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Title: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 06, 2015, 01:40:05 pm
Its really lonely out here  :3some: I know of only three of us with DR BIG's... myself, IanF and DR 750 BIG.

Any others... running or in some state of repair ?

Then of course, besides the awesomeness of these bikes, there does not seem much to discuss once you get them going. After sorting some initial, rather frustrating problems with mine, it now just clunks away.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 08, 2015, 12:30:09 pm
See... 2 days and no response  :lol8:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Bie on July 08, 2015, 12:42:10 pm
Three owners and one active on the thread. I would say that is quite impressive, 33% attendance.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 08, 2015, 12:53:38 pm
Three owners and one active on the thread. I would say that is quite impressive, 33% attendance.  :imaposer:

 :lol8:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on July 08, 2015, 09:29:51 pm
I have one.  Will post a pic when I get a chance.  Great bike family can't understand why I have start it and give it a few revs very time I go to the garage.  Gets all the dogs between Gordon's Bay and Blouberg barking.  Seen another 750 and an 800 on the road in Somerset West. :ricky:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on July 09, 2015, 05:42:53 am
I"LL BE BACK "
I took mine to 1000 bike show at the weekend still attracts a little crowd whenever I park it.
maybe the 3 of us can hold a BIG Rally  :thumleft:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 09, 2015, 08:58:15 am
We're now 4. Lets see that pic Captain Cook.

There has to be more out there. I think soon I'm going to start looking for a late model DR800
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Dirt Junkie on July 09, 2015, 09:06:53 am
http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/hout-bay/suzuki-dr-starter/1001239255580910006359709 (http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/hout-bay/suzuki-dr-starter/1001239255580910006359709)

might be of use to you guys
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 09, 2015, 09:13:01 am
http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/hout-bay/suzuki-dr-starter/1001239255580910006359709 (http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/hout-bay/suzuki-dr-starter/1001239255580910006359709)

might be of use to you guys

Think its an old one. I tried buying it when I thought I needed another one, but this oke was just totally full of shit.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on July 09, 2015, 09:23:50 am
Legend has it that some where in Swaziland there is tons on of DR 750/800 spares , Coz originally they were brought in for the Swazi police border patrols and the bikes and spares are now redundant. apparantly there is stock at a bike shop/yard/warehouse in Mbabane or somewhere around. We need to get a tracker on it to sniff them out..
PS regerding starting issues what size bat are you using . I am looking for tghe biggest a/h one I can get 17+ah with dimensions 150 x 130 x100 if i emember correctly
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 09, 2015, 09:33:51 am
Heard about that scrapyard and had the contact details of the guy in Durban who bought a lot of the bikes, mine included, fixed and sold them on. Lost the number.

I'll have to check on the battery, but quite sure its a 19Ah.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Bus on July 09, 2015, 10:12:35 am
Legend has it that some where in Swaziland there is tons on of DR 750/800 spares , Coz originally they were brought in for the Swazi police border patrols and the bikes and spares are now redundant. apparantly there is stock at a bike shop/yard/warehouse in Mbabane or somewhere around. We need to get a tracker on it to sniff them out..
PS regerding starting issues what size bat are you using . I am looking for tghe biggest a/h one I can get 17+ah with dimensions 150 x 130 x100 if i emember correctly

I also had one.

There was a guy at Carson Wheels in Swaziland, who supposedly had a lot of these spares, or the info.

His name is Wayne, and the cell no I was given is as follows. I cant even remember if I ever phoned him or not. 092 686 044723

But I see Carson Wheels has contact details on the web.

It might help some of you with the hunt for spares.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on July 09, 2015, 10:14:46 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 09, 2015, 10:16:51 am
My DR in its current state of repair. Mechanically it is fairly good. This was at the start of a successful 3 600km trip in April.

It will still get a full restore, but that is a year or two away. In the meantime I just enjoy it and ride it almost daily. Very nice commuter.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 09, 2015, 10:18:00 am
Thanks Bus, ek dink dit was jy wat 'n tyd gelede vir my die details gegee het.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Coxwain on July 09, 2015, 10:35:16 am
My Old one .......

Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Bus on July 09, 2015, 10:37:24 am
Blykbaar is Carson Wheels in Manzini
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on July 09, 2015, 09:18:27 pm
Working on that pic.  Fortunately my bike is still running very well apart from being a bit of a temperamental starter sometimes.  One day she starts first time and then out of the blue you crank away until the battery is flat.  Checked with our local dealer just for interest sake and they have quite a lot of spares on the shelf.  Was going to by new needle and seats but at R600 a set I decided mine were still ok.  have seen carb kits on eBay for a lot less
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on July 10, 2015, 05:02:00 am
your local Suzuki dealer .. thats a laff. they are useless. been trying to geta test on a new strom for 2 months to no avail.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 10, 2015, 08:28:39 am
Working on that pic.  Fortunately my bike is still running very well apart from being a bit of a temperamental starter sometimes.  One day she starts first time and then out of the blue you crank away until the battery is flat.  Checked with our local dealer just for interest sake and they have quite a lot of spares on the shelf.  Was going to by new needle and seats but at R600 a set I decided mine were still ok.  have seen carb kits on eBay for a lot less

Like I was told, and found, the carbs are a mess. My bike has over a 100 000km on the clock and the carb internal housing was so badly worn, replacing all the internals made no difference.

Eventually found a good secondhand '96 Funduro carb and it now runs like an electric sewing machine.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on July 10, 2015, 09:45:35 am
Agree on carbs mine was trashed as well, needle almost worn through holes are oval, slides finished but still ran. also put a funduro carb on just re jet and  :thumleft:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 10, 2015, 09:55:28 am
Agree on carbs mine was trashed as well, needle almost worn through holes are oval, slides finished but still ran. also put a funduro carb on just re jet and  :thumleft:

Mine we left the Funduro jets(133.5) and needle settings in for starters. Runs fine, good economy, although lacking the grunt.

Will change when I get to the rebuild
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on July 10, 2015, 07:19:24 pm
Fortunately my Needles and slides are 100%.  Had an issue with flooding though but have adjusted the floats and it appears to be sorted now.  Also replaced the O rings and gasket's on the bottom bowls.    What is considered a good or average consumption on these bikes

Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 11, 2015, 11:13:02 am
Fortunately my Needles and slides are 100%.  Had an issue with flooding though but have adjusted the floats and it appears to be sorted now.  Also replaced the O rings and gasket's on the bottom bowls.    What is considered a good or average consumption on these bikes



Pretty. Its not the parts that are the problem, the housings they fit into wear out. Mine had all new parts, we spent hours on settings and it still over fueled that I only got 9km/l on it.

16km/l considered good. On my trip in April it varied between 16 and 19.5km/l depending on terrain. Oil at 420km/l  :lol8:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on July 12, 2015, 08:54:38 am
I get 13km/l. I guess a little heavy.  Maybe it's just the way I ride it.  It tends to bring the hooligan out in you :o
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 12, 2015, 09:38:08 am
I get 13km/l. I guess a little heavy.  Maybe it's just the way I ride it.  It tends to bring the hooligan out in you :o

I have a ZX10 pipe on mine with a lovely growl. You can't help but twist the throttle. Note also that I have 133.5 jets in the carbs and not the stock 140's which could account for my fuel consumption. Looses a bit of the grunt though.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 22, 2015, 12:11:39 pm
I need to re-do the top end on my bike. Can die head and barrel be removed without taking the engine out the bike.

It runs like an electric sewing machine, but I need to sort out the violent oil usage  ???
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on July 24, 2015, 07:56:15 pm
No you have to pull the motor, put rubber gloves it bites......
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 28, 2015, 02:11:34 pm
No you have to pull the motor, put rubber gloves it bites......

