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Old 06-01-2013, 07:08 PM   #77221
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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   #77222
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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   #77223
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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   #77224
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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   #77225
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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   #77226
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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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Old 06-02-2013, 01:44 AM   #77227
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Pro Moto Billet Saddlebag Guards...

Hey Inmates,

So I am looking at adding these saddle bag guards to my DR. Any input about them? How well does the one on the pipe side keep the bag clear? I've reworked my signals so they dont protrude past the grab handles...

Thanks,

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Photos of the Pro Moto Billet rack and saddle bag guards from Procycle installed. Quality stuff.

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Right:

DR650SE PMB saddle bag guard

Also, a 12v socket with 10A blade-type fuse, for my GPS and air compressor:


Not sure I like the location, but it'll do until I figure out a better one.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:27 AM   #77228
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I'm assuming you already have the PMB rack. I do and could never figure out the workability of their saddlebag guards. I have smaller signals too but the guards just look minimal at best. I passed and ended up with Wolfman racks which are industrial strength and may be more than you're looking for.

Hopefully someone posts some real world experience.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:20 AM   #77229
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I'm assuming you already have the PMB rack. I do and could never figure out the workability of their saddlebag guards. I have smaller signals too but the guards just look minimal at best. I passed and ended up with Wolfman racks which are industrial strength and may be more than you're looking for.

Hopefully someone posts some real world experience.
I was thinking the same thing. They look a little small and too far back. The saddle bags would have to be centered over the rear rack. I see lots of bags straddle the rear portion of the seat which means they would lay on the side covers.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:12 AM   #77230
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I was thinking the same thing. They look a little small and too far back. The saddle bags would have to be centered over the rear rack. I see lots of bags straddle the rear portion of the seat which means they would lay on the side covers.
I really like my DirtRacks set. Only $179 for the racks and a carrier.

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Old 06-02-2013, 11:27 AM   #77231
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Hey Inmates, So I am looking at adding these saddle bag guards to my DR. Any input about them? How well does the one on the pipe side keep the bag clear? I've reworked my signals so they dont protrude past the grab handles...
Thanks,
Terry
Hey Terry,
Seems to me the Suzuki grab handles could interfere with the guards and could make hanging panniers a challenge. I've used several different set ups on my DR. Do you have pics of your re-located turn signals? possibly CUT off the grab handles? Really all depends on WHICH panniers you use and how you chose to hang them.

I have the Suzuki rear rack which has the signals more rearward and no grab handles.
The PMB guard on the RIGHT side may not cover enough if your bag hands down too far ... that muffler gets pretty HOT! If you use a small pannier that stays UP very high, may be OK. My panniers ride lower and more forward. (I have 3 different sets of panniers, ones shown are pretty BIG. so YMMV on this.)
The LEFT side PMB looks OK but the signal and grab bar may be in the way of pannier bag?

Here are a few pics of my right side Happy Trails rack ... and my home made left side guard ... which is just elec. conduit. My set up is very funky ... I am not a craftsman ... but this set up has worked during 50,000 miles of hard use both ON and OFF road with a fully loaded DR650.



Happy trails rack with Suzuki rear rack ... note were signals end up.
Pannier goes back to turn signal, hangs low and forward. That is Plywood on the Suzuki rack to widen it to carry a top duffel bag.


Simple left side solution. Lots of other options will work here. The idea is stabilize the bag and keep it out of the wheel.


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Old 06-02-2013, 12:40 PM   #77232
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Only $150 shipped if you buy it off eBay. Same seller.
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I really like my DirtRacks set. Only $179 for the racks and a carrier.

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Old 06-02-2013, 05:52 PM   #77233
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Only $150 shipped if you buy it off eBay. Same seller.
Good catch! What a deal.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:03 PM   #77234
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DR is getting a mate soon!

Well I went back up to dealer Bolt demo ride to look at it again and the guys remembered me and let me take it out solo they told me bring it back in an hour, so I road it all over the place! so it looks like I will be getting one to park next to the DR. Very smooth bike when I got back on the DR at the first stop light I almost fell over the ground was way down there!
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:25 PM   #77235
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Good set up Grifter...........what rear tyre izat in the last pic?
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