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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4000 on: March 18, 2020, 11:00:15 am »
You can get the good stuff at dealerships. I got a both front and back from Startline and am happy with them, just remember to transfer the heatshield off the old ones.
Simple Chinese stuff but for the DR they are more than good enough.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4001 on: July 25, 2020, 08:10:24 am »
Headlight looks to be blown, plug and play upgrade to replace it with?
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« Reply #4002 on: August 03, 2020, 12:40:11 pm »
Hello all, so my DR650 has started doing something strange lately where it refuses to start occasionally. It happened the other day with the engine warm. Started fine at home, rode for about 30min, parked on level sidewalk for 6 or 7min max, got on to go home and it refused to start. I even tried push starting is - went maybe 20+m down the road with two guys pushing, second gear, clutch out and absolutely nothing happened. Engine just turned and turned but still wouldn't start, like it was getting no fuel?  I then waited about 5 min before trying again, and presto, started fine and rode all the way home no problem. Any advise much appreciated.
 

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Re: bike won't start intermittently
« Reply #4003 on: August 06, 2020, 10:45:55 am »
Hello all, so my DR650 has started doing something strange lately where it refuses to start occasionally. It happened the other day with the engine warm. Started fine at home, rode for about 30min, parked on level sidewalk for 6 or 7min max, got on to go home and it refused to start. I even tried push starting is - went maybe 20+m down the road with two guys pushing, second gear, clutch out and absolutely nothing happened. Engine just turned and turned but still wouldn't start, like it was getting no fuel?  I then waited about 5 min before trying again, and presto, started fine and rode all the way home no problem. Any advise much appreciated.

Emergency switch. Mine has given this kind of issue a few times. It works and then it doesn't. You swear a bit. Kick the tyre, organise alternative transport and then it starts again
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4004 on: August 06, 2020, 10:53:13 am »
Hello all, so my DR650 has started doing something strange lately where it refuses to start occasionally. It happened the other day with the engine warm. Started fine at home, rode for about 30min, parked on level sidewalk for 6 or 7min max, got on to go home and it refused to start. I even tried push starting is - went maybe 20+m down the road with two guys pushing, second gear, clutch out and absolutely nothing happened. Engine just turned and turned but still wouldn't start, like it was getting no fuel?  I then waited about 5 min before trying again, and presto, started fine and rode all the way home no problem. Any advise much appreciated.

Emergency switch. Mine has given this kind of issue a few times. It works and then it doesn't. You swear a bit. Kick the tyre, organise alternative transport and then it starts again
True, my red emergency switch have been stuck a few times. A bit of spray-on lubricant usually sorts it out.
 
 
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4005 on: August 06, 2020, 11:43:10 am »
Hello all, so my DR650 has started doing something strange lately where it refuses to start occasionally. It happened the other day with the engine warm. Started fine at home, rode for about 30min, parked on level sidewalk for 6 or 7min max, got on to go home and it refused to start. I even tried push starting is - went maybe 20+m down the road with two guys pushing, second gear, clutch out and absolutely nothing happened. Engine just turned and turned but still wouldn't start, like it was getting no fuel?  I then waited about 5 min before trying again, and presto, started fine and rode all the way home no problem. Any advise much appreciated.

Emergency switch. Mine has given this kind of issue a few times. It works and then it doesn't. You swear a bit. Kick the tyre, organise alternative transport and then it starts again
True, my red emergency switch have been stuck a few times. A bit of spray-on lubricant usually sorts it out.
I'm not sure, did OP use the emergency switch at the time of the problem? If not, there should not be a problem.
In which case I would rather check the sidestand switch.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4006 on: August 06, 2020, 11:47:54 am »
Hello all, so my DR650 has started doing something strange lately where it refuses to start occasionally. It happened the other day with the engine warm. Started fine at home, rode for about 30min, parked on level sidewalk for 6 or 7min max, got on to go home and it refused to start. I even tried push starting is - went maybe 20+m down the road with two guys pushing, second gear, clutch out and absolutely nothing happened. Engine just turned and turned but still wouldn't start, like it was getting no fuel?  I then waited about 5 min before trying again, and presto, started fine and rode all the way home no problem. Any advise much appreciated.

