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Old 03-01-2013, 02:50 PM   #6121
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True enough there. Mechanics gloves only get ya so far before you can't feel the machine you're tinkering on.
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:50 PM   #6122
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True enough there. Mechanics gloves only get ya so far before you can't feel the machine you're tinkering on.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:19 PM   #6123
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Waay too much motorcycle content in this thread lately. You guys know many of us still have ice on the streets right?



I'm just kiddin' ya. But the least you could do is post a pic or two right?
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:19 PM   #6124
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Actually, the streets are ok here. Grass is still covered. The problem is sub 30 temps and no heated gear.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:59 PM   #6125
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Oh, I sure tried to play this morning, but guys running around with sub 500, some sub-400, efficiencies in big tanks eventually forced me to go outside on a miserable day (overcast, cold 64 degrees, with a win blowing )... so I wasn't really enthused to be working. But newer, higher handlebars (a few have assured me that these are the ticket for a DR650 - some guys just raise existing ones with risers, and some use ATV bars like I just did). I'm really not so sure that everything I spent hours and $120 on wasn't a waste, so we'll see.

The only good thing for south Florida that I should have bought two years ago were aluminum hand-guards to protect me from the errant ghetto people who love to dress darkly, and to cross streets at night where I'd never see them. I've come within just a few inches of jay-walkers a few times already, and some hand-protection would be nice even if I will end up on my ass after the initial hit.
Sounds like Flint, MI - where I went to college. The ghetto folks there will intentionally walk out in front of moving vehicles, hoping that they can sue the driver when they get hit.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:29 PM   #6126
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:37 PM   #6127
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LOL, ok, well it ain't a glamor shot because 1. the batteries in my camera are dead, and 2. I didn't ride it anywhere to take photos of it, but...

I tried out a few things here.

1. Raised handlebars - like I might have wrote (and did write in another thread), Eakins - a poster here on ADV - suggested I raise my handlebars and get more sweep to mimic the neutral feel I felt when test-riding a buddy's 2009 (so modern style) KLR650. My DR650 is lighter and ... better? ... but the ergonomics for commuting on the KLR650 was very relaxing the one time I tried it.

This is what required re-routing of throttle lines and such.

2. Front fender swap - the bike had the typical big and floppy blue DR650 front fender. Effective, but ugly in its design. Since I was making an order I decided to try out a different style. It's still not totally right in proportions, but it's OK for now. I also chose to go a direction based off of some of the plastics on the bike. Two DR650's appeal to me: the all white ones, and the all black ones. Perhaps the black more, but I already have some white pieces, so... I leaned toward the white for the front fender.

Old fender and hand guards:



3. Hand guards: as stated earlier, I'm happy none of you guys thought me (or at least thus far have accused me of being) a racist or anything. It was just a logical motorcycling observation after seeing what I have ridden through for over 20k miles of commuting (both back when I was riding 80 miles a day, every single day - monsoon rains, extreme heat, or not - and now with my 6 miles a day commutes). This also deleted the plastic wind/brush guards on the hand guards. Mine were also blue. This both helps the coloration of the bike in its move toward all-white, and will allow more air flow to the hands as summer approaches.

4. I re-used the grips. I can't believe I was able to do this, but since the throttle grip didn't need to come off... and since I noticed that even a grip with a slit down the middle of it gripped the new knurled handlebar end very well (I noticed this while using it just to size where to drill the holes into the handlebar for the control mounts), I re-wrapped my rope grip over the slit grip... and now, even with no glue, the slit grip is in place and unmovable. I do have a new set of pillow-top grips and some grip glue right here, but the old grip will suffice for now.

Since I live near the 'hood, I decided to go for the Bling of gold:



Edit: and while typing all of that, I just got the same question I always get, lol - this time in a Personal Message:

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I noticed the purple rope wrap on your dr650. What is the reason for it? I'm pretty new to drs, and am interested in learning as much a possible. Is it only for looks, or function too? -Andy
If it were for looks, do you really think I'd have used purple?

Purely function.

I don't have small Japanese hands, thus gripping a tiny Japanese made-for-everyone grip gets uncomfortable. A much larger grip is both very comfortable for me, and I've found that a bonus is that I don't get tingly hands from veins/arteries / nerves getting too much pressure. It makes for a much better ride.

I only did it as a stop-gap because I couldn't get foam grips delivered to my house in time for a long road trip I took on another bike. It worked so well that not only did I not take the rope off mid-trip, but I did the same on my DR650 with more left-over gay-looking purple Home Depot rope.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:54 PM   #6128
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Waay too much motorcycle content in this thread lately. You guys know many of us still have ice on the streets right?



I'm just kiddin' ya. But the least you could do is post a pic or two right?
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:43 PM   #6129
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Well I went and did "it" today. I did leave the FYYFF Clan, I will be moving to another soon. I wanted to tell everyone this, not because I have not enjoyed playing with you all, but rather because the Tournament made me realize that I wanted to take part in Company battles and possibly Clan wars in the future.

I want to extend to everyone in FYYFF a hearty thankyou, and also invite you all to add me (BigBird928) to your friends list as I think I have added everyone to mine to be able to platoon down the road. I promise I will pop in and say hello in TS if anyone is there from time to time too, and ofcourse I will be on here aswell.

to everyone!

P.S. I may have found the only other clan in WOT that does not appear to be full of those Geeky Teenage voices that make me want to rip my ears off.

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Old 03-01-2013, 11:18 PM   #6130
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Well Sam, it's our loss. You were a regular on TS, but there's always more to explore in the game.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:54 AM   #6131
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It doesn't mean you can't still drop in on our Teamspeak and platoon with us.....heck, we let Dave in.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:04 PM   #6132
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It doesn't mean you can't still drop in on our Teamspeak and platoon with us.....heck, we let Dave in.
I'm too lazy to change the TS password anyway.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:19 PM   #6133
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Indeed. A little bird has left the nest. Just don't be a stranger, man, when it's 1am and you're looking for some casual friends to play with.

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Old 03-02-2013, 02:17 PM   #6134
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I sense some opportunity for drama if Bird[???] gets spotted platooning with [FYYFF] by his clan.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:17 PM   #6135
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