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Title: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 12/30/16 10:03AM
I keep looking at rogue, ootv, the pretender and dreaming about buying a touring bike...commit myself to 1 several hundred mile trip per month.

then I look at rockrat and xdjxclusive and want an sv650 for the daily commuting. Sprocket the back down a bit...get good gas mileage.

then I look at the awesome adv riding out there and want a bmw f650gs...save my knee from the risk of re-injury...stay off that death trap YZ250 for a bit

mostly a commuter. I want to add lights, bags, and be super comfy on the freeway.

So will it do it?

Should I put on the mom jeans?

(https://images.craigslist.org/00m0m_gjBkarpiyf9_600x450.jpg)

Thoughts? will it fit all of those bills into one?

ADDED BONUS: Comes with built in security! (= ugly, non-theft bike  :32:)

motoquest rents them for $65/day...worth trying out I guess
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: luciano136 on 12/30/16 12:27PM

I imagine it would probably do all those things pretty well.  The only thing it may lack a bit is "excitement" but like you said, you can rent one and try it out.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: thtanner on 12/30/16 01:43PM
They're good bikes. A friend has a DL650 with around 70k miles, rides it everywhere.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 12/30/16 05:47PM
I am the same with the FZR...I ride it anywhere and everywhere I can!!

But on the other hand, there is some "excitement" riding it...I feel like a boss...freeway above 7,000rpm and the bike just wants to go!

the DL is a twin...so I am unsure...but it's just so ordinary and practical that I think it would be perfect. Damn this thing
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 12/30/16 08:25PM
the DL is a twin...so I am unsure...but it's just so ordinary and practical that I think it would be perfect. Damn this thing

Off the line torque is fun stuff... ;) And it cruises on the freeway really nice too. Freeway is at about 6000 to 6700 for me right now, with plenty more pull up to about 10k. The DL is only slightly detuned for better low and midrange pull, losing a little at the top.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: thepretender on 12/30/16 09:08PM
I'm sure the baby strom is a good bike and worth a good look, but I've already put 10000 miles on my VFR and its a great commuter and touring choice and you can get one in great shape low miles for less than 3K. Though it may be too dam sexy for LB  :32: If you want to put some miles on one let me know.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Throttle Chopper on 12/30/16 09:48PM
Rent one see how you like it.  If your budget is more open, I'd suggest throwing a leg over a Triumph Tiger 800 at the local dealer, in the newer models the triple puts out 30 more horsepower than the baby Vee and almost the same in torque.  Another more practical choice is the NC700 with its gas tank disguised as a trunk and almost 70 mpg's, you can put some serious miles between fill-ups, and take a trip to the grocery store while leaving the side cases at home.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: luciano136 on 12/30/16 09:59PM
Another more practical choice is the NC700 with its gas tank disguised as a trunk and almost 70 mpg's, you can put some serious miles between fill-ups, and take a trip to the grocery store while leaving the side cases at home.

A buddy of mine rented one when he was down here visiting.  He didn't particularly care for it.  The engine is too car like; it redlines at 6.5k; it really does feel like they just cut the Honda Fit motor in half.  Other than the fuel economy and the cool storage compartment, it was mostly boring :)
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: FJ_Chris on 12/31/16 10:39AM
I love my "mom's jeans" bike... no off road though....
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Rogue on 12/31/16 01:50PM
I'm sure it's practical as hell.  Like a Pinzgauer.  Looks kind of like one too.  LOL!

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/60/24/5e/60245ee4c26250764511a0d41bdd4fc8.jpg)

Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 01/03/17 09:36AM
so this guy still has it...

