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Old 03-14-2013, 03:02 PM   #74761
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Just added a 45 vision x light to my DR

You like that better than the Rigid? I've been looking for supplemental lighting for both my bikes.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:43 PM   #74762
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First of all, thank you all for the warm welcome. I will certainly be doing a safety course as soon as the weather warms up. Until then, I'll be practicing around my house. I've also updated my location as suggested.

I have a question for you guys. This being my first bike, I'm not quite sure what to expect as normal/abnormal. Something that has concerned me is that when I start my bike for the first time in the morning (usually around 30 degrees), it fires right up with the choke on. It idles fine and I'm able to turn the choke off within a few minutes to let it idle on it's own but, it takes 15 minutes or more before it will take light throttle without breaking up/bogging. Is this something to be concerned about or considered normal?
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:51 PM   #74763
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First of all, thank you all for the warm welcome. I will certainly be doing a safety course as soon as the weather warms up. Until then, I'll be practicing around my house. I've also updated my location as suggested.

I have a question for you guys. This being my first bike, I'm not quite sure what to expect as normal/abnormal. Something that has concerned me is that when I start my bike for the first time in the morning (usually around 30 degrees), it fires right up with the choke on. It idles fine and I'm able to turn the choke off within a few minutes to let it idle on it's own but, it takes 15 minutes or more before it will take light throttle without breaking up/bogging. Is this something to be concerned about or considered normal?
Sounds like a jet is a little clogged or something.

Sea Foam for a few tanks, then determine if it's still a problem.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:52 PM   #74764
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I appreciate the offer to ride yours. Had I ridden one prior to looking at the one for sale, I may have felt better about buying it. I called the guy today and told him I'd give him $2600 (the price I walked away from yesterday). He had someone coming to look today and ended up selling it to him. Assuming the miles were accurate and there was nothing wrong with the front end, I'd have to say I missed a great deal. Let me know when you want to go riding. I'm in Enfield and my mighty KLR250 needs only a brake bleed to be ready.

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Old 03-14-2013, 05:12 PM   #74765
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First of all, thank you all for the warm welcome. I will certainly be doing a safety course as soon as the weather warms up. Until then, I'll be practicing around my house. I've also updated my location as suggested.

I have a question for you guys. This being my first bike, I'm not quite sure what to expect as normal/abnormal. Something that has concerned me is that when I start my bike for the first time in the morning (usually around 30 degrees), it fires right up with the choke on. It idles fine and I'm able to turn the choke off within a few minutes to let it idle on it's own but, it takes 15 minutes or more before it will take light throttle without breaking up/bogging. Is this something to be concerned about or considered normal?
Normal. But after a minute on choke ... you can just ride off. Leave the choke on for another minute or so ... riding will achieve warm up ten times faster than sitting at idle. Don't over rev it or Lug it for the first five minutes ... after that ... anything goes.

Be sure to practice what you learn in the riding course ... especially things like identify and avoidance. Try to learn how NOT to target fixate ... many Noob riders go off the road or hit someone in their path because of that. Most times you can STEER around obstacles. But you have to stay cool and NOT fixate on the car in your path. Look for a safe out.
Practice tight figure 8's, holding throttle on steady, using rear brake to control speed. Go ahead, lean that sucker OVER! Learn to counter steer. Understand what that is. Remember .... YOU WILL GO WHERE YOU LOOK. Don't fixate. Doing tight figure 8's ... turn your head left and look way left. You will go there.

Also learn to safety check your bike. Tire pressures are important. Check 'em once a week at least. Know you tank range ... and know how to switch to reserve instantly without looking, must be done by feel. This could save your life.

Do braking practice. Learn to use BOTH brakes and learn how NOT to lock the rear brake and how to really hammer the front brake when you need to.

It's a jungle out there ... ride accordingly. Be safe, have fun!
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:36 PM   #74766
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First of all, thank you all for the warm welcome. I will certainly be doing a safety course as soon as the weather warms up. Until then, I'll be practicing around my house. I've also updated my location as suggested.

I have a question for you guys. This being my first bike, I'm not quite sure what to expect as normal/abnormal. Something that has concerned me is that when I start my bike for the first time in the morning (usually around 30 degrees), it fires right up with the choke on. It idles fine and I'm able to turn the choke off within a few minutes to let it idle on it's own but, it takes 15 minutes or more before it will take light throttle without breaking up/bogging. Is this something to be concerned about or considered normal?
30* F? Brrrr...getting cold.

Normal, as Grifter said. It will buck and snort for a little while at small throttle openings when cold, but it should run tolerably well at just a bit higher speeds. Keep it at the lowest throttle where it still feels smooth and let it gradually warm up for 10 minutes as you ride.

Try to avoid jumping right onto the freeway with cold motor.

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Old 03-14-2013, 05:45 PM   #74767
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Does anyone know a source or part number for the drilled rear brake master cylinder guard I've seen on some DR650's? I had one on a KLR650 that was off of a Ninja.