Can imagine its a mission, that's why I was hoping...
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on August 22, 2015, 06:47:02 am
We have another member, I found one this week and added it to the stable...
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on August 22, 2015, 06:56:44 am
the next one
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: George77 on August 22, 2015, 06:09:55 pm
the next one

So I take it that the add on Gomboom is no longer available...... Damn
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: George77 on August 22, 2015, 06:12:29 pm
Johan Allers....
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: StuartC on August 22, 2015, 06:16:59 pm
DR Big, you bugger, was going to buy it tomorrow....... Bastid !!!   well done mate
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on August 24, 2015, 05:09:41 am
Yes I think that was his name got it at a shop in Edenvale. mechanical very good much smoother box than mine , engine strong starts easy, very schweet, gonna do it in the marboro livery
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: pietas on August 24, 2015, 06:28:12 am
Shouldn't you keep it original? Seeing that they are few and far between and this one still looks good. My 2c
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on August 27, 2015, 04:34:51 pm
the next one

Bitch  :dousing: Just missed it.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on August 27, 2015, 04:35:36 pm
Where can I find a rear sprocket for my bike, '88 model ?
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Bus on August 27, 2015, 05:04:53 pm
Should be same as DR650?
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on August 27, 2015, 05:44:17 pm
a few accessory shops keep, I have not battled for sprockets.. FT startline, etc
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on August 27, 2015, 10:07:19 pm
a few accessory shops keep, I have not battled for sprockets.. FT startline, etc

We've checked the big shops. No luck.

Should be same as DR650?

The catalogue does not show it to be compatible.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: the_BOBNOB on August 28, 2015, 06:38:32 am
you can try wemoto

http://www.wemoto.com/bikes/suzuki/dr_750_sj_big__chassis:_sr41a-100001_-/88/ (http://www.wemoto.com/bikes/suzuki/dr_750_sj_big__chassis:_sr41a-100001_-/88/)

i have bought from them numerous times - orders are always quick and without hassles

once had stuff delivered in under 10 days from the UK

shipping is a little expensive with the weak rand - that is why i always double up on other stuff to make it worth while (filters, plugs, etc etc)
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on August 28, 2015, 08:34:53 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on August 28, 2015, 06:03:18 pm
Found it. DR500, 45 tooth which is what I wanted for bit better gearing on the open rd.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on September 03, 2015, 09:43:43 am
Fitted a 45 rear sprocket (-3) and must say the bike pulls nice and smooth, cruises nicely at 4500revs and still nippy enough in traffic, without feeling like its laboring.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 03, 2015, 09:47:09 am
Fitted a 45 rear sprocket (-3) and must say the bike pulls nice and smooth, cruises nicely at 4500revs and still nippy enough in traffic, without feeling like its laboring.
Ja ma is hy nou nie uit die range uit waarvoor jy hom aanhou/gebruik? ;) >:D
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on September 03, 2015, 09:54:56 am
Fitted a 45 rear sprocket (-3) and must say the bike pulls nice and smooth, cruises nicely at 4500revs and still nippy enough in traffic, without feeling like its laboring.
Ja ma is hy nou nie uit die range uit waarvoor jy hom aanhou/gebruik? ;) >:D

Nee, dis mos my cruising bike, die dat ek langer gears wou hę, maar ry nog net so lekker in die verkeer.

En jy's net op die kaksoek uit  :lol8:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 03, 2015, 09:57:06 am
Ek kners op my tande vandag, ek moet hier wegkom voor ek op my  :lamer: kry.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on September 03, 2015, 09:58:32 am
Ek kners op my tande vandag, ek moet hier wegkom voor ek op my  :lamer: kry.

Is dit nat daar by julle ook. Hier is dit moeras. Kannie meer die karre in die agterjaart inkry nie.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 03, 2015, 10:04:03 am
Ek kners op my tande vandag, ek moet hier wegkom voor ek op my  :lamer: kry.

