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Old 03-08-2012, 09:57 PM   #61051
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It's ironic.

The guys in the KTM 950 SM thread are discussing inadequate suspension on our bikes as well. (fully adjustable front and rear WP) I love my 950 suspension, and after some mods very pleased with my DR suspension as well.

It's all relative I suppose.

I get "fiddling" is half the fun with bikes, but sometimes just ridin the damn thing, whatever it is, is lost in the complications of searching for 'perfect'.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:19 PM   #61052
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Next I would like to mess with the pre-load and change the fluid on the forks. One thing at a time...
I'm somewhere around 180 lbs. I tried adding 1/2" preload and it was a little too stiff; so I tried 1/4" and it was a little too soft. Was well on my way to 3/8" but decided to go with .46 springs and emulators. Both (1/2" and 1/4") were a huge improvement with brake dive with threshold braking (which I practice, several times every ride). Stick with 10w fork oil, 15w is reported to be harsh (read it on the internet ).

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Old 03-08-2012, 10:54 PM   #61053
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It's a 2007 with 3300 miles.
The oil is probably off to make itself useful.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:40 PM   #61054
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Adjustable Passenger Back Rest.

So, I was out in my garage, going through all my extra motorcycle stuff, and found a couple of good looking things.

Amongst all my "shit" was a Reynolds Rack model 240 that I originally purchased for my '95 BMW K75. I had it installed for a little while, but Kristi my girlfriend, didn't enjoy the constraint it posed, and it never really matter to her.

Well, I started thinking. I recently rode from Everett, WA to Buenos Aires on an '07 DR650. Then I sold it to a traveler, flew home, bought an '09 DR650 in Alabama, and rode it to San Diego before catching a ride up I-5 back home.

What I experienced was nearly 3k miles of highway/interstate on my cross country USA trip, and several thousands more on my trip to Argentina.

Has anyone ever seen a back rest on a DR650? I suppose if you special ordered a Corbin, you could get a back rest installed. Or maybe even a Russell Day Long with that option.

I went a different route.

I was looking at the rear rack on my DR650. It's a variety of the Billet Rear rack, made by



So I took the top of the rack off it's mounting brackets, via the 4 removable screws, and who would have thought, my Reynolds Rack model 240 lined right up.



Now, it's nothing special, and surely there are many of you guys out there that use your DR650's as legitimate dual sporting terrain tacklers. Well with 4 easily removed bolts, this bad-boy comes off. Don't stress yourselves gents.

There are two mounting tabs on the Rack, and two of the bolts are installed on the inside, connecting to the tabs. The other two bolts go in from the outside. Also, as you can see, the Billet Aluminum rack is currently held on by 4 zip ties. It'll do for now.



Currently, the back rest pad sits a bit high. I am 6'6", and the pad rests a bit below, and directly between my shoulder blades. Anyone about 6' or less would find this to SUCK.



As for now, this is what is looks like. I will drill 4 more holes in the rack to make it have an adjustable position. I intend to make it able to move 4 inches forward, for a comfortable back rest position for solo riding.

Further more, the back rest will be made to be adjustable in height and position. This may lead to the rack staying in the same position while the back rest moves instead.

I like it for now. I will be cutting of the length of the back rest mounting legs that extends beyond the rear of the seat. About 4 to 5 inches or so.




I found another one on sale on EBAY. Similar to what I paid for mine about 3 years ago. Many others would work as well I am sure.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-85-97-RE...9ed047&vxp=mtr


Anyhow, it was a mildly productive day as I changed the oil too.

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Old 03-09-2012, 01:14 AM   #61055
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It's ironic.

The guys in the KTM 950 SM thread are discussing inadequate suspension on our bikes as well. (fully adjustable front and rear WP) I love my 950 suspension, and after some mods very pleased with my DR suspension as well.

It's all relative I suppose.

I get "fiddling" is half the fun with bikes, but sometimes just ridin the damn thing, whatever it is, is lost in the complications of searching for 'perfect'.
It's the same with BMWs.

Standard my F800 was a little bit better than a standard DR - you could carry a pillion on the BMW, I wouldn't have tried that on the DR.

But still for a dual sport role, completely inadequate.

Apparently being the most expensive bike on the market shouldn't give me any sence of entitlement in regards to quality.

My 2 DRs and all their mods cost far less than the BMW did.

One is set up as a trail bike, one is set up as an Adventure Bike. It will carry a pillion anywhere.


Just in case you were thinking of upgrading, I have the choice of 3 dual sports bikes and I ride my chopped and ratted DR the most off road. It rocks.

The BMW is my mid life crisis. My Vietnam. My nemesis.

The DR keeps me sane.


Be careful what you wish for......you just might get it.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:08 AM   #61056
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mine did that for a bit then went away.
just clean it up w/ simple green and water.
Mine weeps oil at the cam plug too. Same deal above the spark plugs. Its minor so far.

