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Old 08-22-2007, 12:05 PM   #61
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I just snagged a '91 DR650. I'm still getting a manual and haven't dug into her yet (won't start, busy weekends last week.5) - are the differences between the "old" and "new" (96+) models so drastic that I shouldn't even bother with the DR650 thread? I'm as far as page 25.... there's 500 pages????
It's a different bike for sure, but there is lot's of good stuff in the DR thread, some of which pertains to the older bikes.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:20 PM   #62
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Howdy all
just wanted to reintroduce myself as the proud new owner of a semi-venerable 93 DR650...

...but first things first

certainly I won't have much to add for my "knowledge base" but would it be worth putting together a pre96 DR thread?
the info is scattered to hell and back over the net and pretty hard to find....
Hiya Nash

I'm in a similar ship - just got a '91 DR650. Trying the search queries and threads on here, but still having a bear of a time getting the info I need. A Pre-96 DR650 thread would be money, IMHO.

Start one up, PM me the link, maybe some others will hop on the virtual trail you blaze.

fyi, here's the useful thing I found so far: manual (bottom left: r-click, save as) = http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...38#post4327638
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:32 PM   #63
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There was a pre-'96 thread started a couple months ago. Not enough of them to keep it at the top.

Maybe search for DR650S. I'll see if I can find it an bump it.

(I've got a '95)
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:41 PM   #64
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Someone was looking for this thread...

Plus, I just got back from a 3200 mile tour from Portland, OR to Ouray, CO and back again on my '95 DR650S,

AND got my big Acerbis tank installed (it came in a day late for the trip!).

(I'll post pics tonight!)
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:03 PM   #65
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I've got a 90 DR650S that doesn't see much use any more since I bought my Wee, but I love the bike anyway. It has a massive gas stock gas tank, skidplate, and rear rack. The stock rear shock sucks, I replaced it with one from progressive. You really have to gear the bike down, as the stock gearing its just too tall geared for the way the engines tuned (no low end).
Once you get the kick starting routine down, you'll wonder why they ever bothered to change them to electric start. MIne fires with just a half assed lazy kick.

On my 90 (yours may be different) you pull the decompressor lever down till it locks, then slowly stroke the engine just till the lever pops back up, then let the kick starter come back up to the top, and then kick.

Watch the balance shaft chain adjustment, you have to pull the side cover off to do it (at least on a 90), Don't let it get to far out of adjustment.

I've never not been able to get a suzuki part from my dealer, but they will have to be ordered.
AkBrian, thanks for the bit about the kicking - PM coming, I just bought a '91.... problems starting so I got her cheap.
If there were to be a Pre-96 DR650 thread, would you contribute your wisdom?
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:05 PM   #66
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Toad man + any other older DR650 owners:

words of advice for a new owner of a '91?
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:25 PM   #67
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There was a pre-'96 thread started a couple months ago. Not enough of them to keep it at the top.

Maybe search for DR650S. I'll see if I can find it an bump it.

(I've got a '95)
Thanks toolfan....
and I'm an idiot - that manual is for the DR650SE's
(not the 650RS)
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:34 PM   #68
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It's a different bike for sure, but there is lot's of good stuff in the DR thread, some of which pertains to the older bikes.
Back to read'n then (though I'll still be looking for that pre-96 thread if you can find it. Looked myself, I got nothin.)
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:25 PM   #69
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I'm not positive, but I think the RS and the S are slightly different.
Same motor, but the RS has more body work, IIRC.

I only know what I know from reading a bunch of suzukicycles.org, or whatever that website is were a guy has gone through and cataloged every suzuki mc (ever?).

I bumped the DR650S thread (something like "Any DR650S owners?") Not a ton of info, but it's got some, and it'll help you find who has one and who knows something.
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:52 PM   #70
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good luck on your new (old) bike
I just got back from gathering bits for my new 93
(filters, plugs and such)

mine needs a few kicks to get going

also my lights only come on after I start the bike...
anyone knw if this is normal? or what should I look for if isn't?

I just put a new battery on it and the previous owner replaced the rectifier and rewound the stator

I am just about to take the side covers... off check the balancer chain replace gaskets
bleed the brakes...see where that gets me

I can't say I can offer much info but I guess we can learn together
keep me posted on your progress
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:00 PM   #71
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pre 96 dr650 thread

cool... glad to hear I have some company

I have checked around some on ADV
some info but not a ton

I will compile what I have found thus far and post it soon (i am moving my shop this/next week)

thanks to all and keep posting!

about to tackle my "new bike once over" - check / change fluids etc.

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this is in the other thread I started but will repost it here too
*********
my lights only come on after I start the bike...
anyone knw if this is normal? or what should I look for if isn't?

I just put a new battery on it and the previous owner replaced the rectifier and rewound the stator

*******
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Old 08-22-2007, 04:45 PM   #72
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Woohoo!

THANK YOU TOOLFAN!
Mods, any chance of merging and renaming threads for clarity?

/me PM's mods


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Old 08-22-2007, 04:57 PM   #73
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good luck on your new (old) bike
I just got back from gathering bits for my new 93
(filters, plugs and such)

mine needs a few kicks to get going

also my lights only come on after I start the bike...
anyone knw if this is normal? or what should I look for if isn't?

I just put a new battery on it and the previous owner replaced the rectifier and rewound the stator

I am just about to take the side covers... off check the balancer chain replace gaskets
bleed the brakes...see where that gets me

I can't say I can offer much info but I guess we can learn together
keep me posted on your progress
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cool... glad to hear I have some company

I have checked around some on ADV
some info but not a ton

I will compile what I have found thus far and post it soon (i am moving my shop this/next week)

thanks to all and keep posting!

about to tackle my "new bike once over" - check / change fluids etc.

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this is in the other thread I started but will repost it here too
*********
my lights only come on after I start the bike...
anyone knw if this is normal? or what should I look for if isn't?

I just put a new battery on it and the previous owner replaced the rectifier and rewound the stator

*******
Indeed we can, and indeed we shall.
PM'd the mods about merging/retitling the DR650S (pre-96) threads we've been posting in. If nothing else we can gather here.
Thank you toolfan for bumping this.

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Hi Mods, lowly newb here, making a request:
A bunch of "old" DR650 owners were trying to drum up some info on the bikes, but it's spread across a few threads in the forum. Would it be too much to ask for a merge of the threads in question, and a re-name (or consolidation under on existing thread)?

Thanks much,
-SteveBroskey (New, excited, '91 DR650 owner)

P.S. Threads in question:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61568
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=258637
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=256989
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=255003
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=255393
P.P.S. While the idea isn't to compete with "The DR650 Thread" - I've been trying to get info on the older model of DR650, and almost everything in "The DR650 Thread" is about the DR650SE - and doesn't apply to the pre-'96 bikes.
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Old 08-22-2007, 05:24 PM   #74
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that was fast!
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Old 08-22-2007, 10:46 PM   #75
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suzuki pocket testor?

what's up with the suzuki pocket tester?
so I am no electrical genius by any means but I am confused

the manual for my dr650 1993
says over and over to check the electrical system with a suzuki pocket tester
because of the use of scr and diodes that the resistance readings from another ohmmeter will not coincide with the measured readings given as manual specs

anybody know what this means?

is a reading at say measured at 1k ohm not the same on all meters? or at 20k?
maybe I am showing my ignorance
but
do I need to find a suzuki pocket tester to correctly diagnose my electrical system?
or will any old VOM meter be okay?

thanks

Bryce
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