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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #240 on: December 20, 2009, 12:15:04 am »
I will have to replace my rings pretty soon. Question is though, IF it so happens that I will have to replace my piston, do I go for the JE high compression piston or just chuck a standard one back in there? Personally I find the power delivery no issue at all. And with the high compression piston I an wary that there will be extra stresses on the John Deere like motor that I don't need. What does the jury conclude: Standard piston or High compression piston. Scope: Will it negatively affect the reliability of the motor or other workings if a high compression piston is fitted.

Thanks all.

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P.S. Griffin I still owe you a manual, so sorry, will burn it tomorrow. I'm house hunting.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #241 on: December 20, 2009, 08:14:50 am »
Your whole motor is old.  Stay away from performance mods.  Just rings and valve-stem seals should do the trick.  Then your motor should see you past 100K.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #242 on: December 20, 2009, 08:34:47 am »
Standard piston or High compression piston.

From what I have read the secret to these babies is K.I.S.S
Keep It Simple and Standard if you want long life and reliability. Speak to the DR Guru Lecape. He took the head off a standard motor that had done 140 000 km execting to have to do a rebore and fit an oversized piston. There was minimal wear on piston and cylinder and every thing was within toerances .

The guys who designed these motors know what they are doing.

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #243 on: December 20, 2009, 11:11:28 am »
I am leaning towards staying standard. My aim is reliability. Its a playful tourer, not a WR450R  :drif:

I'm not sure if it does need a rebuild or new rings, I only suspect it to need it, haven't done any testing to say for sure, and I can't keep off the throttle for a full month to see if its just me revving to that spot where all thumpers use a little oil by design. Maybe I should get a RPM counter.....I wonder......

Thanks for the replies. Now waiting to see if LeCap will pop in on the thread.

Happy trails.

P.S. CrossedUp, how you enjoying the new ride, especially now that the newness of it has passed I would think?
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #244 on: December 21, 2009, 09:08:57 am »
Don't go high compression.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #245 on: December 21, 2009, 03:12:19 pm »
Howzit all Dr's

Just thought I'd let you all know, I'm legal again. Passed the learners AGAIN  ::) after letting it lapse because I couldn't get a drivers' booking through the lack of services centre.

So I can finally ride again. But that dr is still running VERY rich! Definitely need to check the jets and needle.

« Last Edit: December 21, 2009, 03:12:45 pm by jenks »
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #246 on: December 22, 2009, 05:44:21 am »
so,  yesterday i reckon i set a new 'longest distance on a DR' record

rode from Groblershoop in the northern cape S28 53.725 E21 59.039,  to home in chartwell north (next door to dainfern)
total distance for the day according to the Garmin GPS 855km (a few detours)
total time 10hours and some change (got off the bike and had a beer before checking the exact time.
left at 05H15 and arrived 15H30ish
the stretch between kimberly and potch was very unpleasant - heavy side winds which had me down to 70 - 90kph for 120km of that between christiana and wolmaranstad.
neck was aching from fighting the cross winds.  had visions of getting taken out like cave girl...
When i got off the bike,  I still felt like i could do up to a thousand for the day.

good sleep the night before.   left early before the sun could hurt - got some easy miles in.   had a 10l jerry in addition to my IMS tank (nearly ran out of fuel - thank goodness for the jerry).   did a minimum of 120km between rest breaks.   put the jerry can between my luggage roll and my back.   used it as a backrest,  MUCH more comfortable - lean back hold the throttle open and watch the scenery change.

855KM - who's gonna beat that???
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #247 on: December 22, 2009, 06:09:17 am »
Bliksem Dave jy is yster maat....
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #248 on: December 22, 2009, 07:17:59 am »
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0

I did 805 km but it was on a 400 so that's worth an extra 100 km  :biggrin:
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #249 on: December 22, 2009, 07:19:08 am »
Not even going to try Dave  :thumleft:
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #250 on: December 22, 2009, 07:28:44 am »
If this was with the standard seat then you deserve an Iron Butt award.  :)
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #251 on: December 22, 2009, 07:36:39 am »
Did 640km from Hobatere to Swakop.
Only the last 73 km (6k's on the Cape Cross road and then Henties Bay to Swakop) on salt, rest dirt. Some sightseeing detours en route. Tough.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #252 on: December 22, 2009, 08:52:10 am »
 
855KM - who's gonna beat that???

 :o  Not me.  (I think this gives you high priest status in the SSS)
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #253 on: December 22, 2009, 10:45:27 am »
I think I will take you up on the challenge. Let me see, what route will I take and what backup plan will I need in case I just can't sit anymore......think I will take a pillow.

So far I have been under the impression that there is an Iron Butt award for real, or is it a hoax?

Will let you know what I am gonna do, need to ride to Mosselbay in a couple of days.

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #254 on: December 22, 2009, 12:08:48 pm »
IP: go for it. :thumleft:
i recon 1000km is eaily do-able
already thinking of a JHB to CT run...

shall we set the rules at:
a standard seat - no pillows/airhawks allowed
a full 24hour period
Garmin/Tom Tom - not odometer reading (accurate measurement,  and if disputed you can post the evidence)
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #255 on: December 22, 2009, 12:52:46 pm »
Fitted it today! 8),Is strong as hell,and looks farking sexy!! :pot:

Will get someone to post the pics,I dont have time for photobucket . . .

Hurry up and post the pics!

I might just ask them to cut me a duplicate. ;)


 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #256 on: December 22, 2009, 12:59:35 pm »
Fitted it today! 8),Is strong as hell,and looks farking sexy!! :pot:

Will get someone to post the pics,I dont have time for photobucket . . .

Hurry up and post the pics!

I might just ask them to cut me a duplicate. ;)






http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=42082.0

I'm also interested on one.
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #257 on: December 22, 2009, 03:47:39 pm »
Ahh ok that looks pretty good. :)
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #258 on: December 22, 2009, 05:02:53 pm »
Ahh ok that looks pretty good. :)

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Im second overall with a 750km's in 1day on my standard DR seat.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #259 on: December 22, 2009, 11:03:56 pm »
Let the planning begin, either this Thursday or a few days after that.

Standard seat. Garmin 60. PE to Mosselbay via X, Y, and Z; Mosselbay to Sutherland or Cederberg via X, Y, and Z.

Will post as soon as I am victorious  :pot:

Happy trails everyone.

P.S. Who has maybe a spare header pipe lying around I could borrow sometime in the future? I want to ceramic coat mine inside and out but don't want my bike to stand the period.
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