the DR200 thread

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

  1. godwinmt

    godwinmt They call me Crash

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    I've been running a set of Fly Racing Aurora gloves I picked up a while back, and they're just plain awesome. I won't wear them if it gets above about 45 degrees (Fahrenheit) because my hands start to overheat, but below that to about 20 outside they're awesome. They've got a neoprene inner cuff that goes underneath your coat sleeve, and then an outer cover you pull over your jacket and pull a drawcord to cinch down making them super windproof. Below about 25 I'll throw in a set of Tourmaster liners, and that's been fine riding down to about 10 deg (-12C). or so which is as cold as it's gotten here this year.

    If you've got to ride any sort of long distance in the cold I'd look into a set of heated grips as I've found that's the biggest culprit of cold hands is the bars wicking the heat away out of your palms. Also make sure you get a balaclava if you haven't yet. The difference one makes riding in the cold for your head/neck is amazing. My cold cruising setup is:

    Thick wool socks
    Alpinestars Vector boots
    Tourmaster Venture pants with liner (I ordered a size bigger and use them as overpants)
    Firstgear Kilimanjaro Jacket with liner
    Fly Racing Aurora gloves
    Tourmaster Polar Fleece glove liners
    Schampa Warmskin balaclava
    AGV GP1 helmet

    Depending on how long i'll be out, I may throw on another pair of socks or run a set of underarmour coldgear underneath my street clothes.

    Also, if you have any problems with roads not being clear soon enough for you to go out and have fun, really look into studding your tires. I took a set of old knobbies and ran 1/2" long hex head sheet metal screws into some of them to make 2 rows of studs. I've run mine about 500 miles (unfortunately a lot of just pavement because of the heat wave), and they've been fantastic. The biggest thing is to not put too many studs in or you'll make dry pavement scary to ride on.

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    Stay safe!
    -M
  2. AKohler883

    AKohler883 Been here awhile

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    can anybody tell me where the turn signal flasher is located on the bike ?
    I did not see one under the seat, or behind the headlight cover.

    Also, a wiring diagram would be nice if anyone can tell me how to access one online maybe.
    I have some Extra wires that I do not know where they are supposed to go.
    2 up front, and 2 under the seat. The 2 under the seat are attached to the starter relay, but go nowhere.
    those I plan on removing. The 2 up front go into the harness.
  3. jungleplant

    jungleplant Motorcyle Stuff

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    if its not completely burned out it will click when activated so listen for it you should be able to hear
  4. AKohler883

    AKohler883 Been here awhile

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    I am not even sure it is there. Someone had removed the turn signals. I am putting new ones on, I have at least located the turn signal wires so far. I got one light that I put on to light, but not flash.
    Maybe I need to wire up all 4 (or at least one side) before it will attempt to flash.
    I was doing this last night after midnight. So I gave up for the day.

    I looked at the wiring harness on the part diagrams, but I do not see anythign that looks like a relay on there either. I know what it is supposed to look like.
  5. AKohler883

    AKohler883 Been here awhile

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    I found the flasher. It was behind the air box, and it was not working. Since the OEM flasher is very expensive, I decided to try an old school car flasher that I had laying around, and it seems to work fine.
  6. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    When one bulb is blown out on one side, the blinkers will not flash. The intact turn signal just comes on steady. The flasher may be still working. You don't know until you have both turn signals hooked up, if you haven't done that yet. I bet the flasher is fine.
  7. AKohler883

    AKohler883 Been here awhile

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    All 4 brand new turn signals were hooked up last night. All 4 lit up, but did not flash. I swapped flasher relay and they worked immediately. I even swapped back just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, but indeed the relay is shot.

