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Offline SinisterSmiley

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My first DR650
« on: November 11, 2017, 08:45:19 pm »
OK , so im new to this whole adventure biking thing. As a matter of  fact , I don't even have my learners (have car license) . x) But I have always wanted a cruiser to go with these lekker old ballies with the big beards cruising to Margate every Sunday  :)

So , i jumped into the deep end after my brother-in-law ( @DJLSteenkamp ) convinced me that im still young (21) and I should rather get a adventure bike... alrighty then , off to Gumtree , and after looking at a few KTM's , Hondas , BMWs and Yamas. I Decided to go with the DR650. Very nice condition 2009 model , serviced , new sprocket, chain  and tyres. I Went and looked at the bike everything all in good nic. So i paid happily and off I went.
With the inspiration from @m0lt3n (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=204555.0), I am going to document all the changes , work and problems as they happen. So for anyone who wants to read up on  a noob , come along for the ride...   :deal:




When your Brother-in-law is a KTM fanboy and you leave him alone for 5mins with your Suzuki ...  :imaposer:


My 1st mod. I took the stock bulky mirrors off and used my in-laws old KTM mirros (he has fold able mirrors now).


Thanks for reading :D
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2017, 09:00:01 pm »
She's a beaut!
Miles 'o smiles  :thumleft:
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2017, 09:26:27 pm »
Good job Sinister.
I wish you all the best and many happy km.

Jy sal moet ry, volgende jaar doen ons Lesotho trip
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2017, 09:42:58 pm »
Daar was net so n swart DR by n dealer in KZN waarin ek belang gestel het maar hy het nie oorspronklike sleutels gehad nie, toe trek ek kop uit want ek is te ver en sou die bike blind moes koop.
Lekker bikes, ek het self n ou model gehad maar sy seat was bietnie hard vir my!
 

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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 09:05:09 pm »
Welcome to the Forum and to adventure riding, hope you have many happy kilometers!

Congratulations on awesome choice of bike, and on getting such an good-looking specimen  :drif:

En berei jou maar voor - die lys van farkles is nimmereindigend...  :deal:
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2017, 09:14:40 pm »
Welcome and nice bike, enjoy and may you have many safe miles.
Right bike for Lesotho trip.
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2017, 10:14:15 pm »
Het jy enige probleme @Ri ?
Laat weet maar sodat ek vroeg kan inspring en voorkom :P
Welcome to the Forum and to adventure riding, hope you have many happy kilometers!

Congratulations on awesome choice of bike, and on getting such an good-looking specimen  :drif:

En berei jou maar voor - die lys van farkles is nimmereindigend...  :deal:

Baie dankie ouens  ;D Voel so welkom!
Welcome and nice bike, enjoy and may you have many safe miles.
Right bike for Lesotho trip.
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 10:01:15 am »
Het jy enige probleme @Ri ?
Laat weet maar sodat ek vroeg kan inspring en voorkom :P
Welcome to the Forum and to adventure riding, hope you have many happy kilometers!

Congratulations on awesome choice of bike, and on getting such an good-looking specimen  :drif:

En berei jou maar voor - die lys van farkles is nimmereindigend...  :deal:

Ja, die probleem is, waar hou mens op farkle :imaposer:

Lys van verbeteringe so ver:
1. Free flow exhaust
2. Long range tank
3. Sitplek geshave en link en forks gedrop (ek's 'n kortgat)
4. Stewiger handlebars (standaard gebuig in val)
5. Short levers
6. BreŽr footpegs
7. Footpeg lowering kit
8. Wind screen
9. Suspensie
10. Luggage racks
11. Beter hooflig gloeilamp
12. LED spots want die hooflig is nog steeds rubbish :xxbah:
13. Case savers vir enjin
14. Bash plate
15. SpieŽls

 Niks groot foute nie, net klomp klein verbeterinkies...
 


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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2017, 10:41:30 am »
Don't forget braided brake hose  :thumleft:
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2017, 10:49:42 am »
wish my one still looked as good as yours does!
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2017, 12:22:36 pm »
PikiPiki have a nice video on upgrades to do to the DR. I think if you shave of a bit of your ego this is the ultimate Round The World bike! Enjoy Sinister. Your life as you know it is over....
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2017, 12:40:19 pm »
Dam klaar die spieels replace met my 690 se spieels.
Gister toe sien ons hy het roes op sy tank so as dit erg raak dink ek hy sal maar moet shop vir long range tank.

Die man moet leer, Lesotho is te naby om nie te gaan ry nie.
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2017, 12:52:59 pm »
Don't forget braided brake hose  :thumleft:

Ah yes of course.
And to be on the safe side, thread a spare clutch cable alongside the existing one.

Dam klaar die spieels replace met my 690 se spieels.
Gister toe sien ons hy het roes op sy tank so as dit erg raak dink ek hy sal maar moet shop vir long range tank.

