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Old 05-29-2013, 03:12 AM   #77101
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I have an interesting observation since I bought a dr650 especially among my street bike riding friends. Because the bike looks more like a dirt bike than a dualsport I think they automatically assume its not suitable for a 3 hr ride on pavement or that I'm not going to be able to keep up with The pace. Five of us are going to Americade next week and every one them asked if I was taking the dr instead of cb900 as if I was little crazy. Anyone else had these type of reactions from street bike riders? Btw the dr is a blast through the twistys!
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:11 AM   #77102
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I have an interesting observation since I bought a dr650 especially among my street bike riding friends. Because the bike looks more like a dirt bike than a dualsport I think they automatically assume its not suitable for a 3 hr ride on pavement or that I'm not going to be able to keep up with The pace. Five of us are going to Americade next week and every one them asked if I was taking the dr instead of cb900 as if I was little crazy. Anyone else had these type of reactions from street bike riders? Btw the dr is a blast through the twistys!
Yep. This past weekend I rode with a good friend who belongs to the "Sport Touring MC". At the start were all big twins, Ducati's, and Interceptor, KTM SM and Duke and more. These fellas ride hot, real hot. At the end of a all day 300 miler, not once did they shake the DR loose. I was right there every time they looked in the mirrors. In fact I was able to take a few small short cuts through the woods and rejoin the route. They were slack jawed when they saw me waiting on them !
Well, until we got on the super slab at the end when we all split up. Then the faded from view
The DR is truly versatile.

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Old 05-29-2013, 05:39 AM   #77103
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Btw the dr is a blast through the twistys!
Yes! The twister the better. It's a very nimble bike! There is no rule saying you can only ride a DR in gravel :)




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Old 05-29-2013, 06:01 AM   #77104
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Well I decided to ditch the Utah / Ricochet bash plate. IMHO it is a poorly designed plate and obviously low cost was paramount over protection when they decided to not go all the way back to the OEM threaded bosses and use those cheap ass brackets.

These even when positioned in that very small channel in the engine case is begging to to crack the case on impact. I believe this just happened to someone here recently. I mean, if your going to produce and sell a bash plate, make it, well "bash proof" or don't bother. Yes, it will survive and protect most riders bikes, but why take that chance when you simply have other, better choices I say.
So I bought a Pat Walsh Design plate. Way better in all regards.


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Notice the rubber sandwiched above plate, an old inner tube, I cut it, folded it in half and positioned it between the frame and the plate. Just because I could.


Oh, and my oil level is not too high. The bike is just not on a even keel on the lift is all.



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Old 05-29-2013, 06:25 AM   #77105
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^ How do you feel about the oil filter protection on that skid plate?
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:48 AM   #77106
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^ How do you feel about the oil filter protection on that skid plate?
Good question. And let me say, my opinion is just that. Doesn't make it so.
But it looks like flak from the front tire will be stopped. Meaning coming in from that angle. A stone coming from dead on, meaning on the same plane as the ground, it is exposed. But the Utah plate also left some of the filter housing exposed to that trajectory as well, but to a lesser degree.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:22 AM   #77107
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Here's the shot of it ur looking for.


Boy, if I was a guy who was capable of fabricating and was inclined to do so, I see an opportunity here


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Old 05-29-2013, 08:51 AM   #77108
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I also have a PWD bash plate on my DR. I plan to get the DR engine guard set (from Perry @ AMP - LINK) which includes more protection for the oil filter cover. I don't think any bash plate provides enough protection for the sides of the motor (stator cover, clutch cover or oil filter cover).

I contacted PWD to find out what alloy they use to make these plates. It's 5052. I bought a piece of 2" x 12" x .1875" (3/16) 5052 from McMaster-Carr and will have that welded onto the leading edge of the PWD plate. The extension will provide more protection from debris slung up by the front tire. IMO, PWD seems to be one of the best available for the DR. I just would like a little more coverage.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:28 AM   #77109
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The fork caps were insanely tight too, although maybe that's normal. Either way my hands were starting to be sore from various attemps so I added a little leverage...


You must loosen the clamp bolts before trying to take off the caps. I go so far as to spread them a bit with a stubby screwdriver before turning the wrench.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:52 AM   #77110
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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.

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!

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Rob, I ordered the Mojave and I am waiting to get my hands on it to install it. I just finished reading the installation manual and the damping adjustment knob is at the bottom of the shock. You can turn it clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust it, according to the manual. How did the installation go? Any hints, comments, etc? I won't have much time to mess with it once it's delivered since I'll be heading to Mexico early June. I guess I'll be making adjustments on the go. Thanks
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:58 AM   #77111
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Can anyone provide me with some insight on adding fork oil? Why do I see a weird syringe tool? Why isn't adding oil just a matter of dumping 565ml then calling it good?
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:13 AM   #77112
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Can anyone provide me with some insight on adding fork oil? Why do I see a weird syringe tool? Why isn't adding oil just a matter of dumping 565ml then calling it good?
That's fine if you are happy with the stock air gap. The "weird syringe tool" is for fine tuning the gap.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:14 AM   #77113
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Can anyone provide me with some insight on adding fork oil? Why do I see a weird syringe tool? Why isn't adding oil just a matter of dumping 565ml then calling it good?
You can do that. You can also measure it from the rim of the fork top, I did on my two bikes.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:28 AM   #77114
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...........................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.

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Rob, I ordered the Mojave and I am waiting to get my hands on it to install it. I just finished reading the installation manual and the damping adjustment knob is at the bottom of the shock. You can turn it clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust it, according to the manual. How did the installation go? Any hints, comments, etc? I won't have much time to mess with it once it's delivered since I'll be heading to Mexico early June. I guess I'll be making adjustments on the go. Thanks
Rob, does your shock have a knob on the bottom, like the red one on my Cogent with rebound? Do you have a photo?

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Old 05-29-2013, 12:54 PM   #77115
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