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/mcy/5897013932.html

$2,200 with bags...2007...27k miles

leaky fork seals...no battery. He's getting the battery and firing it up this week...I will try to negotiate him down on the fork seals.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: thtanner on 01/03/17 09:41AM
Honestly that's damn cheap. If you can get it for sub 2k you're basically stealing it.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: xDJXKLUSIVEx on 01/03/17 09:52AM
650s are slow! I have a SV1000 for my daily, ive had a sv650 but wouldnt do it again.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/02/17 11:18PM
eww

(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16406642_10104692175833820_3959873742927145262_n.jpg?oh=fec4b6634ee4caf9136e85127b1e6e11&oe=590BFE50)

gross

Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/03/17 07:24AM
pulled onto the freeway that's normally part of my commute...WOT, redlining each gear hunting for acceleration somewhere in the RPM range, and it was unimpressive as expected. Compared to the lively pull of the FZR 4-cylinder above 7,000rpm, I was quick to mark it as inadequate, but then I looked down at the needle and found it was actually 95mph indicated. Alright! So she doesn't moan and scream while tossing her head back and wrapping her legs around you while she's twitching in extreme orgasm. She lies there, missionary style, and gets off without much show ant tell, the way a good wife is expected to.

Not quite what I expected for "torque off the line". The XR650L felt like it had hella torque...or at least feels like it wanted to loft the front wheel in 2nd and 3rd gear with a little tug on the bars and it's canon ball sounding exhaust. The DL didn't even like sub 2,500rpm...you actually gotta keep those rpm's a bit wound up. But not that wound up...more around the middle of the rpm range. Around there it was fun to be lazy on it. Leave the bike in top gear and just vary the throttle when on the freeway. Fun to just torque your way around stop/go neighborhood riding. Silky smooth, easy shifting, soft pull clutch for the transmission. Kind of reminded me of putt-putting around on an XR200.

Brakes aren't confidence inspiring. More suspension travel with pogo stick forks = more dive than I'm used to. Definitely better to use front and rear when stopping vs. sportbike front (mostly).

Riding position felt worse than a sportbike. At least on the sportier style, you can put more weight on your hands and the rest on your lower back. The DL felt like I was sitting on a stool with all the wind blowing at your upper body. I'm also too tall to use the wind protection. May try adjusting that later.

great headlights

gross looks
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 02/03/17 07:29AM
Add one of these...

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/puig-clip-on-windscreen-visor

(https://www.revzilla.com/product_images/0078/2785/puig_adj_clipon_visor315_mm_detail.jpg)

:D
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 02/03/17 07:33AM
Oh, and swing by IKEA on the way home, pick up one of their small sheepskin rugs, and fashion a strap to mount it to the seat.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70026822/

Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: OOTV on 02/03/17 06:57PM
pulled onto the freeway that's normally part of my commute...WOT, redlining each gear hunting for acceleration somewhere in the RPM range, and it was unimpressive as expected. Compared to the lively pull of the FZR 4-cylinder above 7,000rpm, I was quick to mark it as inadequate, but then I looked down at the needle and found it was actually 95mph indicated. Alright! So she doesn't moan and scream while tossing her head back and wrapping her legs around you while she's twitching in extreme orgasm. She lies there, missionary style, and gets off without much show ant tell, the way a good wife is expected to.

Not quite what I expected for "torque off the line". The XR650L felt like it had hella torque...or at least feels like it wanted to loft the front wheel in 2nd and 3rd gear with a little tug on the bars and it's canon ball sounding exhaust. The DL didn't even like sub 2,500rpm...you actually gotta keep those rpm's a bit wound up. But not that wound up...more around the middle of the rpm range. Around there it was fun to be lazy on it. Leave the bike in top gear and just vary the throttle when on the freeway. Fun to just torque your way around stop/go neighborhood riding. Silky smooth, easy shifting, soft pull clutch for the transmission. Kind of reminded me of putt-putting around on an XR200.

Brakes aren't confidence inspiring. More suspension travel with pogo stick forks = more dive than I'm used to. Definitely better to use front and rear when stopping vs. sportbike front (mostly).

