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Old 05-01-2013, 07:32 PM   #76276
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I am coming to the USA. For over a year I have been trying to import my 2009 DR 650 to the Philippines from Seattle. As of last Tuesday I have given up on that idea, too much red trap. On May 18th I fly to Seattle and I will spend 4 months riding around the Western USA. I am 73 years old and I know that this will probably be my last chance.

In February 2011 I rode from Seattle to San Diego there was snow, wind and rain, I will make that trip again, and hope for nice weather so I can take my time and enjoy it more. I plan on using my National Parks Senior Pass a lot, as well as my MSR Hubba Hubba, and my Kermit chair.

So if you see an old man on a black DR 650, with yellow Wolfman bags, give me the finger, and I will give it back.

ON ON...
I believe you tried this ride a year or two ago? You fell off, got hurt, bike broke down? Right? Jeez ... hope this trip has less drama! Let me know if you get into trouble ... I have a VAN and LOTS of DR parts!

With 4 months you've got time to see quite a bit. The Park pass is great!
I'd do Baja on your trip. If you've not been, it's a great time ... and safe.
I would devote two weeks to Baja alone. Fantastic.
Ride all the way down. It will be warm in May/June but its a dry heat, should be no problem after Philippines. LOTS OF WATER!

Great empty beaches, NO people but enough towns to enjoy yourself when you feel like it. Everyone speaks English/Spanglish. Lots of fun dirt roads for the DR. Avoid the tricky stuff if riding alone.

If your headed back to Seattle then I'd do Idaho and Montana on your way North. Better weather later in Summer. Best riding states in the USA. Don't miss Death Valley. Even in the heat its great ... and you're only a few hours from Vegas ... or Beatty!

If you end up in Northern California I can suggest a few good routes.

Have a great ride.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:03 PM   #76277
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Whoops. I guess that was from ER70S-2:



2004 DR650: 45,700 miles of

His bike's too clean to clearly see all the marks, but the major ones look the same as yours and mine.

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Did you get the foot pegs and are the pegs O.K. I also included a oil filter just to keep you on track. Paul
Not yet Paul, but it's 25* and snowing right now. I got to ride 190 miles yesterday though. Thanks for the free-bee.

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I am coming to the USA. For over a year I have been trying to import my 2009 DR 650 to the Philippines from Seattle. As of last Tuesday I have given up on that idea, too much red trap. On May 18th I fly to Seattle and I will spend 4 months riding around the Western USA. I am 73 years old and I know that this will probably be my last chance.

In February 2011 I rode from Seattle to San Diego there was snow, wind and rain, I will make that trip again, and hope for nice weather so I can take my time and enjoy it more. I plan on using my National Parks Senior Pass a lot, as well as my MSR Hubba Hubba, and my Kermit chair.

So if you see an old man on a black DR 650, with yellow Wolfman bags, give me the finger, and I will give it back.

ON ON...
Ynot, congrats on your summer plans. Get a cell phone (if ya don't have one) and post your location occassionally; I'll bet there's several guys that would ride some distance to buy ya a cup of coffee. Or bring a trailer to help ya out.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:05 PM   #76278
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...no obvious way to install the guide incorrectly.
BWWWWWWAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHAAAAAAAA

Surely you jest Sir!

Some of my best friends can't figure out which end of a hammer to use.
And I am about as clueless about computers.
It doesn't need to be obvious, if it is at all possible, some of us will do it wrong.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:27 PM   #76279
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Some of my best friends can't figure out which end of a hammer to use.
My retirement buddy shouldn't be allowed to use tools.
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And I am about as clueless about computers.
Something changed in my puter, now anytime I drag my cursor over an underlined word, I get a damn pop-up.
And it's happening on three different sites
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It doesn't need to be obvious, if it is at all possible, some of us will do it wrong.
It's a guy thing, in our DNA.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:28 PM   #76280
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Yes, that's me. Missed the cattle but, broke the ankle, and the side stand switch, had to walk 17 miles out on the ankle. It was my one gallon water tank that got the ankle. I will still use it, but, try to get the leg out faster.

