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Offline Spectaitor

DR650 Suspension Options
« on: March 25, 2021, 03:13:14 pm »
Looking at a 6 month window to redo my bike's suspension and need to know how many randelas I need to allocate towards it.

I'm not a racer, I don't need top of the line, I just need an improvement.
I weight around 95kgs, almost always have a tail bag with tubes and a compressor when riding unless it's a trip.

Would love to kill that horrible front fork dive when grabbing anything more than a finger's worth of brakes and get the rear shock a little nicer?? Not really sure what I'm looking for with the rear but just....betterish.

I'm in KZN, who can I go to or is it easy to just send stuff cross country to a specialist somewhere else.

Recommendations please kind souls.
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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2021, 03:23:15 pm »
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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2021, 07:39:59 pm »
Emulator valves for the front forks, at around R1,200 to R1,400 for a set, will stop the front fork nose dive - I speak from happy experience.

On one of my DRs, Martin Petzold redid the front and back suspension and it is noticeably stiffer than stock, especially the rear.

On another one, I think the previous owner went to town on it, but I never read the entire thread - Ganjora's Garage, I think it was called.

The last DR is stock but has the emulator valves in front. I think the preload was set on the back, but nothing else needs to be done for my weight.

Maybe you just need a slightly stiffer spring?

Have fun!  And stay away from any Australian YouTube videos about DR mods....  :drif: :drif: :drif:
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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2021, 08:54:51 pm »
Emulator valves for the front forks, at around R1,200 to R1,400 for a set, will stop the front fork nose dive - I speak from happy experience.

On one of my DRs, Martin Petzold redid the front and back suspension and it is noticeably stiffer than stock, especially the rear.

On another one, I think the previous owner went to town on it, but I never read the entire thread - Ganjora's Garage, I think it was called.

The last DR is stock but has the emulator valves in front. I think the preload was set on the back, but nothing else needs to be done for my weight.

Maybe you just need a slightly stiffer spring?

Have fun!  And stay away from any Australian YouTube videos about DR mods....  :drif: :drif: :drif:
I was dreading a R10k figure, that's a much better figure up there.

Too late about those vids, already went to town on the BST and it feels like an entirely different bike.
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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2021, 09:02:39 pm »
What did you get? :drif:
 

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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2021, 09:41:33 pm »
Same carb but modified the needle taper, added a hole in the airbox (although the bike ran better with the snorkel still in).
Dropped the needle and upped the main jet to 150.
After adding an extra tooth to the front sprocket I truly enjoy the way the bike rides!
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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2021, 07:42:48 am »
Following this thread.

I have searched for emulators and it appears there's one place in CT that has them, just waiting on email for pricing etc.

Is anyone aware of another supplier closer to Pretoria?

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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2021, 04:17:14 pm »
Following this thread.

I have searched for emulators and it appears there's one place in CT that has them, just waiting on email for pricing etc.

Is anyone aware of another supplier closer to Pretoria?

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Please keep me posted on that pricing Neil
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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2021, 05:19:25 pm »
Following this thread.

I have searched for emulators and it appears there's one place in CT that has them, just waiting on email for pricing etc.

Is anyone aware of another supplier closer to Pretoria?

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Please keep me posted on that pricing Neil

Just replied....

Yes we can assist with a set of Emulators for the DR 650.

They are R1500.00 per set.

They can be fitted by yourself if you are technical Ė instructions provided.

 

Price excludes courier if you outside of C.T.

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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2021, 10:31:21 pm »
Same carb but modified the needle taper, added a hole in the airbox (although the bike ran better with the snorkel still in).
Dropped the needle and upped the main jet to 150.
After adding an extra tooth to the front sprocket I truly enjoy the way the bike rides!

My first DR650, the one Ganjora improved, had a pumper carb similar to the DRZ400 carb, and a bigger sprocket as well. Learning to ride on that was nerve-wrecking, the carb is very responsive! But also very thirsty. A mechanic tweaked it to improve fuel efficiency from 14kpl to 17kpl without sacrificing toooo much power. I loved that bike :ricky:
 

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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2021, 04:31:05 pm »
Hi Neil,
Who is the supplier of the Emulators in Cape Town?
I would like to get a set as well.
 

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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2021, 03:07:40 pm »
https://mpcustomvalve.co.za/product/emulators/
Thanks @Spectaitor ..... I never saw this post.

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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2021, 06:48:41 pm »
Thank you Spectaitor.
I appreciate.
 
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Offline Spectaitor

Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2021, 12:43:41 pm »
No problem!
Post some feedback about the emulators here when you use them. I'm pretty dead set on getting them myself but buying a house atm so it needs to wait a little.
Still curious about what to do about the rear shock though.
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Offline 1armbandit

Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2021, 08:51:04 pm »
I too am interested to hear what a difference they make.
Really need something to help how horrid my 650 feels when hitting a rut at 60km/h on a dirt road.
Anyone know if Plex Valves are available here in SA ? They are apparently one step further in improvement on the emulators...   
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Re: DR650 Suspension Options
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2021, 11:22:34 am »
My suspension is stock, and after putting 30,000 ks, mostly gravel, on my DR , I have learnt to ride within my bikeís limitations. But I still kak myself in the rutted/corrugated situation that @1armbandit describes above.

A while back, on a trip with @Ri  to the northern Cape, I rode her bike that had Emulators fitted, and the difference was noticeable  - hers was planted and predictable.

I know that @Dux on this forum is very knowledgeable in this respect, and especially with DRís. Give him a shout.

I also know that changing fork oil and seals every 10,000 ks makes a big difference ( as I experienced on a trip to The Wartrail district  near Barkly East/Rhodes this last w/e...)