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Old 12-25-2013, 10:06 PM   #7696
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Really digging that milk crate setup...
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:18 PM   #7697
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Looks good taco! Where'd you get that windshield?

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Old 12-26-2013, 10:02 AM   #7698
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ok i'll try not to abuse my new skill thanks ben2go
You're welcome.Nice ride.
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:35 AM   #7699
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my windshield came out of a shed while cleaning up at the wife's grandfather's place after he passed (98years old)couple years ago believe he had tried it on his 4 wheeler must not have liked it. I've tied to research some info on it with no luck. great for road use would suck off road. I put some window tint on lower portion for looks. my milk crate is a Wal-Mart special. real milk crates are smaller but tougher. wanted a tail box, but believe it or not I love the crate. I can pile lunch box and clothing (or bunch of crap), bungee cord it down and don't have to worry if the top will close . industrial wire ties hold it to tail light and the seat frame (rack?). the small ammo cans are bolted on to the bottom of the crate. it has survived a couple of ahh shit tip overs while rolling it in and out of garage. sorta turned it into a street bike.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:04 PM   #7700
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Glad I'm not the only one who dumps the bike while pushing it around. Two bent levers and a bruised ego.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:12 PM   #7701
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I forgot to put the side stand down in the garage. The bruises took months to go away.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:56 AM   #7702
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Shit happens.I share in the shame myself.Never forgot the stand but I have had a foot slide out from under me and go down with the bike.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:22 AM   #7703
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Well we had the dr200 out on the ice yesterday, sorry no pics yet but I think it will be a nice little ice racer.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:20 PM   #7704
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Hi guys,

I'm nearly decided - looking to do a tour of S.America and will buy new in Santiago. Basically either Honda Tornado 250cc, but the Sukuzi Dr-200 looks awesome as well. Can any Dr-200 enthusiasts persuade me why I should take the Suzuki over the Honda, or not, as the case may be?

Many thanks!!!

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Old 01-05-2014, 04:45 PM   #7705
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Hi guys,

I'm nearly decided - looking to do a tour of S.America and will buy new in Santiago. Basically either Honda Tornado 250cc, but the Sukuzi Dr-200 looks awesome as well. Can any Dr-200 enthusiasts persuade me why I should take the Suzuki over the Honda, or not, as the case may be?

Many thanks!!!

G.C.

I don't know anything about the Honda, but I know the Suzuki is the most over-built and rugged bike I've ever owned.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:18 PM   #7706
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Honda quality has slipped in recent years. I bought two brand new Hondas. One in 2008 and one in 2011. Both had serious manufacturing defects. One needed new piston and rings and cyclinder ($2000). The other had strange electrical gremlins that left me stranded twice in middle of nowhere (Arkansas). On other hand my Suzuki's and Kawasaki's has never let me down. My coworker rode a Suzuki Gix something; it was flawless. He switched to a shiny new Honda, and it gave him a lot of grieve.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:01 PM   #7707
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Hey guys I need quick info.
I want to get a rear tire for my DR200.
What's the Max tire size that can fit?

The Tire I'm looking on Amazon are the Michelin T63 in 120/80-18.
They also have in 130/80-18, so I was wondering if they fit just fine too with no issues. I would prefer wider tires ;)

Also can anyone recommend the 'BEST' Front & Rear brake pads.
I want to replace them. My bike has +10k miles and I need to take care of that.

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Old 01-06-2014, 03:35 AM   #7708
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Hey Golden Chapati-

As someone who is living in Laos and has managed multiple construction projects in rural Africa I would strongly recommend 2 things for travelling by motorcyle in underdeveloped countries:

1. Buy the most common bike used locally. If you get some cool bike that has no parts supply available you might be stuck convincing a local mechanic to modify another brand's parts to work on your bike... or worse yet loading it onto the roof of a bus on your way to the nearest large town because of a $5 part problem. I have on more than one occasion had to put my Suzuki on the roof of a bus or the middle isle for lack of simple parts. It sucks.
2. Kick start- Trying to bump start a bike on muddy or sand roads also sucks. Some developing countries have a real problem with short battery life because they only have Chinese products that sit on a shelf discharged for months or years before someone buys them.


I have had only a limited amount of experience in S. America, but I remember there being a pretty wide variety of bikes on the road. Actually, it seemed quite advanced compared to Africa or rural Asia and maybe my recommendations do not apply- but if you are going you deep into the bush you may run into similar problems.

Regardless have a great trip! Cheers!
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:13 PM   #7709
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cold weather prep

well i'm going to try to ride tomorrow coldest day in 20 years the challenge was on so I hit up on the minimalist thread about glove ideas think either garbing or venture 7 volt glove liners until then check out my drtaco wind guards no rights reserved




and here's how you to can do it



take a Wal-Mart jug and cut end off, take saw and cut seam as below


now work it over the handle and your hand guards(don't have any oh well keep going see how it works for you) as my granbaby vanna wanna be shows



now trim to fit and close back together mark for hole to insert handguard bolt thru and where you might put wireties to hold it together. you will neeed to put one up front when seem cracks also I may have forgotten to tell you that you need to remove marker light, front cowl, windshield. also it is a lot easier to remove stickers before mounting on bike put back on bike screw bolt in to hand guard and add wire ties where every you think you might need them
now line up where the mirror needs to go thru at and drill hole (ha,ha just remember drill or die grinder can make the hole bigger






so there you go oops what about the windshield wait there is more, using a heatgun on low and a long square wooden rod (cuz hot plastic burns fingers) heat and mold plastic corners to fit windshield.




so there you are. sorry to take up space. guaranteed for two years or the first time you use themtested them on 3mile out 3mile back ride at 60mph and they are sturdy.!! as bill murray said in the movie 'where the buffalo roam' "I can not advocate the use of sex, drugs, alcohol and violence, but its worked for me
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:29 PM   #7710
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Nicely done! Thanks for posting.
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