the DR200 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by klxrdr, May 13, 2007.

  1. klxrdr

    klxrdr Adventurer

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    It seems like all of the other bikes have a devoted thread

    Here is a pic of our ride from Sunday, a 100 mile loop
    our first big ride with the DR200

    Everyone else show us some pics[​IMG]
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  2. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    DR200 information.

    I am going to use this post as a repository for FAQ's about the DR200....tune-up information, tires, sprockets, and other accessories and modifications. If you have information that is appropriate here, please post it in the thread and I will quote it here or add a link to it. Please send me a PM if I don't notice it right away.

    What kind of cylinder head does your 200 have?


    Tune-up information:

    The intake and exhaust valve clearance specification is between .08mm to .13mm for both the intake and exhaust valve.

    Note: Don't overtighten your front sprocket bolt. Use a torque wrench and thread locking compound. If the head of the bolt snaps off, you may have a lot of trouble getting the rest of the bolt out. The proper torque for tightening this bolt is surprisingly light.

    Modifications:

    Tires choices and sizes:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20339128&postcount=6276

    Sideracks and tail racks:

    http://www.cycleracks.com/panier.php

    http://www.happy-trail.com/Departments/Make-Model-Specific/Suzuki/DR200SE.aspx

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16142016&postcount=3810

    Kientech has carb, airbox, and exhaust modifications:

    http://www.kientech.com/DR200SEExhaustMod.htm

    I'm hearing mixed reports on the efficacy of the latest Kientech mods. Ask for advice before committing to the modifications.

    Aftermarket muffler:

    http://www.fmfracing.com/Mode/Bike/2009_SUZUKI_DR200SE

    Seats:

    http://renazco.com/gallery.cfm

    Seat Concepts is a new company that may make you a seat:

    http://seatconcepts.art.officelive.com/Suzuki.aspx

    Sprockets:

    http://www.procycle.us/


    http://www.rebelgears.com/


    http://www.supersproxusa.com/products.php?cat=1330


    http://www.jtsprockets.com/61+M54a708de802.0.html


    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15878596&postcount=3671


    Front brake disk:

    (a lot cheaper than stock)

    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/productDetail.do;jsessionid=C6989F4E42740CF511321D9FD6043D81.westring1?navType=type&webTypeId=30&navTitle=Brakes&webCatId=15&tab=reviews&prodFamilyId=9657#vehicleSelect


    Skid plates:



    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11297318&postcount=2053


    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19124459&postcount=5828


    Aftermarket petcock:

    Yamaha 23F-24500-11-00 - FUEL COCK ASSY 1 (4X8-24500-02-00)

    Another relevant post:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=26482312&postcount=9302







    Engine mods:




    Now don't just take your information and run.:lol3 Drop in at the end of the thread and say hello, or post a picture of your bike, or tell us where you rode it and who you met on the way.



    Back to my original post:

    This is a trail north of Eldora in Colorado back in 2001. It's much steeper than it looks in the photograph.

    [​IMG]

    Did you know you can fit two DR200 motorcycles in the back of a 1998 Dodge Caravan?

    [​IMG]

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  3. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Back in 2001, those DR200 bikes I took pictures of had less than 200 miles on them. Here's one of them six years later, after accumulating 9,000 miles:

    [​IMG]

    Still running perfectly.
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  4. ADVHOG

    ADVHOG Tattooed White Trash

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    Here's a couple of mine from Moab last week...

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  5. klxrdr

    klxrdr Adventurer

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    I was really impressed with the sure footedness of the little DR even with the factory deathwings on, very confidence inspiring[​IMG]


    its like wheres waldo with motorcycles
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  6. klxrdr

    klxrdr Adventurer

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    anyone found any aftermarket exhaust for the DR?
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  7. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Kientech will modify the stocker I think. No aftermarket for it. No need for one either, you wouldn't get much power gain and an obnoxiously loud DR200 wouldn't make much sense:)
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  8. green hell

    green hell yawning or snarling

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    michigan interstate.

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  9. Tantrum

    Tantrum Condescending Nag

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    Oh Goodie! Why did'nt I think of this?

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    :lol3

    Now I wish I had'nt sold my minivan because my DR650 would'nt fit in it!


    :lurk More please.....
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  10. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Did any of you put a bash plate on your DR-200?

