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  1. I thought that my 5 year-old daughter was going to ride in front of me on the bike for a while to get used to riding, and I was concerned that she would get burned on the exhaust. So I bought some exhaust wrap. Turns out she was fine riding behind me. As an added bonus, the exhaust wrap fixed another problem. My right leg used to get hot when riding during the summer in my vented riding pants. But since installing the exhaust wrap, it is much more comfortable. So if you your right leg is too hot (I used to have to place my foot on the outside of the peg to keep my leg cool), try some exhaust wrap.
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    Michelin T-63 tires

    I should have mentioned that I ran stock pressures on road, and 20lbs off road. I would say that you could probably squeeze two rears for every front. Dirt tires are tricky because once the blocks get rounded and worn down their off road performance drops significantly.
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    Michelin T-63 tires

    While I usually run street-oriented dualsport tires on my 2006 DR650, an off-road camping trip a few weeks back meant that I needed some more dirtable tires. My trip was a few hundred miles on pavement from central Texas to camp in the hills of southeast Oklahoma. The last 20 miles are dirt roads, that are rocky, sandy, and very slippery when wet. I choose the Michelin T-63's. They felt a little wobbly when I first mounted them, but after a little wear, they were easy to ride on the street, giving good grip, and without any significant buzzing or vibration. They worked very well in the dirt. The bike just plain hooked up and got me up some gnarly hills. This was a solo trip, and I was carrying all of my gear, food, and 5 gallons of water. The bike and tires handled all of the dirt roads, and exploring with apolmb. The T-63's worked very well both off road and on. If you are going on a real dual sport adventure, I strongly recommend these tires. Is there a downside? Yes, quick wear. I have about 2,000 miles on the tires, and the center knobs are about 1/2 worn. My trip was about 800 miles of pavement, much with the bike fully loaded. On the other hand, the T-63's are some of the least expensive 50/50 tires that I found.
  4. It took me more like an hour to remove the gasket. I used an aluminum gasket remover tool, and some liquid wrench to soften the gasket. Removing the exhaust and oil line helped alot. The old, leaking gasket had a rip in it near the upper cylinder seam. If you encounter this problem, the good news is that it is not the base gasket and the replacement cam chain tensioner gasket is just a few dollars. The bad news is that the repair is time intensive, about 2 hours from start to finish.
  5. I also installed a 520. If your sprockets are ready to be replaced, then go for it. Otherwise wait until it is time. Then you do not spend any extra money. As far as I can tell, the 520 works just fine. Admittedly, I do not have a bunch of miles on mine since the switch, but I have not heard of anyone complaining of premature wear with the 520.
  6. I knew ya'll would try to tempt me into the slide carb. I'm leaning toward the TM40. I also considered the 320mm brake upgrade, especially since I do some 2-up riding. Any other good suggestions?
  7. So I got some $ for my birthday, about $450, and I was thinking of spending it on my 2006 DR650. I ride mostly on the road, often with my wife, with some occasional dirt roads. I already have a bash plate, handlebars that fit me, heavy duty springs front and rear, IMS tank with locking cap, luggage, rear rack, DR250 tail light with LED bulb, twin air filter and dynojet kit, Trailtech vapor, HID headlight, a seat I like (stock), and added tool case. Written out like that, it seems like a lot. So what should I buy next? I do not want to get rid of the stock pipe; I like my bike quiet. Your input will be appreciated...
  8. I installed the PRo-Cycle HID kit last year. The only hard part is figuring out where to mount the additional hardware. The electrics literally plug into the existing wires. I mounted the ballast on the steering stem.
  9. If you are really concerned about seeing at night, you need to add some extra lights. The stock reflector will be ok at giving straight ahead visibility at night, but if you want to avoid the critters, you need to have better visibility to the sides. The deer, pigs, and whatnot do not stand in the middle of the road and wait for you to hit them. The only way to get really good light to the sides is add some auxiliary lights.
  10. Mine were only used on a mini-motard race bike, so we wore the sides long before the center, but I could easily get a full season out of them. Including practice, endurance, and sprint races that would about 40 hours of racing.
  11. For price per peg grind, the BT-45s are hard to beat.
  12. Interested to see your results. Based on a combination of some dyno work and seat of the pants, I am running a bigger main, DJ 160, and lower needle, second from top, than most people. Which I think is similar to your philosophy. My bike is stock with the exception of the open airbox and DJ jet kit mods.
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    DR 650 Toolbox Mod (pics)

    I've got a tube mounted to the bash plate like you show above. How does that affect handling? If you overload it, then yes, you are adding weight. The nice thing about the bash plate tube is: 1) It lowers the weight of the tools. 2) You can choose the tube size that fits your needs. They make from 2" to 4" PVC and you can cut it to the length you desire. It can be big or little depending on your needs/wants.
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    Procycle HID Kit

    While getting all the parts to fit is tricky, my HID is throwing great light without any adjustment from where I had it with the H4. While on low beam, I have not had a single oncoming vehicle flash me.
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    Procycle HID Kit

    I've had my Procycle HID kit in since June 2010. So far so good.
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