Is dit nat daar by julle ook. Hier is dit moeras. Kannie meer die karre in die agterjaart inkry nie.
60 mm reën gehad en ons is dankbaar en toe in hul slimigheid(geen opleiding) besluit die persoon in beheer van die enigste padskraper in die distrik ons pad moet gister geskraap word.
Jy wil nie weet hoe lyk hy nie. :biggrin:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: B2B on December 23, 2015, 09:19:05 pm
Hi Guys hope you don't mind but iv'e joined your club  ;D
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: 1190 on December 28, 2015, 03:47:02 pm
http://www.olx.co.za/ad/suzuki-dr750-desert-express-for-sale-ID15JbF1.html#e5aa1db293 (http://www.olx.co.za/ad/suzuki-dr750-desert-express-for-sale-ID15JbF1.html#e5aa1db293)

Good price (i Think) offer him 15k
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on January 12, 2016, 01:19:39 pm
Hi Guys hope you don't mind but iv'e joined your club  ;D

Not until you post a pic of you bike and tell us a bit about it  :deal:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: dirtyXT on January 12, 2016, 01:41:04 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on April 19, 2016, 03:16:22 pm
I want to fit progressive front springs on my bike. Denver at Bling King says Wilbers only stock for the '89-'90 model SR41B.

My bike is an '88 model SR41A. As far as I'm aware the only change from '88 to '89 was the rear disc brakes.

So will those springs fit my '88 model ?
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: boland on April 19, 2016, 07:32:33 pm
I put Wilbers progressive front springs in my DR650 and didn't like them that much. It was too harsh and felt like a motocross bike up front. My 690 is a lot more plush than the DR was! So I would consider a linear spring with the proper spring rate if available. Just my 2c worth :thumleft:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on April 22, 2016, 12:06:56 pm
I put Wilbers progressive front springs in my DR650 and didn't like them that much. It was too harsh and felt like a motocross bike up front. My 690 is a lot more plush than the DR was! So I would consider a linear spring with the proper spring rate if available. Just my 2c worth :thumleft:

I think one must also consider the weight of the bike and I found the 180kg + bikes do better with the progressives than the lighter singles. Does make the latter more springy, while the heavier bikes 'sit' better on the suspension.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on June 18, 2016, 11:47:55 pm
Evening Guys

I need to get parts for my carbs.   Needle and seats as well as O rings.  I have a flooding problem.  Any suggestions as to where I can go.  Last time  I checked agents could get parts but we're very expensive



Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on June 20, 2016, 01:47:18 pm
I have a another DR 750 89 model , will be putting it on the market soon. if there are any possible takers,
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on June 20, 2016, 02:23:56 pm
Evening Guys

I need to get parts for my carbs.   Needle and seats as well as O rings.  I have a flooding problem.  Any suggestions as to where I can go.  Last time  I checked agents could get parts but we're very expensive




Dont waste you time replacing parts. Find a 95/96 Funduro carb
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on June 20, 2016, 05:48:43 pm
Agreed find a BM carb, the wear over the vibrating years
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on June 20, 2016, 05:55:01 pm
I have a another DR 750 89 model , will be putting it on the market soon. if there are any possible takers,

I'll be watching.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on June 20, 2016, 08:56:36 pm
Have read up on the Funduro carbs.  Must say my set don't look that worn.  Needles and slides still in good nic.  Think the mistake was made when I replaced the O rings with O rings from  Bearing Man.  Was warned that the rubber would be eaten away by the petrol.  I also think that the fit was not 100%.  Have found a service kit from WebMoto that consists of O rings, float chamber gasket and needle and seat for just under R350 per carb.  Considering that.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on June 21, 2016, 05:52:00 am
maybe try that, mine were so worn the needles looked like an hr glass. I have a spare set of carbs for spare( not for sale) hope u get sorted
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on June 28, 2016, 11:54:05 am
So Needle and seats as well as O rings replaced,  new plugs filters and oil.  Battled for hours with all the plumbing under the tanks only to find out the air filter  wont go in unless you remove the tan on that side. :xxbah:  Finally got it all together and she started and ran like a dream on Sunday :ricky: But now - Struggle to get it to start when it is cold.  Now thinking why did I not adjust the valves while I had it in pieces.  Any other suggestions other making sure the battery is fully charged?
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on June 28, 2016, 12:19:44 pm
Also forgot to mention that the oil was full of petrol.  Had to Flush the engine to make sure it was all nice and clean before I put the new oil in.  Hoping this was as a result of the flooding and not for other reasons. 
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: 1190 on June 29, 2016, 08:34:24 am
http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/east-london/suzuki-dr-750-big/1001690868320910010034409 (http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/east-london/suzuki-dr-750-big/1001690868320910010034409)

