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Old 12-25-2011, 06:07 PM   #58291
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This 7" round replacement headlight for an RD350 will fit without too much messing around. Cheap, too. And could easily be adapted for HID. I believe it was FloridaSteve who first posted it:

http://www.partsnmore.com/parts/yama...ting%5D=custom



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Interesting... I missed that post. I need to do something like that before the winter is over...
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:09 PM   #58292
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That's a mad max bike if I've ever seen one. Pretty cool.
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:15 PM   #58293
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It was quite a while ago...maybe 2 yrs ago.



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Old 12-25-2011, 06:20 PM   #58294
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Need GPS mount recommendation

mom-in-law bought me a TomTom 1535 (5" screen) GPS "for your truck" for Xmas, but y'all know what I want to put it on .
Any mounts that are particularly good?
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:27 PM   #58295
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http://www.ja-gps.com.au/RAM-Mounts

I don't know about cradles for TomTom units but probably the easiet mount is the ball and M8 / 1.25 pitch cap screw which replaces one handle bar clamp bolt.
I am going use one on the HDB top clamp where the hand guard mount would normally fix.



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Old 12-25-2011, 08:56 PM   #58296
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I know I talked about doing this about 1-2 months ago and several seemed interested. I finally got around to checking my bike with an A/F gauge. Took longer then expected to get the bung welded in the midpipe-then when I finally got it back together I found I let the bike sit for too long and the carb needed cleaning. Lucky me. At this point I had to decide to take the carb off, clean it and put it back on stock or change out the jets. Hmmm. Well, in the name of science I cleaned it and put it back on stock to see what I see. My only regret is I didn’t get to do this with the stock muffler. So, on with the mad science!

The bike info is as follows:
2009 Suzuki DR650se, stock gearing/chain, IMS tank, twin air filter (no air box mod), tires are Pirelli Scorpion Trails, and I put a Yoshimura RS-3 muffler and midpipe. The muffler has the quiet baffle (if you can call it that) and I have put a steal 4” baffle (like the ones in HD straight pipes just cut down) in the mid-pipe to mellow the sound some.

Other factors: Bike was run on a low humidity day, 48 degrees F., at approx. 900 ft elevation. All of the following results are after the bike was ridden for 15-20min to warm it up.

Idle 1500rpm: A/F 16.1
I was really surprised at this. The bike definitely needs some more fuel at idle. Should smooth it out and make it start easier in the cold. As a side note, with the choke on at first startup it was only down to 14.8 which is still too lean.

The next numbers were taken on a flat straight road with the bike in 5th gear. I would hold the bike at that rpm for approx 1-2 min to let everything stabilize to get a good reading. Basically these are cruise/high vacuum condition numbers and represent what the needle is doing. Overall they are lean even for a cruise condition. I am hoping to make them in the 13.8 to 14.7 range with the new needle. 14.3-14.5 being ideal for cruising.
First number is rpm, second is A/F
3000-14.7
3500-15.1
4000-15.3
4500-15.7
5000-15.7
5500-15.3

Last test I did was a 4 th gear pull from 3000 to 7000 rpm with the throttle W.F.O. This is to get an idea what the main jet looks like. After seeing the lean cruise condition I was surprised to see the wide open wasn’t far off from what I want.
3000-7000 Sweep 13.3

In summary: I saw pretty much what I expected and what many complain about. The idle is WAY lean and the cruise is on the lean side. I rode the bike around for a while and the numbers were pretty consistent. I have in my hand a ProCycle jet kit that I now need to install and do it all over. Someone asked me to remove the air box side cover and I will do that after I re-jet the bike to see if it changes the numbers any. Hope to do this sometime this week.

Wish me luck!
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:26 PM   #58297
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Hey RT,I believe it's one of these


The earlier one being sold on Ebay was a very poor copy of the one above, which is a Russell. These are fabulous seats ... and one of the Mayer brothers now run Russell, IIRC. Looks funny on a DR but if you really want max comfort ... that is it. That other one? Looked all wrong, cheap foam, saggy. Russell are expensive ... but get custom made quality.
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:13 PM   #58298
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Wish me luck!
That is awesome, thanks for posting that! I just got a stock 2007 DR650 and it surges quite a bit a low cruising speeds.
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:18 PM   #58299
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I've got a Warp 9 - 17" 4x25 rear I want to put a tkc 80 on. Can I go 140/80-17 on her or go 150/70-17?
She has a 150/70-17 on her currently with no issue.

