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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:28 am 
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Hey all. I'm a new DR rider from the California central valley. Got a new 2016 DR650 they were clearing out. I've been riding since October of 2014, when I bought a new Harley Iron 883. It's a fun ride, but I've been wanting a DR for over 10 years. I'm planning on getting familiar with the two OHV parks in the area and the fire roads around Yosemite. I don't have a lot of motorcycle knowledge, since I pretty much jumped into it on my own. I plan on being a lot more hands on with the DR.

I work as a web programmer (let me know if there is any way I can help the site out). I'm also into hardware hacking. My big project is going be building a DIY motorcycle computer.

Take it easy, all.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:01 am 
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Welcome to DRRiders.com zdp7! :howdy:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:33 am 
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Welcome to the forum Zdp7! If you'd like the owners or service manual in PDF format PM me for the links. :s_yes

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:34 pm 
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Welcome aboard. Great depth of knowledge here so don't hesitate to hunt around for the topic or just ask away.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:41 pm 
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Welcome! I'm pretty new here too.

I looked into the 883 Iron in 2015 and decided against it. How does it compare to the DR?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:06 am 
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DesertRogue wrote:
Welcome! I'm pretty new here too.

I looked into the 883 Iron in 2015 and decided against it. How does it compare to the DR?


It's a good everyday bike. It has enough power to be fun, but still fairly decent gas mileage. Pretty easy to maintain. I really like riding it, but it has limits. It's one of Harley's lowered bikes. You don't really think about it, until you bottom out on a speed bump, because you didn't hit it at an angle. I park in my backyard and turning into the alley, I can feel the front fork bottom out. The DR, is going to be my travel bike. I'm really wanting to get out and do some motorcycle camping. Since I am a big guy, the stock suspension doesn't have a lot left when you load it up. Figure I'll do some exploring of the fire roads up in the Sierras.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:23 pm 
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Yeah. Pretty much why I decided against the Iron 883. 2" of travel just isn't realistic, especially out here in SoCal. But it sure looked sweet!! And it was low, low maintenance (oil and filter changes only). After the Iron I looked at the Moto Guzzi V7 and V7 Stornello. Very nice bikes.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:41 pm 
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zdp7 wrote:
I don't have a lot of motorcycle knowledge, since I pretty much jumped into it on my own. I plan on being a lot more hands on with the DR.

There aren't too many bikes that are better suited. It is a VERY simple setup and very user friendly for novice mechanics. Welcome to the addiction, I have 2 and want another. Lol.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:15 am 
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Welcome, I'm new here also. I'm in Kings county and still finding new places to ride both dirt and road. It's madness or normalcy, depends on your point of view.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:00 am 
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Brewsky88 wrote:
There aren't too many bikes that are better suited. It is a VERY simple setup and very user friendly for novice mechanics. Welcome to the addiction, I have 2 and want another. Lol.

I'm thinking I may swap in a TM40. Seems like it should be fairly straightforward. Just need to decide when. Thinking I want some miles on the bike before I really do too much.


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