February 16, 2019 at 10:24 am #28945
My DR brings all the boys to the yard
Attachments:February 25, 2019 at 8:16 pm #29076
The Rego for the mighty DR has been put on hold ready for storage 🙁 due to new adventures that are about to begin.
Attachments:March 8, 2019 at 3:42 am #29109
The DR has been packed away as I’ve headed off for a new Adventure for a while.
Follow what I’ve up to over here: https://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/forums/topic/eddies-overseas-adventure/March 15, 2020 at 11:59 am #32589
Well I’m back in NZ and currently 4 days into voluntary isolation after returning from the UK via Singapore.
I started prepping the DR650 for use after a year in storage and the battery still had full charge which was great, but the front tyre is flat and when I parked it up it was 500km overdue for a oil change. I have a filter but can’t get out for the oil and a tyre valve.
Anyone got a hookup for IT/web jobs in Tauranga? Due to illness I can’t do physical work but worked on data management for the spark.co.nz website and related middleware for many years along with a bit of external vendor delivery management.April 18, 2020 at 8:02 pm #33134
The DR is slowly being bought out of storage. Last week I pulled the carb and gave it a good cleanout as it had some residue which was stopping the float valve from closing, today I did the valve clearances.
Stuff your bucket and shims, this is how valve adjustment should be.
The plugs were a little black, I suspect it’s a little rich at low throttle openings.
Attachments:May 8, 2020 at 3:18 pm #33276
I fitted an Anderson Plug to the DR today so that if the battery is too low to start the bike I can attach a charger to it without taking the side panels and seat off.
Attachments:May 11, 2020 at 7:54 pm #33285
Well the Covid Lockdown level switches to level 2 on Thursday so I rego’d the DR today and it’s otherwise all ready to go.
WOOHOO!!!!!!May 14, 2020 at 9:09 pm #33296
Woohoo!, first ride in 15 months. No gravel involved but it was so good to be back on a bike. About 190km around the Waikato. One of my favorite rides out of Hamilton is Whitemans Valley road, at the end of that turn right then take the first left, repeat that another 3 times and eventually you come out onto SH27 just South of Matamata.
Attachments:October 2, 2020 at 7:15 pm #35303
Today was too nice a day not to go for a ride.
I think this was on Maungatautari Road
Lunch at Jones Landing.
Attachments:December 25, 2020 at 7:54 am #35624
There’s not been too many adventures recently as life has been busy in other ways. This should be about to change however.
We’ve just moved from Hamilton to Tauranga so a new area to explore.
For Christmas the mighty DR has got fresh legs with less springy springy bits.
Attachments:January 2, 2021 at 12:56 pm #35658
The bike is back together and I’m now trying to set the rear shock sag.
To start you need to know the amount of wheel travel your shock allows as recommended rider sag is measured as percentage of your total available wheel travel.
Suzuki quote the DR650 as having 10.2 inches of wheel travel, however Procycle.us did some actual measurements and recorded it at 9 inches.
In metric that’s a quoted 259mm but a real 228mm, so like a lot of things in life it’s not as long as you think it is.
I am running my shock in the DR650 factory lowered setting due to the massively tall seat I have and Procycle estimate that in that configuration the shock would have about 8″/203mm of rear wheel travel.
Following the process in this article we linked to ages ago we need to know 3 measurements, the distance between the same 2 chosen points on the bike when the rear suspension is unweighted, static, and with the rider on board.
Unweighted is with the bike on a lift with the rear wheel off the ground
Static sag is the bike standing upright on it’s wheels but with no other weight on it
Rider sag is with the the rider sitting and/or standing on the bike in normal riding gear and with whatever other weight you would normally have on the bike, e.g. luggage, pillion etc.
For my measurements I chose from the top of the rear axle to a mark on my side panel directly above the rear axle and I got:
Static sag 501mm
Rider Sag 445mmFebruary 3, 2021 at 3:23 pm #35846
Just had to change the front tyre again. The TKC-80 I fitted at 41958km had worn oddly due to loosing a bit of pressure on a ride. Replacement this time is a Shinko SR244, mainly due to budget constraints. It seems pretty good for $100 fitted and balanced.
Mileage now is 52437 so this TKC had done 10,579km and would otherwise have had a fair bit of life in it yet. It’s the 2nd one in a row I’ve had this issue with. In some places the worn knobs were down to the carcass.
Attachments:February 4, 2021 at 10:35 am #35855
Rank: 1200cc Rider
- Bike: DRZ400E
It’s a shame the TKC80 has a directional arrow on a tyre that tread seems a mirror image front to back. It Would then be a simple case of flipping it when it starts ski ramping or when you replace a rear to get more life out of it, like you would an MT21 for example.
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