Die man moet leer, Lesotho is te naby om nie te gaan ry nie.
Nou toe, een van die farkles klaar sorted  :imaposer:

Roes die tenk? Hy gaan moet begin spaar, nuwe long range tanks is duur, en tweedehandse tenks is skaars :o 
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2017, 01:21:24 pm »
Het jy enige probleme @Ri ?
Laat weet maar sodat ek vroeg kan inspring en voorkom :P
Welcome to the Forum and to adventure riding, hope you have many happy kilometers!

Congratulations on awesome choice of bike, and on getting such an good-looking specimen  :drif:

En berei jou maar voor - die lys van farkles is nimmereindigend...  :deal:

Ja, die probleem is, waar hou mens op farkle :imaposer:

Lys van verbeteringe so ver:
1. Free flow exhaust
2. Long range tank
3. Sitplek geshave en link en forks gedrop (ek's 'n kortgat)
4. Stewiger handlebars (standaard gebuig in val)
5. Short levers
6. BreŽr footpegs
7. Footpeg lowering kit
8. Wind screen
9. Suspensie
10. Luggage racks
11. Beter hooflig gloeilamp
12. LED spots want die hooflig is nog steeds rubbish :xxbah:
13. Case savers vir enjin
14. Bash plate
15. SpieŽls

 Niks groot foute nie, net klomp klein verbeterinkies...
 



Baie dankie vir die lys ,mag jou dalk pla vir help in die toekom ;).Gaan nog lekker werk aan haar. Het die naweek gevoel die wind stoot biedjie hard teen my. so Sal windshield kry sodra ek weer Finasieel stabiel is. Stuur so biedjie foto of 2 van jou DR (Of gooi `n link as jy een op die forum het).

PikiPiki have a nice video on upgrades to do to the DR. I think if you shave of a bit of your ego this is the ultimate Round The World bike! Enjoy Sinister. Your life as you know it is over....

Haha Jean has organized the KTM sitcker for me , so now my bike is truly "around the world" ready. Link to the video ? i have watched many , but maybe you have some new ideas for me.  :biggrin:

Don't forget braided brake hose  :thumleft:

Ah yes of course.
And to be on the safe side, thread a spare clutch cable alongside the existing one.

Dam klaar die spieels replace met my 690 se spieels.
Gister toe sien ons hy het roes op sy tank so as dit erg raak dink ek hy sal maar moet shop vir long range tank.

Die man moet leer, Lesotho is te naby om nie te gaan ry nie.
Nou toe, een van die farkles klaar sorted  :imaposer:

Roes die tenk? Hy gaan moet begin spaar, nuwe long range tanks is duur, en tweedehandse tenks is skaars :o 
Unfortunately we are in Durban (The ocean is in front of my house) , so I will need to spray some parts to try and minimize the rust , the rust on my tank is already underneath my tanks paint. I will post a picture when i get home. The Suzuki Dealership has a white DR tank for thousand-something bucks.
Not sure if its worth buying , or if i should just try and get a long range tank .
I have read the Namibia RR for "Travels through God’s own motorcycle country" (If anyone has not read that master piece http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=215299.0) the Blue Suzuki's (Buttercup) Clutch Cable snapped , so I already learned to have extra clutch cable.
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2017, 01:41:22 pm »

Unfortunately we are in Durban (The ocean is in front of my house) , so I will need to spray some parts to try and minimize the rust , the rust on my tank in already underneath my tanks paint. I will post a picture when i get home. The Suzuki Dealership has a white DR tank for thousand-something bucks.
Not sure if its worth buying , or if i should just try and get a long range tank .
I have read the Namibia RR for "Travels through Godís own motorcycle country" (If anyone has not read that master piece http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=215299.0) the Blue Suzuki's (Buttercup) Clutch Cable snapped , so I already learned to have extra clutch cable.

Uitstekende RR daai! Die "anemic cow Buttercup" het my baie trots gemaak op my DRs  :biggrin:

As jy by die see bly, kan jy maar net sowel eerder 'n long range tank kry. Hulle is plastiek, so roes is nie 'n probleem nie, en nuut is hulle so R4,000 - R6,000 afhangende van grootte en waar jy kyk (Flying Brick, eBay, ProCycle, Acerbis, ens). 'n Nuwe oorspronklike tenk gaan tog net weer roes, en jy behoort tweedehands 'n goedkoper een te kan kry.

Lekker ry in Lesotho! I'm very jealous, I'd love to ride there.
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2017, 08:03:13 pm »

 Te veel moeite om te imbed op foon...maar die lyk vir my na n nice vid.

Maar sit eers n 1000km op daai bike voor jy begin modifikasies doen. En as jy weg spring onthou om als in konteks te hou, daarom dat jy daai 1000km moet ry dat jy eers weet wat jy het
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2017, 03:44:59 pm »
https://youtu.be/uSoaIn3r0vA
 Te veel moeite om te imbed op foon...maar die lyk vir my na n nice vid.