Riding position felt worse than a sportbike. At least on the sportier style, you can put more weight on your hands and the rest on your lower back. The DL felt like I was sitting on a stool with all the wind blowing at your upper body. I'm also too tall to use the wind protection. May try adjusting that later.

great headlights

gross looks
Dare I say it...should have went with a VFR, you got the mom jeans but could have had the MILF pants!  :32:

Give it time, either you'll find that it suits you or it doesn't.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/03/17 10:07PM
@rockrat - thanks for the links!! After a ride with ear plugs I think I will be alright on wind...The skin does have allure though...Next stop may be the DL1 seat

@ootv - oh definitely!! Only yh vfr wouldn't last long in LBC...The mom jeans was purchased because of its anti-theft device (= it's looks)
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 02/03/17 10:28PM
And the VFR doesn't handle fore roads as well, don't forget. ThIS breakfast we are talking about...
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: OOTV on 02/03/17 10:38PM
And the VFR doesn't handle fore roads as well, don't forget. ThIS breakfast we are talking about...
You mean fire roads? If that's what you're saying, I've ridden on some pretty gnarly "roads" on my VFR, not the best bike for it but it can do it! BTW, I used the quotes, because they were barely roads!  :32:
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/03/17 11:23PM
oh I already tested it on fire roads...super smooth and bounces along comfortably without issue...with the power it's very easy to slide her around a bit

Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/06/17 09:34AM
oh lawd....the yamaha was $322/year for liability + comprehensive....the DL is over $950!!

this is with a multi-vehicle discount (right now 4 vehicles on the policy!)...health professional discount...alarm discount...low mileage discount...blah blah blah

so I love the DL more to pay $600/year to ride it?

a DL rental is $60/day....I could just rent it 5 times/year...

going to wait a month and live with it a little...I've just read so many threads about people never wanting to sell the bike that I feel like I'm missing something
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 02/06/17 09:51AM
going to wait a month and live with it a little...I've just read so many threads about people never wanting to sell the bike that I feel like I'm missing something

Pack it up with gear and go on a long multi-day ride. Mix in some fire roads/remote camping. Then you'll know "why"...

 >:D :44:
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: thtanner on 02/06/17 09:52AM
My street triple doesn't even cost that much o.0
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/06/17 01:18PM
^^I know right!?? All the expense...none of the reward LOLOL

going to wait a month and live with it a little...I've just read so many threads about people never wanting to sell the bike that I feel like I'm missing something

Pack it up with gear and go on a long multi-day ride. Mix in some fire roads/remote camping. Then you'll know "why"...

 >:D :44:

I knowww....but I can still rent the bike for a 3 day weekend, do all those things, and *still* be under the cost of registration/insurance for the year (~$1,000 !!)

Or maybe just farkle out my FZR a bit more...more lights...bags...shock serviced
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/07/17 11:50AM
oh nvm...I made a mistake...AAA now bills me annually instead of 6 months

so it's really $477/year...so just under $40/month....so I won't feel so bad "living with it" for a couple months to learn what she's like
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 02/07/17 11:59AM
So, only $150 more for how many years newer a moto? :)
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/07/17 12:17PM
I have a big problem with indecisiveness when it comes to moto...

I want them all!

But I also, don't want them all...

doing a dirt ride tomorrow...contemplating to ride the DL or YZ
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/09/17 08:35PM
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/Snapchat-172437170_zpsptvgosey.jpg)

Love the utility of that top case!!

Fits gym clothes, lunch, jacket, rain suit, reflective vest, gloves, knee guards, and boots in a pinch! But not *with* the helmet...But easily remedied with the saddle bags. Just a lot more keys than I want to carry...(one key per case)

Bike didn't want to lean on the rear... Handlebars wanted to turn instead. Tires were at 22psi hot... Brought them up, and WHEEEE...She falls right into turns!

Had the 20's - ish psi on hardpack dirt road again...It was okay over a straight sportbike, but I didn't like it much. Next set of tires would be dedicated sport touring. Leave the dirty duty :lol: to the right tool

However, bird did take a dookie on it. Meh.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/10/17 08:06PM
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/Mobile%20Uploads/Snapchat-1054182104_zpsw3npktfh.jpg)

did some dirt after work...bike would do it, but not with a smile...definitely bottomed the rear suspension pretty hard leaning back and getting on the gas over hardpack/washboard stuff.

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/Mobile%20Uploads/Snapchat-78709846_zpsfzjdcgau.jpg)

Seems like something expensive is going to break (today just a turn signal), and it'll be a PITA to pickup after a fall.