Looks like a bargain....
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on June 29, 2016, 08:49:36 am
http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/east-london/suzuki-dr-750-big/1001690868320910010034409 (http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/east-london/suzuki-dr-750-big/1001690868320910010034409)

Looks like a bargain....

Does look a lot like a DR750. Only thing is the first models were 1989. Always worry when okes don't know what they selling.

But for a bike that looks complete the price is not bad, but its never a bargain. I have the t-shirt  :lol8:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: lecap on June 29, 2016, 10:30:34 am
Also forgot to mention that the oil was full of petrol.  Had to Flush the engine to make sure it was all nice and clean before I put the new oil in.  Hoping this was as a result of the flooding and not for other reasons. 

Seems to be a feature of those carbs. It happens with the Funduros a lot. The float needle seat o - rings perish, the fuel tap is left open and your fuel tank will drain over the weekend through your carbs and past your piston rings straight into the sump :-\
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on June 29, 2016, 07:39:31 pm
the 1st model camw out in 88' the one with the rear drum brake, the front screen looks a bit odd, maybe home made,
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on July 12, 2016, 05:40:37 pm
Lost the right hand side cover somewhere on the N2 today. >:( Any idea where I can get one?
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: lecap on July 13, 2016, 09:48:54 am
Lost the right hand side cover somewhere on the N2 today. >:( Any idea where I can get one?

On the N2 :evil6:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on July 13, 2016, 09:36:36 pm
You joke been riding to work and back with my eyes in the gutter.  Agents have one for R600.  Most expensive piece of Tupperware I have ever seen
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: fat b on July 27, 2016, 09:16:08 am
Do these bikes have taps on their tanks ?
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on July 27, 2016, 09:24:11 am
Do these bikes have taps on their tanks ?

My 750 has.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: fat b on July 27, 2016, 09:55:29 am
Thanx G  :thumleft:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on July 27, 2016, 09:12:01 pm
They do.  Some interesting plumbing under those tanks
.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on July 28, 2016, 04:28:41 am
its a city block drainage system ???
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: DR BIG 750 on July 31, 2016, 07:34:49 pm
I pulled my spare DR BIG apart on Friday, was not starting ,fuel problem, I thought it was the pump so checked it out all seemed ok , still dead, few hrs later I moved it outside into the sun and I saw the pipe was perished coming out between the carbs, no vacuum on pump, wala....
so will put it back together next week and put it on the market with a some more of its stable mates , too many bikes at the moment, if there can be such a condition ???
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: PhantomCupcake on August 10, 2016, 03:22:38 pm
Hi guys,

My brother and I are in the process of fixing up that "bargain" DR750 from Gomboom for him to ride on a Lake Malawi trip next year.
Someone was busy trying to fix it up, but they did some scary things when improvising screw sizes and rare parts.

Right now we are struggling to source a one-way bearing for the starter clutch and after not being able to run-start the bike behind the bakkie, up and down the street, we've opened up the carb to find it not being in the best condition. The needles seem good - replaced relatively recently, but the one float is cracked and the choke is another improvisation.

