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Offline MildDog

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DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« on: August 04, 2009, 11:21:38 pm »
So here are some pics of my new steed.
After much dilly-dallying (incorrect purchasing and financial loss followed by unplanned budget cuts- sorry to those inconvenienced) I have my very own 2005 Suzuki DR650 with 12000km on the clock  :thumleft:

First impression:
I now know that Suzuki and my parents make their chairs out of the same material: hardness. the Bike is awesome! nice and low and light (good for a small guy like me). Weather meant I couldn't ride it tonight :(
At the moment she is standard. But I want to get a bunch of extras. This will become the farkle thread once the farkling begins. I have a Trailwing on the front and a Battlewing on the read. I think both are bridgestone though I know very little about either, except that the back will need replacing soon.












Farkle list:

Vapor computer
Polisport handguards
Sump guard
Crash bars (pooratech)
Luggage racks (pooratech)
Screen (Kappa KA660)
Topbox (for when in the city to hold my ATGATT- suggestions?)
22lt Fuel tank: 5lt fuel cans from Game on either side of seat and 12lt standard tank
And money to cover all of the above

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« Last Edit: August 04, 2009, 11:35:50 pm by G2M »
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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 06:43:28 am »
when are you going to malawai?
i'm also going there on a dr, dec 09...
fine looking steed you got there!!!
 

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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 06:48:02 am »
where are you getting your bashplate from???
I need one too.

here's my scoot:http: //www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=32071.0

still need:
handguards (getting barkbusters from Adventurer)
Bashplate?????????
IMS tank (on order from full throttle 19l)
 

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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2009, 07:20:58 am »
I intend making a bashplate from 5mm aluminium  this weekend.  Will post the results when done. I got my  IMS gastank from procycle in usa, because I ordered a few things with it like twinair filter and 14t sprocket.  Only paid VAT at customs.  Happy with the tank, reinstalled the vacuum stock petcock. Also busy with a GSXR 1000 K1 exhaust as done by MXRob on Thumpertalk.  Looking for a piece of stainless for flange.   cheers
« Last Edit: August 05, 2009, 07:25:55 am by Hagar »
 

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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2009, 08:05:28 am »
DR650SE bashplates are in production already. Should have samples next week.

Two versions, one basic version only protecting frame cradle and sump and a hard core one giving additional protection to oil filter housing and alternator cover (reducing necessity of crash bars to near zilch).

G2M: Got your handguards.
Handlebar risers also next week. Basically "spacers" and longer bolts for the OEM clamps. Cheap and pretty.
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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2009, 08:16:24 am »
Very nice bike  8)

Add a flush mounted taillight to your list as well.  :thumleft:
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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009, 08:20:22 am »
Congrats on the DR - you have made an excellent decision ;D

Some suggestions -

- Airhawk seat (because you gonna need it);
- Dunlop D606 tyre (rear), Maxxis front;
- IMS 19L tank;
- Luggage rack - pooratech - see the fred on the Monster DR 650 luggage rack;
- Skidplate - pooratech or SW Motech;
- Side racks - pooratech or SW Motech (if you want to carry cases);
- Centrestand - SW Motech

You can spend a lot of bucks on farkles because you do not need to worry about spending money on fixing the bike - it does not break.

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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2009, 12:40:20 pm »
Thanks for all the posts guys :) what's a decent price for a largish topbox that has a decent locking mechanism? I'll take it off for mud-riding but need something for the ATGATT on the daily ride to UCT, ideally it will fit my helmet, leatt and jacket in, but that might be too big!?!?!

Ganjora: also planning on going December... Possibly we ride up together? I read your post: very nice!!!
I'm getting most of my stuff from lecap (vapor, bash plate, hand guards and possibly wilbers forks) then I'm getting an engineer friend to design me racks & crash bars. screen, topbox, etc, I think I will get from topbox.

Kykdaar: where can I get an airhawk?
was think of using kings kt966's (or whatever the ones lecap like's so much are)? why you reckon the maxxis & dunlop combo is better?

Vilaishima: I saw you added one, those are the DRZ tail-lights, correct? where's the best (cheapest) place to get one?

Lecap: will swing by soon to pickup the hand guards, and then will bring you my bike sometime for the vapor and bashplate installs :) handlebar-raisers: what do they do, or what is the benefit of them, because I'm guessing they bring your handlebars higher? and is that necessary for a short guy like me?

It's the bike i originally wanted to get, and gave up on finding after MONTHS of searching, i finally have one...

