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Old 04-09-2013, 08:06 AM   #75601
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Long story short, I dropped the bike on the right side. Impact was almost all on the right Bark Buster and broke the passenger peg. I got on to ride to work today and noticed the handlebars/wheel was off. The front wheel is now pointing left relative to the handlebars (handlebars straight, wheel left). The handlebars don't appear to be bent, although that's what took the impact, the right Bark Buster/bar end.

So, I'm late for work now, but want to know, should I loosen the lower fork clamps and cycle the suspension to see if things straighten up, loosen the top, or both at separate times? Or, am I not thinking this through enough. I'll look for input after work tonight, thanks.
loosen all the fork clamp bolts and also the 4 handlebar clamps.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:07 AM   #75602
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:14 AM   #75603
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Long story short, I dropped the bike on the right side. Impact was almost all on the right Bark Buster and broke the passenger peg. I got on to ride to work today and noticed the handlebars/wheel was off. The front wheel is now pointing left relative to the handlebars (handlebars straight, wheel left). The handlebars don't appear to be bent, although that's what took the impact, the right Bark Buster/bar end.

So, I'm late for work now, but want to know, should I loosen the lower fork clamps and cycle the suspension to see if things straighten up, loosen the top, or both at separate times? Or, am I not thinking this through enough. I'll look for input after work tonight, thanks.
Before loosening everything up, just turn the bars full left (fairly hard) a couple of times. If that doesn't re-situate things, loosen it up and relign.

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Old 04-09-2013, 08:32 AM   #75604
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bluebird - nice changes. Some of the best about the DR...making it your own.

shu - glad you made it home safely. Thanks for taking us along.

BWB - I wish you and your daughter well. Yeah, slabbin' the DR for 2 hours a day wouldn't be my first choice - and I live in San Diego where weather isn't an issue. Best of luck.

Anklyne - is that the trashcan windscreen mod? Looks good.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:36 AM   #75605
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I posted before about my intermittent high rpm miss, checked the plugs and wires, plugs fine, might be good to replace the wires (can you buy just the wires?), found some abrasion on the small wire to the coil so protected that, drained the gas and found my IMS cap gasket and fallen apart and pieces were floating around in there, that might be a culprit. New cap ordered, temp cork gasket installed. Also finally managed to turn the carb fuel inlet down to better get the fuel oout of the tank. Stuck a phillip (JIS of course ) that just fit down the tube and pulled it forward nicely. Will test it if the dust storm dies down.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:42 AM   #75606
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shu - here's how the gov't spent $16M on our end. They put a fence thru the nastiest, steepest most unforgiving area.


...and then it stops just before this nice green valley with a flowing stream. No more fence for miles.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:46 AM   #75607
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loosen all the fork clamp bolts and also the 4 handlebar clamps.
After putting something under the bike to make sure it doesn't collapse, of course.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:06 AM   #75608
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Anklyne - is that the trashcan windscreen mod? Looks good.
Sure is. I couldn't find a bin made of the same material for less than $20 so I went for a heavy duty storage container lid. Needed some persuasion with a brake press to get the bends, but it's bloody solid and does a good job keeping the wind off my chest (need to cut it down a little more to reduce helmet buffeting, though).

I'm going to paint it because it's slightly translucent and looks a bit tacky. A work mate suggested duplicating the tank paint scheme/decal to make it match.
I'll let you guys know if I end up going that route
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:06 AM   #75609
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what I am saying is 2 hours a day on the interstate on a DR 650 sucks and I have had enough.... besides I mainly sold it to buy my daughter a car. geez guys thanks. she is going through some medical issues so i figured I would help.
That's a lot of commute time. I get where you're at. I hope you find something ... either car or bike .. that works for you. The DR is no all weather bike ... but on a long commute hardly any bike is ideal in nasty weather.

Hope your daughter's health improves.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:12 AM   #75610
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loosen all the fork clamp bolts and also the 4 handlebar clamps.
Yes, exactly the thing to do ... but that will only allow the fork tubes to align.
You can still have "tweaked" handlebars. Remember, they are rubber mounted and can get tweaked in a fall and appear off center.

How to fix?
Easy, put bars against stop ... and PUSH. Check them, adjust as needed, ride to confirm alignment.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:48 AM   #75611
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I dumped my DRZ once and the same thing happened when the barkbuster took the brunt of the impact. Loosened the fork clamps and everything went right back where it should. (had the bike supported on an ATV jack of course)
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:55 AM   #75612
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Question Seating Valves

Hi all

I have one of the old school models and have fount the book says DO NOT use lapping compound when seating the valves. The locals here find this strange and insist they seat them with lapping compound.

Can anyone shed light on this? Will it f*ck the whole deal if lapping compund is used?

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Old 04-09-2013, 11:33 AM   #75613
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Long story short, I dropped the bike on the right side. Impact was almost all on the right Bark Buster and broke the passenger peg. I got on to ride to work today and noticed the handlebars/wheel was off. The front wheel is now pointing left relative to the handlebars (handlebars straight, wheel left). The handlebars don't appear to be bent, although that's what took the impact, the right Bark Buster/bar end.

So, I'm late for work now, but want to know, should I loosen the lower fork clamps and cycle the suspension to see if things straighten up, loosen the top, or both at separate times? Or, am I not thinking this through enough. I'll look for input after work tonight, thanks.
I don't loosen anything: just roll the front tire up next to a post-tree-wall and push the bars back straight.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:36 AM   #75614
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I don't loosen anything: just roll the front tire up next to a post-tree-wall and push the bars back straight.
Hey, this ain't the KLR forum!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:36 AM   #75615
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I don't loosen anything: just roll the front tire up next to a post-tree-wall and push the bars back straight.
Ahhh, so I'm not the only one that does that.
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