    Next is to figure out why the horn does not work. And the front brake light switch.
    I guess that's why I consider this a Project bike. :-)
    My new Used seat is coming today, to replace the currently heavily damaged one. Can't wait !
  8. harryhammer

    harryhammer Been here awhile

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    i have a 2001 200 and the starter sounds like its coming apart when you start it, any ideas, bike runs good just a little cold blooded
  9. Highaltidude

    Highaltidude Adventurer

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    Been some discussion regarding the turn signals on the DR200 being too wide and subject to breakage on the inevitable dirt nap when ridden hard......

    Here's what I've tried. Ordered a set of stock rear turn signals for a DR350, late 90s version. They look exactly like the DR200 signals except they're 1.5" shorter. Here's a pic for comparison:

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    The stock turn signals are very stiff and don't have much flexibility. These have quite a bit of flexibility and may not be official Suzuki issue. I paid just under $40 shipped to my house. They tuck under the Cycleracks rack my wife has on her bike and I do not expect any damage if (when???) this bike takes a rest...... We're very pleased w the look and now have the stockers for spares. I will probably order a set for my bike just because of the esthetic improvement.

    Chuck
  10. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I would disassemble the starter and check the bearings and brushes.If all is well with that,check the starter clutch behind the charge rotor.I had a starter clutch failure on one of my Suzuki's and it spun the starter apart when I left the gas station.It locked my engine up and almost caused me to go down.Once I pulled the starter the engine would turn over manually.Scared the holy hell out of me.I had no warning of an impeding starter clutch failure, except a little unusual noise that developed when I would hit the start button.

    You'll need a good manual.I recommend this one. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002PN6I6K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=manicycl-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002PN6I6K">Suzuki Factory Service Manual DR200SE </a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=manicycl-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B002PN6I6K" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />
  11. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Any more info on the Ricochet bash plate? I didn't know anyone made a plate to fit. I had one fabricated.
    When I Google Ricochet, all I get is ATV bash plates. Can you recommend a supplier? :ear
    EDIT: Found it under cyclebuy/MSR. $98.95.
  12. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    Its on ebay type in dr200 skid plate.
  13. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    Has anyone here owned a tw200 as well as a dr200? I'm really liking the tw200 right now, just wondering how they compare?
  14. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Haven't owned one, but have extensively studied and wanted one. Even more compromised for the street but great for off-road plunking around, especially in wet areas.
  15. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    Small tank and hard to find rear tires?
  16. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I don't know of any tank swap for that bike. I've heard that tires are scarce, but people fit ATV tires instead of motorcycle tires.
  17. lobsta

    lobsta Been here awhile

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  18. AKohler883

    AKohler883 Been here awhile

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    I had two TW200's ... I loved them !! I was looking for another one (for under $1000 which is almost impossible) when I found the DR125SE by chance.
    Since I don't have any seat time on the DR yet, I can't really compare the two. But I will say, it had plenty of power for my 6 ft, 200 lb frame, and I loved the huge tires. In fact, that was my favorite part.
    Tires are Not hard to get, and nobody "adapts" other tires to work. More than one company makes the stock tires, and Bridgestone also makes the "street" version tire for that bike, which I had on my 2005, and loved as well.
    Tank is not much smaler than the DR, if at all. But I do believe people had done an XT225 tank swap for more capacity.
    Bikes are not seen for sale much, but since they made them from 1988 to present, if you are looking you can find them in all price ranges. I missed one on ebay for $30 last month. It sold for $955, my high bid was $925 at the end.
    I did like the TW better than both my Yamaha TTR225 and my Honda XR200R
    Quick note on batteries for the TW (since that is what I do for a living) ... you can swap out the acid-filled battery, and put in a sealed maintenance free battery very easy. I used the high performance YTZ7S, which I considered using for the DR as well, but just went with the YTX7L-BS because it is much cheaper
  19. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    That is ugly but cool,or is that warm?:D
  20. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    My back tire is due to be replaced, what tire should I go for that is 50/50?

    I want to stay away from kendas and shinkos.

    I like the look of the tw200 but not sure if i can live with a small tank, the xt250 is nice. Does the wr250r use regular or only premium?