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Old 12-19-2011, 10:29 PM   #58081
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I'm looking for a standard length side stand. Bought a bike that was lowered and need to raise it back up. I posted in the flea market, but thought I'd ask here in case one of you guys lowered your bike and have one you might be willing to part with for a reasonable price.
FWIW, I use a short side stand on my not-lowered bike and am quite happy with it.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:26 AM   #58082
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FWIW, I use a short side stand on my not-lowered bike and am quite happy with it.
Same here. I find the full length side stand sits it a little to straight up for anything not flat. Easier to find a stable parking spot with the extra lean.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:35 AM   #58083
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I'm looking for a standard length side stand. Bought a bike that was lowered and need to raise it back up. I posted in the flea market, but thought I'd ask here in case one of you guys lowered your bike and have one you might be willing to part with for a reasonable price.
Sent you a PM. I am also in Maine and need a short side stand, maybe we can trade!
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:24 AM   #58084
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I will be doing a sticker-bomb project soon and am looking for plastics. Let me know if anyone has some for sale..

Cant wait to start the project. And thanks to everyoine who sent in decals and stickers so far...
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:27 AM   #58085
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FWIW, I use a short side stand on my not-lowered bike and am quite happy with it.
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Same here. I find the full length side stand sits it a little to straight up for anything not flat. Easier to find a stable parking spot with the extra lean.
Very interesting. Must have a heck of a lean doesn't it? I haven't even seen this bike yet - it's in AZ and I'm in ME . . . so I don't really know how it sits with the short side stand. My '02 has a stock stand and it leans as much as I'd ever want it to, but it sits a wee bit higher than stock due to the way it's set up.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:01 AM   #58086
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. . . gas on, full choke, clutch in and no throttle. Crank it over with the starter motor- let it turn over twice. Turn the key off and let it rest 5 seconds and crank it again. Starts right up. I do keep my battery on a tender at home and replace batteries as a wear item before they give me trouble.
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I posted this same advice on another forum recently regarding my 1150RT. All my bikes start well in the cold (starting in 15F - 25F temps is common here in winter) and I follow basically the same procedure on all of them. I think one of the mistakes people make is just letting the bike crank way to long on the first try. I have good luck cranking 2-3 seconds then stopping if it doesn't fire up, wait a few seconds then crank again and it will start if didn't on the first crank. My DR350 is a good example (it's a kicker) - if I just set the choke & decomp and kick it in cold weather it'll probably take 2-3 kicks, but if I kick it thru very slowly once or twice without trying to start it first, then set the choke & decomp and give it one good kick it will start first kick virtually every time regardless of how cold it is, and I've fired it up in temps below 0F. I also keep my bikes on battery tenders, except for the 350 of course, since it has no battery.

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Old 12-20-2011, 09:27 AM   #58087
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Need the std length myself

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Sent you a PM. I am also in Maine and need a short side stand, maybe we can trade!
If there is anyone else out there looking for a short stand, PM me and we'll look at swapping.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:28 AM   #58088
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It didn't work out with kobukan because his bike is in AZ and he is in Maine, so I would be up for swapping with someone still!
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:40 AM   #58089
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I'm looking for a standard length side stand. Bought a bike that was lowered and need to raise it back up. I posted in the flea market, but thought I'd ask here in case one of you guys lowered your bike and have one you might be willing to part with for a reasonable price.
Kobukan:

If you raise the bike back up before you score a longer stand, you can always attach a standard hockey puck to the short stand to get the height you need. Just drill two small holes in the stand foot and use self-tapping screws. It helps if you cut out a little square relief area the size of the foot out of the puck.

I have one of these that the PO of my short side stand made, and it works great when bike is at stock height.

Good luck,

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Old 12-20-2011, 09:47 AM   #58090
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Aah, thank's Eakins & Shu, bummer to hear about that as I liked those lighterweight M-S panniers. Good to know Ove's retired though, he seemed like a nice gent.

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I can tell you, Bedouin. Sadly, no more Motosport Panniers.

The Colorado guy, Ed, was 1/2 the business. He's the same guy who makes Dirt Bagz and also owns Motogear Outlet with his wife ( great people to do business with). Anyway, Ed made the soft bags for Motosport Panniers.

Ove, the guy in California, had the machine shop and made the brackets and the metal panniers. The way I understand it Ove was 70+ years old and only doing it to keep busy and he decided this year that he'd had enough and closed the business down.

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Old 12-20-2011, 10:24 AM   #58091
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Twin Headlights

I recently installed a twin headlight set up from a Honda Ruckus on my DR650.I wired it up using toggle switches so I can run the lights singly or together and it seems to work just fine.I'm thinking maybe I should have installed a relay in there too.

All advice much appreciated. John
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:25 AM   #58092
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I recently installed a twin headlight set up from a Honda Ruckus on my DR650.I wired it up using toggle switches so I can run the lights singly or together and it seems to work just fine.I'm thinking maybe I should have installed a relay in there too.

All advice much appreciated. John
whats the amp rating of the toggles, if its high enough , you wont need to
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:42 AM   #58093
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I recently installed a twin headlight set up from a Honda Ruckus on my DR650.I wired it up using toggle switches so I can run the lights singly or together and it seems to work just fine.I'm thinking maybe I should have installed a relay in there too.

All advice much appreciated. John
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:39 PM   #58094
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Used to go skiing with a guy who drove an old Fiat. After a day of skiing we'd have to crawl underneath and light a camping stove under the oil pan for about 15 minutes before that thing would start.

My DR starts well in the cold. I stick it in 3 or 4 th gear first, and roll it forward just a bit to get the metal bits moving. Then gas on, full choke, clutch in and no throttle. Crank it over with the starter motor- let it turn over twice. Turn the key off and let it rest 5 seconds and crank it again. Starts right up. I do keep my battery on a tender at home and replace batteries as a wear item before they give me trouble.

When the temps are in the low 20's F*, I duct tape a piece of cardboard in front of my oil cooler. I don't think the motor ever really warms up otherwise.

..............shu
I'll remember that block-the-oil-cooler thing, since I ride year round. When I know I'm going to ride a bike or use the lawn tractor to plow the next day, I stick a 100 watt light bulb under it the night before. Makes a big difference in ease of starting and warm up time. Easier on the starter motor I'm sure. Synthetic oil stays much thinner in severe cold too.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:47 PM   #58095
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...When the temps are in the low 20's F*, I duct tape a piece of cardboard in front of my oil cooler. I don't think the motor ever really warms up otherwise.

..............shu
does anyone know of a plug-n-play thermostatically operated walve for the dr650 oil cooler, that won't open, until the oil reaches, say, 180f?

thanks,

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