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Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 02:19 PM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
I think handlebars are a very personal choice....

I think handlebars are a very personal choice. What worked for me may not satisfy you at all. I selected a handlebar with less pull-back and a bit more rise compared to the OE one.

You will if...
Forum: Thumpers 02-05-2014, 08:03 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
The fender looks good. I may get one for my bike....

The fender looks good. I may get one for my bike. I take it that you had no problem with the installation.

BTW, what type of seat cushion are you using on your DR, and how well does it work?
Forum: Thumpers 01-29-2014, 11:30 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Motorcyclist magazine article

Motorcyclist magazine has a comparison test of the DR200SE, Honda CRF250L, Yamaha XT250, and Kawasaki KLX250S. SPOILER ALERT: the DR doesn't come out on top. :wink:
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Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2014, 09:29 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
There is a drain screw on the carb. I use it when...

There is a drain screw on the carb. I use it when I put my bike into storage for the winter.
Forum: Thumpers 01-08-2014, 07:36 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
You might find this article from Cycle Canada...

You might find this article from Cycle Canada interesting: http://www.cyclecanadaweb.com/articles/19739/. It's an account of a woman's ride from Guatemala to Mexico and back on her DR200.
Forum: Thumpers 10-04-2013, 08:34 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
http://www.gearingcommander.com/

http://www.gearingcommander.com/
Forum: Thumpers 08-11-2013, 07:35 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
http://www.suzukicycles.org/ has reproductions of...

http://www.suzukicycles.org/ has reproductions of Suzuki brochures. There are basic specs on the DR200 going back to the early 1980s models.
Forum: Thumpers 07-31-2013, 10:44 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
[QUOTE=73Mustang;21996402]I've owned quite a few...

[QUOTE=73Mustang;21996402]I've owned quite a few small bikes. And the little DR is the worst shifting transmission. I pretty much have to match the engine and wheel speed every time. And...
Forum: Thumpers 07-31-2013, 09:32 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Shifting problem: I think I've found the answer

I took a 2 hour ride yesterday to focus on shifting. What I found is that my DR's transmission doesn't respond well to hurried downshifts. At least on my bike the key to successful downshifts is to...
Forum: Thumpers 07-26-2013, 12:59 PM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
*#$*!!! shifting problem (cont.)

I'm one of the folks who has mentioned that the DR sometimes is very reluctant to downshift, especially from 4th to 3rd, or 3rd to 2nd, when the engine is thoroughly warmed up. FWIW, I bought the...
Forum: Thumpers 07-19-2013, 08:30 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
[QUOTE=suseuser;21903256]I was wondering why the...

[QUOTE=suseuser;21903256]I was wondering why the factory tires have such a bad reputation? /QUOTE]

Almost all of my riding is on pavement and gravel roads (no sand, grass, or rocky inclines). I...
Forum: Thumpers 07-09-2013, 11:25 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Up-shifting has never been a problem on my bike....

Up-shifting has never been a problem on my bike. I have had difficulty engaging a lower gear (i.e., can't get into 1st and end up accelerating from a stop in 2nd), especially when the engine is hot....
Forum: Thumpers 07-07-2013, 02:08 PM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Inconsistent shifting is something I'm still...

Inconsistent shifting is something I'm still experiencing at 3,400 km (2,100 mi). I've found that a very minor adjustment of the free-play at the clutch lever sometimes helps (at least for little...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2013, 10:32 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Great photos. Where were they taken?

Great photos. Where were they taken?
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2013, 10:00 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
If you haven't seen it already, take a look at...

If you haven't seen it already, take a look at the late Macadam Drifter's great report of his trip in 2011 from Seattle to Minnesota and back on a Yamaha TW200 pulling a trailer. The ride report is...
Forum: Thumpers 07-02-2013, 04:01 PM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
As I found out when I installed a new handlebar...

As I found out when I installed a new handlebar and grips on my DR, the throttle grip is moulded to the throttle (as can be seen in the diagram at...
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2013, 11:46 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
[QUOTE=ben2go;21764657]I'm looking into the Honda...

[QUOTE=ben2go;21764657]I'm looking into the Honda Grom to fill the DR200 void.It's a updated old design with a lot of updates and even has FI.All for $3000./QUOTE]

The Grom looks like it could be...
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2013, 08:15 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
I'm also past the days of tearing down back...

I'm also past the days of tearing down back roads. At 68, my reaction time isn't what it used to be so I stay within my limits, especially when riding on gravel and dirt roads. I think you will find...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2013, 09:01 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Will the Acerbis fender will keep water, mud,...

Will the Acerbis fender will keep water, mud, etc. off of the engine. It's hard to tell from the three-quarter view how far back the fender extends. Can you post a side-view?
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2013, 01:58 PM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
I didn't notice any difference. The increased...

