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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by klxrdr, May 13, 2007.
Do you get any vibration?
What about other thumper bikes, I thought only the dr200 had the weights?
Most thumpers have bar end weights. They're usually not welded in. (at least on Suzukis)
I might just do that.
Sorry just reread my post, what I ment to say is the increased vibration of having aftermarket handlebars, is it significantly noticeable.
I've noticed a significant increase in vibration if you delete the bar-end weights.
No more than it did stock...the bars will always vibrate, its just about tuning the natural frequency of them for where you want it to resonate. If you want it to resonate down lower, make them heavier. lighter = higher resonance.
The other thing that helps is to put a set of nice cushy grips on it and wear gloves with a gel palm.
sorry, i lifted that photo off another thread.
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I agree.I've heard good things about grip puppies.There's a few good threads on here about them.Only cost around $10US.
ProGrip gel Rally grips. The ones with the "holes" not the "tread"
Back to tires...
I found some shinkos but I'm kind of new to buying my own tires so I'm really nervous about it.
The sizes are:
Shinko 244 Dual Sport Front - Rear Tire - 3.00-21
Shinko 244 Dual Sport Front - Rear Tire - 4.10-18
Will these work?
I certainly hope so .... I just bought those exact same sizes for my bike. Shinko 244's
Got them from BikeBandit.com
Looks like they will clear fine. And others on here stated those sizes as well.
I have yet to attempt to put them on the bike myself.
Right now my garage is full. Snowblower, plus a friend's street bike that I am working on for him.
I need to make room to jack it up and take the wheels off.
Front should be easy.
Rear maybe not so much.
Where in PA are you ?
The 244's are great tires for this bike!
Pretty new to the forums here. Just been lurking around for the most part. I currently own a 2007 Honda CBR 600RR, and I love it! I have ridden dirt bikes all my life, but am just now being introduced to the world of dual sports. I'm looking for more of a multi-purpose bike that I can tool around on the endless miles of logging/forest service/random roads here in NW Montana. I found a 2009 DR200SE for sale locally, 950 miles, asking price is $2400.
My question to you all is this: I dont need much for this next bike, just something that will get me off the blacktop! I know from my dirt bike experience what to expect, and I know it will be a huge step down in power from my CBR. My only real concern is will this bike be sufficient for longer hauls? Some places I hope to travel are unfortunately 100-200+ miles of interstate/70mph Highway just to get to the dirt. Will I be able to at least keep close to 70mph comfortably? Can I carry gear for a night or two stay in the woods?
I would like to do this as cheap as possible, but don't want to regret the purchase, and wish I had saved a bit extra $$ for the next step up. Thanks for any input!
Thats a good price. I use mine on 60 mile daily commutes. For mainly back roads, it rides great and have never felt like the bike lacked power apart from riding uphill with my wife on the back.
I've had mine to 75mph on the interstate for about 15 mile stretches. I've noticed it eats through oil on daily interstate use at 70mph and above.
The bike has the capacity for weekend camping. I currently have a fender pack, number plate bag, tank bank, tailbag and as of tonight saddlebags. With the cycleracks big rack you could carry a lot more but $180 for a rear rack is steep imo.
I love my dr200, I can get up to 90mpg and it is great off road. This weekend I access places I never knew existed and overcame obstacles that are not possible by foot.
You may be better off with a dr650 for prolonged speeds of 70+mph.
$180 for a cyclerack is crazy. I would modify a Suzuki rack rack by bolting on some kind of cheap flat platform of sorts. Especially because then you could remove it if you wanted to.
I saw today that there is a place that makes box saddle bags for the DR200. Forget the brand name already. I'm sure they are not cheap either, but there is a lot more to them to be worth more.
Personally, I have a bunch of soft luggage from previous bikes that would get me by.
Thanks for the input. The whole interstate thing is not a huge deal. A lot of the time there is a frontage road to go on. I'm just a bit worried if there was not, I don't want to be getting run over by a big rig. But like I said, I'd primarily be heading strait for back roads.
That's another thought. My only dilemma is the fact that I could buy something in the $3000 or less range this summer. I want something that is in good condition and is not going to take a ton of work. A 650 might be a bit out of my price range for quite some time.
You could find a DR350 or DR650 in reasonable shape in that price range.
Been looking a bit. I suppose it's possible, just might be harder to find.