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Old 11-15-2012, 10:58 PM   #71131
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You can feel the frame flex? But you can't get any other feedback from the bike?

I agree that you should get yourself something else because you will never believe that the DR can be a fabulous bike.

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Alright guys, I'm outta here!
Leaving tomorrow at daybreak to spend 9 days in and around Death Valley.
If I can get my frame to flex enough to be a problem I'll be sure to let y'all know.
Yeah, he obviously has his mind made up and needs something else that he might have positive preconceived notions of. It sounds like he had his mind made up before he bought it, and is just blaming the frame so that he is forced to get rid of it. Whatever.... It doesn't make me any less happy with my own DR.

And, have a great time in Death Valley!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:02 PM   #71132
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Hey guys am I missing something? Doesn't the stock rear shock only have rebound adjustment?
No, the stock shock only has compression damping; rebound damping is controlled by a collar at the bottom of the shock assembly. You can take a look at the manual if you don't believe me.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:18 PM   #71133
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Death Valley Ride

Hello,

Man, would I like to join you in Death Valley. Great time of year.

I cannot due to the fact that you helped me lower my dr so low,( thanks, perfect.flex is all gone) , that the ambient temperature related to the low altitude and high frequency of my ass falling over the bars on evenly spaced bumps will dampen my spirits.
Thus I will stay home in hot oscillating bubbling water and drink some spirits instead.
I hope you have something other to ride than a slinky, oops, dr650.
Have a wonderful time from all.

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:30 PM   #71134
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Alright guys, I'm outta here!
Leaving tomorrow at daybreak to spend 9 days in and around Death Valley.
If I can get my frame to flex enough to be a problem I'll be sure to let y'all know.
Have fun, In early january this year, I rode around death valley for three days on my 06 dr650 - had a great time!

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:40 PM   #71135
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I believe you refer to Honda's "Tuned Flex" technology.
No, "Tuned Flex" was something else. Technically similar, but conceptually different.

The flexible frames on the XRs were a huge success, as sales and longevity of that series testify.

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IMHO, the DR650 does not really have the HP to initiate noticeable frame flex.
Nothing to do with power; the flex is due to lateral forces, not longitudinal ones.

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YES! It will move around riding of rough dirt roads! It weighs up near 400 lbs., it's not a 260 lb. race bike.
No, it shouldn't "move around", weight has nothing to do with this. Think about it, if weight was a factor, then given the fact that a 20-lb mountain bike moves a tiny bit, then my 240-lb KTM should be flexing like a rubber band; it does not.

The frame is always constructed so as to handle the stresses applied to it -- and the amount of stress also depends on the weight of the bike. So a heavier bike means higher forces applied to the frame, which further means that a more stout frame needs to be constructed. The end result is the same: no "moving around", irrespective of weight.

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Feel your handlebars .. they are rubber mounted ... and low and behold ... they FLEX!
Pegs are rubber mounted too. Different sensation, nothing to do with frame flexing.

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The '92 Husky you spoke of brings back some memories ... or nightmares? Was this magic Husky a 2 stroke?
It was a 2T Swedish design.

I got a '91 Honda CR125 after this; it was a really good bike, but nowhere near the WR250.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:11 AM   #71136
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Alright guys, I'm outta here!
Leaving tomorrow at daybreak to spend 9 days in and around Death Valley.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:26 AM   #71137
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Something's wrong Frank. I have chicks jumpin' on my DR at stop lights all the time.

yeah right
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:17 AM   #71138
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Hello,

Man, would I like to join you in Death Valley. Great time of year.

I cannot due to the fact that you helped me lower my dr so low,( thanks, perfect.flex is all gone) , that the ambient temperature related to the low altitude and high frequency of my ass falling over the bars on evenly spaced bumps will dampen my spirits.
Thus I will stay home in hot oscillating bubbling water and drink some spirits instead.
I hope you have something other to ride than a slinky, oops, dr650.
Have a wonderful time from all.

Heirhead
this thread is starting to get fun ...........good stuff Heir
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:28 AM   #71139
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Alright guys, I'm outta here!
For anyone who's interested here's a link to the SPOT tracking page

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...jBGuarSOcaHZNc
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:59 AM   #71140
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There is no frame flex problem.





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+1. whatever problem johnkol is having w/his bike he has mis-diagnosed it, imo he should try one that has been properly set up, and doesn't have a cracked weld/tube/etc... his bike is obviously bone-stock, and/or has other unknown issues...

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Old 11-16-2012, 06:28 AM   #71141
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+1. whatever problem johnkol is having w/his bike he has mis-diagnosed it, imo he should try one that has been properly set up, and doesn't have a cracked weld/tube/etc... his bike is obviously bone-stock, and/or has other unknown issues...

doug s.
+2
I'm certainly not an engineer but, some of his technical assertions are highly suspect. JMHO
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:32 AM   #71142
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+1. whatever problem johnkol is having w/his bike he has mis-diagnosed it, imo he should try one that has been properly set up, and doesn't have a cracked weld/tube/etc... his bike is obviously bone-stock, and/or has other unknown issues...

doug s.
Yup, anyone that is going to complain about the bike's handling while not first addressing the woefully inadequate suspension is someone not to be taken seriously.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:33 AM   #71143
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I'd rather leave it as is and enjoy it for what it is: a cheap, reliable machine.
I think we are done here.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:56 AM   #71144
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You need to look at the manual again!!!! Only adjustment at the bottom of the stock shock is a extra hole to lower the bike.

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No, the stock shock only has compression damping; rebound damping is controlled by a collar at the bottom of the shock assembly. You can take a look at the manual if you don't believe me.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:15 AM   #71145
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Motorcycles are like women, to be enjoyed in quantity!

I understand, I'm running low at the time.
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