Originally Posted by victor441
+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.
i have a 150/60-17 on the rear, and w/a 16t front sprocket, its gearing is almost identical to stock. i am considering a 150/70-17 when it's time to replace it, for that ~5% taller gearing, but even w/the stock gearing, the bike is pretty composed cruising at 80. and yes, the lower front fender is great; i found the stock fender was pretty-much like having no fender when there was water on the road.