CURSE THIS RAIN AND WIND!!!
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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2009, 12:49:51 pm »
Do I get progressive fork springs?

Suddenly the farkles are going to cost half of what I paid for the bike... would anyone mind ranking them in order of importance: which ones MUST I have and which ones are just neat extras???? Bearing in mind it'll be an everyday bike and then go to Malawi in december...
« Last Edit: August 05, 2009, 12:56:35 pm by G2M »
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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2009, 12:57:09 pm »
And who wants to come watch me fall down this weekend? where's a nice spot for a newbie to the dirt?
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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2009, 01:00:07 pm »
You can order the Airhawk from me.
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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2009, 01:03:40 pm »
handlebar-raisers: what do they do, or what is the benefit of them, because I'm guessing they bring your handlebars higher? and is that necessary for a short guy like me?

They are almost essential for a long trip like yours. You will eventually get monkeybutt from sitting down too long which eventually leads to fatigue. Rather raise your handlebar so that you can stand up straight without having to bend your back. It lets you stretch your legs as well as restore blood flow in the posterior, all whilst riding.
 

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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2009, 01:17:10 pm »
my 2c:

1. 22lt Fuel capacity (5lt fuel cans from Game on either side of seat and 12lt standard tank) - Without fuel you're not going anywhere
2. Luggage racks (pooratech) - To hold those 5lt cans and to keep your soft luggage from falling into the back wheel
3. Handlebar risers - ads comfort to your ride
4. Sump guard - you never know... prevention is better than cure
5. Crash bars (pooratech) - you never know...
6. Vapor computer - nice to have a clock, temperature guage (both engine and ambient air), rev counter, etc.
7. Polisport handguards - keep your hands working
8. Airhawk - happy bums make for happy trips
9. Screen (Kappa KA660) - nice to have but not essential at all
10. Wilbers progressive fork springs - will improve handling and eliminate nose-dive but not essential unless you plan on taking really rough roads

I leave the Topbox off the list because you don't need it for your trip but rather for commuting (which means it is very important right now but not in December)
 

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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2009, 04:59:50 pm »
Decisions decisions....
Need the topbox for town riding, however kak it's going to look!
Definately getting sump guard, hand guards, handlebar raisers and 99% getting a vapor.
Then pooratech the luggage racks and crash bars (if the crash bars seem necessary)
Then the stuff I'd like: screen and airhawk add comfort (and R2k to my bill)
Then its progressive forks???
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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2009, 05:31:19 pm »
Have no experience of the kings, but the d606 is a great road knobbly-try both over time and decide.same with the combo. if prioritizing and going to ride distance i would go with the airhawk and risers first.
 

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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2009, 05:35:25 pm »
lekka stuff!
So much of win it hurts! ^.^


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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2009, 05:40:52 pm »
And who wants to come watch me fall down this weekend? where's a nice spot for a newbie to the dirt?

Hi there, G2M.  That's a lekker bike you've got.  Judging from the service mine has given I know you'll have no hassles with it.  I'm also at UCT.  I park outside Leslie.  I'm pretty sure I'll go riding out at Parklands/quarry etc this weekend.  Should I contact you closer to the time?
 

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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2009, 06:35:06 pm »
progressive front springs really are very nice.
bar raisers or new ones? i like the new ones - pro taper only R450.
the 'kykdaar monster luggage rack' is helluva nice -  i'm not mad about panniers.

lecap,  put me down for a bulletproof bash plate,  i already scratched the lower of the clutch cover.....

and,  without a doubt,  the D606's are the best tyre for this type and size of bike.

@G2M - closer to the time we can discuss malawi.
 

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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2009, 07:54:15 pm »
Crossed-up: I've perved over your bike once or twice, my girlfriend scored major points for recognising it as a DR :) definately keen for a ride... though I am a serious novice! call/sms me: 0836355121

Will take a good look at the kykdaar monster luggage rack, and show it to my pooratech engineer friend :) also going with soft luggage.

Thanks for all the info. will start the blinging tomorrow with lecap's help  :thumleft:
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Re: DR650 is Going 2 Malawi
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2009, 06:34:34 pm »
Hand-guards: putting on tonight :)
Airhawk: arriving tomorrow
Sump guard: arriving next week
Vapor: arriving next week
Handlebar raisers: arriving next week

Then luggage racks & crash bars & jerry can holders and I'll be running for the border.

Ganjora: D606 tyres better than the kings (extra ply) and the maxxis (slightly better on road)? I need something, for now, that is 60% road and 40% gravel... When I leave it'll be full knobblies or something :)
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