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Aug 25th 2016, 09:55 AM   #1
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
Plastic melted onto exhaust midpipe

So I was an idiot yesterday and rode my DR650 home from the dealership after its 'first service' without looking it over thoroughly before riding home.

When I stopped twenty minutes later, I smelled burning plastic and discovered that the tech who'd worked on the bike had loosened the strap for my tank bag mount (I took the bag off so they wouldn't have to deal with it while inspecting the bike, but left the buckles on, since they're unobtrusive). This caused the buckle to flop freely around and come to rest atop the right hand exhaust pipe. It melted on the 320į pipe, of course, and left a big black plastic smear.

Now it smells funny and looks gross. What do?

I plan to just heat it back up with a brazing torch and wipe it off with a damp rag and finish that up with maybe some mild grit metal polish and a dremel buffing head.

You guys ever had something similar happen? And if so, how did you subsequently hide your shame?
Aug 25th 2016, 10:01 AM   #2
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
InB4 "it's a DR just rub some dirt on it."

hah
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Aug 25th 2016, 10:03 AM   #3
 jared p's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
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Originally Posted by daneloire
InB4 "it's a DR just rub some dirt on it."

hah
this ^
Aug 25th 2016, 10:20 AM   #4
 paradox206's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  690 SMC R, XR650R, M1200S, VFR800, & GSXR750
I did this a couple times on my Hypermotard. After I finished riding I'd rub the area with a blue shop towel with some water on it. After 4-5 heat cycles, the last little bit flaked off on its own and it looked brand new again.
Aug 25th 2016, 11:36 AM   #5
 
  Jul 2016
  Clackamas

  2017 KLR650
I did that on my KLR exhaust...rubbed some dirt on it.

But you said dealer for service so assuming it's newish...sorry about that.
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Aug 25th 2016, 12:07 PM   #6
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
Eh... I mean it IS just a DR and beating it up is pretty much what I bought it for.

I don't really care so much that it looks scrubby but that it smells like burnt ass when I slow down or stop. I'll probably just try to get the majority of the plastic off and then live with it until it eventually burns off entirely or kills me with carcinogenic fumes.

It's fine!
Aug 25th 2016, 02:40 PM   #7
 wooden's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Stock exhaust?

Just replace that monstrosity, melty plastic or not!
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Aug 25th 2016, 04:59 PM   #8
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
Yeah, it is just the stock exhaust so far -- haven't found anybody selling one of those highly-prized GSXR1000 cans that everybody loves.

Only reason I haven't put an FMF or something on there is that I kinda like the quietness of the stock one.

I just got a care package from Procycle in the mail today though, so I'll be replacing the stock carb and some other miscellany this weekend.
Aug 25th 2016, 06:22 PM   #9
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
get it hot and then pour a cup of cold water right onto the plastic. the fast shrinkage might make it brittle enough to flake off.
Aug 25th 2016, 06:39 PM   #10
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
I got most of it off. It still smells a little bit like burning plastic, but I'm sure it'll go away sooner or later.

Thanks all!
Aug 26th 2016, 09:35 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by daneloire
I just got a care package from Procycle in the mail today though, so I'll be replacing the stock carb and some other miscellany this weekend.
TM40? Let us know how you like it, I don't have many complaints about the stock carb but it seems to be a pretty common upgrade for the DR (though pretty pricey). I'll be upgrading the suspension on mine this winter.
Aug 26th 2016, 10:38 AM   #12
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
Will definitely update with outcome of carb replacement.

I upgraded the suspension first thing, the front was diving super hard under any kind of braking at all, and cornering felt wonky. I'm a pretty big guy (6'3", 280lbs) so I was probably overworking the suspension more than Suzuki expected anyhow.

After Cogent drop-ins and better springs in the front, it got a lot better. After replacing the rear shock with the Mojave, it's great now.

Edited by daneloire on Aug 26th 2016 at 10:41 AM
Aug 26th 2016, 01:59 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
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Originally Posted by daneloire
Will definitely update with outcome of carb replacement.

I upgraded the suspension first thing, the front was diving super hard under any kind of braking at all, and cornering felt wonky. I'm a pretty big guy (6'3", 280lbs) so I was probably overworking the suspension more than Suzuki expected anyhow.

After Cogent drop-ins and better springs in the front, it got a lot better. After replacing the rear shock with the Mojave, it's great now.
That's pretty much my plan for the shocks! I'm 6'1 around 200lbs so it's not terrible but it's definitely not ideal - way too easy to bottom out in the dirt.
Aug 26th 2016, 06:25 PM   #14
 MMcN49's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Quote:
Originally Posted by daneloire
So I was an idiot yesterday and rode my DR650 home from the dealership after its 'first service' without looking it over thoroughly before riding home.
Let me guess, Cliffs?

Quote:
Originally Posted by daneloire
I just got a care package from Procycle in the mail today though, so I'll be replacing the stock carb and some other miscellany this weekend.
Youíll love it but thatís half the equation. Once you get a pipe Iíll make a couple jetting suggestions.
Aug 26th 2016, 10:22 PM   #15
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
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Originally Posted by MMcN49
Let me guess, Cliffs?
Yup.
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