Nigrut

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About Nigrut

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    Brackish water, hardbop, motorbikes.
  1. My son’s 690 began to rattle in the engine after a year or two so he got an Africa Twin instead. About riding far on the DRZ S, swap the front sprocket wheel from 15 to 16 and you’re done.
  2. At one point the engine is designed. At a later point the engine is assembled. If the assembly department is not agreeing with the design department these things happen. For instance, every time you can forgo an operation at assembly, you save so many yen.
  3. The purpose of this spring is to lessen the impact at the end of travel of the shock. With it gone the risk increases of further damage to the shock absorber.
  4. The owner’s manual and the shop manual show you which bolt to unscrew to drain oil. It’s the one to the left and it’s a little lower. The one to the right is not referenced in the manuals, as far as I see. There is only one oil filling hole and it’s on the right side. The filling plug does not need tools for turning. The oil filter should be replaced on occasion and the oil filter lid is on the right side of the engine, mounted with three screws.
  5. If the blinkers are on solid that would indicate a faulty blinker relay. I recommend buying the shop manual for the DR200SE which I did and found indispensable. I’ve had to work on the carburetor and couldn’t have done it without the shop manual. Also when I did valve clearance adjustment.
  6. If the blinkers are on solid it would indicate a faulty blinker relay. I recommend buying the shop manual for the DR200SE which I did. I think it’s about $60 and I find it indispensable. I’ve had to work on the carburetor for instance and couldn’t have done it without the shop manual. The same with valve clearance adjustment.
  7. Congratulations on your find! I got the DR200SE 2006 in 2011 and it’s cool. I’ve put around 6000 miles on it. This is what it looks like now, since I put luggage on it, built a higher seat, and put higher bars on it. As it’s over 150 cc I can go on the freeway in a pinch. No issues that I can remember other than having to clean out the idling jet when I bought it, as it wouldn’t idle.
  8. Aren’t these engines nikasil coated in the cylinders? If so, they might need another nikasil coat if they’re bored.
  9. As I got my DR200SE in 2011, it wouldn’t idle but died. On giving it gas it would run. The problem was in the idling jet which was closed by deposits as the bike had sat unused for a long time. After cleaning the idling jet I have not had this problem again.
  10. I can only talk for the DRZ400S which has the dynamo in oil. I know that since the dynamo cover cracked once, as the bike fell on the sidewalk. The gear lever made a crack in the cover and oil began to ooze. A new cover made me $100 poorer and it was scary to change it. I emptied the oil. Inside the cover the dynamo coils are mounted with several screws. I also had to remove the starter cover.
  11. It’s pretty good. Better ride than the small scooters that are becoming popular in LA. As it’s over 150 cc I can go on the freeway in a pinch. The high bars that I just put on makes it easier to steer. I’m 6’ even, inseam 34” (shrink to fit though). As I later got a DRZ I was struck by how low you sit on the DR200SE. Up to 55 it’s rather smooth. Around 60 it’s buzzy (no balance shaft) but higher up it smooths out again. If you give it time you may get to 70. Fuel economy: yes. Standard driving in town: a little under 70 mpg. I think, if you go far in top gear you’ll get better than that.
  12. I can see all pictures now. Thanks for a great write up and a great build. Here’s my DR200SE, that I messed a little bit with since 2011. Here’s how my DR200SE has evolved. I got it in 2011. It’s a 2006. I put a rack from Cycleracks and a case for a cruiser on it. After a while I found it lacking in power and got a DRZ. Later, I revisited the DR and noticed that the seat was low. I built a new seat in wood and had it upholstered. It has a secret luggage space under it. After that, I noticed that the bars were low. These new bars are called “BikeMaster Chrome Nighthawk Handlebars 7/8” ”. Voilá the transformation from a dual sport to a Mexican utility motorcycle! There’s plenty of luggage for a shopping round or a trek to Panama.
  13. Here’s how my dr 200 has evolved since 2011.
  14. Unable to see pictures on this thread. The only picture showing is one with a DR tank with flowers on it.
  15. Here’s how my DR200SE has evolved. I got it in 2011. It’s a 2006. I put a rack from Cycleracks and a case for a cruiser on it. After a while I found it lacking in power and got a DRZ. Later, I revisited the DR and noticed that the seat was low. I built a new seat in wood and had it upholstered. It has a secret luggage space under it. After that, I noticed that the bars were low. These new bars are called “BikeMaster Chrome Nighthawk Handlebars 7/8” ”. Voilá the transformation from a dual sport to a Mexican utility motorcycle! There’s plenty of luggage for a shopping round or a trek to Panama.

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