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Old 12-25-2011, 10:28 PM   #58300
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I've got a Warp 9 - 17" 4x25 rear I want to put a tkc 80 on. Can I go 140/80-17 on her or go 150/70-17?
She has a 150/70-17 on her currently with no issue.

I would think the profile would be a bit flat with a 140 on a 4" rim?

But the only way really is to try it...

I know a TKC80 in 120 section on a KLR685 makes it handle like a 180kg 250cc.
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:55 PM   #58301
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I know a TKC80 in 120 section on a KLR685 makes it handle like a 180kg 250cc.


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Old 12-26-2011, 01:24 AM   #58302
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Yep. Very flickable, but still some not insignificant weight there.
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:44 AM   #58303
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New DR owner, upgrades/comments...

After over 40 years of riding, I decided to purchase a new DR. So far, I've been happy with it after making a few modifications. The stock seat was replaced with a Sargents, CBailey sport screen was next, rear luggage rack seemed a logical addition to compliment my Wolfman soft luggage and tank bag. Performance was good, but I decided to install a DG O-Series slip-on and Procycle jet kit. I was hesitant to cut out the top of the airbox per the template supplied with the jet kit, but I did it anyway. After some fooling around with the different jets, the 150 main seemed the best, but the muffler was way too loud. I ordered the 1" DG insert; sound is much better yet still provides a little "attitude" and the bike seems to run much better. I think it needed a little back pressure. I'm 6'1" @230 and primarily stick to back roads and occasionally hit the dirt. I can cruise comfortably at 80mph indicated(GPS shows 75) and the bike will almost hit a "ton", but it's struggling after 90. Lots of low end torque and much quicker with the DG/jetting, although I'm not sure it was worth the over $300 price tag. Overall I think the DR offers a very affordable package for moderate to semi-hard riding within the riders capabilities. It's surprisingly smooth, although there is some noticable vibration in the seat at crusing speeds; nothing serious. The only part of the bike that is vulnerable to real damage is the fuel tank; it's metal. Everything else is soft plastic; it will scratch, but difficult to break. There is an aftermarket plastic fuel tank in several different sizes that might be my next upgrade, although I have a 1.5 gallon container that mounts to the luggage rack that works fine, and allows me to strap my duffle for touring on securely. For serious adventure touring off the beaten track, a larger fuel tank might be a good idea. I've been impressed with the handling of this bike; ran the Dragon several times and pushed her to "my" limits with no difficulties. It's not super fast, but feels well planted in a hard turn. Compared to my experience with Vstrom650, Versys, 1200GS, the DR is very confidence inspiring. Suffice it to say, for the investment, you can tour or play with the DR with just about any of the competition with money to spare. For an old man like me, it's as much fun as I can handle. I have ridden 450 mile days without any real issues or complaints, but I stop about every hour for a little break and top off with fuel. Mileage before DG/jetting was around 50mpg on 87octane. I expect some decrease in mileage, but if I can get 40mpg I'll be happy. Truth be known, there really isn't any real benefit to the exhaust/jetting upgrades, but there is a little "hooligan" in all of us that ride....ride often, ride safe....mayrel
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:48 AM   #58304
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mom-in-law bought me a TomTom 1535 (5" screen) GPS "for your truck" for Xmas, but y'all know what I want to put it on .
Any mounts that are particularly good?
http://www.gpscity.com/rammounts

Never looked at Tomtom accessories, but I assume someone makes a cradle for it. The RAM stuff is decent, and cheap.

I am using a 4-5 year-old cheapo Garmin Nuvi on my bike. Works just fine.

As ADV8 posted, I like the RAM ball that replaces one of the 8mm handlebar clamp bolts.




Photo is of the Nuvi my Honda CBF, but I have the same ball on the DR, and swap the rest back and forth.

I want a proper GPS (tracks & routes), but the Montana 650 costs too much, and the Garmin 60/62 screens are too small for me to read without putting on reading glasses, so until Montana prices come down, I'll keep using the Nuvi.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:27 AM   #58305
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for an old man like me, it's as much fun as i can handle.....but there is a little "hooligan" in all of us that ride....ride often, ride safe....mayrel
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