    When we had one, we would have, but had trouble finding one. We then sold the bike so it is merely an academic Q now.
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  11. lecap

    lecap n00b

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    Got a Djebel 200 (suspected 1997 model) for my wife recently.

    Now she waits for her appointment to get her learners (She has to travel 130km one way to get an appoinmtment within three weeks. Local traffic department: Come back in five months.
    :dizave
    And they wonder why the youngsters ride without license.

    In the meantime I am busy with getting the little thing into shape.
    With most of my dirt experience being from messing around with DR650SE, KLR650 A and C and Baghiras I was amazed how sure footed and easy the little DR is.
    It climbs up the steepest slopes as if they aren't there. Deep sandpits that require concentration and a bit of bravery when negotiated on a 650 are a laugh on the little 200.
    :ricky
    After half an hour on the 200 I was doing things I would consider twice before an attempt on a 650.
    I even managed to put the thing into wild slides on the hardpacked gravel car park of the tennis club opposite my shop
    :wings
    As soon as license issues are resolved we will go on a nice trip down the Grear Bergriver to St. Helena Bay. All on farm roads and trying to avoid tarmac whereever possible.

    IMHO the bike is a great bike for a beginner, it's a cheap commuter and it's still a lot of fun to ride for someone like me with 20years+ of riding experience. Just stay away from freeways!

    Only negative so far is non existent dealer support here in Cape Town. The Djebel was a grey import. Luckily (I thought) it shares the engine and most other components with the DR200SE:
    Tried to get the valve clearance settings from the local workshop just to find out they don't know although the DR200SE is an officially imported model and they have even sold a few already :eek1

    Next step: Organize Suzuki workshop manual.
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  12. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    No bash plate. I don't go really fast off-road...I'm not interested in that. I like to use the little DR as a mini-touring bike that'll go where the big ones won't. (without a lot of drama) I bet somebody makes a bash plate now, however.
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  13. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I like the round headlight on the Djebel.

    What I really, really, would like to have is the 250 Djebel. It's not currently available in the US.
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  14. steve gs

    steve gs Been here awhile

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    That issue has been on my mind for some time. After I clear my peak season (May to mid July) at work I'm going to make one. Thinking of something closer to a spray/mudguard as opposed to a heavy duty bash plate. Will go with either 3/32"-1/8" aluminum or fiberglass.



    I also found the 200 with the OEM final to be an excellent performer in tight technical gnarly offroad stuff.


    Another great ride....:ricky
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  15. Outwardbound

    Outwardbound Been here awhile

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    Steve:

    PM me w your address and I'll shoot ya some spokes.

    Coop
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  16. klxrdr

    klxrdr Adventurer

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    are there any companies making a rack for the DR200?
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  17. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Happy Trails makes a tail rack and sideracks for the DR200.:D This is Steve's setup:

    [​IMG]
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  18. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I looked at the rear TW302 Trailwing on my wife's DR200. In one spot:

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    And the other side of the tire is cracking also:

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    Looks like I'm putting new tires on that bike sooner than I thought.
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  19. steve gs

    steve gs Been here awhile

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    Klay;

    Is that an OEM supplied tire? How old do you think it is. Sort of looks like it might have been an old tire at time of fitting. What kind of pressures do you run?

    My OEM's (97) are just about worn out (tread) and the is some sidewall and base of lug checking. That's the dilemma I now have; what tires to choose.

    Still leaving tomorrow?


    Coop;

    Let's see that purple seat. :evil :evil :evil :evil :evil Malibu Beach here we come.

    Whoops, I forgot I was on the DR200SE thread. Just can't help myself.:eek1 Show us on the MT thread.


    klxrdr;

    Other shots of my pannier setup on the Minimalist Tourer thread. As mentioned there, very happy with system.



    Another great ride....:ricky
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  20. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    It's a replacement Trailwing...we went through a rear tire on both of the bikes. We run the pressures at 30 to 32 pounds for the street. My original never did anything like that. None of the cracking or weather-checking. I ordered both rear tires together so they're from the same batch, and mine saw more miles and harder use. ?? We're switching to K270 Kendas.

    Folks, I've always wanted to take my little 200 on a long road trip, so tomorrow I'm taking off for the North Dakota badlands for a look-see. Should be about a 1700 mile round trip. I'm going to ride down the valley of the Little Missouri River. I want to stick to gravel and dirt roads as much as possible for a fresh look at the Dakotas. Beyond that, I don't have any set schedule or itinerary. :ricky
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