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/Mobile%20Uploads/Snapchat-1178862557_zps4id6dkoo.jpg)

softer stuff, bike on the verge of tipping over randomly

had another emergency swerve today...dude merged illegally over the double yellow right into me...I definitely need more lights and the exhaust mods per stromtroopers!

although it was sweet not having to load a truck to get home...35 mins, back home!
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/12/17 12:50PM

FACT: with the DL650 (or any adv/touring bike) you think twice about stuff that will get you hurt

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/Snapchat-350010611_zpsagaqn3k5.jpg)

Yz250 would be trying to clear farther than the BMX kids LOL

DL...Nope. Fzr wouldn't even be seen around these parts. So the DL gets me here, but keeps me from going too far with it. Balance is key, fellow grasshoppers.

Handguards definitely help with chilly night rides. Heat the grips for perfection. No thick gloves necessary.

Still waiting on calsci website to go up... Windscreen is top of the list...Then beadrider seat. Wanting to wake up and ride 500 miles for lunch. Also gonna cut pea trap exhaust and add LED lights, along with phone charger and ram mount with x-grip
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/15/17 01:03AM
Saw a challenger zig-zagging his way up the 405 with good speed, followed by a 328i coupe, and a C-class...in the carpool lane myself, I naturally thought it would be easy to maintain their pace or pass them

nope

but I figure it's a safe, mature way to keep me safe!

DL650 - keeping you from doing stupid sh*t
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: OOTV on 02/15/17 07:56AM
Saw a challenger zig-zagging his way up the 405 with good speed, followed by a 328i coupe, and a C-class...in the carpool lane myself, I naturally thought it would be easy to maintain their pace or pass them

nope

but I figure it's a safe, mature way to keep me safe!

DL650 - keeping you from doing stupid sh*t
Well if we're being honest, I find it hard not to "show up" cars who zig-zag through traffic trying to get around all the cars by just lane splitting and showing them just how easy it is! "Get on two wheels you douche if you don't like traffic!"

Then again, if they're being a douche in a car, I wouldn't want that to translate to being a douche on two wheels!

Seriously, "playing around" in traffic usually ends up on the wrong end of good. Sometimes it takes a lot of will power to maintain ones composure and keep a level head but staying alive is goal number one! Another is "Don't do stupid $#it!" :32:
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/15/17 01:38PM
agreed!

but after riding for so many years on 85+ horsepower, clicking down 2 gears and doing it with such ease, it's such a change just being able to maintain speed...not change it

on other hand - the calsci windscreens went up in price - opted for a madstad 20" screen + adjustable brackets

my beadrider seat also came in...hoping to do a longer ride on Friday AM to test her out and see if lunch in Santa Barbara is a comfortable option
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/17/17 06:15PM
got stuck in the rain today

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/Snapchat-71821010_zpspxvthtdx.jpg)


a REAL rain ride...like 6 mins into it your rain suit has been soaked through by water in many different areas, gloves are water logged, socks and boots are water logged, and everything sucks.

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/vlcsnap-2017-02-17-17h56m53s701_zpsfodqet0h.png)

Felt like an east-coast rain...socal isn't setup for this, as drivers get way worse and the drainage can't handle the volume

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/vlcsnap-2017-02-17-17h55m16s640_zpsx1vb4qbp.png)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/vlcsnap-2017-02-17-17h55m22s428_zps5vzblj9m.png)

Getting a little more confident with rain traction...only lost it a little off the line over painted lines

but having handle bars and ground clearance made me confident I could cut through deep puddles that cars could not

at one point I was standing up riding the puddles like whoops LOL
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: SoCal250 on 02/17/17 06:47PM
^ that is dedication  :44:
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: thepretender on 02/17/17 07:18PM
I didn't even want to drive a cage in that mess :)
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: thtanner on 02/17/17 07:49PM
That's basically porn for the DL650 forums. Those guys love their all-purpose sofas.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/18/17 07:02PM
uh oh...should I post the video?
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: thtanner on 02/18/17 07:25PM
uh oh...should I post the video?

Depends on the type of PMs you want to get from the weestrom people  :32:
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/20/17 04:36PM
hahaha, moto guys are hilarious

So I've been storing a BMW G650x for a guy from the UK...he's coming back in 2 weeks and wants to ride/camp Death Valley!

