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Old 09-03-2014, 01:43 AM   #1
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The meaning of life

Well, it's finally happened. Even Troy and Hattah have decided that the answer to all things bike is " dr 650"

Has anyone warned the shareholders at KTM?


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Did these ever get a guernsey in Oz...?

1997 to 2002 Suzuki xf 650 "Freewind"...



Saw one just like this at a motorcycle swap meet this afternoon (in immaculate nick) and I don't recall ever seeing/hearing of them in Australia.

Anybody owned one/know anything about them? They look like the result of a one night stand between a v-strom and a DR650... but in a funny sorta way... it works? Kind of like Suzuki's answer to a japanese F650GS (a question no one ever asked perhaps...? ).

The one I saw looked flawless, sounded like new, low miles, service history and the money they had on the ticket was less than I've paid for some bicycles. So the thought of a "wifey's summer bike" to replace her Honda 600 Shadow custom (sold last summer) and her Hyosung 200 motard (stolen 2 winters back) crossed my mind...

Any feed back on this model bike (good, bad or otherwise) taken on board greatfully.
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Hi All
I am here seeking the knowledge of the DR family
I am looking at a DR 650 for an upcoming CSR ride
Putting the feelers out I have been offered 2 DRs owned by the same person

Both are 2010 models one has 4800kms and the other 6250 Kms on the clocks and are not registered
The condition of the bikes reflects a bike of that Klms
Neither has been started in 2 years

Both have been set up with
18lt tank
Andy strap pannier racks
Rear rack
B+B bash plate
pivot pegs
Screen
Bark busters

Both will be serviced before they get sold and have a new battery fitted

I have offered to take them without the service and new batteries But no go
The seller is asking $5000.00 each
then the VIC rego, transfer fees RWC and alike add another $1000.00
Total $6000.00 each bike

Does that sound like a fair price
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:54 AM   #2
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:55 AM   #3
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:28 AM   #4
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Talking The meaning of life... repent ye sins and deny thy false prophets

Hans Trunkenpolz: "...And spotteth twice did they the riders before the Six Day's, and so, the Penton's two did went forth to Mattighoffen in Osterriech, by Salzburg, to the house of Kronreif & Trunkenpolz, where they later brought the bacon from Kinigadner and set fast the tent pegs to the house of Adventure in DAKAR, and there did they slew the infidels of Bavaria and Japan, and yea - placed high upon the alter did they put the bits in little orange pots to bask in the glory eternal..."

There... endeth the lesson.
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:58 AM   #5
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Freewind

Hi Doc and Troy, I dont know much about bikes as my experience is limited to what i can sit on with my tragic ducks disease....
But I did look at buying a Freewind, cos i kinda liked the "look" (yeah girl thing) but they were few and far to find, one really poorly looked after one here in SA and one in WA
I then looked at DR but my legs are too short .... my man has only owned 2 bikes, both Tenere's so he is no good to discuss bikes with....

So I bought a BMW F650GS and that suits me just fine thanks (and its red too)

But recently spent some time on a F650GS (800cc) in USA (specially lowered too) and I think I am in love........or is it just a holiday love affair

If only they made more bikes for us short legged gals then maybe more would come and ride ???
Maybe this is the meaning of life ?
Or is it 42
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:55 AM   #6
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just buy the dr

Just buy the dr, the one with low ks, make sur is relitivly easy to shift gears, grab some zippy ties allen keys a few spanners and some silver plumbers rope (tape) and hold it flat.

So endith the lesson

G'day Troy, when you coming to visit?
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:08 AM   #7
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Hattah is getting a DR ???? When did he start batting for the other side ?, bloody poofters , the jungle is full of em .
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:11 AM   #8
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Hi Kimi

Carin has previously looked at/sat on/considered the F650GS (rotax single) and felt girlishly happy with the size/fit of that. But we've never acted upon it. Yesterday evening when I saw the "Freewind" and in consideration of the "immortal" DR650 heritage running through it's veins, I thought to myself.... "hmmmmm...maybe...?"

So that's why I asked the question.

As you mention, low saddle bikes suitable for ladies don't exactly grow on trees (even if for Carin - at 176 cm - that's not usually a great problem), generally a bike that is bit lighter/nimbler is appreciated by members of the non-bloke gender.

We have been thru the "dualsport/trail bike" thing - considering Serrow 250's, CRF 230's, TTR 250s and Djebel 250's... even loaned a DRZ400E with lowering kit one weekend a couple years back... but a nagging knee injury from a few years ago, has kept her from taking a plunge on a "real trail bike", and now the idea is to go the soft gravel/tourer weekend summer fun route.

The Freewind and the F650GS single seem to fit the bill well... will it be Japanese miso soup... or Bavarian latté... we shall see?
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:54 AM   #9
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:22 AM   #10
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Troy, tonight when you're lying in bed, ask youself this....doesn't she deserve a ktm duke? ( 30 cm lower seat height, 60 kg lighter, but more importantly you'll still respect her in the morning)

Hattah....WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ... Thousands of km with a dr between your legs...knackers knows where you live
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:10 AM   #11
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Troy, tonight when you're lying in bed, ask youself this....doesn't she deserve a ktm duke? ( 30 cm lower seat height, 60 kg lighter, but more importantly you'll still respect her in the morning)
Deserve or deserve...

Carin has already commented on numerous occassions how "cute" she'd look aboard one of the lil' 390 Dukes that Jonte has in the dealer showroom



(and the 390 would be plenty/perfect for what she wants... though a 690 at the right price would never be scoffed at either).

But the whole thing is, that when I saw that Freewind last evening - and the (astonishingly low) price the owner had on it (equivalent to only @bout AUD 1000 bucks ), I thought it was almost too cheap to just dismiss... given it was in such good nick and the DR platforms reputation.

The pricetag for the 390 Duke (or even a good 2nd hand 690 duke/motard) is in a whole different league... and while both bikes are no question great bang for buck... the Freewind (or this particular one) is almost "pocket change" to purchase by comparison.
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:19 PM   #12
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Troy, many a man has fallen from the path to happiness by being a tight arse . Even more have been pushed by a disgruntled wife wearing an aldi bra
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:40 PM   #13
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:02 PM   #14
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Yes I have one ...
You have an Aldi bra?
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Each to their own I guess

Fuck Dennis that's exactly what I thought when I saw that.

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