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Old 06-01-2013, 01:54 PM   #77206
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Steph, if you're really concerned, there is a thread concerning the issue. I think it's entitled "DR650 3rd Gear Blow-ups" or something similar.
Thanks, I'll check it out.

We sold the Beemers recently and have just the pair of DRs right now. A third one is planned a bit later this summer when the intial spring buying frenzy is over. Emmbeedee's bike has almost 50K kms on it now and we want to find him a 'newer' one with lower mileage. Then the Purple Passion will become the emergency backup and guest bike
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:35 PM   #77207
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Thanks, I'll check it out.

We sold the Beemers recently and have just the pair of DRs right now. A third one is planned a bit later this summer when the intial spring buying frenzy is over. Emmbeedee's bike has almost 50K kms on it now and we want to find him a 'newer' one with lower mileage. Then the Purple Passion will become the emergency backup and guest bike
Third gear blowups are not going to keep me awake at night... in fact, now that the Beemers are gone, I sleep much better knowing I won't have to worry about onboard computers, fuel injection, abs, or expensive side panels.

As I was riding the DR the other day I thought of a tagline:

"It's not how much you pay for it; it's how much fun you get out of it that counts"

I find it funny that when travelling on BMW F series bikes, often the only people who'll stop and talk to you are on the same model. R owners tend to look down on the F, probably because the F can go anywhere the R can, but more cheaply. Harley riders don't talk to BMW riders, afaik.

But on the DR, anyone talks to you! Women in minivans, other bike riders, old people, young people. It's amazing.
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:15 PM   #77208
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Hey guys, can anyone recommend a mechanic and/or a quality fab shop in or near:
Flagstaff, AZ, Cortez/Durango, CO or Albuquerque, NM?

I am moving back out to the Navajo Rez next week. My only wrench is a hammer and I don't know the top end from an endo so, I am looking for a good shop or two.

Grifter, ER70S, Jayhawk, et al locals - I can pay in beer and whiskey so you won't have to pay taxes on it.
Thanks guys - I will look around. Flag & southern CO are easiest for me. Grifter: nothings wrong. More looking ahead when I start breaking stuff. But I would like to find a shop or person that can fabricate or teach me how to put together dashboard type stuff - not exactly sure what yet besides a couple 12 volts.
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #77209
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Thanks! i see the JE piston, what would be the best place to look for a cylinder? ebay?
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:26 PM   #77210
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Hi Zdiver1

Here's a 320 EBC on my DR. Make sure the clamp at the arrow is secure, if the brake line slips down, the rotor will cut it. This happened to some guys when adding stainless brake lines.

I have the SS Lines and I think you have my stock lines! It looks close with the stock rotor so I will have to make sure it is tight. Paul
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:58 PM   #77211
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WTF was I thinking!

I went to my local bike dealer today that was doing free test rides on the Yamaha 2014 Bolt very nice street bike had a great time riding it and almost pulled the trigger on it and then came to my senses, WTF am I thinking I love my DR! but I did get my free T-Shirt.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:41 PM   #77212
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A test ride...at a dealer??? Never seen that around these parts.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:55 PM   #77213
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BMW has a test ride every year at our local dealer. You get about half an hour in a group ride setting, on one of a fleet of bikes they truck around the country. Not a bad deal.


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Old 06-01-2013, 07:00 PM   #77214
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I have the SS Lines and I think you have my stock lines! It looks close with the stock rotor so I will have to make sure it is tight. Paul
Yep, I have your stock lines. The originals were 9 years and 40k miles old.

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Old 06-01-2013, 07:08 PM   #77215
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A test ride...at a dealer??? Never seen that around these parts.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:23 PM   #77216
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Thanks guys - I will look around. Flag & southern CO are easiest for me. Grifter: nothings wrong. More looking ahead when I start breaking stuff. But I would like to find a shop or person that can fabricate or teach me how to put together dashboard type stuff - not exactly sure what yet besides a couple 12 volts.
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Follow along here, someone is always asking how to do such-n-such. The DR is delightfully reliable, tire repair and installation are the only thing you should learn for the isolated locations you'll find yourself in around the Four Corners area. Most maintenance is easily done with basic hand tools and someone is always happy to explain your current questions. Learn how to post photos, ever'body loves photos. They make your questions easy to understand without you having to write a book explaining the question.

Since my Dad showed me how to do simple wiring projects when I was a puppy, I wouldn't even know where to start explaining it.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:37 PM   #77217
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I checked all the stuff, cush rubbers looked good, bearings feel fine, fr sprocket is tight on the shaft. mounting bolts are all tight, no cracks anywhere
I guess my friend is just gonna get a numb ass this week.

I'm leading a 1k mile trip thru Bulgaria & Romania, most days will be 200 or so miles on small roads, so it shouldnt be that bad.

Thanks for the ideas tho!

Doug
You can't tell anything by "looking" at Cush Drive rubber inserts. They all look fine ... but may NOT BE. I believe they harden over time. I still have an old set from 2006 ... they look fine ... but when I replaced them with NEW ones ... it was night and day.

The DR front sprocket is meant to wiggle around. Normal. But how is the sprocket condition? That is what counts.
The below are OBVIOUS bad sprockets ...

The below may look more or less OK but are worn and slightly hooked. The left side one is still usable. Can you see the difference in shoulder wear from the left one to the right? The hooked/worn one is NOT GOOD on the DR ... and will make for a grinding ride under acceleration.


I'm betting you're missing something obvious. DR's don't vibrate bad if even marginally set up right. Something is Eff'ed up. Good luck!
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:38 PM   #77218
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I checked all the stuff, cush rubbers looked good, bearings feel fine, fr sprocket is tight on the shaft. mounting bolts are all tight, no cracks anywhere
I guess my friend is just gonna get a numb ass this week.

I'm leading a 1k mile trip thru Bulgaria & Romania, most days will be 200 or so miles on small roads, so it shouldnt be that bad.

Thanks for the ideas tho!

Doug
hey doug,
those cush driver rubber will look ok but harder up. replace when he can.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:05 PM   #77219
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BMW has a test ride every year at our local dealer. You get about half an hour in a group ride setting, on one of a fleet of bikes they truck around the country. Not a bad deal.
Most decent BMW dealers in the USA (California at least) offer test rides on several popular BMW models they keep available YEAR ROUND. Maybe things have tightened up lately? Dunno, haven't been over to SF BMW is six months. But BMW in the US have ALWAYS offered test rides to anyone.
(not all go well ! )

Triumph dealers also will have test bikes available but only one or maybe two models. The Triumph truck makes the rounds with ALL the bikes on board. They do Test Ride weekends but only once or twice a year. Group rides ... escorted. Not a fan of escorted rides. (I'm spoiled from getting day long test rides) Good customers get all the perks.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:34 PM   #77220
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I was looking for obvious wear on the cush rubbers, they didnt SEEM hard, but I will suggest he replace them when he can.
Stuff like that isnt easy to find here, has to be ordered form someplace outside BG.
I dont have a bike with them, so I dont fool with them that much.
the sprockets looked ok.
I usually ride a harley, so Im not used to strange/excessive vibrations



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