Originally Posted by doug s.
i have not ridden a purpose-built motard, but i can tell you, you will not
be disappointed - a 'tarded dr650 is a beautiful thing, you will
be one w/the bike. unless of course, you are like princess johnkol/penelope..
+1 on both points, I bought my DR650SM this summer and it is an absolute blast on the back roads and on a good day it does feel like an extension of myself...but I am not a princess
(OR a corksniffer) .... FWIW I went from a 150/60 on the rear to a 150/70, not crazy about the looks but that effectively bumped the gearing up about 5% and my bike is much nicer to ride on freeways, it no longer sounds a bit strained at 70-75 mph. I need a front fender like yours for the winter though, the trimmed stocker sends water up and on to the bike and rider.