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Old 01-13-2011, 11:16 PM   #43936
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You can buy a DR for 2500 Notes? Count yourself lucky.

In NZ we have to shell out $10K for a new DR, $5-6k for a 5 year old one. My 45,000 mile 950 was a bargain at $10,500K.

It may be a different currency with a different value but when your earning the same currency as your spending it's still 10,000 notes.
A good reason to listen to you Kiwi and Aussie riders when it comes to bang for the cash, for add on/upgrade items. The DR is a classic. No sizzle, just steak!
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:24 AM   #43937
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And all I can think of is that a nice fast used $3500 KTM will still be a better performing and faster all around bike.
You'd have to sell your DR and then would you be happy with a $3500 "stock" KTM? Or would you start farkling it?
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:38 AM   #43938
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There's lots of different ways to justify the dollars. For me I get as much enjoyment out of doing the mods as I do riding the bike. And I do have a nice fast KTM that hasn't been ridden in many months. I just plain have more fun riding the DR. Fun is what it's all about right?
Yeah, I have almost as much fun making the bike better as I do riding it.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:10 AM   #43939
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Someone talk sense into me. First off, I LOVE my DR. I love it so much that I want it to be all it can be. I'm on the verge of pulling the trigger on about $1500 worth of upgrades for for a bike that I already have about $2500 in. And all I can think of is that a nice fast used $3500 KTM will still be a better performing and faster all around bike. How do you guys who go "all out" on the DR reconcile this with yourselves? I get the passion vs dollars argument but (to me at least) it's not a small sum. And yeah I've been on the orange bike and I think it'd grow on me. But the DR is so darn.. I don't know... grrrrr.... dammit.
i try not to think about how much i have in this bike.
look forward not back so much
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:20 AM   #43940
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I'm with ya on that.


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i try not to think about how much i have in this bike.
look forward not back so much
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:31 AM   #43941
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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...
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:46 AM   #43942
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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...

Everyone in my office is now wondering why I fell out of my chair laughing!
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:49 AM   #43943
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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...
I'll have to admit. I've been browsing the Procycle store and my cheap, staunch, keep it stock, attitude is beginning to waffle. It's like a DR porn site.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:43 AM   #43944
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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 some funny stuff, I gotta kick outta that.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:23 AM   #43945
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I think you guys are doing it wrong, just buy a good used bike cheap, with the stuff already done.

My bike has 6000? miles (almost broken in?), suspension upgrades, delux chain roller, pumper carb, twin air filter, suzuki tail rack, raptor petcock, 2 sets of new tires, rim locks and other stuff, I am selling for $2000.00!
Thats really chump change.

Why buy a new shiny bike at a premium cost to run it into a mud hole?
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:51 AM   #43946
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Well I've already done a lot of "the usuals" DJ kit, FMF, Bars, 520 chain, etc... What I'm wanting to do is Pumper carb, the lace it yourself motard rims (I have a spare set of stock rims already) and since my gasket is leaking anyway some version of the performance top end kit. I'd like to go big bore but I'll probably go with the Hi-comp piston and cam. the bike runs great now but I would like a little more versatility and pop out of it. I know a KTM won't come with 2 sets of wheels but it does have that wood inducing motor... recent pic... I'm totally conflicted on this. Wish I'd win the lotto so I'd just buy them both... uggh....
I love my 525 to death. The absolute sweetest motor ever, but....it kills me riding it to the dirt. When I had sumo's on it, I couldn't stand the way it handled..too twitchy. I think with a few motor mods the DR will feel similar to the way the 525 puts down power, just not as much of it. The Dr does way better for me on the street and I ain't constantly checking valves and changing oil, filters and screens. My Ktm has been relegated to dirt only,
back of the truck duty, because I refuse to put any more money into it to make it more street worthy. I spent 2300 on the Dr and another 1500 in mods, so for under 4000 you get a great do it all that the Ktm will never be.
My two cents..
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:59 AM   #43947
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You'd have to sell your DR and then would you be happy with a $3500 "stock" KTM? Or would you start farkling it?
There's some good ones but this is one of the best point yet. I don't leave ANYTHING alone and updating a big orange bike isn't cheap. But the starting point is a lot further along than where I'm at.

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I think you guys are doing it wrong, just buy a good used bike cheap, with the stuff already done.

My bike has 6000? miles (almost broken in?), suspension upgrades, delux chain roller, pumper carb, twin air filter, suzuki tail rack, raptor petcock, 2 sets of new tires, rim locks and other stuff, I am selling for $2000.00!
Thats really chump change.

Why buy a new shiny bike at a premium cost to run it into a mud hole?
Where were you when i was shopping for one! Damm!

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that's why i'm on a dr. i'd rather deal with and upgrade some old school japanese that is know is not gonna have issues. it's funny when i read ride reports with ktms in it. you can put $ that somewhere along the thread is a pic of one of the ktms all apart trying to figure out an issue. never seems like it strands them...but always an issue. that reminds me of traveling in old VW buses.
Reliability does concern me with the KTM's. My buddy is an LC$ junkie and rides the snot out of his. I mean crazy hard. But he's been through 2 engines and bought a "spare" for when he inevetibly blows this one. That would be a lot cheaper with a DR
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:10 AM   #43948
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I'll have to admit. I've been browsing the Procycle store ... It's like a DR porn site.
If that's the case, then a bunch of DR owners around here are riding porn queens.

Just saying...

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Old 01-14-2011, 11:29 AM   #43949
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I think you guys are doing it wrong, just buy a good used bike cheap, with the stuff already done.

My bike has 6000? miles (almost broken in?), suspension upgrades, delux chain roller, pumper carb, twin air filter, suzuki tail rack, raptor petcock, 2 sets of new tires, rim locks and other stuff, I am selling for $2000.00!
Thats really chump change.

Why buy a new shiny bike at a premium cost to run it into a mud hole?

Or buy a new one and add a couple farkles every year... your still ahead, cause KTM ain't ever cheap in the long run.

I still saved money on the DR, I probably have 3K in farkles. Maybe more..

BUT, its nothing compared to what my KTM 950 ADV cost to set up and maintain. So the farkled DR is my money saver since I have no desire to run a KTM twin now. I got the orange out of my system totally.

The DR650 does every thing so well for a dual sport I don't feel the need to "upgrade" every couple years. I just add a cool farkle and call it good.

I rather have a cheap 250 dirt bike for off road and keep the DR650 for dual sport duty. My 07 is an ADV Touring bike anyway, never intended to use it as a woods bike.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:58 AM   #43950
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I rather have a cheap 250 dirt bike for off road and keep the DR650 for dual sport duty. My 07 is an ADV Touring bike anyway, never intended to use it as a woods bike.
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.
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