it in June that I just closed the deal on another one. This one will reside at my brother's house in southern AZ so I can have some fun in the southwest and maybe make an occasional Baja run.

2003 DR650
12,834 miles

Came with these:
Sargent Seat
IMS 4.9 gal tank
RaceTech re-valved with Gold Valves and new springs front & rear
Dyno Jet Kit
Uni air filter
Turbo City windshield
SW Motech center stand
Ricochet skid plate
ProCycle case guards
Pro Taper bars
bar risers
Acerbis hand guards
extended fuel screw
manual choke knob
14-tooth front sprocket
Suzuki rear rack
rear top case
factory tool kit
factory service manual
full service completed recently
NSU Screws have been checked


I'll be adding:
Voltmeter
Wolfman side racks and Expedition Dry Saddle Bags

It was a little stressful trying to find and purchase a bike from 2500 miles away. It took a little time and some help from my brother, but I'm feeling pretty good about picking this up for $3500. Can't wait to see it in person.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:01 AM   #57977
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Just back from a 5000k (3000miles) trip, DR has now done just over 48,000km. Stock exhaust but have a TM40 and the snorkle out, B&B bashplate, IMS tank etc...
How does it sound to the rest of you? Tickity or normal?
First part is from cold, second warm, third when hot.
Sounds NORMAL to me.
Make sure you are using the correct weight oil (10-40 or 20-50) and fill it to the TOP LINE in the sight glass ... check after bike is fully warm and bike on level ground. All looks good!
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:18 AM   #57978
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Hi All,
First of all, I get lots of helmet noise. I've ridden bikes in the past but don't remember this amount of noise. I have an expensive helmet, which I've borrowed and this does have lots of moulding etc from the visor hinge, so believe a lot of noise is coming from this area (it happens to be located right near my ears). I will get a different helmet to test the difference.

Next on the list is 'wobble' from front end especially at higher speeds and coming into corners etc. I was hoping a fork brace may stiffen this up. Is this usual or perhaps my inexperience with on road use.

Also I get throttle cramp and probably just attempting to get used to riding on the roads with 25 years or so not hopping on a bike. Thinking about a 'Crampbuster' - any recommendations??

Apart from this all is good and when i get extra cash, I will begin to upgrade, as at the moment, she is very stock standard. thanks to all.
Welcome!
What brand helmet? Expensive does not always equate to QUIET.
I'd guess your helmet may be the wrong size ... too loose fitting. Very common mistake. A new helmet should be SNUG ... it will loosen up over time, heat and sweat. Proper fit ensures safety and a quieter helmet.

Next up: Ear plugs. A must have to reduce noise. Try Howard Leight ear plugs, buy on line, box of 200. Learn how to properly insert them and once you're used to them ... you'll never be without on any sort of longer ride.

Front wobble is common on dual sport bikes with 21" front tires. Here are a few things to check:
1. proper tire pressure
2. Worn tire? Cupping wear?
3. Make sure axle(s) is TIGHT and that forks are in alignment.
4. Rear preload (and your weight) can affect the wobble - If you are over 200 lbs. increase rear preload by 25%. May help. A stiffer spring is the real answer.

Crampbuster or similar is good. Or a big rubber O ring.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:44 AM   #57979
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One question though, do i just blank off the vacum pipe now ??????

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Old 12-14-2011, 12:15 PM   #57980
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If you're not using the stock petcock.....yep. I just got a pack of rubber vacuum block off caps from an auto parts store.

Nice gift.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:53 PM   #57981
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Do not cap the cap off ,the tank needs to breath .You need a one way valve, unless you want your tank to suck in and starve it of gas
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:57 PM   #57982
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Do not cap the cap off ,the tank needs to breath .You need a one way valve, unless you want your tank to suck in and starve it of gas
Not the gas tank cap. The carburetor cap. It's a vacuum port for the stock petcock.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:58 PM   #57983
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If you're not using the stock petcock.....yep. I just got a pack of rubber vacuum block off caps from an auto parts store.

Nice gift.
Cheers TH
Just found the cap in the box , i'm a man !!! who needs instructions
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:01 PM   #57984
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Do not cap the cap off ,the tank needs to breath .You need a one way valve, unless you want your tank to suck in and starve it of gas
Cheers sandwash
Rubber tube is there just not fitted to cap yet
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:03 PM   #57985
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Not the gas tank cap. The carburetor cap. It's a vacuum port for the stock petcock.
Got it sorted c2c4c
Capped off the vacum on top of the carb
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:23 PM   #57986
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Hi All,

Also I get throttle cramp and probably just attempting to get used to riding on the roads with 25 years or so not hopping on a bike. Thinking about a 'Crampbuster' - any recommendations??
I've been using Throttle Rockers (now out of business) and the nearly as good Crampbuster (I guess that's what the currently available product is called, I forget) full time for over a decade on all my bikes - dualsports, cruiser, sportbike. They are a permanent addition to all my bikes.

Don't get the kind with the velcro strap, don't know if they're still available.

AND: be prepared to rotate the device's tab out of the way AHEAD of any need for delicate throttle control, or when you think you may be getting thrown around a bit on the bike. Or, just take it off when in such situations.

These devices rotate freely in the direction of closing the throttle, so you can rotate them out of the way easily.

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Old 12-14-2011, 01:27 PM   #57987
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General consensus on preference between UNI and K&N airfilters?
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:53 PM   #57988
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General consensus on preference between UNI and K&N airfilters?
I think most will say the UNI filter (or foam in general) is prefered because it's believed to have superior filtering in dirty/dusty conditions. I think most would agree that a K&N will flow more air though and "may" get you an extra pony if everything (including jetting) is in tune..

As far as the foam filters actually filtering better, I have not seen a side by side scientific test to prove it, but I have no reason to doubt all the folks who use them regularly. I personally use a K&N, but my riding is mostly limited to the street and I try to keep it cleaned and well oiled --- no problems so far, or on any of the other vehicles I have used them on.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:54 PM   #57989
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General consensus on preference between UNI and K&N airfilters?
UNI - good.
K&N - not - unless you pre-filter it.
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:00 PM   #57990
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UNI - good.
K&N - not - unless you pre-filter it.
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I'm not a K&N fan but they do flow a lot of air. I've used UNI filter for years of dirt bikes ... but now using a Twin-Air on my DR650. More expensive?
Flows good air ... but handle and clean with care, it's a bit delicate.

For severe dirt ... with ANY filter ... you can use the Filter Skin pre-filter covers. I've used them ever since I got a DNF in a national enduro due to 100% clogged air filter (fouled plugs).

I only run a Filter Skin in very severe dust. It does change your jetting/running just slightly but well worth if in bad dust day after day, like on large group rides.

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