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Old 05-29-2013, 07:17 PM   #106
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So my brother in-law is on the DR455 (performing excellent!) and I follow him over this berm that has a sign next to it, "TRAIL OPEN". What kind of trail it does not say! It was an awesome mix of winding forest roads and sick jeep trails above Liberty WA. And it was raining. I'm still kicking myself for not taking a picture from the bottom of one soupy, root crossed, rut track that I slid back down for a second try after the DR455 climbed it like a monkey.

The 790 seemingly has torque everywhere, combined with the Barnett clutch allowed me to loft the front end over whatever. Circumstances had to be just right for me to do that in stock 650 form. Over the weekend I only rode DR790 for a couple hours max at a time, but I did not notice much difference in the clutch lever pull and had no arm cramps.

RMZ450 forks are the way to go, they changed the bike for me. It fits me better and they make it handle like a big dirt bike should.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:39 PM   #107
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what an awesome bike! You did a hell of a job on that windscreen/ nav tower. It looks like it does it job while still being very sleek and clean. Excellent work.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:29 PM   #108
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Great job on the build, it is a seriously big dirt bike!
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:29 PM   #109
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How is the DRZ keyswitch working for you? I'm doing this mod tomorrow (if I can find a 100ohm resistor somewhere).
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:41 PM   #110
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How is the DRZ keyswitch working for you? I'm doing this mod tomorrow (if I can find a 100ohm resistor somewhere).
Works great, wish I would have done that on my DR455. Got my resistor (was a five pack) from Radio Shack for like a $2.
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:08 AM   #111
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Nice work! What a bike....
I have to agree on the Showas. I have a set on my '09 DR with the race tech heavy springs as well, and it sure is nice in the rough stuff! I also went with the 320 mm front brake, and I highly recommend that for riding singletrack. True one finger braking in any situation (for me).
I've got about 16,000 miles on mine, and when it starts consuming oil, I'm gonna do a 790 too. Thanks for all the great pictures!
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:44 PM   #112
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@DisTech: How do you get along with that tiny front rotor? I installed a Husaberg-front (WP 4860 and all) while rebuilding my 96 last winter and had to upgrade the stock 260 mm disc asap. Now Im running a 320 mm floating sumo-rotor together with Brembo 2-piston calipers, SS brake lines and the DR master (piston a bit too large for the Brembo).
Nice build, btw! At 790 cc she must be an animal - and a handfull of bike when things get narrow and technical. Nice to leave your 455 to your brother-in-law! Or did you regret that?

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Old 06-08-2013, 02:55 PM   #113
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Great bike, fabrication skills and ingenuity to solve problems!!! I'm subscribing and almost makes me buy a DR to do her the same upgrades!

Congratulations, and keep up the good work!
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:10 PM   #114
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Works great, wish I would have done that on my DR455. Got my resistor (was a five pack) from Radio Shack for like a $2.
Thanks! Mod complete. I now have a dainty little keyswitch with dainty little keys.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:32 AM   #115
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I'm shocked I haven't seen this thread before! Great to see another 790 being built and doin' well. Love those forks on the DR, and great job on the nav tower.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:47 PM   #116
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I'm shocked I haven't seen this thread before! Great to see another 790 being built and doin' well. Love those forks on the DR, and great job on the nav tower.
Thanks for your review as well! Speaking of doin'. Posted some questions about a NW BDR Loop I want to do in August over in Trip Planning that has generated zero response. Anyone with knowledge of WA, OR & ID dirt roads, I'd love some feedback.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:57 PM   #117
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