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Old 01-14-2011, 01:29 PM   #43936
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I can't do it on my budget but I think you may have the best answer. Make the DR the best street bike I can make it (motard with options for racks etc) and get a 250 for dirt days. For now I'll have to settle for 2 sets of wheels and look for a bargain on a 250 down the road.

Despite what a previous poster wrote a DR650 (while not king of the hill by any stretch) is a fantastic motard platform. With stock rims and GP1's I ran Deals Gap as fast as anything on the mountain that day. I swapped bikes with a guy for kicks and his motarded DR was just ridiculous. I was laughng in my helmet. If you know how to work the torque and the lean it goes like stink.
I took my DR up to Deals last Oct and had some fun in the evenings. Had the road to myself after 5pm. Even with the TKC tires I was keeping up with faster bikes just fine. I find most of my riding buddies will take those curves around 40 mph at a calm pace so I can get on thier rear tire easy till they can open the throttle in between curves. The guys I know who ride sport bikes are not good riders so I rub it in when I can.

Recently I put on some Anakee tires and found they do very well on roads like 129, good enough for my needs. I really miss the old days on 129 when I lived up there, the 30 crap sucks. You really have to make sure you don't forget where the Troopers are, they will ticket locals more than 5 over.

I want the 320 front brake upgrade now, the weak brakes scare me sometimes coming down some of those curves a bit hot with luggage! If I ever get the money, I like the wider 19" front wheel idea with mild dual sport rubber for the mountain curves and packed gravel roads.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:39 PM   #43937
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Everybody sing along...

Ya ride a big DR, and what do ya get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Jeff don't ya offer me farkles no more
I owe my soul to the Procycle store...

Man thats a crack up.
Guna owe my soul to the Procycle store soon.
I see a 725 in my near future
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:57 PM   #43938
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:21 PM   #43939
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This thead...

Ive been following this thread since September when I first started to look at a DR-650. Ive noticed one key fact about this thread... There is more talk about how well the bike preforms then there is about problems the bike has. Think about that whenever anybody thinks about selling their 'Zuki.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:44 PM   #43940
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Ive been following this thread since September when I first started to look at a DR-650. Ive noticed one key fact about this thread... There is more talk about how well the bike preforms then there is about problems the bike has. Think about that whenever anybody thinks about selling their 'Zuki.
You know if I could just as Suzuki for 2 modifications to these bikes I wouldn't want a total remodle. Just give me a better cylinder head with reasonably sized larger valves for better flow and a better stock headlight.

Done.

I'd be happy to take care of the rest myself.

Although a wider flatter seatpan wouldn't suck either lol..
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:01 PM   #43941
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I just placed my first order with Jeff. I have heard all you guys brag about how fast they are, and I was always a little skeptical. I know how helpful jeff is on this site and on the phone, but.........

I placed the order @ 3:09 CST and just received shipping confirmation that it is on its way @3:54 CST. That is 45 min to get an order processed, boxed and shipped! HOLY CRAP!

JEFF you are the man!
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:03 PM   #43942
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Received my air filter, fuel filter and secondary air filter two days after ordering in Ohio. Lightning fast and nice stickers too!
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:02 PM   #43943
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I just placed my first order with Jeff. I have heard all you guys brag about how fast they are, and I was always a little skeptical. I know how helpful jeff is on this site and on the phone, but.........

I placed the order @ 3:09 CST and just received shipping confirmation that it is on its way @3:54 CST. That is 45 min to get an order processed, boxed and shipped! HOLY CRAP!

JEFF you are the man!
My stuff came in very fast. and it had to cross the entire country.
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:23 PM   #43944
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Besides the speed, they seem to sell stuff we want, and make it WAY to easy to just order stuff.
Unlike some places, I never got something from them that was not good stuff.

A very good business model.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:03 PM   #43945
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IMO there are many ways to "justify" the expense on DR Farkling, here's one of mine: I shopped long and hard to find the bike to fit my perceived needs.
Here's what I'll have into mine when I'm "done".
$4999 for a new '09DR
$150 for skid plate and armor
$800 for custom adjustable suspension (not bought yet)
$140 for lowered pegs to fit my long legs
$35 for bar risers
$700 for the Happy Trail hard bags and rack I just received
$160 for the Seat Concepts mod.
All that comes to $6984. Would I have paid $6995 for the above bike after pricing what was out there? In a heartbeat. And it alone met some of my priorities - reliable, air cooled, carbureted, and don't have to remove cams to adjust valves.
Admittedly I struggling to not go the Brittania Composites/Trail Tech route, but I still think the modded bike is a bargain by modern standards.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:53 AM   #43946
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I'm on the opposite side of that. I wanted a bike to use when the roads are full of sand & salt, and the occasional foray into the dirt. My list of farkles are or will be:
tailrack and bag
Skid plate
Seat Concepts
New front springs

Thant's all the mod's I will be doing. Also I bought the bike off ebay from a dealer in NJ brand new for $3995 so I did get away cheap on this!
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:42 AM   #43947
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I'm setting mine up as a gravel road adventure bike. For this first year It'll get good knobies, a bigger fuel tank, a bash plate, a properly set up stock carb, Bark busters, luggage rack and lowered foot pegs. I'd like to re due the suspension but that might have to wait until next year as will the flat slide and exhaust. That's the cool part of the DR, you can set it up how you like.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:55 AM   #43948
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Replaced the stock exhaust with the Supertrapp, new fuel filter and both air filters. Amazing what that little bit of work made it breathe and sound so much better.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:01 AM   #43949
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Replaced the stock exhaust with the Supertrapp, new fuel filter and both air filters. Amazing what that little bit of work made it breathe and sound so much better.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:08 AM   #43950
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Surprisingly, it is very quiet, moreso than my DR200 with the FMF.
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