Thanks,

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Old 03-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #74768
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Ok so I know it has to have been covered in here somewhere but I guess I'm technically challenged today or something. I'm wondering two things for my 00' dr650:
One: How do I bypass the clutch safety switch thing, and the kickstand one?
Two: Can anyone recommend a headlight and surround that looks and works better than stock? I looked and the trail tech torch but it doesn't list a DR as compatible?
Thanks!!
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:11 PM   #74769
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Just added a 45 vision x light to my DR

I am also thinking about adding a single 40degree Vision X. please let us know how you like it in the deep dark.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:01 PM   #74770
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Sounds like a jet is a little clogged or something.

Sea Foam for a few tanks, then determine if it's still a problem.
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Normal. But after a minute on choke ... you can just ride off. Leave the choke on for another minute or so ... riding will achieve warm up ten times faster than sitting at idle. Don't over rev it or Lug it for the first five minutes ... after that ... anything goes.

Be sure to practice what you learn in the riding course ... especially things like identify and avoidance. Try to learn how NOT to target fixate ... many Noob riders go off the road or hit someone in their path because of that. Most times you can STEER around obstacles. But you have to stay cool and NOT fixate on the car in your path. Look for a safe out.
Practice tight figure 8's, holding throttle on steady, using rear brake to control speed. Go ahead, lean that sucker OVER! Learn to counter steer. Understand what that is. Remember .... YOU WILL GO WHERE YOU LOOK. Don't fixate. Doing tight figure 8's ... turn your head left and look way left. You will go there.

Also learn to safety check your bike. Tire pressures are important. Check 'em once a week at least. Know you tank range ... and know how to switch to reserve instantly without looking, must be done by feel. This could save your life.

Do braking practice. Learn to use BOTH brakes and learn how NOT to lock the rear brake and how to really hammer the front brake when you need to.

It's a jungle out there ... ride accordingly. Be safe, have fun!
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30* F? Brrrr...getting cold.

Normal, as Grifter said. It will buck and snort for a little while at small throttle openings when cold, but it should run tolerably well at just a bit higher speeds. Keep it at the lowest throttle where it still feels smooth and let it gradually warm up for 10 minutes as you ride.

Try to avoid jumping right onto the freeway with cold motor.

..........shu
Thanks for all the info and tips, guys! Much appreciated. I'll see how she does tomorrow morning.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:35 PM   #74771
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Does anyone know a source or part number for the drilled rear brake master cylinder guard I've seen on some DR650's? '09 DR650SE
http://www.procycle.us/images/bikepa...cylguard-1.jpg

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:40 PM   #74772
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I have this guard (can't stand the expanded metal look of the one Procycle carries).

http://www.tpimotorcycleparts.com/in...category_id=64
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:42 PM   #74773
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Thanks for all the info and tips, guys! Much appreciated. I'll see how she does tomorrow morning.
I recently did the procycle jet kit, and it improved the starting and warmup time considerably. In fact, with the temp in the high 40s, I didn't even have to use the choke this afternoon. Much better at low-rpm cruising too.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:48 PM   #74774
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more from South of the Border

Heading south of the Monterrey / Saltillo area today on backroads to Galeana and beyond.

Oops.....



First drop of the trip.

We wanted to get an idea of what the real back roads were like here so we we turned off the pavimento and started down a little track by the river. Karst waved me on, so I headed off through the 3 small water crossings (puddles really). The puddles all had about about six inches of water with round river cobbles (hand-sized to foot-sized) in the bottom. A little slippery but okay. Unfortunately, in the third puddle the cobble layer was bottomless. The rounded stones were covered with algae and rolled on each like roller bearings. Two thirds of the way through my front wheel buried itself about 10 inches deep in the stones and down I went. Karst, being a good friend, immediately got his camera out and took a bunch of pictures....... then, he came into the water to help me right my bike.



I'm almost back out of the puddle and my rear wheel keeps spinning and burying itself in the cobbles.


Taking a break




We came out of the mountains and turned off at a little town called Rayones- muy tranquilo- and stopped for something to drink at this little roadside food stand.




........................shu
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:04 PM   #74775
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Heading south of the Monterrey / Saltillo area today on backroads to Galeana and beyond.

Oops.....



First drop of the trip.

We wanted to get an idea of what the real back roads were like here so we we turned off the pavimento and started down a little track by the river. Karst waved me on, so I headed off through the 3 small water crossings (puddles really). The puddles all had about about six inches of water with round river cobbles (hand-sized to foot-sized) in the bottom. A little slippery but okay. Unfortunately, in the third puddle the cobble layer was bottomless. The rounded stones were covered with algae and rolled on each like roller bearings. Two thirds of the way through my front wheel buried itself about 10 inches deep in the stones and down I went. Karst, being a good friend, immediately got his camera out and took a bunch of pictures....... then, he came into the water to help me right my bike.


I'm almost back out of the puddle and my rear wheel keeps spinning and burying itself in the cobbles.
Whatta buddy.


Taking a break




We came out of the mountains and turned off at a little town called Rayones- muy tranquilo- and stopped for something to drink at this little roadside food stand.


Rock-n-roll Shu: Keep 'em comming.
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