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Old 04-15-2015, 03:03 PM   #1
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DR 650 Back On Two Wheels

Well it's been some time since this old guy was on two wheels. As best the old memory recalls it's been 37 years. Yes there have been a few times on bikes that belong to others and at least one short rental of one of those scooter thingys, (piece of crap). At the time we called it a piglet which is the complete opposite of a Harley. I also assume my trips around the neighborhood on my restored Suzuki LT 185 doesn't count. It's a four wheeler.

So after some careful guidance by my brother, who rides one of those Orange bikes, the right deal came along on a 2013 DR650. This is my first post now that I am back in the swing of things and I think this is going to be a new "adventure."

After only a few days of ownership of the 650 I have managed to upgrade both the head and tail light to include a modulated pulse when activated (safety first). Also I am in the process of cleaning off someones flat black paint used to redo all the plastic parts. Why do people do that to their bikes. It looks great in just plain stock clothing. They even painted over the decals. Who knows.

I would like to hear from those of you riding DR's. It's a fresh experience for me. The last Suzuki was a TS 185 and the 650 feels similar just a lot more weight. More to follow soon............

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Adventure #1

The Rupp minibike. At the time it was a beast with a 5 hp engine. There was no lighting and very little braking but at the ripe old age of ten it seemed like I was on top of the world. Not too sure about the date so let's just say mid 60's.
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:06 PM   #2
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This should be full of good info here

Welcome back to two wheels!!

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Old 04-15-2015, 03:32 PM   #3
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:36 PM   #4
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:36 PM   #5
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:25 AM   #6
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So here is where this whole thing (adventure) got started. My first bike was much like the blue Rupp on the end. Let's just say mid 60's since I do not remember the date. At the time it was a 5 hp beast. There was no headlight and no taillight. There was only a foot operated rear brake and a single speed w/centrifugal clutch forward. I miss the old days.


Next came an even more powerful bright red Honda. I thought there was nothing better. It had gears, it went faster, and even had a low range for plowing through those tough trails. I think it got used once, maybe. While searching for the 650 above I almost bought one of these. Then it occurred to me. The top speed was about 50 mph down hill with a tail wind. Not enough to satisfy.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:02 AM   #7
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Adventure #2

Well of course there is an adventure #2. The mini was fun but with time and mostly because other people had more powerful street worthy bikes the time came to upgrade.
A Honda CT 90 was the next machine used to pound the pavement. It was a real motorcycle. No minibike here. It had lights, front and rear brakes, and best of all a 90 cc engine, WOW. That meant 50 mph on a good day with a tail wind. Now that seemed like success.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:03 AM   #8
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Adventure #3

Adventure #3 was the last of the good ole days. A Suzuki TS 185. Some time around 1975. This was the closest thing to the real deal this guy had until now. It was a 2 smoke like most bikes in the day, but it had the power. 73 or 74 mph on just about any flat road. 80+ was possible with a tail wind or drafting a big bus or truck. Note: If you try the drafting with an air cooled engine - don't stay in the draft very long. Bad things happen when the engine gets hot.
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Adventure #4

Some how life got in the way and things had to change. So the LT 185 became the wheels of choice. This one is still in the toy box. It's fully restored, but gets little time on the trail any more.
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Adventure #5

The DR 650

It's been a few weeks now and the new is starting to settle in as a keeper. The DR is a formidable street beast and off road it can hold its own. It does need the 14 tooth front sprocket, but that's all. The machine really has impressed me so far.
It is difficult to say, but little brother (Orangecicle) was right on this call. I wanted a smaller 250cc cycle with the hopes it would perform on par with my old 2 smoke. I was wrong. He was insistent that in order to get the performance of old the only substitute would be displacement. Good call Bro.

So here it is, lacking only a few cosmetic tweaks to make her bone stock again.






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Hmmmm. I might even ride that.

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Hey, come on over to the Colorado trip planning thread and introduce yourself: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1038363
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:09 PM   #14
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That bike is in serious need of an ADV decal: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=257578


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