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Old 02-18-2011, 11:10 AM   #6058
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Originally Posted by ShadyRascal View Post
Okay I have a question for 640 Adventure guys. I know given the forum thread here what the general consensus will be, but looking for all the info I can get. (I will also be reading and sifting through the thousands of pages here, but looking for specific comparison comments)

Have any of you gone from a DR650 to a 640 Adventure? I've been on a DR650 for a few years, and it's been a very good bike. Just that I am apparently going to be limited to a one-bike situation, and thinking on upgrading in some way.

I am in western Montana and ride pave roads and dirt roads. Not much single track and technical stuff, but some. Occasional longer trips as time allows.

The DR has worked fine for this.......but thinking I want *something* a little better before spending more on the Zooki. Thus far I've put suspension and exhaust improvments and it has decent power. I have a windscreen and like keeping the blast off my chest.

So, the questions:

How are the rumored engine vibrations in relation to any other thumper? (Mainly curious at highway speed)

How is the all-day comfort?

Quirks to iron out?

Reliability/ease of maintenance? (DR is reliable as a hammer and just as easy to service)

Those who ride a 640 as their only bike, does it leave you wanting anything?

Thanks in advance for any advice, comments, slap-downs and heckling.

I had a 99 Adventure for a little while and last year at work we got an 07 DR.

Here are my random thoughts...

640 vibrates slightly more than DR
640 suspensions/frame way better than DR, remember the base was a Dakar bike not so much the case for the DR
Power, the 640 has more
Wind protection (sorry I am in KS and that matters here), night and day, the adventure wins
Fuel capacity the 640 wins. And remember if you do single tracks, you probably do not want to have it full with all that weight up high
If you do a lot of slow technical stuff the DR would win I do not know if it is the weight or the lower center of gravity or the height but it seems to me like the DR would be easier to manage in precarious situation than the 640.
Be aware of the weight of gas, i do not know very many adventure owners that have not tip their's because all that weight when full needs to be kept pretty vertical or you'll have a bike to pick up.
I had no issue to speak off with my 640 other than a clutch cable, but it is newer technology and maybe not near as friendly to work on as the DR for an amateur like me.

If it was me having experience on both, I'd take the adventure but I am bias I guess rink
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