Maar sit eers n 1000km op daai bike voor jy begin modifikasies doen. En as jy weg spring onthou om als in konteks te hou, daarom dat jy daai 1000km moet ry dat jy eers weet wat jy het

Dankie Martin. Sal maar sien , ek mag dalk die kliener , goedkooper Mods maar aanpak hier en daar en dan sal ek die groter duurder goed los tot ek daai KMs afgelÍ het soos jy sÍ.
Ek dink ek moet dalk net die Bash plate en crash bars kry voordat ek myself gaan haat vir `n val wat my bike dalk sal opneek.
Ons beplan om die petrol tank net af te haal en te kyk of daar enige roes in die petrol is , dit lyk darm nog nie te erg op die oomblik nie, dalk net surface rust vir nou.
Ek het elk geval nie nou die geld om te veel mods aan te pak nie haha.

Vergeet om foto te neem van die roes. Sal sodra ek kan kaans kry.
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2017, 06:00:41 pm »
https://youtu.be/uSoaIn3r0vA
 Te veel moeite om te imbed op foon...maar die lyk vir my na n nice vid.

Maar sit eers n 1000km op daai bike voor jy begin modifikasies doen. En as jy weg spring onthou om als in konteks te hou, daarom dat jy daai 1000km moet ry dat jy eers weet wat jy het

Dankie Martin. Sal maar sien , ek mag dalk die kliener , goedkooper Mods maar aanpak hier en daar en dan sal ek die groter duurder goed los tot ek daai KMs afgelÍ het soos jy sÍ.
Ek dink ek moet dalk net die Bash plate en crash bars kry voordat ek myself gaan haat vir `n val wat my bike dalk sal opneek.
Ons beplan om die petrol tank net af te haal en te kyk of daar enige roes in die petrol is , dit lyk darm nog nie te erg op die oomblik nie, dalk net surface rust vir nou.
Ek het elk geval nie nou die geld om te veel mods aan te pak nie haha.

Vergeet om foto te neem van die roes. Sal sodra ek kan kaans kry.

Crash bars? :eek7:

Mens kry nie crash bars vir DR650s nie, want die bike het dit nie nodig nie.  Goed buig, maar breek selde.
Ek het al per ongeluk 'n Jetta gesideswipe dat die DR doerrrrrrr trek, en na ons die handlebars en agterrem weer reguit getrek het, het ek verder gery. Die bike is skraal, so die handlebars vat gewoonlik die punch. Jou clutch en voorrem levers mag dalk buig.

Kry lekker screen, handguard protectors, bash plate, 'n luggage plate en luggage racks, en jy's reg vir die lang pad.
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2017, 06:29:21 pm »
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Crash bars? :eek7:

Mens kry nie crash bars vir DR650s nie, want die bike het dit nie nodig nie.  Goed buig, maar breek selde.
Ek het al per ongeluk 'n Jetta gesideswipe dat die DR doerrrrrrr trek, en na ons die handlebars en agterrem weer reguit getrek het, het ek verder gery. Die bike is skraal, so die handlebars vat gewoonlik die punch. Jou clutch en voorrem levers mag dalk buig.

Kry lekker screen, handguard protectors, bash plate, 'n luggage plate en luggage racks, en jy's reg vir die lang pad.

haha goed om te weet hy kan `n beating vat. En weer eens , dankie dat julle belangstel om `n noob te help. Die forums is lekker, Ek sal julle update oor die roes en dan wanneer ek weer geld het sal ek nog upgrades doen. Gumtree het letterlik 0 DR parte en al die ander sites is geblok by ons werk  :'( . Sal Ebay en al daai ander plekke check vir hoeveel ek my sak gaan brand sodra ek bydi huis kom ^_^
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Re: My first DR650
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2017, 07:00:48 pm »
Geluk met jou eerste fiets, en veral die DR.

Dis 'n fantastiese fiets, en met 'n oop pyp en paar carb en airbox mods hardloop hulle dat dit bars.

Lees die DR 650 SE thread in die tegniese afdeling, en gebruik die "Search" funksie om ander DR 650 SE threads op te spoor.

Ek is al op DR No.4, maar het ook 'n Husqvarna 610 TE bygekoop.

Die TE is so 6 kg ligter, maar die rede vir aankoop was die fantastiese suspensie.

Die DR se suspensie is maar rof op my 53 jarige lyf. Ek geniet my "hard core" ritte in Swaziland!

Ek het 'n stel DRZ 400 voorvurke, asook 'n Sachs agter skokbreker vir die DR.

Oorweeg dit egter om die DR, asook alle ekstras en onderdele te verkoop, maar het nog nie 'n finale besluit geneem nie.




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