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Old 03-08-2013, 07:50 AM   #74491
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I use these on my DR and Strom. You can actually shake your hand out while riding. Easily overcome when shutting the throttle if needed. Just get to speed, push against the front brake lever with your index finger, and relax a bit. I pop it off when I get to dirt but it really doesn't get in the way much.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:51 AM   #74492
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any of you try one of these?






http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...rol/web1001431

I put one on for my Blue Ridge Parkway ride and have not wanted to take it off.

It slips on over the grip and you position it so the heel of your palm presses it down. That way you can relax your grip and still keep the throttle open. I don't even notice it while riding tough offroad stuff. Got it on sale for half that price. a bargain if you ask me.

Use one on all my bikes--I cut them down so there is more room for my hand on the grip.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:53 AM   #74493
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I put a set of Big Blocks on for my Mexico trip in January. Tires did well on pavement but the rear was 1/2 used up in 1000 miles of pavement. Front shows very little wear in that time. Didn't have a opportunity to test on dirt. On gravel they did very good.

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Okay, since tires have come up once again, I'll go ahead and ask... has anybody here run the Kenda Big Block on the DR650? I know people like it on bigger bikes like the KTM 990 Adventure, but I'm curious if it works well/wears well on the lighter DR?

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Old 03-08-2013, 08:04 AM   #74494
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Use one on all my bikes--I cut them down so there is more room for my hand on the grip.
I never felt the need for anything like this. Most rides I ever took involved many miles of offroad stuff breaking up the stretches of pavement. Most I ever really did was under 20 miles of slab. While preparing for my week-long ride on the Skyline drive and Blue Ridge Pkwy, I loaded my bike and myself the same as I would be on the trip. Most days were to be 200+ miles with a few going nearly 300. I know that isn't a lot for many of you, but it was going to be a new experience for me. I set out on a shakedown run of about 125 miles near home to see what I might feel on a long ride which would be blacktop. Also read sitting 100% of the time.

The only thing that I found was my arm didn't like holding the throttle still for that distance, so I added the "CrampBuster" and the ride went off without a hitch. I rode with 3 Harleys and a Versys. 2 Harleys, both much newer than my DR, broke down to the extent that they had to find a dealership for parts and repairs. (Starter & a fuel injection system)

The old '96 just kept thumping.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:11 AM   #74495
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I never felt the need for anything like this. Most rides I ever took involved many miles of offroad stuff breaking up the stretches of pavement. Most I ever really did was under 20 miles of slab. While preparing for my week-long ride on the Skyline drive and Blue Ridge Pkwy, I loaded my bike and myself the same as I would be on the trip. Most days were to be 200+ miles with a few going nearly 300. I know that isn't a lot for many of you, but it was going to be a new experience for me. I set out on a shakedown run of about 125 miles near home to see what I might feel on a long ride which would be blacktop. Also read sitting 100% of the time.

The only thing that I found was my arm didn't like holding the throttle still for that distance, so I added the "CrampBuster" and the ride went off without a hitch. I rode with 3 Harleys and a Versys. 2 Harleys, both much newer than my DR, broke down to the extent that they had to find a dealership for parts and repairs. (Starter & a fuel injection system)

The old '96 just kept thumping.
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Yea it's the sitting that's gets ya. I rode my 610 husky on the tat with stock seat. No issues because I was on the pegs a lot.
What seat you using for that BRP trip ? And would you do it again on the DR ?


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Old 03-08-2013, 08:35 AM   #74496
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Nice Russ
Yea it's the sitting that's gets ya. I rode my 610 husky on the tat with stock seat. No issues because I was on the pegs a lot.
What seat you using for that BRP trip ? And would you do it again on the DR ?


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I'm not a street rider by any stretch. I had a great time and would do it again in a few years. DR was great. We were so fortunate to have 8 days without a drop of rain. (Sep 9-17 2012) The best this was that there are no driveways or side streets that enter the Parkways. So you can let your guard down and enjoy the ride. Only thing to watch for was deer. One almost got one of the Harley riders. While we we there we rode "Tail of the Dragon" and several other famous twisty roads.

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Old 03-08-2013, 08:38 AM   #74497
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Kind of a noob when it comes to the DR, and I'm trying to get the bike on some kind of stand to take off the front wheel....any recommendations?


I also use a car jack and tie straps to my garage ceiling to stabilize the bike, what are folks using without a center stand to put the bike up on to change wheels?

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Old 03-08-2013, 09:18 AM   #74498
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Kind of a noob when it comes to the DR, and I'm trying to get the bike on some kind of stand to take off the front wheel....any recommendations?


I also use a car jack and tie straps to my garage ceiling to stabilize the bike, what are folks using without a center stand to put the bike up on to change wheels?

