the DR200 thread

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

  1. ErockPDX

    ErockPDX Adventurer

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    Two reasons--I like the option for a little wider support for luggage, namely a Pelican case (they don't have a ton of lateral stability when bolted from the middle). Plus, when I put shorter blinkers, the BBQ will provide a little protection.
  2. Trailrider200

    Trailrider200 Been here awhile

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    Honda Valkyrie tourer w/ 7 gal interstate tank, only 500 lbs heavier.
  3. Trailrider200

    Trailrider200 Been here awhile

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    end caps
    http://www.procircuit.com/stainless-quiet-inserts.html
  4. cidd

    cidd doppler shift

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    Thanks for the site :ear parts is always a good way to get started
  5. northsouth15

    northsouth15 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    thanks, dually noted...I was mistaken!

    and I sort of understand now...now that they're scrubbed, I can barely brake 'em loose when I back it into turns...

    time to test how far they can lean!
  6. Trailrider200

    Trailrider200 Been here awhile

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    all I did was drill out the epa plates, removed the epa metal noise screen inside of the airfilter, opened the idle mixture screw to 3 turns out and went up 1 main jet size. big difference in the top end and all around ridng. with the exhaust now I can feel the exhaust stream a few ft from the end with my hand, before its was less than a ft. these oem mufflers are really choked down.
  7. MountainMike

    MountainMike n00b

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    This is my 2008 DR200SE that I modded up a little bit.

    The old duck-bill fender and square 1980's headlight surround wasn't doing it for me. So I put the surround from a DR400SM on it, and an Acerbis SuperMoto fender. I also put on black side panels instead of the white and remove the decals.

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    I put a ThumperTalk skid plate on it as well.

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    I also put an FMF Q4 exhaust on. Made it feel a little bit more peppy, and a whole lot louder. Going to do the Keintech intake and carb stuff to it at some point. For now I'm looking a putting on the Baja Designs tail light assembly on it.

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  8. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    The new Work Performance Shock arrived tonight. Probably the easiest rear shock install we'd had in the house. Take off the seat, side plastic. Drop out top shock bolt, lower shock bolt, and swingarm arm rear bolt. Lower the rear wheel, and the swing arm bolt comes out, and the shock slides down & out.

    Initial impressions is that Works was a great company to deal with. Knowledable as Cogent and Fast Bikes and had uber fast shipping! Although it diminutive size compared to the big bike shocks, it's looks well built. And it is completely rebuildable.

    The first ride around the playground in the yard was it going to be nice plush ride. The bike does sit a bit higher when I am on it, probably due the slightly stiffer spring rate (425 pounds per inch). Might leave it alone for a bit before I monkey with the preloading.

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    I think last major mod is to find a few more ponies. It might be a bit elusive, this motor has been around in one form or another for years. The LT125, LT160, LT185, LT230, DR100, DR125, DR185, DR200 and others have all used some version of this same motor. I do love the ergonomics of the DR200 (reach to bars, length to pegs, ride) so I am not entirely inclined to go chase another chassis.

    I've got feelers out to Weisco, BBR and Pivot Works didn't pan out. Still got a call in Powroll.
  9. 85suzuki

    85suzuki Adventurer

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    "Dorito" What did the shock cost you? I could use a new shock in the old girl.
  10. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Mine was right at $500 with shipping. However, I notice they are now doing -$100 with the code "madness".

    Here are some other options to save some cash:
  11. northsouth15

    northsouth15 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    very nice!!

    does that bolt up without any modification?

    I went riding the other day with a DRZ400sm owner, and we were trying to figure out if that headlight fit

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  12. JayGoldstein

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    I'm planning on replacing the stock handlebar with one that is less swept back (and maybe a bit higher). If you've changed your handlebar:

    1) What type of riding do you do (e.g., mostly on-road, mostly-off, etc., etc.)
    2) What make and style of bar did you get?
    3) Are you happy with the new bar?

    If you can post a photo of the bar on your DR that you be really helpful.
  13. MountainMike

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    The SM surround required quite a bit of trimming to fit. I had to trim out the bottom 2 corners a bit, and cut the guard that goes around the gauges. I used the SM's bottom mount bolt and had to make some small brackets to move the top two bolt holes. It really took an afternoon to fit. The fender came with a little template. Turns out I stink at measuring anyways so it required some "tweaking" to fit.

    The exhaust did obviously :rofl

    Here's my build thread over on TRS: http://www.therangerstation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102122
  14. Wallrat

    Wallrat Been here awhile

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    I've had great experiences with the Pro Taper Evo2 line. They survive some HARD crashes (haven't bent one yet on 3 bikes). I build my bikes for offroad use, but they end up seeing far too much pavement. Great bar, I went with the CR High bend which is the 2nd tallest in the lineup. Vibration decreased from stock and I shaved off 3/4 of a pound in weight.

    Weight comparison: http://2wheelsplz.blogspot.com/2012/06/dr-diet.html

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  15. AleXtz

    AleXtz Minimal2 the fulness

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    i had the oem petcock installed but it continues to "transpire" gasoline out... i donno but this dr200 has been problem after problem. The oil leaking got worst also, low mpg, shakes a lot, rear shock noise, weak handlebar that bents easily

    wont recommend this bike to a friend, ever (unless taken out from dealer store)

    sadly, Alex
  16. Wallrat

    Wallrat Been here awhile

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    The OEM petcock is junk which is why this forum's recommendation is to replace it with a petcock from a Yamaha Raptor.

    Oil leaks don't get better unless you fix the problem, and yeah, the leak usually gets worse. Any engine can leak oil. Some, like an old 1600 VW, will always leak. You likely have a bad o-ring or gasket somewhere (didn't search back through your posts to find out where the leak is). Fix what's wrong and you won't have a leak anymore.

    Low mpg? Can't say as I've ever heard anyone say this bike has that issue. If you're constantly lugging it a gear too high, or maybe have jetting that's pretty off then that may cause that issue. Most have the opposite problem of trying to use a full tank of gas before it goes bad.

    Shaking. You're looking at 3 possible issues here. If its engine vibration then yeah, the DR is pretty buzzy but not worse than many other single cylinders. If its shaking at speed, change the front fender and balance your tires. If its road vibration, run a different tire.

    A squeeky rear shock is common. Annoying, but one of the flaws of this bike.

    Handlebar that bends easily? I have yet to see an OEM bar that didn't. My post above on the pro taper EVO2 is an excellent replacement, and I've put some serious R&D in trying to bend it without success.

    I'm the 1st to admit these bikes have some significant flaws. But IMO the complaints you've listed for the most part just aren't on that list.
  17. Joelness

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    A little squirt of silicone spray on the suspension bushings does wonders for the squeaking.
  18. cidd

    cidd doppler shift

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    You know guys Iv never had a 4 stroke always been riding 2 stroke dirt bikes so when I got this dr I was very disappointed it was slow as a slug and just didnt have the get up and Rip I was use to. I just couldn't believe that it would go thru the gears so fast and barley hit 50mph . I just put it off to the fact that it was a 4 stroke :dogalmost sold it !! Then I decided I would try a couple of small upgrades first and if that didnt do it then it was gone !! Well I'm glad I tried Just got done putting a Dg O series exhaust on and WOW did this thing WAKE UP :clap its a totally new bike it'll hit 50 easy and the gears dont wind up as fast this little upgrade is what the bike needed I have the carb kit for it but I'm going to run it like this for a few miles b4 I think of messing with the carb it just runs to good right now :lol3:happay
  19. MountainMike

    MountainMike n00b

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    What did you do for the mount?
  20. Wallrat

    Wallrat Been here awhile

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