Heard the Funduro carb conversion is a good idea, anybody know where I would find such a beauty? What should I expect to pay for one/two?
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on August 10, 2016, 09:24:03 pm
If you are in the Western Cape give Suzuki a try for parts.  Have always ended up going back to them for my spares.  If they d not have the parts they always seem to know someone who does. 
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on August 10, 2016, 09:25:23 pm
Sorry Suzuki South
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on August 11, 2016, 09:18:22 am
Hi guys,

My brother and I are in the process of fixing up that "bargain" DR750 from Gomboom for him to ride on a Lake Malawi trip next year.
Someone was busy trying to fix it up, but they did some scary things when improvising screw sizes and rare parts.

Right now we are struggling to source a one-way bearing for the starter clutch and after not being able to run-start the bike behind the bakkie, up and down the street, we've opened up the carb to find it not being in the best condition. The needles seem good - replaced relatively recently, but the one float is cracked and the choke is another improvisation.

Heard the Funduro carb conversion is a good idea, anybody know where I would find such a beauty? What should I expect to pay for one/two?

I got mine from that BMW spares place in JHB. Paid around R1800.00. I still have my old original carb, complete with good parts. The housing was worn.

Make me an offer.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: fat b on August 11, 2016, 09:31:52 am
Was that new or second hand ? if second hand how does one know what the condition of the carb is ?
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on August 11, 2016, 11:43:33 am
Was that new or second hand ? if second hand how does one know what the condition of the carb is ?

Second hand. You don't know, just took the chance.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: lecap on August 11, 2016, 11:54:22 am
Was that new or second hand ? if second hand how does one know what the condition of the carb is ?

Most definitely second hand at that price. Hard to tell condition without pulling it apart. Things to look for are perished O-rings in the fuel supply manifolds and float needle valves (replacements for the F650F BMW only, R1,500 for parts when I last did it.) Also high wear of the carb slides (available separately from the agents) and carb slide guides (not available from the agents unless you buy complete carbs).
I have seen generic slide guides for these carbs but the Google isn't strong in me today. If you only need slide guides try to find a set of Suzuki GS500 carbs :mwink:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Captain Cook on August 11, 2016, 05:16:22 pm
You can also try MotoComp at http://MotoComp-online.com (http://MotoComp-online.com)
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on December 09, 2016, 12:32:50 pm
Recently, sort of, reluctantly, became the owner of this 800. Has a few small issues I'm sorting out, mainly over fueling, but its a beast
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Coxwain on December 09, 2016, 10:06:03 pm
 :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on January 25, 2017, 07:49:31 am
My DR800 overfuels. Spews out black smoke and you can smell it.

Why ?

The carbs are 100% and came off my 750 where they worked just perfect. Is it just settings or do I look somewhere else.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: StinDR800 on May 29, 2017, 08:05:06 am
Its really lonely out here  :3some: I know of only three of us with DR BIG's... myself, IanF and DR 750 BIG.

Any others... running or in some state of repair ?

Then of course, besides the awesomeness of these bikes, there does not seem much to discuss once you get them going. After sorting some initial, rather frustrating problems with mine, it now just clunks away.
Hi Gerrard and other DR Big Owners, greeting another DR 800 S Big, joins the forum. Mine is being sorted by my mech at the moment, should have it up an running in a few weeks. I will then post pictures.. Regards
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: Gérrard on May 29, 2017, 08:14:12 am
Its really lonely out here  :3some: I know of only three of us with DR BIG's... myself, IanF and DR 750 BIG.

Any others... running or in some state of repair ?

Then of course, besides the awesomeness of these bikes, there does not seem much to discuss once you get them going. After sorting some initial, rather frustrating problems with mine, it now just clunks away.
Hi Gerrard and other DR Big Owners, greeting another DR 800 S Big, joins the forum. Mine is being sorted by my mech at the moment, should have it up an running in a few weeks. I will then post pictures.. Regards

:thumleft: Still have issues with mine. Also not running at the moment. Have put it aside for now. Will get it going one day soon I hope.
Title: Re: DR 750/800 BIG Owners
Post by: StinDR800 on June 06, 2017, 02:22:27 pm
Good luck with that.. I found some parts in Germany for mine.. they should arrive here in this week. Might even have it running by the long weekend..  8)