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Sardine's DR650 - The Adventures of Sardine and James
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:59:18 pm »
At last... I have joined the realm of big bikes. After years (literally) of research, and jumping between sports bikes, naked bikes, and dual sport bikes, I have sealed my fate with the purchase of a 2010 DR650.

My, my. What a bike.
43 000km, and in general, not bad condition. However, its orginal owner lived in Pringle Bay, so there is quite a bit of rust that needs sorting out.

To Do:
1 (on-going) - get rid of rust. Q20 for now. But I will start from the front of the bike and work my way back, cleaning it up, and replacing rusty bolts etc.
2 - sort out that stock exhuast. It sounds like a scooter! * DONE!
3 - check the NSU screws, just in case... Goal 2.9 Download workshop manual * DONE!
4 - fit a screen. * DONE!
5 - make a plate for the (giant) top box to fit to * DONE!
6 - fit crash bars/bobbins. I don't plan on taking it offroad any time soon (horrible thing to say, I know), but I can see myself dropping it in a parking lot. What do you suggest that won't break the bank? * Handguards - DONE!

Rode it from Pinelands to Somerset West on the N2, in one heck of a wind. Got blown around here and there, but at no point did I feel unstable on the bike. It chugged (yip, that really is the best way to describe what a DR does) along happily at 110km/h. And if I needed to overtake, all I had to do was give it bit more power, and before I knew it I was accelerating through 120km/h. Really awesome feeling after doing a 80km trip on the TZR125 this morning.

Sure, the seat is hard, but it isn't excruciating (granted I was only on it for 30min). The riding position is super comfortable (must. not. fall. asleep). And the bike in general just feels gooooood.

My first bike was a Suzuki TS50, so I'm a bit biased towards the Zooks. The grin is still there, and I think I'm going to be really happy with my new ride.  :ricky:

Now to find space for it in the garage...  :3some: * DONE

** First mud experience. And first proper fall. - Page 4
** James gets some farkles - Page 6
** Solo trip along Clarence Drive, and James hit 46 000km - Page 6
** Helshoogte with Dux - Page 7
** Solo trip, Sir Lowry's Pass, Viljoen's Pass, Elandskloof, Franschhoek Pass, Helshoogte Pass - Page 7
** Canola run in Caledon - Page 7
« Last Edit: September 14, 2014, 09:41:51 pm by Sardine »
 

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2014, 08:34:10 pm »
 :thumleft:
Great machine. Needs a dirt road ...
 

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2014, 08:36:27 pm »
Congrats!! Safe riding :thumleft:
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2014, 08:44:13 pm »
Congrats. Many happy and safe miles  :ricky:
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2014, 06:52:59 am »
Great stuff! Enjoy!  :thumleft:
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2014, 07:52:34 am »
First day on the bike.
Couldn't get it started. Eventually push-started it down the road. Then I looked up cold start procedures and saw there was a "prime" position for the fuel. Ah. Tried that, and voila!
(This morning it took a while for it to start. Got her going eventually).

Cruised around town and went to Stellenbosch. Diced my dad (who was on his BMW 60/6). Amazed by the grunt this little duallie has. (Almost flew off the thing this morning... half asleep and twisted the throttle a bit too much when pulling off).

Back home, started to clean up the top box. Got rid of the rust on the very primitive homemade bracket (nothing lined up... but it works!), gave it some paint, and fitted it to the bike using the pillion grab-handle attachments.
Fitted the plate, put the box on and realised... something isn't right here. Put the plate on the wrong way around. Whoops.
Refitted it and voila!

Just makes getting on and off a bit more interesting.

Rode it work this morning. What an awesome feeling  :ricky:

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2014, 09:03:56 am »
Congrats on the bike!  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2014, 09:08:02 am »
Congrats on the bike!  :thumleft:

Thanks Alex. Now I can finally go on brekkie runs again!

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2014, 09:15:18 am »
Hi Sardine, glad about your bike!
For screens, see some discussions from page 108 on The DR650 Thread. Contact me if you need help.
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2014, 05:20:27 pm »
I am so glad for you! 

Look like you are enjoying bonding with you DR

May the bike away's be a pleasure to ride for you!
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2014, 07:40:08 pm »
Thanks Dusty Rusty! Unfortunately now I'm spending more time on the DR, and less time on the mountainbike.

The DR had a bit of a service today.
Oil changed, NSU screws checked, some levers adjusted and the chain lubed. And it also has a nice bright orange headlight cover. Thanks Dux!

No better feeling than cruising along, and having a biker coming from the opposite direction give a tilt of the helmet in acknowledgement. That NEVER happened when I was on the 125!

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2014, 07:49:56 pm »
Great bike Sardine and congratz  :thumleft:
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2014, 07:53:14 pm »
Welcome it is an awesome bike verky underrated .
Going to keep mine forever
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2014, 08:00:10 pm »
Congrats Sardine! Will you be moving that topbox backwards at some stage? How do you get on the bike with box so far forward? Also have a black DR they look the coolest by far!

Enjoy the bike and all the modifications to follow! PM me when you start modding for some goodies.....
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and she said " But you did that yesterday ".
and I said "I haven`t finished yet ".
 

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2014, 08:11:43 pm »
Thanks all  :ricky:

Woestynhond, I might look at moving it backwards. Getting on and off isn't an issue; I can slide my foot over the seat (though this is awkward), or stand on the peg and swing my leg over (obviously with the side-stand down). The issue is that if I use a backpack as well (typical woman; I carry a lot of stuff), then I have to sit far forward otherwise the top box gets in the way.

I do like the black  :thumleft:

Goodies... I need a better exhaust!  :pot:

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2014, 08:29:05 pm »
Reason for asking is that i had mine mounted almost as far forward, then moved it back so that the rear of topbox allmost sits directly above taillight! still have to slide / fold the leg to get it over but much easier!  One day i will build a proper carrier rack and mount box even further backwards to allow a pillion on the back as well!

My 125 makes more noise than the stock pipe!
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2014, 09:04:50 pm »
Trevor (advrider store) sells some well-made aluminium racks for the DR - will work well with any top box. Pricey, but worth the cost in my opinion.
 

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2014, 10:30:50 am »
I miss my DR!!!

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2014, 12:23:14 pm »
I LOVE this bike!!!

Went for a cruise with Dusty Rusty, Nismark and Lem. Helshoogte, Franschhoek, Theewaterskloof. Then I headed home via Grabouw and Sir Lowry's Pass, and they continued on the dirt.

I can't feel my bum, but the ride was AWESOME!
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2014, 05:11:36 pm »
It was a good ride,  thank you Sardine.

Your bike looks very neat  :thumleft:
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