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Old 10-04-2013, 01:12 PM   #25636
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Thanks guys this is very helpful.

No hurry so looking for the right one.

Why Im not real sure but I just want one.
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:13 PM   #25637
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Ok DR experts.
Did yawwl forget about the upper chain roller that if not removed could cause frame crack hole where the roller bolt was welded on.

Happened to mine and left a hole in the frame that I had to fill with silicone

These things are beginning to sound more problematic than KTM.
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:19 PM   #25638
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Ok DR experts.
Did yawwl forget about the upper chain roller that if not removed could cause frame crack.

Happened to mine and left a hole in the frame that I had to fill with silicone.

These things are beginning to sound more problematic than KTM.
I'm no expert fwiw. Good catch on the upper chain roller. I removed it and covered the hole with silicone.

I suppose they are. Better hope you don't get one that blows third gear :ohno



At least most of these things can be resolved in a few days. I will say a DR must be farkled extensively to be tough and reliable.
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:32 PM   #25639
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Folks that worry about mechanicals on a DR650 should never own a Ducati. Or motorcycles in general.
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:49 PM   #25640
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Laugh Ducati's, DR's, Motorbikes, oh my!!

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Folks that worry about mechanicals on a DR650 should never own a Ducati. Or motorcycles in general.
Ooooooh! I have both!! What me worry???

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Some things about the DR:
1) Get a skidplate that goes all the way back and uses existing holes. Using the one from procycle with 4 clamps puts the back clamps in a place where they can puncture the case on a hard hit. Check out the pat walsh skid plate. Got a new skidplate but wasn't from Procycle...

2) Kickstand switch likes to eventually go bad, and hitting nasty stuff can cause the kickstand to move a fraction killing the motor. Remove and jumper the connector. Removed it and the clutch switch which did fail in a hard crash in New Mexico...

3) The cush bearing and wheel bearings are single sealed. In theory it shouldn't matter since the exposed side is in, but many report the bearings getting washed out and rusting. This is especially true of the cush bearing as any slop in the cush hub will leave a path for water to get to the bearing. If the cush bearing goes it will destroy the sprocket carrier, possibly the swingarm, and maybe even lock the wheel. The very cheap solution is to replace the bearings with double-sealed bearings available at a bearing supply place. Most napas carry the cush and rear wheel bearings- found this out in Tok. Have to check- pretty sure it's got the double sealed bearings...

4) The stock seat is horrific and must be changed. If you have an air stapler get the seat concepts foam and cover set to save lots of money. Changed it-- stock seat did suck

5) the stator cover is very prone to being punctured by the shifter- mine was when I bought it. Get the metal protection plate at least for that side. Clutch side is a good idea too. Got 'em on both sides. Bike fell over in the garage and punctured the left side cover

6) Make sure to blue loctite the NSU screws. The neutral sending unit is made of plastic and over time settles. As Suzuki doesn't use thread locker on the screws holding it in, they will sometimes back out. If one happens to hit the cam chain or a gear under the clutch cover, you're looking at a rebuild. Just get hex bolts and use blue loctite on the bolts, or safety wire them. Planned for the next time the side cover is off, which at this rate will be in about 5 more years...
Just FYI..
: Also the upper chain roller that if not removed could cause frame crack hole where the roller bolt was welded on. Gone

All good stuff ^. I performed most all of those, and found them and many more mods scattered all throughout the DR650 thread of the "Thumpers" section right here on ADV... Some amazing advice and builds in there!!
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:57 PM   #25641
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[QUOTE=skid=mark;22480710]Ooooooh! I have both!! What me worry???

Yeah, me either.

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Old 10-04-2013, 04:14 PM   #25642
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Man it is great reading this forum and learning about the peculiarities of all the different bikes...I am going to be so smart by the time I die!
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:47 PM   #25643
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Thanks guys this is very helpful.

No hurry so looking for the right one.

Why Im not real sure but I just want one.

I picked up one this summer, so I can get my Dad into dual sporting. I have enjoyed it so far. I need to adress the suspension, but I have it mostly set up for what I want to do. It will not be a substitute for your 500 in the nasty stuff, but it does dirt OK, and is not bad on the road.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:22 PM   #25644
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I picked up one this summer, so I can get my Dad into dual sporting. I have enjoyed it so far. I need to adress the suspension, but I have it mostly set up for what I want to do. It will not be a substitute for your 500 in the nasty stuff, but it does dirt OK, and is not bad on the road.
Not looking for a substitute for the Hunny.

Hope you can make it to the Turkey Trot in November. Your 450 would like our Military Ride or the long Blackwater Ride.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #25645
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This forecast can suck it.

We're meeting at Hutton @ 0830 tomorrow for a quick ride before then madness
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:37 PM   #25646
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This forecast can suck it.

We're meeting at Hutton @ 0830 tomorrow for a quick ride before then madness
Hmmmmm... types of bikes? Slow or fast?
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:09 PM   #25647
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Not looking for a substitute for the Hunny.

Hope you can make it to the Turkey Trot in November. Your 450 would like our Military Ride or the long Blackwater Ride.
Looking foward to it. I will have to bag early on Sunday, but I am excited to ride a new area and meet some more FL FF's.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:32 PM   #25648
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I have done a few more tweaks on the Hussie forks, so a test ride is in order. I am thinking Brox, or ATV Trail/substation early, depending on weather...
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:23 PM   #25649
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Anyone have some tips or tricks to replace rear wheel bearings on a KTM? Besides what is on you tube...
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:51 AM   #25650
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Hmmmmm... types of bikes? Slow or fast?

Intro ride for my bro. Gonna be a laid back fun day.
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