My butt got a little sore thinking about it...so I panicked and bought a used Sargeant seat for a DL1000 for $95 shipped (= not a bad price)

I figure bring water, sandwiches/snacks, a tent, rain suit, sleeping bag/pillow, twin air mattress/pump, toilet wipes, toolkit, fresh socks/boxers, and tire plug kit?
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 02/21/17 08:00AM
A couple 1l MSR fuel bottles of gas - just in case - are a good idea too... Especially if you have a stove that's multi-fuel and can run on unleaded.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 02/24/17 04:50PM
those are awesome!

I also have a roto pax 1.75 gallon fuel cell from LA-B2V that I can carry

tried some 2 up

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/Snapchat-1080947767_zpsnrjv2vcb.jpg)

"It will do it."

kinda
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Rogue on 02/26/17 05:27PM
Death Valley is a great place to visit. 

But I'm sure you know that it is one of the coldest places in CA in time of year.  Unless of course we have a heatwave in two weeks.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: thepretender on 02/26/17 07:52PM
Not much different from around here next week lows in the 50's highs in the 70's seems nice to me  8) If a storm comes in low's could be in the 30's though. Better now then in August.  :36:
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 03/06/17 12:27AM
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/Snapchat-231711930_zpsjjgoo72c.jpg)

Comfier. Less sore. Flatter. Better for tall guys to scoot back. And omg riding position finally makes it feel like a "touring bike"

Madstad next!!

and for death valley, the trip is getting pushed back 1 week...will be higher 80's during the day, low 60's at night - perfect!!
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: slipgatecentral on 03/06/17 05:15PM
noticed this too late, also going to death valley this friday, staying at Tecopa hot springs
renting a Goldwing for this trip, always wanted to try it out.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 03/11/17 05:19PM
it's going to be awesome! I met a few guys that are going to the rally this weekend

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/vlcsnap-2017-03-11-16h48m53s643_zpsgv1rmsqo.png)

took it off road...and...liked it

unlike a couple weeks ago, the speeds here were much lower...it was turn after turn, so you'd be in 1st/2nd mostly

obviously in higher speed, knarlier stuff, it would suck...but I am perfectly capable handling it here

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/IMG_20170311_130027_zpsikqxntrw.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/Snapchat-227152705_zpsfi0iti05.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn29/breakdirt916/Snapchat-1547085010_zpsklw9lv6t.jpg)

picked up a screw and needed a plug to finish the day...need a kit and pump to keep in the top case ASAP!
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: slipgatecentral on 03/13/17 12:28PM
Had a Slime pump with me last time, but it failed me. Somehow I blew a 3 amp fuse while using it. Not supposed to happen? Put a spare fuse in but it didn't help. I'm puzzled.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 03/14/17 02:50PM
how about a battery pig tail attached directly to the battery?

a little video action

http://www.youtube.com/v/GPJAM41mrzY
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: OOTV on 03/14/17 03:52PM
how about a battery pig tail attached directly to the battery?

a little video action

http://www.youtube.com/v/GPJAM41mrzY
NICE! If that video is in real time and not sped up, damn impressive dude!
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: slipgatecentral on 03/14/17 05:25PM
how about a battery pig tail attached directly to the battery?

a little video action

http://www.youtube.com/v/GPJAM41mrzY

damn, this is so cool
how did you get on that trail, can you show on map? I didn't recognize that place
Is it same steep hill on trabuco road?
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 03/14/17 06:58PM
@ootv - thanks! Not sped up...But the fish eye lens on a GoPro makes it look faster

@slipgate - follow Silverado canyon road all the way to the end... That's considered maple springs
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Rogue on 03/14/17 07:48PM
Great video.  Been up that road on my SUV.  Great view at the top.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: KOCONUT on 03/15/17 12:39PM
Hey I made the video!  Nice editing by the way.  Wish I could have made it to the top with you guys, just got my new tires so should be good to go next time.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: slipgatecentral on 03/15/17 05:03PM
let me know if you gonna do that climb again, would love to join
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 03/15/17 11:02PM
@rogue - waiting for a cloudy day! I want to go up and enjoy a sandwich while looking out *above* the clouds. This will be your go-to spot if you venture out on a adv/dual sport this year. Google the Versys 300

