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Old 09-01-2013, 10:53 AM   #80791
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I finally got my break in miles out of the way. I'm going to be doing my break in service this weekend. What oil is everyone putting in there bike. All the xr650 guys suggested rotella so that's what I used in my Xr. I still have a couple gallons. But what's best for the dr?
Define break in. 500 miles? 4000? I wouldn't run any synthetic in it until about 4000 miles, so what type of rotella do you have? The 15-40 dino version is fine, but I'd avoid the T6 synthetic until you either get 4000 miles on the rings, or someone tells me I'm wrong here :P

I know the newer motors run synthetic from the factory, but the DR is an older donk and perhaps this rule of thumb still applies?
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:21 AM   #80792
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Close to 3k on mine and just did an oil change before heading out on a 1500 mile trip. No synthetic yet but will switch to it for my next oil change. I will be around 5k.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:02 PM   #80793
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Define break in. 500 miles? 4000? I wouldn't run any synthetic in it until about 4000 miles, so what type of rotella do you have? The 15-40 dino version is fine, but I'd avoid the T6 synthetic until you either get 4000 miles on the rings, or someone tells me I'm wrong here :P

I know the newer motors run synthetic from the factory, but the DR is an older donk and perhaps this rule of thumb still applies?
I agree ... I would not run any synthetic until 3000 to 4000 miles. Beyond that, most any quality synthetic ... WITHOUT FRICTION ADDITIVES ... will be fine in the DR650.

Run a good NON synthetic motorcycle specific oil for break in.
My favorites?
Motul
Spectro
Amsoil
Motorex
Red Line

Here is a good tutorial regards Oil and your DR650 from Zen Seeker:
http://dr650.zenseeker.net/Lubrication.htm
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:33 PM   #80794
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I agree ... I would not run any synthetic until 3000 to 4000 miles. Beyond that, most any quality synthetic ... WITHOUT FRICTION ADDITIVES ... will be fine in the DR650.

Run a good NON synthetic motorcycle specific oil for break in.
My favorites?
Motul
Spectro
Amsoil
Motorex
Red Line

Here is a good tutorial regards Oil and your DR650 from Zen Seeker:
http://dr650.zenseeker.net/Lubrication.htm
I've never seen dino amsoil Prolly good stuff just like their synthetic.

I also like the Suzuki 10-40 full synthetic. On this trip I've ran many synthetic oils, but the smoothest shifting seems to me to be Amsoil followed closely by the Suzuki stuff. I even tried royal purple because its all I could find and it was noticeably sooner when the notchiness happened (and noticeably purple )

Of course, I'm not trying to start an oil debate. I'll prolly run dino for south america as I'm guessing synthetic will be hard to find.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:29 PM   #80795
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Here is a good tutorial regards Oil and your DR650 from Zen Seeker:
http://dr650.zenseeker.net/Lubrication.htm
Thanks for this. Always looking for hard data rather than opinion on this topic.
It's interesting to note that the new Vettes come with synthetic oil in their very expensive and high-functioning engines. This is a partial list of other new vehicles that use synthetics from day one:
  • Acura RDX
  • Aston Martin
  • All Bentley Vehicles
  • All Cadillac Vehicles
  • Chevrolet Corvette C6 and Z06
  • Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS
  • Chrysler 300C SRT-8
  • Cobalt SS S/C Coupe
  • Dodge Caliber SRT-4, Charger SRT-8, and Magnum SRT-8
  • Jeep Cherokee SRT-8
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG Vehicles
  • Mercedes SLR
  • Mitsubishi Evolution
  • Pontiac Solstice GXP
  • All Porsche Vehicles
  • Saturn Ion Red Line and Saturn Sky Red Line
  • Viper SRT-10

Here's another source of information on oils (not me): http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:32 PM   #80796
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:06 PM   #80797
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1998 6k miles $1400 just bought off craigslist.[IMG][/IMG]
Great buy! Now make damn sure it has a starter clutch STAT before you ride it...
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:45 PM   #80798
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Great buy! Now make damn sure it has a starter clutch STAT before you ride it...
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:06 PM   #80799
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And already started on the mods... Moved the lower rear shock bolt to the upper hole, and pushed the front forks up 1" (I'm only 5'7", so the lower seat height will be nice at least until I get used to the bigger bike). Ordered a stock shorter side stand from Amazon, and a 14T front sprocket from Ebay.

I picked up a Moose tailbag while I was at the dealership, and realized that to mount it I will either need to drill 4 holes in the rear fender, or buy an aftermarket rack... Still haven't decided which route to take on that one.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:55 PM   #80800
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new to me dr650

well ive just won one a 1990 dr650 on ebay so will be asking lots of stupid questions if you guys dont mind thanks in advance
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:12 PM   #80801
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well ive just won one a 1990 dr650 on ebay so will be asking lots of stupid questions if you guys dont mind thanks in advance
these guys will be a better source of information

the pre-1996 DR 650 thread:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61568

Best of luck with your new bike.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:20 PM   #80802
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hi folks my new to me dr650 1990 is a rs model or so it says on the photo hav,nt picked it up yet all the other photos ive looked at models do,nt seem to have fairing on them is the rs fairing easy removable willl it require new head light fixing etc etc
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:59 PM   #80803
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hi folks my new to me dr650 1990 is a rs model or so it says on the photo hav,nt picked it up yet all the other photos ive looked at models do,nt seem to have fairing on them is the rs fairing easy removable willl it require new head light fixing etc etc
You really need to ask your questions over at the 90-95 DR650 thread that Rusty posted a link to. Few of us folks around here know anything about them. They are a completely different animal from the 96 - current model.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:06 PM   #80804
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Nice stuff on that site! I think my first mod needs to be an engine skid, especially since I did the 1.5" lowering thing...
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:25 PM   #80805
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Front Sprocket

Any idea what could possibly cause a front sprocket to remove itself from the driveshaft? 2011 model with 3500 miles, stock gearing and no work done on the drive train other than chain adjustments and cleaning/lubing.

The retaining clip was in tact and all three bolts were in place and snug. There is nothing I can think of that would allow it to come off without the bolts/retaining clip coming off.

Was just in the shop to have the valves checked but I can't imagine that would have anything to do with it.
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