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Old 02-17-2011, 07:59 PM   #45001
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BC - I agree with you. It's a very basic bike and for reliability and ease of replacement parts if needed....let it ride. Add a monster gas tank to your list and go.

As romantic as it sounds, I don't see a RTW trip in my future and probably not a trip of any length until I retire.....so I bought every high zoot item known to man and bolted it up!
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:14 PM   #45002
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BC - I agree with you. It's a very basic bike and for reliability and ease of replacement parts if needed....let it ride. Add a monster gas tank to your list and go.

As romantic as it sounds, I don't see a RTW trip in my future and probably not a trip of any length until I retire.....so I bought every high zoot item known to man and bolted it up!


Yeah -- I'm a confessed hypocrite on the topic. My state of tune is stock but I have a butt load of other stuff bolted on or added in.

In terms of comfort, the three best purchases I made were a Sargeant lo-seat, probillet 1" bar risers, and probillet wider footpegs.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:38 PM   #45003
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In terms of comfort, the three best purchases I made were a Sargeant lo-seat, probillet 1" bar risers, and probillet wider footpegs.
Although the Corbin allows me to ride long enough to care about the suspension;

..........whatever you do.......never........ever....... ride a DR with emulators in the front and a Cogent on the rear.........ever.

No, I didn't believe it either.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:42 PM   #45004
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Did you mean "right (exhaust) side" in your comment?
Whoops, my mistake ... yes, I met Right Side ... sorry.
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I honestly don't see how these bags can contact the exhaust. That said, the back end of my right side panel does have some evidence (melting) of contacting the exhaust.
Cool, the rack looks well positioned to keep the bag off ... but supporting the panel from underneath can help the melting. I use the Happy Trails rack, it works well also for most bags.
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In the meantime, if anyone else here has good or bad experience with Dirt-Bagz on the DR, please post up so others know whether these are a worthwhile accessory for their bike.
The Dirt Bagz have a good reputation ... but I've not used them. They adapt well to lots of bikes it seems ... mostly dirt bikes.

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Old 02-17-2011, 09:58 PM   #45005
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Hey guys...thinking on getting another DR650 to set up for some far off travels...Wondering about the power out put isue...what is stock adequate for and can it be upgraded and if so what's the best?

Thanks...pic of my old one that I should have never sold, along with many others.
Even though my Carb jetting and Airbox are modified, I can't really argue with leaving the bike totally stock if doing a long range, extended ride. The only time power will drop off significantly will be at very high altitudes, like in the Andes and Himalayas. In the Andes you'll be riding over 15,000 ft. in a few places. Himalayas, even higher. The stock DR, as mentioned, does pretty well up to about 12K ft. (4K meters) In reality, by 12K its pretty gutless. But when up that high for extended periods there is a quick and easy solution: Remove the air box side cover. About a five minute job.

The good news about running a stock set up is your fuel economy will be very good most everywhere. (about 50 mpg or so) Of course up high all carb'd bikes use more fuel. This is where F.I. has an advantage ... but F.I. lose power just like any motor will. But will adjust mixture so fuel consumption should remain close to normal.

All motors lose power as you go up. The DR will have more than enough power for probably 85% of your travel. Most times it cruises easily at 80 mph. In the 3rd world you'll find your speeds will be much lower, more like
50 to 60 MPH. In towns and villages, even less. Off road, even in very deep sand, it just chugs through easily, never overheating.
Just an outstanding travel bike.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:59 PM   #45006
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..........whatever you do.......never........ever....... ride a DR with emulators in the front and a Cogent on the rear.........ever.

No, I didn't believe it either.
Yeah. I held back from riding a pumper equipped DR for the same reason.

I've got a pumper now :(
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:01 PM   #45007
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I know it makes me a minority voice in the dialogue, but after riding a stock (in terms of air-box, jetting, and exhaust) DR for nearly 5,000 miles on a trip out west last summer I can't see the draw towards doing power modifications.
After riding a stock DR (with snorkel removed and washer under needle), I can totally see the draw of power mods.
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:31 PM   #45008
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Yeah. I held back from riding a pumper equipped DR for the same reason.

I've got a pumper now :(
HEY!!! I didn't mind spending Basketcase's money. But now yer spendin' mine.

FCRxx or TM40??
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:49 PM   #45009
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HEY!!! I didn't mind spending Basketcase's money. But now yer spendin' mine.

FCRxx or TM40??
FCR since August last year.

It's actually the one off the bike I rode
He put it back to stock to sell (upgraded to a WR250R).
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:31 AM   #45010
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FCR since August last year.

It's actually the one off the bike I rode
He put it back to stock to sell (upgraded to a WR250R).
I'll bring mine tomorrow and you can show me what needs to happen to make it fit.
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:46 AM   #45011
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...Wondering about the power out put isue...what is stock adequate for and can it be upgraded and if so what's the best?
I got the impression he was asking about electrical power...
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:39 AM   #45012
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Hi people,
I am looking at a DR650SE 2008 model with about 41,000km (25,500 miles).

Any good advice on what to look out for when checking the bike. I have been riding street bike most of the time and this will be my first dual sport bike. So will appreciate if anyone can tell me any potential problem with a DR650SE with this amount of milage.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:47 AM   #45013
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Hi people,
I am looking at a DR650SE 2008 model with about 41,000km (25,500 miles).

Any good advice on what to look out for when checking the bike. I have been riding street bike most of the time and this will be my first dual sport bike. So will appreciate if anyone can tell me any potential problem with a DR650SE with this amount of milage.

Thanks in advance.
Welcome to the asylum, Motocraz! With a "Y" at the end of your user name, you'll be perfect for this place!

There are plenty of more knowledgeable experts here, but in 2008, I haven't heard of any specific issues.

I would just recommend the usual. See if the PO has any maintenance records, look for drop damage, rust, loose steering head bearings, signs the engine has been gone into, proper lubrication of cables and pivots, tire wear, steering feel, spoke tightness, fastener tightness (and if they're original), fork alignment, chain wear, sprocket condition, easy starting, good idle, engine sounds, clean fuel, modifications, electrical operation, and probaly 20 other things I'm forgetting!

Should take, oh, ten minutes to check that all out!
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:25 AM   #45014
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Yep. After checking that all of those things are fine all it needs is regular oil changes and fuel when it starts to sputter.

They're damn near bullet proof.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:50 AM   #45015
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Hi people,
I am looking at a DR650SE 2008 model with about 41,000km (25,500 miles).

Any good advice on what to look out for when checking the bike. I have been riding street bike most of the time and this will be my first dual sport bike. So will appreciate if anyone can tell me any potential problem with a DR650SE with this amount of milage.

Thanks in advance.
that bike was riden alot in a short amount of time. even though newer model price should be well below 3K. if not keep looking.
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