Pre '96 Suzuki DR650S

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by DRS Canada, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. swoopergirl

    swoopergirl Adventurer

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    "I put some old Jessie's on mine.[​IMG] I have had no problems with mine yet. Don't expect any. :rofl More Suzuki pics."

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    :thumb Good job, the bike looks great....howz it been since mounting??

    Cool, just had to stop in and take a peek.....there is a 1990 DR650S in my area for $2800CAN and I don't know if it is a good price, or a good fit for me. I know this is an old thread, but it seemed more appropriate to bump instead of re-write one. Anyone think a 5'6" "stronger than most shit" wannabe ADVrider would have trouble with the size(seat height=34.8", inseam=31")....height as well as the weight(I hear the '90's were the heavy ones) I would mainly be onroad then wanna start some dirt road practicing. I have been mountain biking for 11 years on the west coast of Canada.....I believe some of that will translate to motos.

    If anyone replies, gimme gimme more photos of DR650's!!!
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  2. toolfan

    toolfan Broken Hearted

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    I've got a '95.

    Good to know about the balancer chain. I'll look at that tonight, since I'm going to recheck my valves. I adjusted them Saturday, but they are really tappy, so I'm going to double check.

    I've built a homemade rack for mine, I have some pelican cases mounted to the sides, and a Givi case on top.
    It had 4k miles when I bought it about a year ago, now it has 14k, it's been a ton of fun.

    I've been pondering the big acerbis tank... I'm thinking about trying to order one with my next paycheck.
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  3. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :ear Are the clearances and procedures the same for the "old" engine (95 & before) as they are for the "new" one? (96 & beyond) I downloaded a pdf manual a while back......but the only one I found was for the "new" motor.
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  4. toolfan

    toolfan Broken Hearted

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    Procedure is about the same, clearance is different, i think.

    '95 and earlier are (IIRC) .003-.005" for exhaust and intake. I set all of mine to .004" and it seems to be happy.

    (My clickiness was actually because I left one of the spark plug boots off and it was grounding to the frame. D'OH!)

    ibcmcl - I've been runnning my Anakees at ~30psi, and they are working fine. I've run them up to 40 psi on trips with lot's of luggage. The front is at about 10k miles, the rear at least 6k, and I think I'm going to get another 4k out of them. I guess that makes up for the slightly higher initial purchase price.
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  5. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Thanks....but...........

    :scratch I'm not familiar with the balance chain adjustment.

    Can anybody elaborate? How about posting that excerpt from a manual?

    please........
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  6. toolfan

    toolfan Broken Hearted

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    PM me an e-mail addy and I'll try to get you something this evening.

    I didn't do it, because you have to drain the oil and remove one of the engine covers, so I'll wait until next oil change, then I guess I'll just check it at each oil change following.
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  7. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover

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    i ride a 02 DR650SE ,I 've been riding Enduro for 23 years ,best bike ever so far ,i was gonna purchase a bimmer GS1200R but the weight is major factor if u do dual sport ,so i stick to my Suzuki here's why : easy to fix ,cheap on parts & labor ( $ 0 if u do it urself ) ,very good handeling off rd / on rd ,light maintenance in comparing to the beating moto go through ,my 650 have a lot of modifications ,competition pipe ,5 gallons acrylic tank ( LIGHT WEIGT ) i rjeted the carb. ,racing hand guard ,k/n air filter ,gps ( magellin 3000 ) , engin guard ,new tires with rear tire heavy compound rubber ; note here that i notice i am going through a lot of rear tire ,cause i ride a lot of enduro ,adv. riding in the Arizona deserts . In conclusion DR650 is a bad ass bike ,with some modifications u can turn into a crazy BAD ASS BIKE

    Eddy .
    Phoenix ,Arizona.:clap
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  8. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :deal How often have y'all found your valve clearances to be out of spec?

    I bought my old '93 a year ago with 15k on it....just checked clearance for the 1st time with 28k on the clock now and everything is in spec!:clap

    I will check that balance chain next oil change....I doubt it's ever been checked.:scratch
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  9. bigdumbguy

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    I just bought an old 1991 DR650S about a week ago,it has 4662 mi on the odo,i hope it is accurate,like not run with everything stripped off for years-n-years,doesn't appear to have been.......
    Needs a new rear shock ,because the shaft corroded and ripped up the seals,any info on whether this is rebuildable would be appreciated,aftermarket may be a better investment since it is a somewhat high dollar item either way.
    Going to do a fork rebuild "just for good measure",maybe a fork brace will be added also,sources?
    The brakes are full of black goo from being stored improperly,and bled too infrequently.
    I haven't ridden it much yet,because I like to give a bike a good going through before I take it out and get it up to speed.You never know what kind of silly things can be done to a bike in the time this one has been out there.
    Need to change the oil and check for chunks,get the side covers off and check for chunks and other "sediment"accumulation...etc.etc...

    I do have a shop manual that came with it,but the pics are awful.I need to check the balancer chain and valve clearances,the manual makes it look simple.
    Any information about the intricacies of these jobs would be appreciated,like do the gaskets need to be replaced when you adjust the valves,or is it possible to reuse themon the acces covers?.
    I know I will need a gasket set to pull off the side cases.
    So far it seems to run good,gobs of power,just waiting for a gasket set and new oil filters to do the jobs I mentioned above.
    Any info on these things I am going to do would be appreciated,like what the heck are"emulators" for front forks?.
    One more little detail,I am very cheap,I do everything myself.
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  10. bigdumbguy

    bigdumbguy Adventurer

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    Pic-o the DR I just recently bought...

    Attached Files:

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  11. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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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.:thumb
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  12. VegasMark

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    My secret Big Brown trout hole. Only 2wheelers can get through the brush and trees
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    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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  13. VegasMark

    VegasMark Adventurer

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    are any of the FREEWIND costmetic parts interchangable with the DR650SE ?
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  14. Tagati

    Tagati tEAM iDIOT

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    Are they any good? :D
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  15. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    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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  16. Tagati

    Tagati tEAM iDIOT

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    Yep the RS
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  17. El Toad Man

    El Toad Man Offroad adventurer

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    You forgot to ask me if I've had one. :poser
    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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  18. Tagati

    Tagati tEAM iDIOT

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    :roflWhen we were looking at I thought about giveing you a call to see if you have had one :rofl
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  19. El Toad Man

    El Toad Man Offroad adventurer

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  20. nashopolis

    nashopolis Been here awhile

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    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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