@Koconut - could not miss footage of that gorgeous S10! And as you can see, the conditions got quite a bit worse the higher you went

@sligate - will do! once the days get a *wee* bit longer, I'll likely be going up every other weekend on my YZ
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Rogue on 03/16/17 12:11PM
 Breakdirt, I'm 90% sure I'm going to get the DR650. I want a traditional DS bike with long travel suspension, simple, and light, yet still be able to take me comfortably up to 75-80 mph on the hwy. Reviews suggest the
DR650 is THAT bike. I don't want a liquid cooled bike with any electronics or anything else that just adds weight. I just want to ride for the sheer fun of riding on a bike that requires very little upkeep.

I would like to explore the CA desert. Maybe go visit ghost towns (not Calico) and other points of interest
Not accessible by paved roads.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: VFRCapt.Bob on 03/22/17 10:48AM
For the guys who dirtbike i am betting you were white knuckling tbrough that loose rock section. I was just watching it. My buddy has done some trails on his.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 03/25/17 07:50PM
first poker run complete!

was definitely really cool...keep the desert and dust out of the way, and just enjoy a coastal cruise with good views and nice people...nice and close too! home for lunch

started at LB BMW...tons of people there

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drew my first card and took off

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the route called for a loop towards San Pedro...but I took a slight "detour" as this was a dual sport event LOL

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long beach's finest single track LOL

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onwards to the 2nd stop: the queen mary!

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got my 2nd card:

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and a cruise down ocean boulevard/2nd street

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to Malarkey's for stop number 3

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then a quick change of pants

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and slab to stop #4

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pair of 4's LOL

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then stop 5

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for the last, losing card LOL

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then talking to the organizers, realized I missed the better roads...and went back to cruise them

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ferry ride being my favorite

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then a ride up PCH back up to LBC
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: OOTV on 03/25/17 08:22PM
Sounds like a good time! Too bad you didn't get a good hand.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 03/29/17 10:57PM
ya, I guess so...but it got me out to ride!

I really enjoyed the novelty of riding the auto ferry with my bike...was just $1.50 !!

Worked farther than usual today so I took the long way home and did a 90 min coastal cruise on the way back

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Gosh diggity dang

This is GREAT bike for cruising Pacific coast highway

30-60mph...Not about the speed...Just low rpm's thumping along...Take in the view, the scents, and just avoid the idiots...Super calm, super peaceful, very Zen.

Ditched the saddle bags...probably gonna fit one with a wet suit, fins, and towel...then put a surf board rack on the other side...herrrrre comes summer!
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Rogue on 03/31/17 08:17AM
It's good to see you riding and enjoying that DL650.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 04/02/17 08:56PM
thanks!

it's alright...sort of a gateway drug towards getting a gsa1200

Took her back for some light off road again

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I finally hit a show stopper: ground clearance.

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jammed the skid plate in this bump/rut...bike stuck, engine stalled

had to wobble front and back until I could steer it to the right and paddle walk it out...was scared AF to drop it!

Backing it off a bit off road...

Then hit the street, and made the sunset at Newport Beach.

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another coastal cruise home...the smell of the bonfires along huntington beach :wub:

All in all a good 2 hours after work :hellyeah:
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Rogue on 04/03/17 08:27AM
I think you need a BIGGER windshield. LOL!

Isn't it a bad idea to have a big windshield when going off road?
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 04/04/17 10:59PM
haha, yeah...kinda...I dunno

I don't really consider trabuco canyon road "real" off-roading...just something quick/close I can sneak in after work. You can get end-to-end in 25 mins, which includes a few excursions off to the side.

out in the desert, knarly/hard packed, trail riding on a hot day? definitely not!

even on street duty I can have some bad days though...

