DR650=desert racer

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ericos, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. ericos

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    Who says a DR650 can't be fun in the sand? Many seem to think the DR is too heavy and underpowered for dune work but these clips show that it can be a lot of fun. Anyone reluctant to ride the DR in soft sand for fear they'll get hopelessly bogged or the bike being a beast to control is doing something wrong and missing out on a lot of fun IMO.

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  2. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    Fun yes, racer?? Maybe against a CT-70.

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  3. SteelJM1

    SteelJM1 Undercover KTM rider

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    When in doubt, gas it out.
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  4. ericos

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    not to mention those crappy 450's that always seem to get bogged like at the start of the vid.
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  5. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    When I put a paddle tire on my Honda XL600R, it was a monster in the sand. As long as I was on the throttle, the weight wasn't really an issue.
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  6. koorbloh

    koorbloh Been here awhile

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    I loved my DR, and it did behave in the sand.

    But....racer? Mmmhmm. Riiiiiight.
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  7. ericos

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    I guess you're right, you don't have to be racing on a DR to be faster than anything else on the sand. King of the desert would have been a more suitable heading:D

    Seriously though, there's far too many people that oversee the DR's potential for some fun in the sand as they're definitely capable of handling the dunes without too much fuss. No need for a paddle tire just rim locks and 5-10 psi will handle most of the soft stuff.. I convinced my mate to take his KLR on the sand and he agreed these bikes handle such occasions unbelievably well as can be seen in the following clip:rofl
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  8. Bucho

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    Good for you!

    The DR is a pretty capable bike. I used to take mine pretty much every where offroad and generally had a blast doing it. I still love the bike though I generally prefer my KTM300 for my more hardcore offroad needs.
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  9. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Ive watched some vids of that KTM. I would die :eek1
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  10. tlmaffucci

    tlmaffucci Been here awhile

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    What upgrades do you have for your DR? It sounded real nice.
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  11. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I passed out after the first minute of the first vid. Was there actually any riding going on?
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  12. ericos

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    Hey mate, as far as the engine goes the only modification is an FMF Q4 muffler, the rest is bone stock.
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  13. ericos

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    Yeah, I agree there are much better bikes for all aspects of off roading if that's your specific type of riding. My DR is my do it all adventure bike. I almost got talked from the DR to a DRZ after many sources told me they're too heavy for the soft sand we often encounter on long distance adventure trips to the outback.
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