the DR200 thread

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

  1. Goon310

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    It's super easy to ride.
    Never road on road before, so it's all new to me.
    Gotta get used to the whole having to use turn signals thing...
  2. Klay

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    Looks identical to my 2001.
  3. jeffcneal

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    The hardest thing is remembering to turn them "off":D.

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  4. Solas5

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    Alright guys! So I'm new to the forum and am already in look of some advice! I recently stumbled across a 2000 DR200 that looks to be in great shape with only about 3,300 miles on it. Aesthetically, it looks ( through pictures) great and the current owner says it performs flawlessly and only has one scratch on the right side of the gas tank. He is the first and only owner of the bike unless I happen to take it off his hands. Now for the questions; he is wanting $1,900 for it. Is that a pretty fair price? I really like the lower displacement platform, I grew up on a 1981 XL250 and have found that I really don't need much more. But with the DR being a 200cc bike, how does that translate into functionality of everyday use? I will be using it mostly for commuting but will also want to get out and explore some mountains (cascades and Olympics as I just recently moved to Seattle) and will probably have to brush across a few highways an interstates here and there. Next, I enjoy working on and fixing my bikes myself but I'm no genius when it comes to mechanics. Is the DR a pretty easy candidate for such activity? And finally, and I'm sure it has been mentioned somewhere in the 300+ pages of this thread, but what are some minor upgrades that increase the power and versatility of the DR200? Could you provide some specifics and maybe places/sites to find parts? I'm on a bit of a budget but plan to make this a longitudinal project! Thanks guys! This forum looks great and I'm happy to be a part of it! [​IMG]
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  5. Klay

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    $1900 is a little steep for such an old bike...the book value of my 2001 model is only $1000. But dual sport bikes can sell far above book value if they're in very good condition with low miles. They're good right out of the box, but if you intend to make a lot of short trips, or if you plan on running the bike in cool weather, it's very helpful to re-jet the carb so it isn't so cold-blooded.

    It's hard to beat the simplicity and functionality of a DR200.
  6. BigCanoe

    BigCanoe Been here awhile

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    And they havent changed much if at all. I think $1800 would be fair if its in really good shape and running smooth.

    I would do the carb before anything else, and that involves cutting a hole in the air box as well. I did that to mine and it made the biggest difference to drive ability.
  7. Solas5

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    Awesome, Thanks guys. I am sure I will be needing a lot of help in the future if I do end up pulling the trigger tomorrow on the bike. It looks fantastic but pictures often differ from reality. Also, I misspoke about mileage. It only has 2,200 miles on it. So that is a plus. I am really looking forward to seeing and riding it.
  8. Goon310

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    I paid $1500 for my '01.
    4K miles on it.
    It's not perfect, but I could have done a lot worse - and I don't feel like I made a bad decision.
    I could have bought a brand new bike and spent much more, I'm happy with it and will get a ton of use out of this thing, it's fun!
    It runs fantastic, and definitely has enough power for around town I figured out today.

    If you like it, get it.

    They're cold blooded... mine took what felt like 5 minutes of running with the choke to get it to not die as soon as I let in the choke today. :eek1
    But once I got it going, it was smooth sailing.
  9. Charliedog43

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    The best thing I've done to my 2003 DR200 that I got last year ($1500, 728 miles, but scratched & dented tank) is a 16T countershaft sprocket. It's so much more versatile on pavement, so unless you're planning to do some hill climbing-or stump pulling-that would be the first change to make. Usually on eBay for about $20. Just my $.02.

    Larry aka CharlieDog
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  10. BigCanoe

    BigCanoe Been here awhile

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    Yep, that's another good mod, and a good bit easier too. On mine I have done the sprocket, installed larger foot pegs, rejetted, added a fuel mixture screw, replaced the handle bars, and added hand guards. Its still too small for me, but at least its fun :)
  11. T680277

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    hello there i am new to the dual sport i have a 05 dr200se and i am looking at getting Pirelli MT90 Scorpion A/T tires what front tire will be good a 2.75, 80/90, or 90/90 and for the rear 4.10 or a 110/80 will these tire fit the bike. if these tires wont fit what are some good tires out there that are a smooth ride on the road i will be doing lite trails. thank you.

