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Old 12-11-2012, 11:04 AM   #71776
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Has anyone here experimented with this? It looks pretty interesting and I'm considering taking a shot at it. (After I get my front suspension sorted so it will handle better, or any, braking).
I am running it on my DR-Tard, and it feels incredible, much more linear than any other setup I've run on other bikes. I can't directly compare to the stock setup on the DR, as I bought mine with the Brembo, and big rotor, but I can tell you that the Brembo lever/EBC supermoto rotor/EBC caliper relocation bracket/stock caliper is the most linear brake feeling I've ever experienced, even moreso than the few bikes I've ridden and owned that came stock with radial MCs and calipers.

Now on the same note, I'm not sure that I would have dropped the money on the Brembo unit, but since it came included, I really like it. Maybe one day, I'll even get around to putting a brake light switch on it.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:17 PM   #71777
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I'm out.

After a decent run with my bone stock 1996 DR650, I sold it to my brother this past weekend. I also sold my street legal KDX200. The DR was pretty. It was fun - even two-up. It was a better street bike than it was a dirt bike. It was as reliable as a cinder block. I will miss it, but it was time to move on. My brother (pplassm) intends to install RMZ suspension, and make it into a good dirt bike - something I never wanted or expected from it. I don't know what I will buy next. Maybe a CRF250L, maybe a KTM RFS. I am pretty much wide open to suggestions. I want something more dirt capable, but still commuter friendly. I hope find something that combines the best qualities of the KDX and the DR650.
FWIW - Out of all the bikes I have owned, my wife liked riding on the back of the big DR the best. She ended up sitting in the little space between the end of the seat and the rack, but said that it was the only bike that she could ride on for hours, without needing a break. I had lowered the passenger pegs quite a bit.
With that - I'm out. I wish all of you well!
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:39 PM   #71778
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After a decent run with my bone stock 1996 DR650, I sold it to my brother this past weekend. I also sold my street legal KDX200. The DR was pretty. It was fun - even two-up. It was a better street bike than it was a dirt bike. It was as reliable as a cinder block. I will miss it, but it was time to move on. My brother (pplassm) intends to install RMZ suspension, and make it into a good dirt bike - something I never wanted or expected from it. I don't know what I will buy next. Maybe a CRF250L, maybe a KTM RFS. I am pretty much wide open to suggestions. I want something more dirt capable, but still commuter friendly. I hope find something that combines the best qualities of the KDX and the DR650.
FWIW - Out of all the bikes I have owned, my wife liked riding on the back of the big DR the best. She ended up sitting in the little space between the end of the seat and the rack, but said that it was the only bike that she could ride on for hours, without needing a break. I had lowered the passenger pegs quite a bit.
With that - I'm out. I wish all of you well!
I want something more dirt capable, but still commuter friendly.

you might check out the wr250r. with weight reduction mods and suspension work it does both.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:45 PM   #71779
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check out the wr250r.
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The WR250R would be at the top of the list.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:14 PM   #71780
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The WR250R would be at the top of the list.
I'll agree and say, you might be looking at a DRZ400 too. I have an RFS and the footpegs and bars vibe too much for any longer street rides. I'm sick of it at 5 miles, and it is only about half of what my 2 stroke KTM was like.

I predict, you'll have another DR650 someday.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:03 PM   #71781
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I want something more dirt capable, but still commuter friendly. I hope find something that combines the best qualities of the KDX and the DR650.
FWIW - Out of all the bikes I have owned, my wife liked riding on the back of the big DR the best. She ended up sitting in the little space between the end of the seat and the rack, but said that it was the only bike that she could ride on for hours, without needing a break. I had lowered the passenger pegs quite a bit.
With that - I'm out. I wish all of you well!
Good luck finding something that works ... but you ask a lot when you add the Two UP feature.

A WR250R is not going to cut it unless your wife is super petite and a professional gymnast or pro dancer (toughest women in the world!).
Got to go ONE WAY or THE OTHER. Not ALL WAYS at once ALL on one bike!

Agree W/what others have said: ... the DR650 is, IMO, about as close to a DO IT ALL bike as there is, especially if you figure in reliability and price.

I first rode a '96 DR650 ... that was in '96! Had owned an XL600R, new '92 XR650L before the '96 DR650. To me, at the time, the DR was just "OK". But I never did even one mod on it. (it was a Suzuki press bike so only spent a couple weeks with it)

Several bikes since ... including new KLR650 ('98), '01 KTM 640, XR250R, DRZ400. The KTM was a terrible street bike for me; TOO TALL, worst vibes of anything I've ever ridden.