Yes, I have spent time in Montana and Idaho, both great places. I would love to do Baja, but, as I have gotten older, I hate sand more and more. But, then I read all about how everything is getting paved, so maybe?

I do enjoy riding alone, there are some down sides to it. I would tell anyone not to do it, but who listens to their own advise? I have always met more people and had more fun, riding alone than with others.

I did Death Valley in a Jeep once, and have always wanted to do it on a bike, that that is in the plan.

Thanks for the well wishes, and come September there will be a DR 650 for the next guy to enjoy.

And, yes, I'm a hasher, even wear a red dress once in awhile.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:06 PM   #76281
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Thanks for the Video Jay. Well done Vid!! (next time? a lavalier mic .. remember, I'm a movie sound man!)

Well done explanations of all your good mods. I loved your emphasis on simplicity. The DR650 certainly has that. But it's also got just plain good engineering and QUALITY parts. The Suzuki SACS system is, in large part, why the "air cooled" motor lasts so well and survives abuse. It's brilliant engineering, elegant and simple.

I had predicted your switch fuse block would fail. You proved me wrong! Well done Jay! Well thought out and well executed wiring mods can survive
60,000 miles of Hell! Hope you can keep your ride report going after India and let us all know what you end up doing.
Thanks, Grifter. Yeah, I knew the sound would be poor but just had to shoot and get it done.

Love the DR!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aIcvHbD29Q

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That's a great video Jay, glad to see you're doin great & on the move again soon...safe travels to you!
Thanks bud good to be back in the saddle
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:18 PM   #76282
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YnotJP? - You have my contact info so if you want to ride SD when you get here.....or just grab a burger like last time. We'll be in Seattle late June but you'll most likely be gone by then.

If you're heading toward Salt Lake at all, PM me and you'll have my family contact there.

Had to look up Hasher. So maybe a trip to http://www.hashhouseagogo.com/ when you get here. Play on the meaning, but..........
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:07 AM   #76283
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Maybe we should be smearing a little of this on.
or this...

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:53 AM   #76284
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Experienced people,

What would be better? Lowering the pegs, or buying a taller seat?

My 2 cents worth is: lowering the pegs, with a product like that offered by SW-Mootech which does not lower the bottom-clearance, would be better on a DR650 because it would not increase the riding height, therefore maintaining more control over the bike when riding anywhere. These pegs are about $167 which is about the same price as a High Seat Concepts seat. The SC seat raises the bike 1 inch. The lowered pegs 1.75 inches. The LP are the clear winner in terms of more leg room.

The difficult part is this: Buying the lowered pegs ought to do the job. But if I desire to buy a new seat, due to the 'hardness' of the 650's stock seat, I'll be forking out more money. $167 for the lowered pegs + between $150 - $300 for a new seat.

Ergonomically the lower pegs are best. Financially the higher seat is best. If money weren't a problem, I'd just get both!

What do you reckon?
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:07 AM   #76285
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Experienced people,

What would be better? Lowering the pegs, or buying a taller seat?

My 2 cents worth is: lowering the pegs, with a product like that offered by SW-Mootech which does not lower the bottom-clearance, would be better on a DR650 because it would not increase the riding height, therefore maintaining more control over the bike when riding anywhere. These pegs are about $167 which is about the same price as a High Seat Concepts seat. The SC seat raises the bike 1 inch. The lowered pegs 1.75 inches. The LP are the clear winner in terms of more leg room.

The difficult part is this: Buying the lowered pegs ought to do the job. But if I desire to buy a new seat, due to the 'hardness' of the 650's stock seat, I'll be forking out more money. $167 for the lowered pegs + between $150 - $300 for a new seat.

Ergonomically the lower pegs are best. Financially the higher seat is best. If money weren't a problem, I'd just get both!

What do you reckon?
I'm 5'10" with a normal inseam for such, and don't notice the peg height as an issue yet (6,000 miles on the bike since last year, bought the bike with just over 2,000 miles on it). The seat, on the other hand, was fine for the first 4,000 or 5,000 of the bike's life, but then it seems the cheap seat foam has broken down and it is no longer 'hard' nor supportive. My guess is that you're going to change the seat out one way or another... and that the pegs can wait a few paychecks, but the seat won't if you have enough miles on the stock seat foam.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:01 AM   #76286
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Experienced people,

What would be better? Lowering the pegs, or buying a taller seat?

