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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #540 on: February 07, 2012, 08:53:20 am »
SD thats what my wife said. Then after 25 years of marriage , I finally got her hooked. Now she has three.  S40 , S50, Xlx350R



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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #541 on: February 07, 2012, 10:01:51 am »
Just got her Aprillia Pegaso 650
 And she wants me to get Blackbird up and gping then sell my OLD bikes for something new. I say if I spend a few rands my old DR will do more than these modern wonders will..
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #542 on: February 07, 2012, 10:44:43 am »
My Missus is too short for even a Pegasso ! I had to build her a very modified 350 to get her tootsies to terra firma ! Modern Wonders , been there, done that, only way I'd ride a Dual Purpose with more than one lung is if I was committed to lifting , even then I'd look for a Transalp / AT / old Super Ten / Cagiva with carbs and tappets preferably !

There is nothing better than a cheap and reliable old school bike that is already depreciated , when the going gets rough and dirty.

The KTM 640Adv was close to the ideal bike , but the DR is The One ... not even a waterpump to fail !

Hold onto that DR or you wail and gnash yer teeth in regret !

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #543 on: February 07, 2012, 11:02:49 am »
Just got her Aprillia Pegaso 650
 And she wants me to get Blackbird up and gping then sell my OLD bikes for something new. I say if I spend a few rands my old DR will do more than these modern wonders will..

Seems there's a lot you can do if your willing to spend the money on the Old DR. Procycles in the US
http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html

Wildcoast posted that Dyno chart for modified DR. can't believe the diff! Just looking at the chart I'd think the 800GS would be left behind, the 990 and the modified DR would probably be head to head until 120-140km/h or something. Power to weight - the DR is much lighter than the 990

Yeah, the ideal DS bike - a modified DR - maybe..
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #544 on: February 07, 2012, 12:11:46 pm »
I had the first KTM Big Vee in Cape Town, and rode it 36 000km.  My personal fastest speed on dirt was 211kph.  My bike was very , very light and very, very powerful , I can bore you with 1000 mods and dozens of rides , how I nearly bought KTM as a business , how I fought with them, educated them, how I had to give them the freaking TSB's and the manual , how much better I was equipped than they were, to work on the bike, and long long boring stories regarding just how much work was required to make it go and keep it going, the price of parts, and what it was like to own a ferocious machine that was so much faster than everyone else's , how much of a twatwaffle I must have been , and how long I had to wait for my mates to catch up. All very purile and fundamentally annoying to everyone else.

Then one day I grew up and grew older and a whole lot wiser, and found pure joy in NOT being bloody Rambo , but having a bike that you could really, really trust, and by then everyone had a KTM, and strutted around in orange, about masses riding in groups, and GPS's and this forum and how too many people descend on small towns in huge hordes thinking how marvelous they are in their Dakar-Style gear and sip from their camel packs like they are Fabrizio Mioni himself , and piss off the locals with 70km dust trails and blocking petrol pumps and cafe's and terrorize animals and destroy environments, and act like inconsiderate City People with too much money.

heh heh heh

Then along comes modesty and respect and a nice sweet little bike that you can buy a clutch lever for that doesn't cost R850, that you can pimp and tweak and that goes surprisingly well for its age, and places you farrrrr outside the hordes and brand-conditioned marketing-swallowing Boorman wannabies , into the real world with valves you can set , carbs you can adjust, and no RoadSide Assistance because that is for Girls.

HAHAHAHAHAHA rant rant rant. When you've come full circle from XT500 to DR650 , had everything in between and outgrown it, and returned to the Truth and Essence of what is motorcycling, and prefer a small bike because it makes the world seem bigger , because big modern bikes make the world too small , then you get the right to hold an opinion, and also rant !

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #545 on: February 07, 2012, 12:18:51 pm »
good quality rant.
i enjoyed it.
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #546 on: February 07, 2012, 06:41:16 pm »
If you don't wings - you will never fly!

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #547 on: February 09, 2012, 09:24:23 am »
This is the state of my gasket...it tore and at some places not looking good. I'm thinking I'll still try and reuse and add some silicon, not a lot. Comments?

Don't see any iron filings
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #548 on: February 09, 2012, 01:18:30 pm »
Try to avoid the silicone.

Rather use the red hermatite gasket maker. A lot safer option.
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #549 on: February 09, 2012, 01:28:53 pm »
Try to avoid the silicone.

Rather use the red hermatite gasket maker. A lot safer option.

Thx, where can I get this?
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #550 on: February 10, 2012, 09:15:52 am »
...roadside assistance is for girls...
:laughing4:

I've currently got a HoesPoep2 to work on.
Doesn't even come with tools. ::)

"Hello this is BMW roadside assitance. How can we help you?"
"Oh hi, yah, I've just drowned my HoesPoop in the river crossing at Uitspankraal across the Doring River. Can you please send someone. And ask them to bring a spark plug socket wrench!"

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #551 on: February 10, 2012, 07:31:16 pm »
An '85 DR600 for sale if anyone's interested. 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #552 on: February 10, 2012, 09:54:14 pm »
went to midas to go look for some proper gasket maker and they had gasket paper..great!
Cut out two. Will grease it bit when it goes back on. Got the motul 10W40 oil, castrol 4T 10W50 JASO MA is selling at Makro for R80 per litre for those interested
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #553 on: February 11, 2012, 12:38:10 pm »
Did the same, cut gasket out of a sheet of gasket paper, used the black version of red devil with the gasket paper so I think its sealed.

Got my pipe and fitted it, will post pics later, thanks Veemax, excellent craftsmanship and fitted straight on.

Superdave, that guy bought a plastic 450, If you wanna sell the DR (Don't) just post it and it will go fast I think.

Volroom if you look at that site where the guy hotted his DR up, the power came at a cost, he cracked casings etc.
The DR you wanna hot up is the DR800, watch this space, always dreamed of my 100HP 170KG DR Big Dakar rep.
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #554 on: February 11, 2012, 02:03:12 pm »
Not keen to sell the DR.

Want to do some mods to move torque curve far more to the left.

A DR800 with 100hp and about 80nm to 100nm could be a serious OMB GSA contender acceleration wise and KTM eater. I dunno? But we can dream.

Would be a great machine especially if suspension was tweaked.

Yes what a machine that would be.



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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #555 on: February 11, 2012, 02:20:14 pm »
Check out Stefan Hessler racing, his Big cleaned up the big twins in the Rallye Dalmatia in 2006 , they race any DS bike classes based on weight of bike
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #556 on: February 12, 2012, 06:54:18 am »
changing fork oil - good idea, bad idea?
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #557 on: February 12, 2012, 07:01:51 am »
want to look into getting a night breaker light bulb for head light. Manual does not specify what kind it takes. Any ideas?
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #558 on: February 12, 2012, 07:42:18 am »
fork oil good idea
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #559 on: February 12, 2012, 07:44:48 am »
I think it is an H4 globe.
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