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  1. Make all your adjustments once the bike has reached operating temp. This could be 15-20 minutes of idle or 5-10 minutes of hard riding. Rule out any air leaks (even tiny) around the carb boots and exhaust pipe. Try moving up one clip position on the carb, this helped a lot with my idle.
  2. Low compression + blue smoke sounds like toasted rings, but maybe there's something else going on.. can you roll/push in 2nd gear without a lot of resistance? Bad clutch/binding gears or something might cause it to stall when applying load if things won't move. Possibly a weak spark or bad timing, might not hurt to pop the valve cover and check for wear/damage to the cam/lobes/journals and make sure the cam timing is set correctly. I've read that you can add a teaspoon of oil through the spark plug hole and test compression again - if it goes up significantly you almost def have bad rings/scored cylinder. (I haven't actually tried this but it makes sense!) Have also read that a badly worn piston wrist pin can cause piston play that can create binding/damage rings (no firsthand experience here either luckily!) It seems unlikely to me that you would have this big of a problem from jetting/clip positions alone. In my experience, even going from a 127.5 main to a 145 just results in a richer mix, not falling on its face. If you've ruled out air leaks, fuel flow and 95% certain the carb is clean and working time to look elsewhere...
  3. Yeah, odo and engine. I don't know the models really well, but if the bike is a '92 that would mean the frame is a '92 right? So the odo/motor/other bits might have come off a donor bike? I guess the seller could answer all that lol Either way, in these parts you don't get a street legal DR in good shape for under $1k, seems like a good price.
  4. Compared to what? Other street-legal bikes in its class, or purpose built dirt bikes? I know my DR350 is a handful in some tight places, but it actually surprises me at what I've been able to negotiate.
  5. Indeed, unless they were transplants from the same bike, which seems quite possible. Not much detail available.
  6. Agreed, not a bad deal with estart and upgraded tank. Doesn't look like a basket case to me, actually looks pretty clean and listing says everything works. 23k miles is up there but if cared for it should have many miles left.
  7. Slick! Cookie sheets are a great idea. I painted my frame a few years ago as well, but had the engine out. Did you strip the old paint? I used stripper on the entire frame and it was an absolute nightmare! Did eventually get it down to the metal, but my rattle can job is not perfect, I suspect it could have used a few extra wash cycles to get all the chemical residue off. We had some heavy rain/humidity in the middle of my paint job which I don't think helped. Overall it has worked out though - nothing a few touch ups couldn't fix.
  8. I ride alone quite a bit on local-ish trails. I make sure the family knows where I am and keep my phone charged and protected. For longer trips I need to get a SPOT device. Aside from getting injured, breaking down is a concern too..
  9. You generally either get durable OR lightweight. Of course, there are more or less durable lightweight tents, but nearly all ultralight gear needs to be treated with care. I use a Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 and it's exceptionally light. It's like unwrapping saran wrap when you unpack it, and it's delicate as far as tents go, but I've used it in the dead of winter, rain, sun and it's a great setup. Hyperlite Mountain Gear has some great gear - not cheap but tough and light. https://www.hyperlitemountaingear.com/ I use the 3400 Windrider pack for winter camping and it's very well-made. Their shelters come well recommended but I don't have personal experience with them. A simple tub, tarp & sleeping pad make for a lightweight, compact and cheap setup too.
  10. Yep right around there, I'll probably replace mine and swap my current carb to the "spare" bike eventually
  11. Can't argue with that, although sometimes I'm sure my bike is just in a bad mood! Low on oil and valve clearance getting out of spec have caused some struggles for me too. Just a theory, but I notice on the older carbs the flatslide gets worn, which I suspect might be letting some extra air in? Cleaning/rebuild don't do much about that. I'm trying to rebuild the carb on a pretty grimy spare bike now and the slide looks extremely worn. In fact the entire carb looks like it went to hell and back and both the vacuum ports on the sides have cavities in them from, well I have no idea how the metal itself corroded away, but I'm hoping it's still usable assuming I ever get the thing cleaned up.
  12. I'm not sure if valve clearance or the Scottoiler could affect mileage (kilometreage? ), but driving style definitely can. Higher idle, more revving, etc. could explain a little variation in consumption. Also when you switch to reserve isn't an exact science - I'd monitor exactly how much gas you use at the tank, then track mileage, then compare to how much you actually put in the tank. Just a few thoughts to throw out there! Either way you got me beat on my stock tank, lol. Mostly offroad riding for me and it guzzles fuel!
  13. Sure, if everyone's bike were in top condition and perfectly tuned, we wouldn't need the shenanigans. Lots of older bikes in varying conditions, aftermarket parts, etc. and most of us work with the time & gear we've got. Just based on my experience starting this thing on blazing hot days in the woods, I can get it started up pretty quickly if I prime using the above method. My bike is not in perfect condition or tune, but if all else fails of course it's worth trying.
  14. Absolutely gorgeous man! I've got a spare DR and thought seriously about going this route. Actually almost exactly this route! Would love to hear more about the parts you selected and how hard it was to get everything sorted. Tank mounting, seat, headlight, speedo, etc. Great work. The fact you have a surfboard attached to this beautiful beast pretty much elevates you to god-like status in my book haha. Of course here in Maine I'd need a snowboard mount, but hey..