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Old 07-12-2013, 07:47 PM   #78631
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I replace my battery every 3 years now, even if it seems fine.

It works out to about $30 /year for the feeling of confidence you get when, after parking to take a piss 40 miles back in the woods, you return to the bike and put your thumb on the starter button. It's worth it : no more 'come on baby, start for me prayers', no special starter tricks, just push the button and go.

..........shu
Deka AGMS are $70 shipped and will last a 4 solid years with little or no maintenance. these are solid made in the US AGM batteries. that works out to less than $18 a year for reliable starting.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:09 PM   #78632
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I suppose I have the same dilemma that many DR owners have; what to do with the pristine seat cover and foam after switching to the Seat Concepts unit.
Any creative ideas?
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:15 PM   #78633
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I like responsible dirt bike riders too (I am one! ) A lot of us started off riding Moto Cross or Cow Trailing ... 40 years later ... here we are!

I started riding AMA Enduro at 39, competed 7 years. It's discouraging to see guys abuse the land and ignore the rules ... I don't like a lot of the rules either ... but try to follow best I can. We're losing the battle and most riders I see could care less.

I still have a trail bike (Yam WR250F) but for overall travel fun, prefer my DR650. (yes, I have trouble picking it up when it's loaded with gear!)
I have come close to crashing the DR,luckily not quite gone down yet.
I started on a Trail 90 at age 12 and was racing flattrack by age 15 in 1972,and trail riding in one form or another since the Trail 90 days,then street riding before I had a car license,then building dualsport bikes out of various junkers all along.
Now Im just another KTM junkie,had about 15 of them since 1978.

But out of all the dualsport bikes Ive had,the DR is the best 50/50 rig,does street and dirt about equally well.
And doesnt break or demand much work be done on it.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:24 PM   #78634
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I suppose I have the same dilemma that many DR owners have; what to do with the pristine seat cover and foam after switching to the Seat Concepts unit.
Any creative ideas?
I would wrap it around a short 4x4 post and sell it on ebay as a pristine stock seat.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:22 PM   #78635
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There are posts of couples going long distances on a properly set up DR and several on this forum have over 50K miles. I know of one that sold to someone here with 75K and they're still riding it.

It should work for your stated mission once it's set up. Happy hunting.
My 2006 DR turned over 55K miles this week and still going... with Shinko 244 on both ends. Got it with just under 4K a few years ago.

Get heavier springs front and rear and go from there.

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Old 07-13-2013, 12:13 AM   #78636
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1) How many km or miles, does a Safari Tank take your bike?
My first load went 520km. That's averaging, roughly, 80km per hour. I also did about 2 hours on sand @<15km hour.

2) Also do advriders ride around with their high-beam on during the day? Do you get lots of cars flickering at you?

I'm certain going around on high beam makes me more seen. I had my beam off an hour ago and a car I reckon didn't see me until the end @ 120km/h.
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Old 07-13-2013, 03:19 AM   #78637
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Hey everyone,

I'm looking at possibly getting a 2000 DR650. Its got about 22,000 miles on it. How many more miles on average will I be able to get before I'm looking at a rebuild?

With proper suspension, will a DR650 be able to achieve freeway speed with a 240lb driver and 170lb passenger?

I want a backup/guest 'dirt bike', but also would like to kill two birds with one stone and have an adventure bike for my wife and I. The XR650L is too tall for a passenger, and the KLR is too heavy to be used as a dirt bike.

I'm hoping the DR650 will fit.

Got 58,000 on the last one with nothing but routine maintenance; it was running like a top when we sold it. 29,000 on this one and it's purring along so far.

I'm wondering if you all might need to gear down for your 2-up riding; a 14T front sprocket would make for easier take-offs but still run along easy at highway speeds. Be better for dirt, too.

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Old 07-13-2013, 04:18 AM   #78638
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Then promptly dropped it while trying to ride out of the field
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:23 AM   #78639
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I would wrap it around a short 4x4 post and sell it on ebay as a pristine stock seat.

So THATS whats on my '06 I thought was OEM Suzuki !
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:55 AM   #78640
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So THATS whats on my '06 I thought was OEM Suzuki !
We could place them end to end and see if they reach the moon.
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:03 AM   #78641
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I suppose I have the same dilemma that many DR owners have; what to do with the pristine seat cover and foam after switching to the Seat Concepts unit.
Any creative ideas?
bar stool or sex aide
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:03 AM   #78642
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We could place them end to end and see if they reach the moon.
If they did, we could then ride our bikes there on it........as I am sure they would be firm and durable enough to support the weight load without any give or softness.
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:08 AM   #78643
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:12 AM   #78644
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is this what you're looking for
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:54 AM   #78645
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Seat

IMHO it is not bad--lot better than the KTM or Husky seats I've had. The last one stayed on the bike until I sold it--this one will too.
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