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I use some axle stands that I bought from Harbor Freight for $20. Put the bike on the kick stand, stand on the side with the kickstand, pull it towards you, and slide one jack stand under the right foot peg. Then, rock the bike up on that jack stand and slide the second one under your left foot peg. It sounds weird when I write it, but it makes sense. I've never had a problem with stability up on the stands, even when really jerking the bike around to get a tire in position.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:44 AM   #74499
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I put a set of Big Blocks on for my Mexico trip in January. Tires did well on pavement but the rear was 1/2 used up in 1000 miles of pavement. Front shows very little wear in that time. Didn't have a opportunity to test on dirt. On gravel they did very good.

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other reports have said the same thing. Big Block rear mileage is very poor.

Next time consider a mullet - knobby front & less aggressive rear.
you'll get long life f&r and still great dirt performance.

options are many but include:
IRC tr-8 front & Shinko 244 rear - expect 4-5k on rear
TCK80 / MT-21 front & K60 /Mefo Explorer rear. - expect 7-9k on rear

a high mileage, lower cost (vrs k60 /mefo) & often passed over rear is this:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx
you could match this will a Shinko 244 front if you do alot of paved and easy dirt.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:59 AM   #74500
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Kind of a noob when it comes to the DR, and I'm trying to get the bike on some kind of stand to take off the front wheel....any recommendations?


I also use a car jack and tie straps to my garage ceiling to stabilize the bike, what are folks using without a center stand to put the bike up on to change wheels?

Thanks!
http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...lift-2792.html
then get another 20% off coupon from a mag or print this one. it will cost just over $70.
i've had mine for over 5yrs and use it all the time. it's been bomber proof.
http://www.harborfreight.com/20off-c...aff-17547.html

sears has the same design too http://www.sears.com/craftsman-motor...1&blockType=G1

this lift is a huge help when working on bikes.
you strap all 4 corners of the bike to the lift and then can remove both wheels, forks what ever you need.

it has 2 floor screw-down holders so it will not roll when secured. with the screws up you can move around the bike to reposition it.

we even lifted up my friends big ass heavy cruiser with it. we put down a piece of wood across the lift and then lift up with the lower engine. with the bike strapped down, it was rock solid when lifted and we removed the front wheel.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:02 AM   #74501
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I run a DOT knobby on the front and it looks like I'll be running another Shinko 244 on the rear (no sand, no mud). The 244 gets good mileage and is 'really inexpensive'. If a knobby wears too fast, try the 244 on the front, too.



Thanks, thats what I was leaning towards from the Dunlop 606, just wasnt sure if the tire was chunking at all.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:06 AM   #74502
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Okay, since tires have come up once again, I'll go ahead and ask... has anybody here run the Kenda Big Block on the DR650? I know people like it on bigger bikes like the KTM 990 Adventure, but I'm curious if it works well/wears well on the lighter DR?

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Good question! I've not heard any reports from DR650 riders on the new Kenda ... but I have read a couple reports on Beasts and GSpot where the BB's did service on R1200GS, F800 BMW's and a KTM or two.
Verdict? Not that good ... especially in the longevity category. On those bikes they wore out quickly. I'm sure they'll do far better on the DR. To out pace the competition they'll need to go beyond 5000 miles (rear tire).

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Old 03-08-2013, 10:10 AM   #74503
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Use one on all my bikes--I cut them down so there is more room for my hand on the grip.
look at that throttle rocker instead. it's angle design matches up with you palm shape so there is no a room issue anymore. you rest the outside part of your palm on it and just push down for throttle. you don't even know it's there.

i tried the crampbuster once and that the design was bulky and not good compared to the throttle rocker. since it is not ergo shaped of your hand yes it's in the way and dumb imo.

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I run a DOT knobby on the front and it looks like I'll be running another Shinko 244 on the rear (no sand, no mud). The 244 gets good mileage and is 'really inexpensive'. If a knobby wears too fast, try the 244 on the front, too.



Thanks, thats what I was leaning towards from the Dunlop 606, just wasnt sure if the tire was chunking at all.
i've had great luck with the TR8 front.
lasts a good amount. rails on the pavement like TKC did for me and does great in the dirt.
for the price, it's my go to tire. many overlook it. it's build extremely well and from japan.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ront-Tire.aspx
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:19 AM   #74505
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Good question! I've not heard any reports from DR650 riders on the new Kenda ... but I have read a couple reports on Beasts and GSpot where the BB's did service on R1200GS, F800 BMW's and a KTM or two.
Verdict? Not that good ... especially in the longevity category. On those bikes they wore out quickly. I'm sure they'll do far better on the DR. Do out pace the competition they'll need to go beyond 5000 miles (rear tire).
every Big Block owner I talked to said no way would they would ever use that tire again.
the said the grip was on par with others, but the mileage is a joke, even on lighter bikes.
seems Kenda does not have (or if they do, use) the rubber technology to make a longer life tire.
the only reason the get long mileage out of a K270 rear is the build it with crazy long knobs vrs better rubber technology.
the Big Block has short knobs and crap rubber thus wears out fast. IMO Kenda is at the bottom of list of tire MFG.
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