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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #940 on: October 14, 2012, 02:08:13 pm »
I rode an XLV700 with a view to buying. I was very impressed with it as a road bike ( never rode one in the dirt ) . Nice power , smooth and refined, very comfortable. I missed the chance as I have a Sell One Buy One policy and the guy buying my KLR delayed me. I still regret not having owned one yet ! : )

In the end the KLR went and made way for a year long 94 DR overhaul !

Many plusses on the XLV but beware the fuel range, they REALLY cocked that aspect up for us big-sky folks. The rest is a nice package , and they are famous for long life.

I saw a good one in Mpumalanga on gumtree right this am ... *grin*

Here in the Cape we don't have to cross vast distances for good riding , so happy with the mechanical similicity of my DR's young and old.

I wish the VStrom was not so pig ugly , sure rides nice , but it's fugly and soft and squishy and very vulnerable offroad, what a pity.

If Suzuki wanted to make a good bike , make the VX800 into an Adventure Bike ! : ) , shaft and 68 bhp.
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #941 on: October 24, 2012, 11:03:22 am »
Clutch slipping sorted. A certain person who shall remain nameless had the Plate # 2 's wave ring and wave washer seat ring installed incorrectly . These clutches ( like that on the 650 Savage ) , require very very VERY careful attention to those two rings !

Only by bringing the clutch hub in from the garage and holding it in front of the screen , could I see the fault and understand it !



Anyway , I installed new friction plates ( 6 plus 1 special ) with HD springs ( 10% stiffer ) , with fresh 10W40 Magnetec , and headed off to test flat out on the bumpy Cape Point road into a hectic storm South Easter , could NOT budge the plates , yesssssssss , now this bike can boogie flat out.

While feeling Holy , I have installed a brand new disk rotor and pads, the rotor was at minimum thickness, pads nearly dead too.

Right , I think I have run out of things to do with my DR now , just ride it I guess ! : )

The Speedo says 33 323 Miles , or call it 54 000km , and all it's wear parts are NEW. I am all-in at probably R45 000 now

Mission accomplished !

(Which was , essentially, to replace my KTM640Adv , with a simpler , tougher, easier to maintain, similarly powered adventure bike, with no leaky USD forks , no ball crushing seat, no unbalanced engine with a rep for running main bearings, no water cooling to fret over, a steel tank that accepts a magnetic tank bag, no ridiculously expensive parts , a slightly lower seat height for the rough, and an obscure and indefinable brand that makes me immune to the BMW/KTM yawn !!! And did I mention: DOGF^*K reliability )

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #942 on: October 24, 2012, 11:28:37 am »
Great! My DR is also now at the 'just ride it' stage. Nothing more I want to do to it, I just need to find time for a nice long dirt trip now.....

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #943 on: October 24, 2012, 11:37:09 am »
Mine is not quite there yet - but it is going on a long ride this weekend hopefully!
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #944 on: October 25, 2012, 02:36:19 pm »
And in summary : )

« Last Edit: October 25, 2012, 02:40:43 pm by Veemax »
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #945 on: October 25, 2012, 02:58:23 pm »
Great! My DR is also now at the 'just ride it' stage. Nothing more I want to do to it, I just need to find time for a nice long dirt trip now.....

Come down to the Klein Karoo for a beer , and some big sky therapy ? I have a wild pace 45 km west of Ladismith , headed there for two weeks, load that DR and run away !
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #946 on: October 25, 2012, 03:00:36 pm »
Soon enough! Busy with a job currently, but when that's finished I *may* be unemployed so I may well take you up on that!

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #947 on: October 25, 2012, 05:23:15 pm »
I may hang on to my DR long enough to join this gathering, just need to cross the pond first
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #948 on: October 25, 2012, 05:38:28 pm »
I cam every close to an XLV700 WC ! Had it lined up as a straight trade for my Bandit, but then the poor bugger fell fowl of a taxi ..... bike not running and the dude very upset. Poor guy, Oh well , I can wait ! Not like I dont have any dualsport bikes in my garage.  >:D
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #949 on: October 25, 2012, 05:55:12 pm »
They go for a very good price for low mileage models, it just seems sensible for me , reliable , smooth comfy etc, couple of 2L coke bottles for tank range.
If I sell the 650 I may get a 400 for more technical stuff and the 700 for long hauls.
Did you find that Acerbis?
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #950 on: October 26, 2012, 07:42:30 am »
Yeah thanks mate, Just Tanks appear to stock 'em. I am wondering if it's worth the loss of a magnetic surface though .... mmmm......but 25 L will let me go +500km , useful distance in 'Nam .... ( We once counted on fuel in Leonardville and found none , made Koes with 300ml left , and my riding mates stranded 30 km away high and dry, counting on ME to rescue them ! )

Let me ponder some more ....naturally it will get the fuel stripe / khaki paint + lizard treatment !

Thanks for the link , the other sources seem to have hahahaha run dry !





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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #951 on: October 26, 2012, 07:52:52 am »
Veemax,  what's a '12C socket'?
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #952 on: October 26, 2012, 08:22:57 am »
VOLTS !!! C and V are keyboard neighbours ! Duh
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #953 on: October 26, 2012, 08:27:04 am »
I dont know how the Acerbis will like paint, it seems to flex a bit and have almost a "pebbled" surface , much lighter than the metal tank though.
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #954 on: October 26, 2012, 09:48:31 am »
I think I have a working system for plastic tanks , PLAB tested anyway , lasts over a year so far.

600 grit used to break surface , apply THIN dust coat Rustoleum Plastic Primer , leave for a week ....walk away !!!!

Then top coat Velvaglo ... backbone is a Plascon- proprietary self crosslinking enamel that holds up to fuel transit through the polyethylene pretty well.

You could top coat with anything maybe , but I've not tested that.

You might have to strip it and repeat every few years , but so far, for my application its a working solution for a dirt bike.

PLAB shows one smallish bubble under the seat area , is all.
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #955 on: November 20, 2012, 11:00:20 am »
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #956 on: November 20, 2012, 03:13:03 pm »
Bloody reliable DR's is the problem !

Gooi petrol , ry ry ry ry ry ry ry ry ...... ens.

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #957 on: December 04, 2012, 07:47:09 am »
Does anyone know which wheel bearings the DR takes?

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #958 on: December 04, 2012, 08:16:32 am »
Can't help sorry , redid mine but my little black book shows I didn't write down the number. I always shop with a sample. Super common bearing your nearest bearing guy will definitely have it though.

You gotta have two bikes , one under surgery and the other one the rapid procurement scoot !
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #959 on: December 04, 2012, 09:20:12 am »
Can't help sorry , redid mine but my little black book shows I didn't write down the number. I always shop with a sample. Super common bearing your nearest bearing guy will definitely have it though.

You gotta have two bikes , one under surgery and the other one the rapid procurement scoot !

OK, fortunately have the sample!