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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2014, 06:22:22 pm »
Hi Sardine

Was very nice meeting you today.

You have a really well sorted bike, there.
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2014, 02:57:34 pm »
nice bike.  ja loved my DR alot.  very sad that i have to sold it.  jip that seat is a bum killer but over time its like a bmw seat. 
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2014, 08:26:21 pm »
Enjoy your DR Sardine! They are awesome bikes!


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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2014, 08:53:07 pm »
lekker Sardine!   :thumleft:  enjoy the bike. i LOVE my DR650.
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2014, 07:59:17 am »
DR has been with Dux for two weeks. Picked it up yesterday, and now it is sporting a lekker new front brake disc. Felt so good to be back on the bike, hard seat and all. The fact that it was well above 35deg and I was in black leathers, in traffic, and almost got taken out twice didn't bother me.

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2014, 11:33:09 am »
DR has been with Dux for two weeks. Picked it up yesterday, and now it is sporting a lekker new front brake disc. Felt so good to be back on the bike, hard seat and all. The fact that it was well above 35deg and I was in black leathers, in traffic, and almost got taken out twice didn't bother me.

Spotted you coming through Stellies yesterday. Sadly no wheelies!  ;D
 

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #26 on: February 16, 2014, 01:56:08 pm »
DR has been with Dux for two weeks. Picked it up yesterday, and now it is sporting a lekker new front brake disc. Felt so good to be back on the bike, hard seat and all. The fact that it was well above 35deg and I was in black leathers, in traffic, and almost got taken out twice didn't bother me.

Spotted you coming through Stellies yesterday. Sadly no wheelies!  ;D

Aaaah, did you wave?
Too scared to wheelie the thing! Though I've come close during those early morning rides when I've been half asleep  :ricky:

We must go on a coffee run or something soon.

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2014, 02:06:53 pm »
DR has been with Dux for two weeks. Picked it up yesterday, and now it is sporting a lekker new front brake disc. Felt so good to be back on the bike, hard seat and all. The fact that it was well above 35deg and I was in black leathers, in traffic, and almost got taken out twice didn't bother me.

Spotted you coming through Stellies yesterday. Sadly no wheelies!  ;D

Aaaah, did you wave?
Too scared to wheelie the thing! Though I've come close during those early morning rides when I've been half asleep  :ricky:

We must go on a coffee run or something soon.

I was stuck in a cage for once...  :deal:

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #28 on: February 21, 2014, 01:55:05 pm »
Brakes are bedding in nicely.

Gave the girl a good wash, and as murphy would have it, the next day some bird decided to deposit a load on the tank.  :-\

Also took off the flimsy "screen" I made for it.
Got the idea from http://drriders.com/topic5258.html
Only plastic I could find was a seedling tray from Plastics Warehouse. Significantly smaller than the above design, but I made it work. Cutting it out was a mission, and the end product didn't look pretty. But, it did an OK job for up to 100km/h. After that it would just bend back.
Secured it with velcro.

Now I'm on screen #2. I like doing things myself, so last night I had some fun cutting a screen out of perspex. Combination of hacksaw and jigsaw, with a bit of sanding to round off the edges. Not too shabby for my first time working with perspex.
Design is loosely based on the shape of the DR's headlight fairing thing, and then tapers slightly upwards. I will probably shape it similarly to the above. Will see how that goes.

At the end of it all, I will probably go to a professional to have it made. But for now, I'm going to have fun!

And I threw some reflective tape on the top box  8)

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #29 on: February 22, 2014, 08:40:00 pm »
New screen isn't symmetrical (only noticeable when parked in the saddle), which will annoy me on long rides when I have time to look at it.
But I could comfortably do 120km/h, without having to hang on for dear life.
Most of the wind is deflected towards my shoulder height now.

Rather chuffed.
When I have the money (just bought a new lid), and when this one breaks, I'll get a professionally made windscreen.

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #30 on: February 22, 2014, 08:47:05 pm »
 :thumleft: Looking good !  Bending the perspex can be a mission sometimes!
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #31 on: February 22, 2014, 08:55:33 pm »
Ta  :thumleft:

For the bend down the middle... Perspex placed on thin metal rod, then heated (also tried heating the rod first), and then bent by hand (with welding gloves on), and held in place. Sparky didn't make sure the middle was indeed the middle, hence the lack of accuracy.
The lower bends were done by heating (again, with a heat gun), and bending over a square block of wood. Got nice straight lines, but the bends on either side aren't the same  :eek7:

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2014, 11:46:08 am »
Eikeboom makes nice screens at reasonable price . He is in Somerset West
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2014, 11:53:54 am »
Eikeboom makes nice screens at reasonable price . He is in Somerset West

I've been in contact with him.
Decided a new helmet would be a better investment for now, so a homemade, R80 screen will need to do for a couple more months.  :ricky:

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #34 on: February 23, 2014, 07:25:16 pm »
Just a note on Perspex (tales from the school of light knocks, if you like)...
I've had two Perspex screens, and both broke with the slightest provocation. What is scary is the way in which it broke, leaving sharp shards facing my chest area. I would not be surprised if Perspex is illegal for commercial screens ... and the aftermarket screens I have seen are made of polycarbonate (cheap enough, and easy to work with). My 2c worth. A little air scoop at the bottom helps a lot to cut down buffeting.

Trevor from ADV Rider in ... um ... what's that area called? Northgate? ... has universal Kappa screens at reasonable prices, and they work pretty well. With a little modification they can work really well. But yeah ... I also ride with a home-made screen.  :lol8:
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #35 on: February 23, 2014, 08:41:41 pm »
Just a note on Perspex (tales from the school of light knocks, if you like)...
I've had two Perspex screens, and both broke with the slightest provocation. What is scary is the way in which it broke, leaving sharp shards facing my chest area. I would not be surprised if Perspex is illegal for commercial screens ... and the aftermarket screens I have seen are made of polycarbonate (cheap enough, and easy to work with). My 2c worth. A little air scoop at the bottom helps a lot to cut down buffeting.

Trevor from ADV Rider in ... um ... what's that area called? Northgate? ... has universal Kappa screens at reasonable prices, and they work pretty well. With a little modification they can work really well. But yeah ... I also ride with a home-made screen.  :lol8:

Hi Westfrogger,

When cutting out the shape, I snapped a few pieces off, and yes, very sharp edges and points. If I do proper offroad riding, I will remove the screen first (or try to at least, that double-sided tape is strong!).

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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2014, 09:48:33 am »
I have a universal Kappa screen, like new. with mounting brackets, looking for a new home.
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2014, 11:17:01 am »
I have a universal Kappa screen, like new. with mounting brackets, looking for a new home.

Pics? Price or for free?
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #38 on: February 25, 2014, 08:40:22 am »
R400 to collect from my shop in Edgemead.

I took it off a DR650SE which I bought (Now one of the Sportograf bikes which shoot the Cape Epic et al.).
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Re: Sardine's DR650
« Reply #39 on: February 27, 2014, 01:51:21 pm »
Where is your shop in edgemead?
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