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Old 01-22-2013, 11:34 PM   #73141
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I live in southern cali. it doesnt get TOO cold here but lately its bin dropping down into the low 30's which is somewhat rare.

it hasnt bin getting its normal semi warmer weather lately so im worried about the heat of the DR650 killing the battery.

never had to worry about the cold weather.

this bike almost always starts first click of the starter regardless of weather.
or battery condition. the day before the battery took a bing steaming poo. it still started up just fine.

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where do you live?

The main drawback of the new Li batteries is apparently they die quickly and don't crank when the weather is cold.

I'm in NY and it's 20 right now, so that's not an option for me.

Otherwise I'd love to ditch that fat battery!
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:49 PM   #73142
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I didnt think it dropped that much voltage. maybe i'll wip out the handy dandy voltmeter and see how many volts its dropping through the circuit out of curiosity.

if its loosing that much power i'll definitely rig my own circuit up with relays and probably go up a guage in wire.

i dont know if this is a stupid question but.

what is the MININUM CCA needed for the 650.

the stock battery has a CCA of 120.

that seems pretty sad to me.

apparently i can get a powersource battery for cheaper than the oem.
and it puts out 175 CCA its not much of an improvemt but for cheaper and higher CCA.

maaaaybe its worth the investment?

im just throwing that out there even though im going tomorrow to pick up my yuasa



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I've always had the best results w/ Yuasa batteries, not the cheapest but they are reliable and long lived. So far as the light output goes the first thing to do is add relays with a fused feed direct from the battery, the stock wiring typically drops 2 volts or so which will cut light output nearly in half and a high powered bulb would make the drop even worse. The relays are cheap if you go DIY or you can get a quality kit from http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wi...s/h4_kits.html
I installed relays and a plus bulb in my own bike and the lighting is not bad at all now ....also FWIW the stock reflector and lens are glass and can handle the added heat of an H4 plus or high power off road bulb OK

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:54 PM   #73143
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Bold statement. but what brand for what bike/car/jet ski/ time machine?

because i normally get 4 years out of a battery this is the first time i have EVER gotten 10 years out of ANY battery regardless of brand,size,configuration

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I regularly get 10 years or more out of a battery, especially a quality one. I do it by keeping my bikes plugged into battery tenders anytime they're not being ridden
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:14 AM   #73144
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Bold statement. but what brand for what bike/car/jet ski/ time machine?

because i normally get 4 years out of a battery this is the first time i have EVER gotten 10 years out of ANY battery regardless of brand,size,configuration
I get the best life out of the stockers....most bike makers put damn good batteries in their machinery.......and they usually use Yuasa's But I've also had good luck with other quality batteries....you do need to pay for the quality tho, don't expect a $40 shipped e-bay special to last 10 years in your time machine
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:43 AM   #73145
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thankyou very much it did help
So fill us in on the outcome. Does the 350 rear spring fit a 650?
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:33 AM   #73146
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front tire question, specific

Just recently picked up a DR650, of course, and was wondering about a specific tire to see if it will fit on the front...

I'm not sure if a 3.00-21 would fit in a Bridgestone ED03..anyone know?

Thanks!
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:35 AM   #73147
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Just recently picked up a DR650, of course, and was wondering about a specific tire to see if it will fit on the front...

I'm not sure if a 3.00-21 would fit in a Bridgestone ED03..anyone know?

Thanks!
Should fit just fine. That's the same as a 90/90-21.

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Old 01-23-2013, 08:08 AM   #73148
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Just recently picked up a DR650, of course, and was wondering about a specific tire to see if it will fit on the front...

I'm not sure if a 3.00-21 would fit in a Bridgestone ED03..anyone know?

Thanks!
I run an ED-03 300x21 all the time. It is a really good tire.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:15 AM   #73149
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thanks

Was looking to replace the front with a good value tire, a Bridgestone ED03 or a Metzeler Unicross...

Thanks for the guidance!
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:28 AM   #73150
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Just recently picked up a DR650, of course, and was wondering about a specific tire to see if it will fit on the front...

I'm not sure if a 3.00-21 would fit in a Bridgestone ED03..anyone know?

Thanks!
FWIW there is a very handy rim width vs. tire size reference at http://www.mtsac.edu/~cliff/storage/...Size_Chart.pdf
I generally double check the tire makers site to be sure and so far all have agreed...
BTW, I have an '06 Tiger myself and love it (ride a DR650 as well)

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:30 AM   #73151
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My favorite combo for offroad tires is: (BTW, both are DOT approved)

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...chAutoComplete




&

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...chAutoComplete

in 130/90-17




shop around for price. I've gotten mine from several sources, usually someone has one or the other on sale.


I got a RockyMtnATV $25 gift card for renewing my BlueRibbon Coalition, and a $10 card for renewing my AMA membership. so that's likely where I will source my next set. Had good luck w/ Bob's Cycle Supply also.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:07 PM   #73152
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That is interesting, I haven't heard of pinging on a stock setup. Thought I read up on this one pretty thorough before going forward but didn't see any of those. Did you see that on ADV or somewhere else?

I added some octane boost to get through this tank and it helped. The only time I got pinging was when my oil temps exceeded 270 for a moment.

I did not see anywhere else that people had to adjust timing for the HC piston. So I'm tempted to leave that as a last resort.
How about just going with High Octane pump gas? Might be enough?
The high temps are probably due to tight tolerances of your new High comp piston breaking in? Maybe a bit more cylinder honing required? Dunno.

I've not heard of any pinging reported among our little seven bike DR650 cadre. (all stock motors) My own DR (stock) has consumed lots of really crap Baja fuel out of rusty 55 gal drums. A nasty slurry of gas, water, Diesel and rust. I always try to get them to decant it into clear jugs so I see what I'm getting. It ain't pretty ... but the mighty DR ran fine ... no pinging ... even in 100F heat of Southern Baja.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:16 PM   #73153
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Just recently picked up a DR650, of course, and was wondering about a specific tire to see if it will fit on the front...

I'm not sure if a 3.00-21 would fit in a Bridgestone ED03..anyone know?

Thanks!
Yes ... it fits. I think the ED03 is the Bridgestone "Gritty" tire. A really good and tough tire. We used them on long Baja rides. Pretty good ON and OFF road ... but more Off road. Go easy on wet paved corners until you're sure how she sticks ... or doesn't .
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:44 PM   #73154
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Nothing earth shattering

but still posting for those with winter boredom.
7k on my 2012 now. This sample taken between 6 and 7k miles.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:59 PM   #73155
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And for a comparo

From my 07' with close to the same mileage taken in 2011. This was actually 1 quart 10w40 and 1 quart 20w50 Amsoil. Hence the higher Viscos
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