Eddie's random adventures and DR650 build thread

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  • #1181

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    A random collection of pics, thoughts and writeups as I get out and about, and mods on the mighty DR.

    Jennifer & friends on a ride out in the Waikato back roads yesterday

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    #1240

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Lots of bikes out at Raglan today,

    including some a bit different

    #4224

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    The DR got a new WOF last week, it’s first year long WOF under the new rules woohoo!

    As my health is improving it was back on the bike for some random left/right/left/right backroads north out of Hamilton.

    #4643

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I’m in Hahei for a few days, in the car unfortunately.

    On the way over we ran into Chris who was heading up the Coromandel for a weekend of camping off the bike.

    #4701

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I got out on the sidecar today and found some vacant land with long wet grass to do a few skids on.

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    #4759

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Had a good ride yesterday, it was Jennifers first ride after a layoff due to surgery. We did the seal from Hamilton to Pirongia then looped around Te Awamutu, Cambridge and Eureka back to home.

    #4775

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I’ve changed 2 tyres by hand in the last 2 days. One 14″ for the youngest’s little Suzuki DS80, and a 21″inch for teh front of Jennifer’s DR250.

    I got some new tyre spoons a month or so ago on special and they are so much better than the tyre destroyer levers I had. Many thanks to @james-williams for the tyre changing lesson in Motueka many years ago.

    #4928

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I got out for about 90 minutes tonight, did Old Mountain Road and Waitetuna Valley.

    Waitetuna Valley Road

    There was some weather coming in, I got a little damp

    #4931

    Scott Livingston
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    • Location: Takapuna in Auckland
    • Bike: 2010 DR650
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    These roads are definitely now on the to do list. Thanks for sharing the pics Edward.

    #4939

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Waitetuna Valley Road is slowly being sealed, it looks like about 2km has been done in the last week, the seal was still fresh and hadn’t been swept or anything yet.

    #4949

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Had a nice ride out to Raglan today, however the local council out there has decided that anyone not parking in a designated carpark will get a ticket. As all the car & bike parks were full we parked on the grassed central medium strip as we do most times and almost immediately a parking warden starter to write us a ticket, other bikes further down also got the same treatment.

    Raglan has always been quite bike friendly but it seems this has now changed, given there is only 1 motorcycle park which would hold 4 bikes at the most getting a park is now unlikely.

    #4959

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Looks like it’s time to reverse the DR650’s front tyre

    #4961

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    We were in Rotorua this weekend for a friends wedding. On the way we stopped at the Cabbage Tree Cafe in Tirau, excellent food and I’m informed the best Latte Jennifer has ever had.

    While there we made our mark on the way under the TV

    #5140

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    <cite>@eddieb said:</cite>
    Looks like it’s time to reverse the DR650’s front tyre

    No adventures this weekend but I did reverse the front tyre to get some extra life out of it. It’s weird but that excessive wear has only occured around about 1/4 of the tyre circumference.

    I’ve also dropped the rear shock to the lower setting and I’ll be adjusting the front to suit. After getting the rear shock re valved the bike sits a lot higher than a stock DR, probably about 4cm which is about the difference between the standard and lowered shock settings, so dropping it brings it roughly back to standard height. With the riding I am doing I don’t need that extra clearance and it will make it a little easier to get on and off and to get my feet on the ground.

    #5165

    Eddieb
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    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    It was a nice day today, too nice to be in the office so I took a late lunch and did a quick lap of Old Mountain Road. For something different I rode it in the opposite direction than usual, from the Raglan end back towards Hamilton, which made it feel like a completely new road.

    The obligitory tank traps stop

    Looking back towards Hamilton from Old Mountain Road summit.

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