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Offline Brodes

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My DR650SE nearly ready to hit the road
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:39:18 pm »
Well the DR650SE is nearly ready to hit the road.

Farkles added so far (in no particular order):
Protaper handle bar
Hyde hand-guards
Bar Raisers
Lowered foot pegs
Vapor speedo & rev counter, etc.
12v auxiliary socket (for charging cellphone, GPS power supply, etc)
HID headlight
LED spots
GPS bracket
New (stiffer) front fork springs
Stiffer rear suspension spring and shock re-valve
Pannier brackets (with mounting for 2 x tool tubes)
Acerbis long range (20l) tank

Still to do:
Wind screen – on it’s way, should be fitted this weekend
Bash plate (on order from leCap – should be here within two weeks)
Seat upgrade (still to decide – will try AirHawk first)
New tyres (current tyres still new, but want to replace with more off-road focused tyres when worn)

Very excited, can’t wait to get on the road.
The photos below show some of the farkles added to the bike. I’m afraid that they don’t do justice to the mods due to the poor photography.
« Last Edit: November 27, 2012, 06:10:04 pm by Brodes »
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Offline Torque Curve

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Re: My DR650SE nearly ready to hit the road
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 03:00:41 pm »
Few things beat the excitement of completing a prep job for a trip, nę! Good luck, that bike will be a loving companion.

Where did you buy the Acerbis tank?
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Re: My DR650SE nearly ready to hit the road
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2012, 05:07:25 pm »
Few things beat the excitement of completing a prep job for a trip, nę! Good luck, that bike will be a loving companion.

Where did you buy the Acerbis tank?



Ordered from ProCycle in the US together with other odds and sods like the HID light, Vapor, etc. Found out subsequently that Runner had one in stock.
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Offline De Chew

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Re: My DR650SE nearly ready to hit the road
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2012, 05:11:19 pm »
Very nice. :thumleft:
I like the mini Spots.
How easy is the Vapour to install?
Did you have to make a mounting brackets.

Here is my one.
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Re: My DR650SE nearly ready to hit the road
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2012, 05:23:48 pm »
beautiful bike brodes.
something super sexy about a bad ass 650cc single,  in full battle dress.
the perfect 'single man assault on the bush' weapon.
 

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Re: My DR650SE nearly ready to hit the road
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2012, 05:24:36 pm »
Looking sharp guy. Enjoy.
Mesmerising stuff?!?
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Offline Brodes

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Re: My DR650SE nearly ready to hit the road
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2012, 06:18:52 pm »
Very nice. :thumleft:
I like the mini Spots.
How easy is the Vapour to install?
Did you have to make a mounting brackets.

Here is my one.

Very lekker bike - how many kilo's you done?
I did have to fashion a bracket - the one I have I'm not happy with (ugly as sin, but as they say "There's nothing so permanent as a temporary job"). I plan to have a dash laser cut from a stainless plate, which will include space for an additional switch or two and maybe the aux power socket? The current placing of the Vapor does not allow easy access to the ignition switch, but was the easiest solution at the time.
The wiring of the Vapor didn't present any challenges and I have ten thumbs.
Mini spots are LED spots - still have to try them at night.

See you have the AirHawk seat there. What is your experience with it? Is it worth the money spent?
I find the stock seat not very comfortable on a long ride, although if I jam my left bollock between my boot and the footrest it takes my mind off the pain in my butt.
« Last Edit: November 27, 2012, 06:30:29 pm by Brodes »
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Re: My DR650SE nearly ready to hit the road
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2012, 06:28:10 pm »
beautiful bike brodes.
something super sexy about a bad ass 650cc single,  in full battle dress.
the perfect 'single man assault on the bush' weapon.

Thanks Ganjora.
Take that as a sweet compliment coming from you.
What tyres are you riding on your DR - still looking for recommendations in this regard.
« Last Edit: November 27, 2012, 07:10:01 pm by Brodes »
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Re: My DR650SE nearly ready to hit the road
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2012, 07:47:43 pm »
I have done 26K
Airhawk makes a big difference to how long you can sit in the saddle. I would say it doubles the time.
I did Durban to Barbaton via Diepzicht around 700km in one ride. Also been up to Vic Falls through Bots. Non of which I would have enjoyed with the stock seat (plank).
One draw back is it lifts your feet further from the ground as well so if your are short you might not appreciate this feature. But is is really quick to take off and stuff in a saddle bag.
I had the front forks modified instead of progressive springs the oke who did it silver soldered up the standard 4mm oil hole. He then redrilled a 2mm hole, used heavier oil and added a 25mm spacer to the top of the spring. Makes a world of difference no more riding a pogo-stick.
Tell me more about the LED spots, where did you get them?
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Re: My DR650SE nearly ready to hit the road
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2012, 08:30:19 pm »
What tyres are you riding on your DR - still looking for recommendations in this regard.

have always used D606's,  and got 1 of the last sets when they were still available,
now,  i'd go T63.