My 2 cents worth is: lowering the pegs, with a product like that offered by SW-Mootech which does not lower the bottom-clearance, would be better on a DR650 because it would not increase the riding height, therefore maintaining more control over the bike when riding anywhere. These pegs are about $167 which is about the same price as a High Seat Concepts seat. The SC seat raises the bike 1 inch. The lowered pegs 1.75 inches. The LP are the clear winner in terms of more leg room.

The difficult part is this: Buying the lowered pegs ought to do the job. But if I desire to buy a new seat, due to the 'hardness' of the 650's stock seat, I'll be forking out more money. $167 for the lowered pegs + between $150 - $300 for a new seat.

Ergonomically the lower pegs are best. Financially the higher seat is best. If money weren't a problem, I'd just get both!

What do you reckon?
I ride mostly offroad in rocky terrain. Lowering the pegs was out of the question for me. I already find myself picking my feet out of the way of things too much as is. The seat is fabulous. I bought a Seat-Concepts 1" tall last Sept for a road trip. I toughed it out on the stock seat for over 5 years. Should've done it way sooner. I really don't notice the added height affecting handling at all. (6'1")
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:05 AM   #76287
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Every one keeps saying it's going to snow here in MO on Friday.
Same for here, if it does, it will be the first time in recorded history of snowfall in May here in AR. Global warming my ass!
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:07 AM   #76288
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Experienced people,

What would be better? Lowering the pegs, or buying a taller seat?

My 2 cents worth is: lowering the pegs, with a product like that offered by SW-Mootech which does not lower the bottom-clearance, would be better on a DR650 because it would not increase the riding height, therefore maintaining more control over the bike when riding anywhere. These pegs are about $167 which is about the same price as a High Seat Concepts seat. The SC seat raises the bike 1 inch. The lowered pegs 1.75 inches. The LP are the clear winner in terms of more leg room.

The difficult part is this: Buying the lowered pegs ought to do the job. But if I desire to buy a new seat, due to the 'hardness' of the 650's stock seat, I'll be forking out more money. $167 for the lowered pegs + between $150 - $300 for a new seat.

Ergonomically the lower pegs are best. Financially the higher seat is best. If money weren't a problem, I'd just get both!

What do you reckon?

At 6'2'' I've changed the seat and installed 2" bar risers and a different bend handle bar, I'ts been a year with a 600 mile and a 1,000 mile off road trip under my belt without feeling like I need to lower the pegs. On tucked in sport bikes it's been my knees that are first to complain, not so with my DR the way it is set up.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:17 AM   #76289
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Experienced people,

What would be better? Lowering the pegs, or buying a taller seat?

My 2 cents worth is: lowering the pegs, with a product like that offered by SW-Mootech which does not lower the bottom-clearance, would be better on a DR650 because it would not increase the riding height, therefore maintaining more control over the bike when riding anywhere. These pegs are about $167 which is about the same price as a High Seat Concepts seat. The SC seat raises the bike 1 inch. The lowered pegs 1.75 inches. The LP are the clear winner in terms of more leg room.

The difficult part is this: Buying the lowered pegs ought to do the job. But if I desire to buy a new seat, due to the 'hardness' of the 650's stock seat, I'll be forking out more money. $167 for the lowered pegs + between $150 - $300 for a new seat.



Ergonomically the lower pegs are best. Financially the higher seat is best. If money weren't a problem, I'd just get both!

What do you reckon?

I did both, Vince Strang has a peg lowering kit for $44, and I got the seat Concepts tall seat .....works great for me.
Im over 6foot 4
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:43 AM   #76290
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luckychucky, yours (2004).......




mine (2008).........


Looks the same to me. I think Mongle is right on it, those marks are from cracks in the mold, not cracks in the engine casting.

.............shu
mine 1996. no cracks at all! pretty much proves that the mold ages and gets tiny cracks over time. sorry it's a bit blurry, but I took a bunch of pics and this is the best one. (darn autofocus)

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