Oz / Kiwi Suzuki DR650 Adv Riders Sign in Here please

Discussion in 'Australia' started by davorallyfan, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. Benz-in-Oz

    Benz-in-Oz Been here awhile

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    I bought a second hand DR650 last year, one of the farkles I budgeted for was a better seat, given the reputation of the standard DR seat, I also found I didn't have enough leg room. I got some lowering brackets for the footpegs from Vince Strang in Inverell, and you know what, the seat comfort suddenly improved by about 300%, and I never did get around to getting a better seat. I think a lot of the problem is seating position. While it's no Gold Wing I have covered over 700km without undue discomfort, usually failing light and kangaphobia pulls me up not the dreaded monkey butt.

    Adventure Moto sell a Seat Concepts kit for your seat, new foam and cover for about $190.00, apparently very popular. There are specialist trimmers around who can custom build a seat for you, one in Goulburn NSW has a very good reputation for seats optimized for your weight, size and riding style.
  2. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    Thanks guys, have an aftermarket seat and sheepskin. Reckon I may just be soft. Will try an AirHawk or buy a 800XC :)
  3. Maso

    Maso Adventurer

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    Search E-bay for Suziki DR650 sit and fly.

    It is a seat cover made of nylon mesh.
    Landed here in Oz for $40.

    I did 1140 Km on mine last weekend and would say it is as good as my Airhawk

    Well worth thr money and looks good too.
  4. Thumper Dan

    Thumper Dan Been here awhile

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    Can you post a link.

    thanks
    :freaky
  5. Hawksie

    Hawksie Adventurer

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    Benz, now you mention it I reckon you may be on to something. I fitted lowering pegs to my DR almost as soon as I got it, and was expecting a terrible seat from what I had read. I have found the DR more comfortable than the DL1000 I swapped it for. Possibly do less time just sitting on the DR as it feels more fun though.
  6. RideAlongAtlas1

    RideAlongAtlas1 IS GOOD ! ! !

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    I made a new 7 minute video clip and put it up on my youtube channel. It is a speed up of a 1 hour ride from Kwinana to Landsdale. It's got some psychology audio mixed in and a little quote about television...and a 'herd mentality' observation bit. Nothing too heavy but I think it's entertaining and yeah, shows Perth's Freeway 2 days ago, Sunday morning,wet, if anyone's coming to Perth. Also Landsdale, bloody new houses all around there nowadays.

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    https://www.youtube.com/ridealongatlas
  7. Maso

    Maso Adventurer

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  8. Mushu

    Mushu n00b

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    Well I was out riding dirt trails on Saturday, had a crash which is not unusual but managed to go down a bit harder than usual, broke my collar bone and bent the bars pretty good, so while I heal I have some time to shop around and find some good, affordable replacement handlebars.

    I thought I'd jump on here and ask for suggestions on the cheapest option that can be good enough to last, also what bend corresponds to the standard bars, I'd like it to be close to the standard setup (which works for me) but not quite as wide if possible.
  9. racca

    racca wandering aimlessly

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    Any aussies used the Trail Tech X2 on their DR?

    http://www.trailtech.net/x2.html

    Any good? Mixed reviews everywhere I look.

    Any other alternatives? Not after extreme lighting just something a bit brighter and better looking than stock.

    Cheers
    Mark
  10. Lupine128

    Lupine128 That's MR Band Aid!

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    I'm using one.
    If you're after better, brighter light than stock, this isn't it.
    It's much lighters and looks better but is about 80% of standard no matter what they say.
    If you want better light, grab a set of solstice LED lights.
  11. racca

    racca wandering aimlessly

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    Worse. :huh

    F*#k me I wouldn't think that was possible!

    They are rather sexy though.

    Maybe I'll get it and some little led spotties as well. :clap

    Ta for the reply.

    Mark
  12. philth

    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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    i know you want the standard set up
    but higher is better for a lot of reasons
    try a set of kx bend pro tapers
    and then after you've been riding with them for a while, have a ride on your mates stock barred dr
    and you'll think, "how did i ever ride this bucket"!
  13. wheelruts

    wheelruts aka speedbump

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    And some risers too. You'll never fall off again ! :wink:
  14. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    i'd just go the hi bend bars (but possibly not the tassles), keeps the armpits nice and cool.

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  15. CaptainFur

    CaptainFur Adventurer

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    Hi All, Heading to Tassie with some friends and after some new tyres. Will have touring bikes with us so will be mainly on tar and good dirt/gravel. So after something with good dry/wet grip on the tar and will handle secondary dirt roads OK.

    Thinking mainly Mitas E07 or Pirelli MT90AT - how do they compare? Or possibly Shinko 705, Kenda 751? Any recommendations?
  16. KIZ

    KIZ Marty

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  17. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    i'd agree. much as we like to bitch about the stock deathwings they should suit the riding you describe, if you still have them fitted. given how fast they wear out, they should actually grip quite well on road.

    i'm a big fan of the E07 rear, i get 6000km which is triple what i'd get with the trailwing or typical D606 etc. a lot of riders pair it with the MT21 on front which is still quite good on the road but grips nicely on the dirt roads - good insurance to stop that front end washing out. just one opinion but you'll probably find its one of the most popular combinations used when there's a fair bit of bitumen involved - at least for DR650s.
  18. CaptainFur

    CaptainFur Adventurer

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    Thanks for that. I've currently still got a E09 on the back (close to worn out) and a Scorpion Rally on the front (heaps of tread) from a Birdsville trip and will use the front again when required but will replace both with something more road oriented for the Tassie trip.
  19. backtodirt

    backtodirt Been here awhile

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    Mitas' do seem popular but have not used them myself. I have 606's front and rear and like them, my favourite for what you are talking about is a mefo explorer I keep my 4000 k mefo in the garage and swap it over when doing tar/firetrails it his probably still got 70% left but I do ride like Ewan McGregor....
  20. The Cougar

    The Cougar Barry Dawson's Twin

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    My IMS fuel petcock has developed quite a leak. Source tells me the IMS supplied ones are not much chop and suggested a Yamaha Raptor one may fit.

    Any advise re a suitable replacement for the IMS tank petcock?

    thanks