Years later, came back to the DR650 after venturing through many sport bikes, TDM850, BMW's and Moto Guzzi and Vstrom's.
In '06 re-discovered the DR650 ... got onto the good mods and have never looked back. I love it.

I still have my NON plated WR250F for real dirt riding, but for fire roads, Desert and Baja the DR is quite impressive. With a Corbin seat its ten hour a day capable, can haul a huge load or passenger. Has never missed a beat. How many KTM owners can honestly state that after 50K miles?

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:00 PM   #71782
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you ask a lot when you add the Two UP feature.
A WR250R is not going to cut it
+1 The WR250R is a pretty amazing little bike but like Grifter says nothing is going to be decent on trails and commuting and still be acceptable for hauling a passenger (except a DR650)

You might as well start shopping for your new DR now. You wouldn't be the first one around here to sell their DR only to get another one a year or so later.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:44 PM   #71783
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Do modifications like an aftermarket exhaust and carb mods affect the reliability and longevity of a dr650?
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:01 PM   #71784
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Good luck finding something that works ... but you ask a lot when you add the Two UP feature.

A WR250R is not going to cut it unless your wife is super petite and a professional gymnast or pro dancer (toughest women in the world!).
Got to go ONE WAY or THE OTHER. Not ALL WAYS at once ALL on one bike!

Agree W/what others have said: ... the DR650 is, IMO, about as close to a DO IT ALL bike as there is, especially if you figure in reliability and price.

I first rode a '96 DR650 ... that was in '96! Had owned an XL600R, new '92 XR650L before the '96 DR650. To me, at the time, the DR was just "OK". But I never did even one mod on it. (it was a Suzuki press bike so only spent a couple weeks with it)

Several bikes since ... including new KLR650 ('98), '01 KTM 640, XR250R, DRZ400. The KTM was a terrible street bike for me; TOO TALL, worst vibes of anything I've ever ridden.

Years later, came back to the DR650 after venturing through many sport bikes, TDM850, BMW's and Moto Guzzi and Vstrom's.
In '06 re-discovered the DR650 ... got onto the good mods and have never looked back. I love it.

I still have my NON plated WR250F for real dirt riding, but for fire roads, Desert and Baja the DR is quite impressive. With a Corbin seat its ten hour a day capable, can haul a huge load or passenger. Has never missed a beat. How many KTM owners can honestly state that after 50K miles?

I am looking forward to putting some miles on my new to me DR, my first DR. This weekend 2 or 300 miles is in the plans.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:12 PM   #71785
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Anyone have a spare oem header or is there a better option.



Just saw these on ebay. might be worth a look??

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/280998084...84.m1424.l2649
dunno if it's any good, but if it is, this one is better.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/280997806282

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Old 12-11-2012, 07:47 PM   #71786
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dunno if it's any good, but if it is, this one is better.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/280997806282

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But my one has free delivery??
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:54 PM   #71787
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But my one has free delivery??
the one i linked has free delivery; not the one you linked...

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:26 PM   #71788
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Do modifications like an aftermarket exhaust and carb mods affect the reliability and longevity of a dr650?
http://shortwayround.co.uk/suzuki/

Pumper carb, exhaust mods, cut airbox.......sold still running strong with 75,000 miles on it. I'm gonna hazard a guess at "no"......
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:48 PM   #71789
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My experience, too. I've done 5 DR's and have another scheduled in a week. After the first one, I found it faster and MUCH less frustrating to just pop the clutch off. I bought the tool - any excuse I can get to buy another too is fine with me. Plus, the fellow riders I've done/led through the process learned a little about their bike.
TrophyHunter's advice should be gospel with regards to the NSU fix debate on clutch removal. He helped me do my DR and I had never seen a clutch in my life, let alone my new bike dismembered before my eyes. Thanks again for the help and mechanical lesson. I still know what a banjo bolt is, lol. If I was to do it again, I'd be taking the clutch off because it's simple to do and the correct procedure.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #71790
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http://shortwayround.co.uk/suzuki/

Pumper carb, exhaust mods, cut airbox.......sold still running strong with 75,000 miles on it. I'm gonna hazard a guess at "no"......
Do you really have 75, 000 miles on your DR? Is that with the motor untouched or has the motor been reconditioned?

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