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  1. In reality, a cowboy's bedroll was carried in a wagon on the trail drive, because it was a canvas tarp around several wool blankets, made a roll at least two feet in diameter, and weighed a young ton!
  2. If you're interested in hammocks, this is probably the best information source out there: http://www.hammockforums.net/. Careful though, you might find yourself looking at yardage and wondering how you are going to sew it up.
  3. Bear Rider

    DR-650 Problem Switching To Reserve

    That's about how quick mine is. Most of my riding is highway, with short stretches of gravel and sand too bad for a street bike, so it usually runs out at about 70 mph in light traffic. I realise that part of the difficulty is simply finding and turning the valve with winter gloves on. It's further foward and closer to the bottom of the tank than on any of my other bikes, so I have trouble. By the time I get it sorted out, it's time to hit the shoulder before I end up as a hood ornament on vehicle behind me.
  4. Bear Rider

    DR-650 Problem Switching To Reserve

    Thanks for the responses, guys. I guess that I'll have to modify my riding habits a little and go to reserve earlier. Given that this is a 97 that spent most of its life sitting, I'd probably better pull the tank and check the fuel tank and lines just a matter of course. I'll do that this winter when it's too cold to be riding.
  5. Bear Rider

    DR-650 Problem Switching To Reserve

    This is the only bike that I've had that I couldn't switch to reserve on the fly. With the other bikes, the motor would stumble a bit, and then run normally after a few seconds. This thing just QUITS. Is this normal for the DR?
  6. Bear Rider

    DR-650 Problem Switching To Reserve

    Thus far I've put about 1000 miles on my '97 DR-650, almost as much as the original owner put on it. The only problem that I've run across thus far is that if I fail to switch to reserve before running out of fuel, the engine is very difficult to restart. All three times, the engine would not restart without a great deal of coaxing. I've tried various combinations of choke, sloshing the tank over, and switching the valve between reserve, run, and prime. Eventually the bike restarts, but I have yet to figure out the combination that does it. Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated.
  7. Bear Rider

    Prescott Dual Sport Rider Missing

    There are quite a few areas in the southwest that are not covered by cellular service, and there will be blind spots even in the areas that are covered. Unless that GPS unit has a satellite-band TRANSMITTER, it won't do you any more good than the cell phone, other than to tell you at least the approximate area where you are down.
  8. Bear Rider

    Survey for pre 2004 DR650 base gasket leak

    1997 650 -- 2000 miles, no leaks. I also have a 2002 Savage, which has the same situation -- 14000 miles, no leaks.
  9. Re: United Way. No thanks. I like to make my contributions directly, not finance some crooked director's mansion.
  10. Bear Rider

    I have a very SICK request..

    You have three increasingly unpleasant truths that you're going to have to face here. First, you've warned your friend numerous times. You've fulfilled any obligation that you have to him. Second, you can't save people from themselves. Third, this self-centered ass is likely to get YOU hurt if you stay around him. Hopefully, he will have an accident painful enough to get his attention, but not too serious. If he doesn't learn in time, it's just another proof of John Wayne's maxim: "Life is tough. It's really tough if you're stupid!"
  11. I saw this bike during testing several years back. I wasn't really all that impressed with it -- certainly not enough to pay a five figure price for one. Given the high compression ratios required by diesels, I question the longetivity of the engine and starter mechanisms.
  12. Bear Rider

    esentials for riding alone

    Booze is a bad idea when you're cold. It actually aids the onset of hypothermia by increasing the flow of blood to the skin and extremities, thus robbing your body core of heat. Oh well, at least you'll be happy as you turn into an ice cube
  13. Bear Rider

    esentials for riding alone

    Pretty good list, ThreeJane. Since you ride alone, you might think about adding a few ounces more for the situtation where you end up waiting (possibly even overnight) because the bike died in an area with no cell phone coverage, you sprained the bejesus out of an ankle or knee, and it's five miles out. I'd suggest a light stove, possibly an esbit. It's about the size of a deck of cards, and will hold six fuel tables, each enough to heat up soup or broth. Couple that with a metal cup stuffed with bouillion cubes and dry soup and you can have something HOT in a matter of minutes. Add a space blanket to keep the wind/rain off, and you're a lot better off than before. I've noticed that very few of the emergency kits include a light source. Either everyone thinks that they'll be home by dark or a flashlight is so normal that everyone forgets to mention it. I carry a little LED headlamp from Wallmart. It's nice for working after dark because both hands are free.
  14. Bear Rider

    slightly diffrent dr650 lowering question

    Procycle, What sort of limitations would combining the lowering links with the lowered shock place on the bike for me? I have a 27" inseam, so I'm considering this mod. However, I weigh about 250, so I'm concerned about the suspension travel. I'm looking at about 90%+ highway useage, with the remainder forestry roads and such. I'm too old to be agressive in my riding.
  15. Bear Rider

    New Mexicans, raise your hand!

    rodrigeo, I just noticed your avatar. It's rather ironic, considering our discussion. Los Alamos county once sponsored fencing as a youth activity. It was in one of the old single-story frame building from the pre-60's, then it was painted white, had a gymn/hall on the west end of the building, and another room on the east end which housed a youth center. It was located across the street from the 7-11 and (IIRC) Baskin-Robbins. Fencing (and the kids) were later booted out by a bunch of politically-connected drunks with pretensions of thespian ability.