I'm 6'-4" and it does not take much to create a back rest. I use the bag with my camping gear to lean back on. No camping stuff.... A baja bag stuffed with rain gear works. :what:

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Old 03-09-2012, 07:54 AM   #61057
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Back Rest

The rack on my DR is off an old CB750 Honda. A little modification and it fits fine.

There is a back rest that plugs in (small pipes into larger pipes), which makes the back rest adjustable front to rear. Only use it on longer trips, the rest of the time the back rest hangs on the garage wall. The top box is an old Samsonite luggage w/wheels.




Keep your eyes open at garage sales. The guy that sold the rack also gave me a rack for an XL250, but it wouldn't fit the XL350. It's in the barn waiting...

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Old 03-09-2012, 09:27 AM   #61058
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So, I was out in my garage, going through all my extra motorcycle stuff, and found a couple of good looking things.

Amongst all my "shit" was a Reynolds Rack model 240 that I originally purchased for my '95 BMW K75. I had it installed for a little while, but Kristi my girlfriend, didn't enjoy the constraint it posed, and it never really matter to her. . . .


. . . I will be cutting of the length of the back rest mounting legs that extends beyond the rear of the seat. About 4 to 5 inches or so . . .
As a K75 owner, the thought of you chopping up that Reynolds Rack makes me cringe. There aren't many of those around and they're not making any more. You could get a good price for that on any K-bike forum.

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Old 03-09-2012, 09:37 AM   #61059
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As a K75 owner, the thought of you chopping up that Reynolds Rack makes me cringe. There aren't many of those around and they're not making any more. You could get a good price for that on any K-bike forum.
I know it. I've had it on my bike (the DR) for a couple of days in the garage, and I just can't bring myself to chop it. I think what will happen, is that I will sell the Reynolds Rack 240 to another Kbike enthusiast, and modify a different rack to fit. Gotta keep the Reynolds racks alive.

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Old 03-09-2012, 09:44 AM   #61060
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John Deere and DR pics..... Nice pics bigalsmith101.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:17 PM   #61061
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It's the same with BMWs.


Just in case you were thinking of upgrading, I have the choice of 3 dual sports bikes and I ride my chopped and ratted DR the most off road. It rocks.
GO FOR IT SNOWY

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Old 03-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #61062
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:20 PM   #61063
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Metal in oil after oil change

Ok so what's the most likely cause?

Bought a used 09 with 2500 miles, PO siad he had the first service work done so I was going to wait until 4K miles to change the oil but recently found out he did not do any of the recommended service so at about 3400 miles I changed the oil...left it sitting in the drain pan until this afternoon when changing oil in 4Runner.

Poured the DR oil into a sealable contanier and noticed some very small metal filings and a large (to me) piece of metal. Should of taken a pic but it was about 4mm long and 2 mm thick with one side rounded.

Bike runs great, makes no noise and has been ridden about 100 miles since the oil change.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:43 PM   #61064
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Piece of an NSU bolt? I'd be checking that right away.


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Ok so what's the most likely cause?

Bought a used 09 with 2500 miles, PO siad he had the first service work done so I was going to wait until 4K miles to change the oil but recently found out he did not do any of the recommended service so at about 3400 miles I changed the oil...left it sitting in the drain pan until this afternoon when changing oil in 4Runner.

Poured the DR oil into a sealable contanier and noticed some very small metal filings and a large (to me) piece of metal. Should of taken a pic but it was about 4mm long and 2 mm thick with one side rounded.

Bike runs great, makes no noise and has been ridden about 100 miles since the oil change.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:27 PM   #61065
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Ok so what's the most likely cause?

Bought a used 09 with 2500 miles, PO siad he had the first service work done so I was going to wait until 4K miles to change the oil but recently found out he did not do any of the recommended service so at about 3400 miles I changed the oil...left it sitting in the drain pan until this afternoon when changing oil in 4Runner.

Poured the DR oil into a sealable contanier and noticed some very small metal filings and a large (to me) piece of metal. Should of taken a pic but it was about 4mm long and 2 mm thick with one side rounded.

Bike runs great, makes no noise and has been ridden about 100 miles since the oil change.
Your bike is almost new, unless you have really bad karma, it's just a bit left over from the production process.

One thing about the internet: it makes us paranoid. We hear about every stutter, surge, stumble, hiccup and sneeze that happens to any DR worldwide.

The first purchase one should make for any new (or used) motorcycle, would be a magnetic drain plug. It's a long term preventative maintenance item that never quits protecting our motors from the itty bitty, really really hard pieces that occassionally chip loose from our trannys. It also tells us when there are too many new, loose pieces between oil changes. And the 'once inna while' NSU screw:

Pic courtesy of NordieBoy:


Mine after the last oil change:
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