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Old 07-09-2007, 10:21 AM   #31
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Nice find!
It's likely only suffered the neglect of sitting unused. That can be enough trouble of it's own though.

The valve adjust covers have o-rings and can be reused if they are still soft and not dry rotted or over flattened. It is as simple as it looks.
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:10 AM   #32
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My secret Big Brown trout hole. Only 2wheelers can get through the brush and trees


Picture 4 was before i changed the rubber fork seal savers to neoprene fork seal savers. 160dynojet, mixture screw out 2.5turns. No decel popping!

i like the fender and i like the price!

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Old 07-09-2007, 11:15 AM   #33
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are any of the FREEWIND costmetic parts interchangable with the DR650SE ?
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Old 08-07-2007, 12:42 AM   #34
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tell me about the DR650RS

Are they any good?
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Old 08-07-2007, 12:50 AM   #35
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Are they any good?
That's an old bike. (edit: the underlined words are a link)

The newer DR650 bikes are more practical. Is the RS model the one you are asking about.

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Old 08-07-2007, 12:53 AM   #36
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Yep the RS
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:56 AM   #37
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You forgot to ask me if I've had one.
PM sent to Trev.

OK so mine was the "dakar" model not the RS, but I remember them well. They are very similar, differing mainly in cosmetics.
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:16 AM   #38
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You forgot to ask me if I've had one.
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OK so mine was the "dakar" model not the RS, but I remember them well. They are very similar, differing mainly in cosmetics.
When we were looking at I thought about giveing you a call to see if you have had one
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:34 PM   #39
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A good detail of all the DR650 year models.

http://www.suzukicycles.org/DR-series/DR650.shtml
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:18 AM   #40
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opinions of an older DR

Howdy folks

I'm looking at a 93 DR650
I know there was a big upgrade at year 96

how is the parts availability for an older DR? is there an aftermarket for something of this vintage (i.e. do newer parts fit the old bike)?

anything I should look out for out of the ordinary?

thanks
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:48 AM   #41
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I've just purchased a 94 DR650 and parts are good in England, admittedly not much use to you!

Mine has very twitchy steering up to 20-25mph but I think that's the replacement Hagon rear shock which the previous owner fitted. I reckon it's lifted the rear to high and increased the rake.

Will update when I've sorted it...
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:15 AM   #42
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Unless you are on a budget that dictates under $2500 I would tell you to hold out for a 96 and newer. I got my 96 with many upgrades for $1700 in Dec 2005.
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:31 AM   #43
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Parts will be no problem. Aftermarket is pretty small, but you can get even larger fuel tanks without issue and the bike is very solid and reliable. Generic items like chain sprockets, bars, levers etc all available aftermarket - just bike specific stuff will be somewhat limited. Its a fine bike by all accounts, just depends on what you are after. The newer one is physically smaller, smoother, a bit lighter (I think) and has e-start. The previous one IIRC had more low-mid power and had a larger fuel tank and (except for the aqualine) the aftermarket tanks available are larger for the older model as well.

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Old 08-08-2007, 11:39 PM   #44
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yep budget is the big issue for me right now trying for sub $1500 if I can

just looking for a reliable semi-modern do-all bike that I won't cry about if it falls over

**I've got the old (pretty)triumph for sunny local back road strafing/ posing/wrenching and a ural for novelty/local utility and ....more wrenching?!


but I really want to try out a little dirt road action as well as do some occasional touring
with less of the will I make it/ is it time for a tune up? and more of the where I should i go!

seems like most any modern Japanese bike would fit the bill but I like the DR
I tested a 2006 DR last year liked the way it felt


didn't know how different the two incarnations were that different from each other
or whether there would be any hope of getting panniers or such items later

is it better bet to wait till I have more bucks for a newer bike? dunno
from what I have read about the newer DR/KLRs
it seems like if you get an okay bike these suckers will go for a long time
but most of the info i read is about post 96 DS bikes

thanks for the input so far
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Old 08-09-2007, 07:41 AM   #45
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The older model is a completely different bike - parts not like to interchange, but it is a very solid, well made bike and should last just about forever with basic maintence. Most were kick-start which can be a bother at times. I don't see any great reason to avoid the older model, esp at its pricepoint. Its not like you can't sell it and buy a newer one later if you feel the need.

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