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  1. UPSam

    Front tire bead is reluctant to seat fully. Ideas?

    I punctured my front and replaced the tube then had the same problem. Did the heat and the soap. didn't work. really drove me nuts. i never had a problem with that tire before. I ended up removing the tire and scrubing the contact surface of the rim all the way around. Popped on after that.
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    Huge Jump in DR650 MSRP

    Could be a delayed effect of the exchange rate? Could be Suzuki has raised the suggested price because unit sales are down so much?
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    Question for DR 650 owners who replaced stock with Corbin

    I used the stock seat for the first year. Then got a corbin. The corbin is no better until I ride 150+ miles. Noticeably easier to walk after. The biggest improvement I got was putting some miles on and building up the butt muscles. The Corbin is very heavy. If I had a do over I would send my stock seat out to Renazco. I have heard they are very good.
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    DR650 soft luggage thread

    I have two sets of 1 gallon. water jugs and twos sets of 1.5 gallon gas cans that fit the tank panniers. I usually run with gas in one side water in the other but if I am not in the desert I can run with 3 extra gallons of gas. There is even 2 boxes of shells and 20ga SxS shotgun in there somewhere
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    DR650 as an adventure sport

    I bought a Kawasaki Concours to do long distance touring and very often wish I hadn't. Yes I can ride on the highway farther and longer but with a DR650 you can sneak off and camp for free all over the west on public land and take gravel and forest roads to get places. I use the DR just as much on trips as the Concours. Probably shouldn't have bought the concours. The DR will handle a lot of luggage. I use gas tank saddle bags, a tank bag,number plate bag and a backpack on the rear rack. Enough for a week in the wilderness without coming up for air.
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    DR650 2000 rattle from top end (?) at high rpm

    I would go over the entire bike with a torque chart and a torque wrench. Change oil. Check and adjust valves. The bike is old enough that i would do the entire 7500 mile service before riding the bike. Make sure to examine all the rubber and plastic.
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    How much to offer dealer for new '07 DR 650?

    I was assuming the 2007s were new leftovers. If not, forget what I said. If you could get a 2009 for $5500, It might be a better deal even if the 2007 is new
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    How much to offer dealer for new '07 DR 650?

    I would go with $5k but my experience is that dealers that have have a lot of bikes around usually don't deal. That is why they are around. I paid $5k in 2005 for a 2005 and the dealer was very happy(6% sales tax). Many others on this board have got a similar deal since. Give it a try and then contact other dealers if he says no. I really don't think anything is selling right now and other than the SW the season is over.
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    How much to offer dealer for new '07 DR 650?

    I would think he would be happy about $5k. Depends what your sales tax is though
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    Chain slack

    Yes loose is better. I have 1.5+ inches with no weight on the bike. have not been very fussy about cleaning my chain but have kept it oiled. I have needed to adjust it once in 13k+ miles. One link is a little stiff at this point so may change it soon. Most people run chains too tight
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    2005 DR650 Price?

    KBB bluebook is $3300 retail and $2200 wholesale. The normal halfway between is a bit low at $2800 but $4000 is way high IMHO. In this area(southern AZ), you see 1 year old DRs and KLRs going for around $4k. 3 year old bikes are under $3500 asking.
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    Does your Black tank get hot??

    My blue one gets hot in Arizona. If i repainted any vehicle here it would be white or silver.
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    seat options for 09 dr650

    I have the Corbin. I had no problems with it but as mentioned it is very very heavy. I saw the Renazco and it is really nice(nicer than the corbin) and uses the stock base so is lighter. I would buy the Renazco if I had a do over.
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    Any stock DR's out there?

    Just pasted 13k on my basically stock 2005 DR650. I just got back from a trip from Tombstone AZ to the white mountains then through the blue mountains and into NM and then back. Had 75+ lbs of gear, 1.5 gallons of gas/1.5 gallons of waterin panners, and 2 guns. 3/4 of the riding was off pavement. Close to 600 miles most in the middle of nowhere alone. Cell phone didn't work much either. I do have skid plate, DRZ250 tail light(stock broke apart from washboards), TKC 80 tires and a rear rack. I get at least 50 mpg loaded down and 60mpg with just me. I need all the range i can get and need to minimize weight so I won't do any engine mods. Also like the stock reliability.
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    Corbin Seat

    I waited until I had the bike for 1 year to buy a Corbin. You will develope some tolerance after 5k on the bike. The difference I experienced was that after a 150-200 mile ride I can walk without staggering with the Corbin. Neither are that comfortable when riding the bike. If i had it to do over I would look into sending the stock to Renazco. The Corbin is REALLY heavy and not cheap either.