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  1. +1 That bike is taking a proper thrashing and looks good doing it.
  2. Insurance companies will always try to find any excuse to weasel their way out of paying a claim. With no ignition key, I am more careful to use my disc brake lock. But a hidden switch would go a long way to slow down a thief. Also, a number of alarm systems can be had for cheap (the Gorilla Alarm comes to mind -- I had one on a previous bike). But keep things in perspective. For me, this means accepting that the DR is not a Ducati, and that I live and work in a reasonably safe place (though, that is not to say motorcycles never get stolen around here). In a nutshell, I'm not loosing sleep over it.
  3. here's a recent shot of mine:
  4. Holy shit. That guy's good. I loft my front tire up in the air all the time but not that high... and I can't keep it up there for more than a few seconds.
  5. +1 I did the same thing when I swapped to RMZ forks.... now I just use a push button switch instead of the keyed ignition. photos here: http://www.****youyou****ing****er.com/2011/02/one-item-to-be-sorted-with-rmz-fork.html
  6. I run knobbies on my DR most of the time. Never balanced them. On a purely street bike with cast wheels I would (and have) balanced them.
  7. I heard the Two Bros can on a DR650 once... gotta admit it's a sweet sound, but... oh shit, they are loud. The quiet tip apparently helps a bit.
  8. Look up and see post #15... all the answers are in the links mx_rob has given.
  9. http://www.mxrob.com/mxrob_010.htm
  10. You should also be considering an exhaust system that flows a bit more air. The stock muffler is extremely restrictive. Get yourself a modified Two Brothers midpipe from Kientech, and a 2001-2003 GSXR muffler. Lots of info on this great mod if you look around. It will be the perfect compliment to rejetting the carb.
  11. Better to remove the snorkel and cut a hole in the top of the airbox. This shows how most people cut the top... http://www.kientech.com/DJDR650AbMod.htm It works well, but just keep in mind the bigger the hole you cut, the more intake noise you will get (an airbox can be quite loud). But as long as you don't get carried away, the noise will be tolerable and performance will be good.
  12. Yes, buy ProCycle's jet kit and follow the detailed instructions. It's the best kit out there for the money because it includes a few extra little goodies like the stainless Allen head bolts for the bowl and the extended fuel screw. It even includes the proper size drill bits for the brass plug and for drilling the extra hole in the slide. It's not the pilot jet you need to change... it's the main jet, and just as importantly, the needle. The kit includes a shorter, slimmer, tapered, adjustable needle that performs much better than the OEM fat needle. It's also assumed that you will cut open a fairly large hole in the top of your airbox, drill the brass plug in the bottom of the carb to expose the fuel/air screw (and replace that screw with the longer one provided in the kit), and drill an extra hole in the plastic slide for quicker response. There's a very good thread over at ADVRider that gives lots of good info on jetting the DR's stock carb: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=635786 and you should also read this, as it contains some really good info: http://www.procycle.us/info/questions/dr650/fuel_system.html#pc_jet_kit-1
  13. A more recent shot of mine:
  14. That's the remote reservoir for the fancy 3-way Elka shock. http://www.elkasuspension.com/?q=node/42
  15. Yeah, those Lynx fairings are pretty nice. I'd be afraid of scratching it (or worse). One of my riding buddies has one. Too much money, IMO.