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Old 06-28-2015, 08:53 AM   #1
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dr650 leading links

Question: Does anyone make an off the shelf set of legs for a DR?

I see a set of DMC links for a KLR for sale in CL and curious if they could be made to fit reasonably well and if they would be roughly the same gain (reduction) in steering effort.

The reason I ask is; what the theoretical difference is between a set for a KLR? When looking at the specs for both bikes they are VERY close in dimensions for wheel base, rake and trail.

Though the fork diameter is different, I think spacers could be used to make up the diff for a DR.

Rake for each bike is 28 degrees, with a bit extra for the DR, trail is .1" diff between them.

The KLR has smaller diameter tubes @ 38mm vs DR @ 43mm.

Do you think I could make the legs fit? Or is there more to consider?

Specs comparison

Weight 337 lbs 324 lbs
Ground Clearance 9.4" 10.4"
Overall Width 37" 34.1"
Overall Height 53" 47"
Seat Height 35" 34.8"
Front Fork 38mm 43mm
Suspension Travel 9.1" 10.2"
Rake 28 28 30'
Trail 4.4" 4.37"
Wheelbase 58.9" 58.7"

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Old 06-28-2015, 11:15 AM   #2
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You need to know the triple clamp offset to make any kind of comparison. See this graphic courtesy of Claude - the triple clamp offset moves the forks/wheel forward or back compared to the KLR. You could just modify the LL swingarm to suit, though.

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Old 06-28-2015, 03:48 PM   #3
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you also need the center to center distance on the forks.

if the DR is wider than the KLR center to center then you'll need a different front "swingarm" thats also wider.

as for the fork legs themselves, a split top hat bushing can be made to adapt from the DR 43mm to the DMC fork diameter.
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