DL650 clearance ,dream checked

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by hendikaf, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. hendikaf

    hendikaf Been here awhile

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    Hi guys ,
    I am curious to see if many of you checked the real ground clearance on your bike , after 40000 miles and a trip to Hushuaia and back I changed my shock for the oem one ( I drove with one from sasquach and it did the trip OK but not in great shape) Today I checked my bike and was surprise to see only 5 Inches ground clearance without anyone on it .This my only negative comments about the bike .
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  2. XCRider803

    XCRider803 Loftin' the wheel

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    Stock clearance is about 6.5 so after 40k you're not much off.
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  3. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    So how many miles are on the stock shock and spring? You said the bike had 40k, and you changed the shock for an OEM unit, but didn't say how many miles are on it. The OEM shock on the wee is totally bargain bin stuff, so if the bike is sitting 1 1/2" too low, it may be sacked out and done.
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  4. hendikaf

    hendikaf Been here awhile

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    the stock shock has no more than 5000 miles , the fork have progressive springs and longer spacer inside . the set was pretty good for 25000 2 up loaded with gears and doing some seriously bad road in SA. I may buy sp,e shorter dog bome or longer shock and do the DR650 fork mod to get a better clearance for the next trip , love the motor , 650 is plenty for me
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  5. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    On my DL650, I put 30mm long spacers under the damping rods in the fork and 1" raising links with a DL1K shock out back. I still need a stiffer spring to get the rear sag right, but just 30mm increase in ground clearance made a big difference.
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  6. pjm204

    pjm204 Long timer

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    I'll have to measure mine. I'm nearing 40k, I just installed raising links in the back and progressive springs up front. I'd guess my rear shock is getting tired. I attempted to ride down some stairs before the raising links and the skid plate bottomed out on the top stair (already committed at that point).
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  7. hendikaf

    hendikaf Been here awhile

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    its good and I did see online some raising dog bone for cheap , raising up to 1 1/2 inch , what can be the draw back
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