    colin
  12. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

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  13. Solas5

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    Ended up getting the bike for $1650. Overall I'm pretty pleased with it. Rides pretty solid and in great shape. Only missing a mirror. So I plan on getting new ones. Anyone know a good type with good view as well as some hand guards? And where to purchase them?
  14. DisTech

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    Haven't tried them yet, but they are on my list. Neduro's Double Take Mirrors, http://www.doubletakemirror.com/.
  15. jeffcneal

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    Go to www.rockymountainatv/mc.com and find some fold-away mirrors and a handguard kit. I would'nt be afraid of their "Tusk" housebrand items either. All of the private label items I've ever purchased from them performed at least as well as a big name counterpart:wink:.

    regards,
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  16. Joelness

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    Doubletakes are the bees knees, but a little pricey. I honestly have had excellent luck with the visibility and durability of the stockers. If you don't keep 'em too tight they fold out of the way when hit with branches at 25 and so far haven't broken. Bark busters are mostly created equal. My vote is something with plastic hand guards to cut the wind. My vote is to mount them buy drilling and tapping the stock bar end weights if not going with new bars. My .02 on the counter shaft sprocket is to wait and see how you like the stock gearing. I personally have found it to be a little high for anything off the pavement. I have about 10k mixed miles on mine with the stock gearing and think it's a good compromise most of the time. You have about a million dealers near you, but if not going with them my vote is Rocky Mountain. They've always given me the best customer service and faster free delivery on the west coast. Their prices are usually very competitive too. Good luck with your new machine. I love mine and ride it every day it's not snowing or frozen; or work doesn't require the truck.
  17. Sateev

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    The middle adjustment in the cable is nothing magical. It just exists to allow you to compensate for a stretched cable, and dial in the right amount of free play to allow you to use the top (lever) adjustment. The proper adjustment is the same whether or not you achieve it at the lever or in the cable: approx 10-15mm of free movement at the end of the lever before the clutch starts to disengage.

    The only other possibility is that the lever on top of the trans is not positioned correctly (removed, and placed on the shaft on the wrong tooth. If you follow Klay's directions about riding slow in top gear, then opening the throttle, and you find it slips, it's clutch-replacement time. Be sure you use MOTORCYCLE oil (without friction modifiers found in automotive oils) when you refill the case.
  18. I'm Trying

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    Anyone have any recommendations of a shop to cut new valve seats in a dr200 head. I probably want new valves and springs as well as a little port work. Ideally i am looking for a shop in West Virginia, Virginia, or Southern Pennsylvania. My local dealerships all send this work out.

    What angles are the seats cut? I had read dr650s have a special valve seat angle grind. Anyone have any experience with custom valves, porting, or springs?

    Thanks for the help.
  19. AleXtz

    AleXtz Minimal2 the fulness

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    metzeler enduro 3 is missing on the list, i had one rear tire installed yesterday. The size 18 120/80 fitted perfectly. In my school parking lot looks just outstanding among other bikes. HAving this said, would add also pirelli mt60 to the chart same size kinda same thread design
  20. FishQuest

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    Hi Everyone,

    Been lurking on this site, and the DR200 thread for quite some time. This is truly a great thread; full of valuable information and helpful, friendly people.

    My short story:

    I purchased a new 2006 DR200 back in...well...2006 - and spent most of my time using it to commute around town. It was an great bike and I loved riding it - it reminded be of my motocross racing days many years back. After a few of years of riding (and being inspired by some of the threads on this site) I started to develop grand ideas of touring the country on a motorcycle.

    I sold the DR and bought a 2010 BMW F650GS. Another great bike that was fun to ride. I did do a few short tours in Alberta but I never really found the time to make full use of this machine. I felt it was more than what I needed - I never really found the time to do much highway travel, it was heavier and less manuverable in city traffic, and I was starting to yern to hit the dirt again (on a lighter machine).

    This week I sold the BMW and bought a new 2011 DR200 (our local dealer still had a new one in stock that they were practically giving away ($3000)).:evil I wasn't sure about the black color scheme at first - I thought the blue and yellow looked cool - but now that I have the bike at home I think I like the black better.

    I will use it as a commuter bike but also have plans to explore the network of logging roads and cut lines in some of the areas where I like to go fly fishing. I like to do all of my own mechanical work and will try to add my 2 cents to this thread where I can. Maybe I will see some of you on the trails.

    Cheers