First, hello! I bought myself a nice German '89 DR600 with 58,000km. Love the simplicity of the bike and the very low price.
I am halfway through a 4 year tour. I was almost two years in Africa, riding a trusty CG125. That motorcycle did 70,000km and I knew it back to front. Left it in Namibia, and now this strange new DR600 needs to last me for a full year, mostly in Russia and Mongolia, roughly 40,000km
1. Aside from the obvious (plugs, filters, tubes), what spare parts should I bring for an extended tour on this model? What is likely to go wrong in 40,000km? I assume there will be no parts for this bike in Russia. A little research shows things like CDIs fail occasionally. Any other weak spots?
I got the motorcycle for cheap because of a high-rpm miss. The previous owner replaced the air filter and ultrasonic cleaned the carb then gave up (it starts and runs great until very high RPM). First thing I did, I took off the top airbox lid, and now she runs perfectly through the whole rev range.
2. As long as the plugs look OK, is there any problem with running with no airbox lid? The jets are stock, I'm not sure why it wouldn't run properly with the lid on.
Edit - Found an English manual. 135 main and #20 pilot. What are the stock Mikuni jet sizes?