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I couldn't

Could barely get a chug in top gear with the fastest running start I could get...Called AAA and got it jump started in 20 mins

Left the key in "on" for 20 mins or so...So I don't think the R/R is up yet

However, after a 20 min ride, it did not fire right up, but rather slowly chugged...Not sure if I didn't ride long enough? EDIT: brought battery inside, battery tended it 4 hours, and bike is back to normal
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Rogue on 04/05/17 09:40AM
Been there done that on my VFR. But I found a Good Samaritan to help push me so I could start the bike and ride her home. I do have AAA membership also.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: KOCONUT on 04/05/17 10:08AM
Been there done that on my VFR. But I found a Good Samaritan to help push me so I could start the bike and ride her home. I do have AAA membership also.

same thing with my old VFR.  I could get it running but not for long, that thing went through 3 batteries and 2 R/Rs before I finally fixed it with the VFRness.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 04/05/17 10:49AM
Helped a guy start a Honda at Bike Week - he left the heated grips on... And they weren't on a switched circuit... Got hell for that from his buddies who were trying to help but had bad knees...
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: thepretender on 04/05/17 12:13PM
Yep left the key on last week  but was in my garage so guess I got lucky.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Rogue on 04/05/17 12:38PM
Haven't had an issue with my VFR's R/R at 46k miles. But I'm told that needs to be replaced around this time. I already replaced my Stator as a "wear item".
I think all motorcycle Stators need replacement after 40k-50k miles anyway. Life inside that hot engine and hot oil isn't kind to stators.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 04/05/17 07:35PM
I have honestly trained myself to view the R/R and stator as wear items...I expect it to replace them eventually...Done so on FZR already

I have a small LED/voltage monitor I have to mount...It changes color and flashes of the voltage gets too high or low
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 04/05/17 07:39PM
BreakDirt, can you send me information about your voltmeter doohicky? Creating one for the outfit I'm going to be working for, and we thought there weren't any that notified if too high... Need more data, I guess!
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 04/05/17 08:57PM
Yes sir, I have a Signal Dynamics LED voltage monitor. Small 1"x1" box with 2 wires going to power and another lead with a single LED on it. Mount LED where you want to see it from.
-Voltage too low? = Red solid light
-Voltage a little low? = Yellow solid light
-Voltage correct? = Solid green light
-Voltage too high? = Flashing green

From a troubleshooting standpoint with a charged battery on a running bike, red = bad stator. Flashing green means your regulator is dead and chewing up batteries. The yellow tells me if my accessories (heated grips, LED lights, etc.) Are too much for my charging system

$30

Plug into any continuous POS/neg (usually headlight), done!
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 04/06/17 08:14AM
Thanks! Gives me a little more info - ours is a little different, but has some similar functionality...
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 04/17/17 05:14PM
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Not really sure why

Going to get another push rod and go from there...
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 04/18/17 09:24AM
Usually it's excessive chain slack, but could be several other things. A rock bouncing, for instance...
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 04/18/17 03:27PM
That's probably it!

I had not adjusted the chain after purchase and saw that it was loose...And I am sure a sudden deceleration with aggressive shifting could have launched it against the push rod

Aaaand...The part is on backorder!

Ordered a used one from fleabay...
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Rogue on 04/18/17 03:40PM
Could be a weak point of the bike hence on back order? Either that or it rarely breaks so they don't stock it.
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: r0ckrat on 04/19/17 05:51PM
Either that or it rarely breaks so they don't stock it.
Bingo! Same pushrod as on the SV, I think, and the greatest cause of breakage is a broken chain. So guess how often that happens... LOL!
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 05/11/17 01:04PM
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Roasted in 3,000 miles....super soft tire!

Will probably get one more rear and replace both once the front is done
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: breakdirt916 on 05/18/17 10:03PM
One quick ride for an errand got exponentially worse

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So she's parked...needs chain and sprockets anyhow

It's been 3 months...3,500 miles...it *must* have had a lot of miles beforehand because I have read reports of 5-10,000 miles and I barely got 3,000 out of mine

The rears are hella expensive at $130-$160 per tire...so I may try a Shink rear to use up the front and off road with them until I go to PR...then just use the YZ for dedicated dirty duty
Title: Re: DL650 - the mom jeans
Post by: Rogue on 05/19/17 08:28AM
Looks like the tire rarely goes around corners. LOL!

I've been told that my Bridgestone Trailwings last only about 3k miles. I currently have 2k and I can tell the middle section of the rear is beginning to flat spot. I need to ride the corners more to even it out.  $150 for a rear does sound pricey for that tire.