Emergency switch. Mine has given this kind of issue a few times. It works and then it doesn't. You swear a bit. Kick the tyre, organise alternative transport and then it starts again
True, my red emergency switch have been stuck a few times. A bit of spray-on lubricant usually sorts it out.
I'm not sure, did OP use the emergency switch at the time of the problem? If not, there should not be a problem.
In which case I would rather check the sidestand switch.
Check sidestand and clutch switches... perhaps better to just disconnect them.
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4007 on: August 07, 2020, 08:32:56 am »
Thanks all. I will check all my switches again, although I know for a fact that the kill switch IS faulty. However, does the kill switch not also cut power to the starter motor? In the scenario described above, all the bike electrics work (lights, etc.) and the starter motor works fine. Only the engine doesn't start. Could be another loose electrical connection I guess, although the bike has never cut out while riding before. Problem only happens when starting and only occasionally.
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4008 on: August 10, 2020, 07:21:46 pm »
My money is on the side stand switch, too...
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4009 on: September 26, 2020, 10:19:21 pm »
Gonna post here before the commercial section.

Iíve just bought a really clean 2011 DR650. The bike is really neat. But itís white. Just my personal preference, I prefer the grey.
So this is really just putting feelers out at this stage. I am looking for someone who would like to swap grey for white panels.
Same condition would mean that they would have to be very neat. I suspect that the bike I bought has not been on dirt.
 

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4010 on: October 27, 2020, 12:22:16 pm »
How many DR650 owners still around ? Been looking for a 2nd lighter bike than my XTZ660 and keep coming back to the DR650.

XTZ660 - 187kg dry
XT660R - 172kg dry
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KTM690 don't know if I trust it on a solo ride in the bush, also quite expensive

XRL 650 seat too high, same issue on the XTZ plus the weight. I love my Tenere and won't sell it but for the type of riding I did last week I'm looking for something lighter and lower seat height but that can still do some highway miles. Owned a DR before and I know the shocks is a bit pap stock and it needs the jet kit and silencer mod to wake it up a bit.
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4011 on: October 27, 2020, 12:26:30 pm »
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4012 on: October 27, 2020, 12:41:15 pm »
More like R27000 - R30000 budget for me  :biggrin:
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4013 on: October 27, 2020, 02:52:02 pm »
Me, only an ex-owner.

Fantastic bikes, did all the carb mods, except the spring and slide drill. The biggest improvement was a tapered needle, hand turned by @matie spearo for me. Huge improvement in the mid-range. Racetec cannister, and did the jetting myself. A different animal than stock.

Was planning a DRZ 400 front end conversion with Husky 610 TE Sachs rear shock. Mike Fuchs did the shock service and fitted a different spring. 320mm DRZ 400 SM front brake disc and caliper adapter.

I love the lightness and fantastic suspension on the KTM 500. Reckon the DR 650 to be a better all-rounder, if you don't do hectic technical riding.

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4016 on: October 27, 2020, 03:12:44 pm »
I looked for a nice one for over five years. Their prices went up and up and the condition went down and down. I eventually bought the one that Skootaboy was selling. It doesnít look like itís ever been on gravel. A few extras, but essentially stock standard. Super neat. It didnít come for free but I feel the price was reasonable. Under 30000 kms on the clock, spare key, toolkit and owners manual. Itís had a luggage rack fitted and itís fitted with road tyres. It really is a stunner

If the right offer came up, Iíd consider selling it but I know Iíll regret it. Itís not my only bike so I have other riding options. Iím also in no hurry to sell it.
By not disclosing what a ďright offerĒ would be, Iím able to gauge if someone who does offer is yanking my chain for a freebie or not. So letís just say that right now, itís not for sale and will probably remain a show pony.

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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4018 on: October 28, 2020, 09:00:37 am »
I have just repaired the second DR with burnt exhaust valve , admittedly both bikes close to 100 000km , but also in both cases valve clearance checks had been neglected , so make sure they are checked regularly .
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Re: The DR650 thread
« Reply #4019 on: October 28, 2020, 09:20:37 am »
I have just repaired the second DR with burnt exhaust valve , admittedly both bikes close to 100 000km , but also in both cases valve clearance checks had been neglected , so make sure they are checked regularly .

Should be common sense Ouboet.

But as we all know, common sense is no longer very common.