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Old 05-24-2013, 09:27 PM   #77011
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:33 PM   #77012
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So, K&N filters are no good whatsoever?

Should I go back to OEM or use something else?

No dirt riding.

Trip to Tierra Del Fuego planned, will try to find the best road surface possible as the Mrs Tucker doesn't 'enjoy' soft surface.
2 up to Tierra Del Fuego on a DR? I like it! I tend to sit all the way back on the seat even at 6' tall to cruise slabs so 2 up must be perfect and more power to you!
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:38 PM   #77013
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I'm chiming in on two things! I've had my DR650 for a little under a month. I love it. The girlfriend loves it. Once I get going and build my adventure sidecar, my lab will love it.

Second, K&N filters are known for this... Google 'dust out'
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:15 PM   #77014
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First, a huge thank you to ProCycle! What a great operation. I emailed Jeff the other day with questions on a few things and he put me in touch with one of his staff, Drum. We bounced emails back and forth and I made up my shopping list. I got down there this morning at 10:30 AM and he had everything on the counter waiting for me! So I plunked down the cash and drove away with some new stuff.

Got home, spent the day cleaning the grime off the airbox, suspension, etc, and then installing a fancy new Cogent rear shock with their special shaft assembly and a 7.5 spring. Next, I replaced my IMS gas tank with a new Acerbis 5.3 gal one and the twin petcock setup. Finally, I change the oil, lubed the chain and went for a ride. The shock and spring feels great. I do need to do a little tweaking of the settings to get it just right. I softened the clicker on top by one click... but... how do you adjust the rebound on this thing? I don't see any other clickers anywhere. On my KLX, it's another screw thing down at the bottom. On that bike, I ended up going two clicks back on the Compression and two clicks forward on Rebound.

Also, I got a rim lock in my last Rocky Mountain ATV/MC order since I have a set of D606's to go on my spare wheelset. But I was just thinking... do the DR wheels have holes for them or will I need to drill one? If I have to drill, where should I put it? Close to the valve stem or opposite from it?

Thanks!

Rob

PS: I posted my white IMS tank in the flea market. :)
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:38 PM   #77015
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First, a huge thank you to ProCycle! What a great operation.

Got home, spent the day cleaning the grime off the airbox, suspension, etc, and then installing a fancy new Cogent rear shock with their special shaft assembly and a 7.5 spring. The shock and spring feels great. I do need to do a little tweaking of the settings to get it just right. I softened the clicker on top by one click... but... how do you adjust the rebound on this thing? I don't see any other clickers anywhere. On my KLX, it's another screw thing down at the bottom. On that bike, I ended up going two clicks back on the Compression and two clicks forward on Rebound.

Rob

PS: I posted my white IMS tank in the flea market. :)
You didn't get a copy of the Moab shock tuning instructions?
You can read it or print it out on the PC website.
The quick answer is the red knob on the bottom of the shaft that goes around the shaft.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:03 PM   #77016
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You didn't get a copy of the Moab shock tuning instructions?
You can read it or print it out on the PC website.
The quick answer is the red knob on the bottom of the shaft that goes around the shaft.
Nope; just found it on their website, thanks! I do need to set my sag soon as I can find somebody to measure for me. I think I have it pretty close as it is.

Good to know on the rebound adjuster. I'll add a click or two in the morning before I head out.

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Old 05-24-2013, 11:15 PM   #77017
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2 up to Tierra Del Fuego on a DR? I like it! I tend to sit all the way back on the seat even at 6' tall to cruise slabs so 2 up must be perfect and more power to you!

NO! We have two DR's. The Mrs is an ADVRider! She's done 160,000 miles on BMW's since 2000.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:51 AM   #77018
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Smoother then stock? My bone stock DR will climb anything its pointed at as smoothly as an electric motor,refuses to stall and runs the same from 10,000' to sea level. The plug has never shown a lean condition,it gets 50 mpg most all the time. I dont think I'll mess with it.

Its almost like the factory engineers tuned the airbox/exhaust/carb to all work together as a package and get the best happy medium for many uses.

A bike this big and tank like really doesnt need to go faster in the dirt.
Way smoother.

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Old 05-25-2013, 05:32 AM   #77019
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Haven't been on here much lately, but does anybody have these?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1996-2010-Su...af71a9&vxp=mtr

They seem pretty near, but I wonder how they really perform.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:04 AM   #77020
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Also, I got a rim lock in my last Rocky Mountain ATV/MC order since I have a set of D606's to go on my spare wheelset. But I was just thinking... do the DR wheels have holes for them or will I need to drill one? If I have to drill, where should I put it? Close to the valve stem or opposite from it?

Thanks!