I didn't notice any difference. The increased leverage provided by the wider Moose Racing handlebar may have cancelled out any effect of the K761's greater mass.
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2013, 01:18 PM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
New tires and handlebar

Tires.
I wanted a tire biased towards pavement riding. Based on reviews on the web and cost I chose the Kenda K761 (which is rated as 80% street & 20% dirt): 90/90-21 front and 120/80-18 rear. I...
Forum: Thumpers 05-16-2013, 11:25 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Handlebars

I'm planning on replacing the stock handlebar with one that is less swept back (and maybe a bit higher). If you've changed your handlebar:

1) What type of riding do you do (e.g., mostly on-road,...
Forum: Thumpers 05-13-2013, 08:37 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Mike at Man Racks was nice enough to fire out a...

Mike at Man Racks was nice enough to fire out a DR200 BBQ rack for me. The thing is EXACTLY what I wanted and fits like a glove:

I've got the "regular" Man Racks and like it very much.
...
Forum: Thumpers 05-03-2013, 05:28 PM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
How will larger front tire affect speedo?

I'm mathematically impaired, so I'm turning to the forum for help in anticipating how a larger front tire will affect the accuracy of the DR's speedo. If I replace the OE 70/100-21 with a 90/90-21...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2013, 01:38 PM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
I have a ScreensForBikes light tint screen. The...

I have a ScreensForBikes light tint screen. The last three photos in their DR200SE gallery are of my bike (www.screensforbikes.com/gallery/suzuki/dr-200-96-10/...
Forum: Thumpers 02-17-2013, 10:05 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Cry A word of caution. I bought identical ATV tank...

A word of caution. I bought identical ATV tank saddlebags from Princess Auto for my DR200SE. The price was right (I think I paid $15) and they fit the DR's tank just fine. However, the bags are kept...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2013, 11:13 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Clean looking machine. I hope you enjoy yours as...

Clean looking machine. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I've enjoyed mine (an unsold 09 I bought last April). I put about 2,900 km (1,775 mi) on mine last riding season.

One question for those...
Forum: Thumpers 01-04-2013, 09:06 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Shinko's website...

Shinko's website (http://www.shinkotireusa.com/product/product.php?id=63) shows only one 705 front tire that fits: 90/90-21. Two rear 705 tires would fit: 4.10-18 and 120/80-18.
Forum: Thumpers 01-02-2013, 10:50 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Chris, what are those tires, and how do you like...

Chris, what are those tires, and how do you like them?
Forum: Thumpers 11-30-2012, 01:38 PM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
My research indicates that there is quite a...

My research indicates that there is quite a variety of tires in sizes that will fit the DR200. Shinko advertises the 244 as 70/30 on/off road (and the 700 as 80/20). The 244 would be quite suitable...
Forum: Thumpers 11-30-2012, 08:11 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
I'm planning on switching to more street-oriented...

I'm planning on switching to more street-oriented tires, along the lines of the Shinko 244, next spring. What sizes (front and rear) did you get?
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2012, 08:15 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
As someone has pointed out, the US Suzuki website...

As someone has pointed out, the US Suzuki website says that fuel capacity of the 2013 DR200SE is 11L (2.9 US gal.). In other markets (e.g., Canada, Australia, S. Africa, and New Zealand) the fuel...
Forum: Thumpers 10-25-2012, 09:08 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
The DR200SE has been available in Canada for many...

The DR200SE has been available in Canada for many years. I bought an unsold 2009 model this spring and put on a trouble-free 2,860 km (1,775 mi.) this riding season.

As you pointed out, the DR...
Forum: Thumpers 08-11-2012, 08:43 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Take a look at www.gearingcommander.com...

Take a look at www.gearingcommander.com (http://www.gearingcommander.com). Select the DR200SE from the list of models and then see the effect of varying the rear tire size, front sprocket size,...
Forum: Thumpers 08-03-2012, 10:05 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
16T sprocket (follow-up)

Took the DR to the local motorcycle shop (not the dealer) and had them install the 16T sprocket. The technician did the job in about 15 minutes while I waited. My 120 km (about 75 mi) test...
Forum: Thumpers 07-28-2012, 07:59 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Sunstar Powerdrive 16T front sprocket vs stock

In his write-up about replacing the stock (15T) front sprocket with the Sunstar 16T part (# 32316) BigCanoe mentioned that "...the stock one has a rubber surface on one side" while the Sunstar...
Forum: Thumpers 07-12-2012, 08:51 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Very helpful posting. It prompted me to order a...

Very helpful posting. It prompted me to order a 16T sprocket. I don't have to contend with hills, but strong headwinds are a challenge for the DR. I hope the larger sprocket will work out as well for...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2012, 12:16 PM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
I looked at my owner's manual and the GVWR is not...

I looked at my owner's manual and the GVWR is not stated.
Forum: Thumpers 06-16-2012, 10:14 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
Fuel consumption: my recent experience

Yesterday I took my longest ride so far on the DR down to the Canada-US border at Emerson, MB. The all-highway round trip was 245 km (~160 mi). I tried to maintain a 90 km/h (55 mph) cruising speed...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2012, 09:16 AM
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Posted By JayGoldstein
I was thinking about getting a Pelican case and...

I was thinking about getting a Pelican case and attaching it to the ManRacks rack. After seeing how much a mid-sized Pelican case weighs, I decided that a soft trunk pack would better suit my needs....
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