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Re: Greetings from new member

Postby Lee-Mondo » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:53 am

bigrob wrote:
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bigrob wrote:Looks a fine bike......of course, not a patch on the 650RS :D

Oh, and a big Devon hello from me (junior member)

Hello bigrob :tup:
I'll take your word for it on the 650RS


Only joking, I had an 800, loved it. Shame I flogged it. I rode my 'none runner' 650 for couple of miles to check the engine was OK , then pulled it apart for refurbishing :crazy: You seem to have a cracking big :tup:

It's my 4th DR BIG in the last 22 years & the cleanest example i've ever seen though it does have some blemishes if you look up close - does need a bit of TLC on the frame here n there. The plastics though are virtually showroom condition :angel: :angel:
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Re: Greetings from new member

Postby DUNK » Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:07 am

Hi I believe the Yamaha front end is lighter,as uses alloy yokes,big plus is very adjustable,larger diameter so ride off road real plush,for the bearings I just measured the Suzuki outer size of bearing that fits into frame then measured Yamaha stem for inner size of bearing.Then put sizes to bearing supplier,and ordered.


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Re: Greetings from new member

Postby Lee-Mondo » Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:41 pm

DUNK wrote:Hi I believe the Yamaha front end is lighter,as uses alloy yokes,big plus is very adjustable,larger diameter so ride off road real plush,for the bearings I just measured the Suzuki outer size of bearing that fits into frame then measured Yamaha stem for inner size of bearing.Then put sizes to bearing supplier,and ordered.


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Ok, sounds simple enough and thanks for the info. So i'm on the lookout for WR450F - any particular years to look for / avoid ? I've heard the DRZ400 front end might also work
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Re: Greetings from new member

Postby DUNK » Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:52 pm

Hi my forks were from a 2004 model,but yeah it’s it’s quite easy to a adapt any fork,but I found the Yamaha 426/450 frame was the same depth as the Suzuki so that the stem was correct length and needed no modification.Before I put the wr forks in I had a set of Yamaha R1 super bike forks in,but looked cool, but road awful as to short and messed front geometry up,+to stiff
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Re: Greetings from new member

Postby Lee-Mondo » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:12 pm

Interesting looking build , looks very professionally done :clap: only a trained eye could tell what it started life as ! Not much on eBay at the mo apart from some over the pond , but a few DRZ set ups so could end up with a set from those- will have to wait a few months anyway so plenty time to research all my options. Definitely wanna upgrade though as i'm tempted to do some sections of the TET next year if i can find the time (and dosh). Got a himalaya trip in the pipeline (not on the DR) so that's gonna drain the kitty somewhat...
Thanks again for your input , much appreciated,
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