Rob

PS: I posted my white IMS tank in the flea market. :)
I put my rimlock 4 spots over from the valve stem Because that is where every dirtbike I've ever owned puts them I know there's a reason, but not the details. Yes, you must drill the rim yourself. Make sure you got a 2.50 rimlock if you have the stock rim.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:31 AM   #77021
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The 2009 I recently got had carb mods. Drilled out slide, different jets, needle, cut open airbox. Kientech header/ mid-pipe. GSXR can. Air screw.

All it did was make more noise. Stumbled on take off.

I put the standard jets back in the carb, standard needle back in, covered up the airbox. New slide with one hole. I kept the air screw and exhaust mods. Installed a K&N filter.

Runs like a champ now. Smooth and no stumble on take off. It used to 'hic' after you rolled the throttle on for a tad. You had to rev it at stop lights and let the clutch fly to overcome this.
When I set up my DR in 2009, I went just a little richer than stock and have been happy with it ever since. It pulls smoothly through the rev range. Like someone alluded to, it's not an MX bike. Opening up this and that makes more noise than anything else.
Reminds me of the Harley guys. I'm still trying to get the Street Glide I bought months ago to run right. It sure made enough noise with the Vance and Hines and opened air filter the previous owner put on it. I corked the V & H, but the air box and mapping are wrong, just messed up and did nothing but make noise. Couldn't find a stock muffler and air box via Craig's List, or I would have put that on. Would get better gas mileage too, I'm sure.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:43 AM   #77022
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Like someone eluded to, it's not an MX bike.
Is it possible that you meant "alluded"?

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Old 05-25-2013, 12:15 PM   #77023
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So, K&N filters are no good whatsoever?
Should I go back to OEM or use something else? No dirt riding.

Trip to Tierra Del Fuego planned, will try to find the best road surface possible as the Mrs Tucker doesn't 'enjoy' soft surface.
K & N are common and in use world wide on Bikes, Cars and big trucks. I'm sure they have thousands of loyal customers who have had good luck with the product. Some here rave about them ... so obviously not everyone has had problems ... and they certainly flow a lot of air.

I'm happy with Foam filters. If there was something better the Japanese OEM's would be using something different on their Race bikes. NONE are using K & N ... ALL are using oiled foam air filters .. and have been for 40 years. Now why is that?

Some K & N filters are sort of a "One Size Fits All" item. So perhaps in some cases that is allowing dirt ingress? I have no idea why dirt gets into them ... but I've seen it with my own eyes. The other thing is poor owner maintenance. Especially off road, a K & N will require more attention than a good Foam Air Filter. Not a good travel item, IMHO.

The Suzuki DR650 OEM foam air filter is well made, filters perfectly and strong. But it's just a but restrictive to air flow. This is NOT a big deal.

Many here have had good luck with Twin-Air foam filters. UNI Filter make a good Foam filter for the DR650 too. I've been running Twin-Air filters on my DR for nearly 50,000 miles. They filter very well ... NO DIRT gets in Carb if properly oiled and installed.

Take care of your Twin Air filters ... good for 20,000 miles of hard use. Should cover your S. America ride. Handle them with care, DO NOT use Gasoline to clean them. (Diesel is OK but rinse well with soap and water, never squeeze hard or wring out)

Off Road In S. America
I'm sure with practice your wife will become a better off road rider. Deep sand is tough, even for experts. Baby Steps. You guys will encounter rough sections, but most dirt roads are in decent condition. More and more is paved.

You probably should skip the Salar de Uyuni (Salt lake in Bolivia), but most everything else I'm thinking she can handle ... if carrying a light load on a well lowered bike and well set up bike.

When practicing off road remind your wife of the following off road riding techniques:
1. VISION: Look WELL OUT AHEAD, at least 30 yds. ahead. This will have a sort of miracle affect on her control and confidence. Look where you want to go ... and you will go there. Never look down just ahead of front tire. (bad!)

STAND UP: She will need to learn to ride the bike standing ... and do everything from that position. Not hard, just takes seat time. Baby steps.

RELAX ... your grip on the bars, steer with feet and knees on tank. RELAX.

BREATH: Many novice riders tense up off road ... and they stop breathing!
really true! If you tense up and hold your breath
(many do it unconsciously) ... you will tire quickly and get ARM PUMP.

POSITION: scoot back on seat in soft conditions, use a bit more throttle to keep bike going straight.

Practice Practice Practice!!!
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:40 PM   #77024
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Is it possible that you meant "alluded"?

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I think he meant "Pedant". There's also a debate in the law office I work in whether the period is before or after the quotation marks.

Gosh, isn't this fun?

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Old 05-25-2013, 12:55 PM   #77025
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I think he meant "Pedant".
I don't follow.

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