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Old 06-04-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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XR600 v DR650

What's everyone's thoughts
I have a XR600 '96 all set up
Acerbis tank
Oil Cooler
Staintune pipe
Screen
Rack
U get the drift
It's a great bike good power , economy ,Suspension , plus I have heaps of spare parts from a doner bike

My questions About the DR are
Power and suspension are they comparable to my XR or maybe even better?
The rest is a no brainer electric start , pannier systems,Cush drive, farkles galore :-)
Let me know your thoughts
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
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From the outset, I am biased as I have a farkled DR and love it for all the 'no brainer' reasons you suggest but unless you need to be offloading some money, your XR is already set up.....plenty of no rack luggage options for you, most specifically the Giant Loop bags depending on what size you want......oh, and if you like kicking the bike over

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Old 06-04-2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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I have pannier racks that I built for my XR

It's more power and suspension and 30l of fuel :-) that the DR may have over my bike
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:22 PM   #4
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Xr650r?

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From the outset, I am biased as I have a farkled DR and love it for all the 'no brainer' reasons you suggest but unless you need to be offloading some money, your XR is already set up.....plenty of no rack luggage options for you, most specifically the Giant Loop bags depending on what size you want......oh, and if you like kicking the bike over

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I ride an XR650R, get shit from Gags all the time about having to kick...keeps me fit..... but he's right don't spend your cash unless your current machine is not doing it for you.

Nothing wrong with kickstart bikes, if you want to go to the next level, why not the XR650R?
I've seen them on here for around $3000 or less
DR's for similar money too, depending on age/km's/owner's situation etc......

If you still want to "upgrade" buy smart it will save you in "bling" costs as some people spend a lot setting up their machine, only to sell later at major discount compared to cost.
If your current XR is worthy of restoration don't sell it for nothing......wait and see how much shmick examples will bring in the future...IT490's worth $10k now
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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I can start my XR with my hand there not hard to start
I ride my mates XR650 all the time there awsome bulk power suspensions good
But same things that I need with my XR keep popping up things like no battery for charging 12v equipment
Mine xr is In good nik but Im consistently looking for more power and better low speed handling whilst loaded up
I find myself riding longer distances and the old XR is just falling short of my requirements ATM
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:23 PM   #6
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What's everyone's thoughts
I have a XR600 '96 all set up
Acerbis tank
Oil Cooler
Staintune pipe
Screen
Rack
U get the drift
It's a great bike good power , economy ,Suspension , plus I have heaps of spare parts from a doner bike

My questions About the DR are
Power and suspension are they comparable to my XR or maybe even better?
The rest is a no brainer electric start , pannier systems,Cush drive, farkles galore :-)
Let me know your thoughts
Cheers
Jabba
Why not add electric start to your XR like I did?

(not cost effective but unique...)
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:50 PM   #7
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What's everyone's thoughts
I have a XR600 '96 all set up
Acerbis tank
Oil Cooler
Staintune pipe
Screen
Rack
U get the drift
It's a great bike good power , economy ,Suspension , plus I have heaps of spare parts from a doner bike

My questions About the DR are
Power and suspension are they comparable to my XR or maybe even better?
The rest is a no brainer electric start , pannier systems,Cush drive, farkles galore :-)
Let me know your thoughts
Cheers
Jabba
Ah, funny you ask this question. I had a well set up 98 XR600 with all the fruit. I then decided to buy a DRZ 400 wanted something a bit more nimble with electric start etc, etc and sold my XR. A few weeks after I sold the XR I decided I needed a bike for longer adventure type riding and bought a new DR 650. To this day I kick myself for selling the XR, I should have kept it and changed the gearing, added racks, screen etc., and used that as the adventure type bike. As for the electric start debate the only time mine was hard to start was when it was hot and I dropped it. As an adventure bike it's not like you drop them that often and you are not having to start all the time like a bike you would ride on single track. The XR600 was far more serious off roader the DR650 IMHO.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:37 PM   #8
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I look at it this way the XR can do anything the DR can, But i dont think the DR can match the XR in some areas
so keep the XR and add a few mods
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:52 PM   #9
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Ah, funny you ask this question. I had a well set up 98 XR600 with all the fruit. I then decided to buy a DRZ 400 wanted something a bit more nimble with electric start etc, etc and sold my XR. A few weeks after I sold the XR I decided I needed a bike for longer adventure type riding and bought a new DR 650. To this day I kick myself for selling the XR, I should have kept it and changed the gearing, added racks, screen etc., and used that as the adventure type bike. As for the electric start debate the only time mine was hard to start was when it was hot and I dropped it. As an adventure bike it's not like you drop them that often and you are not having to start all the time like a bike you would ride on single track. The XR600 was far more serious off roader the DR650 IMHO.
Sums it up perfectly Kipo

There is no way on this earth I would even bother putting an electric start on the XR just a waste of $ IMHO
There piss easy to start... lucky mine is hot or cold
Might hav to rewind the stator and razzle up the stock lighting put some grip Warmers on and try get a 12v charging socket mounted
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:48 AM   #10
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sounds like a rhetorical question to me
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:30 AM   #11
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speak to betabikes ......rewind and charge what eva ya want ..xr6 great bike
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:32 AM   #12
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I have a 91 XR600 with Acerbis tank , with the small tank it was better to ride through tight bush than my DRZ400 , A bike shop loaned me a DR650 2009 model and I found it cramped, it didnt go around corners on the road as well , I was 3 km from the shop wishing I had taken the CB1100 they had offered me. The XR is an enduro bike so it comes into its own off road without having to spend money on suspension. So I would keep yours
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:03 AM   #13
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I have a 91 XR600 with Acerbis tank , with the small tank it was better to ride through tight bush than my DRZ400
Agreed, I reckon I could ride my XR600 quicker even in tight stuff than the DRZ. The XR steered better to.

I miss my XR
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:06 AM   #14
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Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate, fix the bloody seat and you can forgive any of the other shortcomings on an XR. Mine is similar, tank, suspension, staintune, rack, pivot pegz, oil cooler, screen, etc etc. The horn circuit delivers 12v dc btw.

My advice? Don't sell it, ever. You will regret it for the rest of your days.
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:25 AM   #15
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Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate, fix the bloody seat and you can forgive any of the other shortcomings on an XR. Mine is similar, tank, suspension, staintune, rack, pivot pegz, oil cooler, screen, etc etc. The horn circuit delivers 12v dc btw.

My advice? Don't sell it, ever. You will regret it for the rest of your days.
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